Apply to be 2019 Hope Summer Garden Manager!

Are you interested in being a garden manager this summer? Hope Gardens is looking for two Garden Managers to lead and operate Hope Gardens from May 17th to July 27th! The summer is the time of year that our garden is the busiest, so this is an excellent opportunity to get experience with management, experience working with a non-profit, and to get really involved in the garden! The summer garden manager position is a ten-week position with a ten to twelve hour commitment per week. Additionally, this is a paid position! This position pays $11 an hour. If you're looking to acquire management skills and earn a little extra cash this summer, this position is perfect for you!

Responsibilities for this position will include:

  • Maintenance of the garden, which will include planting, watering, and harvesting

  • Management of two volunteer work-days a week, one being during the usual Saturday morning time from 10 am to 12 pm

  • Recruitment of volunteers for work-days

  • Cultivation of a positive relationship with community gardeners and the hosting of a minimum of two community events

  • Implementation of the mission of Hope Gardens in focusing on addressing the issues of food access in the Chapel Hill and Carrboro area

  • Performance of administrative tasks, such as maintenance of our email, calendar, and phone

  • Keeping of a log of activities to be submitted to our co-chairs weekly

  • The leadership of summer evaluations and development of plans to improve the results of our summer projects


A note: This is a physically active position. Managers must be able to stand and walk for long periods of time, to bend at the knees and hips, and to lift at least 30 pounds overhead. This position involves a good portion of time outdoors, in all of the weather conditions that North Carolina presents.


To apply for this position, submit your cover letter and resume to our co-chairs at cochairs@nchopegardens.org, with the subject line as, "Summer Garden Manager Application." Application review will begin immediately and will continue until positions are filled. Your cover letter should address the following questions:

  • What will you bring to this position? (personal skills, interests, experiences, and relationships you have)

  • What is your experience with gardening/agriculture? (lack of experience will not jeopardize your application, but details about previous experience might help us understand your interest in the position!)

  • Do you have any ideas for engaging volunteers during volunteer days?

  • Do you have any other summer plans or commitments?


Applications submitted by Friday, April 19th will be given priority consideration. Interviews will be conducted the following week. Please note that incomplete applications will not be considered.

The position does include a few requirements as well. We do prefer UNC Chapel Hill students to be our summer garden managers, but we do welcome all community members. We do require you have access to a car, as driving is required to and from the garden. Previous experience with gardening or leadership, previous volunteer or community outreach experience, and interest in food systems, environmental education, and sustainable agriculture are very helpful as well.


Please contact cochairs@nchopegardens.orgwith any questions you have!