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Posted: Fri, November 18, 2022

Compensation: $51,000 - 54,000 / year plus benefits Philadelphia job

Phone Number: 2078011627


Position Overview: To apply visit:

The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) plays an essential role in the vitality of the Philadelphia region by creating healthier living environments, increasing access to fresh food, growing economic opportunity, and building deeper social connections between people. PHS Healthy Neighborhoods team delivers this impact through comprehensive greening and engagement initiatives in more than 250 neighborhoods. Together with community partners, PHS carefully designs projects that build on neighborhood strengths and aspirations to use greening to improve the environment, health, and quality of life in their communities. Through the Community Gardens Program (which is under the Healthy Neighborhoods Team), PHS supports community gardeners with educational workshops, gardening supplies and materials, seedlings, access to the PHS tool library, technical assistance, volunteer assistance, and infrastructure improvements.

The Manager, Community Gardens plays a critical role in managing field operations. The Manager is responsible for the oversight and management of our Green Resource Centers that are operated in partnership with community-based organizations. The position will oversee the propagation and distribution of over 250,000 seedlings annually and is responsible for the maintenance and improvement of our greenhouse systems and other physical infrastructure. The Manager also assists the Associate Director with operational planning, material procurement, and providing direct service and site visits as needed. This position manages day to day relationships with our greenhouse partners and regularly manages volunteer work groups, as well as maintaining good communications with the network of growers. This position supervises the Propagation Specialist, Community Gardens and helps oversee the McLean Urban Agriculture Tool Library.

Primary Responsibilities:

Greenhouse Management/Plant Propagation

Manages operations at the Green Resource Centers including plant propagation, organic pest management, plant and material distributions, and volunteer management. Ensures seedlings are healthy and meet or exceed organizational expectations.
Oversees the maintenance and improvement of physical infrastructure at Green Resource Centers.
Assists the Associate Director with planning and material procurement, including development and implementation of the greenhouse and volunteer plans.

People and Partners

Supervises and provides development opportunities for the Specialist.
Manages and develops relationships with external site partners.
Manages relationships with our garden constituents and facilitates their capacity building and expertise sharing through workshops, one-on-one support and volunteer days.

Special Projects

Manages the Subaru Garden for Good with support from the Specialist.
Manages external volunteer groups and other special projects as assigned.

Tool Library

Oversees the McClean Urban Agriculture Tool Library, including improvements to the inventory, infrastructure and software systems.
Assists the Specialist with staffing and day to day operations.


Assists with managing of expense accounts, maintenance of project reports and other data collection.
Provides support to the rest of the Gardens Team and our partner, Neighborhood Gardens Trust as needed.
Ensures that all activities are inclusive and welcoming to people of various backgrounds, ages, skill levels, and capabilities.


Minimum degree required: Bachelors Degree in related field and / or at least three years’ equivalent work experience in urban agriculture management position.
Years of experience: 2 years’ of management experience in farming and organic greenhouse operations.
Licenses/Certifications: n/a
Driver’s License: Valid driver’s license and clean, safe driving record
Knowledges, Skills, Abilities required for success:
Knowledge of urban agriculture especially agroecological and organic practices.
Technical knowledge associated with greenhouse maintenance and management.
Highly organized and ability to develop complex crop schedules for greenhouse propagation.
Familiarity with the Philadelphia region a plus.
Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects, on budget, while adhering to deadlines.
Excellent influential, collaborative, and relationship building skills.
Effective facilitation, community organizing and trainings skills for diverse groups.
Demonstrated ability to successfully direct and manage a multidisciplinary team and work collaboratively across diverse organizations and disciplines, both internally and externally.
Physical Demands: Ability to lift and move 50 pound comfortably. Ability to work in all weather conditions
Standard Hours (including travel, evening, and weekend hours): Generally, 9-5, Monday-Friday. Fairly regular weekend work is required from March-October.
Flower Show requirements: 3-4 shifts every Flower Show