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Garden Fellow  

Reports to: Food Growing Education Specialist  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Non-Exempt  
Full-Time/Part-Time Part-Time  
Location Capital Area Food Bank - DC  
About the Organization We are so proud to offer an amazing progressive benefit program and highly competitive compensation with Medical & Dental benefits starting Day 1* 401K with a match and an escalating % of contribution. Paid time off & holidays that are exceptional. Free onsite parking in a large lot with an urban garden, a spot for a quick renew. A complimentary shuttle to and from the metro, free beverages and water, company sponsored events, casual work environment *professional development both vertically & horizontally. Volunteer opportunities.

It is an exciting time at the Capital Area Food Bank (CAFB) as we continue to undertake our mission. We know that creating long term solutions to food security requires more than meals. It requires education, training, and collaboration. We are seeking people with strong ideas and a passion to come together to address the complex interrelated issues of food security, poverty, and equity. We are expanding in multiple ways: providing food for today and addressing the root causes of hunger by partnering with organizations that provide critical services like job training programs, health care and education. Food has the power to transform lives and move everyone forward. Find out how on our website at Let us discuss how food is at the center of everyone's healthy life!


This position will provide the fellow with the opportunity to gain a strong understanding of the issues surrounding food insecurity in the DMV Area. While working with our nutrition education team, he/she will get an in-depth look into various programs and approaches that are being deployed directly by the Food Bank and indirectly through food assistance organizations to address the issue of food insecurity both in the short and longer term. Fellows are a vital part of the Capital Area Food Bank.

The Garden Fellow will work closely with the Food Growing Education Specialist to develop and implement several food growing and gardening initiatives in our ½ acre garden, Urban Food Studio’s outdoor kitchen, and in the community. The fellow will also support the Food Growing Education Specialist with administrative tasks related to our partners and clients.

Position Requirements

Position Requirements/Essential Functions:

Garden Maintenance and Program Support - (75%)

  • Assist Food Growing Education Specialist with regular garden maintenance and seasonal tasks as needed, including but not limited to weeding, watering, organic pest management, harvesting, and more.
  • Assist with workshops/classes in the Urban Demonstration Garden and Urban Food Studio.
  • Help maintain the Food for Brighter Futures garden closet, Urban Food Studio kitchen, greenhouse, and tool shed.
  • Assist with seed/ling give-a-ways.
  • Promote and support food growing and nutrition education programs.
  • Survey administration and data entry.

Material development and distribution (20%)

  • Design and distribute food growing and nutrition education materials as needed.
  • Call and email partners in DC, MD, and VA to process seed donation and garden assistance requests, and other communications.
  • Prepare seed packets and seedlings for donations, including packing boxes to include with deliveries, and directly mailing out.

Miscellaneous - (5%)

  • Assist other departments with food growing and nutrition education goals across the organization.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.


  • 6 months or more of volunteer or work-related experience in gardening, or commitment to learn and practice gardening to successfully support food growing goals at CAFB.
  • Proficiency with basic computer software programs (including MS Word).
  • Must follow COVID-19 safety precautions and mandates on and off site.
  • Ability to work independently and cooperatively as part of a team.

Other Skills and Abilities:      

  • Garden and/or nutrition education-related knowledge/experience/background preferred.
  • Experience working with the target audience (limited resources) preferred.
  • Comfort with and sincere interest in growing food and gardening.
  • Experience in education or other relevant work experience preferred.
  • Ability to plan and organize personal work responsibilities according to priorities developed with the supervisor.

Physical Demands/Working Conditions

  • Ability to lift/carry 30 pounds.
  • Ability to participate in physical garden-related activities such as crouching, pushing and dumping wheelbarrows, digging, and more.
  • Willingness to work outside in all types of weather, including humid and extremely hot temperatures, rain, and are comfortable getting dirty.
  • This position’s main office will be at the Urban Demonstration Garden, located at the DC Office in NE, Washington DC.
  • Ability to travel to our partner sites throughout the DMV as needed.
EOE Statement We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.  

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