Allotment and Contracts Coordinator - Windy City Harvest (Chicago, IL)

Requisition Number: 
Windy City Harvest
Job Status: 
Reports to: 
Health and Special Contracts Director
Windy City Harvest is looking for a coordinator to oversee, program, and maintain the Legends South, West Haven, and City Gardens allotment gardens, along with several community partner contracts. The coordinator will assist residents with growing their own food in the allotment garden spaces and educate the community during regular garden-based and therapeutic horticulture workshops. This is a seasonal, full-time position scheduled to work Tuesday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., anticipated to start in April 2021 through October 2021. This opportunity to help facilitate health and healing through people/plant connections is made possible through a partnership with Brinshore Michaels Development and community/health partner contracts. The Allotment and Special Contracts Coordinator should have high energy for and interest in using plants for health and healing, as well as commitment and versatility in engaging community and individuals. The ideal candidate for this position will be well-versed in organic growing techniques, able to demonstrate the ability for community engagement and able to work as part of the Windy City Harvest team as the liaison between residential members, community organizations, and Windy City Harvest.
Duties and Responsibilities: 

In this role, you will be responsible for the following: 

Allotment Gardens

  • Recruit new and previous residents to participate in the allotment garden programing.
  • Manage and cultivate three allotment gardens at three separate locations, with a potential total of 65 community gardeners. This includes the following:
    • Following a production schedule that allows weekly on-site time at each location
    • Helping residents plan their allotment garden plots
    • Basic crop planning and plant/seed procurement
    • Equipment inventory and upkeep at each site
    • Record keeping (agricultural and programming)
    • General crop maintenance
  • Plan and implement a schedule of events, including community potlucks, cooking demos, planting days, and garden-based and therapeutic horticulture workshops
  • Serve as the primary contact for community garden workdays, access and maintenance issues

Contract Gardens

  • Manage and cultivate three contract gardens at three separate locations. This includes the following:
    • Following a production schedule that allows weekly on-site time at each location
    • Helping community members/patients plan and plant community garden spaces
    • Equipment inventory and upkeep at each site (including bringing any tools that will be needed that do not exist on site)
    • Record keeping
    • General plant maintenance in defined areas
  • Plan and implement a schedule of events, including garden opening/closing events, planting days, and garden-based and therapeutic horticulture workshops.

General Windy City Harvest team responsibilities

  • Act as a resource for program information for project partners, community members, Chicago Botanic Garden staff and media
  • Support overall Windy City Harvest tasks
  • Maintain a good working relationship with all program participants, community partners at sites, and Windy City Harvest staff

Key Garden competencies/behaviors desired:

  • Communicates in a manner that gains the trust and support of others at all levels.
  • Works effectively with others despite differences of opinion and style; builds alliances.
  • Has a tolerance for opposing points of view.
  • Strives for collaboration. Works cooperatively, as a positive contributor to the team.
  • Demonstrates a positive attitude and shows kindness in all workplace interactions.
  • Makes decisions appropriate for level of responsibility.
  • Can effectively adapt to change; can shift gears comfortably; is flexible, and embraces change with a “can-do” attitude.
  • Is self-aware; knows personal strengths and weaknesses; seeks feedback and is open to negative feedback as an opportunity for improvement.
  • Is cool under pressure; can be counted on to hold things together during tough times; can handle stress; is not knocked off balance by the unexpected; is a settling influence during a crisis.
  • Recognizes problems, constructively identifies and articulates solutions.
  • Picks up garbage when it is seen regardless of position.
  • Follows safety guidelines to ensure a safe working environment and consistently demonstrates safe work behaviors.
  • Is welcoming of new hires.

Our ideal candidate will have the following:

  • Experience in growing both edible and ornamental plants and general landscaping skills (pruning, mowing, weeding, edging).
  • Practice with community coordination and engagement, including running workshops and events
  • Demonstrated experience engaging communities and individuals focusing in gardening
  • Capability to work independently at a fast pace and manage a schedule that includes many different locations
  • Ability to work weekends and evenings is required
  • A valid driver’s license and access to reliable transportation is required.  Use of personal vehicle for transportation to/from sites with tools and plants may be required.
Physical Demands: 
Outdoor setting. Frequent standing, walking, bending, listening, speaking, lifting, and carrying. Some use of office equipment, including computers, telephones, copiers, scanners, and fax machines. Some requirements for lifting, pushing, or pulling items more than 40 pounds.
Why Apply?: 

Come work in a setting that is like no other as you support our mission: We cultivate the power of plants to sustain and enrich life. Take the first step toward being one of the employees who make the Garden one of the treasures of the Forest Preserves of Cook County. Apply today. Please note that applicants who do not meet the required qualifications will not be considered.

Disclaimer: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and qualifications required of personnel so classified.

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