Program Coordinator - Horticulture - Denver Urban Garden

Monday, November 13, 2017 8:28 PM | Anonymous

About Denver Urban Gardens
Since 1985, Denver Urban Gardens (DUG) has offered neighborhoods the essential resources for community gardens, including design and construction planning, leadership development, training, fundraising, and on-going construction garden support. DUG currently supports more than 170 community gardens throughout Metro Denver, including 70 school-based gardens. In addition to supporting an expanding network of gardens, DUG operates: the Master Composter and Master Community Gardener Training Programs; the Grow a Garden Program; and DeLaney Community Farm. Additionally, through our school garden support programs, DUG provides extensive learning opportunities for children in nutrition and gardening.

About the Position
This position supports DUG’s efforts to provide gardeners with the key resources needed to be successful, and seeks to both deepen and expand DUG’s horticultural expertise and reach. The goals of the position are to: direct DUG’s efforts to provide essential resources to DUG community gardens; ensure that all horticultural operations are informed by research and best practices with a focus on sustainability; and position DUG as a content-area expert in the horticulture aspects of community gardening. The primary topic areas of DUG’s horticulture work include: soil, water, plants, seeds, trees, pollinators, pests and diseases, weeds, etc.

1.) Annually Manage the Grow a Garden Program:

  • Develop program schedule and communication materials
  • Coordinate seed and transplant deliveries and manage communications with distribution center representatives
  • Secure donations from seed companies
  • Coordinate the ordering and distribution process of seeds from seed companies and transplants from greenhouse growers, including recruiting and coordinating volunteers to assist with sorting and distribution
  • Tracking and evaluating program data for internal use and reporting to funding sources
  • Strategize the growth of the program by developing annual and long-term goals

2.) Oversee Horticulture Programming:

  • Coordinate public gardening classes with DUG’s pool of topic experts, primarily targeting community gardeners and Grow a Garden Program participants
  • Further develop a community garden water conservation program in partnership with metro area water authorities
  • Manage soil testing process for new garden sites

3.) Annually Manage the Plant Sale:

  • Manage all aspects of DUG’s annual plant sale fundraiser
  • Lead volunteer efforts related to running the sale

The compensation package includes an annual base salary ranging from $35 to $40K, a full health and dental insurance benefit package, paid holidays and vacation commensurate on date of hire.

Qualifications and Required Skills

  • Undergraduate degree or equivalent experience
  • Demonstrated experience and success in nonprofit program management
  • Exceptional organizational, written, and verbal communication skills required
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office programs including Excel, Word and PowerPoint
  • Proficient with Apple and Google applications
  • Familiarity with Sales Force a plus
  • Interest and passion for horticulture in a community setting
  • Ability to work effectively both independently and in teams with a willingness to take initiative
  • Conversational Spanish a plus, but not required

Required Information to Submit

To apply, please submit the following by way of email to in a single pdf or mail to 1031 33rd Street, Suite 100, Denver, CO 80205-2763.

  • Cover Letter highlighting your areas of expertise as it pertains to the listed qualifications, professional background, and any related experience with nonprofit program management
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae

Applications accepted through December 4, 2017 – No phone calls please

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