Part-time, seasonal, March - June 2015
Oxbow is a 25 acre organic farm, education center, and native plant nursery located on a 100-acre wilderness preserve in the Snoqualmie Valley, 25 miles east of Seattle. The farm supports a 600 member CSA, supplies over 30 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.
The nursery production assistant will work with the full time staff in all aspects of seedling production, research and restoration during the spring season. The position requires someone able to take on responsibility, work with attention to detail, a background and interest in botany, horticulture, nursery science and/or environmental stewardship, and an enthusiasm for native plants and their propagation.
- Assist with nursery research projects: maintenance and data collection.
- Perform duties around crop production, including sowing, thinning, transplanting, re-organizing nursery stock, weeding and irrigation.
- Participate in site preparation, maintenance and native planting activities on site.
- Assist in putting together plant orders, loading delivery vehicles.
- Maintaining organization and cleanliness of the nursery and equipment.
- Strong background in botany, environmental science, horticulture, or related field (nursery experience and/or higher education in the field preferred)
- Experience in gardening, plant propagation, or restoration activities, and a strong desire to learn more
- Consistent attention to detail
- Ability to take direction, ask for help/clarity when necessary, and accept constructive feedback on work and technique
- Clear, consistent communication
- Ability to work: standing, sitting, bending over or kneeling; to lift heavy & awkward objects, up to 50 lbs; perform physical work such as digging or planting; and in inclement weather.
Hours: 20 hours a week. March 2 – June 26 (four full months)
Schedule can be flexible, to be discussed and agreed upon with the Nursery manager
Compensation: $12 per hour
This position reports to the Native Nursery Manager, Bridget McNassar
If interested please send or email a resume, cover letter, and 3 references to:
Native Nursery Manager
Oxbow Organic Farm & Education Center
Deadline to apply:
January 30, 2015