Permaculture Program Coordinator

Employment Opportunity

General Summary

The Permaculture Program Coordinator will develop and deliver permaculture programming at the Gibbs House Permaculture Site.  This Coordinator is responsible for creating an educational experience for all students and community members who visit and interact with the Permaculture Site. The Site provides a supportive research and education space for developing, testing, and learning about sustainable land management practices, food production, and ecological living.

The Gibbs House Permaculture Site is nearly two acres and features extensive annual vegetable gardens, 2 hoop houses, hugelkultur beds, native plantings, vermicomposting and more. Future plans for the Site include a living fence, a 7-layer food forest, alternative energy installations, and a dynamic education space designed through a student and community design competition.

This is a 20 hour per week position with a schedule that corresponds with academic and farm-related responsibilities. This is a 2-year position and pay is commensurate with experience. 

Major Duties

  • Develop and deliver permaculture programming that is consistent with Office for Sustainability mission and goals
  • Research, develop, and implement educational permaculture projects and programming
  • Provide oversight and mentorship for student workers, interns, and volunteers
  • Facilitate a supportive environment for student inquiry, research, experimentation, and learning
  • Develop and maintain work plans, schedules, and budgets
  • Document and report on program deliverables
  • Identify new opportunities, seek out new partnerships, and maintain community relationships
  • Assist with the establishment of a Farm Manager position
  • Fulfill select garden management responsibilities in parallel with a Farm Manager
  • Lead and execute projects as assigned by the Coordinator of Sustainability Projects 

Minimum Qualifications 

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education, training, and work experience
  • Strong computer, organizational, and time management skills
  • Experience managing educational programs; including developing and managing budgets and work plans, and supervising staff
  • Personal commitment to sustainability
  • Experience developing and delivering curriculum to college students 
  • Applied organic vegetable gardening knowledge
  • Detail oriented and effective communicator
  • Experience working with diverse groups in a team environment
  • Ability to work outside in extreme hot or cold conditions and work occasional evening and weekend hours
  • Ability to lift heavy objects 

Desired Qualifications 

  • Possess a background and knowledge in farm management
  • Possess a Permaculture Design Certificate
  • Demonstrated experience applying permaculture principles 

Required Applicant Documents

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Three references and contact information
  • Transcript 

To Apply 

Candidates should submit all materials including cover letter, resume, list of 3 references, and transcripts for the highest degree completed. Applicants should include in their cover letter how they will enhance the diversity of perspectives at the Gibbs House Permaculture Site and how their skills, knowledge, and leadership approach will help to advance programming at the Gibbs House Permaculture Site. Please submit application materials to wmu-sustainability@wmich.edu.

Closing Date

Position is open until filled. We will begin reviewing applications and conducting interviews after August 10th.



For more information visit the Gibbs website: 

http://www.wmich.edu/sustainability/projects/gibbs

Permaculture Program Coordinator job posting:

 

http://www.wmich.edu/sustainability/projects/gibbs/permaculture-program-coordinator



Note 

This description indicates the general nature and level of work performed by employees in the above job. It is not intended to be a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to the job.