Nursery Production Technician - Oxbow Farm & Conservation Center

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Nursery Production Technician - Oxbow Farm & Conservation Center

Postby oxbownpn » Mon Nov 12, 2018 5:34 pm

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

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 30 acres of mixed vegetable crops using agro-ecological principles and engage in research to inform conservation farming practice.

Grow native plants. We operate a native plant nursery that produces plants for habitat restoration projects, educational gardens, and urban landscapes, and conducts research on native plant propagation using sustainable growing methods.

Connect children to nature. We offer environmental education programs for children pre-K thru high school to build their comfort in the outdoors and provide them with opportunities to learn about the links between agriculture, conservation, and the environment.

Restore and sustain habitat. We carry out conservation projects and research to learn how humans can use land to our benefit while protecting biodiversity.

The nursery Production Technician will assist the nursery management team in all aspects of native plant production throughout the year. The position requires someone able to take on responsibility, work quickly with attention to detail, a background and interest in botany, horticulture, nursery science and/or environmental stewardship, and an enthusiasm for native plants and their production.

Under the supervision of the management team, the Production Technician will assist with the following areas of native plant production:

Plant Production

• Perform fall and spring sowing and seed treatments
• Monitor seed and seedling health and germination rates
• Carryout propagation via cuttings and divisions as seasonally appropriate
• Implement transplanting schedule for all species
• Assist with seed collection and cleaning activities

Irrigation and fertilization
• Schedule and performing irrigation and fertilization according to each
species’ cultural needs to ensure crop health
• Assist with maintenance and improvements in irrigation and liquid fertilizer
application systems

Integrated Pest Management
• Assist with implementing the IPM program through organic pesticide
applications, beneficial insect releases, monitoring, record keeping, and
sanitation procedures
• Ensure that correct application and safety procedures are adhered to and
that application records are kept up to date

General plant maintenance
• Maintain plant quality including pruning, weeding, trimming, and thinning
• Assist with optimizing nursery space to allow for each species-specific
needs, i.e. drainage, light requirements, hardening, and protection from

Equipment and facilities
• Perform timely maintenance, safe use, and inventory tracking of nursery
equipment and tools
• Maintain cleanliness and organization of nursery buildings, growing areas,
and surrounding grounds
• Assist with the maintenance and installation of native plantings on the
• Assist with inclement weather/flood preparation and clean up

Nursery sales and customer care
• Assist with pulling, preparing, and organizing plant orders
• Assist with loading and delivering plant orders
• Represent Oxbow in a professional manner when dealing with customers and

Planning and nursery management
• Assist the management team with supervision and training of seasonal
nursery staff, volunteers, and interns, including occasional instruction,
correction, and communication
• Utilize record keeping systems and tools to best track propagation,
inventory, IPM, and species cultural information
• Identify ways to improve and standardize production methods and record
keeping practices
• Serve as lead nursery staff member in the absence of the management team
• Assist with event preparations

• Practical plant propagation/production experience, strong comprehension of
plant physiology and the unique challenges of native plant propagation,
familiarity with plant ID and nomenclature
• Demonstrated ability to organize and prioritize work so that production
schedules are met
• Creative problem solver with the ability to develop or seek out innovative
approaches and ideas
• Strong record keeping and observation skills as well as competency with
Microsoft Office
• Ability to work, communicate and manage both within a team and
independently, demonstrated supervisory experience desired
• Ability to work with urgency while efficiently maintaining consistent
attention to detail
• Ability to take direction, ask for help/clarity when necessary, and accept
constructive feedback on work and technique
• Ability to communicate with customers and the greater Oxbow community
in a respectful and professional manner
• Ability to work: standing, sitting, bending over or kneeling; to lift heavy &
awkward objects, up to 50 lbs.; perform physical work such as digging or
planting; and in inclement weather
• Willingness and ability to occasionally work weekends and holidays
• Comfortable driving a box truck and cargo van

Minimum requirements
• Associate’s degree in a relevant discipline, bachelor’s degree a plus
• Demonstrated one or more years work in a production nursery, work with
native plants
• Familiarity with native plants and their associated ecosystems, western
Washington preferred
• Valid driver’s license and a clean driving record

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

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

This is a regular, full-time position, paying $15-$17 per hour. Oxbow offers a competitive benefits package, including 401(k), health and paid time-off benefits as well as access to food from the fields.

REPORTS TO: Native Plant Manager

Please note, incomplete applications will not be considered. Email a resume, letter of interest, and 3 references to:
Megan Boyce-Jacobs
Deputy Director
Oxbow Farm & Conservation Center

Please write Nursery Production Asst. in the email subject line and include where you found this position in the message body.

Deadline to apply is Sunday, December 09, 2018

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