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:

Student staff positions have special focus areas: Intellectual House Partnership, HFS Dining/Athletics, Research, CSA Direct to Household, and the UW Food Pantry. If you have experience with these campus organizations in addition to the required qualifications noted in the position descriptions below, you will be a preferred candidate. 

Production Manager: Closed

UW Farm Student Staff – Farm Team Position: OPEN 

UW Student Farm Staff – Farm Team Work Study Position: OPEN 

UW Student Farm Staff – Farm Team Lead Position: OPEN

UW Student Farm Staff – Farm Team Intellectual House Lead Position: FILLED


2020-2021 Assistant Farm Manager – Filled 10/1/2020

The UW community has an outstanding opportunity for a temporary, full time, AmeriCorps position as the UW Farm Assistant Manager for the 2020-2021 season. The position is approximately 40 hours per week from September 16th – July 31st* AmeriCorps provides a benefit and compensation package to all members. This position reports to the UW Farm Manager. The UW Farm, within the Botanic Gardens is housed in the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences within the College of the Environment.

BACKGROUND:

The UW Farm works to create and sustain farming activity on three locations across the UW-Seattle campus:

  • Mercer Court Apartments-planned urban farm
  • UW Farm site at the UW Botanic Gardens’ Center for Urban Horticulture
  • McMahon Hall roof-top food production and garden maintenance

Goals of the farm:

Intensive urban farming sites on campus must yield steady production.  At the same time, farming sites must be places of teaching and learning, allowing students to blend academic and practical experience. The Assistant Farm Manager will assist in carrying out long-term urban farm management plans that meet the needs of the campus, the community, and the students.

Care needs to be taken to ensure that all farmed land is visually appealing, safe, highly productive, and provides exceptional value to student learning.  This will require practical abilities to manage and work on an urban farm; business skills necessary to build and maintain a balanced budget; and social skills necessary for interfacing with a wide array of operations and academic partners.

Academic emphasis:

Food studies across the Seattle campus include 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 major in Food Systems, Nutrition, and Health within the School of Public Health, a “Food Pathway” within the Environmental Studies major within the College of the Environment, and courses in Anthropology, Biology, Environmental Science and Terrestrial Resource Management, Geography, Landscape Architecture, Urban Planning, to name a few.  In addition, an emerging program with the wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ – Intellectual House, the UW Farm provides growing space and support for first nations students regarding food sovereignty.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

The Assistant Manager works directly with students, staff and faculty to help plan and implement farming activities across campus. The primary responsibilities of this position are:

Production and Field Supervision (approx. 25 hrs./week):

  • Assist in the 55-75+share Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program, increasing the number of participants as possible given other land-use and farming constraints.
  • Assist all farming operations across campus (3 sites, totaling approx. 2 acres
  • Assist the Farm Manager in weed and pest control as well as soil conditions, using organic food production principles, integrated pest management methods, and natural soil amendments.
  • 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.
  • Assist the Farm Manager with supervising student farming activities, work parties to ensure successful and adequate production
  • Assist in maintaining WSDA GAP certification and WSDA organic certification program
  • Carry out a sustainable planting plan, crop plan, and perennial plant maintenance and harvests
  • Operate farm equipment, soil preparation machinery, hand tools and growing supplies
  • Assist with collaborating with the director, staff, and students from wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ (aka the Intellectual House under the Office of Minority Affairs) in meeting their farming and food needs.
  • Assist in UW Farm events, pizza bakes, including an annual Farm-to-Table community fundraiser, dinner.
  • Increase farm production in quantity and diversity, while steadily improving predictability in quantity, timing and delivery
  • Help carry out the appropriate on-the-ground methods as dictated by production needs, growing cycles, budget availability, and student availability on campus.
  • Maintain WSDA Good Agricultural Practice (GAP) certification
  • Maintain WSDA Organic certification for the growing of vegetables and fruit
  • Balance production and academics across the lands managed by the UW Farm
  • Other duties as requested

Educational Activities (approx. 15 hrs./week)

  • 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.
  • Co-creation of farm materials including newsletter, social media content, website improvements, etc.
  • Provide educational support, including tours and field trips for UW academic programs and farm partners
  • Manage Community Volunteer logs, Service-Learning Logs, evaluations and communications with volunteers
  • Improve of tour guides/documents/videos for the UW Farm for use in supporting academics, giving tours, educational activities, and for the website.
  • Create, mentor a sub-group of the UW Farm RSO, The Dirty Dozen that could give tours of the UW Farm sites.
  • Complete of an Environmental Stewardship project in collaboration with UWBG Adult Education and the UW Nursery for WA Serve

REQUIREMENTS:

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

  • Experience in organic vegetable farming, preferably in an urban Pacific Northwest area.
  • Safe use of farm equipment, including tractors, plows, tillers, and backhoes.
  • Experience with irrigation systems and in soil management and soil fertility.
  • 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
  • Public speaking, community engagement experience

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 standards (NOP)
  • Knowledge of good agricultural practices standards (GAP)
  • 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.
  • Working with and mentoring young adults.

CONDITION 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 heavy objects, 50 lbs. 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 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
  • View COVID-19 Training video, adhere to UW, UW Farm COVID-19 Operations Plans

APPLICATION PROCESS:

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

Members will generally serve 9am-5pm on Monday-Friday and Saturdays, totaling at least 40 hours per week on average. Times and days change with the growing season. Members will also support some evening or weekend events.

