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Atlanta History Center-Urban Agriculturist-Tue, 11/14/2017 - 2:03pm

Urban Agriculturist


Atlanta History Center
Atlanta, GA
130 West Paces Ferry Road, NW
Atlanta , GA 30305

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Job Description 

The Atlanta History Center is looking for a highly motivated and results-oriented professional to fill a full-time position, within the organization of Urban Agriculturist.

This individual’s primary responsibility includes all aspects of research, planning, planting, and day-to-day maintenance of the interpretive historic gardens at the Smith Family Farm, as well as production of crops and annuals in the greenhouse. Expectations include keeping all garden areas at the Farm planted and productive throughout the year, and coordinating the use of produce with interpretive staff. The secondary area of responsibility is assisting with farm animal care, the on-site composting operation, and upkeep of other gardens as needed.

The successful candidate will be a strategic and innovative thinker, as well as a self-starter who demonstrates strong interpersonal, verbal, and written communications skills and energy, creative vision, and a sense of humor and charisma; has strong organizational and analytical ability, in addition to a positive attitude and human relations orientation; is goal-oriented and able to juggle multiple tasks simultaneously and meet myriad deadlines; and possesses a strong sense of personal and professional integrity with the ability to exercise authority and accept responsibility.

Duties & Responsibilities 

Manage all aspects of the Smith Family Farm gardens – research historic varieties and practices, evaluate and update existing crop plans to maintain a sustainable crop rotation, order all necessary seeds, tools, and materials, and carefully record all aspects of the gardens’ management

Collaborate with and train education and interpretation staff at the Smith Family Farm to utilize farm produce and effectively communicate horticultural information to daily visitors, school group tour participants, and family program attendees

Perform horticultural tasks at the Farm and greenhouse – includes propagation, planting, mulching, watering, weeding, staking, pruning, deadheading, training, seed saving, programming the automated irrigation timer, and soil improvement practices

Handle daily care for farm animals – poultry, small ruminants, bees, cat – twice a week when Manager of Animal Collections is not available (training provided)

Manage all aspects of on-site composting program, including daily collection of discarded produce from Souper Jenny Café, weekly addition of farm animal bedding, and tracking regular turnings and temperature readings to ensure the production of a safe, healthy soil amendment for use in the Goizueta Gardens

Assist with team effort to create an Integrated Pest Management program, including scouting for pests and diseases, pest identification and recommendations for control, applying herbicides, pesticides, fungicides or other products as necessary; keep detailed records

Provide a positive visitor and volunteer experience

Learn about the history and significance of the gardens and collections and be prepared to answer visitor questions and lead tours

Other Responsibilities:

Collaborate with community partners and other History Center departments to develop and assist in garden-related programming at the Center and offsite

Exhibit familiarity with and willingness to receive training and work with common landscape hand-held and power equipment, including blowers, mowers, tillers, weed-eaters, saws, pruners, sprayers, etc.

Perform other maintenance tasks as necessary throughout the campus, including leaf and snow removal, path maintenance, assistance with irrigation repairs and removal of litter and debris

Learn unfamiliar plant material in assigned areas, their names and cultural needs

Assist Curator by keeping records of any changes to plant material in assigned areas (plantings, removals, relocations, major pruning’s, dead plants, etc.) and notifying Curator of plant material that is unidentified and needs labelling, particularly if in flower

Be observant and report back any horticultural, technical, animal, safety or other concerns promptly

Occasional weekend work may be required, with flex time available

Education and Experience 

Associates or Bachelor’s degree in horticulture, agriculture, biology, environmental science or related field from an accredited college or university or demonstrable equivalent in training and experience

Minimum two years hands-on professional experience growing vegetables and fruit, organic methods and experience with composting preferred

Demonstrated communication skills including effective oral/speaking skills and writing skills

Knowledge of or demonstrated interest in southeastern agricultural history preferred

Experience with heirloom ornamental annuals and perennials a plus

Hands-on experience caring for poultry, small ruminants or bees a plus

Must be able to sustain moderate physical exertion with full range of body motion for lifting up to fifty pounds

Must demonstrate a history of working independently and in a group setting

Ability to work in all weather conditions

Valid driver’s license

Fluency in English

Computer literacy, including internet research and use of Microsoft Word, Outlook, and Excel; some training provided if necessary

Background Check Requirements:

Satisfactory criminal background check required

Satisfactory MVR background check required to drive company truck

Application Instructions 

Application Deadline: December 3, 2017

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Full Name 
Michelle Kimery