[montanafood_ag] UM Dining Hiring Garden Manager - Missoula, MT

Finch, Ian ian.finch at mso.umt.edu
Tue Jun 16 12:57:46 MDT 2015

Calling all young, aspiring, or experienced farmers, gardeners, and foodies!

Help the University of Montana-Missoula fulfill its plans of becoming an "edible campus" by working for UM Dining as our Garden Manager.

Full details are below, but the successful candidate will plan and manage .75 acres of biointensive campus production space, passive solar greenhouse, small microgreens growing operation, and an aquaponics system, all embedded within UM Dining operations.

Through this lense of urban agriculture the Garden Manager will also plan educational programming, workshops, and tours, utilizing our campus food gardens as learning laboratories and spaces for applied research and independent study projects.  This person will also supervise a student garden assistant and 4-6 interns per semester.

See our facebook<https://www.facebook.com/LommassonCenterGarden?ref=hl> page for examples of projects, people involved, and events.

Apply on the UM employment website here<https://university-montana-hr.silkroad.com/epostings/index.cfm?fuseaction=app.jobinfo&jobid=1273&company_id=16254&version=1&source=ONLINE&jobOwner=992274&aid=1>.


UMD Garden Manager, UM Dining
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Job Description

Position Title:                    UMD Garden Manager (Program Coordinator II)

Position Number:              118360

Department:                       UM Dining

Closing Date:                     Applications received by June 23, 2015 will be guaranteed full consideration, and applications received after may be considered. Screening begins 6/24/15.

Work Schedule:                 Full-time, 12 months/year, 1.0 FTE, Position is event driven and requires an alternative work schedule.

Minimum Entry Rate:        $13.913/hr

Union Affiliation:               MPEA

Probationary Period:        Six months minimum

Benefits Include:               Insurance package, mandatory retirement plan, partial tuition waiver, professional development/wellness program

The UMD Garden Manager is responsible for all activities of the UMD Edible Campus Program. The Garden Manager coordinates UMD Edible Campus production, including planting, maintenance, harvest, and delivery of produce in the garden, greenhouse, microgreens area, aquaponic system, and future garden expansion projects.  In addition to planning Edible Campus projects, this position develops effective record keeping systems to track planting, harvest, seasonal garden maintenance tasks, and food safety measures and produce accurate and relevant reports on these areas.

In addition to managing Edible Campus food production for UMD, the Garden Manager is also tasked with directing the UMD Composting Program. This includes pickup and delivery of compostable materials from UMD units to the PEAS farm, providing support for units participating in the compost program, and accurately tracking and reporting on the UMD Compost Program. This position is also responsible for contributing to grant requests.

The UMD Garden Manager is responsible for developing education and outreach opportunities associated with the Edible Campus Program, and coordinating with community partners and contractors. This includes interacting with the UM campus and Missoula communities by developing and delivering special events, workshops, service projects, demonstrations, tours, and field trips. Additional education and outreach responsibilities include collaborating on the UMD Grizzly Green Market and directing the UMD Edible Campus Internship Program. This position is also responsible for updating social media sites.

This position cultivates diverse and active relationships with UM academic departments, student groups, and community partners. The Garden Manager is expected to research and spearhead garden expansion projects, including garden, orchard, and farm initiatives at the UM Main Campus and Missoula College.

This position supervises the Student Garden Assistant.  This position has decision-making authority regarding activities of the Student Garden Assistant on a day-to-day or weekly basis, but does not have authority over performance review, pay, or employment relationship matters.  This position is responsible for directing the UMD Edible Campus Internship Program includes development and implementation of a structured internship program (including planning, budgeting, evaluation, collaboration with faculty advisors, etc.). This position will recruit, train, and supervise interns and volunteers to assist with outdoor garden activities, indoor growing projects, and educational initiatives.

