Garden Coordinator Position Open

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About EATS Park City

Founded in 2013, EATS (Eat Awesome Things at School) Park City’s mission is dedicated to ensuring every student has opportunities to develop lifelong healthy habits and access to fresh, nutritious, appealing food. We work with the school district and our community to improve the school food program using education as the foundation for change. We are funded through individuals, foundations, and corporate sponsorship.

About the Position

EATS Park City is seeking a part-time Garden Coordinator in Park City, Utah.

The EATS Garden Coordinator will be responsible for running the Indoor and Outdoor Garden program in the Park City School District. They will work closely with the Program Manager to further develop this program. The Garden Coordinator will contribute to the operational success of EATS Park City by assisting with development of the garden program, delivery, quality control and evaluation. The Garden Coordinator will play a key role as an external face of EATS Park City in the nonprofit and local community.

Responsibilities

The Garden Coordinator will work with the Park City School District to implement effective hands-on courses and programs teaching nutrition education that healthy eating can be delicious, enjoyable and available to all students. The Garden Coordinator will work with all teachers in the District that have indoor and outdoor gardens.

The primary focus of the Garden Coordinator role is work with on-site school garden managers (usually teachers) on both the indoor and outdoor gardens by supporting them in operation and curriculum. The needs of each on-site manager may vary.

Priority # 1 (Tower Gardens):
There are currently seven Tower Gardens in the Park City School District, one at each school. The goal of the indoor Tower Gardens is to introduce kids to growing foods they may not be familiar with, teach them how to care for plants as part of their classroom, and have them try a healthy food that may become a new part of their diet.

Priority # 2 (McPolin Outdoor Garden):
We have received confirmation from this school to work cooperatively in order to install more horse troughs and assist in creating curriculum.

Priority # 3 (Parley’s Outdoor Garden):
We have requested funds to install and develop outdoor gardens and “Seed to Plate” curriculum.

Reporting/Communication:

  • Submit time-sheets in accordance with EATS requirements.
  • The Garden Coordinator will report weekly with the Program Manager on the progress of all gardens.
  • At the end of each semester a summary of the program is required: this will include curriculum created, connections established, status of each garden, and reports collected.
  • Communication must remain steady. Responding to all emails from the Program Manager or Executive Director within two business days.
  • The Garden Coordinator will communicate with each Garden manager at least monthly , including a site visit to check on the garden in person.

The Garden Coordinator responsibilities and duties may include, but are not limited to:

Program Coordination:

  • Work with nutrition educators, teachers and agency/site managers to implement courses and EATS core curriculum and school district requirements.
  • Work with teachers to develop objective performance measurements across all sites, to ensure consistent, high-quality evaluation and goal setting for all stakeholders.
  • Complete program evaluation and other program reporting documentation as necessary.
  • Participate in actively seeking out, working with, and maintaining positive relationships with agencies assisting the EATS programs with education, demonstrations, and donations of supplies.
  • Assist with the development of EATS outreach materials and handouts for programs audience, as needed.
  • The Garden Coordinator will identify ways in which they can support the Tower Garden teachers, including but not limited to garden maintenance ideas, trouble shooting, storytelling of the garden, and curriculum ideas.

Administration/Miscellaneous:

  • Work with Program Manager to set personal goals and follow the work plan created for the position.
  • Ensure all necessary course reporting is in order in network resource center.
  • Complete additional reporting and communications contributions as required, which may include photographs, and volunteer and participant story gathering.
  • Participate in trainings, as requested.
  • Maintain a high level of working knowledge related to school meals, hunger, nutrition standards, regulations, and trends.
  • Collaborate with other organizations as necessary, to ensure high quality service to individuals within our network of agencies.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with exceptional attention to detail.

Training

Coordinators and volunteer members are part of local organization and take part in all associated training and activities. New EATS members will receive orientation training from staff leading each program. Members will be part of a peer network volunteers, community members and be a part of regular training opportunities for new programs.

Working Conditions

Work from your own home office, various community organization settings, and regular travel throughout Park City, Utah for programming. Work hours will include early mornings (7 am) and after-school. Weekend and evening meetings may be required.

Qualifications

This is an extraordinary opportunity for an individual to gain experience in program management and help grow, develop and evaluate community-based nutrition education programs. The successful candidate will partner with the Program Manager and may work collaboratively with other nonprofits. Specific requirements include:

  • Proficient in using technology as a management reporting tool and experience working with information technology to develop and implement program evaluation systems.
  • Ability to work with a high-performance, collaborative, constructive group.
  • Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and a commitment to and passion for EATS Park City’s mission.
  • At least 18 years of age.
  • RELIABLE CAR REQUIRED
  • Ability to lift 40 pounds.
  • Two-years of college, four-year degree or graduate student preferred but not required. Experience most important.
  • Interest in nutrition and gardening.
  • Driver’s license and good driving record.
  • Public speaking skills.
  • Computer skills.
  • Ability to balance a variety of tasks simultaneously.
  • Experience working with youth and/or adults in formal and/or informal education programs.
  • Enrollment contingent on successful passing of criminal background search (including a FBI fingerprint-based criminal history check).

Terms and Benefits

Part-time, paid position: $2,400 per semester; average 7.5 hours per 20 weeks (flexible hours on a weekly basis)

Equal Opportunity Employer

For questions about EATS, contact: Jenae Ridge at jenae@eatsparkcity.org

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