Rhizome Urban Gardens is hiring!

 

Rhizome currently has several job openings: for a full-time business manager, a part-time operations assistant, and a part time experienced gardener. See below for details about each position. If you have an interest and experience in both gardening and business administration, a combination of these positions is possible!

Business Manager

Rhizome Urban Gardens is seeking an experienced business manager to lead the next phase of our growth. If you're passionate about pursuing a career in business management that promotes sustainability, making an immediate and visible difference in our local environment while developing the wide variety of skills that leadership in a small business entails, then this may be the position for you.

 

Rhizome Urban Gardens is a quickly growing local business that designs, installs, and maintains organic, permaculture-based gardens, indoor green spaces, and landscapes in San Francisco. We are horticulturalists and plant nerds, excited to be leading the movement toward creating more sustainable landscaping in urban areas. We seek to help people better connect with our natural ecosystems and with the food we eat, while creating spaces that are beautiful and functional.

 

Responsibilities include staff management, setting budgets and meeting goals, redesigning systems to increase efficiency, client communications, payroll, hiring, ensuring client care, bookkeeping, implementing a new payroll system, research, weekly scheduling, and creating a nourishing work environment for the team. 

 

Bachelor's degree required, MBA preferred. Minimum two years professional experience in business management (negotiable with MBA). Experience in landscaping or horticulture preferred, or willingness to get out into the gardens and learn. Two year minimum commitment. Full-time, competitive salary, profit sharing, and benefits based on experience. 3/4 time Monday-Friday possible for the right person.

 

Please send a resume, cover letter, and three professional references to rhizomeadm@gmail.com

 

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Operations assistant

This is a unique opportunity that could turn into a business management position for the right person. We are looking for someone committed to sustainability, creating a nourishing work environment for the team, and making our company part of a healthier way of doing business and taking care of our environment.

 

Work would include:

Creating and maintaining efficient systems for scheduling, payroll, and invoicing.

Communications between workers and clients regarding scheduling, client needs, etc.

Organizing receipts and tracking expenditures.

Responding to new client inquiries.

Troubleshooting day-to-day issues that come up on sites.

Research on a variety of topics.

Purchasing materials and coordinating wholesale orders.

Posting job openings and screening applicants.

Updating the website.

Monitoring profitability and participating in budget decisions.

Keeping tools and materials in good condition and well-organized.

Some office plant care.

Possibly some QuickBooks.

Bonus: If you enjoy gardening or landscape design, you can occasionally join us in the field! (not required, but highly preferred)

 

Ideal candidates would have:

Business management background or education.

Excellent problem solving, writing, and interpersonal skills.

Detail-oriented perspective and accuracy with numbers.

Great communication skills with clients and staff.

Ability to work efficiently independently.

Ability to use or willingness to learn the following programs:  Excel, Wix, Evernote, MS Word, Quickbooks. Smartphone required for the apps we use.

Bonus but not required: Art/design skills, plant knowledge, vehicle.

 

This position would be part-time, two to three days a week in the office, plus availability of at least one hour per day M-F to work from home. We are asking a minimum one-year commitment. Starting pay is $22-$24/hour with opportunity for increase and profit-sharing after training is complete. Please send resume, cover letter, and at least three professional references to rhizomeadm@gmail.com

 

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Experienced Gardener

Rhizome Urban Gardens has a flexible, part-time position available for an experienced gardener. We are looking for someone with extensive knowledge of SF gardens and landscapes to work a few days a week on a flexible, part-time contractor schedule. You would have a number of gardens that you work with regularly over time, so you would get to know them well, and there is space for creativity and long-term design contribution.

 

Ideal candidates possess:

  • Commitment to being a reliable and punctual member of a small team. Understanding the importance of taking care of the team.

  • Ability to perform physically strenuous work. Should be capable of lifting 50 lbs., able to bend, squat and climb ladders.

  • Knowledge of plants and a passion to always continue learning. Experience in proper planting and care for a variety of plants.

  • Ability to work quickly and efficiently with attention to detail.

  • Self-motivation and strong work ethic.

  • Excellent communication and customer relations skills.

  • Proper pruning and weeding technique.

  • Proficiency with the Evernote and Google Sheets mobile app, or willingness to learn.

  • Ability to have fun and be fun to work with. We’re looking for friendly and positive coworkers who will help maintain a positive work environment.

  • Availability to work occasional evenings and weekends is preferred (but not necessarily mandatory). 

  • Have vehicle

  • Minimum one-year commitment

Work includes:

Planting, weeding, watering, pruning, digging and amending soil, adjusting irrigation, diagnosing diseased plants, assisting in design, jobsite management, clean-up, and record-keeping. Work can be strenuous and candidates should be prepared for digging and amending soil, heavy lifting, and hauling bags of soil and rocks.

Pay starts at $22/hour for the first 3 months, then increases significantly depending on performance and experience. We offer regular increases based on job performance, responsibilities, skills, and company profitability. Additional opportunities available for applicants with professional skills in carpentry, irrigation, stonework, and other relevant fields. A business management position may be available in the future for the right person.

 

We embrace diversity and equal opportunity in a serious way. We are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. We believe that the more inclusive we are, the better our work will be. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

 

Please send a resume, cover letter, and three professional references to rhizomeadm@gmail.com