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Shared Garden Program Coordinator

Gilroy & San Jose CA

Job Type



40 hours per week

About Valley Verde

Valley Verde is dedicated to building healthy and resilient communities by providing low-income families educational programs, edible gardens, and micro-entrepreneurship opportunities that create food security and lead to self sufficiency.

Job Description

Valley Verde is an urban agriculture nonprofit based in San Jose uses home gardening as a catalyst for improving the long-term health of underserved Santa Clara County residents. Valley Verde works with each participant for a year or more, providing a comprehensive set of culturally relevant services and resources to enable families to successfully grow their own organic produce gardens and prepare healthy meals with fresh vegetables.

Valley Verde is seeking a coordinator to expand our Shared Garden Program to reach low-income families in Gilroy, CA. Knowledge of the Gilroy area and local community organizations local to the area would be beneficial for this role.

Essential job functions: With support from the Shared Garden Program Manager, assist with program organization, implementing Shared garden programs and assist with tracking all program data.

Tasks include, but are not limited to:

  • Travel throughout Santa Clara County to facilitate monthly organic gardening workshops for participants of the Shared Garden Program

  • Communicate via email, phone calls, text messages, or in person, on a monthly basis with participants regarding workshops, attendance, and upcoming events

  • Collect and enter data monthly for participant attendance, home visits, and check-ins

  • Schedule and conduct monthly check-ins, and quarterly garden visits with participants

  • Create and upload training videos to online learning platforms, as needed

  • In collaboration with the Executive Director, review and update curriculum,lesson plans, and programming

  • Troubleshoot garden issues including diseases and pests using organic methods

  • Organize and assist with the distribution of garden materials (heavy lifting, 30-40 lb bags)

  • Assist with Planting Weeks and any other program events

  • Represent Valley Verde and develop partnerships within the community

  • In coordination with the Shared Garden Program Manager, recruit and enroll program participants, volunteers and interns

  • Assist customers with sales of seedlings at the site

  • Create Social Media content for the Shared Garden Program

  • Other duties as assigned by Shared Garden Program Manager


  • Must have regular/reliable access to a vehicle with appropriate insurance for transportation

  • Must be detail oriented and accurately report program attendance and other participant statistics

  • Experience working in a multiethnic community environment

  • Ability to develop professional relationships with program participants regardless of language barriers, cultural differences, or physical/mental abilities

  • Must be extremely organized and have the ability to prioritize projects to meet deadlines consistently

  • Must be able to work independently and collaboratively in a team, show creativity, and ability to initiate and complete projects with limited supervision

  • Bi-lingual English/Spanish or English/Vietnamese required

  • At least 1 year of teaching or group facilitation preferred

  • At least 1 year of experience growing organic vegetables and urban gardening preferred

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills required

  • Excellent computer skills in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Google Suite, Mailchimp, and Canva

  • Must be able to sit, stand, walk, lift, bend, and twist to complete garden projects and activities

  • Experience operating power tools, building, and assembling irrigation systems is a plus

  • Associate or Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science, Community Development, or Education strongly preferred.

  • Master Gardener’s certification is strongly preferred.

  • Other related coursework or experience can be substituted.

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How to Apply

Please email your resume and cover letter to Rita, 
Thank you for considering this opportunity!
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