Nursery Production Assistant (March-November)


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 (March-November) will work with the year-round nursery staff in all aspects of plant production during the 2020 growing season. The position requires someone able to take on responsibility and 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.



  • 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



  • 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.



This is a seasonal (March-November), full-time position, paying $15.00- $16.00 per hour, DOE, with some paid time-off and access to food from the fields.


REPORTS TO: Native Plant Nursery Manager



Please read carefully, incomplete applications will not be considered. To apply, email a resume, letter of interest, and 3 references to:

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

Apply by Monday January 20 for first consideration. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis after this date until position is filled