17 Jan 2013

Full-Time Giving Grove Horticulturist

The Giving GroveKansas City, Missouri, United States

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Job Description

The Horticulturist will have many broad responsibilities in support of the organization’s mission, including:

  • Develop, maintain and deliver a curriculum necessary to equip our project “Stewards” and “Apprentices” and other interested general public participants with skills to successfully grow fruits, nuts, berries and potentially some perennial vegetables.
  • Serve as a mentor to the project Stewards and Apprentices with on-site, hands-on assistance.
  • Serve as the caretaker for the Giving Grove demonstration site.
  • Coordinate and manage project installations, as well as assist with the actual installation.
  • Assist with each candidate project site evaluation.
  • Assist with the research and evaluation of various plant specimens to evaluate recommendations to modify the recommended plant list.
  • Assist with identifying and prioritizing geographic areas to develop a Giving Grove edible tree garden.
  • Participate with outreach to neighborhood associations, congregations, municipalities, non-profits and other entities involved in Giving Grove activities.
  • Develop technical implementation plans for edible tree garden projects.
  • Initiate and maintain contact with the stewards and apprentices through personal visits, phone calls, emails, and letters.
  • Make public presentations on growing edible tree gardens as a means to reach out to new and existing growers.
  • Conduct workshops on a variety of issues related to growing and harvesting edible tree gardens.
  • Participate with partnering organizations and/or related fruit/nut/berry production resources including, but not limited to: Kansas State Extension, University of Missouri Extension, State Departments of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Services, EPA, KC Food Policy Coalition, and the Society of St Andrew.
  • Other tasks as assigned/developed through team and supervisory meetings.


Preferred areas of expertise

  • Strong interpersonal communication skills.
  • An interest and/or experience with assisting those less fortunate.
  • Formal horticulture education and/or related experience.
  • Successful demonstration of experience in working as a team.
  • Media and social networking skills.
  • Basic office management software skills, including Outlook/email, Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Strong organizational skills.


How to Apply

Email cover letter and resume to Rob Reiman at rcreiman@gmail.com by January 31, 2013.

Job Categories: Community Organizing, Education, and Farming/Agriculture. Job Types: Full-Time.

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