Job Opening – Native Plant Sale Coordinator

Native Plant Sale

The Friends of the Arboretum (FOA) Native Plant Sale is held each year in May. The sale provides local gardeners with a reliable source for native plants and expert gardening advice. The sale is FOA’s largest fundraising event of the year. Proceeds from the sale help FOA support educational programming and special projects at the Arboretum. 

Position

The Native Plant Sale Coordinator is responsible for ensuring the success of the annual FOA Native Plant Sale. Responsibilities include publicity; volunteer recruitment, training and supervision; plant ordering and processing; collaborating with the FOA Office Manager and Arboretum staff; overseeing set-up and operations the week of the sale; and managing the FOA e-commerce website. This part-time employee position reports directly to the FOA Board President. The Coordinator serves as the Co-Chair of the Board’s Native Plant Sale Committee and attends FOA Board and committee meetings as appropriate. At approximately 300 hours per year, it’s a full time job during a couple of weeks of the year. See here for a schedule of tasks, months and time spent in 2022. Start date should be around the 13th of March 2023. Pay is $22.25 per hour.

Qualifications

The Coordinator position requires excellent organizational, interpersonal, and problem-solving skills. In addition, the position requires knowledge and ability in the following areas:

  • Computer Use – Knowledge of social media platforms, spreadsheets, word processing, file-sharing systems, basic brochure design, web-based services such as Mailchimp and SignUpGenius, and WordPress (website) editing. 
  • Written Communication – Preparing newsletter articles, instructions for customers and volunteers, publicity materials; and record-keeping.
  • Relationship Management – Recruiting, training and scheduling volunteers; collaborating with vendors; consulting and coordinating with staff and board members; providing excellent customer service.
  • Logistics – Managing timelines; scheduling deliveries; planning the layout for deliveries and sale; delegating tasks.
  • Horticulture – Ability to assess plant health for deliveries and maintain plant health prior to sale; familiarity with native species and a willingness to learn more; a basic understanding of plant naming systems.
  • Physical Requirements – Ability to drive, carry heavy items (hoses, potted plants, boxes of supplies), go up and down stairs, and stand and walk for 6-8 hours at a time.

To apply

email a resume and letter of interest to: president@foamadison.org   Deadline is February 3, 2023 EOD