Washington – Center for Natural Lands Management hiring Field Crew Leader

Rochester, Washington

Field Crew Leader

Center for Natural Lands Management, Seed Production Farm


The Center for Natural Lands Management (CNLM) is a nonprofit 501(3)(c) organization, created in 1990, whose mission is the perpetual stewardship of natural and created conservation lands, sensitive species, and their resident ecosystems. Stewardship activities are currently divided between California and Washington. In the State of Washington, CNLM’s South Puget Sound Program focuses on conservation of one of the rarest ecosystems in the United States, the prairie and oak woodlands of Cascadia, especially those lands and habitats within the South Sound Region. In that Region, the Program aims to protect, restore habitats, and support recovery of rare species that are candidates for federal listing.

CNLM’s Seed Production/Nursery team produces native seed with the goal of filling the seed needs of our restoration partners throughout Washington and Oregon.  We produce seed of close to 100 native plant species (including rare and endangered species) on 4 production sites, totaling 19 acres.


The Field Crew Leader will have the opportunity to step into an exciting and unique agricultural system that has grown significantly over the past few years.  They will have the opportunity to apply their agricultural knowledge in innovative ways to a challenging set of crops.  The Field Crew Leader will lead a team of ~4-6 people in accomplishing daily farm tasks efficiently and effectively.

We are looking for candidates with a positive attitude who are motivated, communicative, and intuitive.  Ideal candidates are looking to expand their farming knowledge, have an interest in conservation, and are looking to participate in a collaborative agricultural environment.


  • Work with Project Manager to prioritize daily and weekly field tasks
  • Consistent communication with Project Manager and other permanent staff
  • Lead seasonal crew members, AmeriCorps, and occasionally volunteers in field tasks
  • Provide instruction for proper tool use and body mechanics
  • Anticipate and plan for tools and resources needed to achieve tasks
  • Critically evaluate situations to ensure efficiency, effectiveness, and positive crew morale
  • Maintain daily record-keeping
  • Participate in field walks on a regular basis
  • Actively participate in program meetings, tours, and events
  • Other tasks as needed


  • Prior agricultural experience
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to anticipate and initiate
  • Capable of juggling logistics and priorities for multiple sites
  • Detail-oriented
  • Experience instructing and motivating groups
  • Ability to ask for direction as needed
  • Comfortable working with minimal direct supervision
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and willingness to work with a diverse group of people
  • Positive attitude in all types of weather
  • Sense of humor
  • Willingness to acquire an herbicide applicators license and use herbicide as needed (minimally)


  • Crew leadership experience
  • 2+ years of farm experience and/or seed production experience
  • Experience operating tractors and/or other farm machinery
  • Knowledge of Washington native plant species


  • Position to begin immediately.
  • Season duration: 7 months from hire.
  • Working Hours: This is an hourly position, generally Monday-Friday from 8-4:30.  No more than 40 hours/week.
  • Compensation: $15 – 16.50 DOE plus benefits.  Benefits include medical/dental/vision insurance; paid holidays; vacation and sick time accrual.


Hiring immediately.  Applications accepted until position is filled.  Please see the following link for official position description:


Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and three references.  For consideration, submit application materials to: careers-nursery@cnlm.org

Questions? Contact Kathryn Donovan, Seed Production Project Manager, kdonovan@cnlm.org