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Garden Program Lead at Trellis Center - 12691

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Garden Program Lead
Trellis Center
98926 Ellensburg , WA
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Job Description: 

The Trellis Center’s mission is to help participants increase independence in their lives through a variety of activities. We strive to create environments where adults with developmental disabilities are understood, valued and given opportunities to grow individually as well as contribute to their community.

Our Garden- Based Learning program operates under the core principle that everyone deserves access to nature. Our indoor and outdoor garden spaces provide us with a stepping-off point for exploration. Through our hands-on activities, projects, and horticulture, we provide participants the opportunity to connect to the restorative influence of the natural world. Participants learn the complete process of seeding, growing, transplanting, maintaining, and harvesting various herbs, flowers and vegetables. Gardening activities enhance creativity, boosts self-esteem, and enable our participants to improve communication, pre-vocational, and creative thinking skills.

The Garden Lead provides participants with access to a variety of gardening methods and activities located at several purposely constructed gardening areas.
These multiple gardening areas include:
Hydroponic Building - Climate controlled hydroponic room with automated LED grow lights, cut/wash processing room, refrigerated cooler room for harvested plants.
Herb Building - 340 sq. ft. of growing shelves utilizing automatic Capillary Mat irrigation system and LED grow lights.
Small cultivated/irrigated field for row crops, 8-garden beds and honey crisp apple trees.

Duties & Responsibilities: 

- Manages the teaching garden areas listed above.
- Creates an environment of accountability, respect and teamwork in the workplace
- Plan and implement crops/plants year round at the growing buildings, and seasonally at the outdoor areas
- Work with the Program Manager in planning the delivery of activities involved in the growing areas in accordance with the mission and goals of the organization
- Facilitate learning experiences in the garden areas per weekly schedule coordinated with Program Manager
-Interface with Program Manager in order to incorporate the garden areas and agricultural products into the programming schedule
- Collaborate with staff on garden projects, obtains needed materials and instruct planting/tending/proper harvest
-Orient new staff to garden areas upon hire
-Assess and acquire all materials necessary for growing in the areas
-Operate within budget and manage spending
-Create and manage any sales of garden products from our participant’s efforts
-Manage soil fertility and crop rotation in all garden areas, irrigation, pest and disease management
-Perform or oversee harvest and processing of garden produce
-Yearly plan for annual crops and maintenance
-Maintain a clean and orderly hydroponic building, including growing racks and the growing shelf areas at Herb building
-Set up, monitor and maintain irrigation delivery systems at all areas
-Winterize all outdoor growing areas at the end of season

-Ability to lift 50lbs+ on a regular basis
-Ability to work through hot and cold temperatures as well as inclement weather

Education & Experience: 

-Minimum bachelor’s degree or comparable experience
-Experience working with plants in an educational or agriculture setting preferred; not required
-Experience working with people with disabilities preferred; not required
-Ability to prioritize daily garden tasks for smooth operation of programs
-Resourcefulness and handiwork skills to maintain smooth operation of infrastructure and equipment
-Strong problem solving skills
-Knowledge of garden produce, seasonality, and processing technique
-Knowledge or strong interest in production of herbs
-Strong communication in both verbal and written form
-Management skills to teach proper technique (and adaptive technique) to staff and participants.
-Leadership skills to guide staff and participants to achieve highest level of success in the growing areas
-Knowledge of hydroponic and capillary mat growing techniques preferred not required; willingness to learn
-Ability to keep detailed records of gardening operations. Working knowledge of Microsoft Office and Excel and the ability to do extensive internet research
-Knowledge of compost and composting techniques
-Commitment to organic/sustainable practices

Application Instructions: 

This is a full-time, year round, 40hr/wk position (Monday-Friday); hourly, starting at $16/hr. Benefits package includes medical, dental, paid vacation and sick leave.

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