The University of Washington Farm (UW Farm) is a student-powered farm on the UW-Seattle campus. The mission of the UW Farm is to be the campus center for the practice and study of urban agriculture and sustainability, and an educational, community-oriented resource for people who want to learn about building productive and sustainable urban landscapes.With three farming locations on campus, the UW Farm offers year-round vegetable production for Housing and Food Services, a 50-member Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program, and the University of Washington Food Pantry. The UW Farm strives to build and strengthen connections between our growing spaces and academics on campus by leading tours, hosting academic internship opportunities, and providing service-learning opportunities for students from several disciplines.

The goals of the UW Farm are multiple:
• Provide students with practical urban farming experience, from plan to production to kitchen
• Link directly to academic programs in the study of food, including but not limited to: coursework, independent research, and capstone and culminating experiences
• Create a model of sustainable urban production at the UW
• Provide reliable, predictable, and quality produce for UW Housing & Food Services, UW Club, CSA members, and other customers

Current Positions:

Summer Farm Internships – Position descriptions COMING SOON!

Production Manager (title changed 2/14, was “Assistant Farm Manager”): Closed 3/21/19

UW Student Farm Staff Position: Closed 2/1/19 

UW Student Farm Staff Work Study Position: Closed 2/1/19 

UW Student Farm Staff Lead Position: Closed 2/1/19

 


2019 Production Manager

The UW community has an outstanding opportunity for a seasonal, part-time Production Manager for the 2019 season. This is a staff position, reporting to the UW Farm Manager and Director of the UW Botanic Gardens.

The UW Farm works to create and sustain farming activity on the UW-Seattle campus with the following goals as priorities:

  • Provide students with practical urban farming experience, from planning to production to table.
  • Create a model of sustainable urban production at the UW.
  • Provide reliable, predictable, and quality produce for sales, including but not limited to the UW Farm Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), the UW Club, and UW Housing & Food Services (HFS).
  • Provide produce for other uses, including but not limited to the UW Food Pantry project, student gleaning teams, UW Farm events, and fundraisers.
  • Facilitate the growing of traditional foods and preserving of farming practices in cooperation with the Intellectual House under the Office of Minority Affairs.
  • Link the practice of urban farming directly to academic programs in the study of food, including but not limited to coursework, independent research, capstone and culminating experiences, and other experiential learning opportunities.

The Production Manager will support the Farm Manager with carrying out the sustainable maintenance of all of three UW Farm growing sites, including the maintenance of all required certifications; continued and creative production through a sustainable planting plan, implementation of a student-based farming plan, and continuous outreach to production for partners across campus; and balancing the production and academic goals of the farm.

Care needs to be taken to ensure that all farmed land is visually appealing, safe, and highly productive, and provides exceptional value to student learning. This position will require:

  • Practical abilities to manage and work on an urban farm.
  • Business skills necessary to build and maintain a balanced budget.
  • Social skills necessary for interfacing with a wide array of operations and academic partners.

In addition, academic responsibilities include supporting food studies and related courses, minors, majors, and other experiential opportunities in undergraduate and graduate programs in at least 15 academic units, including a minor in Nutritional Sciences and a planned major in Food Systems, Nutrition, and Health within the School of Public Health, a “Food Pathway” component of the Environmental Studies major within the College of the Environment, and courses in Anthropology, Biology, Environmental Science and Terrestrial Resource Management, Geography, Landscape Architecture, and Urban Planning.

Success in the position and of the UW Farm will be measured by a series of outcome metrics. These metrics include, but are not limited to:

  • Increasing the number and diversity of students associated with the UW Farm and who play leading roles in Farm operation.
  • Increasing farm production in quantity and diversity while steadily improving predictability in quantity, timing, and delivery.
  • Increasing the number and type of academic connections to the UW Farm.
  • Maintaining Good Agricultural Practice (GAP) certification, implementation of WSDA Organic Certification, and other standards necessary for the continued purchase of healthy foods from the UW Farm.
  • Balancing production and student research across the lands managed by the UW Farm.
  • Maintaining a successful sustainable business plan and budget.
  • Positive student evaluations from The Carlson Center, other partnering organizations, participants, and volunteers.

