Seed Team Member


Company: Avoca Seed Farm
Location: Corvallis, Oregon
Compensation: $16.25 per hour
Employment Type: Part-Time
Job Categories: Agriculture
Region: Mid Willamette Valley
Date Posted: June 12, 2024

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About Avoca Seed Farm: Avoca Seed is a 7 acre certified organic family operated specialty seed production farm located four miles east of Corvallis, Oregon on traditional lands of the Kalapuya people. We grow a diverse assortment of vegetable and flower seed crops on contract for seed companies nationwide. Avoca Seed produces seed crops on 3 acres annually in an alternate year cropping system. The farmland is surrounded by extensive riparian areas along the Willamette River, which hosts a thriving ecosystem of native bees, swallows, hawks, bobcats, and more. We are passionate about seed and its ability to connect us to our past, and carry us into the future.

Job Description: The Seed Team Member plays a supporting role in all aspects of certified organic vegetable and flower seed production. Field work includes transplanting, hand weeding, and cultivation. Seed work includes seed crop harvest, threshing, processing, and seed cleaning. There is an opportunity to participate in plant breeding, seed stewardship,andthe nuances of organic open-pollinated seed production in action.

Job Schedule:

  • 32 hours per week June 20 – September 20
  • 8-16 hours per week starting September 24 through December.
  • Workweek is four days, Tuesday through Friday, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm.
  • Some flexible scheduling is available, we are open to working around other commitments as long as work is scheduled for a minimum of 3 hour blocks.

Considerations:

  • Physical work outside all day in all weather, from hot sun to cold rain, is required.
  • You must be able to lift, carry, and maneuver up to 40 lbs.
  • Avoca Farm is accessible by bike about 4 miles from downtown Corvallis.
  • While some interest in or familiarity with seed and organic agriculture is a plus, there is no previous experience required for this position.