Washington Field Research Assistant and Crew Leader
Position Type: Staff position starting March 1, 2022, or sooner if candidate is available
Hours: One position @ 40 hours/wk
Compensation: Starting at $20 per hour with employee benefits, including holidays
Our mission is to advance ethical seed solutions to meet food and farming needs in a changing world. Are you ready to roll up your sleeves and help us transform, evolve, and grow the Impact of our work?
OSA needs team members like you
As the WA Field Research Assistant and Crew Leader, you will play a vital role in OSA’s work to grow organic seed systems that are democratic and just, support human and environmental health, and deliver genetically diverse and regionally adapted seed to farmers everywhere.
As we work with farmers and program partners from across the country and the globe, the research we conduct at our farm in Washington State serves as a testing ground and model for organic plant breeding, variety improvement and seed production for the Pacific Northwest region and for seed systems everywhere.
You will play a critical role in the day-to-day functioning of OSA within a mutually supportive and dedicated team, including a clear reporting and feedback relationship with the Pacific Northwest Research and Education Associate. Your leadership of our research field crew will support our broadest research and education goals while ensuring that our local team is well supported and operates safely and cohesively.
To invite inclusivity and cultivate equity in our mission work, we are seeking diverse candidates that possess agricultural management experience, strong leadership, communication and delegation skills, resilient dedication to outdoor farm work in all weather conditions and take pride in being professional and reliable. If you have those skills, read on.
This job might be for you if you can:
Manage the cultivation and care of a 4-acre, certified organic research farm
- Attend to daily field needs including but not limited to cultivation and planting preparation, seeding, planting, irrigation, fertilization and weeding
- Maintain record keeping and documentation of supplies, seed sources, field activities, and other activities relevant to maintaining organic certification
- Be able to drive, or learn to drive, a medium sized tractor and be comfortable using the tractor with implements (i.e. deck mower, disk, seeder, front and back forks) for field cultivation and general farm tasks
- Work collaboratively with the Northwest Research and Education Associate to assess field needs and make weekly work plans
- Perform basic infrastructure construction and maintenance
- Navigate and communicate with multiple land partners to negotiate tractor and large equipment use, shop and power tool use, and irrigation schedules
- Preferred skills: experience with organic vegetable, grain, and/or seed production, research farming, and personnel management
- Required skills and abilities: able to lift at least 50 lbs, trained in basic first aid, CPR, and food safety (OSA will provide training), experience and comfort with basic tool use, care, and maintenance, proficiency with Google Docs and Excel.
Lead a seasonal field crew of two to four people with grace, humor, and inspiration
- You will be responsible for the daily leadership and accountability of the seasonal field crew in maintaining the farm
- Create and maintain a culture of care to ensure a safe and enjoyable work environment
- Provide guidance to seasonal interns and take time to explore learning opportunities that arise during field operations
Manage a diversity of field research projects including but not limited to, crop variety trials, seed production, and plant breeding
- Much of OSA’s field research is funded and directed by grants. You will be responsible for implementing protocols for trial setup, management, and evaluations from the OSA Research and Education team as well as collaborating project and University partners. The Northwest Research and Education Associate will provide direction and support for all field work and project deliverables.
Participate in OSA educational and outreach events
- Support and participate in OSA and partner events such as the biennial Organic Seed Growers Conference, OSA Annual Field Day, Jefferson County Farm Tour, WA Seed Summit and various virtual and on-farm educational trainings
- Values-based work culture, dedicated to diversity, equity and inclusion
- Staff position with benefits
- Starting wage of $20 per hour
Please email a resume and letter of interest to Laurie McKenzie at email@example.com by January 24, 2022.
OSA’s commitment to diversity in hiring
Our organization is anchored by values that guide our efforts to enhance the diversity, equity and inclusivity of our programs and organization. As we work toward our vision of ethical seed systems, we renew our commitment to grow a diverse and inclusive team of staff, board, contractors and partners. As we celebrate the life-sustaining diversity of seed crops in our research fields, we also honor the many individual and intersectional differences that enrich our myriad seed community.
Specifically, we are committed to:
- Recruiting and retention practices that add to the diversity and culture of our team.
- Maintaining an equitable pay structure and cultivating a workplace that encourages shared decision-making and a healthy work – life balance.
- Taking intentional actions to dismantle racism perpetuated in policies, institutions, cultural norms, and personal behaviors, to create space for justice, reconciliation, and visionary leadership.