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Growing Hope largely depends on the helpful hand provided by volunteers, but we also have paid positions and internships. When hiring for paid positions, we give preference to people we know who’ve volunteered for us. Start Volunteering Today.

Paid Positions

Applications for paid positions at Growing Hope are generally considered on a rolling basis, but please check individual postings for deadlines or different instructions.

Farm Assistant – We are seeking an enthusiastic, hard working Farm Assistant to join our team.  This is a part- time, seasonal position that will begin April 1 and go through October.  The Farm Assistant is responsible for bringing Growing Hope’s vision to life through the cultivation of the outdoor portions of our 1.4 acre urban property in the heart of Ypsilanti, including an urban farm (including 30x96 foot hoophouse) and surrounding grounds/landscape management.  The farm is a multi-purpose space used for organic-practice production, demonstration, education and events, and the Farm Assistant will be responsible for keeping the Growing Hope Center grounds, farm, and garden areas productive, presentable and inviting to the public at all times.  We are also in the planning stages of a potential expansion production site; as that comes to fruition that Farm Assistant will help, too, on that site development. For more info: FarmAssistant2017

Garden Assistant – We are seeking an enthusiastic and knowledgeable Garden Assistant to join our team.  This is a part-time, seasonal position and will begin on April 1.  The Garden Assistant is responsible for bringing Growing Hope’s vision through supporting residents in the broader Ypsilanti area in growing their own food in home, school, and community sites. Our garden programs include installation of vegetable gardens with low-income families and seniors through our Home Vegetable Garden program, classes and trainings on our urban demonstration youth and home gardens, and providing consultation on garden projects. The Growing Hope Center is a 1.4 acre urban property in the heart of Ypsilanti, including an urban farm (including 30x96 foot hoophouse) which is a multi-purpose space used for organic-practice production, demonstration, education and events. The Garden Assistant will be responsible for maintaining the demonstration and educational areas of the Growing Hope Center. The Garden Assistant reports to the Farm and Garden Manager. Fore more info: GardenAssistant2017

Youth and Schools Assistant – Growing Hope is seeking an organized and enthusiastic Youth & Schools Assistant to join our team.  This is a part-time, permanent position will begin April 1, 2017.  The Youth & Schools Assistant  is responsible for bringing Growing Hope’s vision to life through supporting youth programs that emphasize gardening, cooking, and nutrition education; policy and environmental change in our local schools and other youth settings; and, more broadly, healthy food access particularly for low-income audiences. Our youth programs include: after-school and summer garden-based nutrition education clubs, a teen internship program, youth centered field trips to the Growing Hope Center, school garden training and support, outreach in classrooms and at school events, a Farm to School initiative, school food and health policy, and other community outreach activities.  For more info: YouthSchoolAssistant2017


Michigan Works Positions Are you a client at Michigan Works? Growing Hope can be a job site for temporary paid employment, up to full time, through Michigan Works. Please let your case worker at Michigan Works know that you’d like to be considered for a position with us. Apply today by contacting Growing Hope at apply@growinghope.net.

Development Director

Growing Hope is seeking a Development Director – a relationship-oriented, highly organized, motivated, energetic, and detail-oriented person with fundraising experience. This person is responsible for successful implementation and administration of annual fundraising goals, and acts as a support for raising the remaining targets of an ongoing capital campaign. This person will work closely with the Executive Director and board of directors to provide leadership in planning, executing, and growing goals in annual giving, major giving, and sponsorships, in particular, and will supervise a Marketing & Events Manager in carrying out special events. This individual will also support the Executive Director in capital campaign and foundation relations, oversee donor research, donor stewardship and communications, and database management.  Qualified candidate may also play support role in grant writing and other earned revenue strategies, as well as overall organizational marketing. 

Interested? Full details and application info here: DevelopmentDirector_GrowingHope2017

Internships & Volunteer Positions

Internships Growing Hope supports high school, college, and out-of-school individuals in unpaid internships throughout the year. We can work with you to meet internship requirements for your school when relevant. We require, in general, a minimum 12-week commitment, with a regular schedule working a minimum of 10 hours/week.  See below for specific descriptions and opportunities!  We are still seeking some interns who can work this summer, as well as beginning to line up interns for Spring/Summer 2017. All internships please make an inquiry at apply@growinghope.net.

Available Internships include:  

Board of Directors Our full board meetings six times/year with monthly committee meetings. The time commitment is roughly 6+ hours each month. We’re looking for board members ready to be good ambassadors and fundraisers for the organization, and who can help to oversee the governance and future of Growing Hope. We’re specifically in search of the following: you love events, you love fundraising, you’re an attorney, or you’re a graphic designer. If you are review the description and are interested in being considered for a position, please send a statement of interest/background and a resume to apply@growinghope.net.

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