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GGP - Lead Garden Builder

Staff Position

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Status: This seasonal full-time position will begin on 1 March 2022 and end on 1 June 2022.

Compensation: Starting pay depends on qualifications and experience, with a range beginning at $18.16 for entry and up to $19.26, with opportunity to grow.

Reports to: Community Food Solutions program manager

Desired Start Date: March 1, 2022


What We Do

Garden-Raised Bounty (GRuB) is a501c3 organization based in Olympia, WA. Our mission is to grow healthy food, people, and community. With roots in the land, we create opportunities for people to learn, lead, and thrive. We envision an equitable world where we are all nourished by healthy relationships, resilient community, and good food.


Our work lives at the intersection of food, education, and health systems. Each year, we directly engage approximately 1500 Thurston County residents of all ages in relationships-based programming centered on growing and preparing good food. We primarily work with young people, families with low incomes, students, seniors experiencing hunger, tribal communities, veterans, active-duty service members, and their families. Visit for more information.


We strive to cultivate an organizational culture of camaraderie, support, and appreciation among staff and a family-friendly work environment. We also eat a lot of good food together!


Position Overview

The Lead Garden Builder gains hands-on experience in community building and garden building by supporting the GRuB Garden Project (GGP) and Community Food Solutions (CFS) team in coordinating and constructing backyard gardens with families with low-incomes.  The Lead Builder will lead teams of volunteers, interns, and gardeners to construct approximately 40backyard gardens throughout our community.



Flexible schedule.  The Lead Builder will work closely with the CFS team to determine a schedule that meets their needs.  A typical work week consists of Monday ~Friday, 9am - 5pm.  There may be occasional early morning, evening and/or weekend work hours that will be pre-scheduled to fit within 40 hours/week (full-time).


Key Position Responsibilities

Essential Functions:

●       Manage the build schedule and communicate in advance with gardeners and volunteers

●       Coordinate logistics, supplies, tools, and materials for garden builds

●       Drive the GGP vehicle(s) and lead teams of volunteers and interns on garden builds

●       Safely operate ALL vehicles, equipment and tools everywhere and at all times; uphold COVID-19 safety precautions

●       Provide orientation, intake, and instruction for gardeners

●       Provide orientation and instruction for volunteers, and supervise a safe and fun working environment

●       Represent GRuB to veterans, volunteers and ALL interested community members, offering a welcoming, knowledgeable and friendly presence when representing GRuB

●       Maintain records of garden builds, gardener communications, and gardener intake

●       Support the CFS team on other project tasks, as needed


Other Expectations:

●       Attendance at appropriate GRuB meetings and events

●       Adherence to organizational guidelines and practices



We encourage you to apply even if you are not an exact match with the following qualifications. We acknowledge that we aredescribing our ideal candidate for the position and are willing to consider the unique sets of experiences and skills you may bring and/or develop and nurturewith experience. Special consideration will be given to BIPOC, LGBTQ+, military veterans and past GRuB garden recipients.

●       Flexibility, adaptability, humor, and love

●       Excellent work ethic (timeliness, follow-through, organization, dependability, etc.)

●       Enthusiastic about working with people from diverse backgrounds, plus an understanding and interest in the unique challenges facing members of BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and low-income individuals

●       An understanding and interest in vegetable gardening, nutritious eating &community food issues

●       Garden construction skills (or a willingness and excitement to learn) & comfort working outdoors, rain or shine

●       Ability to follow directions and track on different stages of multi-faceted projects.

●       Ability to direct, coach, and connect with volunteers.

●       Cultural awareness, cultural humility, and commitment to personal growth and learning as part of an anti-oppression organization

●       Good skills with record-keeping and time management.

●       Ability to work productively in an open, active office environment.

●       Valid driver’s license and clean driving record, and ability to drive a full size truck with dump bed

●       Resonance with GRuB values, vision, and strategic plan goals. A commitment to social justice work and building a multicultural organization.

Preferred Qualifications

●     Alumni of GRuB (or GRuB-like) programs or lived experience similar to that of people in our programs

●     Experience using databases, Microsoft Office, Facebook, and web-based software applications.

●     Proficiency n more than one language


Physical Demands and Working Conditions

About half of the Lead Garden Builder’s time will be performed outdoors during garden builds at locations within a 1 hour drive of our main location in Olympia, WA.   The Lead Garden Builder should be comfortable working outdoors in all weather, and with periods of moderate to intense physical activity involving standing, walking, bending, shoveling, and lifting (up to 50 pounds). Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the primary functions of the role. Other work will be performed in an open office setting, with computer and phone work for extended periods.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, our staff primarily work from home, with remote meetings as our primary method for connecting with each other! We prioritize on-site work for people whose job duties require them to be in-person at our office or farm, or who have other barriers to working from home. We make decisions about programming, office work, and farm operations in alignment with state and county parameters.  We acknowledge that a pandemic is a challenging time to start a new position, and will work flexibly with new staff to build relationships, support their integration into the staff team, balance their work and home life, and determine appropriate work location and hours.


Application Process and Selection

We actively recruit program alumni into leadership positions within our organization and strive to build a staff team whose demographics, lived experience, and backgrounds reflect those of our greater community. We believe that a diverse staff is essential to the successful pursuit of our mission.


We acknowledge that we are describing our ideal candidate for the position and are willing to consider the unique sets of transferrable experiences and skills an applicant may bring or develop and nurture with experience. We encourage you to apply even if you are not an exact match with the position’s qualifications. We are interested in candidates who exemplify passion for our mission, equitable community, and/or come from the lived experiences of the communities we serve. Please let us know if English is not your first language, and you would be supported by translation, or if there are other accommodations to help you with the application and interview process.


GRuB is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of age, color, ability, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any classification protected by federal, state, or local law.


This position is open until filled. We will begin reviewing applications after the priority application deadline of February 15, 2022.

We will only consider COMPLETE APPLICATIONS.

A complete application includes: a compelling cover letter, résumé, three professional references with contact information.


Please email your complete application in WORD orPDF format to:; Subject: GGP_Lead Garden Builder

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