Field Crew Wanted in Mercer County

Name: Jim Simon

Email Address: Phone: 6093414724 County: Mercer
Preferred Method of Contact:
Field Crew
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Detailed Description of Position: This is a seasonal, part-time position from March-November that helps provide support to the 70 schools and the community that Isles supports, including Isles-managed production gardens. The position is 24 hours per week, split between 3 to 4 days, with occasional Saturday morning hours.
Duties Include:
Support community and school groups in maintenance of community and school gardens
Assist with planning, planting, and maintenance of gardens
Assist with trouble-shooting of plants, pests, and or diseases in gardens
Support beautification projects
Provide support for beautification projects
Support gardening and environmental education efforts
Sell produce and interact with customers at Greenwood Ave Farmers Market

Description of Farm: Founded in 1981, Isles is a nationally recognized nonprofit community development and environmental organization with the mission to foster more self-reliant families in healthy, sustainable communities. Each year, Isles reaches thousands of central New Jersey residents with opportunities for at-risk youth job training, affordable housing development, financial literacy training, homeownership counseling, community gardening, environmental health and education, and community organizing and planning.
CP&D staff works with communities to develop and implement innovative ways to achieve resident-led neighborhood revitalization. Our services fall into three broad categories: community planning, real estate development, and urban agriculture. We work with residents to develop and implement neighborhood plans; provide pre-development, planning, funding, design, and community outreach assistance to physical re-development projects, including affordable housing; support community and school gardeners through the Isles Garden Support Network (IGSN); offer food and nutrition education via film screenings, discussions, and cooking workshops; and collaborate with other service providers to incorporate hands-on gardening and nutrition education into their youth-serving programs. We also represent Isles on many local, regional, and statewide policy and issue-based committees, and are playing a leadership role in Trenton’s efforts to battle its problem of vacant and abandoned properties.

Skills: Education, Experience, Certifications:
Gardening or horticulture experience and/or interest preferred
Interest in working with the general public, especially youth
Experience using landscaping equipment including but not limited to lawnmowers (riding and
push models), rototillers, weed trimmers
Comfortable interacting with members of the public
Bilingual in Spanish a plus
Passion for the environment and healthy living
Physical Demands
This job is performed outside and in all kinds of weather
Must be able to list 50 lbs on regular basis

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