To assist the COD Community Farm Leader in the day-to-day operations of the Farm.
DUTIES OF POSITION:
Assist the Farm Leader in:
(1) planning and planting the farm including selecting crops, designing planting layout with consideration of organic gardening principles; and planning garden/community events.
(2) maintaining the farm throughout the season including managing soil, planting, monitoring the farm for pest invasions, weeding, watering, harvesting of crops, and delivery of crops to Peoples Resource Center and other sites on a weekly basis.
(3) operating and maintaining the vermicomposting including adding compostable materials, cleaning the equipment and area, and harvesting the castings.
(4) researching organic farming and composting techniques as necessary.
(5) repair and construction of planting beds, fences, polyhouse, coldframes, etc. as needed.
(6) other duties as assigned.
Received by Employee:
Community Farm Leader and Community Farm Faculty Coordinators
Exercised by Employee:
Service learning students and other volunteers
THIS IS A FEDERAL WORK STUDENT JOB.
High school degree or equivalent.
Must be enrolled in the current semester for at least 6 credit hours during Fall/Spring or1 credit hour during Summer.
Cumulative GPA of 2.0 or above.
If a first semester student, GPA requirement is waived.
Student must be eligible for Federal Work Study.
Courses in horticulture, agriculture, food production, soils, environmental biology
Some knowledge of organic vegetable farming and composting practices.
Commitment to Farm mission of integrating food production into academics and providing food to low-income community members and sound land stewardship.
Must have a valid Illinois drivers license.
Good communication skills in both written and spoken English.
Must be well organized and be able to work independently and take initiative when necessary.
Ability to use automated heavy equipment.
Ability to conduct research on organic farming techniques.
Good team player and good customer relation skills.
EQUIPMENT AND/OR MACHINES USED:
Truck, autos, vans, gardening machinery including rototiller and sodcutter, pallet jacks, forklift, vermicomposter shredder, and hand tools (such as hoes, rakes, spades, pitchforks, etc.) as needed. Computer, laser printer, telephone, and calculator
Willingness to work outdoors in all weather conditions. Ability to lift and carry moderately heavy up to 50 lbs. up and down stairs, multiple trips in and out of the building and vehicle each day. Ability to operate and maintain tools and equipment like the shredder, sodcutter, rototiller, etc. Must be able to work some weekend and evening hours as farm needs dictate.
This student position may require taking one or more of the following test(s) below at the college expense.
- Background Check
Offer of employment will be contingent upon completion and satisfactory results of the test(s) mentioned above.
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