Get Involved

577 is a gathering place that inspires meaningful and diverse connections, promoting open-hearted generosity and sharing. See how you can get involved today.

Volunteers

Volunteers play a vital role in the evolution of 577 in positions such as building docents, on-site educators, front desk helpers, resource center sorters and garden helpers.

Teach

We believe education strengthens the fabric of our community. 577 is a curiosity combustor, an igniter of creativity. Instructive, Stimulating. A place for life-long learning and taking care of the land. Share your passion and knowledge with the community.

Classes at 577 are currently being taught online and remotely, with limited in-person classes. If you’d like to teach in one of those formats, please email cstose@577foundation.org for details.

College Internship

577 offers internship opportunities throughout the year to undergraduate and graduate students looking to expand on their chosen field of study, develop important professional leadership skills and flex their creative muscles. Explore what it means to work for a mission driven nonprofit and immerse yourself in:

    • A supportive community and team-oriented inclusive staff environment
    • Interesting and engaging projects aligned with your area of study
    • Flexible, part-time schedules
    • Opportunities to develop and teach your own classes

Upcoming Opportunities 

Program Interns – Spring 2023 – Information Coming Soon

Community Gardens

The Community Gardeners are an important part of 577; their gardens have created a pleasant environment for visitors, an education in organic growing and an inspiration to future gardeners. Each year, our gardeners grow and donate between 1,500 to 3,200 pounds of organic produce to local food banks—truly embodying a sense of community.

50 garden spots are available on a first come basis. Organic gardening advice, basic gardening tools, hoses, leaf mulch, compost (when available) and seasonal gardening classes are provided.

Job Board

Diversity and equal employment opportunities are integral to all of our activities. We hire and promote based on an individual’s qualifications, skills, ability to do the required work, merit and overall potential. We do not discriminate based on race, color, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, national origin, disability, military status or any other classification protected by law.

Organic Garden Horticulturist

Are you a curious person? A nurturer of plants and people? An idea generator? A plants, food systems, compost, and soil geek? Someone who can’t help but teach others how to cultivate a healthy garden?

As a growing organization, we seek an open-minded, responsible food gardener who can develop and maintain our vibrant community gardener program, beautiful food gardens, unique biodome, and organic gardening classes for our visitors and gardeners to enjoy.

To view the full job description, please CLICK HERE

Primary Responsibilities:

    • Educate others about organic horticulture
    • Lead community garden program
    • Manage greenhouses, biodome, and potting shed

Skills & Knowledge of a Successful Candidate:

    • Knowledge, practice, and preference for organic gardening
    • Experience and knowledge in cultural landscape practices and bed maintenance
    • Graduated from college or university, a four-year degree or associate
      degree in Horticulture, Floriculture, related field, or equivalent experience
    • Demonstrates a sincere passion for 577’s mission and a commitment to environmentalism, the arts, lifelong learning, and diversity/multiculturalism.

Pay/Benefits:

    • Full-time, exempt, salaried, year-round position. Willing to work some weekends, mornings, and evenings. A valid driver’s license is required.
    • Competitive salary range of $36,000 to $42,000, plus paid time off and benefits including health insurance, generous retirement package, and professional development.

To Apply:

    • Email a cover letter demonstrating your passion for
      577’s mission and success.
    • Email a resume outlining how your skills and past experience align with this role to khirsh@577foundation.org

Resume review will commence on 09/13/2022 and continue until the position is filled. 

Custodian

Are you someone who finds satisfaction in making spaces tidy and welcoming so that everyone can enjoy them? Do you prefer to be a behind-the-scenes teammate with a heart for service to others? Do you have an eye for detail?

As a growing organization, we seek an open-minded, responsible Custodian who is happy to maintain our beautiful facilities, grounds, and classrooms. These spaces get messy due to the exploratory and hands-on nature of our life-enriching classes.

To view the full job description, please CLICK HERE

Primary Responsibilities:

    • Carefully cleaning The 577 Foundation historic buildings
    • Preparing facilities for classes and events
    • Monitor and maintain 577’s interior assets
    • Assist in general maintenance and landscaping of the buildings and grounds

Skills & Knowledge of a Successful Candidate:

    • Experience in custodial duties and mowing
    • Knowledge and experience in general electrical, plumbing, painting, and carpentry preferred
    • Experience with organic cleaning supplies and organic growing methods are a plus; at a minimum, must be willing to learn and use these methods
    • Must be able to carry out the physical job requirements involving kneeling, bending, twisting, standing, climb ladders, working outside in all kinds of weather

Pay/Benefits:

    • Full-time, exempt, salaried, year-round position. Willing to work some weekends, mornings, and evenings. A valid driver’s license is required.
    • Competitive salary range of $28,000 to $32,000, plus paid time off and benefits including health insurance, generous retirement package, and professional development.

To Apply:

    • Email a cover letter demonstrating your interest in 577’s mission and this position.
    • Email a resume outlining how your skills and past experience align with this role to khirsh@577foundation.org

Resume review will commence on 09/13/2022 and continue until the position is filled.