GARDEN COORDINATOR


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Quail Springs Mission Statement

Background

Quail Springs Permaculture

Founded in 2004, Quail Springs Permaculture (QS) is an educational non-profit that sits on a 450-acre permaculture demonstration site in the Cuyama Valley. Quail Springs is dedicated to exploring the possibilities of sustainable human settlement through teaching and demonstration. We believe that land health is human health, and that the lessons of simple living provide direction towards a thriving Earth and society.

Residents & staff

The residents and staff of the QS site and non-profit are a group of makers and thinkers who work together to create regenerative land and community systems. The residents and staff of QS strive to create a vibrant community and balanced workplace through passion, collaboration, and celebration.

Structure

Prospective candidates will embrace simple, remote rural living in a community while working in a nonprofit organization. Quail Springs has recently adopted a new organizational structure with the aim of empowering all employees with decision-making power in their areas of work and supporting a more equitable, efficient and engaging work environment. We are excited about this new structure and a successful applicant will have an interest in, or knowledge of, “flat” workplace structures and a commitment to grow with us.

About You

Successful applicants are flexible, willing to learn, and have an interest in equitable and resilient community structures. A good sense of humor, excellent communication skills, and an orientation towards leaning in during conflict instead of leaning out will serve the successful candidate in this position.

Position Description

This person is responsible for managing and maintaining our 1.5-acre food forest garden, two greenhouses and additional perennial systems. They will work closely with the Animal Systems Director and Volunteer and Hosting Director to orient work-trade volunteers to the farm, host farm tours, and run community and volunteer work parties in the garden.

Primary Responsibilities

GARDEN CROP MANAGEMENT

  • Create, manage, and execute crop plan/calendar (seeding, transplanting, harvesting)
  • Manage seed-saving projects & small seedbank
  • Orient work-trade volunteers and community members to the garden
  • Lead garden projects, plantings and harvests
  • Tend and prune perennials and plantings
  • Troubleshoot and mitigate crop pests with non-toxic and IPM solutions

WATERING AND IRRIGATION

  • Manage and implement irrigation schedule 
  • Hand-water nursery greenhouse
  • Conduct maintenance and repairs of drip irrigation systems for annual garden beds, greenhouse, and perennial systems

RECORD-KEEPING

  • Document garden production, health, and crop plan in our digitized records
  • Plan and track expenditures within budget

GENERAL / MISCELLANEOUS

  • Act as kitchen-garden liaison, keeping community informed with the available produce in the garden
  • Contribute to the redesign of the Quail Springs Permaculture site design plan

Location

Quail Springs Permaculture is based near Ventucopa, California in the Cuyama Valley, 1.5 hours from the nearest urban/suburban center.

Working & Living Conditions

This position is approximately 30hr/week, with some weeks being less, and others being more. The successful candidate is self-directed and thrives with a shifting workload. We all share in community responsibilities, in addition to our paid work. The Garden Coordinator will live and work in the Quail Springs community setting, where there are anywhere from 10-25 other people living and working on the mission of the organization. The site is remote, with limited communications (cell phones do not work, and the internet and phone service are limited to the office area). We have two small offices as our indoor working environment. Our staffing accommodations range from canvas tents and yurts to earthen homes. This will be discussed during the interview process and depends on availability.

Compensation

A base stipend of $500/month, plus simple housing and excellent food is provided (as well as endless wilderness to explore).

Application Process

Please take care to fully fill out our online application so we may best get to know you. If your application is approved, we will set up interviews. We are hard-working folks, so please be patient with our response time! But also don’t hesitate to check back in on the status of your application.

 We highly recommend planning to come out for a day (or night, if a host is available) to see if it feels like a good fit.

Please let us know if you have any questions about this description, your work, or your stay here at Quail Springs. We look forward to reviewing your application!