Food Systems Coordinator

Food Systems Coordinator

Reports To:
Community Garden Manager, Aleta Poste

FLSA Status:
Non – Exempt

Time Status:
Full time (40 hours a week)

TS Range:

Opening Date:
August 14, 2020

Closing Date:
August 28, 2020


Under the direction of the Community Garden Manager the Food Systems Coordinator provides collaborative oversight to the onsite staff in the day to day operations of the garden. Ensuring program goals and objectives are met based on the established timelines. Organizing workflow in a fast paced environment focused on production and sustainability. With an emphasis on staff training and development. Providing outreach and promoting community use of the garden.

PacMtn and the Tribe will coordinate through the Tribe’s Community Garden partnership pilot to provide participants with training opportunities to learn about growing, harvesting, preparing, and preserving food. Additionally, the partnership will ensure community and participant access to high quality Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) boxes, while also providing paid work experience opportunities for individuals dislocated from their former employment, including those recently laid off in response to the COVID-19 global health crisis. PacMtn’s Project Coordinator will work closely with Tribe’s Community Garden leadership and Squaxin Island Tribe’s Human Resources Department to advertise and enroll qualifying participants into the “Regional Food Security” pilot program. Grant funding also allows for placement of a full-time on-site case manager for the project, to ensure seamless participant coordination for the duration of the partnership. The individual selected will be an employee of Pacific Mountain Workforce Development.

Other duties may be assigned

·         Provides onsite supervision, daily goals, and training to Garden Technicians as well as the garden apprentices, and volunteers with input and guidance from Manager.

·         Directs supervisor to staff members within all areas of Squaxin Tribal Garden; Medicine Wheel Garden, Berry Field, Orchards, Elder’s Garden, and First Foods Trail.

·         Primary operator of tractor, and other heavy duty equipment.

·         Maintains records of all garden production activities including planting, harvesting, food distribution, soil amendments, and maintenance schedules for equipment.

·         Develops and implements sustainable organic practices of fertilization and pest control specific to the greenhouse, orchards, berry field, and vegetable gardens.

·         Provides a planting plan and schedule specific to the seasons within the Northwest Region.

·         Trains staff in proper handling of equipment, composting, weeding, fertilization, care of fruiting shrubs or trees, greenhouse maintenance, transplanting, and general care of new starts.

·         Orders supplies, tools, and equipment necessary to the work.

·         Conducts bi annual soil analysis, tests and monitors pH levels within the soil and water.

Collaborates with Program Manager to:

·         Present and/or attend seminars to speak about the Squaxin Island Tribal Garden.

·         Develop and meet outcome based goals, measurements of success, garden layout, and community outreach plans.

·         Address and correct issues related to garden production, harvesting, and implementation.

This position has supervisory responsibilities.

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 applicant must have demonstrated experience in the following areas:

·         Running large machinery such as a tractor or other gardening equipment.

·         Experience with and a desire to train and develop entry level staff.

·         Previous experience with soil analysis process.

·         Thorough knowledge of plant diseases and proper treatment.

·         Experience working collaboratively on program objectives.

·         Experience working with a Tribal community.

High School Diploma and 4 years of relevant work experience.

Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of the organization.

Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interests, commissions, proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume. Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry.

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.

The 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 essential functions of this position the employee is frequently required to stand, walk, sit, use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; taste or smell; and lift up to 25 lbs. The specific vision requirements for this position include close vision, distance vision, and depth perception.

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 essential functions of this position the employee is frequently exposed to outdoor weather conditions. The employee is occasionally exposed to wet or humid conditions, moving mechanical parts, fumes or airborne particles, and toxic or caustic chemicals. The noise level in this 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 application packets including a resume and cover letter to   Contact Human Resources for more information: 360-432-3865.