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.
This position is ideal for someone with light trade skills, an interest in land stewardship, who takes pride in their work and appreciates a job well done. The Farm and Restoration Maintenance Assistant will split time between supporting farm and grounds maintenance efforts and upkeep of existing native plantings. Time will be spent both directly supervised on technical projects and performing independent maintenance work, such as mowing, trail building, mechanical removal of invasive weeds.
Assisting superintendent with all aspects of farm maintenance, including:
Repair and servicing farm vehicles and implements
Repair and maintenance of buildings and structures
Construction and maintenance of irrigation systems
Maintaining/improving public spaces and grounds (mowing and trail building)
Care for and maintenance of tools
Small engine repair
Performing seasonal maintenance of restoration planting sites on the property
Strong mechanical aptitude
Basic carpentry skills
Tractor driving experience a plus
Consistent attention to detail
Ability to discern (or quickly learn) weed plants from native plants
Willingness to take initiative
Ability to take direction, ask for help/clarity when necessary, and accept constructive feedback on work and technique
Clear, consistent communication
Ability to work with a positive attitude: standing, sitting, bending over or kneeling; to lift heavy & awkward objects, up to 60 lbs; perform physical work such as digging or weed whacking; in inclement weather.
Must have valid driver’s license and clean driving record
Hours: This is a seasonal position, April through early November, working 40 hours per week.
Compensation: $10 per hour
This position reports to Facilities Superintendent and Mechanic, Casey Coe
Deadline to apply: Until Position is filled
If interested please send or email a resume, cover letter, and 3 references to:
Finance & Operations Manager
Oxbow Organic Farm & Conservation Center