The Sanctuary Is Hiring

Collard City Growers Garden Coordinator


$17.50/hr 12 hrs/wk [Apr-Oct] = $5460 (+/- housing)

About the Position

The Garden Coordinator will be joining a three-person staff, working alongside a hands-on board, Collard City Growers Advisory Council, interns and volunteers. The successful candidate will be a self-starter who is an experienced gardener able to produce high level work with limited oversight. 

The role of the Garden Coordinator is to bottom-line basic maintenance of grounds, oversee garden projects, and manage a limited number of volunteers and interns. Activities have been reduced from previous years and will be limited to small socially distanced support teams. The Garden Coordinator will work in communication with the Collard City Growers Advisory Council and ultimately report to the Executive Director.

This is a dynamic environment–a magnet for passionate, creative and talented people each working in their own way to make the world a better place. The Garden Coordinator should adjust to evolving needs, pivot as they arise, and must be able to relate to and build positive relationships with a wide variety of people, including those of diverse races, cultures, income levels, ages, religions, ethnicities, belief systems and gender identities. 

Low cost or free housing adjacent to garden available if needed.

About Us

Most people know us as The Sanctuary for Independent Media in North Troy, NY; the official non-profit 501(c)3 is incorporated as Media Alliance. Our mission is to use art and participatory action to promote social and environmental justice and freedom of creative expression.

Since 2005 we have been building an arts and environmental education campus in North Central Troy, NY. We operate indoor and outdoor presenting and production facilities with reduced physical activities for 2021 (The Sanctuary for Independent Media and Freedom Square), a radio station (WOOC 105.3 FM), community gardens (Collard City Growers), a STEM learning center (NATURE Lab) with community biology laboratory and People’s Health Sanctuary, internships and youth programs (Uptown Summer, Water Justice Lab and Youth Media Sanctuary).


We actively seek applicants who reflect the diversity of our community. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer and, as an organization committed to diversity and the perspective of all voices, we consider all applicants regardless of race, gender, gender identity, color, sexual orientation, religion, marital status, disability, political affiliation or national origin.

How to apply:  Submit a resume, three references  and a cover letter explaining your interest in the internship, how you learned of it, and its relevance to your interests. Email to [email protected] with “CCG” in the subject line.


Garden & Food Forest Care 

Maintenance of property including:

  • Planning. Develop crop plans including sourcing, organizing and plant stock donation
  • Supply Management. Coordinate purchase of supplies with Sanctuary staff. 
  • Routine Care. Including, but not limited to, watering, weeding and harvesting
  • Sharing the Harvest. Harvest crops and share with our neighborhood
  • Collaborate. Have a presence with regular hours to work with staff, CCG Advisory Council, volunteers, interns, Uptown Summer youth team (7/12-8/13) and train newcomers
  • Recordkeeping. Maintain shareable task and time log, documenting garden tasks needed, completed and in-process

Supervising Blockwide Groundskeeping 

Maintenance of public spaces and perimeters to city code standards, including:

  • Mowing multiple lots 
  • Watering and weeding public and perimeter plantings 
  • Trash pick-up around block

Coordination of Volunteers, Interns and limited events/workshops 

Administrative tasks, include, but are not limited to:  

  • Community Work Days. Schedule regular socially distant garden hours at least twice a week for interns and volunteers, and supervise garden rules (don’t step on the beds, proper harvesting techniques, etc)
  • Scheduling. Schedule watering and plant care, especially during peak growing season (spring/summer), and organize limited number of  volunteers/ interns in support