 BENEFITS:

  • Living wage stipend of $1,945.24 per month, provided by Washington Service Corps.
  • Health insurance provided by Washington Service Corps which meets the Minimal Essential Coverage provision of the Affordable Care Act.
  • Segal AmeriCorps Education Award of $6,095, provided by the National Service Trust upon successful completion of the 10.5-month term of service and 1,700 hours.
  • Eligibility for student loan forbearance and potential interest accrual payment on qualifying loans.
  • SNAP food benefits, if eligible.
  • Childcare assistance, if eligible.

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.

Position Start Date(s): flexible 9/16, 10/1 or 10/16/2020

Position End Date: flexible, 7/31, 8/15 or 8/31. Position can be extended for an additional year

To apply, submit a resume and cover letter by midnight PST, August 10, 2020, to:

Perry Acworth, Farm Manager, persis@uw.edu

 


UW Student Farm Staff Positions

The University of Washington Farm is offering paid student staff positions for the 2021 growing season. These positions are 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

Position Descriptions:

The UW Farm is seeking undergraduate student staff members for the 2021 growing season (mid January – 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 four quarters in the calendar year 2021 (Winter Spring, Summer, Fall), and a willingness to learn, work hard and be flexible is required; previous farming experience is not required. If you do not have farming background you must have taken The Urban Farm, Harvest To Health, or performed 30 hours of Service Learning before applying.

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 four academic quarters, Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall 2020
  • 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: 2 hours per week Winter quarter, 10-19 hours per week Spring and Fall Quarter, 30-40 hours per week Summer. One vacation break during summer.

Pay: $16.79/hour

Start Date: updated to 2/2021             Internship End Date:  12/2021

HOW TO APPLY: Submit a resume and cover letter to Perry Acworth  Must be emailed, or post marked by midnight, December 28, 2020


UW Farm Student Staff – Farm Team Work Study Position

The University of Washington Farm is offering Work-Study student staff positions for the 2021 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 undergraduate student Work-Study student staff members for the 2021 growing season (mid January-early 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.  If you do not have a farming background you must have taken The Urban Farm class, Harvest To Health or volunteered for 30 hours on the farm.

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: 2 hours per week Winter quarter,10-19 hours per week Spring Summer and Fall Quarter, 30-40 hours per week Summer

Pay: $16.79/hour

Start Date: 2/2020             Internship End Date:  Flexible,12/2020

HOW TO APPLY: Submit a resume and cover letter to Perry Acworth  Must be emailed or post marked by midnight, December 28th, 2020


UW Farm Student Staff: Lead Position

The University of Washington Farm is offering up one paid student staff lead position for the 2021 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 2021 growing season (mid January – 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 four academic quarters, Winter, 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: 2 hours per week, Winter quarter, 10-19 hours per week Spring Summer and Fall Quarters / 30-40 hours per week Summer

Pay: $17.49/hour

Start Date: 2/2021             Internship End Date:  flexible, 12/2021

HOW TO APPLY: Submit a resume and cover letter to Perry Acworth Must be emailed or post marked by December 28th, 2020


UW Student Farm Position – wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ Intellectual House Lead – FILLED

The University of Washington Farm is offering one Work-Study student staff position that will be the farm’s lead for implementing a Native Garden CSF grant during the 2021 growing season. This position is also 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, the University of Washington Food Pantry, and growing space for wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ Intellectual House members.

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, indigenous food production at the UW
  • Provide reliable, predictable, and quality produce for UW Housing & Food Services, 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 undergraduate student student staff member for the 2020-21 growing season. This position offers the opportunity to work at three unique farm sites on campus and the following skill development plus assist with the Native Gardens CSF grant project with the wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ Intellectual House:

  • Project management – wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ Gardens design and implementation
  • Indigenous food pathway development, origins, traditions, stories
  • Team work
  • Leadership and group dynamics
  • Communication
  • Volunteer management
  • Food production
  • Food safety
  • Organic practices
  • Seed Saving
  • Small farm business operations and management

In addition, the UW Farm Manager will support the 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, indigenous and urban agriculture including:

  • Field preparations, including tilling, amending, direct seeding, irrigation and mulching
  • Collect and share indigenous food knowledge
  • 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, Junior or Senior
  • A Native American, Pacific Islander or Alaska Native student and a member of wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ Intellectual House
  • Follow UW protocols regarding Stay Safe Stay Health, for restrictions during COVID-19 Operations
  • If possible, be Work Study Eligible and able to provide an Award Verification Form (AVF)
  • If Work Study Eligible, provide a Job Referral Form (JRF) signed by a Work Study Office representative verifying eligibility
  • Commitment to at least one academic quarter, optimally, Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall, or one full growing season
  • 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, crops, insects, etc.
  • Working with hazardous materials such as bleach, gasoline, and motor oil
  • Wearing/working in personal protection gear when appropriate or necessary
  • Working after-hours, Saturdays, Sundays on an as-needed basis
  • Physical strength and stamina, ability to lift 50 lbs on a regular basis
  • Elementary knowledge of plants, soil, farming/gardening
  • Positive, “Can-do” attitude
  • Ability to multi-task

Additional desired qualifications

  • Be a member of the wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ Intellectual House
  • Driver’s license and good driving record
  • 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 and creative problem-solving skills
  • Excel or Tableau program skills

Hours: Minimums, 2 hours per week winter quarter, 10-15 hours per week Spring and Fall Quarter / 30-40 hours per week Summer. Hours are flexible to accommodate course schedules

Pay: $16.79/hour

 

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.

Internship Start Date: flexible             Internship End Date:  flexible

To apply, submit a resume and cover letter to Perry Acworth at persis@uw.edu


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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