Educational Garden Manager


The essential functions listed below are general examples and not a description of comprehensive duties. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary depending on program needs, without changing the nature or scope of this position or level of responsibility. May be asked to perform other duties as assigned.

Garden Management

  • Maintain overall garden design.
  • Identify weekly garden task lists, establish a plan for completion, and execute field work to include delegating tasks for the programs team, garden volunteers, and program participants.
  • When necessary, record landscape changes in the overall garden master plan, including: irrigation layout, planting bed orientations, walkways, themed gardens, etc.
  • Accurately manage, forecast, and track monthly garden expenses and participate in the annual budget planning process for the garden.
  • Work to improve the garden’s overall soil health through organic and regenerative farming practices.
  • Create and manage crop plan while maintaining  detailed notes of year-to-year crop plan successes and failures.
  • Manage all propagation for the garden.
  • Procure tools and equipment for garden projects and garden maintenance as outlined in the budget. Identify and guide contractors providing specialty services as needed.
  • Operate and maintain motorized equipment as needed to include but not limited to: BCS walk-behind tractor, power tools, rototiller, and landscaping equipment.
  • Track and report harvest data.
  • Occasionally support Garden Program Instructors to facilitate program/class visits, only when needed. This may include task launching, working alongside our I/DD participants in the garden, offering guidance and task modification in the field.
  • Assist in routine grant reporting and grant proposals, providing content and guidance as needed.
  • Represent and act as liaison for Sunflower Hill during the Hagemann Ranch monthly meetings.

Produce/Flower Donation Management

  • Coordinate regular donation efforts; including weekly harvests, packaging, deliveries and pickups. Develop and maintain relationships with local nonprofits.

Volunteer Management

  • Direct the day-to-day tasks, training of, and serve as primary liaison for general and group garden volunteers
  • Use CRM software as needed


Tuesday-Saturday; typical working hours 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.; schedule can be flexible depending on seasonal needs, weather conditions, and special events.



  • BA/BS or equivalent work experience


  • Experience and strong knowledge of organic farming required.
  • Experience working with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities is preferred but not required. We encourage qualified applicants willing to learn about working with our population to apply.
  • Volunteer management experience preferred or a willingness to learn.

Knowledge, Skills and Ability

  • Proven knowledge of horticulture or organic farming, experience in educational farming valuable/desirable.
  • Creative thinking, problem solving, goal oriented and solution driven.
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Strong interpersonal and oral communication skills.
  • A flexible, and supportive approach toward working with colleagues. .
  • Must be a self-starter, have the ability to multitask, and work independently.
  • Intermediate or higher computer skills: MS Office applications with the ability to learn new software/apps as needed.
  • Knowledge of how to use basic motorized garden equipment and garden tools.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Ability to lift 40 pounds on a regular basis
  • Ability to constantly lift, bend stretch and stand during entire shift
  • Ability to frequently kneel, squat, bend, and stoop, twist and reach overhead with repetitive motions and walking up/down ladders
  • Comfortable working in a lively, learning environment while programs are running
  • Employee is exposed to various outdoor weather conditions throughout the year

To apply, please send your letter of interest and resume to [email protected]. Qualified applicants will be asked to participate in an interview process.

Equal Opportunity Employer
Sunflower Hill strongly values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity and non-discrimination in all of its policies and practices, including the area of employment. Accordingly, Sunflower Hill does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, religion, age, national or ethnic origin, political beliefs, marital status, medical condition, genetic information, veteran status or disability, or the perception of any of the above. People of all genders, members of all racial and ethnic groups, people with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Qualified applicants with criminal convictions will be considered after an individualized assessment of the conviction and the job requirements.