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National Orchard Operations & Education Manager

Website The Giving Grove

The Giving Grove is currently seeking a Full-Time National Orchard Operations and Education Manager with a background in horticulture, agriculture, or agroforestry, specifically specializing in the holistic (organic/biological) care of fruit and nut trees and small fruits. Educational skills are crucial for this role, as the individual must be comfortable presenting workshops, researching and providing up-to-date horticultural advice, and working with our national network.

The Giving Grove uses a co-leadership model; the National Orchard Operations & Education Manager (NOOEM) will report to the Co-Executive Director – Affiliate Operations. This position includes opportunities for remote or hybrid work. Giving Grove’s headquarters are in Kansas City, MO.

Time Expectations: Full-Time

Compensation & Benefits: The targeted starting salary for this position is $60,000, depending on qualifications. Available benefits include health insurance (100% of premiums paid for employees), a retirement account with a 3% match, and paid holidays and vacation. This position includes options for hybrid and remote work. The Giving Grove offers a supportive organizational culture that emphasizes collaboration and professional development.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, starting June 1 2024, until the position is filled.


  • Manage engagement with Program Managers in our National Affiliate Network (currently 15 programs) to improve their orchard programs in two main areas: Orchard Operations (plant selection and procurement, regionally specific research, maintenance, and care) and Education (for Program Managers and Volunteer Stewards).

  • Manage and run quarterly meetings with program managers.

  • Manage virtual workshops (up to 8/year) on topics such as orchard/food forest planting, care, harvest, biodiversity, community engagement, and expert interviews.

  • Contribute content for quarterly newsletters for affiliate partners based on their feedback and interests.

  • Assist with updating and improving educational resource development for all regions.

  • Assist with data management related to national orchard sites, examples: calculating production estimates of community fruits nuts and berries regionally; evaluation of tree inventory software.

  • Assist with content creation and speaker recruitment for the annual national conference based on affiliate partners’ feedback and interests.

  • Assist with managing the National Orchard Advisory Committee biannual meetings.

  • Use expertise to offer advice and guidance to The Giving Grove staff on national orchard operation models and approaches.

  • Present at one national conference each year.

  • Expand and build on your unique skill sets to contribute to our growing network.

  • Participate in additional Giving Grove activities as mutually agreed upon.

Qualifications and Candidate Preferences

  • Educational focus or certification in the horticulture field.

  • 5+ years of direct experience in caring for fruit/nut trees.

  • Experience working in Urban Agriculture.

  • Experience working with and/or ordering from nurseries.

  • Commitment to biological and organic methods of orchard care.

  • Understanding of land trusts, conservation easements, and land bank policies.

  • Understanding of issues of equity and access in food policy, land acquisition, and greenspace.

  • Strong commitment to collaboration.

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