Hiring: Student Organic Garden Association Operations Manager

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

Appointment: The Operations Manager will work 5 hours/week from August 23 – December 15, 2017

Compensation: Compensation will be $13.75/hour, totaling a semesterly salary of $1,100

Application Deadline: 9PM, August 20, 2017

How to Apply

Applicants must be matriculated undergraduate students at UC Berkeley. Please complete this short application and send a resume and cover letter to studentorganicgarden@gmail.com by August 16 at 5pm. In your cover letter, please include:

  1. Which position(s) (Operations and/or Programs) you are applying for;
  2. Your experiences—garden/farm operations and educational programming—that qualify you for this position
  3. Your previous involvement with SOGA
  4. A sample crop plan that shows your knowledge of sustainable food production (only if applying for Operations)

If you have any questions regarding the position or the application, please email studentorganicgarden@gmail.com.

About the Student Organic Garden Association (SOGA)

The Student Organic Garden Association is a UC Berkeley affiliated student organization that stewards the Student Organic Garden on the corner of Virginia and Walnut St in Berkeley, CA. The garden offers several DeCals, weekly open hours, regular workshops and events, and management positions for students and community members to gain hands-on gardening and leadership experience.

About the Position

The purpose of this internship is to provide continuity of management during the semester, which enhances SOGA’s ability to provide experiential learning opportunities to students and community members. The Operations Intern, as a garden manager, will ensure that the SOGA facilities are in appropriate condition for optimal educational programming. By managing garden maintenance and coordinating volunteers, the Operations Manager will ensure a continuity of education around food sustainability on the UC Berkeley campus and in our surrounding community. This internship will provide resources and support to students in the sustainable food systems movement on campus, as well as students new to gardening and food justice. The Operations Intern will work alongside a Programs Intern and a Administrative Intern/Mentor. All interns will be challenged with being the primary managers of the garden space, administration, and programming. The position will be paid via the Berkeley Food Institute, who serves as our sponsor for these positions.

Responsibilities: Please note that the following responsibilities are subject to change, dependent upon the garden’s needs and the skills of the applicant.

  • Develop a crop plan and watering schedule with support from current garden Operations leaders
  • Responsible for daily watering or coordinating with fellow managers, students, and volunteers to water
  • Identify possible garden projects and determine a major project to be completed during the internship
  • Serve as the primary contact for garden operations for other managers, DeCal facilitators, professors, and volunteers to refer to
  • Facilitate and coordinate facilitators for weekly Sunday Open Hours 10AM-2PM
  • Manage in-house compost production and monthly City of Berkeley compost pick ups
  • Coordinate produce harvests and donations to partnering organizations, namely the UC Berkeley Student Food Pantry
  • Contribute to data collection of harvests and volunteer attendance
  • Attend weekly management meetings with fellow interns, DeCal Facilitators, professors, and mentors
  • All interns will write a weekly blog entry including photographs documenting progress of the internship

Required Qualifications

  • Prior experience (at any capacity) in the Student Organic Garden is required UNLESS you have extensive leadership experience in other farms or gardens. You will have mentors to work with throughout the semester, but this position is largely independent, so a knowledge of garden functions and the Association is essential.
  • Keen interest and experience in agri-food systems
  • Committed to addressing urban social equity
  • Experience completing independent self-directed projects
  • Experience in mentoring or educating your peers
  • Ability to work independently and to foresee, identify, and recommend solutions in the position’s areas of responsibility
  • UC Berkeley student throughout the duration of the internship

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant, see: http://www.eeoc.gov/employers/upload/poster_screen_reader_optimized.pdf

For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, see: http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct