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FARM EQUIPMENT OPERATOR at Santa Rosa Junior College - 3489

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Santa Rosa Junior College
Santa Rosa, CA 95401
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Santa Rosa Junior College

Opening Date/Time: Tue. 11/21/17 12:00 AM Pacific Time

Closing Date/Time: 01/05/18

Salary: $3,175.00 - $3,861.00 Monthly

Job Type: Full-Time

Location: SRJC Shone Farm: 7450 Steve Olson Lane, Forestville, California

Department: Shone Farm

Filing Deadline: Friday, January 5, 2018
It is the candidate's responsibility to be sure that ALL required materials are submitted by 5:00 p.m.. on the filing deadline.

The selected candidate must pass a pre-employment physical (at the District's expense).


• Salary Range: $3,175 - $3,861 per month with the maximum salary placement at $3,501 per month (placement within this range based on experience as documented in application materials).

• Fringe Benefits: The District offers a competitive health & benefits package for employees and eligible dependents (benefits are pro-rated for part-time employees).

• Leave/Holiday Time: Full-time classified members earn 8 hours of sick leave and start off accruing 6.67 hours of vacation for each month worked (accrual rate increases after third year of employment and rates are pro-rated for part-time employees). Employees are also compensated for holidays recognized by the District (14 holidays/year, pro-rated for part-time employees).

Classified employees are required to become a dues paying member of the Service Employee's International Union SEIU), or pay a service fee.


Santa Rosa Junior College Shone Farm is seeking a qualified individual with demonstrated mechanical and customer service skills to join an outstanding team of faculty and staff. Under general supervision and in keeping with District-wide sustainability initiatives, operates equipment to perform general field operations; prepares soil for planting; operates irrigation equipment; and perform related work as required. This is a full-time, categorically-funded (Shone Farm funds), 12 months per year Classified position. The tentative work schedule will be Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Appointments are contingent upon funding and Board approval.

The Farm Equipment Operator operates various farm equipment and performs duties relating to equipment maintenance.

Shone Farm, 365 acres of farmlands, pasture, vineyards, and riparian forest in the Russian River Valley, serves the department as an outdoor learning lab and includes a winery and equine facility. In addition to full-time instructors in each discipline, the department has a large pool of adjunct faculty who are experts in their respective fields. The farm is located about 12 miles from the Santa Rosa Campus, between the towns of Forestville and Windsor, in the heart of the Russian River Valley AVA (American Viticulture Area).

Duties & Responsibilities: 

Examples of Duties:

Examples of key duties are interpreted as being descriptive and not restrictive in nature. Incumbents routinely perform approximately 80% of the duties below.
• Operates various farm equipment such as tractors, sprayers, hand and power tools.
• Prepares soil for planting.
• Fertilizes and irrigates land.
• Plants and harvests field crops.
• Sprays and prunes vines and fruit trees.
• Performs light maintenance of farm equipment.
• Performs a variety of miscellaneous maintenance at Shone Farm.

Education & Experience: 

Minimum Qualifications:


Perform physical labor with hand and power equipment; follow and give oral and written instructions; work safely and effectively around the public; maintain cooperative working relationships; demonstrate sensitivity to, and respect for, a diverse population.

Modern farming principles and methods; control of weeds and pests; maintenance and operation of common farm machinery and equipment; planting, irrigating and harvesting; pruning, trimming, and caring for trees; regulations concerning pesticides, herbicides, and general equipment safety.
Candidates/incumbents must meet the minimum qualifications as detailed below, or file for equivalency. Equivalency decisions are made on the basis of a combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities. If requesting consideration on the basis of equivalency, an Equivalency Application is required at the time of interest in a position (equivalency decisions are made by Human Resources, in coordination with the department where the vacancy exists, if needed.)

Required Education:
Related training is preferred.

Required Experience:

• Demonstrated experience in farming with a broad variety of duties and responsibilities.

