Hiring: Gardens Basic Needs Student Coordinator

(Title Code 4920, Student Assistant III, work study eligible job #3533268372)

Appointment: 10 hours/week

Compensation: $15 per hour

Application Deadline: 5PM, August 21

Applicants must be matriculated undergraduate students at UC Berkeley. Priority given to work study students. To apply, submit the following items by email as a single pdf to megprier@berkeley.edu with the subject line “Gardens Basic Needs Student Coordinator”

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

About the Campus Gardens Programs

The UC Berkeley gardens, landscape, and urban ecology program was initiated from the Basic Needs Community to integrate student-led urban agriculture into campus food security efforts. The program, initiated in early 2017 as a partnership between Basic Needs and the Berkeley Food Institute, broadly aims to improve integration between campus urban agriculture projects and the Basic Needs efforts, increase experiential learning opportunities, and initiate cross-campus collaboration.

Basic Needs Security Committee

The UC Berkeley Basic Needs Security Committee and Program is a combined effort of undergraduates, graduate students, professional staff, faculty, administrators and community experts. We are united in a commitment to build and institutionalize support systems to secure food, housing, and wellness security of our campus community.

Berkeley Food Institute

The Berkeley Food Institute (BFI) 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, research, policy, communications, and community engagement.

About the Position:

The Gardens Basic Needs Student Coordinator will work closely with the Campus Gardens Coordinator and the Food Pantry Coordinator to improve communication and collaboration between the Basic Needs program and the existing campus gardens. The Student Coordinator will also play a central role in the initiation of a campus Food Recovery Program and Coalition.


Basic Needs Coordination

  • Support the logistics of campus garden harvest delivery to the food pantry and integration into food security courses, demos, and workshops
  • Initiate and facilitate meetings with the campus garden managers and Food Pantry Coordinator
  • Initiate and facilitate meetings with the food security skills program
  • Support campus wide data collection on crop planning, predicted harvest, and food recovery
  • Support data collection on food pantry needs and user preferences for produce
  • Support the logistics and planning for events between gardens and basic needs including large, one-time harvests and community dinners
  • Communication: Keep the gardens calendar up to date, write and distribute the gardens newsletter; coordinate the collection of updated content for the gardens website
  • Support the Campus Gardens Coordinator in the above responsibilities, and in related tasks as needed

Food Recovery

  • Support the initiation of a campus Food Recovery Program and Coalition
  • Coordinate and facilitate monthly Food Recovery Coalition meetings
  • Support the logistics and development of a volunteer program for food recovery in collaboration with the Pantry Coordinator (prepared food recovery, local fruit tree, farm and market gleaning)
  • Communication: Draft messaging and website content for the food recovery program; work with the Basic Needs Branding Coordinator in developing food recovery outreach materials

Required Qualifications:

  • 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 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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