BFI Gardens Outreach and Communications Coordinator

Berkeley Food Institute Gardens Outreach and Communications Coordinator

(Title Code 4920, Student Assistant III; Grad: Title Code 4919)

Appointment: May 17 – August 15, 2020, 10 hours per week; August 16 – December 19, 8 hours per week.

Compensation: $17.25 per hour

Application Deadline: April 27, 2020, 5pm Pacific Time

Applicant must be matriculated undergraduate student at UC Berkeley. [Priority given to work study students]. To apply, submit the following items by email as a single pdf to with the subject line “Gardens Outreach and Communications Coordinator.”

  1. Cover letter
  2. Résumé
  3. Contact information for 2 professional and/or academic references

About the Berkeley Food Institute:

The Berkeley Food Institute (BFI) at the University of California, Berkeley seeks to transform food systems to expand access to healthy, affordable food and promote sustainable and equitable food production. We empower new leaders with capacities to cultivate diverse, just, resilient, and healthy food systems. We pursue our mission through interdisciplinary programs in education, community engagement, research, and policy.

About the Position:

The Gardens Outreach and Communications Coordinator will work with representatives from various campus gardens and farms and the BFI Gardens Data and Finances Coordinator. During the summer, this position will dedicate time to essential garden maintenance throughout campus gardens and farms. In the fall, the position will focus on support for campus gardens and farms outreach efforts by compiling and managing contact information for all gardens personnel, distributing needed BFI created gardening resources, and highlighting campus gardens and farms goals to the greater Berkeley community via BFI communication outlets. This position will report to Nathalie Muñoz, the BFI Administrative Coordinator.


  • Summer:
    • Assist with ongoing maintenance of participating gardens including watering, weeding, harvesting, etc.
    • Assist with food recovery efforts for surplus food, as needed
    • Assist with coordinating volunteer opportunities put on by gardens, as needed
    • Co-create documentation and track garden maintenance with Gardens Data and Finance Coordinator to be shared with gardens listserv
  • Fall:
    • Maintain the existing list of campus gardens, including locations, open hours, student leaders, and contact info; keep BFI website up to date with this information
    • Ensure all student gardens leaders have gardening toolkits and resources from BFI website; explain, teach, and answer questions about materials
    • Coordinate and attend weekly campus gardens and farms coalition meeting
    • Support gardens communication by maintaining the gardens area of BFI website, social media, flyers, posters, gardens calendar, and BFI student newsletters
    • Outreach to professors, departments, and other centers on and off campus to strengthen campus gardens and farms coalition (including but not limited to fiscal sponsorship, faculty sponsorship of DeCals, event hosting, storage rooms, new garden locations, mentorship etc.)

 Required Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with hands-on food production and gardening skills, including watering, weeding, planting seeds, harvesting, etc.
  • Outstanding oral and written communication skills, particularly in regards to communications across diverse groups
  • Ability to work collaboratively as part of a team
  • Ability to work independently and to foresee, identify, and recommend solutions in the position’s areas of responsibility
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Comfort with creativity, innovation, and hard work
  • Professionalism, courtesy, punctuality, and good humor
  • Interest and experience in agri-food systems
  • Interest and experience in public service and social equity, as core tenets of the UC Berkeley experience and the Berkeley Food Institute mission

 Equal Employment Opportunity:

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