Land Use Working Group Coordinators: 2 Open Positions

Campus Gardens Program
Land Use Working Group Coordinators: 2 Positions

(Title Code 4919, Student Assistant IV) 

Appointment: September 4, 2018 to May 17, 2019, 4 hours/week

Preferred working days are Monday through Thursday

Compensation: $25.78 per hour; this position does not include tuition and fee remission.

Application Deadline: Monday August 20th, 2018 at 5pm Pacific Time.

Applicants must be matriculated graduate students at UC Berkeley. To apply, submit the following items by email as a single pdf to with the subject line “Land Use Working Group Coordinator.”

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

Campus Gardens

UC Berkeley is home to a growing network of gardens that capture student interest in urban agriculture and greening and respond to urban sustainability, food security, environmental health, and climate change resilience. Many of these are student led with functions for food production, education, research, community building, and cultural representation. Since 2017, the Berkeley Food Institute and Basic Needs Committee have coordinated a campus gardens program which aims to improve integration between urban agriculture and Basic Needs services, increase experiential learning, and initiate cross-campus collaboration.

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:

In 2016-2017 BFI conducted a strategic plan for campus farms and gardens across campus and found opportunities for incorporating equity and community input processes to campus decision-making around land use. The new Land Use Working Group aims to collaboratively develop a model for community participation in campus land use decisions. The two Coordinators will envision, initiate, and coordinate the Working Group with the goal of developing a document of recommendations by the end of the academic year. The Coordinators will report to BFI staff.


  • Envision and plan the goals and process for the Land Use Working Group in collaboration with the Campus Gardens Coordinator
  • Develop a list of potential stakeholders and outreach to those individuals
  • Regularly convene and co-facilitate the Working Group with the support of the Campus Gardens Coordinator
  • Draft a report of recommendations and next steps that come out of Working Group meetings
  • Support with additional tasks related to the Land Use Working Group as needed.

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 and experience in public service and social equity, as core tenets of the UC Berkeley experience and the Berkeley Food Institute mission
  • Interest and/or experience in planning and community participatory processes preferred

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