Specific offices and programs aligned with the UW Farm include:

  • The CUH in collaboration with UW Botanic Gardens (UWBG) staff.
  • College of the Environment, Program on the Environment dean, faculty, lecturers, and staff.
  • Nutrition Sciences dean, faculty, lecturers, and staff.
  • The UW Grounds, director, and staff
  • The lead department within Finance & Facilities at the UW.
  • UW Landscape Architect.
  • Housing & Food Services, directors, and staff.
  • The director, staff, and students of wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ, a longhouse-style facility (aka the Intellectual House under the Office of Minority Affairs) on the UW-Seattle campus that provides a multi-service learning and gathering space for American Indian and Alaska Native peoples.
  • Other academic schools, departments, and programs throughout UW.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Under the general supervision of the Farm Manager, the Production Manager’s primary responsibilities are field supervision and production, which includes but is not limited to:

  • Leading the work of students and volunteers in farming production and harvest activities on 1 acre of cultivate space .
  • Assist with the management of all infrastructure at three farming sites on campus, the Center for Urban horticulture, Mercer Court and McMahon Hall, totaling approximately two acres.
  • Organize student activities and work parties to ensure successful and adequate production.
  • Collaborate with the director, staff, and students from w???b?altx? (aka the Intellectual House under the Office of Minority Affairs) in meeting their farming and food needs.
  • Operate, maintain, and provide training on the use of motorized equipment used in crop production, including tractors and their implements, rototillers, weed abatement machines, etc.
  • Provide support to classes and programs involved with the UW Farm, including providing or assisting with tours, labs, and field trips for UW academic programs and farm partners.
  • Provide an environment where students can achieve academic goals, including but not limited to course-based work, independent study and independent research projects, service learning, and capstone and culminating experiences.
  • Interface with faculty who will provide research guidance and mentoring for farm-based students.
  • Assist in the planning, production, delivery, and sales of produce to HFS, CSA, UW Student Pantry, and other outlets.
  • Help carry out and monitor work plans to maximize the human and financial resources available to this program.
  • Assist in maintaining GAP certification and implementation of WSDA organic certification program.
  • Co-manage farmland for weed and pest control and soil conditions using NOP practices, integrated pest management methods, and natural soil amendments.
  • Assist in creating educational and marketing materials, including a weekly newsletter, social media content, Instagram, etc.
  • Assist students in developing grant projects on the UW Farm, seeking funding from the Campus Sustainability Fund and other on-campus and off-campus sources to increase the UW Farm infrastructure as regards the sustainable and innovative practice of urban farming.
  • Co-manage UW Farm events, including an annual Farm-to-Table community dinner and monthly on-farm events, i.e. pizza bakes, flower workshops, tomato tastings, etc..
  • Other related duties as required.

REQUIREMENTS: 

Bachelor’s Degree in horticulture, urban agriculture, or a related field and/or 2-3 years of experience in the following areas:

  • Management of an organic produce farm, preferably in an urban area in the Pacific Northwest.
  • Demonstrated safe use of farm equipment, including tractors, plows, tillers, and backhoes.
  • Experience with irrigation systems and in soil management and soil fertility.
  • Working with and mentoring young adults.
  • Ability to work with a wide array of personalities in a complex environment.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication, organizational, and planning skills.
  • Driver’s license and good driving record.
  • Demonstrated experience in social media platforms and protocols.

Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except where there are legal requirements such as license/certification/registration.

DESIRED: 

  • Planning, implementation, and execution of a small farm business, including developing work plans and timelines.
  • Knowledge of the National Organic Program (NOP) standards.
  • Knowledge of GAP standards.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with student groups and to mentor college-age students in farming and food production.
  • Evidence of an ability to work collaboratively with diverse groups.

