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Market Farm Assistant - Seasonal (April-October) in Denver, CO at Mental Health Center of Denver

Date Posted: 3/15/2019

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Job Description

POSITION SUMMARY:  Under general direction of the Market Farm Manager, this position works in all aspects of small-scale sustainable food production of the 1-acre farm at the Dahlia Campus for Health and Well-Being. Job includes but is not limited to: planting, mulching, weeding, watering, seeding, trellising, harvesting and other ongoing tasks associated with vegetable production. This position will also support the farm’s outreach, education, and community support programs.

SALARY RANGE: $13.00/hr. - $15.00/hr.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

General Farm Duties:

  • Assist in all aspects of planting, cultivating, and harvesting of crops in coordination with the Market Farm Manager.
  • Provide accurate recordkeeping and reporting on farm outcomes, including harvest totals, seed and transplant dates, and amendment applications.
  • Manage the Farms and Gardens compost system, in coordination with Greenhouse team.

Food Distribution

  • Help coordinate farm distribution and communications including Farmers Market, Food Boxes, and Donation programs.

Farms and Gardens Partner/Community Engagement

  • Assist in planning for and attend special Farm-related events at the Dahlia Campus for Health and Well-Being and occasionally off-site .
  • Attend weekly meetings with Farms and Gardens partners and outreach team, as appropriate.
  • Facilitate communication and understanding of site programs, services, goals and values.
  • Assist with development and implementation of farm-based educational and volunteer programs.
  • Mentor and/or supervise apprentices, interns, field trips, farm tours, volunteer days, cooking demonstrations/classes, and various social events throughout the year, as needed.
  • Other duties as assigned

Job Requirements

EDUCATION:  High school diploma or GED required. Bachelor’s degree in agriculture, agri-business and or biological sciences preferred.

EXPERIENCE: 

Two (2) years of experience with small scale farming/community gardening strongly preferred (volunteer experience accepted).

Working knowledge of organic/sustainable farming practices as well marketing/sales of vegetables and other products.

Experience managing volunteers and working with children (pre-k through 12) and diverse populations.

SKILLS AND COMPETENCIES:

  • Excellent interpersonal skills; ability to communicate respectfully, orally and in writing, with diverse persons
  • Experience with drip irrigation preferred.
  • Pragmatic and outcome-driven, yet positive and forward thinking.
  • Bilingual Spanish and/or ASL preferred.
  • Ability to be sensitive to community members and respond to community needs.
  • Familiarity with food safety best practices.
  • Enjoy working in a fast-paced environment; able and eager to take initiative and follow through on tasks.
  • Understanding of biology, chemistry, and/or soil sciences.
  • Extremely strong attention to detail and highly organized.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office, Google Drive, database management.
  • Ability to perform basic arithmetic quickly (conversions, etc.).
  • Passion for urban agriculture and food systems, production, and food justice.
  • Working knowledge of SNAP/ DUFB procedures and reporting a plus.
  • Knowledge of or willingness to learn about racism within the food system and agriculture.
  • Must be able to give, receive and analyze information, formulate work plans, prepare written materials and articulate goals and action plans.
  • Must be able to assess risk and challenges quickly and develop an effective response.
  • Must be able to read and understand instructions, simple diagrams and schematics.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES:   Oversight of volunteers at the direction of the Farm Manager.   

MACHINES AND EQUIPMENT TO BE USED:  BCS 853 Walk-behind tractor, hand tools (including, but not limited to) broadfork, tine weeders, flame weeder, hori-hori, pruning shears, scuffle hoes. and harvest knives; Netafim drip irrigation system, Computers, copiers, telephone and a variety of other office/clerical equipment.

TYPICAL PHYSICAL DEMANDS/ WORK CONDITIONS:

Ability to physically work within a variety of conditions for long days, in diverse weather conditions (35-100Fº), and requires frequent lifting and carrying of at least 50 pounds.

Requires crouching, kneeling, standing, bending and reaching, ability to use farming equipment/tools.

Handle a wide variety of farm elements including, but not limited to: decomposing plant material, fish waste, finished compost, bacteria, fungus, insects, and fertilizers.

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