Washington State: Evergreen State College seeks Organic Farm Instructional Technician

13 Jan

Bulletin number: 2011-001WW

Opens: 1/4/2011

Closing date: 1/28/2011

Committed to equal opportunity and operating with an Affirmative Action Plan, The Evergreen State College is working to build a diverse faculty and staff.  We strongly encourage qualified persons of all races, ethnicities, and sexual orientations, persons with
disabilities, persons over forty, women, Vietnam Era and disabled veterans to apply.

There is currently one full-time classified, overtime eligible Organic Farm Instructional Technician (classified title: Instruction and
Classroom Support Technician 3) position available on the Olympia campus of The Evergreen State College. The candidate pool established from this announcement may be used to fill comparable permanent, full-time, part-time and temporary vacancies for the next six months to one year.

The primary purpose of this position is to coordinate all logistical elements of the organic farm operation and, in collaboration with the faculty, provide direct instructional support of the farm-based agriculture curriculum.

This position reports to the Science Operations Manager and is one of
seven (7) Instruction and Classroom Support Technicians supporting the
science-based academic programs.

The position will primarily support the fifty-student, year-long,
farm-based “Practice of Sustainable Agriculture” program. Scope of
responsibilities include: student instructional support; directing the
work of the farm staff (student, temporary and/or part-time
classified); crop production and direct marketing; and maintenance of
the farm infrastructure (materials and supplies, greenhouses,
equipment, irrigation, etc.).

The nature of the academic experience at Evergreen requires that the
Instruction & Classroom Support Technician remain flexible in
supporting a frequently changing, multi-disciplinary curriculum. The
technician will be expected to develop broad knowledge and skills in
multiple scientific disciplines. This position is unscheduled, and the
technician may be required to work evenings or weekends.


* Experience and training may be considered in salary placement.
* Salary range is $3,135 to $4,114 per month of full-time work.
* A full state benefits package which includes: paid sick and
vacation leave; paid campus holidays; a generous medical, dental, life
and disability insurance package for employees and dependents;
retirement; deferred compensation and optional supplemental retirement
accounts.  For more information about Evergreen’s excellent employee
benefits, please visit
* Staff are eligible for a free local bus/transit pass;
* After completion of the probationary period, employees are
eligible for the statewide tuition waiver program.


* Bachelor’s degree with coursework in agricultural, biological or
natural sciences.
* Experience in organic farm operations and management.

Farm Curriculum and Field Trip Preparation

* In collaboration with the faculty, develops farm-based
laboratory exercises, demonstrations and field trips
* Acquires and prepares equipment, materials and supplies needed
to implement farm exercises and field trips
* Problem solves as necessary to ensure high quality educational outcomes
* Provides the faculty, students and staff with planning and
scheduling assistance

Farm Curriculum Implementation

* Instructs students in organic farming concepts and laboratory
and/or field techniques
* Instructs the students and faculty on proper use of farm
equipment, supplies and materials
* Coordinates the activities of the students, faculty, and staff
in cleaning farm facilities and field equipment following laboratory
or field work
* Monitors farm facilities to ensure they are in functional condition
* May serve as subcontractor for student Individual Learning Contracts


* Designs, implements, and monitors effective safety procedures.
* Trains students, staff, and faculty in current safety procedures
* Monitors potential risks and hazards to ensure a safe
educational environment
* Obtains relevant and/or required safety training
* Maintains records of safety training performed

Planning, Facilitation, Communication

* Maintain close working relationships with the agriculture
faculty; facilitate and coordinate discussions and plan with program
faculty to implement delivery and enhance the quality of the
* Act as liaison and farm spokes person to the outside community
(public, private, corporate) to promote relationships beneficial to
the college.
* Facilitate discussions between the Farm students, staff and
faculty.  Refer farm-related conflict/disputes to the Science
Operations Manger for resolution.


* Project biennial revenues, monitor sales and inventory for the
sale of farm produce in accordance with college and state policies and
* Co-develop and monitor yearly operating and student staff allocations.
* Provide organization and oversight of the Farm facilities,
equipment, and supplies
* Evaluates equipment needs, and specifications, and makes
purchase recommendations
* Maintains farm records as necessary
* Participates in professional development activities designed to
update the skills and knowledge needed to continue providing relevant
professional guidance and instruction to students, faculty and staff


* Direct the work of Farm support staff and provide input in their
performance evaluation to the Science Operations Manager
* Hire and train student employees as needed.
* Assess and reassign staff responsibilities quarterly to meet
needs of the academic programs.

Space Planning and Management

* Coordinate educational, research and community farm use needs;
this includes coordination with student groups using the Farm.
* Participate in institutional discussions on Farm space needs.
* Recommend initiatives to be funded.

State/Federal Regulatory Responsibilities

* Maintain county, state and federal standards for organic farming
certification, the food-processing kitchen, and other required permits
for Farm activities.

Technical Knowledge and Skills

* Ability to manage a direct market organic farm
* Working knowledge of diverse farming operations
* Good working knowledge of scientific principles and practices
and their application to organic agriculture
* Good working knowledge of current farm safety procedures
* Ability to maintain and repair farm-related equipment
* Ability to identity equipment and supply needs
* Ability to research, evaluate, and order supplies and equipment
within budgetary constraints
* Ability to effectively use various types of computers,
associated hardware, and software applications

Behavioral Skills and Abilities

* Ability to work collaboratively with diverse staff, faculty, and students
* Ability to plan, prioritize, execute, and complete projects in
timely fashion
* Ability to work with minimal supervision in an environment that
requires constant flexibility
* Demonstrated ability to effectively evaluate the quality of
agriculture  instructional support including the identification of
issues, concerns, and problems
* Ability to solve problems
* Ability to create, organize, and maintain records and files
* Excellent interpersonal and written communication skills
* Ability to lead and instruct groups


* As a condition of employment, persons hired must provide proof
of identity and employment eligibility within three (3) days of
beginning work, and persons may be required to submit to a background
* This position is assigned to part of the institution that is
covered by a union shop provision of the Department of
Personnel/Higher Education Division.  Therefore, new employees are
required to pay dues to the Federation of State Employees within
thirty (30) days of their hiring date.

Please carefully read the job bulletin and submit all requested items
by the closing date listed above.  The committee in its screening of
applicants will assume your abilities and experience include only
those elements specifically documented within your application


1.    Possess the skills and abilities required to perform the position;
2.    Complete the General Application form (Word | PDF); and
3.    Complete a Key Skills and Abilities Inventory form (Word | PDF)
to indicate your ability to perform the essential functions of the

Materials may be submitted using any one of the following options:

Email: jobline@evergreen.edu
Mail: The Evergreen State College
Human Resource Services, Library Bldg Room 3102
2700 Evergreen Parkway NW
Olympia, WA  98505
Fax: (360) 867-6823
Or in person to the Human Resource Services office.

Application materials submitted to the College become property of the
College and will not be returned.

To request disability accommodation in the application process, call
the Human Resource Services Office at (360) 867-5361 (voice), or (360)
867-6834 (TTY) or email your request to jobline@evergreen.edu.

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