With a mission to promote sustainable land use, Oxbow Farm & Conservation Center includes a 25-acre organic farm, an education center, and native plant nursery located on 200 acres of forest and valley land in the Snoqualmie Valley, 25 miles east of Seattle. The farm supports a 700-member CSA and supplies local restaurants and independent grocery stores with local, organic produce. Our education center, which has a working small farm and Living Playground, is committed to teaching children about sustainable agriculture and the environment. At Oxbow children see firsthand where their food comes from, where salmon spawn, and understand why we need to protect both. The Native Plant Nursery, built in 2013, is a production, research and education facility. We aim to grow the highest quality native plants for restoration, mitigation and landscaping, using ecologically sound practices, and foster research and education that contribute to the restoration and nursery-growing community.
We are seeking collaborative team member and experienced grower to help manage the overall nursery operations.
PURPOSE OF POSITION
The Assistant Manager assists the Native Plants and Conservation Manager in planning, coordinating and supervising all functions and tasks associated with growing high quality native container plants from seed collection and procurement to a deliverable crop. As a member of Oxbow’s management team, the Assistant Manager contributes to setting Oxbow’s overall mission and strategic direction as well as to assessing and documenting the organization’s success in realizing its strategic goals.
MAIN FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The Assistant Manager will specifically be responsible for:
Planning and nursery management
Participate in strategic planning and target-setting for native plant production, sales and research
Assist Native Plant and Conservation Manager with supervision and training of nursery staff and coordinating activities with other teams and staff
Play a leading role in revenue- and mission-driven crop production and planning
Identify human, seed, equipment, infrastructure and supply resource needs to meet planting and revenue generation targets
Assist with timely maintenance, safe use, and inventory tracking of Oxbow’s nursery and conservation equipment and tools
Identify, develop and utilize record keeping systems and tools to best track both economic viability and ecological impact of our nursery and conservation practices
Propagation and production
Under the supervision of the Native Plants and Conservation Manager, responsible for the following
areas of propagation and production.
• sowing and seed treatments are carried out according to the propagation plan
• effective record-keeping of sowing and seed treatments
• monitoring seed and seedling health and germination rates
• carry out propagation via cuttings and divisions as seasonally appropriate Transplanting
• monitoring crop to determine appropriate transplant schedule for all species
• use species-specific soil mixes and fertilization regimes
• coordinate nursery space to allow for each species specific needs, i.e. drainage, shade,
hardening, protection from elements
Irrigation and fertilization
• monitor and assist with troubleshooting, maintenance and improvements in irrigation and liquid
fertilizer application systems
• schedule and perform irrigation and fertilization to ensure crop health Assist with
implementing and document outcomes of:
• crop-specific fertility management, specifically pursuing organic methods
• integrated pest management
• disease management
Inventory maintenance and plant quality/target specification monitoring
• maintain accurate inventory of all stock, ensuring numbers adequate to fulfill contracts
• monitor stock and make adjustments (pruning, division, etc.) necessary to meet target
specifications as outlined by customers
Assist with seed collection activities
• monitoring plant phenology to determine proper collection time
• scheduling and coordinating seed collecting trips
• ensuring timely and proper seed cleaning, storage and record keeping
Equipment and facilities
• Ensure inventory and upkeep of Oxbow’s nursery equipment, materials, and tools
• Maintain cleanliness and organization of nursery buildings and growing areas
Nursery sales, marketing and customer care
• Assist in development of nursery marketing strategy, seek out and promote Oxbow native plants to new market outlets
• Participate in excellent customer service communication.
• Assist with identifying, maintaining and documenting research projects relevant to Oxbow’s mission
• Provide support, clear communication and collaboration for Oxbow Fellow students in residence
• Ensure Oxbow Farm objectives, strategies and messages are aligned with and supportive of the One Oxbow mission and strategic framework
• Work cross-functionally with other business units and Oxbow teams to ensure efficient and effective One Oxbow communication and operations
• Identify grant opportunities and lead or contribute to the development of proposals for funding
• Represent Oxbow vis-à-vis partners, funders, and stakeholders
• Perform other duties as needed and assigned by the Native Plants and Conservation Manager or Executive Director
• Practical native plant propagation/production experience, strong comprehension of plant physiology and the unique challenges of native plant propagation, and experience growing a range of native plant species
• Demonstrated ability to organize and prioritize work so that production schedules are met
• Creative problem solver with the ability to develop or seek out innovative approaches and ideas
• Strong record keeping and observation skills as well as competency with basic computer and scientific instrumentation
• Ability to work, communicate and manage both within a team and independently, demonstrated supervisory experience desired
• Experience with sales/marketing, statistically valid scientific research, and/or grant writing is a plus
• Ability to lift heavy and awkward objects, work on weekends when needed and in inclement weather
The Oxbow farm is part of a larger non-profit organization. A commitment to Oxbow’s overall mission and working as part of a team is critical.
This is a salaried position with variable hours, including some weekend work, depending on time of year.
The salary range for this position is $28,000 to $32,000, dependent on experience.
Please email a resume, letter of interest, and 3 references to: Megan Boyce-Jacobs
Finance & Operations Manager Oxbow Farm & Conservation Center email@example.com www.oxbow.org
Please write assistant NPN manager position in the email subject line and include where you found this position in the message body.
Deadline to apply is February 8, 2015