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Community Gardens Assistant Manager | Montgomery County Department of Parks | Apply by 9/15


  • Are you passionate about people, horticulture, food systems, or urban agriculture?
  • Are you highly organized with a keen eye for the details?
  • Do you enjoy working outside and helping others grow their own food?
  • Are you interested in learning more about careers in Parks?

If this sounds like you, The Montgomery County Department of Parks- Horticulture Forestry and Environmental Education Division is the place you want to be!  We are currently seeking a dynamic, highly organized Assistant Manager for our Community Garden Program.
Work Location: Montgomery Parks, Green Farm Maintenance Facility; Gaithersburg, Maryland.

The Community Gardens Assistant Manager will report directly to the Community Gardens Program Manager. The Assistant Manager will assist the Montgomery County Department of Parks in yearly plot registration and renewals, managing conducting inspections at 12 community gardens across Montgomery County, will focus on highlighting cultural diversity within the program, and creating a quarterly newsletter. Go to our website to learn more:

The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) is a six-time National Recreational and Parks Association Gold Medal Award Winner. Behind the vast and diverse Montgomery County Department of Parks system is a career staff complement of nearly 800 employees, 421 parks and over 37,000 acres of park land that serves a diverse population of more than one million residents in the Washington, DC area.  To learn more, visit:

Important Skills and Characteristics:

  • Collaborative with a strong work ethic; excellent communication, creative thinking, and interpersonal skills.
  • Proven ability to approach and interact with people of all backgrounds and the ability to think collaboratively with various members of the organization.
  • Ability to work with highly confidential documents and data while ensuring confidentiality.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a small team.

Very competitive and flexible benefits programs available.
This position is eligible for an employment (Sign-On) bonus (external candidates only)! 

Examples of Important Duties

Administrative Support:

  • Administer and assign community garden plots at 12 garden sites across the county
  • Manage wait lists throughout the year and contact residents based on availability
  • Email notice of violation or non-compliance to gardeners
  • Work with community partners to support a healthy food system in Montgomery County
  • Assists with registration and renewal process for garden plots each season
  • Launch community gardener demographic study
  • Moderate community garden listservs
  • Update Montgomery Parks Community Garden webpage

Assists in Coordination of the Community Garden Program:

  • Contacts internal staff to request repairs and request deliveries of green recycling materials at garden sites
  • Visit assigned gardens on a bi-weekly basis to perform on-site inspections to ensure enforcement and compliance of Conditions of Use
  • Manages eradication of pests and animals that could cause vegetative damage
  • Assists in oversight of contractual work at the gardens (i.e., fencing, trapping, etc.)
  • Provide technical gardening knowledge to gardeners and visitors
  • Recruit and direct Community Garden Volunteer Liaisons
  • Communicate with gardeners and the public; answering programmatic questions or addressing gardener needs; manage and post to garden listservs to improve communication
  • Utilize Excel, SharePoint, and OneDrive skills to organize, record and file all documents received by the program

Education and Advocacy:

  • Assist in the development of food system focused outreach events
  • Create strategies to engage families in food gardening educational programming
  • Establish and maintain partnerships in equity focused areas across the county
  • Provide interpretive and educational programs including classes, workshops, and symposia in horticulture and related topics to the public
  • Coordinate tours and open houses of the gardens

Minimum Qualifications

  1. Bachelor’s degree in horticulture or related field; and
  2. One (1) year of professional experience in horticulture or closely related field; or
  3. An equivalent combination of education and experience.
  4. Valid driver’s license.
  5. A Maryland State Pesticide Applicator’s License may be required within six months of employment, dependent on assigned duties of the incumbent.

Supplemental Information

Classification Specification: Horticulturist I (4450)

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of common fruit and vegetable plants in Central Maryland region and their insect pests or diseases.
  • Two years of experience working in urban agriculture, local food production, or food systems
  • Time management; problem solving and critical thinking skills; customer service or public service oriented.
  • GIS experience or coursework.
  • Superb written, verbal, organizational and interpersonal skills.  Proficient in office software (MS Office), communicating (email), word processing, collecting, and reporting data, preparing presentations, and researching (Internet).
  • Ability to communicate in another language a plus.

Person(s) hired for this position must provide proof of being fully vaccinated for COVID-19 (with limited religious or medical exceptions).

The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We celebrate a workplace culture of diversity, equity and inclusion without discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, gender identity, or any other non-merit factor. We will do what we can to provide reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us at 301-495-4525 to request accommodation.

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