Farm Restoration Maintenance Assistant Job in Washington

Arial Photo of FarmFarm and Restoration Maintenance Assistant Job in Washington State; Seasonal Full-Time, April – early November 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.

Position Overview

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.

local food grants

Job Responsibilities

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:

Megan Boyce-Jacobs

Finance & Operations Manager

Oxbow Organic Farm & Conservation Center

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