Colorado Rocky Mountain School hiring Garden Assistant

Carbondale, Colorado

Colorado Rocky Mountain School is seeking a Garden Assistant for the 2016 growing season.  Colorado Rocky Mountain School, an independent day and boarding high school, has an organic garden program with vegetable gardens, a young orchard, a small nursery, a large scale composting system, and a water efficient public demonstration garden. CRMS is located on a 350 acre ranch in Carbondale in western Colorado between Glenwood Springs and Aspen at an elevation of 6200 feet.

Garden Assistant job description:
The Garden Assistant participates in all non-administrative activities of the garden as needed.  This includes soil preparation, planting, watering,
weeding, fertilizing, planning, harvesting, cleaning produce, preparing
produce for storage, maintaining tools, minor repairs on buildings and
equipment and cleaning of the buildings and work areas. The Assistant plays a large role in the yearly plant sale (a Saturday and Sunday in the middle of May), that will impart a different skill set; marketing, sales, and customer relations. There is also the opportunity for the Assistant to gain skills pertaining to operating a skid-steer tractor and various construction
projects. The Assistant works with the Garden Manager to plan and supervise student work crews. If the Assistant has sole responsibility for supervising a work crew, the assistant will take attendance, write reports and submit them by the appropriate deadline. At times, the Assistant may be called upon to work in/on the campus landscape outside the garden. The assistant will take an active role in supervising and training Garden Interns, and may be put in charge of managing the garden’s Instagram page.

Time commitment: April 1st – November 3rd, 2015. The assistant will be
required to work some weekends (on a rotating schedule with interns and
assistant). Due to the nature of agricultural work, typical holidays (such as
Memorial Day, the 4th of July, and Labor Day) will be regularly scheduled work days. Expect a heavy workload (40+ hours/week) most weeks.
Stipend: $250/week paid every two weeks Housing: You will live in a yurt on campus with a composting toilet, a water tank, and a full kitchen. This housing is somewhat primitive.  The yurt, while it does have propane heat, can be on the cool to cold side during spring and fall and during the summer months certain times of day in the yurt can be very hot. The assistant has access to shower facilities in campus facilities, which
are a short walk from the yurt. There is also an outdoor solar shower.
Meals: Three meals daily provided when school kitchen is open.  The kitchen will be open for most of the term of the assistantship with the exception of a few intermittent days. The assistant will also have access to produce from the school garden and to a small plot to plant his/her own garden if desired

Qualifications:  The Garden Assistant should have practical work experience and a basic knowledge of organic gardening and a genuine curiosity about learning more, an interest in the educational side of agriculture, the ability to thrive under challenging conditions, and an ability to be flexible and respond to changes that arise because of the school calendar and the weather.
-Must be 21 years of age
-Experience working with teenagers is a plus
-A strong interest in organic agriculture
-A well developed work ethic
-Due to the presence of students on campus, all employees are required to pass a background check. This requirement poses a barrier for international applicants.
-Must provide own transportation to CRMS
-Ability to work in an efficient and thorough manner

To apply, contact
gardens@crms.org
Application deadline:  February 15th, 2016

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