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Calypso's School Garden Manager Posted Oct 30
Calypso Farm & Ecology Center , Fairbanks, AK
Calypso’s School Garden Manager
Calypso Farm & Ecology Center, Fairbanks, Alaska

Organization Overview
Founded in 2000, Calypso Farm and Ecology Center’s mission is to promote local agriculture and environmental awareness through hands-on education in natural and farming ecosystems. We do this through a variety of educational programs – for all ages – both on the farm and in the community. Learn More about Calypso's Programs at!

HOURS: Seasonal, 30-35 hours per week
DATES April 1 – August 30, 2019
WAGE: $15.00/hour, a share of school garden vegetables during the growing season & mileage compensation between gardens

School Garden Initiative (SGI) Overview
The School Garden Initiative consists of a network of three school gardens in the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District, planted and maintained by Calypso. The goal of the gardens is to provide hands-on education to youth in a school garden setting. Summer programming includes: LEAF Summer Camps and the Engaging Alaskan Teens in Gardening (EATinG) Program. These gardens are a special part of the school and communities!

The School Garden Manager is Calypso’s lead farmer for the School Gardens, responsible for the health and production of the three school gardens. The SGM will join Calypso’s staff at the beginning of April and will spend time learning garden locations, meeting school staff, planning and outreaching to schools to recruit student gardeners for the EATinG Program. Weather permitting, bed prep and seeding of the gardens will take place throughout May. The SGM will supervise a short-term garden prep crew (for approximately 2 weeks in late May). In June and July, the SGM will work with summer education program staff on all garden maintenance and harvest (as needed). At the end of the season, the SGM will clean up the gardens and sheds, compile all garden records and complete a season evaluation with Calypso staff.


Garden Care & Operations
• Lead bed prep, planting, seeding, irrigation, cultivation, weed-whacking, mowing, harvest, etc. in all 3 gardens
• Transport transplants from Calypso to each garden.
• Maintain good communication and work with summer garden program on garden maintenance.
• Make sure these public gardens look beautiful!

• Assist with school garden Farm Stands mid-June to mid-August as needed.
• Help share updates on garden activities & Farm Stands through our social media outlets.

Garden/School Relations
• Participate in spring and fall garden activities with students and teachers as needed.

Planning & Organization
• Attend regular Calypso staff meetings and/or weekly check-ins with a Calypso Farmer
• Maintain a complete inventory of tools and supplies.
• Maintain excellent records of all garden seeding, planting, production, harvest, produce sales and donations
• Compile production notes into an end of season evaluation

• 2 years of organic farming experience, (management preferred)
• Farming skills including but not limited to: harvesting, bed prep, seeding, transplanting, compost building, cultivating, drip irrigation (system set-up and maintenance), weed whacking and mowing, etc.
• Experience working with youth, preferred
• Must feel comfortable teaching gardening techniques
• Experience setting up and running a farm stand.
• Must work well under a deadline and be able to handle several projects at one time.
• Reliable vehicle to transport self, plants and tools (mileage will be reimbursed)
• Positive, hard working “can-do” attitude
• Flexible
• Detail-Oriented, with excellent organizational skills
• Ability to work independently
• Good interpersonal communication skills
• Enjoy working with youth.
• Belief in Calypso’s mission (see overview above)
• Have a sense of humor!
• First Aid & CPR certified (training provided)

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and early applications are encouraged! Please send a copy of your resume, 3 work related references and answers to the following questions to Susan Willsrud at We will contact you about interviews.
1. Describe why you are interested in being the School Garden Manager.
2. Describe, in detail, your farming experience (including the types of farms you’ve worked on, for how long and what your responsibilities were). References required for each farm position.
3. Describe any relevant experience you have supervising other people.
4. Are you available from April 1 through August 30, 2019?
5. Describe any experience you have working with youth (preferred, not required)
6. If you were a vegetable, what would you be and why?
7. How did you hear about the position?