Seasonal Facilities Assistant, May-November

OVERVIEW

Oxbow’s part-time Seasonal Facilities Assistant will split time between supporting grounds maintenance and public engagement efforts. Time will be spent on technical projects (directly supervised) and performing independent grounds work, such as mowing, trail building, and mechanical removal of invasive weeds. This position will provide facilities support on days when Oxbow is open to the public and at private events, helping maintain the parking areas and keep the grounds and facilities clean and operational, and operating our wood fired grill and pizza ovenThis position is ideal for someone with light trade skills and an interest in land stewardship, who takes pride in their work and appreciates a job well done.

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES

Under the supervision of the Facilities Lead and/or Maintenance Assistant, assist with all aspects of equipment and property maintenance, including:

  • Maintain/improve public spaces and grounds (weed whacking/mowing, trail building, garbage & recycling collection)
  • Monitor and maintain public restrooms (honey buckets) as needed
  • Care for and maintenance of tools
  • Become proficient in blade sharpening, small engine tuning
  • Present a professional attitude to the general public and members
  • Provide excellent customer service to visitors, anticipating and assisting the public safely enjoying their visits at Oxbow
  • This position requires working some Saturdays May-September and all weekends in October

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Ability to work with a positive attitude: standing, sitting, bending over or kneeling; to repeatedly lift heavy & awkward objects, up to 60 lbs.; perform physical work such as digging or weed whacking; in inclement weather.
  • Ability to discern (or quickly learn) weeds from native plants
  • Willingness and capacity to take initiative
  • Ability to take direction, ask for help/clarity when necessary, and accept constructive feedback on work and technique
  • Clear, consistent communication
  • Mechanical aptitude
  • Tractor driving experience not necessary but a plus
  • Consistent attention to detail
  • Must have valid driver’s license and clean driving record
  • Ability to work independently and within a team
  • Flexible, creative, and able to perform well in diverse conditions and under pressure

Additional desired qualities include: environmentally conscious, detail oriented, self-motivated, energetic, and professional.

The Oxbow facilities team is part of a larger non-profit organization. A commitment to Oxbow’s overall mission and working as part of a team is critical.

Oxbow Farm & Conservation Center does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, age, sex, disability, national or ethnic origin, or sexual orientation. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.

COMPENSATION

This is a seasonal, part-time position, paying $12.00 – $13.00 , with some paid time-off and access to food from the fields.

REPORTS TO: 

Facilities Manager

 TO APPLY

Please note, incomplete applications will not be considered. Email a resume, letter of interest, and 3 references to:

Megan Boyce-Jacobs
Deputy Director
Oxbow Farm & Conservation Center
thedirt@oxbow.org

Please write Seasonal Facilities Asst. in the email subject line and include where you found this position in the message body.

Deadline to apply is Sunday, April 07, 2019


Native Plant Nursery- Seasonal Production Assistant, March-November

OVERVIEW

Oxbow’s Native Plant Nursery works to support conservation and restoration of our region’s native flora. To this end, we produce about 75,000 high quality, locally adapted and genetically diverse plants each season for use in restoration, landscaping and retail nursery sales.

The seasonal production assistant will work with the year-round nursery staff in all aspects of plant production during the 2019 growing season. The position requires someone able to take on responsibility, work efficiently with attention to detail. Additionally, we are looking for individuals with a background and interest in botany, horticulture, nursery science and/or environmental stewardship, and an enthusiasm for native plants and their production.

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Perform duties around crop production, including: sowing, thinning, transplanting, pruning, pest and disease management, re-organizing nursery stock, weeding, irrigation, seed collection and cleaning, and inventory practices
  • Assist in putting together plant orders, loading delivery vehicles
  • Maintaining organization and cleanliness of the nursery and equipment
  • Participate in site preparation, maintenance and native planting activities on site

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Knowledge of native plants of the Pacific Northwest region and their associated habitats    
  • Strong background in botany, environmental science, horticulture, or related field
  • Experience working in a fast-paced environment related to nursery production, landscaping, or restoration activities, and a strong desire to learn more
  • Consistent attention to detail
  • Ability to take direction, ask for help/clarity when necessary, and accept constructive feedback on work and technique
  • Ability to work: standing, sitting, bending over or kneeling; to lift heavy & awkward objects, up to 50 lbs.; perform physical work such as digging or planting; and in inclement weather
  • Ability to work independently and within a team
  • Positive leadership skills
  • Flexible, creative, and able to perform well in diverse conditions and under pressure
  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline is a plus

Additional desired qualities include: environmentally conscious, detail oriented, self-motivated, energetic, and professional.

The Oxbow Native Plant Nursery is part of a larger non-profit organization. A commitment to Oxbow’s overall mission and working as part of a team is critical.

