Permaculture/Organic Garden Manager

St Luke Presbyterian Church - Minnetonka, MN

Part-time

St Luke Presbyterian Church is seeking an individual to manage our gardens.

St. Luke Presbyterian Church is a joyful, inclusive and compassionate community on a spiritual journey seeking to do justice. Climate Justice calls us to live in partnership with the earth and all its creatures by living sustainably and caring for people and planet.

Our Sustainability team has several ongoing initiates, to include providing garden produce to the Western suburbs ICA food shelf and the urban Native food shelf at the Division of Indian Work. The gardens are located at:

St Luke Presbyterian Church

3121 Groveland School Road

Minnetonka MN. 55391

Permaculture/Organic Garden Manager Description:
We are seeking a person with permaculture/organic awareness/experience to manage the gardens at St Luke. Managing would include collaboratively leading the design of the gardens (mapping and selection of plants) taking the initiative to care for the garden (checking the irrigation system, monitoring possible pests and weeding) and the overall production of the gardens that reflect the goals of the Sustainability team and stakeholders who stand to be impacted by the Garden. This person would have the active support of additional volunteers, but would be responsible for the overall construction and maintenance of the Garden and collaborative harvesting.

Garden Manager Preferred Characteristics:

  • Experience managing an organic or permaculture garden or agricultural plot
  • Experience or familiar with permaculture /organic principles and application
  • Able to work collaboratively with volunteers
  • Flexible, mature, solid communication skills
  • Interested in a earth climate justice
  • Reliable, independent, self-starter
  • Able to work closely with team leader to communicate the progression of garden projects and needs
  • Reliable transportation—able to get to/from garden in timely manner;
  • Willing to complete a background check
  • Interest or experience in hunger issues/equal food access
  • Able to lift up to 50 lbs and work outdoors in varied weather conditions

Compensation:

$15.00 per hour for an average of 15 hours per week. The total number of hours per week will vary to accommodate weather conditions, harvest season or other mitigating circumstances however; the Garden Manager will be expected to dedicate a minimum of 10 hours / week in the gardens.

Garden Manager Position Length: 6 months, beginning in May 2019 – October (weather permitting) an average of 15 hours per week.

Application Process:
To apply for the Permaculture Garden Manager, please email an application letter that describes your gardening experience in detail. Please include the approx. size of gardens, number of volunteers and what responsibilities you had at the garden. If applicable, an overview of the permaculture/organic practices used and the types of produce grown.

Please email your responses to officeATstlukeDOTmn. Qualified candidates will be asked to interview by phone with a possible follow-up at St Luke.

Job Types: Part-time, Temporary

Salary: $15.00 /hour

Experience:

  • Gardening: 1 year (Preferred)

Hours per week:

  • 10-19