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Carpentry & Maintenance Assistant

Oxbow Farm & Conservation Center

Carnation, Washington

Job Type Full Time

OXBOW’S MISSION

Our mission is to inspire people to eat healthy, sustainably grown food and to steward our natural resources for future generations.

WHAT WE DO

The Center is located on 230 acres of forest and grassland bordered by Western Washington’s Snoqualmie River. We use this mixed landscape to:

Produce food. We cultivate 12 acres of certified organic mixed vegetable crops, herbs, and flowers using agro-ecological principles and engage in research to inform conservation agriculture practices. We grow food for local grocery stores, restaurants, hunger relief, a CSA program, and an on-site seasonal Farm Stand.

Grow native plants. We operate a native plant nursery that uses sustainable growing methods to produce plants for habitat restoration projects and urban landscapes. We share our knowledge to encourage increased production and use of natives in the Pacific Northwest, and beyond.

Connect children to nature. We offer education programs for children pre-K through high school to build environmental literacy and provide students with opportunities to learn about the links between agriculture, conservation, and the environment.

Restore and sustain habitat. We carry out ecological restoration projects and partner with scientists, regional planners, and other environmental organizations to learn how humans can benefit from the land while protecting biodiversity.

Cultivate community. We offer people of all ages opportunities to put their values into action as we promote climate resilience and encourage healthy food systems. We foster community through volunteer opportunities, Membership, a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program, workshops & tours, and special events.

POSITION OVERVIEW

Oxbow’s Construction and Maintenance Assistant splits time between supporting farm equipment/ grounds maintenance efforts and building new infrastructure. Time will be spent both directly supervised on technical projects and performing independent maintenance work, such as ground work, building layout, framing, roofing etc. This is a great position for an individual looking to expand their skills and technical knowledge in a wide variety of construction and maintenance subjects including: electrical, carpentry, plumbing, foundation, mechanical, diesel/gas/small engine repair, irrigation, landscaping, etc.

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES

Under the supervision of the carpentry & Maintenance Lead, the Carpentry & Maintenance Assistant supports all aspects of equipment, property maintenance and infrastructure improvements including:

  • Repair and servicing farm vehicles, tractors and implements
  • Repair and maintenance of buildings and structures
  • Construction of new buildings, signs, smaller structures and irrigation systems
  • Maintaining/improving public spaces and grounds (weed whacking/ mowing, trail building, landscaping)
  • Care for and maintenance of tools

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Able to lift heavy & awkward objects, up to 60 lbs. as well as perform tasks, such as digging or weed whacking; in inclement weather.
  • Comfortable working on ladders, heights and confined spaces
  • Strong math and writing skills
  • Willingness and capacity to take initiative
  • Ability to take direction, ask for help/clarity when necessary and accept constructive feedback on work and technique
  • Clear, consistent communication
  • Mechanical aptitude
  • Strong carpentry skills
  • Tractor driving experience not necessary but a plus
  • Consistent attention to detail
  • Must have valid driver’s license and clean driving record
  • Ability to work independently and within a team
  • Flexible, creative, and able to perform well in diverse conditions and under pressure
  • Maintain awareness of surroundings and exhibit safe practices around other workers and farming equipment

General

  • Ensure objectives, strategies and messages are aligned with and supportive of Oxbow’s mission and strategic plan
  • Work cross-functionally with program teams to ensure efficient and effective communication and operations
  • Represent Oxbow in a positive, professional manner, engaging with and educating visitors about Oxbow’s mission and programs
  • Perform other duties as needed and assigned by the site manager

Additional desired qualities include: environmentally conscious, detail oriented, self-motivated, energetic, and professional.

The Oxbow facilities team is part of a larger non-profit organization. A commitment to Oxbow’s overall mission and working as part of a team is critical.

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY COMMITMENT

Oxbow is committed to cultivating a culture of diversity and inclusion. We value the individual differences, life experiences, and knowledge that our staff members bring to their work and their communities. Valuing diversity is a significant part of our culture, our values, and the success of Oxbow’s mission.

Oxbow provides equal employment opportunities to all staff members and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type on the basis of race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws.

Oxbow is committed to fostering a racially diverse team. People of color are encouraged to apply.

COMPENSATION

This is a regular position, paying $16.50-$18.50 per hour, with competitive benefits including: 100% employer paid healthcare, annual dental stipend, generous holiday, vacation and sick pay, and access to food from the fields.

REPORTS TO:  Site Manager

HOW TO APPLY

Please email a resume, letter of interest, and 3 references to:

Tara Baron
Recruitment Specialist
Oxbow Farm & Conservation Center
thedirt@oxbow.org 

Please write Carpentry & Maintenance Assistant in the email subject line and include where you found this position in the message body.

Applications received by Sunday, June 28, 2020 will have first consideration. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis after June 28th until all positions are filled.

To see this job posting, and our other open jobs, on our website, click here.

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