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Nursery Production Technician


Nursery Production Technician 

POSITION OVERVIEW

The Nursery Production Technician will assist the nursery management team in all aspects of native plant production throughout the year. The position requires someone able to take on responsibility, work quickly with attention to detail, a background and interest in botany, horticulture, nursery science and/or environmental stewardship, and an enthusiasm for native plants and their production.

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES

Under the supervision of the management team, the Production Technician will assist with the following areas of native plant production:

Plant Production

Propagation

  • Performing fall and spring sowing and seed treatments
  • Monitoring seed and seedling health and germination rates
  • Carrying out propagation via cuttings and divisions as seasonally appropriate
  • Implementing transplanting schedule for all species
  • Assisting with seed collection and cleaning activities

 Irrigation and fertilization

  • Scheduling and performing irrigation and fertilization according to each species’ cultural needs to ensure crop health
  • Assisting with maintenance and improvements in irrigation and liquid fertilizer application systems

Integrated Pest Management

  • Assisting with implementing the IPM program through organic pesticide applications, beneficial insect releases, monitoring, record keeping, and sanitation procedures
  • Ensuring that correct application and safety procedures are adhered to and that application records are kept up to date

 General plant maintenance

  • Maintaining plant quality including pruning, weeding, trimming, and thinning
  • Assisting with optimizing nursery space to allow for each species-specific needs, i.e. drainage, light requirements, hardening, and protection from elements

 Equipment and facilities

  • Performing timely maintenance, safe use, and inventory tracking of Oxbow’s nursery equipment and tools
  • Maintaining cleanliness and organization of nursery buildings, growing areas, and surrounding grounds
  • Assisting with the maintenance and installation of native plantings on the property
  • Assisting with inclement weather/flood preparation and clean up

Nursery sales and customer care

  • Assist with pulling, preparing, and organizing plant orders
  • Assist with loading and delivering plant orders
  • Represent Oxbow in a professional manner when dealing with customers and clients.

Planning and nursery management

  • Assisting the management team with supervision and training of seasonal nursery staff, volunteers, and interns, including occasional instruction, correction, and communication
  • Utilizing record keeping systems and tools to best track propagation, inventory, IPM, and species cultural information
  • Assisting with identifying ways to improve and standardize production methods and record keeping practices
  • Serves as lead nursery staff member in the absence of the management team
  • Assisting with event preparations

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Practical plant propagation/production experience, strong comprehension of plant physiology and the unique challenges of native plant propagation, familiarity with plant ID and nomenclature
  • Demonstrated ability to organize and prioritize work so that production schedules are met
  • Creative problem solver with the ability to develop or seek out innovative approaches and ideas
  • Strong record keeping and observation skills as well as competency with Microsoft Office
  • Ability to work, communicate and manage both within a team and independently, demonstrated supervisory experience desired
  • Ability to work with urgency while efficiently maintaining consistent attention to detail
  • Ability to take direction, ask for help/clarity when necessary, and accept constructive feedback on work and technique
  • Ability to communicate with customers and the greater Oxbow community in a respectful and professional manner
  • 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
  • Willingness and ability to occasionally work weekends and holidays
  • Comfortable driving a box truck and cargo van

Minimum requirements (preferences)

  • Associate’s degree in a relevant discipline, bachelor’s degree a plus
  • Demonstrated one or more years work in a production nursery, work with native plants preferred
  • Familiarity with native plants and their associated ecosystems, western Washington preferred
  • Valid driver’s license and a clean driving record

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: Salary range is $15-$17 DOE. 

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 Nursery Production Technician in the email subject line and include where you found this position in the message body.

Application closing date: 12/2/2018