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Youth Farm Assistant and Outreach Coordinator at FOOD for Lane County - 10214

Job Title: 
Youth Farm Assistant and Outreach Coordinator
FOOD for Lane County
770 Bailey Hill Rd
Eugene, OR 97402
Job Type: 
Job
Employment Type: 
Full-Time
Job Description: 

FOOD for LANE COUNTY
JOB DESCRIPTION

POSITION TITLE: Youth Farm Assistant and Outreach Coordinator
RESPONSIBLE TO: Youth Farm Coordinator
CLASSIFICATION: Non-Exempt, Agricultural Employee
HOURS PER WEEK: 40hrs/week with a 1 month temporary reduction in work hours.
SALARY: $16.00/hour. Health insurance benefits offered after 60 days of employment; other benefits after 90-day mutual trial service period satisfactorily completed.

ABOUT THE YOUTH FARM: FOOD for Lane County’s Youth Farm is a 6-acre urban educational farm where we work with community to increase food security and offer skill-building opportunities to people of all ages, including volunteers of all ages, a youth farm crew of teens, and adult season-long interns. Staff and youth run an on-site and an off-site produce stand from June – October and a 135+-member Community Supported Agriculture program, providing organic vegetables to the local community. FOOD For Lane County (FFLC) distributes over half of the produce through a network of over 150 partner agencies to our community’s most vulnerable households.

WORKING CONDITIONS

Works primarily outdoors in all-weather with some exposure to exhaust from farm equipment, fumes from gas used to operate equipment, dust and dirt.
Performs physical labor including frequent standing, bending, stooping, kneeling, crouching, lifting (up to 50 lbs.), carrying, pushing, pulling, reaching and walking to perform gardening tasks, and operate various gardening equipment.

FFLC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, age, national origin, marital status, genetic information, veteran status, diverse ability, or any other characteristic protected under local, state or federal law.

Duties & Responsibilities: 

Assist Youth Farm Coordinator in all aspects of intensively growing over 35 different kinds of produce on a six-acre site, including assisting with greenhouse management, tractor and other power equipment operation, irrigation, crop cultivation, harvesting and post-harvest handling
Work with the Coordinator and Youth Farm Crew to coordinate marketing and selling of produce through an on-site and an off-site produce stand and CSA program
Ensure a safe environment for staff and volunteers adhering to safety and health regulations
Conduct outreach, recruit and coordinate volunteers in the field, training, educating, supervising and working with them to accomplish all farm tasks and creating a positive, rewarding volunteer experience
Assist in coordinating the Internship Program, training and supervising interns and working with the Coordinator to implement an agricultural skills curriculum
Assist in developing agricultural workshops for the general public
Assist with fundraising events, including plant sales
Assist with supervising Youth Farm Crew and offering an educational experience
Promoting the youth farm through social media outlets

Education & Experience: 

Minimum two-years of experience growing organic produce in a commercial setting including plant propagation, soil preparation, irrigation, planting, tending, harvesting and post-harvest handling, marketing and customer service
Physical strength, endurance and stamina for manual labor, ability to lift up to 50lbs.
Demonstrated ability to operate hand tools, tractors and farm equipment
Demonstrated ability to teach farming practices to students and community members
Dependable, self-motivated, able to work independently when necessary and use sound judgment as well as establish effective and productive working relationships with co-workers and volunteers of all ages and backgrounds
Good written and oral communication skills
Experience using social media outlets
Willingness to work Saturdays and long days on Thursdays as well as occasional weekends
Ability to stay organized, follow written and verbal instructions and compete tasks on time
Ability to maintain a safe working farm environment
Actively demonstrate FFLC’s values of compassion, collaboration, and inclusion
Spanish language skills desired
Must have a safe driving record, valid Oregon Driver’s License and qualify for insurance coverage with FOOD for Lane County’s insurance carrier
All offers of employment are contingent upon a satisfactory background check

Application Instructions: 

Applicants must submit the following: 1) Cover letter 2) Resume and 3) Completed FFLC Application. Applications will be considered incomplete if they do not include all of the items listed. Incomplete applications will not be considered for employment.

Email submissions (preferred)

To submit by e-mail, please scan all application materials in one pdf document, include the name of the position and your name in the subject line, and send to Jen Anonia, jen@foodforlanecounty.org

Mail submissions

If you submit by mail, please reference the position you are applying for above the address on the envelope addressed to:

FOOD for Lane County
770 Bailey Hill Road
Eugene, OR 97402

We will start reviewing applications on May 19 and the position will remain open until filled.

Job Categories: 
Volunteers/Volunteer Management