Garden Tech 1 NWITC Native Plants Program Intern

Garden Tech 1 NWITC Native Plants Program Intern

Northwest Indian Treatment Center

Reports To:
Northwest Indian Treatment Center Director, June O’Brien

FLSA Status:
Non Exempt

Time Status:    
Full Time (40 hours a week)

TS Range:
3/4 ($ 13.58 hourly)

Opening Date:
May 4, 2018

Closing Date:
May 21, 2018

This position will work alongside the Garden Tech 2 to learn all aspects of the position. The successful applicant will be evaluated at 1 year and promoted to Garden Tech 2 depending on training progress.

Work collaboratively in a team and must be able to manage group activities of a diverse population with different needs. Knowledge of Native plants is critical to support health of vulnerable populations. The Native Plant Specialist is responsible for a broad area of activities related to gardening, developing an herbal pharmacy for NWITC patients, developing curriculum to teach patients the use of native plants, and presenting engaging classes to a population of newly recovering addicts. The curriculum must be adapted to Native culture and the vulnerable condition of the patients. This position collects plants from NWITC gardens, and also from the forest and plains, sometimes supervising a group of patients in collection activities. There are numerous aspects of this position that require development of record keeping templates, monitoring and recording of data, and the development of budgets. The Native Plant Specialist is required to appropriately schedule, welcome and introduce cultural speakers to patients.

(Other duties may be assigned)

  • Develop and maintain in writing, an inventory of medicines; a calendar of planned activities, a budget to support the overall native plant program, activities and goals;
  • Teach patients how to maintain the gardens;
  • Educate patients on how to incorporate Native plants and foods into their diet and the effect of Native Foods on the body systems and organs as well as the cultural use of plants;
  • Teach patients how to harvest and prepare medicines from medicinal plants including salves, teas, and other herbal medicines;
  • Prepare safe and supportive herbal teas and medicines for patients through the traditional pharmacy and maintain an adequate supply for patient needs;
  • Organize a schedule of Native cultural speakers, prepare patients for each, welcome speakers, and introduce speakers to patients.  Working with the Clinical Supervisor ensure an accurate schedule;
  • Ensure all teas and medicines are labeled to include all the ingredients and directions.
  • Garden clean-up such as weeding, clearing property, brush removal, pest control, planting seeds, performing general repairs, and spreading compost;
  • Harvest and post-harvest handling and distribution for row crops, herbs, berries, medicinal plants, vegetables and orchards;
  • Participate in garden programs, such as patient activities, classes, events, and workshops;
  • Maintain safe, functional, and clean garden storage spaces;
  • Maintains the cleanliness of the garden and orchard area by removing trash and recycling on a weekly basis.
  • 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.

High School Diploma/GED and 1 year of relevant experience working with Native Americans is preferred.

Must have and maintain a valid food handler’s permit and First aid certificate, or obtain one within 30 days of hire. Must have a Washington State Driver’s License. Must complete a TB test, CPR and HIV/Aids training course. Must pass a WATCH and tribal background check.

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.

Applicants who have been a patient of the NWITC programs must have completed services for a minimum of six months and should have six months of sustained recovery.
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.

Submit a cover letter, resume and application to . You are welcome to pick up an application at the Squaxin Island Tribal Center 10 SE Squaxin Lane Shelton, WA 98584.