Insight Garden Program


Insight Garden Program is a nonprofit organization that facilitates an innovative 48-week curriculum that combines environmental education, permaculture gardening, “inner gardening” and re-entry skills. Our core purpose is to reconnect people in prison and re-entry to “self, community, and the natural world”. This “inner” and “outer” gardening approach transforms lives, ends ongoing cycles of incarceration, and creates safer communities. We currently run our program in ten adult prisons and one youth facility in the state of California, as well as one program in Indiana. We recently expanded our work to include reentry support for incarcerated IGP participants who are being released from prison through pre- and post- release referrals for housing, employment and educational opportunities; safe and compassionate transport; and emotional support.

Grounded in the belief that access to the natural world is a human right, our holistic program seeks to empower IGP participants and alumni to become food justice leaders, environmental stewards, urban gardeners, and criminal justice reform advocates both within prison and in the communities to which they return.

Program Manager – Part Time

Insight Garden Program (IGP) is seeking a part-time Program Manager. Our ideal candidate is passionate about providing trauma-informed programming in prisons, growing gardens, environmental education, and “inner gardening”. They will also be capable of navigating prison bureaucracies, take pride in their organization skills, and hold previous experience as a group facilitator.

Position Summary

The Program Manager is responsible for leading the implementation of our transformative in-prison programs at Solano State Prison and San Quentin State Prison. They will work directly with our leadership team, programs staff, and the prison to support ongoing logistics involved with providing weekly classes within the prisons, managing volunteers, and organizing the co-design and maintenance of a garden within the prison.

What You’ll Do

The Program Manager’s major areas of responsibility include:

  • Class facilitation: Planning and facilitating weekly lesson plans for each site; coordinating guest speakers; building in garden-based activities
  • Relationship building with the prison administration: Establishing and maintaining a strong relationship with prison staff including, but not limited to, the Community Resource Manager (CRM), Plant Ops, and Warden’s office.
  • Community building: Creating collaborative spaces within the prisons and within the local community. Partnerships may relate to volunteer recruitment, guest speakers, fundraising, and outreach.
  • Administration: Processing security clearances for all guests and volunteers, managing and updating program budget, maintaining data for IGP tracking and evaluation purposes, and supporting with grant reports as needed for each site.

Who You Are & Keys to Success (the must-haves)

To be successful in this job, you excel in these four areas:

  • Project management and organization: You have the capacity to hold multiple moving projects at once. From garden installations to lesson plan building to liaising with prison staff, you will be able to hold multiple projects that require varying headspaces and know how to problem solve on the fly.
  • Group Facilitation experience: You understand how to create safe, welcoming,  and intentional spaces. Your listening and communication styles foster community and you know how to draw out the wisdom of a room.
  • Adaptive communication: You know how to clearly and effectively communicate our vision, values, and intersectionality to different audiences. You can navigate complex systems and can negotiate relationships with the prison administration in order to create more opportunities for people in prisons to  access green healing spaces. 
  • Creative and collaborative: You will be working with an incredible staff and pool of volunteers with diverse backgrounds and expertise. You have experience facilitating collaborative and generative spaces, are able to attract and effectively utilize community support, and know how to create meaningful experiences on a tight budget.
  • Attention to detail: You understand that working within a prison requires great attention to detail and accountability. You have a willingness to learn new systems and protocols necessary for administering and tracking programming. 

Bonus Points (the nice to haves)

  • Knowledge of garden installation or landscape design
  • Experience working with incarcerated people or people impacted by incarceration
  • Volunteer recruitment and management
  • Familiarity with Gsuite and Slack

What Else You Should Know

Insight Garden Program is an equal opportunity employer and we value having staff who come from communities that are most impacted by the issues we aim to address. We especially encourage people of color, LGBTQ people, systems impacted people, and people with disabilities to apply.

Salary & Benefits: This is a part-time grant-funded position that averages 25 hours/week (for two prisons). Applicants will be eligible for healthcare and benefits. The starting rate is $35-$40/hour depending on experience.

Location: This is a hybrid position that includes on-site programming at the prisons and remote work outside of programming hours.

How to Apply

Please complete our application form here

Deadline to Apply: November 30, 2022