Organic Plant Propagation Assistant
Company: Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation
Location: Sun Valley
Posted on: January 9, 2022
The Organic Plant Propagation Assistant will take on a leading
role in the DFI greenhouse, and work with 2022 farm team on fruit
and vegetable production in general. This is a half term
(approximately 6-month) position. It does not require previous
horticulture, farming or food systems experience, although such
experience is preferred for the position. Ongoing training will be
provided during this AmeriCorps term, and the successful candidate
must have a desire to learn about plant propagation and sustainable
agriculture. The position will report to the DFI Director, and take
direction from the DFI Farm Production Manager and Education
Program Coordinator as well. The position involves physically
demanding tasks outdoors on the farm, interacting with diverse
groups and populations, and working independently as well as within
a dynamic team.
Play a key role in DFIs plant propagation program, growing annual
and perennial plant starts for the DFI farm and other farms,
nonprofits and nurseries. This includes soil mixing, seeding by
hand and with a vacuum seeder, transplanting, thinning, trellising,
watering, fertilizing and organic pest and disease control
Conduct broader farm tasks, including: weeding, harvesting,
cultivation, irrigation management, small equipment operation, and
fruit and vegetable packaging and delivery.
Assist the DFI Director, Education Program Coordinator and Farm
Production Manager in timely record keeping pertaining to plant
propagation and crop production.
Participate in events for university students, other AmeriCorps
service members and the public. In time provide training to other
members of the farm team and volunteers.
Assist in basic social media postings to help tell DFIs story.
Interact professionally with University faculty, staff, students,
the media and the public.
Passionate commitment to working with others on sustainable
agriculture. Preference will be given to individuals who have an
interest in a food systems or agricultural career in Nevada
Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment and take
initiative to improve farm systems
Ability to work outdoors conducting physical labor in hot and cold
Outstanding work ethic and positive attitude
Good interpersonal communication skills
Strong computer skills and experience with Microsoft Office
Strong organizational skills
Experience working with volunteers
Preferred: strong understanding of or educational background in
horticulture and/or food systems
Preferred: experience working on a commercial or educational
AmeriCorps members receive a modest living allowance of $8,471 for
a half term (approximately 6 months) and a Segal AmeriCorps
Education Award of $3,172.50. Half term service members also
receive an AmeriCorps/DFI t-shirt, hoodie, hat, and water bottle.
Service members have the option to apply for student loan
forbearance, and may be eligible for SNAP and Medicaid
Service Location: DFI at the Nevada Agriculture Experiment Station,
920 Valley Road, Reno, NV 89512. AmeriCorps contracts, living
allowances and education awards are managed through the Truckee
Meadows Parks Foundation. Periodic daytime travel may be required
within the metro area and region.
Timeline for Half Term Service: February August 2022
Schedule: Approximately 40 hours per week. Time off includes 5 days
of vacation, 5 days of sick leave and federal holidays. A total of
920 hours are required to be completed during this half term of
A complete application consists of a detailed resume, cover letter,
and 2 professional references. Please submit your application
directly via email to Jill Moe, DFI Director, at email@example.com.
Incomplete applications and applications submitted indirectly via
online platforms (such as Indeed or other) will not be
Application Deadline: Dec 20, 2021
Keywords: Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation, Sparks , Organic Plant Propagation Assistant, Professions , Sun Valley, Nevada
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