Washington – Center for Natural Lands Management hiring Native Seed Farm Specialist

Tenino, Washington

Native Seed Farm Specialist

Center for Natural Lands Management

For immediate hire! 

BACKGROUND

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 over 100 native plant species (including rare and endangered species) on 4 production sites, totaling 20 acres.

JOB DESCRIPTION

The Native Seed Farm Specialist (Plant Production Specialist) will have the opportunity to contribute significantly to an exciting and unique agricultural system that has grown significantly over the past few years.  This farming system is unique: we are largely a perennial operation with 12 month farming and crops that last from 3-10 years; we are highly concerned with genetic diversity and limiting any kind of agricultural selection; we work with crops that are not adapted to agriculture and do not have protocols or tools developed for the.  We are looking for candidates with the creativity and desire to push the envelope and innovate new production system.  While we are not an organic operation we highly value the progressive techniques being developed in diversified organic row cropping.  Specifically, we seek an individual with several seasons in a leadership position on a farm with demonstrated field management skills including expertise in IPM, crop rotation, soil management and fertility.  We have a diverse crew with several socially oriented programs that include inmates, veterans, students and social service recipients.  Positivity, friendly demeanor and inclusiveness are essential.  Position is full time, permanent with full benefits.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Lead daily activities at assigned farm sites including production, facility maintenance and staff coordination

  • Establish, maintain, and harvest native seed fields
  • Coordinate scheduling of nursery staff, interns and volunteers
  • Clean and process wild-collected and field-raised native plant seed
  • Document daily activities including precise tracking of seed lots and farm labor
  • Assist with development and improvement of farming methods and seed production techniques • Work collaboratively with resource agencies, consultants, and other conservation organizations • Assist with the collection of native seed in the wild
  • Seed and maintain native plant plugs in the greenhouse
  • Fulfill other duties as assigned

REQUIREMENTS

  • Bachelor of Science (or Arts) degree in Agriculture, Natural Resource Management, Wildlife Ecology, Botany, Conservation Biology, or related field, or compelling evidence of equivalent experience and self education
  • Substantial farming experience in a diversified crop setting. Experience with seed production a plus.
  • Strong knowledge of agroecology and plant reproductive biology
  • Excellent social and leadership skills with demonstrated effectiveness in creating and sustaining professional efforts.
  • Proven self-starter, able to work efficiently and effectively with minimal supervision.
  • Able to structure time effectively and meet deadlines. Documents and meet personal and professional goals
  • Detail-oriented with impeccable record keeping skills
  • Effective and professional communication skills, both written and oral; able to prepare succinct and cogent reports and plans
  • Proficient with MS office suite including Access.
  • Possession and maintenance of a valid Washington driver’s license and safe driving record
  • Ability and willingness to obtain a Washington Pesticide Applicators license, become certified in First Aid and CPR and follow Washington Department of Corrections Inmate Interaction Guidelines
  • Familiarity or interest in native Washington plant species
  • Comfortable operating power equipment and driving large vehicles including trucks and tractors

EMPLOYMENT DETAILS

  • Position to begin immediately.
  • Season duration: Year-round, Permanent
  • Working Hours: This is an hourly position, generally Monday-Friday from 8-4:30.  No more than 40 hours/week.
  • Compensation: $16.50-$20.26 DOE plus benefits.  Benefits include medical/dental/vision insurance; paid holidays; vacation and sick time accrual.

TO APPLY

Hiring immediately.  Applications accepted until position is filled.  For official position description and questions contact Sierra Smith, Program Manager, careers-nursery@cnlm.org

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