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P-Patch Community Garden Coordinator

  • Full Time
  • Seattle, WA
  • Compensation:$34.37 - $40.06 Hourly

City of Seattle

The Department of Neighborhood’s mission is to strengthen Seattle by engaging all communities.  One of the ways we do this is through the P-Patch Gardening Program which oversees 90 P-Patches distributed throughout the city.  Community gardeners grow food on 14.9 acres of land and stewards 18.8 acres for the public.

The Job

As a P-Patch Community Garden Coordinator you will oversee the successful functioning of up to 20 gardens.  In the last year there has been a surge in interest and participation in the P-Patch program for physical, emotional, and mental health as well as a means to improve access to healthy food. Your role will be to encourage community building and capacity, to nurture civic engagement, and foster environmental ethics inclusively and equitably with a wide range of participants. Being able to build strong and authentic relationships across cultures is foundational to this work.

Job Duties

You will manage:

Property – working with property owners, city departments, public agencies, and private groups
Activities – ensuring successful functioning of community garden and open space property
People – recordkeeping, including fee collection, plot assignments, quality of plot usage, and adherence to program regulations
Projects – volunteer-initiated or direct improvement and development project, including budgetary oversight
Program Tools/Database – provide technical support

You will support development of:

Programming – making programs more inclusive, including the use of translation and interpretation services
Tools – create and implement written materials, rules and policies, best practices, etc. to aid volunteers
Volunteer leadership – foster and support volunteer skill development – building community, communication, and conflict resolution
Policies and guidelines – to address emerging issues in the community

Job Qualifications

Four years of related work experience


Three years of related work experience


An associate’s degree related to horticulture, agriculture, social science, planning, environmental studies or a related field


Two years of related work experience


A baccalaureate degree in horticulture, agriculture, social science, planning, environmental studies, or a related field

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