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Assistant Grower

Reporting to:
Senior Community Projects Manager

Our Mission: To sustain and enhance the Hudson Valley’s inspirational beauty and health for generations to come.

Mission of Position: The Assistant Grower engages with local residents, and volunteers, and helps foster community involvement around growing food at the Pershing Farm and Community Garden. Responsibilities include supporting day-to-day farm operations, assisting with outreach programs, and helping to cultivate relationships with local community groups, schools, and businesses for collaboration.

Qualifications: This individual should be an enthusiastic community organizer at heart who’s eager to learn about sustainable agriculture, urban farming, and community gardening. The candidate must be able to work independently and as part of a team. Physical fitness and the ability to perform tasks associated with farming and garden upkeep are a must. Strong organization and communication skills to interact with community members is a must. Spanish language proficiency is a plus.

Key Responsibilities:

Serve as an advocate and mentor for urban agriculture, assist with outreach to build a strong volunteer base, and promote the farm’s produce distribution systems. Assist the Urban Farmer with daily farm-related tasks including planting, weeding, harvesting, irrigating, soil maintenance, pest management, food distribution, general maintenance, and cleanup. 

Responsibilities may include:

  • Collaborate with the community to promote urban farming, assist with workshops, and educate residents on urban farming practices.
  • Engage with volunteers and help lead volunteer workdays on the Farm. 
  • Assist in planting, cultivating, and harvesting crops.
  • Help keep the farm tidy and presentable.
  • Work with community garden members to keep the community garden plots maintained and productive.
  • Assist community gardeners as needed.
  • Assist with free community farmstand and/or CSA offering produce from the urban farm.
  • Keep records of community feedback.
  • Engage with visitors, provide information on produce, and promote sustainable farming practices.
  • Help maintain farm infrastructure such as the toolshed, greenhouse, irrigation systems, fencing, etc. 
  • Collaborate with local food system partners to advance initiatives that develop land stewardship and agricultural skills in local youth.

The responsibilities outlined above are subject to change based on the evolving needs of the Pershing Farm and Community Garden. The Community Grower will work closely with the Urban Farmer to adapt to new initiatives and challenges.

This is a part-time seasonal position. 15 hours a week from April 1 – October 31 at a starting rate of $25 per hour. Additional compensation includes a budget for training related to urban farming. 

Applications should be sent to: Send a cover letter and resume. Further information can be found on our website: No phone calls, please.

Scenic Hudson defines Environmental Justice as the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of  people regardless of their ability, culture, education, gender, heritage, income, or race in efforts,  decisions, and actions that impact their environment, health and livelihoods.  

Scenic Hudson is an Equal Opportunity Employer promoting and celebrating excellence and  cultural diversity. We are committed to advancing diversity, equity, representation, and inclusion,  and strive to serve all people in the Hudson Valley by evaluating all our projects, strategic  initiatives, and outcomes through that lens.