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School Gardener

Date: Jan 8, 2021

Location: Minneapolis, MN, US

Company: Minneapolis Public Schools

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Job Title: School Gardener  and Requisition ID number: 71686

Close Date: 11:59 PM on 01/31/2021 

Organizational Unit:  CWS, Wellness (10001108) 

Site:  Nutrition Center (0782) 

FTE .50 FTE; this is based on full-time equivalency with 1.0 being full time

Union:  Food Service(27) 

Functional Area:  Food Service 

Resume and Cover Letter are mandatory to apply for any position.




Under general supervision, plans and maintains agricultural production at the CWS Education Farm; provides hands on and experiential educational programming to youth.


ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS -- Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include any of the following representative duties, knowledge, and skills. This list is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY, and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and duties performed by incumbents of this class. Employees are required to be in attendance and prepared to begin work at their assigned work location on the specified days and hours. Factors such as regular attendance at the job are not routinely listed in job descriptions, but are an essential function. Essential duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:

· Actively maintains agricultural production; plants and harvests crops and provides maintenance to the Education Farm.

· Assists with school garden/outdoor classroom design & maintenance, support garden work activities, planting schedule, and care of tools.

· Coordinates and conducts class field trips to the Education Farm to provide hands on agriculture and nutrition education in alignment with school garden programming.

· Encourages educational linkages between the Education Farm, school gardens, and other CWS initiatives.

· Coordinates school garden trainings and provides technical assistance to schools based on garden needs.

· Connects school garden leaders through check-ins, meetings, and site visits; maintains accurate database to track school garden contacts and activities.

· Provides ongoing training, support and evaluation of the Garden to Cafeteria Program.

· Updates School Garden website with resources, contacts, and information to support schools.

· Demonstrates courteous and cooperative behavior when interacting with students, clients, visitors, and MPS staff; acts in a manner that promotes a harmonious and effective workplace environment

· Enthusiastically promotes the Superintendent’s goals and priorities in compliance with all policies and procedures.

· Maintains absolute confidentiality of work-related issues, records and MPS information.

· Other duties or tasks may be assigned on an as-needed basis.




Education, Training and Experience Guidelines

Associate’s Degree in Agriculture or Nutrition; AND one (1) year of demonstrated experience in agricultural production; OR an equivalent combination of education, training and experience as determined by Human Resources.


Knowledge of:

· Organic farming and gardening practices, including pest management, composting, and season extension.

· School garden and farm to school best practices and current agriculture and nutrition education trends.

· Youth development and culturally-responsive practices.

· Federal, state and local codes and regulations governing food handling and public nutrition services.

· Principles and practices of effective customer service.

· Applicable policies, procedures and regulations covering specific areas of assignment.

· Rules and regulations of the Minnesota Department of Education and other governing agencies.

· State and Federal laws governing public sector grant funding programs.


Skill in:

· Strategic planning for garden projects, including volunteer coordination and management.

· Food safety, food preparation, and school nutrition program operations and practices.

· Engaging, educating, and motivating students, staff, and community members.

· Performing general math calculations, and inventory and records management tasks.

· Assessing and prioritizing multiple tasks, projects and demands.

· Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with co-workers, families, and clients.

· Promoting and enforcing safe work practices.

· Operating a personal computer utilizing standard and specialized software.

· Communicating effectively verbally and in writing.



A valid Minnesota State Driver’s License may be required.



Work is performed indoors and outdoors at MPS facilities; frequent lifting, carrying, and moving produce and agricultural equipment; a job in this category may require walking, bending, reaching, kneeling, crouching, climbing ladders, and ability to lift and move items weighing up to 50 pounds.



Final candidates may be invited to interview with a committee. Final appointment to this position will be contingent upon passing a criminal background check.

Diversity is one of Minneapolis Public Schools core values and is essential to our goal of putting children first and making them college-ready.  Diversity of our workforce provides us with a competitive advantage and allows us to better understand, communicate with and educate our diverse student body. Minneapolis Public Schools will not deny anyone the opportunity for training or employment because of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender or gender identity, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, disability, sexual orientation, age, family care leave status, or veteran status.


Minneapolis Public Schools strongly encourages diverse candidates to apply.

Posting Notes: | 12:01 AM On 01/31/2021 | CWS, Wellness (10001108) | Nutrition Center (0782) | Food Service 

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