Temporary PT Garden Assistant -$16.00-$18.40/hr

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With direction of the Tribal Support Coordinator, the Garden Assistant will oversee the greenhouse, production of vegetable seedling transplants, and perform garden planting and garden maintenance duties in the Elk Valley Rancheria Garden.


• Plant and care for greenhouse seedling transplants
• Implement the greenhouse production plan according to the seeding schedule
• Coordinate staff and volunteers to assist with seeding
• Monitor seedling germination
• Perform greenhouse plant maintenance as directed including watering, weeding, thinning, fertilizing and pest control
• Help monitor greenhouse temperatures & growing conditions
• Ensure greenhouse is neat and well organized
• Monitor greenhouse supplies inventory and order as needed
• Plant and provide garden maintenance under the direction of the Tribal Support Coordinator
• Plant seedlings and transplants as directed by Tribal Support Coordinator, according to the planting schedule in relation to succession planting to assure continued growing opportunities
• Perform garden maintenance including watering, weeding, thinning, mulching, fertilizing and pest control
• Coordinate garden maintenance duties with volunteers and summer staff
• Assist with garden bed repair, maintenance, and production as needed
• Oversee distribution of produce available for Tribal elders and Tribal members
• Collect data and maintain program records
• Maintain accurate records of all greenhouse production
• Maintain accurate records of planting dates & planting maps


To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:

Attendance/Punctuality – Is consistently at work and on time.
Communication – Must have exceptional people skills. Able to communicate effectively with any customer and employees at all levels.
Ethics – Treat people with respect; inspire the trust of others; work with integrity and ethically; uphold organizational values.
Motivation - Must be self-motivating and able to motivate employees at all levels to achieve the company’s long and short term goals.
Organizational Support - Follows policies and procedures.
Quality - Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness.
Safety and Security - Observes safety and security procedures; Uses equipment and materials properly.
Teamwork – Contribute to building a positive team spirit; Support everyone’s effort to succeed.
Oral Communications-Listen and get clarification; Respond well to questions.


This job requires no supervisory responsibilities.


High school diploma or general education degree (GED); and one (1) to three (3) months related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
College degree in relevant field (horticulture, education, nutrition, community development social work etc.) preferred.


Must have the ability to read and comprehend complex instructions, correspondence, and memos. This includes the ability to write communicative correspondence and to effectively present information in one-on-one and small group situations to customers and other employees of the organization.


Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Visually analyze various capacities of proportions, distances, and frequencies.


Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.


To perform this job, successfully, an individual should have knowledge in basic computer skills; Outlook e-mail, internet, printing, faxing and copying.


No Certificates, Licenses or Registrations necessary for this position.

The following trainings will be offered post-employment and are required within the training schedule timeframe: sexual harassment prevention, hand and power tool, ladder safety, PPE, driving safety, safety orientation, back safety, hazard communication, office safety and office ergonomics.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and talk or hear.

The employee frequently is required to reach with hands and arms; sit and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; use of power and hand tools; maintenance of electrical equipment; and constant bending. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 100 pounds within safety procedures. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate; frequent exposure to cleaning chemicals; and exposure to airborne particles; may be exposed to high heat areas.

Must be able to work under stressful situations. Drug and Alcohol free workplace.

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