Garden Assistant

Company: Tabula Rasa Farms
Location: Carlton, OR
Compensation: $17/hr
Employment Type: Full-Time
Job Categories: Agriculture
Region: Coastal, Mid Willamette Valley, North Willamette Valley, Portland Area
Date Posted: January 22, 2023

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Job description


Tabula Rasa Farms is a 440 acre, diversified, regenerative farm that sits amongst the foothills of Oregon’s Coast Range, 4 miles west of Carlton, OR. We raise grass-fed/grass-finished cattle, forested and pasture-raised heritage breed hogs, pasture-raised laying hens, and pasture-raised meat birds.

Tabula Rasa Farms is part of the ecosystem of The Ground. With an integrated approach to hospitality, The Ground is more than a destination. The Ground is a collection of experiences and destinations rooted in the philosophy of conscious, loving hospitality in service to all species. It’s a philosophy of belonging that comes to life through our three core businesses: Agroecology, Hospitality, and Connections.


We want a self-motivated, skilled individual with a passion for gardening to assist during our peak season in our market garden. This seasonal full-time position begins now and will likely be through October. You will work closely with the Market Garden Manager, Garden Assistant, and other farm employees to assist with planting, harvesting, washing, packaging, and cleaning fresh produce. Your responsibilities include weeding, pruning, plant and soil maintenance, seeding, transplanting, and more. Other duties include keeping accurate records of all market garden operations, such as seeding and harvesting schedules, pest and diseases. As a garden assistant, you will use a variety of hand tools and machinery to complete your tasks, so you should be familiar with garden equipment. Occasionally, you may also help with feeding, watering, and moving livestock as needed. We always have opportunities for training and development!


  • Be receptive to learning new methods of farming/gardening and sharing existing knowledge of farming/gardening.
  • Support food production goals and ongoing garden maintenance through daily tasks such as seeding, planting, watering, weeding, mulching, and mowing.
  • Propagate plants from seed in high tunnel.
  • Process vegetables for distribution including harvesting, washing, bunching, and packing.
  • Perform light data entry and other record-keeping.
  • Maintain garden areas by operating gas-powered string trimmer, tiller, and mower as needed.
  • Install, maintain, and operate drip and overhead irrigation systems.
  • Occasional farm and animal assistance dependent on need and other work priorities

Qualifications and Skills:


  • Current, valid driver’s license and clean driving record in order to be insurable for farm vehicle use
  • Reliable transportation
  • 1-2 years of experience in small-scale farming or vegetable gardening.
  • Ability to maintain focus while performing repetitive tasks
  • Ready to work outside, in all types of weather
  • Able to meet the physical demands of farm labor, such as walking, standing, reaching, stooping, squatting, lifting up to 50 lbs and working indoors and outdoors in cold, hot or wet conditions on uneven surfaces
  • Excited to learn/deepen knowledge of market gardening best practices and techniques
  • Open to direction and working well in a team


  • Comfortable using Microsoft suite.
  • Experience with BCS (or other) walk-behind-tractors and implements.
  • Experience with irrigation system installation and repair, both drip and overhead.
  • Experience starting plants in a greenhouse or high tunnel.
  • Experience using tractors, skid steers, and related implements.


  • Full time: 40+ hrs/week, Monday-Friday
  • Seasonal: March-November

Wages and Benefits:

  • $17/hr
  • No benefits as this is a temporary part-time position


Job Types: Full-time, Part-time, Temporary

Salary: $17.00 per hour


  • 8 hour shift
  • Monday-Friday

Ability to commute/relocate:

  • Carlton, OR 97111: Reliably commute or planning to relocate before starting work (Required)


  • Gardening: 1 year (Preferred)


  • Driver’s License (Required)

Work Location: In person