Conditions of Employment:

  • A satisfactory outcome from criminal background verification may be required prior to hire.
  • Physical ability to do the required work, including manual labor, in outdoor locations and occasionally in adverse weather conditions.
  • Must be able to operate a state vehicle, which requires a valid driver’s license recognized by the State of Washington.
  • Must be able to lift objects up to 50 pounds on a regular basis.
  • Flexibility in work schedule, ability to adjust to weather and demands on the fly.
  • Ability to working in all kinds of weather and conditions, including smoke (wildfire potential), cold, and heat over 90 degrees.
  • Work in an environment that may have allergens—dust, mold, grasses, etc.
  • Work with hazardous materials such as bleach, gasoline, and motor oil.
  • Wear and work in personal protection gear when appropriate or necessary, such as ear plugs, rubber gloves, and safety goggles.
  • Work after hours, Saturdays, and Sundays on an as-needed basis.
  • Have no severe reactions or allergies to insects or vegetable crops.

Appointment to this position is contingent upon obtaining satisfactory results from a criminal background check.

Hours: 20-30 hours per week on average, with a maximum of 950 hours for the season.

Position Start Date: 3/25/2019           Position End Date: 11/1/19 (with some flexibility possible)

Compensation: $18.00/hour, depending on qualifications.

The University of Washington supports a culturally diverse student body and workforce. UW Farm works to create a dedicated team capable of enabling our students to explore and interpret the rich array of disciplines and perspectives that they will encounter. We seek candidates whose teaching, mentorship, and/or service have not only prepared them to fulfill our commitment to inclusion, but have also given them the confidence to engage and work with students and audiences from a wide spectrum of backgrounds.

DEADLINE: To apply, submit a resume and cover letter to Perry Acworth, Farm Manager at persis@uw.edu by midnight, Friday, March 1, 2019.


UW Student Farm Staff Position

The University of Washington Farm is offering up to two paid student staff positions for the 2019 growing season. These positions are an important part of a team, that will manage the farm for the UW Seattle campus. This is a first year position with the UW Farm.

Farm Background

The University of Washington Farm (UW Farm) is a student-powered farm on the UW-Seattle campus. The mission of the UW Farm is to be the campus center for the practice and study of urban agriculture and sustainability, and an educational, community-oriented resource for people who want to learn about building productive and sustainable urban landscapes.

With three farming locations on campus, the UW Farm offers year-round vegetable production for Housing and Food Services, a 50-member Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program, and the University of Washington Food Pantry. The UW Farm strives to build and strengthen connections between our growing spaces and academics on campus by leading tours, hosting academic internship opportunities, and providing service-learning opportunities for students from several disciplines.

The goals of the UW Farm are multiple:

  • Provide students with practical urban farming experience, from plan to production to kitchen
  • Support academic programs and faculty offering coursework, independent research, and capstone and culminating experiences related to food, nutrition and other topics as needed.
  • Create a model of sustainable, organic urban food production at the UW
  • Provide reliable, predictable, and quality produce for UW Housing & Food Services, UW Club, CSA members, and other customers

Position Description:

The UW Farm is seeking up to two undergraduate student staff members for the 2019 growing season (mid March – mid December). This position offers opportunities to work at three unique farm sites on campus as well as opportunities to develop real-life work skills in project management, team work, leadership, communication, volunteer management, food production, food safety, organic practices, and small farm business management. In addition, the UW Farm Manager will support student staff by incorporating education and mentorship throughout the workday, as well as offer opportunities for field trips and workshops, based on student staff interest.

Please note, this is an all-weather job. Student staff are expected to come to work on time and consistently, rain or shine. Commitment to the full three quarters (Spring, Summer, Fall), and a willingness to learn, work hard and be flexible is required; previous farming experience is not required.  In the event of activities requiring supervision of minors, a criminal background check will be conducted by the University of Washington.

