PROGRAM MANAGER: Youth + Outreach


Garden for the Environment (GFE) is a half-acre education and demonstration garden in the Inner Sunset neighborhood of San Francisco. Our mission is to teach practical skills that allow Bay Area residents to personally contribute to sustainability through urban gardens, farms, and food. GFE is a fiscally sponsored organization of the San Francisco Parks Alliance.


GFE has been a San Francisco legacy for 28 years. Our past two years have shown significant growth in programming and interest and we are looking for an experienced, passionate, and strategic new team member to help carry the garden into the future. This person will need extensive gardening experience, but also must be strategic and methodical in expanding and creating new sustainable programs, collaborating with staff and volunteers, and building community in the garden.

Reporting to the Executive Director, the primary role of the Program Manager – Youth and Outreach Programs is to oversee the delivery of existing youth educational programs and develop new youth programming. This position will also expand and run the Group Workday program and develop new opportunities for special events in the garden. This person will spearhead our outreach and communications, and assist with other programs and tasks including educational volunteer hours, trainings, and garden management.



  • Plan, coordinate, and lead 32 SFPUC-funded youth field trips per year, teaching core SFPUC concepts about water conservation and pollution prevention to 3rd through 5th grade students.
  • Re-envision our youth programs and increase booking of fee-for-service field trips for local schools, youth organizations, and summer programs.
  • Recruit, manage, and train a Youth Program Assistant and Youth Program Interns to help lead youth programs.
  • Lead the design, development, and facilitation of new summer youth programs to start in 2019.


  • Expand the scope of our fee-for-service Group Workday program by developing experiences and reaching out to companies and organizations to book visits.
  • Develop, plan, and run other special events, such as fundraiser parties, private events, and more.
  • Assist other staff with garden maintenance, educational volunteer hours, the workshop program, the Get Up! program, and training programs as needed.
  • Track data and report on all programs for major grant reports and donors.


  • Coordinate with other staff to spearhead promotion of all programs through social media, press releases, email outreach, a monthly email newsletter, and partnerships with organizations and city agencies.
  • Coordinate with other staff to update the webpage as needed.
  • Manage responses to public inquiries through email address and voicemail.


  • At least two years of experience with garden management and elementary school education; outdoor group management experience preferred.
  • Demonstrated desire and ability to work with diverse youth and adult populations.
  • Experience with volunteer management, small-scale organic food production, composting, drought-tolerant and native plant care, urban gardening, and familiarity with garden tools.
  • Capable of working in an outdoor environment and able to lift up to 35 pounds.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills, interpersonal and collaborative skills, and public speaking skills.
  • Computer, social media, Dropbox, Google Drive, and spreadsheet experience required; Squarespace, Mailchimp, Hootsuite, and Photoshop/graphic design experience preferred.
  • Willingness to take on new roles and responsibilities in the dynamic and complex environment of a small nonprofit.
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent preferred.
  • Bilingual and/or bi-cultural preferred (desired languages: Spanish and Cantonese).


$26.00 - $31.00 per hour DOE

32 hours per week with potential for 40 hours per week after six months with demonstrated ability to develop new income-generating programing

This position works four days per week, Tuesday - Saturday, with flexibility for schedule changes. Exact schedule will be determined upon hire.

Vacation and sick leave, health insurance, 401(k), and flexible spending account.

Non-exempt, permanent

Application review begins July 6th and position starts on or around July 17th.

Please email a resumé, cover letter, and contact information for two references to: with Program Manager – Youth and Outreach in the subject line. No phone calls please.

Garden for the Environment is fiscally sponsored by the San Francisco Parks Alliance (SFPA) and our staff are employed by SFPA. SFPA is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages candidates of all backgrounds to apply for this position.