As City Fruit enters our 13th Harest Season, we are excited to bring more people out into our local public orchards and sharing the bounty of our urban food forest! We are currently seeking Neighborhood Ambassadors who volunteer to help our harvest team by harvesting hyper-locally in their neighborhoods and hope to bring on a part-time Fruit Tree Specialist who can focus on pruning this summer and fall.
Neighborhood Ambassadors: If you want to get hands-on experience working with fruit trees and being prt of our urban food system, but can only commit a few hours a week, this role is for you! Neighborhood Ambassadors are a critical part of our harvest team, working under the direction of our Community Growth and Impact Manager. We hope to have 1-2 Ambassadors in the Seattle neighborhoods where fruit trees are most prevalent. Neighborhood Ambassadors are asked to commit at least 3 hours per week to harvesting for 10 weeks from mid-July to early September. Neighborhood Ambassadors are assigned trees to harvest from on a weekly basis, and then find time to harvest the assigned tree(s) by the end of the week. Fruit then gets delivered to the food bank serving your local neighborhood. While most of the work is independent, Neighborhood Ambassadors are part of our community of harvesters and staff and may participate in group harvests in local orchards. They are invited to participate in our community outreach events, and are valued members of our team. If you are interested in applying, please send a resume and cover letter explaining why you want to be a Neighborhood Ambassador and how you feel about sustainable agriculture or food justice to Tiare Gill at [email protected]. Be sure to include what neighborhood you live in and how many hours/week you may be able to provide.
Fruit Tree Specialist (seasonal, part-time, with the possibility for full-time in future) This is an exciting opportunity for a brilliant, motivated, and focused individual who is committed to social justice, education and community engagement, and has a vested interest in contributing to inclusive local food systems, promoting food justice, and helping neighbors cultivate their trees to produce good fruit that can be shared with the community. We want you to help us cultivate and nourish relationships with private tree owners, educating them on different techniques for fruit tree stewardship, and helping them understand year-round tree care. The position would start part-time in June and could increase to full-time through the summer. Based in Seattle, WA, this job requires an individual willing to manage their daily work appointments, meet with clients (in a socially distant, outside environment 1:1 or 1:household), drive throughout the city, and work outside with fruit trees in varying conditions and weather. It is anticipated that this role will be outdoors 90% of the time and may be asked to work with tall, historic fruit trees.
As a Fruit Tree Specialist, you will be responsible for the following:
- Assessing, planting and/or transplanting, and stewarding (through actions such as pruning, mulching, netting, taping, etc) a wide variety of fruit-bearing trees including, but not limited to, apple, peach, pear, plum, cherry, quince, and more. These trees may be located on private or public lands.
- Providing tree owners with one-on-one feedback on their particular fruit trees and explaining any recommended pruning, mulching, or pest management strategies to ensure the health of their trees or fruit. (In some circumstances, tree owners may want to cut back the tree’s fruit production for a variety of different reasons, in which the specialist should be able to make those suggestions as well.)
- In coordination with tree owners and/or the public land managers with whom City Fruit partners, creating and implementing a year-round tree care plan for tree(s)
- Helping to establish Standard Operating Procedures, such as detailing interactions with tree owners and photo-documenting work
- Maintaining positive relationships with stakeholders and contributing to City Fruit’s education and outreach efforts regularly
- Assisting with City Fruit’s harvesting efforts during harvest months.
- Helping maintain City Fruit’s tree care supplies
- Anything and everything that contributes to a positive, fruitful outcome for Seattle’s fruit trees and to create positive relationships within our urban hyperlocal food system.
- Able to work with limited budgets, work independently, track hours and document expenses, and balance and defend appropriate tree care with various stakeholders.
- Extraordinary oral and written communication skills. Ability to clearly communicate tree stewardship strategies and rationale for various approaches to year-round tree care.
- Self-motivated, with demonstrable creative and critical thinking capabilities.
- Able to work with limited supervision while onsite but able to document clearly what work has been done regularly.
- 3 - 5 years experience in a relevant agricultural role is a must. This is not an entry-level position.
- Must possess a high-level understanding and intimate knowledge of fruit trees. Bonus if that knowledge is specific to Seattle’s microclimate.
- Ability to lift, push, & pull 50lbs and to scale trees as tall as 30’.
- Experience interpreting regulations on a municipal, state, and federal level
- Ability to work comfortably outdoors in all seasons.
- An undergraduate degree with an applicable focus
- Ability to work long and varied hours
- Ability to multitask and work coolly and professionally in time sensitive situations or in situations where one’s expertise may be challenged
- Meticulous attention to detail
- An understanding that many people own fruit trees in Seattle but may know nothing about their care.
Benefits and Perks:
- Pay is $20-25/hr DOE
- Flexible schedule
- Consistent reviews to assess progress and your own personal happiness
- Direct involvement in hyperlocal food systems and environmental efforts.
Thanks for reading! To be considered, please send your resume, cover letter, and three references who can speak about your fruit tree knowledge to [email protected]. No phone calls please