Horticultural Therapist & Food Access Coordinator

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Kingsbridge Heights Community Center (KHCC) is a 45 year old multi-service not-for-profit organization based on the settlement house model and located in the Bronx. We provide resources for Bronx residents from cradle to career to advance education and well-being for a vibrant community. KHCC serves over 5,000 families annually with an inclusive environment for children with special needs, low-income families, recent immigrants, survivors of sexual and domestic abuse, and at risk teens. KHCC helps participants overcome adversity and develop the skills they need to build bright futures.

The Horticultural Therapist and Food Access Coordinator will empower our community through Horticultural Therapy, and food literacy programming, while providing food to our community through our growing Food Pantry.

Responsibilities/Duties

  • Supervise, mentor and develop a relationship with program participants and volunteers, and provide a safe and fun learning environment
  • Manage the garden, plan and prepare for garden work activities, manage crop plan, coordinate tools and other necessary materials
  • Develop and implement an educational and therapeutic curriculum that reflects the needs of our community participants (including developmentally appropriate standards for early childhood education, those with special needs, at risk teens and those recovering from trauma)
  • Collaborate with KHCC’s Sexual abuse and Domestic Violence Counseling program to give one-on-one and group Horticultural Therapy sessions to participants
  • Be self-sufficient and resourceful in accomplishing program goals while recognizing areas where support is needed from other staff members
  • Assist with and lead garden workshops for all ages, visiting schools and corporate groups
  • Assist with weekly cooking classes
  • Manage food pantry initiative
  • Develop our park space as a Green Thumb community garden and manage garden plots
  • Manage program budgets, record all spending, and report updates to supervisor
  • Maintain database and statistical service records of all program participants and volunteers; provide periodic reports to management.
  • Undertake other duties as assigned.

Qualifications/Requirements

  • At least one year of organic gardening and/or farming/horticultural experience, knowledge and skills in small-scale urban gardening including, basic science, biology, and nutrition
  • Certified or registered as a horticultural therapist with at least one year of therapeutic horticultural experience
  • Be able to identify, plan and prioritize garden activities, lead by example and effectively communicate tasks to participants
  • Should be physically fit to meet the demands of gardening such as weeding, harvesting, digging, and able to lift a minimum 50 lbs regularly
  • Ability to supervise and relate to children and youth and work positively in teams
  • Possess a high level of organization and communication skills
  • Have a positive attitude, show initiative and be dependable
  • A great problem solver and work well with minimal supervision
  • Willingness to learn on the job in a quickly changing environment
  • Ability to communicate in Spanish a plus
  • Must have knowledge of current software including Microsoft Suite, and Google Suite applications

Additional Information

This is a full-time position. Please send a thoughtful cover letter and resume to development@khcc-nyc.org

Contact Information

Kingsbridge Heights Community Center
Email: development@khcc-nyc.org