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Giving Garden Assistant, Paid Student Position (Two Positions Available)

Applications Open:


Applications Close:

10/13/19 by 11:59 P.M.

How to Apply:

Send an email with your resume and a cover letter explaining why you are interested in this position and what ideas and skills you would bring to the Giving Garden to Ryan Moriarty ( and Jim Gawel (

Start Date:

November 1st, 2019



-On average 7 hours a week expected

-Eligible for pay increase to $13.50/hour after 6 months

Description of Duties:

-Work closely with the Giving Garden Coordinator for all job duties.

-Execute growing plan for the season (prepare beds, plant seeds/starts, weed beds, harvest, put the garden to bed for winter)

-Recruit and manage volunteers for the garden, log hours volunteered.

-Hold/Assist open volunteer hours.

-Deliver harvest donations to the Pantry, log the weight and type of produce donated. Donate excess harvest when the Pantry does not have capacity to St. Leo’s Food Connection.

-Co-manage the UW Giving Garden’s Facebook Group and Instagram Page, post at least once a week

-Assist in planning, promoting, and running events at the garden related to sustainability, agricultural education, art, and native plants.

-Help coordinate and lead the Earth Day celebrations on UW Tacoma’s campus with the Sustainability Committee and Project Earth.

-Assist at Activities Fairs and other events on campus or in the community

-Assist in partnerships across campus with other students, student groups, faculty, staff, and programs. (Center for Service and Leadership. Student Engagement, Center for Equity and Inclusion).

- Assist during work parties for special projects in the garden like the Native Plant Walk, building additional raised beds, replanting the living roof, and tree pruning.

-Additional duties related to the garden


Mission Statement

Engaging students with their food system and fighting hunger through sustainable urban agriculture in Downtown Tacoma.

Vision Statement

The Giving Garden at the University of Washington Tacoma strives to eliminate food insecurity among students by connecting them back to their food system through hands on experience with fresh food, grown by students, for students. Through its partnership with The Pantry at UW Tacoma, the university’s on-campus food bank, the garden is able to deliver local produce directly to students in need. The Giving Garden makes space for community through volunteer opportunities, events, and by connecting people to nature and agriculture in Tacoma’s urban core. The Giving Garden stands as a hub for sustainability, research, and demonstration for the larger community.



“We can begin by doing small things at the local level, like planting community gardens or looking out for our neighbors. That is how change takes place in living systems, not from above but from within, from many local actions occurring simultaneously”. -Grace Lee Bogs