COMPENSATION

This is a seasonal, full-time position, paying $14.00-$15.50 per hour, DOE, with some paid time-off and access to food from the fields.

REPORTS TO: Native Plant Nursery Manager

TO APPLY

Please note, incomplete applications will not be considered. Email a resume, letter of interest, and 3 references to:

Megan Boyce-Jacobs
Deputy Director
Oxbow Farm & Conservation Center
thedirt@oxbow.org

Please write NPN Seasonal Production Asst. in the email subject line and include where you found this position in the message body.

Applications will be accepted until position is filled.


Seasonal Farm Crew, April-November (4 positions available)

OVERVIEW

As a member of our farm crew you will join a team of experienced organic farmers and have the opportunity to work within all aspects of our farming operation. Farm crew members will have responsibilities including propagation house work, weed control, field planting, harvest and post-harvest handling, and sales and deliveries of food. Farm crew will also be expected to manage areas of production including pest and fertility management, greenhouse production, and irrigation.

Our operation functions at a unique scale, employs collaborative decision-making processes, and has a focus on providing professional development opportunities to our farm crew. Because of this, the ideal candidate would be passionate about sustainable farming and interested in pursuing a career in agriculture.

This is a seasonal, hourly position with 5-6 day work weeks. Hours may be variable and long depending on the time of the year. Crew members receive hands on training in all aspects of our diversified production system as well as the option for extracurricular educational experiences.

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES

Fieldwork

  • Harvesting of produce efficiently and consistently for a variety of markets
  • Transplanting and direct seeding crops reliably
  • Cultivation of crops by hand, with various tools, and mechanically
  • Irrigation setup, maintenance, and operation
  • Support implementation of integrated pest management plan
  • Greenhouse propagation and management

Post-Harvest Handling, Processing and Delivery

  • Post-harvest handling, including receiving and processing of produce for a variety of accounts
  • Packing orders consistently in a fast-paced environment
  • Delivery of orders throughout the Seattle Area

General Farm Production Team

  • Set up and supervise farm stand during CSA pick-up and at farmers markets
  • Maintaining a smooth, timely flow with team members while working through projects
  • Making sound judgment calls on product grading and time management
  • Guiding occasional farm tours and assisting with public engagement within farm fields
  • Providing necessary supervision to members, volunteers, and gleaners in farm fields

QUALIFICATIONS

  • At least one year of previous farming experience preferred
  • Physical dexterity and agility necessary in all aspects of the job for safety and efficiency
  • Consistent attention to detail
  • Strong back; able to lift heavy & awkward objects, up to 50 lbs.
  • Work well independently and in a team setting
  • Ability to take direction, ask for help/clarity, and accept constructive feedback on work and technique
  • Ability to give direction and act in lead role when necessary
  • Clear, consistent communication
  • Ability to perform repetitive work in inclement weather – standing, kneeling, bending over
  • Small engine operation and tractor experience a plus
  • Ability to speak Spanish a plus
  • Ability to work independently and within a team
  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline is a plus

Additional desired qualities include: environmentally conscious, detail oriented, self-motivated, energetic, and professional.

The Oxbow Farm is part of a larger non-profit organization. A commitment to Oxbow’s overall mission and working as part of a team is critical.

Oxbow Farm & Conservation Center does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, age, sex, disability, national or ethnic origin, or sexual orientation. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.

COMPENSATION

This is a seasonal, full-time position, paying $14-$15 per hour , with some paid time-off and access to food from the fields.

REPORTS TO: 

Oxbow’s Farm & Garden Manager

TO APPLY

Please note, incomplete applications will not be considered. Email a resume, letter of interest, and 3 references to:

Megan Boyce-Jacobs
Deputy Director
Oxbow Farm & Conservation Center
thedirt@oxbow.org

Please write “Seasonal Farm Crew” in the email subject line and include where you found this position in the message body.

We are looking to fill 4 seasonal farm crew positions. Applications are due Monday, February 18, 2019 for first consideration. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis after February 18th until all positions are filled.


Lead Camp Instructor and Seasonal Educator, June-November

OVERVIEW 

The Lead Camp Instructor/Seasonal Educator will contribute to all aspects of Oxbow Education (“OxEd”) programming, starting with summer camp and summer farm adventures (field trips), then continuing into our busiest school field trip season – Fall Farm Adventures.

This position contributes to the oversight and coordination of camp staff and volunteers, addressing issues and training needs as they arise and assisting in the facilitation of a mid-season refresher training for staff. The Lead Camp Instructor will contribute to camp activities and planning, including creative contributions of stories, crafts, music, or Kids’ Farm features. This position will likely include parent communication and camp prep responsibilities and contribution to reflection, debriefing, and formalizing of camp documents and reporting.

