Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems
Job Open Date 08-31-2017
Position open until filled; initial review of application materials will begin on: 09-28-2017
Start Date Immediate Opening
Schedule Full time ; Days per week 5
Average hours per day 8; Percent of Time 100%
Fixed or Variable? Fixed
Average hours per week 40
Days of the week Mon – Fri
Salary Information Minimum Starting Salary: $19.73/hourly.
Benefits Eligibility This position is eligible for Full benefits.
Classification Agricultural Technician Senior 
Summary Statement Under the direct supervision of one of the Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems (CASFS) site managers, incumbent will oversee the second-year apprentices work in the day-to-day operation of the CASFS Farm and Garden and the Apprenticeship in Ecological Horticulture. Incumbent is not a second-year apprentice, and the responsibilities include directing and managing the second-year apprentices as needed. General areas of responsibility include assisting in maintaining the fields, gardens, orchards, greenhouses, and facilities.
Qualifications / Competencies Ability to work with others in a garden and/or field setting.
Ability to deliver information in a clear and thorough manner.
Ability to effectively and tactfully interact with diverse groups of people and work in a team situation.
Demonstration of interpersonal skills, with effective and respectful communication being key. Interest in working closely with people in service-type work.
Ability to balance taking direction, timely task completion as per plant/soil needs, production schedules, etc., as well as working and learning independently on core topics.
Ability, interest, and desire to work hard physically in gardens and fields.
Possession of following skills:
Garden and field methods, including soil preparation, planting, irrigation, weeding, and harvest and post-harvest handling of a wide variety of crops.
Direct market sales and record-keeping.
Ability to make soil mixes for various propagation needs, sow a wide variety of seed types, assess seedling fertilization needs, and provide them organically; knowledge of asexual propagation techniques.
Ability to set up, effectively operate, and maintain a variety of irrigation systems as well as irrigate a diverse collection of plants.
Knowledge of composting systems and experience making and assessing garden-scale hot compost piles.
Preferred Qualifications / Competencies Ability to drive a tractor and operate a broad selection of farm implements.
Special Conditions of Employment Selected candidate will be required to pass a criminal history background check.
Must possess a valid license to drive in the State of California.
A Certificate in Ecological Horticulture.
Ability to move materials weighing up to 50lbs. with or without accommodation.
Critical position requiring background check(s)? Yes
Background check(s) required Criminal History Review
Verification of License, Certificate or Degree
If you selected “license, certificate or degree” above, specify the type here: Valid license to drive in the state of CA
Does this position require an E-Verify check?
(Note: Certain positions funded by federal contracts or sub-contracts require the selected candidate to pass an E-Verify check which confirms the individual’s eligibility to work in the U.S.) No, this position does not require an E-Verify Check.
Will the employee be required to participate in the DMV Pull Notice program? No
% of Time Title Duties
60% Coordination and Instruction
Assist in the coordination of the first year apprentices in all tasks and areas
Demonstrate specific methods in gardens, fields, greenhouses and orchards and explain practical skills and concepts
Assist in the supervision of work crews of apprentices, student interns, and volunteers in the daily tasks of production, maintenance, harvest, and marketing
Assist with the instruction of apprentices in one or more of the special sub-rotation areas: irrigation, propagation, and/or marketing
20% Production and Maintenance in Fields, Gardens, Orchards, and Greenhouses
Under the supervision of the site managers, oversees the functions of the second year apprentices, and assists in the production and maintenance of a variety of crops
Perform a range of gardening/farming tasks including hand cultivation of garden beds
Direct-sow and transplant a wide variety of crops and ornamentals into garden beds and fields
Set up and use various irrigation implements including sprinklers, oscillators, and drip tape
Weed garden beds and row crops
Make, monitor, and turn compost piles
Fertilize, top-dress, and mulch crops as needed
Assists others to learn to perform specific duties related to the maintenance and production of a particular crop
Assist others to apply skills learned in the following areas: Pruning, thinning, and performing other orchard tasks
Assist with all aspects of greenhouse operations, including sexual and asexual propagation for garden, field, and plant sale production; organic soil mix making; container plant fertilization, maintenance, and irrigation
15% Meetings, Public Events, and Special Projects
Attend selected CASFS staff meetings, apprenticeship staff meetings and subcommittee planning meetings, and apprenticeship community meetings
Participate in special projects, public events, and tours at CASFS as directed by managers
5% Office Work
Perform basic office skills, including using email, keep appropriate records, maintain files and keep the second-year paperwork and computer files updated and organized for the next group of second-years
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