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POP Orchard Director

Job Description

The Philadelphia Orchard Project (POP) is a nonprofit based in Philadelphia that works with a diverse array of partner organizations to design, plant, educate, and assist in the maintenance of community orchards throughout the city. Since 2007, POP has partnered with 57 orchard sites and continues to add new sites, new classes, and new harvest opportunities each season.

The Orchard Director will work with POP’s Executive Director and other staff to: (1) grow POP’s capacity to teach a diverse population in the Philadelphia area about ecological orchard care and a wide array of sustainable living practices; and (2) expand POP’s gleaning program to harvest and process excess or neglected fruits from city trees and regional orchards.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

  • Time commitment:25-30 hours per week on average. Schedule is flexible, often with more hours worked in March, April, September, and October than other months. Some evening and weekend hours are required.
  • Location:This position involves travel throughout the city of Philadelphia to partner organizations and gleaning sites and occasional travel to neighboring counties. Some work may also be completed from home or at POP’s headquarters at The Woodlands, located at 4000 Woodland Ave in West Philadelphia.
  • Compensation:Salary commensurate with experience; vehicle mileage reimbursement.

Competency Requirements:

  • Core Qualifications:3+ years experience in urban agriculture, landscape design, permaculture, or equivalent experience; strong plant knowledge including fruit trees, berries, and perennial flowers and herbs; ability to lift 50 pounds; residency in City of Philadelphia; excellent written and oral communication skills; strong computer skills; experience working with diverse groups and people of all ages.  The successful applicant will be detail-oriented, organized, flexible, enthusiastic, self-motivated, self-directed, able to work independently and with a team.
  • Preferred Qualifications:Familiarity with Philadelphia’s geography, neighborhoods and diverse communities; Bachelor’s Degree in Horticulture or closely related field; fluency in Spanish; experience in facilitating group discussions and public speaking;ownership or access to a truck or van to move tools, plants, and materials.

Job Summary:

The Orchard Director will report directly to the Executive Director and may also work with board members and other staff on specific efforts.  The Orchard Directorwill lead the following Philadelphia Orchard Project activities:


  • Assist with design, planting, training and support of communityorchard sites as needed.
  • Serve as lead staff contact and support for a dozen or more existingorchard sites.
  • Serve as the lead designer and staff support for some new applicantorchard sites.
  • Leadorchard plantings and work days at existing and new orchard sites.
  • Oversee anOrchard Intern and/or Apprentice to assist with program delivery.
  • Assist with expansion and maintenance of POP’s nursery as needed.
  • Oversee annual POPOrchard Partner Survey.


  • Organize POP Harvest gleaning events to pick and distribute fruit that would otherwise go to waste and to educate the public about abundant, neglected fruits.
  • Distribute 50% of POP Harvest program yields to emergency food services through existing and new partnerships.
  • In collaboration with EducationDirector, identify and partner with local certified commercial kitchens and/or businesses to process and use additional harvested fruit.
  • Continue to develop relationships with regional fruit growers to organize gleaning dates.


  • Organize and teach classes onorchard care and related topics to POP Partners, volunteers, and the general public at various sites in collaboration with POP staff and partners.
  • Collaborate with EducationDirector in expanding POP’s educational offerings.
  • Assist in creation of POPorchard plant guides and other new educational materials.


  • Supervise schedule and postings ofOrchard Tips and other content on POP’s orchard care listserv.
  • Contribute to writing and collection of content for POP’s e-newsletter, urbanorchard blog, and social media pages.
  • Assist with writing of grants and reports fororchard and harvest programs.

To be considered for this position, please email resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to POP’s Executive Director, Phil Forsyth, at To be given full consideration, applications for this position are due by Sunday, November 12. The starting date for the position will be no later than January of 2018.