Garden Field Technician II

Garden Field Technician II

Community Garden Program

Reports To:
Community Garden Manager

FLSA Status:
Non – Exempt

TS Range:
4/5 ($14.85 per hour)

Opening Date:
April 28, 2017

Closing Date:
May 11, 2017

Under the direction of the Garden Field Technician Lead, this position is responsible for the overall care and maintenance of Squaxin Island Tribe’s fruit orchard, garden, pasture, and greenhouse. This position is a seasonal position and hours may fluctuate from half time to full time depending on the season. Weekend hours may be required.

(Other duties may be assigned)

General care and maintenance of aged fruit trees; pruning, organic pest management, trellising (if required), thinning, and harvesting;

Orchard clean-up such as weeding, clearing property, brush removal, pest control, planting trees, performing general repairs, and spreading compost;

Participate in composting for the garden;

Carry out day-to-day agricultural operations as assigned by the Field Tech Lead;

Assist with harvest and post-harvest handling and distribution for row crops, herbs, berries, medicinal plants, and orchards;

Participate in garden outreach programs, such as youth activities, classes, events, and workshops;

Operate program equipment including hand tools, power tools, and heavy equipment;

Assist in maintaining safe, functional, and clean garden storage spaces;

Assist in the preparation for garden events, classes, workshops, which include; the setup and breakdown of tables, chairs, tents, and decorations;

Communicate with interested volunteers and updating the contact sheets;

Maintains the cleanliness of the garden and orchard area by removing trash and recycling on a weekly basis; and

Perform other duties as assigned.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The successful candidate must:

·         Be a self-starter;

·         Be able to work for long durations in inclement weather;

·         Be able to perform and endure repetitive physical work;

·         Be punctual and have strong time management skills;

·         Be able to take direction, accept constructive feedback and to ask for help when needed;

·         Be able to operate program vehicle, truck/trailer combination to transport equipment and materials preferred;

·         Have experience using Microsoft Word for updating volunteer contact information; and

·         Have experience using social media platforms such as Facebook to share and update Garden events.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE: High School Diploma/GED and 2 years of relevant experience OR 4 years of relevant experience. igh School Diploma/GED not required, no experience required.ant experience or two years of relevant experience.   Must also have the ability to operate heavy equipment, such as: augers, mowers, rototiller, chainsaws,  blowers, drills, wood chipper, rental equipment, lime or fertilizer spreaders, brush mower, weed whacker; some experience in tree pruning is preferred

Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.

Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common factions, and decimals.

Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists.  Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.

Physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 100 pounds, including includes shoveling, turning, using wheelbarrow with heavy loads, squatting, and climbing ladders.

Must be comfortable performing pruning cuts using 12 foot ladder, and using hand tools such as shears, handheld pruners, pruning loppers, and pole pruner.

 Special vision requirements for this position are close vision (clear vision at 20 inches or less);  distance vision (clear vision at 20 feet or more); color vision (ability to distinguish colors); peripheral vision (ability to observe an area that can be seen up and down or to the left and right while eyes are fixed on a given point); depth perception (three-dimensional vision, ability to judge distances and spatial relationships); ability to adjust focus (ability to adjust the eye to bring an object into sharp focus.)

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

 While performing the duties of this job, the employee may occasionally be exposed to warm, wet and/or humid conditions (non-weather and weather), and work near moving mechanical parts or be at risk of electrical shock. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

The successful candidate will be required to have a urinalysis for drug and alcohol screening in accordance with the Tribe’s Drug Free Workplace Policy.

Indian Preference will be exercised in the hiring of this position in accordance with the Tribe’s Personnel Policies.

Human Resources Department (360) 426-9781.