This classification requires the use of a personal or District vehicle while conducting District business. Must possess a valid (Class C) California driver's license and an acceptable driving record.


• Qualified Applicator Certificate issued by California Department of Pesticide Regulation.

Must be able to perform physical activities, such as, but not limited to, lifting heavy items (up to 50 lbs. unassisted), bending, standing, climbing or walking. Frequently required to work under inclement weather conditions. Must be able to operate a variety of gas powered and/or electrical equipment and sharpen hand tools safely. The selected candidate must pass a pre-employment physical (at the District's expense).

Application Instructions: 

Supplemental Information:

In order to be given consideration for this position, applicants must submit the following documents by the filing deadline:

• A completed Santa Rosa Junior College Employment Application and responses to Agency-wide Questions. Please provide contact information (phone number and email address) for three professional references.
• If applicable, completed Equivalency Form and supporting documents
• A brief cover letter explaining your interest in the position, including how you meet the requirements and are qualified to perform the duties as listed in the "Key Duties and Responsibilities" section of this job announcement.
• Current Resume.
• If applicable, transcripts of all college level course work, including confirmation of degrees (unofficial copies acceptable (both sides), but official transcripts must be submitted prior to hiring). If transcripts are from an institution outside of the United States, applicants must provide a formal evaluation of their foreign degree(s) at the time of application. Contact the Human Resources Department for more information.
• A current DMV Driver report (within the last six (6) months verifying a good driving record.


Following the filing deadline, applications which are complete for screening will be reviewed by a screening committee. Approximately 2-3 weeks later, Human Resources will notify you whether or not you have been selected for interview. Those applicants most suitably qualified for the position/pool will be invited to interview with a Screening Committee. The Screening Committee may include representatives from the Faculty, the Administration, the Classified Staff, the Associated Students, and the Board of Trustees.

If you are in need of special services or facilities due to a disability in order to apply or interview for this opening, please contact the Human Resources Department.


PHYSICAL ADDRESS: 1988 Armory Drive
MAILING ADDRESS: 1501 Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95401
PHONE: (707) 527-4954
FAX: (707) 527-4967

The office is located in the Button Building on the Santa Rosa campus. All documents included in your online employment application become the property of the District. Your employment application for this opening will not automatically be considered for future openings. New employment application(s) must be submitted for each opening.

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT (Prior to beginning employment):

• In accordance with Federal Law all employees must provide proof of eligibility to work in the United States;
• Must be fingerprinted and have background clearance (at applicant's expense);
• The selected candidate must pass a pre-employment physical (at the District's expense); and
• Must take a TB test (once hired and every four years thereafter).
Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Jeanne Clery Disclosure)

Sonoma County Junior College District's annual security report includes statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by Sonoma County Junior College District; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from, the campus. The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security, such as policies concerning alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, sexual assault, and other matters. You can read or obtain a full copy of this report by going to Paper copies of the full report are available upon request by contacting Police Department Records at (707) 527-4963 or by coming to the Sonoma County Junior College District Police Department located at 2032 Armory Drive, Pedroncelli Center, Santa Rosa Campus.

Equal Employment Opportunity

SRJC attracts and retains the most qualified faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds. This is achieved through an inclusive recruitment strategy and a rigorous, thorough hiring process that begins with the fair and consistent evaluation of each application for minimum qualifications and demonstrated skills specific to each position/assignment. Because the ability to serve students from broad cultural heritages, socioeconomic backgrounds and genders is a key commitment of the District mission, SRJC actively encourages applications from candidates who recognize the value that diversity brings to a professional educational community.

The Sonoma County Junior College District does not discriminate on the basis of race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, ethnic group identification, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic condition, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information or sexual orientation in any of its policies, procedures or practices; nor does the District discriminate against any employees or applicants for employment on the basis of their age. This non-discrimination policy covers admission, access and treatment in District programs and activities--including but not limited to academic admissions, financial aid, educational services and athletics--and application for District employment.

The Sonoma County Junior College District is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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