Organic Garden Supervisor - $500 Sign-On Bonus

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Title Organic Garden Supervisor - $500 Sign-On Bonus Posting Number S00810JP Department Dining Service - Thorne Hall Job Summary

$500 Sign-Bonus for those hired on or after June 15, 2021 and before August 16, 2021. ½ paid at first check and ½ paid after 90 days, of eligibility requirements are met.

The Bowdoin Organic Garden has been an integral part of the College’s sustainability mission since 2005. In addition to growing vegetables, fruit and flowers for use in the dining halls, it also provides agricultural experiences and events for the college community. The Bowdoin Organic Garden presently comprises approximately an acre and a half of land divided between 2 on-campus locations. The Organic Garden has an active presence on campus and sponsors over 20 events and activities each year. Event highlights include: maple syrup boiling on the quad, al fresco summer dinners in the garden, garden produce sales, cider pressing, and winter wheat threshing at the new barn. The Organic Garden Supervisor visits Bowdoin classrooms, sit on panels, participates in environmental programs, and works closely with student organizations.
In addition, this position plans, organizes, prepares the fields, and grows produce on the vibrant half-acre organic garden for Bowdoin Dining Service. The Supervisor works closely with students in the organic garden club to plan & hold events related to the garden. Works with Dining Service management to recruit and oversee a paid summer assistant, students and volunteers; completes and submits documentation for organic certification and develops garden goals and plans.

Education/Skills Requirements

A high school diploma or GED equivalent is required; a 4-year college degree with coursework in environmental studies is strongly preferred. Applicants must possess demonstrated knowledge of organic gardening techniques; a passion for the environment and sustainability, and demonstrated ability and interest in demanding physical labor; strong communication skills; and a valid Driver’s license and the ability to meet the requirements of the College’s Motor Vehicle Use Policy required.

Experience Requirements and/or Equivalents

Large-scale garden experience and working knowledge of organic gardening requirements and techniques are preferred. Experience with record keeping. Interest in working with students and teaching gardening skills. The successful candidate will be subject to a pre-placement physical, criminal history background check and motor vehicle record check.

Standard Work Days and Hours

Works 40 hours per week to accomplish goals. Must have schedule flexibility during growing season, to adjust hours based on weather and garden needs. Weekend and evening work may be required to cover garden-related special events.

About Bowdoin

Bowdoin embraces diversity in all forms, and the College is home to talented students, faculty and staff—with a variety of racial, ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds; religious beliefs; and gender identities, among other factors.

We encourage applications from candidates committed to the support of an inclusive campus community and those who will enrich and contribute to the College’s multifaceted diversity. We value a community in which individuals of all backgrounds are warmly welcomed and encouraged to succeed.

Founded in 1794, Bowdoin has maintained its commitment to the liberal arts for well over 200 years. Bowdoin’s reputation as a preeminent liberal arts college rests on the excellence of its faculty, students, and staff; intimate size; strong sense of community; and connections to the people, history, and natural beauty of Maine.

Bowdoin’s campus is situated in a beautiful natural setting. Located in Brunswick, Maine, a town of approximately 20,000, the College is a short drive from the Maine coast, twenty-five miles from Portland and 120 miles from Boston.

Shift Employment Category Full Time Year Round FTE 0.92 Benefits Eligible Yes Pay Type Salaried Background Check Package Requirements Administrative Staff + MVR Is driving a vehicle (e.g. Bowdoin vehicle or off road vehicle, rental car, personal car) an essential function of this job? Yes Is a pre-placement physical required for this position? Yes Posting Date 06/16/2021 Applications Accepted Until Open Until Filled Yes Type of Posting Internal/External Special Instructions to Applicants EEO Information

Bowdoin College complies with applicable provisions of federal and state laws that prohibit unlawful discrimination in employment, admission, or access to its educational or extracurricular programs, activities, or facilities based on race, color, ethnicity, ancestry and national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, age, marital status, place of birth, genetic predisposition, veteran status, or against qualified individuals with physical or mental disabilities on the basis of disability, or any other legally protected statuses.

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