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Garden to Table Program Coordinator
Category: Horticulture

Naples Botanical Garden
Naples, Florida

Posted: Friday, July 18, 2014

Garden to Table Program Coordinator

Naples Botanical Garden


Department:  Education Department

Reports to:  Director of Education


Organizational Description

Naples Botanical Garden is a 170-acre world-class garden, featuring the flora and cultures of the tropics and sub-tropics between the latitudes of 26 degrees north and 26 degrees south, including Brazil, the Caribbean, Southeast Asia, and Florida.  The Garden’s mission is to connect people and plants through display, education, conservation, and science.  The Garden’s hands-on interactive Smith Children’s Garden, along with 90 acres of beautifully restored native habitats, formal Gardens, walking trails and public programming offer education and enjoyment for people of all ages.  Naples Botanical Garden is a 501(c)3 organization.


Position Summary

Naples Botanical Garden is seeking a dynamic, organized, and motivated Program Coordinator with a passion for community-based agriculture and furthering interest in the Garden’s role in the local food movement. This position requires an advanced level of gardening knowledge including planting, harvesting and preparing fruit, vegetables, herbs, and spices. The successful candidate will develop, plant, and care for creative edible display gardens and containers throughout the Gardens.  The Coordinator is responsible for ensuring the highest standard of landscape display using organic methods in all fruit and vegetable areas throughout the Garden. Additionally, the Program Coordinator will oversee all activities related to the Garden to Table vocational certificate program for high school and adult culinary arts students from Lorenzo Walker Institute of Technology (LWIT).  The Coordinator is responsible for the continued development and delivery of Garden to Table program curriculum, garden planning and maintenance, and effectively evaluating and communicating progress towards goals and outcomes. This position is an excellent opportunity to lead the Garden’s role in building local food systems through vocational training. The position is full-time temporary for a minimum of 12 months and may be renewed dependent upon performance and funding availability.


Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Responsible for the daily operation of assigned garden areas including display design, planting, fertilizing, irrigating, staking, pruning, removing plants and other general gardening duties including integrated pest management.  Must ensure the highest standard of landscape display using organic methods
  • Responsible for coordinating all activities related to the Garden to Table vocational program including but not limited to culinary focused curriculum development and delivery, garden planning and maintenance, and program evaluation
  • Provide high-quality authentic learning experiences for culinary arts students focusing on the vocational skills necessary for students to become local leaders in the field
  • Coordinate and teach lessons in both a classroom and field setting using curriculum that meets State Standards and enhances learning opportunities
  • Build local and regional connections between organic food producers and the culinary community
  • Act as a liaison between instructors and students and the Naples Botanical Garden
  • Increase awareness and local support for the program and the Garden to Table movement
  • Track, evaluate, and report progress towards program goals, including final program reporting.   It is essential that the Coordinator can effectively communicate program goals and progress towards goals with Garden staff and the public.

Additional Qualifications

  • Minimum of three (3) years experience in gardening and a passion for horticulture and culinary arts within the context of the local food movement.  Zone 9-10 gardening experience is a plus
  • Classroom teaching or equivalent experience is a plus with demonstrated ability to create and implement engaging curriculum
  • Sense of humor and positive attitude in working with people and programs in a dynamic environment
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to be flexible within a changing environment of programming and scope of responsibilities
  • Function effectively as a member of a team as well as work independently to see projects through to completion
  • Experience training, coordinating, and supervising volunteers as needed to assist with educational and garden activities
  • This position requires the flexibility to work in an office and an active outdoor environment
  • Must be able to lift 35 pounds repeatedly, bend, squat, kneel, stand and walk for extended periods of time
  • Work in varying weather conditions including heat and high humidity


Additional Responsibilities

  • Participate in Garden-wide events, exhibitions and projects as required or needed
  • Will include some evening or weekend hours, depending on the needs of the organization or program
  • Performs other duties as assigned and required


To Apply

Please provide a cover letter, resume and contact information for three references by email to  To find out more about Naples Botanical Garden, please visit our website at  Naples Botanical Garden is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Naples Botanical Garden has a long-standing policy of employment and advancement based solely upon qualifications to perform the essential elements of a position without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin (ancestry), or disability.

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