Farm Lab Assistant


Company: Clackamas Community College
Location: Oregon City, OR
Compensation: $15.50/hr
Employment Type: Part-Time
Job Categories: Agriculture
Region: Portland Area
Date Posted: April 22, 2019

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Description

To assist with the planning, organization and maintenance of our educational farm.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
Perform the day to day maintenance functions of the farm site and high tunnel.This will include:
  • Managing, installing and maintaining the drip irrigation system,
  • Performing tractor work with tiller, spader, mower, etc,
  • Managing pests & weeds using organic methods and materials,
  • Managing cover crop planting and maintenance,
  • Assisting with seed harvest,
  • Building trellis system, and other items as needed,
  • Maintaining and repairing farm tools and equipment,
  • Assisting with preparation for class labs and clean up.
Assist with planning and organization of farm related activities.  This will include:
  • Creating a four-season crop planting and rotation plan,
  • Keeping records of planting, harvesting and farm labor,
  • Organizing and storing farm seeds,
  • Ordering supplies as needed.

AUXILIARY JOB FUNCTIONS:

May provide assistance to other department personnel as workload and staffing levels dictate.
Maintain proficiency by attending training and meetings, reading materials, and meeting with others in area of responsibility.
Maintain work areas in a clean and orderly manner.
Communicate with the Urban Agriculture instructor on a regular basis.
Maintain cooperative relationships with College staff, other organizations and the public.

Follow all safety rules and procedures for work areas.

MINIMUM/MANDATORY EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS: 

Thorough knowledge of organic farming principles and practices.

High school graduate, supplemented by additional training equal to two years of college in horticulture/agriculture, plus one year of related experience.  Or, any satisfactory combination of experience and education which demonstrates the knowledge, skills and abilities needed to perform the above duties.

Other Job Elements The physical demands listed below represent those that must be met by an incumbent to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with qualified disabilities to perform the essential functions.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS OF POSITION:

While performing the duties of this position, the employee is frequently required to sit, stand, bend, kneel, stoop, communicate, reach, manipulate objects, and operate equipment. The position requires mobility, including the use of hand tools, tractors and other power equipment. Duties may involve moving materials weighing up to 50 pounds on a regular basis and rarely requires moving materials weighing over 50 pounds. Manual dexterity and coordination are required over 50% of the work period while operating things such as computer keyboard, and a variety of farm equipment/tools.

The work environment characteristics described below 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.

The work environment characteristics described below 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.
WORKING CONDITIONS:
Approximately 50% of the work period occurs outdoors in a land laboratory. The remaining 50% occurs in an indoors in a typical classroom/lab environment.
SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES:
Supervision of others is not a typical function assigned to this position. May provide training and orientation to newly assigned personnel, and may assign work to student workers.
SUPERVISION RECEIVED:
Works under the general supervision of a Department Chair.

Additional Information

Clackamas Community College is a diverse community that provides equal opportunity in employment, activities, and its programs.It is the policy of the Clackamas Community College and its Board that there will be no discrimination or harassment in any educations programs, activities or employment on the grounds of race, color, religion, ethnicity, use of native language, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, veteran status, age, genetic information or any other status protected under applicable federal, state or local laws. 
 
The College also prohibits retaliation against an individual for engaging in activity protected under this policy, and interfering with rights or privileges granted under anti-discrimination laws.
 
Persons having questions about equal opportunity and nondiscrimination should contact the dean of Human Resources for Clackamas Community College in Barlow Hall at the Oregon City campus, 503-594-3300. Please note the following areas of responsibility, should you need relevant resources or information: Section 504 Coordinator, Disability Coordinator, Oregon City campus, 503-594-3181; Title II Coordinator, Associate Dean, Oregon City campus, 503-594-3392; Title IX Coordinator, Dean, Human Resources, Oregon City campus, 503-594-3300.