Priorities for the position are:

  • Field production for sales to HFS and CSA
  • Leading groups of students and community volunteers (18-65yrs)
  • Ability to follow food safety protocols, i.e. Good Agricultural Practices (GAP)
  • Ability to follow organic practices, the farm is starting year one of organic certification process (3 years)
  • Conduct oneself in a professional manner as a representative, ambassador of the UW Farm

During the course of the position, student staff will learn and practice practical aspects of sustainable, organic urban agriculture including:

  • Field preparations, including tilling, amending, direct seeding, irrigation and mulching
  • Crop production, including propagation, transplanting, pest management, harvesting, washing, packing and delivery.
  • Infrastructure set-up and maintenance: hoop house, row covers, trellises, wash-pack, irrigation, and storage areas
  • Teaching, coordinating and communicating with volunteers
  • Basic maintenance of tools and machinery
  • Record keeping

Required qualifications:

  • Current undergraduate student enrolled as a Freshman, Sophomore, or Junior
  • Commitment to three academic quarters, Spring, Summer, Fall
  • Driver’s license and good driving record
  • Flexibility in work schedule, ability to adjust to weather and demands on-the-fly
  • Ability to work in all kinds of weather, including smoke (wild fire potential), cold, and heat over 90 degrees
  • Ability to work in an environment that may contain allergens – dust, mold, grasses, etc.
  • Work with hazardous materials such as bleach, gasoline, motor oil, etc.
  • Wear and work in personal protection when appropriate or necessary, such as ear plugs, safety goggles, etc.
  • Work evenings, Saturdays and Sundays on an as-needed basis
  • Leadership, communication and large group management skills
  • Physical strength and stamina, ability to lift 50 lbs on a regular basis
  • No severe reactions or allergies to insects or vegetable crops
  • Elementary knowledge of plants, soil, farming/gardening
  • Positive, “Can-do” attitude
  • Ability to multi-task

Additional desired qualifications

  • Knowledge of organic practices
  • Knowledge of GAP
  • Previous farming or gardening experience
  • Farm tool experience
  • Harvest technique experience
  • Plant and pest ID skills
  • Social media and information systems background
  • Critical thinking skills
  • Creative problem-solving skills
  • Excel and/or Tableau program experience

Physical Demands and Work Environment:

  • Working in all kinds of weather including smoke (wild fire potential), cold, heat over 90 degrees
  • Working in an environment that may have allergens—dust, mold, grasses, etc.
  • Working with hazardous materials
  • Wearing and working in personal protection when appropriate or necessary
  • Working after-hours or on weekends on an as-needed basis

Hours: 10-15 hours per week Spring and Fall Quarter / 30-40 hours per week Summer

Pay: $16.00/hour

Internship Start Date: 3/25/2019             Internship End Date:  12/14/2019

HOW TO APPLY: Submit a resume and cover letter to Perry Acworth  Must be post marked by Monday, February 1st.


UW Farm Student Staff Work Study Position

The University of Washington Farm is offering one Work-Study student staff position for the 2019 growing season. This position is an important part of a team that will manage the farm for the UW Seattle campus.

Farm Background

The University of Washington Farm (UW Farm) is a student-powered farm on the UW-Seattle campus. The mission of the UW Farm is to be the campus center for the practice and study of urban agriculture and sustainability, and an educational, community-oriented resource for people who want to learn about building productive and sustainable urban landscapes.

With three farming locations on campus, the UW Farm offers year-round vegetable production for Housing and Food Services, a 50-member Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program, and the University of Washington Food Pantry. The UW Farm strives to build and strengthen connections between our growing spaces and academics on campus by leading tours, hosting academic internship opportunities, and providing service-learning opportunities for students from several disciplines.

The goals of the UW Farm are multiple:

  • Provide students with practical urban farming experience, from plan to production to kitchen
  • Support academic programs and faculty offering coursework, independent research, and capstone and culminating experiences related to food, nutrition and other topics as needed.
  • Create a model of sustainable, organic urban food production at the UW
  • Provide reliable, predictable, and quality produce for UW Housing & Food Services, UW Club, CSA members, and other customers
  • Act as an ambassador to help promote the UW Farm and its parent organization, the UW Botanic Gardens, the College of the Environment, and academic and funding partners, Nutrition Sciences and HFS.

Position Description:

The UW Farm is seeking one undergraduate student Work-Study student staff member for the 2019 growing season (mid March-mid December). This position offers the opportunity to work at three unique farm sites on campus and the following skill development:

  • Project management
  • Team work
  • Leadership and group dynamics
  • Communication
  • Volunteer management
  • Food production
  • Food safety
  • Organic practices
  • Small farm business operations and management

In addition, the UW Farm Manager will support the Work-Study student by incorporating education and mentorship throughout the workday, as well as offer opportunities for field trips and workshops, based on student staff interest.

