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New Roots Garden Site Maintenance Volunteer

Start date: Ongoing
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Background:The International Rescue Committee (IRC) helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover and gain control of their future. IRC teams provide health, infrastructure, learning and economic support to people in 40 countries worldwide. The IRC also provides support to thousands of refugees resettling in 29 U.S. cities each year through initial housing assistance; case management and referral services; job readiness and placement; community and cultural orientation; health and wellness programs; immigration services; and youth programs.

Scope of volunteer work: The New Roots program enables refugees to celebrate their heritage and nourish themselves and their neighbors by planting strong roots—literally—in their new communities. New Roots manages four different community garden sites, responding to maintenance issues and keeping the spaces organized. New Roots is in need of a volunteer to help with garden site maintenance on a weekly basis. Activities vary by season, but majority of maintenance will include weeding, pruning, and clearing areas of the garden that start to become overgrown.

Location: Community Gardens & IRC Office, 1200 S 192nd St, Suite 101, SeaTac, WA 98148

Time Committment: 
•    2 to 3 hours per week
•    Schedule is flexible; no Friday volunteering due to staff meetings and trainings

Essential Position Functions:
•    Clean up perimeter of garden and walkways; make sure walkways are always at least 3 feet wide
•    Pull out weeds from demonstration beds and along walkways
•    Prune orchard trees and herb garden
•    Clean up raised beds at new garden site; prepare beds for planting
•    Pull out blackberry roots as they re-emerge at Kent garden sites

•    Passion for food justice and food access in local communities
•    Gardening, farming or landscaping experience required
•    Deep commitment to IRC’s core values and the ability to model and communicate those values in relationships with IRC staff, clients, partners, and community leaders.
•    Strong organizational skills with focus on details.
•    Must be able to work productively in a team environment, as well as under minimal supervision, taking the initiative to ask questions as needed.
•    Experience working in multicultural environments is a plus.
•    Willingness to adhere to IRC volunteer and workplace policies


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