The Center for Rural Affairs is hiring for seasonal positions in our Community Food Projects in Macy and Walthill, Neb. Positions include assisting with family and demonstration gardens, farmers’ markets, and orchards.
This is a temporary part-time, non-exempt position, up to 25 hours per week located in Macy and/or Walthill Nebraska. Compensation is $15.00 per hr. This position is not eligible for benefits.
Duties & Responsibilities vary depending on the role and include, but not limited to:
- Provide gardening information and advice to community members to improve the quality and quantity of food production from community and family gardens.
- Advise and demonstrate to community members gardening activities including soil preparation, fertility management, planting, watering, weeding, pest and disease identification and management and harvesting, fruit and berry production activities.
- Manage demonstration gardens or orchard sites including spring and fall cleanup.
- Assist with training and education activities for community members on the benefits and techniques of vegetable gardening, and fruit and berry production as a food and income source as well as for cultural uses.
- Provide market and gardening information and advice to community members to improve the quality and quantity of food products suitable for sale from community and family gardens.
- Provide market and business training for non-produce items suitable for sale at local or regional markets such as preserved foods, baked goods, meats, and artwork. Promote the use and sale of locally grown foods at local markets; promote and manage the use of SNAP, WIC and other food assistance programs at local markets.
- Advise and demonstrate to community members generally accepted marketing and business requirements, techniques, and tools for selling perishable and non-perishable items at the farmer and local markets.
- Set up, tear down, and oversee farmer market sites and demonstration materials; recruit market vendors and customers building community support for local markets using appropriate media tools for the local community, coordinating with the Native Communities project manager or lead staff.
- Report on program activities, performance, and goals to the Native Communities project manager.
- High school diploma required.
- Driver’s license and dependable transportation required.
- Phone and email access for daily communications.
- Knowledge of vegetable gardening and/or agricultural production.
- Experience working in Native communities.
- Ability to work outdoors in a variety of weather conditions.
- Requires strenuous physical work; frequent standing, bending, twisting, and stooping.
- Ability to lift, push, or pull objects up to 50 pounds.
- Excellent interpersonal skills; ability to communicate with staff and community members.
- Can work effectively with diverse groups of individuals and values differences of race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ability, and social-economic circumstances.
- Willingness to travel to various sites around the community and occasionally to other locations.
Application Instructions - Please note: Due to the COVID-19 restrictions currently in place, seasonal positions are only open to those residing on the Omaha reservation.
Interested individuals can apply by sending their resume, cover letter, and three professional references to email@example.com. The Center for Rural Affairs is an Equal Opportunity Employer and participates in E-Verify.