Please note, this is an all-weather job. All student staff (Work-Study, Interns, etc.) are expected to come to work on time and consistently, rain or shine. Commitment to the full three quarters (Spring, Summer, Fall), and a willingness to learn, work hard and be flexible is required; previous farming experience is not required.  In the event of activities requiring supervision of minors, a criminal background check will be conducted by the University of Washington.

During the course of the position, all student staff will learn and practice practical aspects of sustainable, organic urban agriculture including:

  • Field preparations, including tilling, amending, direct seeding, irrigation and mulching
  • Crop production, including propagation, transplanting, pest management, harvesting, washing, packing and delivery.
  • Infrastructure set-up and maintenance: hoop house, row covers, trellises, wash-pack, irrigation, and storage areas
  • Teaching, coordinating and communicating with volunteers
  • Basic maintenance of tools and machinery
  • Record keeping

Required qualifications:

  • Current undergraduate student enrolled as a Freshman, Sophomore, or Junior
  • Work Study Eligible and able to provide an Award Verification Form (AVF)
  • Provide a Job Referral Form (JRF) signed by a Work Study Office representative verifying eligibility
  • Commitment to three academic quarters, Spring, Summer, Fall
  • Driver’s license and good driving record
  • Flexibility in work schedule, ability to adjust to weather and demands on-the-fly
  • Ability to working in all kinds of weather including smoke (wild fire potential), cold, & heat over 90 degrees
  • Working in an environment that may have allergens—dust, mold, grasses, etc.
  • Working with hazardous materials such as bleach, gasoline, and motor oil
  • Wearing and working in personal protection when appropriate or necessary, such as ear plugs, rubber gloves &safety goggles
  • Working after-hours, Saturdays, Sundays on an as-needed basis
  • Physical strength and stamina, ability to lift 50 lbs on a regular basis
  • No severe reactions or allergies to insects or vegetable crops
  • Elementary knowledge of plants, soil, farming/gardening
  • Positive, “Can-do” attitude
  • Ability to multi-task

Additional desired qualifications

  • Leadership, communication and large group management skills
  • Knowledge of national organic practices ( NOP)
  • Knowledge of good agricultural practices (GAP)
  • Previous farming or gardening experience
  • Farm tool experience
  • Harvest technique experience
  • Plant and pest ID skills
  • Social media and information systems background
  • Critical thinking skills
  • Creative problem-solving skills
  • Excel or Tableau program skills

Hours: 10-15 hours per week Spring and Fall Quarter / 30-40 hours per week Summer

Pay: $16.00/hour

Internship Start Date: 3/25/2019             Internship End Date:  12/14/2019

HOW TO APPLY: Submit a resume and cover letter to Perry Acworth  Must be post marked by Monday, February 1st.


UW Farm Student Staff: Lead Position

The University of Washington Farm is offering up one paid student staff lead position for the 2019 growing season. This position is only available for a student that has completed one season with the UW Farm. This position will act in as a lead for the farm team.

Farm Background

The University of Washington Farm (UW Farm) is a student-powered farm on the UW-Seattle campus. The mission of the UW Farm is to be the campus center for the practice and study of urban agriculture and sustainability, and an educational, community-oriented resource for people who want to learn about building productive and sustainable urban landscapes.

With three farming locations on campus, the UW Farm offers year-round vegetable production for Housing and Food Services, a 50-member Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program, and the University of Washington Food Pantry. The UW Farm strives to build and strengthen connections between our growing spaces and academics on campus by leading tours, hosting academic internship opportunities, and providing service-learning opportunities for students from several disciplines.

