Green City Growers is an employee-owned, Certified B Corporation and is the premier urban farming company based in Somerville, Massachusetts. We transform unused space into thriving urban farms, providing schools, homeowners, restaurants, businesses, and communities with immediate access to nutritious food, while revitalizing city landscapes and inspiring self-sufficiency. Our clients include schools, corporate campuses supermarkets, restaurants, private residences, and sporting venues.
This is an exciting opportunity to join a hands-on team in a quickly growing company that is dedicated to developing sustainable onsite food production systems.
The Director of Horticulture oversees the planting and maintenance of GCG’s ~150 urban farm sites throughout the greater Boston area and expanding nationally (eg., Texas, California, etc…). They will manage the multiple farm staff, managers and delegate tasks in-house and on-site to ensure our gardens and services meet or exceed client expectations. The Director of Horticulture will collaborate and work to support GCG’s other departments (i.e., education, customer success, administrative, and operations), ensuring efficiency and smoothness of work. Strong people skills, fostering community, and the ability to direct others respectfully and effectively are requirements. The Director of Horticulture will also keep a constant eye toward improving products and systems as GCG continues to grow.
SCOPE OF WORK:
- Management: Oversee all farming staff and horticultural projects and on-going site management activities. Ensure proper and timely maintenance of HRT area, grow rooms and greenhouses, shop, facilities, tools, equipment. Oversee the management of vendors, forecast sourcing. Manage with Programs and Education Director to develop client facing materials (e.g., programming and curriculum). Manage farmers and work with customer success team to schedule all farmers and activities. Ensure best practices are followed for food safety and use of horticultural materials.
- Training: Oversee the development of horticulture reference materials and training documents for internal use. Work with Directors of Education and Programming to develop client facing materials. Address farmer questions and lead regular meetings to direct onsite work.
- Human Resources: Hire, train, promote development and growth, oversee and delegate all HRT staff., management of farmers, interns, and crew members, as well as the use of horticultural materials. Work with other team members to create a collaborative work environment, enhance efficiencies, and improve products and services.
- Financial: Develop and manage horticulture costing & budgets. Collaborate with other departments on budget development to ensure efficient deployment of financial resources.
- Customer Service: Serve customer as point of contact and trusted advisor. Ensure projects meet quality standards and customer expectations. Oversee quality control on all sites, perform regular site visits as needed, delegate tasks to be addressed. Represent GCG as paid presenter, giving lectures, tours, etc.
- Administration: Work with sales team, Installations Director, and clients on project estimates. Oversee development and maintenance of standard operation procedures (SOP’s) for department. Create crop plans and yield estimates based on clients requests and needs.
- Process: Drive continual improvement process for products and services. Develop and maintain safety procedures and maintain a safe working environment. Work with Horticulture Manager as well as Facilities and Install Manager to ensure implemented policies and procedures are current.
- Research and Development: Research and trial new materials, products, and varieties. Work with crew members to develop and improve products and services.
IDEAL QUALIFICATIONS AND SKILLS:
- Degree desired in Landscape Design, Horticulture, Agriculture, related degree, or equivalent experience. 5 years farm or professional garden/landscaping experience, with 3 years supervisory and project management experience.
- Working knowledge of local vegetable and fruit crops, organic soil & fertility and pest management.
- Math skills, attention to detail, critical thinking skills, physical strength, communication.
- Solid working knowledge of MSOffice and GSuite
- Knowledge of horticulture and agriculture equipment operation and maintenance.
- Must obtain MA Pesticide Applicator’s license.
- Ability to work flexible hours. Ability to work in noisy, dirty environments. Ability to regularly move heavy objects (>50 lbs).
- Medical, dental, vision and life insurance for employees, spouses, and children
- 401(k) retirement plan with 4% employer matching contribution
- Employee Stock Ownership Plan
- Discretionary bonus program
To apply, please attach a resume and send a brief email to firstname.lastname@example.org outlining your experience and desire to be part of our team. Please no calls or emails other than to this email address.
Following a conditional offer of employment, GCG requires motor vehicle record checks on all final candidates.
Green City Growers does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.