Homestead Design Collective is a San Francisco Bay Area landscape design firm focused on creating beautiful gardens that provide harvest. Our team offers a unique and sophisticated approach, using both organic farming and fine gardening skills, for people who want help creating aesthetically designed, organic edible gardens. Homestead provides design, installation, and full-service organic maintenance, harvesting, bee keeping, preserving, floristry, and composting services.
Homestead Design Collective is looking for an Edible Maintenance Gardener to join our team. The position is part-time, 2-4 days per week with the possibility of transitioning to full-time during peak season spring and summer. Our office is based in Lafayette, and our clients are located throughout the greater Bay Area.
As an Edible Maintenance Gardener for Homestead Design Collective, you'll be responsible for planting and maintaining a variety of beautiful, edible gardens. You'll provide succession planting, pruning, organic pest control and more. Additionally, you'll harvest all fruits, vegetables, herbs, and edible flowers for your clients. Client correspondence is a large part of the job; after each visit, you'll send clients a follow up email with detailed notes and photos. You will also be available to answer questions and provide personal instruction.
At Homestead Design Collective, you’ll get to explore a variety of garden styles and client needs as you work on projects ranging from rooftop pocket gardens, residential landscapes, and community gardens.
Pay is $20/hr.
Basic yard maintenance including clean up, deadheading, cultivation, and pruning
Seed, plant, and harvest annual vegetables and perennial herbs
Test and adjust irrigation systems and make minor repairs, as needed
Identifying common pest and disease issues and use proper organic pest management controls
Record detailed notes and write personalized emails to clients
Update and contribute to internal documents and record keeping
Collaborate with Lead Edible Gardener and other HDC staff on various projects
Establish friendly and professional relationships with clients
Maintain a clean and organized office and garage space, including proper tool care and maintenance
EXPERIENCE AND REQUIREMENTS:
2+ years of organic farming or gardening experience
Experience working with ornamental plants and flower arranging a plus
Familiarity with in-ground and raised bed irrigation systems (drip and micro spray) and commonly used irrigation system timers a plus
Familiarity with basic landscaping tools and equipment
Ability to lift and carry loads up to 45lbs.
English language reading, writing, and speaking proficiency
Access to a computer and internet
Familiarity with Gmail and Google Workspace a plus
A working smartphone with access to internet and a camera
"Can-do" attitude and willingness to pitch in wherever needed; we are a small but highly efficient company where we all wear many hats
Friendly and respectful attitude; you will be interacting with clients with a range of needs and knowledge of organic gardening
A valid CA driver’s license and clean driving record
Reliable access to a vehicle for transport to and from clients, and for transport of tools and equipment to job sites
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with subject line “Edible Maintenance Gardener - FIRST NAME LAST NAME”
Submit your name, contact information, and work history as it relates to the desired skills and requirements above. Please be ready to provide references.