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Manager Class B - Garden Manager

Date Posted: May 16, 2022

Job Description

Job Title

Position Title: Manager Class B – Garden Manager

Location: Various School Locations 

Salary:  $14.70 - $18.85/hr.

Reports to:Farm to School Supervisor- Office of School Nutrition 

Bargaining Unit: Non-Instructional Supervisory Personnel 

Benefits Eligible: Yes 

In accordance with the Agreement between the Non-Instructional Supervisory Personnel and the School District of the City of Detroit, Article XV, Promotions and Transfers, the following vacancy is announced. 

Position Summary: 

The Detroit School Garden Collaborative is a farm to school initiative supported by the Detroit Public School Community District’s Office of School Nutrition, (OSN). The program brings together OSN and other DPSCD departments along with multiple community partners to increase access to healthy fruits and vegetables to the children of the City of Detroit. OSN is seeking a Garden Manager who will work directly with all assigned agricultural education projects to coordinate garden activities and staff performing tasks required by each site. This is a 12-month position. 

Minimum Qualifications:  

  • An Associate Degree or certificate in culinary or food service management or in lieu of the above a High School graduate with training in garden or urban agriculture or two years’ work or volunteer experience in community gardening, community supported agriculture or related activities. Also must possess a current Food Protection Manager certificate or attain the same within two (2) months of employment. 

  • Candidate must have two (2) work or volunteer experience in community gardening, community supported agriculture or related activities.  

  • Considerable knowledge of safety handiness, care of kitchen tools, equipment and facilities.  

  • Interest and familiarity with issues relating to youth development 

  • Interest and familiarity with issues relating to local food, food access sustainable agriculture, and a genuine appreciation of the urban environment 

  • Comfortable working outdoors in all weather conditions 

  • Familiarity in creating work plans for applicable staff 

  • Comfortable doing manual labor and ability to lift 50lbs. required 

  • Skill in developing positive interpersonal relationships successful work relationships in dealing with supervisory personnel, sensitivity to students and community needs 

  • Possess a valid driver’s license. Transportation is a plus. 

Essential Functions 

  1. Serve as the Food Corps Site Supervisor for all service members housed within the Office of School Nutrition. (Up to 50% of time spent)  

  1. Ensure that Food Corps program is compliant to Food Corps Program expectations as well as DPSCD policy (See Food Corps Handbook). 

  1. Coordinate school garden maintenance program with school level stakeholders.  

  1. Plan, organize, assign, supervise and coordinate School Garden Attendants duties and task at each garden location within the assigned garden cluster when applicable.

  1. Assist in the planning and organizing of nutrition and community education activities in DSGC schools. 

  1. Responsible for supervising the safe and efficient completion of various school garden projects.  

  1. Promote the positive aspect of eating locally produced fresh fruits and vegetables to the DPSCD community as a whole. 

  1. Attend meetings with administrative staff of the Office of School Nutrition. 

  1. Communicate progress of the school garden plots to administrative staff of the Office of School Nutrition. 

  1. Support Garden Program with various activities such as but not limited to, critical maintenance needs (e.g., garden repair, water, etc.) coordinate supplies for garden (e.g., wood chips and mulch) and tool maintenance/inventory at each site. 

  1. Other duties as assigned by Farm to School Supervisor- Office of School Nutrition or designee. 

Security Clearance:

Internal Applicants

If you are a current Detroit Public Schools Community District employee, you do not have to submit to a new security clearance, unless your new role requires a different type of criminal background check.

External Applicants

In alignment with Michigan law, if you are hired to fill a position, you will be required to submit to a Detroit Public Schools Community District criminal background check. Information regarding required background checks will be shared at point of hire.

Method of Application:

Applicants must apply through the online application system. Only applications submitted through the online application system will be considered for any posted position and all applications require a resume to be considered.

All DPSCD employees are required to disclose their vaccine status, however COVID-19 vaccines are strongly encouraged but not required.

Successful candidates are required to submit official transcript(s) at point of offer to hire. It is the applicant's responsibility to provide all documentation (including copies) as requested.

Applicants requesting assistance during the application process should contact the Office of Human Resources via email at [email protected] or phone at (313) 873-6897.

DPSCD does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, age, religion, height, weight, citizenship, marital or family status, military status, ancestry, genetic information, or any other legally protected category, in its educational programs and activities, including employment and admissions opportunities. Contact the Civil Rights Coordinator for more information at (313) 240-4377 or

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