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Urban Agriculture Coordinator at Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation - 16081

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Urban Agriculture Coordinator
Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation
201 Eddy St
94102 San Francisco ,
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Mission: Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation (TNDC) provides affordable housing and services for low-income people in the Tenderloin and throughout San Francisco, to promote equitable access to opportunity and resources.

Established in 1981, TNDC has grown to employ over 450 staff, to develop, own, manage, and provide supportive services in 44 properties that offer deeply affordable housing for nearly 6,100 tenants, and to expand its work in community organizing, food security and afterschool programming. TNDC is viewed as a trusted and well-organized community ally locally and a practice leader nationally. In San Francisco, TNDC envisions diverse communities where people with low incomes can fulfill their potential and meet their basic needs. In the Tenderloin, TNDC stands as a catalyst for advancing community interests and a force for expanding the choices that enhance livability, such as housing, employment, education, food, cultural activities, and open spaces.

TNDC values are: Integrity, Excellence, Inclusion, Collaboration and Equity


Under the direct supervision of the Urban Agriculture Supervisor, the Urban Agriculture Coordinator is responsible for the regular maintenance of assigned TNDC farms/gardens. Coordinating community volunteers, outreaching and interacting with the tenants and the communities.

Duties & Responsibilities: 


Regularly scheduled staffing of assigned gardens (40%)
- Responsible for hosting farm/garden open hours
- Maintain watchful presence over assigned farms/gardens, ensure tools are locked and stored properly, prioritize safety and risk management, and upkeep garden cleanliness
- Interact with and involve interested tenants and community members by following the values and frameworks of cultural humility
- Explain volunteer agreement, assign and demonstrate farm/garden tasks, and supervise volunteer experience
- Facilitate on-site special farm/garden activities or events

Garden maintenance work (40%)
- Perform routine farm/garden maintenance work including watering, weeding, planting seeds, transplanting seedlings, composting, pest management, and other general garden maintenance work as required in addition to open garden hours. (Some heavy lifting required.)
- Participate in farm/garden development, crop planning, and infrastructure development
- Other duties as assigned

Administrative Duties (10%)
- Outreach and volunteer coordination for all assigned farms/gardens
- Track harvest yield, participation and activities on CIRCE Salesforce database

Outreaching to the Community/Tenants (10%)
- Develop and distribute fliers announcing garden open hours, harvest days and special activities
- Outreach at related community events or meetings to promote tenant and community participation in assigned farms/gardens
- Build relationships and connect with internal and external partners in the organization and in the field while representing TNDC, Tenant & Community Services Department, Health & Wellness Program

Education & Experience: 


- Demonstrated community building skills
- Demonstrated people skills
- Demonstrated ability and willingness to work with staff and community members from diverse cultural backgrounds
- Demonstrated ability to work independently
- Ability to do physical labor and lift up to 50 lbs
- Demonstrated time management skills
- Demonstrated ability to perform administrative duties
- Demonstrated ability to perform basic farming duties including but not limited to pest management, seed starting and transplanting, irrigation repair, crop planning, soil health


- High School Degree or GED
- 2 years’ experience in community garden maintenance
- Or AA degree in Horticulture, Sustainable Agriculture or related field + 1 year experience with garden maintenance
- Ability to use Microsoft Office computer program


- Bachelors degree in Horticulture, Sustainable Agriculture or related field
- 2- years Bay Area farming and/or gardening experience
- Bilingual and Bi-literate in English and at least one of the following languages: Mandarin/Cantonese, Spanish, Vietnamese, Tagalog
- Familiarity with San Francisco
- Knowledge of how urban agriculture plays a role in food justice work

Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

In compliance with the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance (August 13, 2014), all qualified applicants with criminal histories will be considered for the position.

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