• Kalamazoo, Mi
  • Region: Great Lakes: WI, IL, IN, MI, OH, KY

Website Kalamazoo Valley Community College

Job Summary:
Are you a responsible, energetic and motivated individual who thrives on dealing with a variety of situations and doing what it takes to get the job done? Do you enjoy getting your hands dirty and growing food using all sorts of sustainable agriculture techniques? If so, then Kalamazoo Valley Community College may have the ideal job opportunity for you.
This seasonal position is part of a team responsible for assisting the Production Manager with producing food at the urban farm at the Food Innovation Center (224 East Crosstown Parkway, Kalamazoo MI 49001). The team works to grow vegetables in a variety of settings at the Food Innovation Center and to build the capacity of the farm. Specifically, the team will be planting, weeding, and harvesting, as well as assisting with building and monitoring additional growing and educational spaces. The lab assistants also help prepare and support instructors in for-credit and community classes. Training will be provided as needed.


Minimum Qualifications:
  • High school diploma or equivalent required.
  • Candidates must be motivated, reliable, and able to work in a food-safe environment.
  • Must be able to communicate clearly and work as a member of the team.


Preferred Qualifications and Experience:
  • Prior experience in vegetable/plant production using field, greenhouse, hydroponic, aquaponic, and/or permaculture growing techniques will be considered an asset.
  • Prior experience leading a team or crew.
  • Prior experience working with high school age students


Physical Demands:
Lifting, bending, stooping, and standing required. Must be able to lift 40 lbs. Ability to work in hot, cold, wet, and dry conditions. Much of the work is outdoors during the normal growing season.


Work Hours:
Typical hours are 7am-4:30pm, with some evening and weekend responsibilities, assigned by FIC Production Manager.


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