- Job posted on: 6th Nov 2020
- Applications close:
Cultivating Community is a not for profit organisation and accredited Social Enterprise supporting diverse and low-income families to create fair, secure and resilient food systems.
Our vision is for joyful, connected communities who care for each other and our earth.
Cultivating Community Values are:
Sustainability: We use the earth’s resources thoughtfully
Innovation: We are creative, adaptive, open and resourceful
Learning: We seek out learning opportunities for ourselves and others
Integrity: We are passionate about quality, integrity and positive outcomes and are inclusive of all
Respect: We respect all people and the environment
The Public Housing Community Gardens Program is a Government program providing community gardens to public housing tenants. There are 21 community gardens in the program with over 800 plots combined. The garden communities are incredibly diverse with over 30 languages represented.
The Department of Health and Human Services provides funding to Cultivating Community to manage the gardens, including facilitation and support to the gardeners and site maintenance. The Department provides operational guidelines that must be followed across all work areas in the program.
The Horticultural Maintenance & Support’s role is to provide high quality, safe and well-maintained community garden spaces.
You will work in the team across all the 21 Public Housing Community Gardens, providing horticultural maintenance in the community gardens and when required support individual gardeners to maintain and grow quality food and plants in their garden plots.
The Public Housing Community Gardens has experienced significant impact from the pandemic. Since March, the gardens have been locked down twice for extended periods of time. The gardens have reopened in late October and the gardeners are able to access their plots in their own time.
The team need support over the next few months to bring the gardens back to life by repairing overgrown path areas, communal garden beds and clearing gardener plots.
Direct engagement with gardeners will be limited as we work safely within guidelines with the hope of increasing this over the coming year.
You will need to meet onsite at any of the 21 gardens located across inner Melbourne and other locations within the Cultivating Community portfolio as required.