Gardening and Farming Coordinator
Posting Number: S0346
Status: Awaiting Approval
Classification: Anticipated Length of Appointment: Through May 31, 2017 unless extended
Special area(s) of assignment (teaching/research/administration):
Willamette University is accepting applications for a temporary part-time hourly position (10-15 hours per week) of Gardening and Farming Coordinator.
Part-time Coordinator providing technical and planning support for student-led gardening projects on the main campus, as well was assessing future agricultural activities at Willamette University's Zena property, approximately ten miles northwest of campus in rural Polk County. While the Coordinator reports to the Sustainability Institute Director, the Coordinator supports the Zena Farm Club, faculty, and staff to plan and implement food production activities.
This is a temporary part-time hourly position with funding committed through May 31, 2017, with the possibility of an extension through the 2017-18 academic year contingent on securing additional funding and institutional approval.
This position is not eligible for benefits.
Willamette University, founded in 1842, is the oldest institution of higher education in the Far West. Situated in Oregon's capital city, Willamette includes the College of Liberal Arts (approximately 2,000 students), and graduate programs in Law and Management. The university is committed to living out its motto “Not unto ourselves alone are we born” by incorporating the principles of sustainability, social justice, and action. Salem is located in the center of the picturesque Willamette Valley, approximately an hour's drive from the Pacific Coast, the Cascade Mountains, and the cities of Portland and Eugene. For more information about Willamette, visit our website at http://www.willamette.edu/
Believing that diversity contributes to academic excellence and to rich and rewarding communities, Willamette is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty, staff and student body. We seek candidates, particularly those from historically under represented groups, whose work furthers diversity and who bring to campus varied experiences, perspectives and backgrounds.
Duties & Responsibilities:
The duties and responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to, the following functions, which are not listed in any particular order of significance:
1. Plan and assist with developing campus garden spaces. Beginning in January 2017, plan and budget for campus gardens with Farm Club, Campus Grounds Director, professors, and others, and assist in the development of the gardens for food production and curricular and related co-curricular activities.
2. Inventory and assess food production assets at Zena, and plan future food production opportunities. Beginning in January 2017, work with the Sustainability Institute Director, Zena Farm Club leadership, and others to inventory, organize and otherwise maintain equipment and other resources, and develop plan for future curricular and co-curricular activities related to food production on the five-acre homesite.
3. Support student-led development of campus gardening infrastructure. Assist Farm Club and others in the budgeting, selection and construction of campus gardening infrastructure based on best practices and other relevant opportunities and constraints. Ensure students are adequately trained in the safe use of tools and related safety equipment, and that work environments are free from hazards.
4. Engage faculty and staff in food production activities on campus and at Zena. Plan and facilitate meetings with faculty, food service staff, and others to incorporate gardening/farming activities into curriculum, co- curricular activities, and food service programming.
Additional Information/About the Department:
Education: High school diploma or equivalent.
Experience: at least two years of relevant experience, including:
• Engaging and educating young adults about growing edible gardens and/or farming activities
• Growing, harvesting, and bringing crops to market for sale and use in commercial food service
• Planning and budgeting gardening and farming operations.
• Must possess knowledge of hazards and safety precautions related to gardening and farming activities, including use of relevant power tools and equipment.
• Must possess a basic knowledge of gardening and farming practices, procedures, and methods such as planting, transplanting, watering, fertilizing, etc.
• Able to carry out written and verbal instructions in English with minimal supervision.
• Set job and task priorities, maintain brief job records, and keep inventory records.
• Operate various hand and power tools and equipment involving dexterous use of both hands and feet simultaneously.
Certificates, Licenses and Training:
• Possession of a valid Oregon vehicle operator’s license of the class needed to operate private vehicle and rented HOVs
• Access to a registered and insured private vehicle for travel between campus and Zena property (approximately ten miles)
• Completion of University training
• Ability to work independently as well as establish and maintain harmonious relations with other staff, faculty, and students
• This position is subject to a criminal conviction record check.
• College degree
Thank you for your interest in apply at Willamette University.
In order to apply you will need to have an email account.
You will need to provide contact information for professional references as part of the online application.
You will be asked to submit the following documents as part of your online application materials:
• Cover Letter
• Current Resume
• As part of the application, please include a list of at least three references (name, title, preferred contact information, and brief description working relationship to reference).
Application Deadline: Jan. 2, 2017
Open Date: 12/14/2016
Close Date: 1/2/2017
Open Until Filled: No
Apply online at https://jobs.willamette.edu/postings/2272
Believing that diversity contributes to academic excellence and to rich and rewarding communities, WU is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty, staff and student body. We seek candidates, particularly those from historically under-represented groups, whose work furthers diversity and who bring to campus varied experiences, perspectives and backgrounds.
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