Garden Field Tech 1

Position:
Garden Field Tech 1

Department:
Community Garden Program

Reports To:
Community Garden Manager, Aleta Poste

FLSA Status:
Non Exempt

Time Status:
Full Time

TS Range:
3/4 ($13.50 per hour)

Opening Date:
August 14, 2020

Closing Date:
August 28, 2020

SUMMARY:
This position assists with growing, harvesting, processing, and distributing vegetables, fruits, and herbs produced during the growing season at the Squaxin Island Community Garden. This position scheduled hours may fluctuate depending on the need of the garden. Weekend hours may be required.

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. Granted 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

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
(Other duties may be assigned)

Support the Garden team to carry out day-to-day agricultural operations, including irrigation, greenhouse operations, pest and disease management, field cultivation, planting, weeding, and fertilizing;

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;

Provide exceptional customer service to visitors, volunteers, and community members; and

Perform other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS:
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, such as shoveling, turning compost, carrying loads of material, and standing for long periods of time;

Be punctual and have strong time management skills;

Pay attention to detail.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE:
High School Diploma/GED and 1 year of experience OR 3 year’s 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.

LANGUAGE SKILLS:
Ability to read and comprehend simple instructions, short correspondence, and memos. Ability to write simple correspondence. Ability to effectively present information in one-on-one and small group situations to customers, clients, and other employees of the organization.

MATHEMATICAL SKILLS:
Ability to add and subtract two digit numbers and to multiply and divide with 10’s and 100’s. Ability to perform these operations using units of American money and weight measurement, volume, and distance.

REASONING ABILITY:
Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out simple one- or two-step instructions. Ability to deal with standardized situations with only occasional or no variables.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:
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 regularly required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle or feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; talk or hear; and taste or smell and occasionally required to sit. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 50 pounds and must frequently lift and/or move more than 100 pounds including shoveling, turning, using wheelbarrow with heavy loads, squatting and climbing ladders.

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.)
 
WORK ENVIRONMENT:
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 regularly be exposed to wet or humid conditions (non-weather), work near moving mechanical parts, work in high, precarious places, outdoor weather conditions, extreme cold (non-weather) warm, wet and/or humid conditions (non-weather and weather), and work near moving mechanical parts. The noise level in the work environment is usually loud.

DRUG FREE WORKPLACE:
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:
Indian Preference will be exercised in the hiring of this position in accordance with the Tribe’s Personnel Policies.
 
TO APPLY:
Submit a cover letter, résumé and application to Applications are available on our website at squaxinisland.org/employment.