The goals of the UW Farm are multiple:

  • Provide students with practical urban farming experience, from plan to production to kitchen
  • Support academic programs and faculty offering coursework, independent research, and capstone and culminating experiences related to food, nutrition and other topics as needed.
  • Create a model of sustainable, organic urban food production at the UW
  • Provide reliable, predictable, and quality produce for UW Housing & Food Services, UW Club, CSA members, and other customers

Position Description:

The UW Farm is seeking one undergraduate student lead staff member for the 2019 growing season (mid March – mid December). This position offers opportunities to work at three unique farm sites on campus as well as opportunities to develop real-life work skills in project management, team work, leadership, communication, volunteer management, food production, food safety, organic practices, and small farm business management. In addition, the UW Farm Manager will support student staff by incorporating education and mentorship throughout the workday, as well as offer opportunities for field trips and workshops, based on student staff interest.

Please note, this is an all-weather job. Student staff are expected to come to work on time and consistently, rain or shine. Commitment to the full three quarters (Spring, Summer, Fall), and a willingness to learn, work hard and be flexible is required; previous farming experience is not required.  In the event of activities requiring supervision of minors, a criminal background check will be conducted by the University of Washington.

Priorities for the position are:

  • Lead Field production for sales to HFS and CSA
  • Leading groups of students and community volunteers (18-65yrs)
  • Ability to follow food safety protocols, i.e. Good Agricultural Practices (GAP)
  • Ability to follow organic practices, the farm is starting year one of organic certification process (3 years)
  • Conduct oneself in a professional manner as a representative, ambassador of the UW Farm

During the course of the position, student staff will learn and practice practical aspects of sustainable, organic urban agriculture including:

  • Field preparations, including tilling, amending, direct seeding, irrigation and mulching
  • Crop production, including propagation, transplanting, pest management, harvesting, washing, packing and delivery.
  • Infrastructure set-up and maintenance: hoop house, row covers, trellises, wash-pack, irrigation, and storage areas
  • Teaching, coordinating and communicating with volunteers
  • Basic maintenance of tools and machinery
  • Record keeping

Required qualifications:

  • Current undergraduate student enrolled as a Freshman, Sophomore, or Junior
  • Commitment to three academic quarters, Spring, Summer, Fall
  • Driver’s license and good driving record
  • Flexibility in work schedule, ability to adjust to weather and demands on-the-fly
  • Ability to work in all kinds of weather, including smoke (wild fire potential), cold, and heat over 90 degrees
  • Ability to work in an environment that may contain allergens – dust, mold, grasses, etc.
  • Work with hazardous materials such as bleach, gasoline, motor oil, etc.
  • Wear and work in personal protection when appropriate or necessary, such as ear plugs, safety goggles, etc.
  • Work evenings, Saturdays and Sundays on an as-needed basis
  • Leadership, communication and large group management skills
  • Physical strength and stamina, ability to lift 50 lbs on a regular basis
  • No severe reactions or allergies to insects or vegetable crops
  • Elementary knowledge of plants, soil, farming/gardening
  • Positive, “Can-do” attitude
  • Ability to multi-task

Additional desired qualifications

  • Knowledge of organic practices
  • Knowledge of GAP
  • Previous farming or gardening experience
  • Farm tool experience
  • Harvest technique experience
  • Plant and pest ID skills
  • Social media and information systems background
  • Critical thinking skills
  • Creative problem-solving skills
  • Excel and/or Tableau program experience

Physical Demands and Work Environment:

  • Working in all kinds of weather including smoke (wild fire potential), cold, heat over 90 degrees
  • Working in an environment that may have allergens—dust, mold, grasses, etc.
  • Working with hazardous materials
  • Wearing and working in personal protection when appropriate or necessary
  • Working after-hours or on weekends on an as-needed basis

Hours: 10-15 hours per week Spring and Fall Quarter / 30-40 hours per week Summer

Pay: $17.00/hour

Internship Start Date: 3/25/2019             Internship End Date:  12/14/2019

HOW TO APPLY: Submit a resume and cover letter to Perry Acworth Must be post marked by Monday, February 1st.


The University of Washington supports a culturally diverse student body and workforce. UW Farm works to create a dedicated team capable of enabling our students to explore and interpret the rich array of disciplines and perspectives that they will encounter. We seek candidates whose teaching, mentorship and/or service have not only prepared them to fulfill our commitment to inclusion, but have also given them the confidence to engage and work with students and audiences from a wide spectrum of backgrounds.

 

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