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Allotment Garden Coordinator

Requisition Number: 
Windy City Harvest
Job Status: 
Windy City Harvest is looking for a dedicated coordinator to oversee and maintain the Legends South, West Haven, and City Gardens allotment gardens. The coordinator will assist residents with maintaining and cultivating the allotment garden spaces and educate the community about growing a variety of seasonal produce, nutritional health, and food security issues. In addition, the coordinator will assist in production at the Legends South Incubator Farm. This opportunity to provide agricultural spaces and opportunities for residents is made possible through a partnership with Brinshore Michaels development, with a goal of providing pathways to advanced sustainable agriculture training through Windy City Harvest programs. Mandatory days are Wednesday through Saturday.

The Allotment Coordinator should have high energy for and interest in sustainable urban agriculture, 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 an ability for community engagement, and able to work as part of the Legends 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: 

  • Recruit new and previous residents to participate in the allotment garden program
  • Maintain a good working relationship with the allotment garden participants, property management team at the sites, and Windy City Harvest staff
  • Manage and cultivate three allotment garden spaces, with a potential total of 65 community gardeners, and assist with the production farm at Legends South. This includes the following: 
    • Designing, planning, and landscaping
    • Crop planning and seed starting
    • Equipment inventory and upkeep
    • Record keeping (agricultural and programming)
    • General crop cultivation
  • Plan and manage the schedule of events, including monthly community potlucks, cooking demos, planting days, and general workshops. 
  • Serve as the primary contact for community garden workdays, access, and maintenance issues. 
  • Act as a resource for program information for project partners, community members, Chicago Botanic Garden staff, and media. 
  • Work with the Legends South Incubator coordinator to determine use of space in allotment gardens and maintain production at Legends South Incubator Farm. 

Our ideal candidate will have the following: 

  • Well-versed experience in vegetable production and general landscaping. 
  • Practice with community coordination and engagement, including running workshops and events
  • Demonstrated experience engaging communities and individuals focusing in gardening
  • Degree in horticulture or related subject is desired
  • Capability to work independently and at a fast pace
  • Ability to work weekends and evenings is required
  • A valid driver's license and access to reliable transportation is 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 up to 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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