Seasonal Workers

Organization Summary

The Center for Rural Affairs is a dynamic, energetic non-profit organization working to build a better rural future for all. We’ve done this work for more than 45 years, and we do it from rural places. Our work creates opportunities for beginning farmers, new business owners, and first-time advocates. The Center’s work is fueled by our compassionate, mission-driven staff who work for the betterment of rural communities, stewardship, and the next generation. Additional information can be found at

Position Description

The Center for Rural Affairs is hiring for seasonal positions in our Community Food Projects in Santee, Macy, and Walthill, Neb.  Positions include assisting with family and demonstration gardens, farmers’ markets, and orchards.


Position Details

These are temporary full-time and part-time, non-exempt positions. Part-time positions are up to 25 hours per week. Positions are located in Santee, Macy and/or Walthill Nebraska.  Compensation is commensurate with experience. These positions are 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.

Preferred Qualifications

  • 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.

Position Classification


Position Salary Range 

$15 - $18/hour

Application Instructions

Interested individuals can apply or by sending their resume, cover letter, and three professional references to  The Center for Rural Affairs is an Equal Opportunity Employer and participates in E-Verify.