2022 Community Roots Program Manager

Dates: March-August, 2022
Hours: average of 12 hours per week remote planning in March-April. 30-40 hours per week on site in May-August
Compensation: $18-$20 per hour, depending on experience + housing stipend (May-August) + a weekly veggie share from the garden (June - August)

Reports to: Community Roots Program Director

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 adult (ages 16-24) Garden Leaders in the Hunter Elementary School Garden. The team of Garden Leaders will work together to prepare the soil, plant, manage and harvest vegetables for sale and distribution in the neighborhood community. The team of Garden Leaders will learn about and discuss food justice as well as garden-based education for youth and community engagement for all ages. With support from the Community Roots Program Director, the Community Roots Program Manager will foster a positive working team, coordinate educational garden visits with community members, and schedule community events in the garden. 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 the Community Roots Program Director, develop a garden plan and weekly season schedule for Garden Leaders
    • Hire 2022 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 garden visits, daily garden duties, and on and off site Garden Leader activities
    • Plan and organize volunteer days as needed
    • Work with community partners to create learning opportunities for Garden Leaders
    • Schedule volunteer opportunities and visits for senior citizens in the community
    • Schedule and organize garden-based community events
    • Invite local community leaders and politicians to the garden for guided tours
    • Organize and lead weekly Garden Conversations with Garden Leaders
    • Ensure 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
    • Plan and coordinate relevant field trips for Garden Leaders throughout the season
    • Complete all necessary staff paperwork for payroll throughout 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
    • Other related duties as assigned


    • Excellent interpersonal communication skills
    • Highly detail-oriented and strong organizational skills
    • Basic gardening and/or farming skills (a minimum of one season farming or gardening)
    • Ability to manage multiple people, priorities and activities going on in the garden
    • Ability to establish reasonable outcome timelines for different projects in the garden
    • Work productively and effectively, both independently and as a member of a team
    • Passion for food justice work
    • Experience in project management, leadership training, and/or community organizing
    • Experience in Environmental Education, Youth Development Programming, and/or Teaching
    • Passion for and familiarity with Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion leadership practices 
    • Familiarity with Alaska’s growing climate and the Fairbanks community is a plus
    • Valid Driver’s License and personal vehicle for fulfilling job duties and responsibilities

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 farm stand days
    • 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, bugs, and odors
    • Work environment is primarily outdoors and may involve exposure to disagreeable weather

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

Alternatively, you can also send a copy of your resume, three references, and a cover letter that addresses the following questions to: kendalyn@calypsofarm.org

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