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The Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department seeks a Community Garden Supervisor to maintain the overall appearance and function of the Willie Streeter, Rev. Ernest D. Butler Park, and Switchyard Park Community Gardens. The ideal candidate will clearly and consistently communicate with the Community Gardens Program Specialist; take initiative in developing and coordinating projects with the Community Gardens Program Specialist and other garden staff; have some flexibility in scheduling due to weather, special events, or other garden needs; maintain positive relations with gardeners and provide advice when requested; promptly communicate/enforce rules and policies with gardeners both in-person and by email; promote organic practices in garden plots; help plan and assist with garden classes and events; coordinate and lead volunteer groups up to 25 people in the gardens; track maintenance of garden equipment and promptly request maintenance when required; be willing to perform ongoing, often physically demanding, garden/compost preparation and maintenance in all weather conditions; gain familiarity with all departmental policies and procedures; perform a public relations function by acting as a spokesperson for the gardens and the department; and perform other duties as assigned.


High school education or any equivalent combination of education and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities. Some college preferred.


Relevant gardening/farming/landscaping experience and demonstrated ability to work well with the public and with colleagues/supervisors. Familiarity and working knowledge of Microsoft Office and G Suite is essential. Program administration experience is a plus.

Personal Attributes

Candidate will possess genuine enthusiasm for horticulture, working outdoors, and interaction with the public. Candidate will have the ability to clearly communicate/collaborate with and take direction from the Program Specialist, assess and prioritize tasks, self-direct/work independently, exercise good judgment, and possess excellent verbal and written communication skills. Ability to work well with a diverse set of people, supervise others, withstand public complaints, act as a resource for gardener participants, and enforce program rules. Candidate should be able to lift at least 50 lbs., have a solid working knowledge of tools and powered landscaping equipment, and be willing and able to withstand hot weather and all-weather working conditions.


Current Adult, Child and Infant CPR and First Aid certifications or ability to obtain. Valid driver’s license required.


March – November, 25 to 30 hours per week. Evenings, days, early mornings, and weekends, are frequently required.


$16 to $18 per hour

Applicants for this position are subject to a criminal history background check. Direct deposit is a required condition of employment.