Garden Manager

Job Description

In addition to garden responsibilities, you will be a member of our staff, and your job includes this description.

Manage the Mission: Wolf organic growing spaces: two greenhouses, indoor potted plants, and outdoor gardens (over 1,000 square ft of growing space). Work with neighbors to cultivate food for Mission: Wolf on their land. Work to restore impacted areas and eliminate invasive species on our property. Oversee our compost. Work as an assistant in other aspects of the refuge, including animal care, refuge maintenance, education, non-profit management, and sustainable systems. In addition to your garden responsibilities, you will lead groups of visitors in work projects, give tours of the sanctuary, feed and water the animals, help with pen maintenance, assist with construction projects, help with office tasks, and be an active part of our community.

Our Requirements

In addition to the requirements below, you should meet our requirements for a summer volunteer leader. To read those, click here.

• 1 year or more experience managing organic gardens or organic farm.
• Have a working knowledge of planting calendars to ensure a spring, summer, and fall harvest.
• Have a working knowledge of high desert ecosystems and short growing seasons.
• Have a working knowledge of passive solar greenhouse technology and design.
• Have a working knowledge of landscape restoration and revegetation in arid mountain ecosystems.
• Enjoy sharing your knowledge with others and teaching youth about gardening.
• Understand the importance of growing plants as a demonstration of sustainability and leading by example.

We prefer:
• Experience with WWOOF.
• Permaculture design experience and/or certification.
• Degree in environmental science, horticulture, or other relevant area.


Housing: We have heated living spaces for our spring staff. This is either a tipi with woodstove or an unheated space to store personal items and a bed in a heated bunkhouse. Access to our community kitchen building and staff bathroom (towels provided). Access to our washing machine.

Food: Participation in our community kitchen. Mission: Wolf provides the food. You prepare breakfast and lunch on your own and participate in cooking daily community dinners.

Transportation: Transportation to and from a local airport, bus, or train station (Colorado Springs and Pueblo are the closest). Parking space for a car if you choose to drive.

Technology: High speed wireless internet, access to community laptops, access to a landline with free long distance and international calling to many countries.

Bonus Stuff:
• Staff camping trips funded by Mission: Wolf several times each summer.
• Access to our collection of outdoor equipment.

Apply For The Garden Manager Position

Application deadline: December 15 (Early applications are appreciated, since we interview qualified candidates.)

Notification date: January 15 (For international applicants, January 1 or earlier to allow visa appliaction time)

Summer positions are competitive. If you have any questions about staff positions, responsibilities, skills, or your suitability, please call our staff coordinator at 719-859-2157 or email here.

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