We are excited to announce that the UMass Amherst Permaculture
Initiative (http://www.localumass.com/permaculture) seeks a highly passionate,
thoughtful and skilled individual who embodies holistic sustainability and
shows a demonstrated commitment to social justice to fill the Sustainability
Coordinator of Campus Gardens position. If you are experienced in regenerative
agriculture, enjoy working with diverse groups, and are passionate about
facilitating transformational learning, apply
This full-time, benefited position serves as a key role in the UMass Amherst
Auxiliary Sustainability Department, whose mission is to work collaboratively
with diverse stakeholders to increase the sustainability of our campus
foodservices' facilities and operations. We leverage resources, visibility,
and leadership to propel the campus sustainability movement at UMass and
The Initiative: A unique and cutting-edge sustainability program, UMass
Amherst Permaculture provides empowering hands-on education and leadership
training, community engagement, and fresh, local, organic produce to the UMass
campus. Founded in 2010, the initiative builds and maintains highly
productive, highly educational edible gardens right on campus. The gardens are
designed using permaculture principles and are installed by students, staff,
UMass Permaculture serves as an international model, which has inspired
permaculture projects at campuses across the world. It has received global
recognition and numerous accolades, quickly becoming the most widely
recognized campus permaculture initiative in the country. In 2012, the
initiative was honored by President Obama as first place winners of the White
House Campus Champions of Change Challenge.
The Position: The Sustainability Coordinator of Campus Gardens will oversee
the educational programming, community outreach, care and operation of current
gardens, and development of new gardens when space is available for the UMass
Amherst Permaculture Initiative. In doing so, the Sustainability Coordinator
of Campus Gardens provides students, faculty, staff and community members with
unique opportunities to make meaningful connections to their food, the earth,
and each other.
The ideal candidate for this exciting and challenging position would possess
extensive knowledge and experience in both production and regenerative
agriculture, excellent problem solving skills, and the ability to develop
successful programming in an academic setting.
Duties and Responsibilities include:
1. Oversees and coordinates care and operation of campus permaculture
gardens. Develops and implements new permaculture gardens.
2. Teaches a two-session, one credit, hands on course (STOCKSCH 198P) in
which students learn about permaculture basics while maintaining on-campus
gardens in both the Fall & Spring Semesters.
3. Supervises Departmental Assistants, student employees, and interns.
4. Performs planning, community outreach, and program development for the
UMass Permaculture Initiative.
5. Performs marketing, communications, and public relations of the UMass
Permaculture Initiative including web design, social media, posters/flyers,
press releases, newsletters, brochures, etc.
6. Supervises the weekly, seasonal UMass Student Farmers Market.
7. Coordinates with faculty on interdepartmental research efforts in campus
8. Conducts presentations and tours.
9. Devises and organizes educational workshops and events.
10. Holds open forums where students, faculty and staff may present ideas,
comments or questions about environmental sustainability at the University of
11. Acts as a consultant to other universities and institutions by
responding to inquiries regarding permaculture, garden design and
12. Collects and analyzes garden data.
13. Coordinates and distributes garden produce to residential and retail
14. Collaborates with university chefs (Chef de Cuisine) on sustainable menu
development and best uses for garden produce.
15. Performs other Auxiliary Services sustainability duties as assigned
1. Knowledge of sustainability issues, regenerative agriculture, and best
2. Ability to develop and execute new programs within an academic setting.
3. Problem solving skills.
4. Excellent oral and written communication skills
5. Skill in application of the principles and practices of effective
6. Excellent team-building, relationship-building, and networking skills
7. Ability to build and sustain excellent working relationships.
8. Ability to lift 25 lbs.
9. Permaculture Design Certificate preferred
For more information, please contact