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 Employment Opportunities in Cambridge

NOTICE OF POSTING

POSTING DATE: April 1, 2021
RESUME AND LETTER OF INTEREST REQUESTED BY: 04/29/21 POSITION WILL REMAIN OPEN UNTIL FILLED

Cambridge residents are especially encouraged to apply.

Department: Public Works Department (DPW)
Job Title: Community Garden Ambassador Intern
Job Code: A544
Civil Service Position: Non Civil Service position
Union Affiliation: None
Hours Per Week: 37.50 hours/week; 10-12 weeks, typically May through August, weekend and evening hours required. May continue in the fall at 19.5 hours per week.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Reports to the Supervising Landscape Architect in the Engineering Division and works closely with the Supervising Engineer managing community gardens.  Specific duties include but are not limited to the following:

  • Work with community gardeners and garden coordinators to facilitate and improve the community garden program.
  • Maintain database of active gardeners.  Recommend space assignments.
  • Assist in outreach efforts to community gardeners, garden coordinators and potential gardeners. 
  • Develop outreach material and support outreach sessions for potential gardeners, with a specific focus on reaching traditionally underserved communities.
  • Visit each of the City's 15 community gardens bi-weekly to talk with gardeners and identify any issues with the gardens.  This will require evening and weekend work.  Write reports documenting the findings from each site visit.
  • Will manage and administer space assignments, conduct community outreach to find gardeners for vacant spaces, work with gardeners to resolve issues, coordinate with DPW and other City Departments.  Skills and experience related to both horticulture and community outreach required.  Site visits as needed, weekend and evening work required.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

Background in urban gardening and horticulture.   Experience in Microsoft Office programs. particularly Access, Excel, and Word.  Interest in community outreach and community gardens required.  The City of Cambridge's workforce, like the community it serves, is diverse.   Applicants must have the ability to work and interact effectively with individuals and groups with a variety of identities, cultures, backgrounds, and ideologies.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

  • Ability to identify typical garden plants and knowledge of growing conditions.
  • Ability to work independently
  • Ability to read a map
  • Good writing skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills

 

PHYSICAL DEMANDS/WORK ENVIRONMENT:  Moderate physical activity including lifting, bending, squatting, stretching, pushing, dragging, reaching, and pulling.  Walk and/or bike up to several miles a day. Employee will be exposed to all weather conditions.

RATE: $16.65/hour

APPLICATION PROCEDURE:

Internal applicants submit a job bidding form and 2 copies of both your resume and letter of interest; external applicants submit both your resume and letter of interest via email to: employment@cambridgema.gov  or to the Personnel Dept, Room 309, City Hall, 795 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge MA  02139. Fax 617-349-4312. Resume and letter of interest requested by 4/29/21. Position will remain open until filled.

THE CITY OF CAMBRIDGE IS AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER. WOMEN, MINORITIES, VETERANS, MEMBERS OF THE LGBTQ+ COMMUNITY, AND PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY. THE CITY IS COMMITTED TO ADVANCING A WORKFORCE CULTURE OF ANTIRACISM, DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION.

CITY OF CAMBRIDGE RESIDENTS ESPECIALLY ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY.

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