Garden Field Technician Lead     

Job Title:
Garden Field Technician Lead     

Community Garden Program

Reports To:
Community Garden Manager, Aleta Poste     

FLSA Status:
Non Exempt

Time Status:
Full Time                                  

TS Range:
5/6 (17.78 per hour)                                  

Opening Date:
February 28, 2020

Closing Date:
March 13, 2020

The Squaxin Island Tribal Garden is looking for an energetic, hard-working, experienced Garden/Farm Crew Lead to join our team. We grow an acre of diversified vegetables, fruits, and medicinal plants at our 10-acre organic Garden. This includes the care and maintenance of 50+ fruit trees.  This position may require long, and irregular hours during peak season as well as weekend ends shifts. This position is seasonal (March-November) and is subject to a year-end layoff.


  • Serves as the team leader for all field technicians in the day to day agricultural operations.
  • Implements the farm plan as designed.
  • Responsible for holding the field technicians’ daily meetings, assigning tasks, and working with the Garden Manager to resolve performance concerns.
  • Checking with the Office Assistant to determine weekend schedules for the Garden Crew, and for scheduled events such as; tours, site visits, or educational workshops.
  • Serves as the point-of-contact in the absence of the Manager and Supervisor.
  • To educate staff and volunteers about the value of local, organic, cultural food systems.
  • Representing the values of the Tribe while interacting with anyone on site.
  • Conveying positive attitude and enthusiasm for sustainable food production.
  • Provides weekly reports to the Garden Manager via email.
  • Assists with harvest and post-harvest handling and distribution for row crops, herbs, berries, medicinal plants, and orchards.
  • Participates in garden outreach programs, such as youth activities, classes, events, and workshops.
  • Operates program equipment including hand tools, power tools, and heavy equipment.
  • Assists in maintaining safe, functional, and clean garden storage spaces.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

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.

Associate of Arts Degree OR High School Diploma/GED and 2 years’ experience in tree pruning and gardening or relevant experience.

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 fractions, and decimals.

Ability to solve practical problems and deal with 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 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 25 pounds. 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).

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

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 application packets including a resume and cover letter to   Contact Human Resources for more information: 360-432-3865.