Thank you for your interest in working with MEarth!
Property Stewardship Manager
Reports to: Executive Director
Supervises: Stewardship Interns, Volunteers and Contractors
Status: Non-exempt, Full-Time, 40 hours per week
MEarth invites you to join our team in meeting our mission of educating and inspiring through environmental stewardship! The Property Stewardship Manager oversees all aspects of planning, developing and maintaining the gardens and educational habitat labs, as well as maintaining most of the structures, on the ten-acre Hilton Bialek Habitat (Habitat), where MEarth conducts its education programming. This includes MEarth’s edible and educational gardens and habitats, native plant nursery and garden, greenhouses, living roof, and aspects of the culinary classroom.
Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
Managing One Acre Edible Garden
- Lead and manage annual garden master planning, propagation efforts, soil fertility, composting, crop rotation, irrigation, greenhouse, and pest and disease management in the edible garden. Maintain a regular record of garden work, harvest yields and planting rotations.
- Collaborate closely with MEarth instructors/staff to ensure a level of production that provides ample produce for student and community programming, fundraisers and special events.
- Ensure that the gardens and associated greenhouses are well maintained by training and managing assistants, volunteers, contractors and interns.
- Develop and manage the garden budget; determine budgetary needs, prepare applicable documentation for approval from MEarth Executive Director.
Managing Native Plant Nursery
- Ensure that the nursery shade house are well maintained by training and managing volunteers, contractors and interns.
- Develop a propagation schedule and oversee the ongoing propagation of natives in support of plant sales and restoration activities.
General Property Management
- Develop and manage the property budget; determine budgetary needs, prepare applicable documentation for approval.
- Ensure that property facilities and equipment are in safe and reliable working order, i.e. tool shed, greenhouse, irrigation system, hand tools, etc.
- Work with the keen aesthetic of the program in mind, keeping the property in a presentable state for community tours, events and general visitors.
- Collaborate with other MEarth staff to train and manage volunteers and interns.
- Coordinate with CUSD staff and Habitat Liaison to ensure proper support and maintenance of Habitat.
- Coordinate property maintenance with outside contractors on a weekly or as needed basis.
- Meet regularly with MEarth instructor(s) to coordinate plantings and harvests in tandem with curriculum needs and lesson plans.
- Work closely with the Executive Director and MEarth staff in the development of program goals and long-term property development.
- Lead preparation of property and other infrastructure for major fundraising/community events.
Programming and Restoration Project Support
- Work collaboratively with MEarth staff to support the successful delivery of all educational programming at the Habitat.
- Ensure educational habitat labs are well maintained, in collaboration with MEarth Educators.
- Work with Community Engagement and Volunteer Coordinator and Program Director to ensure staffing at all restoration activities both on and off-site.
- Work with Program Director and Executive Director to ensure that all restoration grants are implemented, documented, and accounted for in an organized and timely manner.
- Ensure an engaging and rewarding experience for volunteers working to maintain the property.
Required Education and Experience:
- Educational Requirement: Minimum Education of B.A. or B.S. in related field.
- Experience Required: Minimum two years managing a farm, nursery, CA native and/or educational garden.
- Significant experience and success with managing and training volunteers and interns.
- Strong natural history and CA Native Plant background.
- Experience working with K-12 school students.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
- Excellent communication skills, oral and written.
- Excellent time-management skills.
- Strong interpersonal skills, ability to work well with youth, peers, teachers, volunteers, interns, etc. in a wide range of situations.
- Demonstrated skill and expertise in accomplishing work-related tasks with accuracy, precision, completeness, neatness, both in quality and in quantity.
- Demonstrated knowledge in accomplishing work-related responsibilities, including methods, materials, tools, equipment, and fundamental subject matter.
- Effective and efficient work habits including organization, punctuality and dependability, industry, and good practices of both vehicle and personal safety.
- Experience working collaboratively in a team setting, as well as worked independently.
- Able to manage a fast-paced work environment with regular interruption and multiple project deadlines.
- Able to maintain friendly, cooperative, and effective working relationships with all persons contacted in the course of work.
- Demonstrated a positive attitude and enthusiasm for work, willingness to conform to job requirements, and ability to adapt to change.
- Demonstrated good judgment, promptness of action, and sound decision making.
- High proficiency in Google Suite, Microsoft Suite, Harvest time-tracking and other relevant software.
- Experience managing volunteers.
- Bilingual is a plus!
Required Physical Capabilities:
- Ability to see for purposes of reading instructions, labels, and other printed matter and for the safe operation of equipment.
- Ability to hear and understand speech in person and/or on the telephone.
- Ability to communicate so others will be able to clearly understand a conversation in person and/or on the telephone.
- Ability to operate a computer, typewriter, calculator, copy machine, telephone and other office equipment with dexterity and in a safe and efficient manner.
- Ability to routinely lift and carry supplies and materials weighing up to 25 pounds.
The working environment is subject to bending, crouching, or kneeling to access information and/or to assist students from ground level to 4.5 feet above the ground, pushing, pulling and lifting of instructional equipment and supplies, sitting on chairs or on the floor, leaning over for prolonged periods of time, reaching in all directions, and working outdoors for prolonged periods of time.
NOTE: This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive. Employee may perform other duties to meet the ongoing needs of the organization. Employment with MEarth is at-will.
Successful completion of the hiring process is contingent on the applicant passing a multi-agency live-scan fingerprint/background check.
MEarth is an equal opportunity employer.
Please use the following Google Form to apply: https://forms.gle/Ug2sfQsJksZC3JnLA
No emails or phone calls please.
MIIS Federal WorkStudy: Community Stewardship Intern
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