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Department: Environmental Science and Policy
The Farm Assistant at The Farm at SOU serves to advance the mission and vision of the The Farm at SOU. The Farm Assistant is responsible for assisting the Director of The Farm at SOU with daily farm management, maintenance, and student supervision. They will additionally support marketing and sales through harvesting and delivery. The Farm Assistant will support a variety of Farm initiatives including Farm-sponsored programming and program partnerships with on- and off-campus entities. The Farm Assistant will work closely with The Director to partner in the advancement of SOU's commitment to sustainability.
The Farm at Southern Oregon University is a center for sustainability. The student-led organic farm produces healthy, sustainably harvested food for the SOU community. It is a hub for education, student and faculty research and community outreach to the Rogue Valley. Projects on The Farm inspire a generation of ecologically-committed leaders who promote a vision of living and working sustainably in community and on the land.
Minimum Classification Qualifications:
two years of college-level courses in (specific field of biological science); OR an equivalent combination of training and experience.
Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration, Management, Environmental Management, Environmental Science, Agriculture, Horticulture, or related field.
Experience in coordinating, organizing, and implementing sustainability programs
Experience supervising students
Experience in environmental education
Training and/or experience in farming or gardening
Prior experience in marketing and sales
All Listed Duties:
Recruit, hire, train, mentor, and supervise Farm student staff members
Provide appropriate leadership opportunities and trainings for staff and students participating in Farm programs and operations,
Provide daily support for farm operations including weeding, harvesting, planting, soil management, orchard and vineyard care, and irrigation under the direction of The Director.,
Ensure that Farm staff adhere to appropriate safety standards, SOU policies, City and State ordinance requirements, and aesthetic demands.
Work closely with Facilities Management and Planning to maintain safe and legal operating conditions.,
Coordinate routine farm maintenance to include irrigation repair, tractor and implement repair, fence maintenance, and small building.
Other duties as assigned.
Special Instructions to Applicants:
Must be willing to travel and attend training programs off-site for occasional professional development.
Must be able to work additional hours and adjust working hours to meet special jobs. May be called back periodically to perform work as needed on an emergency basis.
Must be able to successfully pass a pre-employment background check.
Under the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA): -Position classifications defined as “non exempt” are subject to overtime
The person holding this position is considered a
Internal Number: 8726
About Southern Oregon University
SOU provides career-focused, comprehensive educational experiences to over 6,200 students. Along with an emphasis on student success and intellectual growth, SOU is committed to diversity, inclusion and sustainability. Theoretical and experiential learning programs provide quality, innovative experiences for students. At SOU, students build strong community connections through internships, mentorships, field studies, capstone projects, volunteer opportunities and civic engagement.