After a decade of building training and employment pathways for marginalised young people into hospitality, STREAT is excited to announce that in 2021 it will kick-start new pathways into horticulture and urban farming.
The first task of the Manager of Urban Horticulture is to oversee and lead the development of an urban agriculture training hub in Collingwood designed to support trainees and viable urban agriculture business models. In the longer term they will also play a key role in developing a range of urban farming sites across inner Melbourne, supported and tended by a roaming team of horticulturalists.
The role will also involve designing and building new social enterprise projects in collaboration with over 20 social enterprises who are collaborating to build a fairer and more regenerative food system for Victoria, including Collingwood Children’s Farm, Cultivating Community, CERES, Melbourne Farmers Markets.
The Manager of Urban Horticulture is:
- A strategic thinker who can design and plan STREAT’s work in horticulture for the coming decades.
- A confident and inclusive leader who can build a diverse, multi-disciplinary and high performing team capable of supporting STREAT’s young people whilst also building and operating a multitude of projects and enterprises.
- Experienced across a wide range of areas and has strong technical skills that can be applied for a range of practical outcomes.
- Collaborative and loves building new projects, programs, products and services across teams, organisations and networks.
- Entrepreneurial and can build and scale projects and teams from start-up to mid-scale.
Brief company overview
STREAT is a leading food system social enterprise and youth organisation based in inner Melbourne. For the past decade, we have provided holistic support, training, and employment pathways in hospitality to over 500 vulnerable young Victorians. Our Youth Program sits alongside a portfolio of businesses (including 8 cafes, a coffee roastery, an artisan bakery, and a catering business).
Moving Feast is a collective of over 20 food social enterprises (including CERES, Collingwood Children’s Farm, Common Ground Project, the Community Grocer, Cultivating Community, Melbourne Farmers Markets, Open Food Network and STREAT) who have joined forces to create a fair and regenerative food system for Victorians.
In 2021, STREAT is launching training and employment pathways into horticulture for marginalised young people. This program builds upon STREAT’s highly effective hospitality training program. The program provides wrap-around support for young people, as well as invaluable work experience in real work teams. STREAT is expanding its program to offer training in horticulture across a group of peer social enterprises in the Moving Feast network.
Key duties of the role
Strategic planning and implementation:
- Play a leading role in developing our flagship urban agriculture plot at Collingwood Children’s Farm to support both learning and training for STREAT’s trainees, and revenue generating business models.
- Provide strategic and practical advice on developing a team of roaming horticulturalists that support and maintain a distributed network of urban agriculture sites (e.g. garden planning, maintenance, harvesting, compost, vermiculture, educational experiences).
- Provide technical advice on creating urban farms and green spaces across a range of environments (e.g. green rooftops, community gardens, laneway boxes) for people with a range of needs (e.g. culturally appropriate food, capitalizing on biophilia experiences, provide relaxation environments).
- Working closely with STREAT’s Youth Programs team, provide input into trainee horticulture work experience programs and educational opportunities.
Leadership and interpersonal relations:
- Implement plans, communicate changes effectively, build commitment, and overcome obstacles.
- Participate in grant writing and actively encourage staff to do the same.
- Provide technical advice and horticultural consulting for community engagement and partner projects.
- Oversee maintenance and upkeep of STREAT’s Cromwell Manor garden/ cafe in Collingwood to ensure a thriving, engaging garden environment for our customers, staff, and trainees.
- Oversee all aspects of day-to-day urban farm operations provided by roaming horticulturalists across sites (initially Collingwood Children’s Farm plot and Cromwell Manor) including:
- Business and planting plans
- Pest control and weed management
- Field cultivation, compost, and seed production
- Harvest and market the farm's products
- Providing meaningful work experience opportunities.
- Incorporate regenerative and sustainable practices within all of STREAT’s gardens, striving to be carbon neutral overall in the short term and regenerative in the mid to long term.
- Manage horticultural maintenance, construction, installation, and renovation, as well as associated outsourced contractors.
- Manage logistics and inventory for horticulture.
- Determine annual budget needs, authorise budget expenditures, manage assigned budgets.
Supervision and training:
- Support and supervise trainees when they are taking part in horticulture work experience programs.
- Work closely with STREAT’s Youth Programs team to ensure smooth delivery of work experience for trainees.
- Lead a small team of horticulturalists in the short term, increasing in size as STREAT scales up work in horticulture.
- Promote a department culture of teamwork, support, productivity, dedication and perseverance.
- Foster teamwork and mentor staff members by modeling best practices alongside them
- Teach occasional classes as part of STREAT’s education program and provides internal training for garden staff.
- Establish and implement safety and risk management programs and training.
- Establish professional and positive relations with vendors, partners and individuals.
- Must be aware of surroundings, and vigilant to any possible threat to the safety of visitors, volunteers, and staff or to the security of their property, reporting all concerns promptly.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
Key selection criteria
Physical demands / Working conditions:
- Must have a current Working With Children Check
- Must be able to lift up to 25kg and work outdoors in seasonal extremes
- Must be able to work with appropriate equipment and hand tools
- Must have a current driver’s license
Skills and personal attributes:
- Demonstrated knowledge of urban agriculture practices, hardy plant care and indigenous plants.
- Demonstrated ability in the design and installation of urban farms in a range of spaces serving a range of communities.
- Demonstrated ability with landscape maintenance equipment.
- Demonstrated abilities with water management, troubleshooting and repair of irrigation systems, and basic landscape equipment repair.
- Experience with permaculture design, regenerative farming techniques and philosophy, intercropping/alley cropping, companion planting, no till agriculture, and other progressive farming practices.
- Experience and ability to speak about local food issues and urban agriculture.
- Well-organised, proactive and empathic.
- Commitment to STREAT’s mission and core values, particularly in supporting trainees and working with a diverse range of people.
- Excellent communication skills.
- Internet literacy and proficiency with Word and Excel to file and organize electronic and paper documents.
- Excellent ethical standards and good personal boundaries.
Education and experience
- Bachelors or Masters degree in horticulture preferred.
- Bachelors or Masters degree in landscape maintenance/construction or related may be considered.
- A minimum of seven years of experience in the field of horticulture, urban agriculture or landscape maintenance/management.
- Training and experience in horticultural best practices, with an emphasis on regenerative and resilience means and methods.
- Widely versed and current in horticultural field (e.g., pollinators, invasive plants, native plants, plant disease, Integrated Pest Management, etc.).
- Experience with plant databases.
- Experience with construction management and the creation and renovation of gardens.
- Other combinations of education/experience appropriate to the job will be considered.
Full time (38 hours per week).
2 year contract
How to apply for this job:
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Please apply as soon as possible, as we’ll be reviewing applications as they arrive.
Closing date: Applications close at 4pm on Monday 12th April 2021.
STREAT encourages applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, workers of all ages, people with disabilities and people who identify as LGBTIQ+.
Can’t wait to meet you!
- Which of the following statements best describes your right to work in Australia?
- Do you have a current Working With Children (WWC) Check?
- Do you have a current Australian driver's licence?
- Have you completed a qualification in horticulture?
- How many years of people management experience do you have?
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