Community Garden Volunteer (Non-Client Facing Position)

POSITION: Community Garden Volunteer
DEPARTMENT: Nutrition
REPORTS TO: Nutrition Program Coordinator
LOCATION: Dempsey Center Community Garden, Auburn, ME

Position Summary: Garden volunteers plan and discuss garden projects at monthly meetings. Work sessions are led by Master Gardener volunteers from Cooperative Extension Service, and involve preparing raised beds, planting, watering, tending to various crops, harvesting and delivering produce to the Dempsey Center. 

Schedule & Hours: Seasonal, 1 ½ – 3 hours per week from mid-May to mid-October.

Essential Duties/Responsibilities

  • Tending to the crops in the raised beds, with duties noted above.
  • Consistent availability is essential, with understanding that volunteers may not be available every week.
  • Communication with MGV and nutrition program manager via email or text when conflicts with volunteering arise.

Required Skills and Experience:

  • Gardening experience helpful, but not essential. Inexperienced volunteers must work as part of group sessions until trained to work independently. Master Gardener volunteers are present as educators.

Physical Requirements: Must be able to walk on uneven turf and get down on hands and knees to tend to beds. We have several elevated bed and some high bushes that allow opportunities for people who are not able to get down on hands and knees.

General Requirements:

  • Must provide own transportation to garden, which is located 3 miles from the Dempsey Center.
  • Maintains professional behavior at all times while volunteering.
  • Must use discretion and protect the confidentiality of all Dempsey Center clients.; HIPAA-specific training will be provided.

Required for All Volunteers:

  • Annual Influenza Immunization or Declination Notice

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the Dempsey Center
The Dempsey Center promotes a culture of inclusion and seeks talented staff from diverse backgrounds. The Dempsey Center encourages applications from qualified candidates of every age, race, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, ability, and veteran status.

At the Dempsey Center, we celebrate diversity, advance equity, and create a culture of respect and belonging built on safety, human dignity, and bravery.