Lyndale Community Garden and Food Justice Organizer
Organizador de jardines comunitarios y justicia alimentaria
Part-time (up to 80 hours per month), seasonal, staff person with LNA ($15-17 per hour, beginning March 2021 through harvest). Located in the heart of South Minneapolis, the Lyndale Neighborhood Association is on the front line of issues that make Minneapolis a better place to live, work, play and invest for everyone who calls Minneapolis their home.
The Lyndale Garden and Environment (G&FJ) Organizer will oversee the site development, management and community building at three, local community gardens. The G&FJ Organizer will also work to connect these gardeners to other community gardens in Lyndale and Kingfield to raise funds, provide educational opportunities, and to build community and connect gardeners across cultures and communities. The G&FJ Organizer will work to establish ongoing relationships with local food shelves, community dinner and food distribution sites, and other food justice organizations to connect Lyndale gardeners into a network where greater community needs can be met from the work they are doing and the food they are growing.
The G&FJ Organizer will work, under the supervision of the Lyndale Neighborhood Association, to maintain and expand participation and connection of neighbors in their community through gardening. In this position, the G&FJ Organizer will also participate in planning and/or hosting the weekly community dinner, creating/scheduling food and gardening educational activities, and organizing multiple community gardens and food distribution events. LNA’s desire is to hire a person from the nearby community for this position.
Because two of the gardens host predominantly native Spanish-speakers, a successful candidate will be fluent in oral Spanish and literate in written Spanish, love working with neighbors from all backgrounds on projects, and must also enjoy getting their hands dirty through gardening, cooking, and neighborhood clean-up projects.
To apply, send a letter or email indicating your interest, resume and 1-2 community references to or arrange to drop-off your application by contacting LNA at 612-499-8382. LNA hopes to fill this position quickly; applications reviewed upon receipt.
A competitive candidate must have:
- Strong organizational skills and be able to multitask projects and juggle multiple projects including:
- Keep detailed records of contact and payment information
- Track all receipts for bookkeeper
- Accurately track hours
- Ability to work flexible hours, including evening and weekend hours.
- Some gardening knowledge and experience, and a willingness to learn more.
- Be able to work in-person inside the gardens directly with community members.
- Be able to enthusiastically participate in garden work including lifting up to 50 pounds.
- Be able to understand and rules and implement them so they are fair to all.
- Be a strong communicator:
- Communicate effectively in writing and orally.
- Exhibit basic computer proficiency in email, Excel and Word.
- Respond in a timely manner.
- Be bilingual in written and spoken Spanish/English.
- Be able to handle a large amount of communication via phone calls, texts and emails from 50+ gardeners.
- Be able to delegate tasks to gardeners on work days.
- Communicate effectively on issues.
- Experience working with diverse populations or immigrant communities preferred.
- Commitment to volunteer involvement in community/neighborhood-based organizations and a passion and love for building a healthy community.