Community Garden Coordinator

Position Summary:

The Community Garden Coordinator organizes and facilitates all activities in the garden(s) and serves as the lead contact for the garden(s).

Work Schedule: This is a regular part-time (15 hours per week average, not to exceed 780 hours annually) position with a flexible schedule.  Some evening and weekend work may be required.

Job Description

  • Oversee UWWC community garden operations
  • Help to recruit volunteers In collaboration with the UWWC Volunteer Center staff
  • Schedule and supervise volunteers for garden operations
  • Maintain a calendar for garden activities and garden events
  • Establish a plan for year-long garden production and maintenance
  • Outline the necessary tasks for garden production and maintenance
  • Plan and facilitate workdays
  • Collect monitoring and evaluation data
  • Operate within the annual program budget

Food Pantry Garden

  • Facilitate orientations, work projects, and general gardening meetings
  • Coordinate delivery of produce to food pantries

Neighborhood Garden(s)

  • UWWC Managed Garden(s)
    • Oversee all aspects of managing the program
    • Organize and coordinate plot assignments
    • Regulate compliance to renter’s agreement
  • UWWC Gardens not managed by UWWC
    • Advise potential garden organizations in initiating and running their own neighborhood garden.


This position requires previous organic gardening, volunteer coordination, and project coordination experience.


  • Prefer some horticultural background and/or training. 
  • Familiarity with local resources (gardening, community and other environmental)
  • Computer literate with proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite
  • Ability to work within a budget

Minimum Requirements/Qualifications

  • Valid Iowa driver’s license, reliable transportation, and proof of insurance
  • Must undergo a national criminal history check *REQUIRED*

Work Style

  • Ability to work with limited supervision and a willingness to work some evening and weekend hours
  • Highly organized with the ability to juggle multiple issues, deadlines and project responsibilities
  • Ability and desire to work collaboratively with diverse groups of people

Embodies Organizational Values







External Factors and Physical Requirements

Environmental Conditions:

Work is performed indoors and outdoors with regular local travel in the Wapello County area. 

Physical and Mental Demands:

The physical and mental demands of this position are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential job functions.  While performing the duties of this job, employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, feel objects, tools, or controls, and talk and hear.  The employee frequently is required to sit and reach with hands and arms.  The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl.  The incumbent must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.  The United Way of Wapello County reserves the right to review each requested accommodation and determine if such poses an undue hardship.

The description given is intended only to provide information about the general nature of the job and is not an all-inclusive list of the job duties, skills or abilities which may change from time-to-time.


Send cover letter and resume to:



United Way of Wapello County

224 E Second Street

PO Box 1778

Ottumwa, Iowa 52501