2024 Community Roots Program Manager

Dates: late March - August, 2024
Hours: average of 5 hours per week remote planning late March to early May. 30-40 hours per week on site mid May-August
Compensation: $20-$25 per hour, depending on experience +  weekly share of fresh vegetables from the garden (June - August)

Preference will be given to current residents of South Fairbanks. Black, Indigenous and People of Color are encouraged to apply.

Job Description:

The Community Roots Program Manager is responsible for leading, mentoring and supervising youth and young adults (ages 16-24) Garden Leaders in the Hunter Elementary School Garden. You and the team of Garden Leaders will work together to prepare the soil, plant, manage and harvest the garden, and sell vegetables at the Southside Community Farmers Market.

The team of Garden Leaders will learn about and discuss food justice, as well as learn about and practice garden-based education for youth and community engagement for all ages. With support from Calypso staff and volunteers, the Community Roots Program Manager will foster a positive working team and coordinate educational garden visits with community members. The Community Roots Program Manager will cultivate an environment that empowers young people to make a difference in their neighborhood community.

Click here to learn more about the Community Roots Program.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

    • With support from Calypso's Farm Director, you will develop a garden plan and weekly season schedule for Garden Leaders
    • Hire 2024 Garden Leader cohort (review applications, lead interviews, offer positions, complete hiring paperwork)
    • Ensure that all needed tools and supplies are available at the garden for  daily garden duties and on and a few off site Garden Leader activities
    • Work with community partners to create learning opportunities for Garden Leaders
    • Invite local community leaders and politicians to the garden for guided tours
    • Empower Garden Leaders meet learning benchmarks of the Community Roots Program
    • Develop a plan for picture/video documentation of daily program activities
    • Plan and organize graduation event for Garden Leaders at the end of the season
    • Demonstrate a positive and confident attitude to create and maintain a safe working environment in the garden and at the Southside Community Farmers Market
    • Maintain garden cleanliness, tool shed organization, water usage, and garden safety


    • Excellent interpersonal communication skills
    • Highly detail-oriented and strong organizational skills
    • Ability to manage multiple people, priorities and activities going on in the garden
    • Ability to lead a group in prioritizing tasks and working efficiently
    • Work well independently and as a member of a team
    • Passion for food justice work
    • Leadership experience 
    • Passion for and familiarity with Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion leadership practices 
    • Valid Driver’s License and personal vehicle for fulfilling job duties and responsibilities
    • Experience in Environmental Education, Youth Development Programming, and/or Teaching is a plus 
    • Basic gardening and/or farming skills are a plus but not absolutely required

Working Conditions and Physical Requirements:

    • Position requires regular on-site work from 9am-1pm Monday-Thursday. There will be work done outside these times for necessary communication and coordination, check-ins, garden maintenance, and Tuesday evening Southside Market days
    • A moderate amount of regular computer work required
    • Lifting/moving materials up to 50 lbs
    • Position requires a personal vehicle
    • Requires regular travel to Calypso Farm and Ecology Center and to the Hunter Elementary School Garden
    • Requires phone, email, computer, and internet access (laptop can be provided if necessary)
    • You will be working primarily in a garden - expect dirt, mud, insects, etc.
    • Work environment is primarily outdoors in all weather conditions

To apply, please submit the following form and attach your resume below.

Alternatively, you can also send a copy of your resume, three work-related references, and answers to the following questions to: info@calypsofarm.org

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