New this year, two weeks of our day camp will feature concurrent camp sessions: one session for campers ages 4-6 (Dig In!) and one simultaneous session for a smaller group of pre-teen campers ages 11–13 (Dig Deeper). Lead camp instructor/seasonal educator will contribute to programming and mentorship of the pre-teen camp, and at times will welcome them into their small camp groups to support the early learners with farm, culinary, or nature connection activities.

Camp instructors must be available to work ALL training and camp weeks, as outlined below. Between camp weeks you will be leading summer field trips, working on farm projects in our Kids’ Farm, leading programs on Oxbow Saturdays and other public event days as needed, and planning for upcoming camp sessions.

There may be opportunity to grow with OxEd beyond the fall season.

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES

Environmental Education (60%)

  • Participate in delivering environmental/farm education programs to all age groups, including summer and fall Farm Adventures (field trips)
  • Assist in preparing for Oxbow’s 5 weeks of summer camp and act as Lead Summer Camp Instructor
  • Contribute to the success of Oxbow’s five week-long summer camp sessions, including coordinating farm projects, storytelling, and supporting & training summer camp staff (including a mid-season refresher training for camp staff)
  • Contribute to the oversight of camp staff and volunteers, parent communication, and formalizing camp documents and record keeping
  • Contribute to trainings of volunteers
  • Lead your designated group of campers, ages 4-6 or 7-11, in farm- and nature-based camp activities
  • Ensure safety of campers at all times
  • Contribute to planning and prep in advance of summer camp sessions, typically the Friday before the upcoming camp session is used as a planning day on site at Oxbow
  • Plan and lead most day-to-day activities of your summer camp group
  • Facilitate games, songs, stories, and activities
  • Participate in all-camp activities & farm tasks
  • Behavioral management of campers and parent communication
  • Work with and give direction to volunteer(s) assigned to your group, or to pre-teens during camp collaboration times
  • Setup and cleanup of daily camp activities
  • Participate in daily planning and debriefing meetings, and in team-building activities that contribute to the development of the education team
  • Document camp sessions using personal cell phone or digital camera, uploading photos at the end of each camp week

OxEd volunteer coordination (15%)

  • Contribute to the oversight, training and recruitment of volunteers for summer camp, Kids’ Farm work, and seasonal naturalists
  • Contribute to volunteer recruitment, recognition, training, and support
  • Track and report on volunteer hours

Farming and Gardening (15%)

  • Assist with planting, sowing, weeding, mulching, harvesting, seed-saving and general maintenance and upkeep of OxEd infrastructure and two-acre Kids’ Farm and Living Playground.

Public Engagement (10%)

  • Deliver environmental/farm education programs to all age groups at occasional weekend Kids’ Farm tours, seasonal festivals and special events
  • Support venue & public engagement activities with setup, breakdown and general customer service
  • Communicate about Oxbow’s programs and memberships to the public

QUALIFICATIONS

 Four-year degree or comparable experience in the area of environmental education, food systems, education, or environmental studies

  • Two or more years of experience delivering environmental education programming, including summer camp experience
  • Comfortable speaking in front of large groups and using creative ways to present information, including icebreakers, team building, and games
  • Ability to stay organized while juggling multiple time-sensitive projects 
  • Consistent attention to detail
  • Ability to take direction, ask for help/clarity when necessary, and accept constructive feedback on work and technique
  • Clear, consistent communication
  • Ability to work independently and within a team
  • Positive leadership skills
  • Ability to perform work in inclement weather, standing, sitting, bending over or kneeling, to lift heavy & awkward objects, up to 50 lbs., and to perform physical work such as digging and planting
  • Flexible, creative, positive and able to perform well in diverse conditions and under pressure

Additional desired qualities include: environmentally conscious, detail oriented, self-motivated, energetic, and professional.

To be considered, candidates must be available for ALL of the following camp weeks:

Staff training: June 12-21, exclusive of Sat/Sun
Session 1: June 24-28
Session 2: July 8-12
Session 3: July 22-26
Session 4: July 29-Aug 2
Session 5: Aug 12-16

 

OxEd is part of a larger non-profit organization. A commitment to Oxbow’s overall mission and working as part of a team is critical.

Oxbow Farm & Conservation Center does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, age, sex, disability, national or ethnic origin, or sexual orientation. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.

COMPENSATION

This is a seasonal, full-time position, paying $15-$16 per hour , with some paid time-off and access to food from the fields.

REPORTS TO:

The OxEd Program Manager, with direct oversight from the Camp Director

TO APPLY

Please note, incomplete applications will not be considered. Email a resume, letter of interest, and 3 references to:

Megan Boyce-Jacobs
Deputy Director
Oxbow Farm & Conservation Center
thedirt@oxbow.org

Please write Lead Camp Instructor in the email subject line and include where you found this position in the message body.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until position is filled.