School Kitchen Garden Project Manager

Job No: MONA366
Location: Tasmania

School Kitchen Garden Project Manager

2 Vacancies (Northern and Southern lutruwita/Tasmania)

Full-time

The 24 Carrot Garden program has an opportunity for 2 Project Managers to join our team. These new roles will support the expansion of our program in both northern and southern lutruwita / Tasmania. The southern role will be based at our 24 Carrot HQ in kutalayna / Jordan River, as part of the Material Institute, a new NFP entity established by 24 Carrot Founder Kirsha Kaechele. The northern role will operate between pataway / Burnie and  Launceston, with a HQ to be established following the role appointment. 

These roles will develop and implement garden-based educational programs for new 24 Carrot schools. Success in this role requires the development of strong relationships with teaching staff, students and volunteers with the aim of maximising participant engagement in the program. Ideally, your experience and interests will blend between gardening and educational outcomes and you'll be motivated by opportunities to educate children in health, wellbeing, and the importance of lifelong learning. As these roles will work with some schools that don't have existing / established kitchen gardens, experience in the development of new horticultural and landscaping projects will be highly regarded.

The Gig:

  • Develop, implement and deliver kitchen garden-based educational programs, projects and events that focus on the school organic food garden.
  • Lead the staged design and development of the garden and outdoor areas, working with Material Institute staff, volunteers, local youth, community organisations and 24 Carrot students.
  • Contribute to and develop the programs strategic direction by ensuring program activities align with the purpose of 24 Carrot and the program learning pathways of Creative and Culinary Arts, Science and Sustainability. 
  • Coordinate and assist in the delivery of 24 Carrot events at partnering organisations and schools, such as our annual Carnival, festivals and community events that have an educational output.
  • Educate school staff who implement the program within the school and attend, facilitate and contribute to regular meetings to guide the operations of the schools kitchen garden program.
  • Development, management and maintenance of the school’s organic food gardens, achieved through educational gardening activities, volunteer assistance and lunch time gardening programs.
  • Supervise and ensure the involvement of students, staff, volunteers and kitchen experts in garden planning with the aim of providing autonomy and ownership.
  • Encourage and support sustainable practices across the school site, including a ‘no waste’ policy with a focus on whole school waste management, composting systems and responsible water use.
  • In conjunction with school teaching staff, be responsible for the health and safety of students.
  • Assist with documentation of the program by recording comments on classes, class and staff surveys, photographic documentation, weekly records etc.

The You:

  • Prior experience in education with formal training and qualifications being highly desirable, coupled with relevant skills in best practice and sustainable gardening.
  • A sound understanding of the 24 Carrot Garden and the educational outcomes it seeks to achieve.
  • Exceptional communication skills (written, verbal and interpersonal) to encourage participant learning and engagement.
  • The ability to be resourceful when maintaining program equipment or working on new projects. 
  • Prior experience in relevant start-up projects will be highly regarded.
  • Physically fit and able to perform the manual aspects of the role.

Does this sound like you? Then we’d love to get to know you. Please submit your CV and cover letter, specifically outlining why you'd be a great fit for this role, at https://mona.net.au/connect/employment. Whilst this position is FT we encourage life/work balance and are open to negotiating a 0.9FTE position with flexible working arrangements. The expected start date is mid to late January 2022

 Applications close Monday the 6th of December, 9.00am.



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