Green Corps Program Coordinator

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Cleveland, OH
United States

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Holden Forests & Gardens (HF&G) is one of Northeast Ohio’s largest and most important cultural and environmental institutions. It is composed of two campuses, the urban Cleveland Botanical Garden campus in Cleveland’s University Circle, and the rural Holden Arboretum campus in Kirtland. For 23 years, HF&G has operated Green Corps, a work study program for local youth that builds job and life skills through plant and environmental sciences.

We are seeking a Program Coordinator at our Cleveland Botanical Garden Campus to support planning and coordination of daily operations of our Green Corps program. The Program Coordinator will assist with planning and implementing a reimagined program for youth that fosters a love for nature and deepens ties between HF&G and target communities.

Essential Duties/Responsibilities

  • Serve as a key member on the program development team tasked with the redesign of the future Green Corps program, to be launched in 2021
  • Supervise youth summer interns working at Cleveland Botanical Garden campus and/or urban farming sites in the Fairfax and Slavic Village neighborhoods
  • Work across HF&G departments to develop and coordinate an intern experience that exposes youth to nature, horticulture, and green career options
  • Work closely with the Director of Community Partnerships to develop and maintain key community partner relationships. Collect input from target communities and integrate feedback into Green Corps and HF&G programming
  • Work with the Education department to plan, pilot, and deliver community education programs in gardening, urban agriculture, environmental and plant sciences, and/or nature
  • Provide material support for development and implementation of 2021 operations plan (relaunch year) and subsequent years: coordinate tasks and meetings, document the planning process, and plan and execute test programs and/or events to broaden program reach beyond 2021
  • Oversee maintenance and operations of two urban farm sites (0.75 acres) located within the City of Cleveland in partnership with local farmers; maintain relationship with farmer-operators and ensure continuity of site management
  • Visit farm sites frequently and respond to any needs or issues that arise
  • Supervise the work of program volunteers and/or seasonal staff members


  • Bachelor’s degree in environmental science or other disciplines related to horticulture or plant sciences and 2+ years relevant work experience; or equivalent combination of post-secondary education and work experience
  • Two (2) years of relevant work experience delivering programs in formal or informal educational settings
  • Prior experience supervising daily work of team members, volunteers, and/or contractors
  • Prior experience in gardening, urban agriculture, and/or youth (teen) development
  • Prior experience working in a public horticulture setting such as a botanical garden, arboretum, or extension service is preferred
  • Prior experience with program, event, or course planning


  • Strong customer service and interpersonal skills
  • Must enjoy working with the general public and youth
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite or similar
  • Ability to work collaboratively within a team and be self-motivated when working individually
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to take initiative, be creative, and problem-solve


  • Must pass a criminal background check and substance screening
  • Valid driver’s license and acceptable driving record required to be covered on Holden Forests & Garden’s vehicle insurance policy
  • Use of common hand and powered gardening tools
  • Occasional weekend, evening, and holiday work is required
  • Must speak, write and understand English fluently
  • Must be able to perform with or without reasonable accommodation:
  • Stand and/or sit for extended periods of time
  • Perform tasks in all weather conditions; temperatures may range from 20-100 degrees F
  • Effective vision and hearing
  • Hand and arm dexterity
  • Walk and work on wet, uneven, slippery terrain
  • Kneel, bend, stoop, grab, and reach
  • Regular lifting and carrying of up to 30 pounds, occasionally 50 pounds

How to Apply:

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.
Qualified applicants should submit a cover letter, resume and 3 professional references online:

Apply here.

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Exempt (salary), full-time (approximately 40 hours per week), benefits