Permaculture Program Assistant

Namchak Retreat Ranch

Hot Springs, Montana

Job Type Full Time

The Namchak Retreat Ranch is located near the town of Hot Springs, Montana, on the Flathead Indian Reservation. Currently under construction, the ranch will host teachers and students coming together for longer retreats, learning, meditation, and practice in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. The Namchak Retreat Ranch is also home to several permaculture systems and is dedicated to providing healthy organic produce for our guests in a regenerative way. Beyond handling all aspects of our guests' needs we are developing value-added products in alignment with our organization's ethics while working with local co-ops to provide quality and unique produce to Montana’s communities. 

Reports to: Permaculture Program Coordinator

Schedule: 40 hours / week; 52 weeks / year

​​Compensation: $24 per hour

General Position Description

The Permaculture Program Assistant will play a significant support role in the overall farming operation of the Namchak Retreat Ranch. The main goal of this position is to support the Permaculture Program Coordinator in all of the various projects happening on the ranch. We are looking for a highly self-motivated individual willing to be flexible in weekly tasks.

Responsibilities (other duties may be assigned):

  • Assist in all aspects of the permaculture program
  • Responsible for native and non-native plant propagation
  • Responsible for seed collection
  • Responsible for the animal husbandry program (rotation of chicken tractor, temporarily fencing turkeys into specific areas)
  • Responsible for monitoring the food forest systems
  • Support the Permaculture Program Coordinator in the implementation of food forest systems
  • Weeding and weed control
  • Perform pest management tasks
  • Compost tea fertilized prep and application
  • General mucking out of animal stalls
  • Compost collection
  • Fence maintenance
  • Watering new plantings
  • Pruning, mulching, grafting, and harvesting
  • Assist in landscape implementation as new buildings are constructed

Qualifications (Required):

  • Previous permaculture experience
  • Knowledge of research methodologies
  • Knowledge and interest in ecology, permaculture operations, and agricultural processes.
  • Knowledge of Montana's ecology – with an emphasis on plant communities
  • 2-3 years of work experience in the agricultural/food production industries
  • Strong foundational knowledge of horticulture
  • Strong decision-making skills
  • History of being able to work well on a team
  • Able to lift 50 – 100 lbs.
  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Efficient organizational skills
  • Excellent teamwork skill

Qualifications (Preferred):

  • Heavy machinery operation (skid steers, excavators, tractors)
  • Management experience
  • Forestry experience
  • Prior experience with organic farming
  • Knowledge of correct pruning methods
  • Knowledge of Montana’s invasive weeds
  • Landscaping experience


  • Diversity – shows respect for cultural differences.
  • Planning/organizing – plans work activities and uses time efficiently.
  • Professionalism – approaches others in a tactful manner; reacts well to the pressure of the position.
  • Teamwork – gives, and welcomes, feedback from co-workers; contributes to building a positive team environment. 
  • Ethics – treats people with respect, works with integrity, keeps commitments, and upholds the organization's values.
  • Quality – completes work in a timely manner, works quickly on tasks.
  • Safety/security – observes safety and security procedures, uses equipment properly.
  • Dependability – follows instructions, quickly responds to management direction, commits to long hours of work when necessary, takes responsibility for actions, keeps commitments, and completes tasks on time or notifies appropriate person with an alternative plan.
  • Attendance/punctuality – consistently at work, and on time.

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