Farm and Garden Coordinator
The Farm and Garden Coordinator (FGC) will be a full-time, 10-month position responsible for overseeing the daily operations of the Lewisburg Community Garden (LCG) and the Bucknell University Farm (BUF). The FGC will work with faculty, staff, and designated partners to create educational opportunities so that Bucknell students and community members can better:
• understand issues of socially and environmentally sustainable food production through hands-on involvement from seed to plate.
• address food insecurity and promote nutritional health on campus and in our region by contributing to the production and distribution of organic produce to local food security programs.
• conduct research related to plant cultivation, organic farm operations, responsible land stewardship and conservation, waste management and composting, diet and nutrition, animal behavior, nature and the humanities, and business operations connecting food producers to distributors and consumers.
Additionally, the FGC will investigate appropriate models and business plans for supplying food to Bucknell Dining Services, and composting food and organic waste from campus to enrich farm soil. The FGC will be supervised by and will report to the Assistant Director of Service-Learning. The person in this role must be highly motivated, responsible, reliable, and have the ability to work a flexible schedule.
• Recruit and train students and volunteers so that they have a meaningful experience and work productively towards the goals of the LCG and BUF.
• Coordinate service-learning opportunities with Bucknell faculty and staff, helping to develop lesson plans for specific groups as appropriate, and overseeing public education workshops.
• Supervise student employees and AmeriCorps members working at the LCG and BUF, including, but not limited to, assignment of tasks, instruction on proper techniques, safety measures and risk reduction.
• Develop, implement and maintain efficient horticultural techniques that allow for 12-month production of highly-nutritious food for campus dining and local food initiatives.
• Collaborate with the LCG and BUF Advisory Boards, to shape policies, design and implement educational activities, publicize efforts, and increase community involvement.
• Work with the BUF advisory board to advance plans and grow the Bucknell University Farm that might include links with Parkhurst Dining Service, and the Geisinger Fresh Food Pharmacy.
• Oversee and manage production of seedlings in campus greenhouses for LCG Spring Plant Sale and planting at LCG and BUF, as well as planning, marketing, staffing, and managing the plant sale in early May.
• Work with the BUF advisory board to establish the layout and design of the BUF including walking trails, meditation gardens and outdoor classroom.
• Establish and maintain plantings at the BUF including raised beds, fruit trees, and perennials.
• Manage recruiting, contracts, payments, orientation, and communication with LCG plot renters.
• Manage the portion of the LCG cultivated by Bucknell to provide organic produce for donation to local hot meal and food bank programs, including supervision and training of student employees, volunteers, and interns who plant, harvest, and distribute food; develop and implement education programs; and provide for general upkeep and maintenance.
• Ensure that the LCG adheres to the Memorandum of Agreement between the Bucknell University and the Lewisburg Borough.
• Work cooperatively with other staff at Bucknell to arrange for produce distribution, equipment and garden maintenance and upkeep, and delivery of supplies.
• Actively support a diverse and inclusive workforce.
• Perform additional duties as assigned.
• Minimum of two years of professional experience in horticulture and working with students in an educational setting
• Horticulture knowledge and experience with organic practices in gardening or farming
• Prior experience working with a diverse workforce, including supervising volunteers and instructing both K-12 and college students
• Bachelor's degree
• Experience managing employees and volunteers
• Demonstrated ability to multi-task and manage multiple spaces and projects
• Proficiency with database software and the demonstrated ability to create and maintain databases to track planting schedules, plot renter information, etc.
• Demonstrated ability to collaborate with various stakeholders and groups
• Strong interpersonal, written and oral communication skills
• Demonstrated attention to detail
• A current and valid driver's license
• Horticultural Training or Master Gardener Certification
• First Aid/CPR certificate/training
• Ability to lift up to 50 lbs.
• Bending, kneeling, stooping, pushing, pulling, reaching above and below shoulders, lifting.
• Ability to work outdoors, some evenings and weekends.
• Possible daily exposure to adverse weather conditions and temperature changes.
Bucknell University provides equal opportunity without regard to race, color, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, religion, national or ethnic origin, marital status, veteran status or disability in admissions, employment and in all of its educational programs and activities.
Bucknell University is a private, highly selective, unique national University where liberal arts and strong professional programs in engineering, business, education and music complement each other. We seek candidates who are committed to Bucknell's efforts to create a climate that fosters the growth and development of a diverse student body, and we welcome applications from members of groups that have been historically underrepresented in higher education. Bucknell is a NCAA Division I (FCS) and Patriot League member institution that sponsors 27 varsity athletics programs. Located in Central Pennsylvania along the Susquehanna River, Bucknell is nestled in the Borough of Lewisburg, an architectural gem that has been ranked as one of America's best small towns. The Lewisburg area offers a unique combination of outdoor recreation opportunities, and appealing amenities such as art galleries, an art deco theater, historic museums, and charming independent boutiques and restaurants. In addition to the many cultural and athletic events offered by the University and the Borough, the surrounding region offers outstanding schools, medical facilities, and an affordable cost of living. For those who crave the city, Bucknell is within an easy three-hour drive to Philadelphia, New York, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C.