Farm Production AmeriCorps Crew Member

  • Full Time
  • Reno

Website Desert Farming Initiative

Desert Farming Initiative

Service Location: Nevada Agriculture Experiment Station, Reno, NV
Timeline for Service: Feb 2021 – Aug 2021
Application Deadline: Open until filled (Application details at the end of the job description)
Hours per week: 30-40 hrs

Application Submittal Instructions:
A full application submittal will consist of a detailed resume (no page limit), cover letter, and 2 personal or professional references
Email your application package (resume, cover letter, references) to dfi@unr.edu

Position Description:
The Farm Production Crew Member will serve day to day on a demonstration and educational organic farm, assisting the Farm Production Manager in organic crop production on 4 acres of diversified crops, 6 large hoop houses, greenhouse propagation of over 100,000 plants, and various other small garden and orchard plots.  This position will primarily be on the farm and there is very little to no office duties.  The position also includes corresponding and teaching students, interns, volunteers and the general public with direction from the Director and Farm Manager. Duties may include but are not limited to:

Primary Responsibilities:
Conduct all standard farm and garden tasks, that may include the following; weeding, harvesting, transplanting, seeding, cultivation, irrigation management, fertilizing, small equipment operation and composting
Play a primary role in conducting pre-harvest risk assessments and assist the Farm Manager in ensuring the produce is harvested to specifications and sales quality.
Assist in post-harvest tasks; including washing and packing, and proper sanitation of the washhouse.
Assist in executing the DFI Food Safety Farm plan in the field and in the washhouse.
Implement on-farm education tutorials to students and the general public.
Hoop house infrastructure maintenance, repair and construction.
Major greenhouse propagation duties including: with exceptional trainingexecuting the greenhouse propagation plan provided by the Director and Farm Manager,
implement pest control and fertility program,
make custom soil blend,
sanitize equipment,
irrigation management,
lead others in the greenhouse on tasks, and
inventory supplies as needed.

Secondary Responsibilities:
Assist Program Manager in timely record keeping pertaining to crop production records such as; harvest logs, food safety logs, greenhouse fertilizing logs, irrigation logs, and pest management logs.
Assist leading volunteer groups on the farm
Assist in the planting and implementation of the farm conservation plan, including installing and maintaining hedgerow and insectary rows.
At times, assist at farmer’s markets, produce delivery, and tabling at events
Correspond with University faculty, students, and the public.

Qualifications:
Passionate commitment to farming, gardening, and teaching others.  Preference will be given to individuals who have a vested interest in a food production career in NV.
Knowledge of organic agriculture and local food systems
Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment;
Ability to work outdoors conducting physical labor in hot and cold temperatures;
Outstanding work ethic and a positive can-do attitude
Commitment to diligent record keeping
Commitment to attention to detail
Interested in working with students, teachers, and volunteers;
Preferred: strong understanding of education standards and experience in curriculum development;
Preferred: experience working on a commercial farm or garden;
Preferred: Marketing or website experience

Compensation:
In return for their service, AmeriCorps members receive a modest living allowance of $7,559/year (6 months of service), health benefits during their service, and will receive a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award of $3,097.50.

To apply for this job email your details to dfi@unr.edu