Opportunities

L to R: Lunaria Gardens owner Kristen Jas Vietty, market assistant Charles Williams, and Easton Market District Director Megan McBride

Farmstand + Event Assistant

Job type: Part-time seasonal

Location: Primarily Northwest Philadelphia (Roxborough and Chestnut Hill), as well as occasional events in Center City and Old City.

Season term: Most of our need is for Saturdays in spring. Possible Wednesday evening market assistance in summer, floral design/ delivery assistance, or other opportunities to be discussed.

Required dates (as of March 22):
March 25 or April 1: training at Chestnut Hill Farmers market
April 8: Philly Farm and Food Fest at PA Convention Center
April 22: Chestnut Hill Farmers Market
April 29: afternoon assistance with Chestnut Hill Farmers Market and/or an Old City event.

Other Requirements: vehicle with valid drivers license, smartphone with ability to use Square app

Compensation: $10-16/ hr ($7.25/ hr with sales commission)

Position posted: Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Application deadline: Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Contact: Kristen Jas Vietty, [email protected] (no phone calls)

Position Description:

Lunaria Gardens participates in Philadelphia farmers markets and events, offering specialty potted plants, cut flowers, and a limited amount of seasonal decor, and foraged/ value-added products. The farmstand + event assistant will aid in ensuring everything runs smoothly each Saturday:

– Loading vehicle at nursery in Roxborough/ Manayunk on Saturday morning (or Friday evening if preferred).

– Unloading vehicle and creating display at Chestnut Hill Farmers Market: setting up tent, tables, merchandise display, signage; or assisting director at other events.

– Photographing products or display for Instagram/ Facebook promotion.

– Assisting customers with selecting merchandise, taking special order requests. Cultivating relationships and repeat customers, but not allowing personal conversations to interfere with duties.

– Handling cash and credit card sales, recording sales data, and maintaining optimal visual display throughout market hours.

– Breaking down display and loading vehicle.

– Unloading vehicle back at nursery, reporting any issues or trends to director.

Requirements:

– Must be excellent with customer service and sales, and possess an outgoing, personable, and positive nature.

– Must have familiarity with plants and their general growing requirements. Applicant must have some gardening/ farming/ ecological know-how, like cool-season vs tender vegetables, plant families, sun-shade requirements, etc. You will be helping people select plants, so you need to have some base knowledge, as well as an interest in improving it through ongoing training and self-study.

– Must be punctual, communicative, organized, and comfortable jumping in and figuring things out.

– Must be able to comfortably lift 50 pounds and withstand standing and sitting outside (under tent) in all weather conditions.

– Must commit to work Saturday mornings from mid-March through mid-June. If anything comes up that could interfere with this requirement, the earlier it is reported, the better.

– Must possess valid drivers license.

Preferred:

– Familiarity with botanical nomenclature, gardening, landscaping, agriculture, permaculture, or ecology.

– Interest in assisting with occasional nursery operations (seeding, transplanting, watering, weeding, harvesting) during peak season.

– Interest or experience in floriculture is a plus, and could elicit additional Friday or Wednesday hours.

– Experience in visual display and merchandising is a plus, as well as any experience doing other markets or pop-up events.

– Do you have experience with social media/ email marketing, web design, construction, proposal writing, or other cool skills? Let us know.

About Lunaria Gardens:

Lunaria Gardens is an urban farm, plant nursery, and floral design studio. We produce a wide range of specialty edibles, natives, ornamentals, and houseplants for the landscape and the home. Our seasonal florals are primarily grown and foraged in Philadelphia or sourced from local farms, and we provide delivery arrangements, weekly subscriptions, DIY buckets, wedding packages, custom event design, and wholesale cuts to florists. We also offer educational programming like design parties, pop-up events, and workshops.

Instagram: http://instagram.com/lunariagardens

Website://lunariagardens.com

To Apply:

People of color and LGBTQ applicants are especially encouraged to apply. To be considered, send email to Kristen Jas Vietty [email protected] (no phone calls) by Tuesday, March 28.

Email subject format: “Farmstand + Event Assistant: (Your full name)”

Please either attach a resume in .pdf or .doc format, or include link to an online resume.

No formal letter of interest required. Instead, either in the email body or in an attached document, answer the following questions in list or paragraph form:

1. Can you commit to the required dates listed above? Please note any potential conflicts.

2. Do you have a valid drivers license? Do you have a vehicle with ability to assist with transport of tent, tables, and merchandise?

3. Do you have any interest or experience with floral design, as well as Friday availability?

4. What are you hoping to learn or gain from this position?

5. What can you bring to this position? If not listed in resume, please list any skills.

6. If not included in your resume, please list links to social media profiles, websites, links to cool projects with which you’re involved.

Please do not call to follow up on applications. We will contact selected applicants to schedule interviews. Thanks much for your interest and time.

Kristen Jas Vietty

[email protected]

lunariagardens.com

 

 

Lunaria Gardens Internship 


Job type: Part-time educational internship, hours to be discussed

Location: Philadelphia (growing sites in Roxborough and North Philly; markets and events in Chestnut Hill, Old City, Fishtown, Center City)

Compensation: Unpaid/ student credit, possibility of developing into paid position depending on skills & commitment

Position updated: March 21, 2017

Position available: Immediately

Contact: Kristen Jas Vietty, [email protected] (no phone calls)

 

Position Description:

As this is an educational position, the tasks can vary according to the interests and skills of the applicant. However, some examples of projects include:

  • Nursery operations: seeding, transplanting, watering, loading for deliveries
  • Garden installation & maintenance: preparing beds, planting, weeding, harvesting
  • Construction projects: compost bins, outbuildings, ponds, trellises, planters
  • Retail assistance on-site or at farmers markets
  • Food processing & preservation
  • Floral design assistance, deliveries
  • Photography, writing, web/ graphic design, marketing, educational event support

Requirements:

The only requirement is a desire to learn about plants and cut flowers. Some familiarity with horticulture or design is a plus.

 

About Lunaria Gardens:

Lunaria Gardens is an urban farm, plant nursery, and floral design studio. We produce a wide range of specialty edibles, natives, ornamentals, and houseplants for the landscape and the home. Our seasonal florals are primarily grown and foraged in Philadelphia or sourced from local farms, and we provide delivery arrangements, weekly subscriptions, DIY buckets, wedding packages, custom event design, and wholesale cuts to florists. We also offer educational programming like design parties, pop-up events, and workshops.

Owner-operator Kristen Jas Vietty has a background in visual arts, administration, & education, and knows firsthand the value that internships can offer those seeking low-risk exposure to an unfamiliar industry. She has interned with non-profits, a visual artist, and several organic farms throughout the US. She has since founded and co-operated several businesses and continues to enhance her education.

People of color and LGBTQ applicants are especially encouraged to apply. To be considered, please contact Kristen Jas Vietty, [email protected] (no phone calls)

Position updated: March 21, 2017

 

 


 

Volunteer Opportunities

We welcome volunteers who would like to commit to weekly or monthly dates, or planned service learning events. We occasionally have opportunities for as-needed volunteers. To be added to a volunteer opp mailing list, contact [email protected]