Eagle’s Nest Foundation is a non-profit organization located in Pisgah Forest, North Carolina that promotes the natural world and the betterment of human character through experiential education programs. Eagle’s Nest Foundation supports three programs: Eagle’s Nest Camp for children ages 6-17, Hante Adventures for teens, and The Outdoor Academy, an academic semester school for 10th grade students.
The Eagle’s Nest Foundation Part-Time Garden Manager is responsible for the oversight of the Eagle’s Nest gardens and composting systems, and is the person who does the majority of the actual physical labor associated with cultivating the garden. The Eagle’s Nest garden is a modest but dynamic 2-acre plot focused mainly on production of annual vegetables with a strong educational component involving students and campers. The garden consists of a high tunnel, a small greenhouse, a garden cottage, a large composting system, and rows. The Garden should resemble a highly functional small production farm, providing high quality products to our kitchen. Our Garden to Table program is integral to supporting our sustainability goals. The Garden will provide space for classes, workshops, and hands-on learning.
The Part-Time Garden Manager is supervised by The Outdoor Academy Director and the Camp Director. They work closely with the Property Manager for maintenance support, the Whole Foods Program Manager for coordination of produce planting and harvesting, and the Eagle’s Nest Camp Program Manager for coordination of garden related programming.
Through all seasons and both programs, the Part-Time Garden Manager is responsible for:
1. Creating a strategic plan and calendar for the garden for each season that is in line with the Garden vision.
2. Working with the Whole Foods Program Manager to create and implement plans for seasonal planting that will support the Garden to Table program.
3. Creating and implementing a five-year crop rotation plan.
4. Overseeing and performing planting, maintaining, harvesting, processing, composting, and storage process for the garden produce.
5. Overseeing the purchase, care, and proper use of all garden equipment.
6. Creating and implementing a plan to track garden activities and outcomes.
7. Creating and overseeing the garden budget and reporting all billing and expenses to the Finance Director or their designee.
8. Creating and maintaining a system for analyzing the cost / benefit of having a garden.
9. With the support of the Marketing Coordinator, informing our constituency about the garden through photos, articles for the newsletter, and blog posts.
10. Assisting with all Reunions, October Representative/Trustee/Semester Leader weekend, and any other events that will involve garden activities.
11. Contributing to the long range planning for the garden and food production.
12. Following all plans for safety and risk management.
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1. Minimum of High School Diploma or GED with focus in applicable discipline or related field, Bachelor’s degree preferred
2. Prior gardening experience in an educational setting
3. Prior gardening teaching/mentoring experience
4. Ability to operate small gardening equipment safely
1. Must be at least 19 years old
2. Valid driver’s license
3. Clear driving record to operate company vehicles (preferred)
4. Ability to operate equipment safely (tractors, mowers, edgers, etc.)
5. Enjoy working in an active community with children of all ages
6. CPR and First Aid certification (course can be provided by ENF)
7. Background Check post job offer
About Eagle's Nest Foundation and The Outdoor Academy
Eagle's Nest Foundation (ENF) is a non-profit organization that promotes the natural world and the betterment of human character through experiential education programs. Eagle’s Nest is based in the mountains of Western North Carolina. ENF supports three programs: Eagle’s Nest Camp for boys and girls ages 6-17, Hante Adventures for teens, and The Outdoor Academy, an academic semester school for 10th grade students seeking a connection to the natural world and to their community.