The Senior Operations Associate is a key position responsible for supporting the logistics and smooth operations of Green City Force service sites. The Senior Operations Associate brings additional years of experience and a track record of sectoral accomplishments, to perform a range of activities including (but not limited to): preparing and implementing service site grounds, planning and scheduling, leading infrastructure projects, record keeping, coordinating deliveries with vendors, and liaising with partners using the farm sites for field trips and agricultural and horticultural education.
The role actively contributes to the development and delivery of Corps Member training during their service term. The Senior Operations Associate is a member of Service Operations, working collaboratively with Service Corps and under Green City Force Programs. In this role, they must be comfortable being outdoors in various weather conditions, expect to perform physical tasks, and exhibit problem-solving skills based on sound agricultural/service learning practices. All GCF staff must model the professional behavior, standard of excellence, values, and culture that Green City Force seeks to build in its own Corps Members.
DUTIES, TASKS, AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Uphold and strengthen Green City Force’s youth development model by leading, teaching, and mentoring corps members in all aspects of accomplishing your duties, tasks, and responsibilities
Work with the Operations Manager to ensure consistency across Eco-Hubs and timely, efficient, and effective operations
Work in coordination with Service Corps teams to prepare weekly task lists to address Eco-Hub needs, set priorities, and organize teams around tasks
Coordinate inventory of all farm/service sites materials and equipment in collaboration with Operations Manager
Coordinate with Operations Manager and Program Manager on team scheduling and site deliveries
With Service Coordinators, maintain accurate and timely daily records and documentation for reporting and manage the paperwork on harvesting and maintenance, energy and water use, and infrastructure projects
Support operations of Eco-Hub programming, including but not limited to weekly farm stands, fresh tastings, workshops, and annual Harvest Fests; with Program Manager and Program Coordinator, plan, procure and deliver necessary materials
Support planning and execution of NYCHA stewardship projects
Print and replenish printed materials as needed, including on-site signage and communications, flyers, and other outreach materials
Support distribution of Corps Member stipends and Metrocards to service sites, as needed
At all Eco-Hubs, represent GCF to community partners and individuals; model good relations and appropriate interactions with clients, partners, community members, and Operations staff
Participate in regular staff meetings
Research pricing and availability of materials
Ability to work independently across Green City Force Eco-Hubs and in coordination with Service Coordinators to lead efforts on farm production yield goals, and distribution goals, providing regular reports on status/ progress across sites
Collaborate with Operations Manager to increase yield and develop additional supportive infrastructure
Support preparation of farm plans and schedules that include sowing, transplanting, maintenance, and succession
Conduct agricultural training for Corps Members in the field (as the Senior Operations association this role assumes greater responsibility in the planning and execution of training activities)
Implement preventative pest control measures; identify and treat any pests
Assist in long-term Eco-Hub grounds planning
With Service Coordinators, ensure grounds remain presentable, including clearing of debris, management of weeds, and trash pickup
Maintain and update site signage
Conduct carpentry training for Corps Members in the field, including safety instruction
Maintain and repair Eco-Hub infrastructure, including drip irrigation systems, solar arrays, high tunnels, and trellises
Commitment to urban agriculture, social and economic justice, and sustainable development; passion for Green City Force’s mission. Prior experience as a Green City Force Corps Member is a plus.
Clean driver’s license or on track to obtain license within 3 months of start date.
Excellent understanding of best practices for urban farming, carpentry, and general service-learning-related components.
Ability to work autonomously and manage projects (under the direction of the Operations Manager) from start to finish.
Experience working with young adults from low-income communities
Motivation to educate young urban adults and community members in a youth-led farm setting
High level of professionalism, integrity, work ethic, accountability, and responsibility
Highly organized self-starter; ability to structure tasks, establish priorities, and set goals
Ability to solve problems, produce schedules and farm plans, and exercise sound judgment
Excellent communication skills, strong interpersonal and motivational skills, excellent collaborative and teamwork skills
2-4 years experience in agriculture, infrastructure, and general sustainability sector
Excellent ability to consistently meet deadlines, work collaboratively with other departments, manage multiple projects simultaneously, and turn around assignments quickly without compromising quality
Strong project management skills - experience with creating project plans, setting goals and deadlines, and keeping a team on schedule to meet deadlines
Must be able to work a Tuesday-Saturday schedule
About Green City Force
Green City Force (GCF) is in its second decade having celebrated over 20 cohorts of our award-winning AmeriCorps program. Green City Force (GCF) engages young adults from New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) communities in service years related to the environment. In doing so, we prepare them for sustainable careers, while serving to make public housing communities more sustainable and healthier, creating the green city we want to see.
Our 600+ graduates are working in all areas of the green economy, from energy efficiency to composting, and construction to hydroponic farming. A recent report documents the multiple benefits of GCF’s holistic model, through which young adults in public housing grow change in their communities and their own lives.
To learn more about GCF’s impact in NYCHA communities please visit www.greencityforce.org
Green City Force is an equal opportunity employer and encourages candidates of all racial, ethnic and religious backgrounds to apply. Personnel are chosen on the basis of ability without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, marital status, or sexual orientation, in accordance with federal and state law. GCF is an Employer of Service.
Benefits: Generous leave, comprehensive medical & dental benefits, 403b with employer contribution
TO APPLY: Please submit your resume and a cover letter through TriNet. No phone calls, please. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. We are looking to fill this position immediately.