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Garden Supervisor

February 07, 2014 - February 23, 2014
Location:Harrodsburg, KY
Employment Type:Full Time
Department:Visitor Engagement
Description:The Farm and Garden at Shaker Village
The Farm and Garden at Shaker Village is dedicated to sharing Shaker lessons in community, sustainability, and ingenuity through modern agricultural production, programming, special events, workshops, and other activities. The Farm and Garden is transitioning from a traditional demonstration-based interpretation of Shaker agricultural history to an engaging participatory model that utilizes hands-on engaged learning to inspire guests through sustainable agriculture activities and programs. This is part of a site-wide initiative to create a unified approach to education, interpretation, and visitor engagement, bringing together a previously fragmented story into a coherent whole that promotes deep connections to this landscape.

Garden Supervisor (Gardener)
The Garden Supervisor (GS) will oversee and maintain Shaker Village's two-acre vegetable garden and orchard, producing vegetables, fruits, herbs and flowers for use by the Trustees' Office Dining Room. In addition, the GS will develop and execute garden experiences, including tours, talks, workshops, and other activities for a variety of guests including youth, families, and groups. The position is an integral component of the Farm and Garden team, which develops and demonstrates sustainable farming practices, and serves as an essential part of Farm and Garden education programs, activities and special events.

Duties:Responsibilities
Program Management
• Work in a team environment with the Director of Visitor Engagement, Livestock Supervisor and other staff to maintain a safe, well-ordered, sustainable agriculture environment while facilitating guest-oriented, engaging farm and garden experiences.
• Evaluate existing garden program and establish goals and objectives, suggest improvements, and develop new programs and activities that encourage guest engagement.
• Assist in budget development and management for garden program.
• Ensure effective management of garden partnerships, vendors and staff.
• Make decisions that reflect Shaker Village's commitment to sustainable agricultural practices, sound ecological land and farm management, land conservation, and public education.
• Understand the strategic goals of the organization, and educate staff and visitors.
• Maintain awareness of and concern for the visual presentation of Shaker Village property.
• Develops, maintains and promotes positive and professional relationships with all departments and employees at Shaker Village.
Garden Production
• Plan, manage and harvest productive garden with direction from Dining Services Manager and chefs in order to supply the kitchen with a large variety of fresh, delicious produce and provide guests a true seed-to-table dining experience.
• Utilize innovative, sustainable growing methods to ensure consistent spring, summer and fall harvests.
• Maintain the demonstration capacity of the garden by managing it for aesthetic beauty, whole systems functionality, and productivity.
• Manage and support overall plant health and soil nutrition strategies, to include sustainable gardening practices and integrated pest management.
• Cultivate a small number of heritage plants, including sorghum, broom corn and tobacco plants for demonstration purposes.
• Maintain and ensure garden facilities and equipment are in safe and reliable working order, including tool shed, greenhouse, irrigation system, lawn mower, weed whacker, rototiller and multiple hand tools.
• Maintain inventory of propagation and growing equipment and supplies, and order additional supplies as needed.
Programming Responsibilities
• Assist in the creation and delivery of engaging public farm and garden experiences.
• Lead daily garden tours and other activities, and give presentations as needed.
• Interact with the public using accurate and engaging techniques.
• Actively participate in ongoing educational programming, community outreach, and other events to promote the garden to the public.
• Communicate with and assist other departments on a range of garden-related topics, projects, and marketing initiatives.
Skills and Qualifications:
• Must possess and display an understanding of and appreciation for the rich agricultural and social history of the Pleasant Hill Shaker community.
• Excellent oral and written communication skills with ability to professionally and effectively communicate with external and internal customers via phone, email and written correspondence.
• Ability to complete projects and reports in an accurate and timely manner.
• Self-driven, with strong attention to detail and ability to work as a team member with minimal supervision;
• Excellent organizational skills and ability to follow through on commitments;
• Enjoys sharing knowledge with others and giving talks with visitors.
• Expert in the use, care, and maintenance of garden equipment.
• Must be able to work with minimal supervision and be willing to learn new skills.
• A positive attitude, flexible approach, and commitment to achieving the goals of Shaker Village are essential.
• Ability to manage and respond to a wide range of operational issues
• Enjoy working with a variety of guests, including youth, families and adults
• Ability to work in a team structure
• Show flexibility and creativity in support of all Shaker Village activities
• Ability to manage a diverse group of staff
• Ability to perform physically demanding work;
• Must be able to work a variable work schedule, which includes work on weekends and holidays.
Qualifications:Education and Experience:
• Bachelor's Degree in environmental science, horticulture, general agriculture, other related area, or similar relevant experience
• 2 plus years' supervisory experience managing organic or sustainable gardens or farms.
• Experience working with the public, including youth and groups

Supervisory Responsibilities:

• Directly supervises 3-5 non-supervisory employees and/or volunteers.
• Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies.
• Schedules and facilitates regular, individual check-ins with garden staff, to assure clarity of expectation and goals.
• Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring (in collaboration with human resources department) and training employees; planning, assigning and directing work schedules, appraising performance, rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.

Mental and Physical Requirements:
• Regularly required to use hands to finger, handle or feel; reach with hands and arms.
• Ability to stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; talk or hear and taste or smell.
• Frequently required to stand and walk; occasionally sit and climb or balance.
• Specific vision ability required by this job includes close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.
• Regularly lift and/or move up to 40 lbs. and lift and/or move heavier loads as needed.

Working Environment and Conditions:
• Regularly exposed to wet and/or humid conditions.
• Frequently exposed to outside weather conditions.
• Noise level is usually moderate.
• This position will require working weekends and some evenings as needed.

Equipment and Tools:
• Hand tools, rototiller, and tractor with plow, irrigation system, lawn mower and weed whacker.
• Computer and peripherals.

 



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