Garden Education and Training Coordinator – Portland

Published on September 3, 2014 under Uncategorized

Job Title:                                             Garden Education and Training Coordinator

Location(s):                                        7900 NE 33rd Drive Portland, OR 97211

Reports To:                                         Education and Training Programs Manager, Partnerships and Programs

Pay Details:                                        DOE. Minimum pay grade starts at $38,334 per year.


Application Instructions:              Please apply online at Please upload your professional resume and cover letter.


Deadline to Apply:                          September 11, 2014


Who we are:

Oregon Food Bank provides food, education and hope to our neighbors in need.

  • We are collaborative. At the center of a network of over 950 partners, OFB’s work is done in collaboration with organizations throughout Oregon and in Clark County, WA.
  • We focus on freshness. OFB’s Produce Initiative and Fresh Alliance Programs bring fresh food to our neighbors in need.
  • We champion self-reliance. OFB’s education courses teach skills that make families more resilient and impact life-long changes to eating habits.
  • We advocate for change. OFB advocates for public policies and programs that address the root causes of hunger.

Who we are looking for:

We believe that communities thrive when people are nourished and that everyone deserves healthy, fresh, food. Oregon Food Bank is seeking an energetic, highly motivated Garden Education & Training Coordinator who thrives in a fast-paced, highly-fluid, work environment. As the Garden Education & Training Coordinator you excel in multi-tasking, goal-setting, accountability, and workload prioritization. You are proficient in a wide range of gardening and teaching skills. You are culturally savvy, enjoy working with people from all walks of life, and are able to demonstrate inclusivity and equity in all that you do.

This is a full time position, scheduled Monday to Friday November to March and Tuesday to Saturday April to October. There is frequent travel for work performed in the community and in support of garden education in the Portland Metro area.


Who you are:

You care deeply about people experiencing hunger and hold them in the center of all that you do. You believe that no one should be hungry and that together we can solve hunger. You bring hands-on vegetable gardening experience and are known for your strategic, curious, nimble and enthusiastic nature. You excel at fostering relationships and open dialogue with your peers and community stakeholders, leading to stronger and more efficient partnerships and programs. You have an exceptional ability to quickly address setbacks, troubleshoot issues, and seamlessly direct multiple priorities at the same time. You want to spend some time outside in the garden, but your passion also lies with developing curriculum, lesson plans, and evaluation tools to teach adults and youth living on low incomes the joys and benefits of gardening. You are self-directed, yet flexible, and excel in a swiftly changing, team-oriented, and entrepreneurial environment.


Primary Responsibilities:

·         Manage the integrity, consistency, implementation and growth of Seed to Supper, a nationally recognized garden education program for adults, including the development of lesson plans, training materials, new curricula, and support materials.

  • Develop relationships and strategies with community organizations and social service agencies for the implementation of effective Seed to Supper classes.
  • Provide program administration, training, and support to regional partners implementing OFB’s Seed to Supper program throughout Oregon and Clark County, Washington.
  • Provide leadership and manage logistical support for Seed to Supper, primarily in the Portland metro area, including AmeriCorps member supervision, class scheduling, volunteer recruitment, training, and recognition.
  • Work collaboratively to build relationships and linkage withlocal and regional gardening organizations, social service and hunger-relief agencies, food systems organizations, and other partners, and oversee distribution of garden supply and equipment donations to these partners.
  • Serve as a garden programming consultant to OFB’s Partner Agencies, Regional Food Banks, Community Food Systems partners, and other valuable stakeholders by offering troubleshooting, training, technical assistance, and other support.
  • Develop tools and resources to support, monitor, evaluate and grow garden education programs and measure their success.
  • Lead garden-based activities for groups of Rachel Carson Environmental Middle School at OFB’s Westside Learning Garden during the school year.
  • Oversee program workplan, budget, grant reporting, evaluation, and other related administrative duties.
  • Other duties as assigned.

·         Lead 1-2 weekly hands-on volunteer shifts in OFB’s metro area Learning Gardens during the garden season in collaboration with the Learning Gardens Program Coordinator and develop new educational resources for use in onsite garden programming.


Skills and Experience of the Ideal Candidate:


  • Minimum 4 years of demonstrated success in educational program development and coordination.
  • Demonstrated expertise or education in community-based sustainable agriculture, small-scale farming, or vegetable gardening using organic practices in the Pacific Northwest.
  • Proven track record training, coordinating, and effectively managing diverse volunteers.
  • Proven ability in adult education, curriculum development, and train-the-trainer models.
  • A collaborative and flexible style, with a deep passion for learning and a team approach, including excellent judgment and creative problem-solving skills.
  • Spoken and written fluency in Spanish or another language other than English.
  • Proficiency utilizing Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, Outlook) and standard office equipment.
  • Willingness to use personal vehicle for OFB business.
  • Previous work with Master Gardeners and an understanding of Cooperative Extension Services preferred.


About Oregon Food Bank:

Our Mission:  To eliminate hunger and its root cause…because no one should be hungry.

Oregon Food Bank is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and we encourage applications from candidates who can contribute to the diversity of our organization.



Ginny Sorensen
Education and Training Programs Manager
Oregon Food Bank
ph. 503.419.4183
fax. 503.282.0922

Oregon Food Bank’s Education Programs

Feeding our Future through Garden and Nutrition Education …because no one should be hungry.