We are currently hiring an Edible Landscaper within Transform Your Yard, the for-hire service arm of Planting Justice. We are seeking out dedicated, reliable, experienced landscapers to start immediately.
Planting Justice is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Oakland, CA with a mission to democratize access to affordable nutritious food by empowering urban residents with the skills, resources, and knowledge to grow organic food, expand economic opportunities, and ensure environmental sustainability in our neighborhoods.
Planting Justice trains and employs formerly incarcerated people and at-risk youth to transform the yards of both full-paying clients and subsidized low- income households into productive and beautiful gardens (including chicken coops, bee hives, rainwater catchment systems, greywater systems, perennial food forests, annual vegetable production, herb spirals, composting systems, and more). Planting Justice also offers ongoing educational programming in food justice, culinary arts, and permaculture design at low-income schools, apartment complexes, senior centers, and a major prison in the Bay Area.
The main responsibility of the position is to install permaculture gardens for private residents throughout the Bay Area with the Transform Your Yard landscaping team. This position provides Edible Landscapers with the opportunity to give back to their community, develop their resume, gain economic and personal stability, and receive the support and empowerment they need to become leaders in the food justice/urban agriculture movement.
Edible Landscapers are expected to:
Show up to work on time, and if unable to make it to work due to illness or emergency, will contact Planting Justice and provide as much notice as possible.
Show up to work well rested, and ready for demanding physical labor.
Work cooperatively as a member of a teams of 3-5 with the collective goal in sight
Follow instructions of the team leader onsite and complete tasks independently
Ask questions and for help when you are unsure how to handle a task
Learn new skills and share existing skills with others
Be a role model with other participants through good example, good work ethic, and good communication
Experience we would like to know about:
- Edible plant knowledge via coursework or nursery work
- Relevant Farm or Horticultural training
- Past landscaping jobs
- Carpentry experience
- Leadership or Team Building experiences
- Communication and/or anti-oppression trainings
- Anything else you feel is relevant
Edible landscaping experience preferred:
- Deep knowledge of Bay Area edible plants is a plus.
- Permaculture Design certificate is a big plus.
- Valid Contractor or Landscaper License is a big plus.
- Valid driver’s license needed to drive company vehicles.
- Women, LBGTQ people, and people of color encouraged to apply.
Edible Landscapers can expect paid training in all aspects of Planting Justice’s Transform Your Yard program, including the use of power tools; planting both annuals and perennials; permaculture design techniques such as sheet mulching and herb spirals; construction skills such as building raised beds, trellises, chicken coops, fences, and decks; irrigation set-up including greywater and rainwater tanks; composting systems; and more. Moreover, support will be given to Edible Landscapers in whatever capacity requested.
This is a salaried position. Pay depends on experience.
Nature of Employment:
We do everything we can to treat employees fairly, to establish clear lines of communication, and to give them the tools they need to be skilled advocates. However, it is really important that you know and understand your employment relationship with Planting Justice. Employment with Planting Justice is at will. This means that you are not held to an employment contract, and neither are we. You are free to quit at any time, for any reason, just as we are free to terminate your employment at any time, for any reason.
The work schedule for an Edible Landscaper is set on the Monday of each week. The daily schedule includes a 30 minute paid lunch and two 15 minute paid breaks. Average work week is 36 hours, Monday through Friday.
Please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, with the subject line "edible landscaper." Send along a cover letter, resume and references. Thanks!
Applications Due by April 28th at 11:59PM