This position requires incumbent to develop working knowledge of UM and UMD administration and processes for project development; and develop working knowledge of the UMD mission and sustainable business practices.
Required Skills
*         Advanced knowledge and experience in planning and implementing sustainable agricultural systems for the Montana climate including:  plant propagation, seedling care, transplanting, weeding, watering, pruning, harvesting, and fertility management; pest control, observation, and monitoring; season extension.
*         Ability to use garden and landscaping tools such as shovels, rakes, or hand tools, for digging, moving soil, prepping garden beds, and planting, in addition to motorized garden equipment.
*         Knowledge of high volume agriculture and foodservice production.
*         Knowledge of and skills for program planning, documentation, organization, analysis, and evaluation.
*         Strong written and verbal communication skills and effective public relation skills.
*         Ability to organize small and large events, workshops, and demonstrations.
*         Ability to work with a diverse population including UMD culinary staff and campus and community partners.
*         Ability to write and administer grants for the UMD Edible Campus Program.
*         Proficiency in Microsoft Office Programs including Word, Excel, PowerPoint.
*         Knowledge of tool and work site safety and ability to teach these to others.
*         Ability to work independently and as part of a large, diverse team.
*         Knowledge of the UMD mission and sustainable business practices.
*         Ability to be student centered and guest focused.
*         Ability to maintain productivity while working in a public environment interacting with students, faculty, staff, guests, and the Missoula community.
*         Ability to coordinate with independent contractors on infrastructure-related projects.
*         Report directly to the Director of Sustainability and provide monthly updates for the UMD Leadership Team.
Required Experience
*         Bachelor's degree and three (3) years experience in production growing including farming, gardening, or horticulture.
*         Must have a valid Montana driver's license at the time of employment.

Preferred Qualifications
*         Preference will be given to applicants with degrees in Environmental Studies, Agricultural Sciences, or related fields.
*         Expert knowledge of the history, details, and needs of the UMD garden program and UMD units.
*         Expert knowledge of food safety risk management in an agricultural and foodservice setting.
*         Working knowledge of vermicomposting systems, beekeeping, and mushroom cultivation, aquaponics, hydroponics, microgreens, and permaculture.
*         Possess existing relationships with area agricultural businesses and organizations and the UM campus.
*         Ability to install, repair, and problem solve irrigation systems.
*         Knowledge of general grounds maintenance needs including fixing fences, gates, and equipment.
*         Ability to repair and maintain UMD Garden infrastructure, including season extension infrastructure and vertical gardening structures.
*         Experience and knowledge of the grant application and administration process.

About UM Dining

UM Dining supports student success through superior cuisine and service, exceptional dining experiences, and sustainable business practices. The shared values are to treat the people we serve as guests; commit to local, regional and global environmental stewardship and agricultural economic sustainability; exhibit passion in the pursuit of our profession; respect the contributions, rights, and dignity of our diverse employees and guests; and value quality, excellence, health, responsiveness, integrity, and innovation.

UM Dining (UMD) is an international award-winning, self-operated, collegiate foodservice department.  Among other accomplishments, UMD has developed the very successful UM Farm to College Program and has become a nationally recognized leader in sustainable business practices.  Our creative chefs and culinary team have won numerous recipe contests and cooking competitions.  For more information about UM Dining, please visit http://life.umt.edu/dining/default.php


Applicants are required to submit the following materials online via "New Resume/CV" button below.  Step 5 "Attachments" in the online application process is where you may upload additional materials. Only five (5) attachments are allowed per application. Please combine documents accordingly.

*         Letter of Interest - please also address the stated required skills for the position
*         Detailed resume listing education and describing work experience
*         Names and contact information for three (3) professional references

Criminal Background Investigation is required prior to Offer of Employment
In accordance with University regulations, finalists for this position will be subject to criminal background investigations.

ADA/EOE/AA/Veteran's Preference
Reasonable accommodations are provided in the hiring process for persons with disabilities. For example, this material is available in alternative format upon request.

As an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, we encourage applications from minorities, veterans, and women. Qualified candidates may request veterans' or disabilities preference in accordance with state law.

References.  *References not listed on the application materials may be contacted; notice may be provided to the applicant.Testing.  Individual hiring departments at UM-M may elect to administer pre-employment tests, which are relevant to essential job functions. Employment Eligibility.  All New Employees must be eligible and show employment eligibility verification by the first date of employment at UM, as legally required (e.g., Form I-9).

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Job Location
Missoula, Montana, United States
Position Type

Ian Finch
Director of Sustainability
UM Dining | UM Farm to College Program
The University of Montana

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