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This job expired on January 05, 2024

Farm Assistant - Food Project Farm Growing Gardens of Boulder County

  • Date Posted November 06, 2023
  • Location Boulder, CO
  • Category Agriculture / Nonprofit
  • Job type Full-Time
Company description

Over the last 22 years, Growing Gardens has brought gardening, nutrition education and produce donations to over 162,000 Boulder County residents. 

We offer a variety of programs to get people of all ages, backgrounds, income levels, and abilities involved in growing and cooking their own food. These educational opportunities are paired with seed, plant start, and produce donations, as well as gardening space, to impart greater food security and hunger relief in our community. 

Job description

Job Title: Farm Assistant- Growing Gardens Food Project 

Job Status: Full-Time, Seasonal, Hourly Employee 

40 hours per week March- October 31, 2024 

Job Term: This is a grant funded one year position, ending October 31, 2023. There is potential and desire of Growing Gardens to extend this to multi-year position. 

Benefits: 40 hrs of PTO for the season, in addition to 3 federal holidays (pick from Memorial Day, Juneteenth, July 4, Labor Day, Frances Xavier Cabrini Day) and 2 growing team shutdown days. Total of 80 hours of paid PTO and Holiday leave 

Paid Sick Leave accrues at a rate of 1 hour for every 30 hours worked, max of 48 hours. 

This is a grower/farmer position supporting operations (production and educational programming) at our 2 Food Project Farms, located in Longmont, CO. We practice low-till, organic, and garden scale methods for intensive production of vegetables. A majority of the produce from the farm is donated through the OUR center and other local community partners. The farm supports a reduced-priced Farm Stand on Thursdays from July - Sept. The Food Project Farm also provides farm-based educational programming to local teens during a summer program and hundreds of preK- elementary aged children through farm field trips in the spring and fall.. 


Growing Responsibilities 80- 90%: 

  • March-May: 
  • Greenhouse production for spring sales, donation program and partner organizations, and for our own farm production. 
  • Focus: Seeding, transplanting, pest and disease management, other greenhouse needs, and seedling distribution 
  • March - October: 
  • Outdoor, active soil and plant care, on our 2 Food Project farms , where we grow diversified vegetables for local distribution in the city of Longmont. This position also supports our 2-acre farm in Boulder in a similar capacity about one day a week 
  • Focus: Seeding, transplanting, weeding, pest and disease management, cover cropping, irrigation installation and repairs, mowing, and harvesting, washing and packaging produce 
  • Working hands-on with volunteer and community groups 
  • July-October: Assisting with Farm Stand 


Programming Support- 5-10% 

  • Work regularly with and lead volunteer groups and the public on the farm 
  • Serve as a mentor for 10 teens in our Cultiva Youth Program at the Food Project Farm site (9 weeks in June-Aug) 
  • Assist with educational and community programming at the Food Project Farm, specifically bilingual programming 


Admin and Event Support - 5-10% of Time 

  • Attend weekly staff meetings 
  • Assist with record keeping 
  • Support farm events or other programming as needed. This may include set-up, break-down, and staffing of events. 


Required Qualifications 

  • Must have at least 1 season experience working on a production farm 
  • Strong communication and conflict resolutions skills 
  • Up to 2 weekend days per month (usually Saturday) seasonally and Thursday evening Farm Stand work 2-3 times a month (mid July - mid Oct) is required. Additional evening or weekend work for events. 
  • Ability to work outdoors in all weather conditions, year-round 
  • Ability to engage in physically active work every day on uneven terrain 
  • Ability to interact with volunteers, interns, youth, people with differing abilities and the general public on a daily basis 
  • Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively with a team 
  • Ability to pass a background check because our programs work with children and teens 


Highly Preferred Qualifications 

  • Bilingual Spanish/English 
  • Experience working with diverse, bilingual populations in Boulder, Weld, and/or Broomfield counties. 


Compensation this position is : hourly, varies DOE, $20.00 - $23.00 Application instructions
This job expired on January 05, 2024
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