Youth Farm Assistant and Outreach Coordinator


Company: FOOD for Lane County Youth Farm
Location: Eugene/Springfield, OR
Compensation: $16.00/hour. Health insurance benefits offered after 60 days of employment; other benefits after 90-day mutual trial service period satisfactorily completed.
Employment Type: Full-Time
Job Categories: Agriculture, Education, Nonprofit, Production
Region: South Willamette Valley
Date Posted: May 12, 2020

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FOOD for LANE COUNTY

JOB DESCRIPTION

 

POSITION TITLE: Youth Farm Assistant and Outreach Coordinator

RESPONSIBLE TO: Youth Farm Coordinator

CLASSIFICATION: Non-Exempt, Agricultural Employee

HOURS PER WEEK: 40hrs/week with a 1 month temporary reduction in work hours.

SALARY: $16.00/hour. Health insurance benefits offered after 60 days of employment; other benefits after 90-day mutual trial service period satisfactorily completed.

 

ABOUT THE YOUTH FARM: FOOD for Lane County’s Youth Farm is a 6-acre urban educational farm where we work with community to increase food security and offer skill-building opportunities to people of all ages, including volunteers of all ages, a youth farm crew of teens, and adult season-long interns. Staff and youth run an on-site and an off-site produce stand from June – October and a 135+-member Community Supported Agriculture program, providing organic vegetables to the local community. FOOD For Lane County (FFLC) distributes over half of the produce through a network of over 150 partner agencies to our community’s most vulnerable households.

 

PRIMARY TASKS AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

 

  • Assist Youth Farm Coordinator in all aspects of intensively growing over 35 different kinds of produce on a six-acre site, including assisting with greenhouse management, tractor and other power equipment operation, irrigation, crop cultivation, harvesting and post-harvest handling
  • Work with the Coordinator and Youth Farm Crew to coordinate marketing and selling of produce through an on-site and an off-site produce stand and CSA program
  • Ensure a safe environment for staff and volunteers adhering to safety and health regulations
  • Conduct outreach, recruit and coordinate volunteers in the field, training, educating, supervising and working with them to accomplish all farm tasks and creating a positive, rewarding volunteer experience
  • Assist in coordinating the Internship Program, training and supervising interns and working with the Coordinator to implement an agricultural skills curriculum
  • Assist in developing agricultural workshops for the general public
  • Assist with fundraising events, including plant sales
  • Assist with supervising Youth Farm Crew and offering an educational experience
  • Promoting the youth farm through social media outlets

 

SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS:

 

  • Minimum two-years of experience growing organic produce in a commercial setting including plant propagation, soil preparation, irrigation, planting, tending, harvesting and post-harvest handling, marketing and customer service
  • Physical strength, endurance and stamina for manual labor, ability to lift up to 50lbs.
  • Demonstrated ability to operate hand tools, tractors and farm equipment
  • Demonstrated ability to teach farming practices to students and community members
  • Dependable, self-motivated, able to work independently when necessary and use sound judgment as well as establish effective and productive working relationships with co-workers and volunteers of all ages and backgrounds
  • Good written and oral communication skills
  • Experience using social media outlets
  • Willingness to work Saturdays and long days on Thursdays as well as occasional weekends
  • Ability to stay organized, follow written and verbal instructions and compete tasks on time
  • Ability to maintain a safe working farm environment
  • Actively demonstrate FFLC’s values of compassion, collaboration, and inclusion
  • Spanish language skills desired
  • Must have a safe driving record, valid Oregon Driver’s License and qualify for insurance coverage with FOOD for Lane County’s insurance carrier
  • All offers of employment are contingent upon a satisfactory background check

 

WORKING CONDITIONS

 

  • Works primarily outdoors in all-weather with some exposure to exhaust from farm equipment, fumes from gas used to operate equipment, dust and dirt.
  • Performs physical labor including frequent standing, bending, stooping, kneeling, crouching, lifting (up to 50 lbs.), carrying, pushing, pulling, reaching and walking to perform gardening tasks, and operate various gardening equipment.

 

FFLC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, age, national origin, marital status, genetic information, veteran status, diverse ability, or any other characteristic protected under local, state or federal law.