Instruction and Classroom Support Technician 2 - Organic Farm

Bulletin number: 2014-005SM

Opens: 03/07/2014

Closing date: 03/25/2014 at 5:00 p.m. PST

The Evergreen State College is committed to prohibiting discrimination and to building a diverse faculty and staff. We strongly encourage qualified persons of all races, ethnicities, and sexual orientations, people with disabilities, persons over forty, women, Vietnam Era and disabled veterans to apply.

There is currently one part time, overtime eligible position working .6 FTE (24 hours per week) year-round at the Organic Farm on the Olympia Campus of The Evergreen State College. The candidate pool established from this announcement may be used to fill comparable permanent, full-time, part-time, and temporary vacancies in the future.

The Evergreen State College is a progressive, public liberal arts and sciences college located in Olympia, Washington, in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Since opening its doors in 1971, Evergreen has established a national reputation for leadership in developing innovative interdisciplinary, collaborative and team-taught academic programs. The college has a vibrant undergraduate program, graduate programs, and public service centers that constitute a unique academic setting. The college values a student-centered learning environment, a link between theory and practice, and a multicultural community of diverse faculty, students and staff working together. Current enrollment is approximately 4,800. For more information about Evergreen, please visit our college catalog or our website: http://www.evergreen.edu


  • Salary is $1,752.00 - $2,350.80 per month of work.
  • Experience and training may be considered in salary placement.
  • A full state benefits package which includes: paid sick and vacation leave; paid campus holidays; a generous medical, dental, life and disability insurance package for employees and dependents; retirement; deferred compensation and optional supplemental retirement accounts. For more information about Evergreen's excellent employee benefits, please view http://www.evergreen.edu/payroll/benefits.htm
  • Staff are eligible for a free local bus/transit pass.
  • Permanent status employees that work 0.5 FTE or more are eligible for the tuition waiver program.

The primary purpose of this position it to provide support to the Instruction and Classroom Support Technician 3 and the agricultural faculty to support the mission and goals of the organic farming curriculum. In addition to providing instructional support for the academic program(s), this position cares for and maintains plants and animals for developmental, research, and/or instructional purposes.

This position reports to the Science Operations Manager and receives day-to-day leadership from the Instruction and Classroom Support Technician 3. The primary responsibility of this position is to provide instructional support to the fifty-student, year-long, farm-based “Practice of Sustainable Agriculture” program. In addition, this position is responsible for supporting year-round farm operations. This position may lead the work of student and/or temporary employees.


  • Bachelor’s degree with coursework in agricultural, biological, or natural sciences.
  • Experience instructing students and/or employees in an agricultural setting.


Instructional Support (80%)

  • Provide instruction to students and faculty on a wide variety of farming techniques and proper use of farm equipment, supplies, and materials including addressing conceptual questions as needed.
  • Collect and prepare equipment, materials, and supplies needed to implement farm exercises and field trips.
  • Instruct students, faculty, and farm staff in sales and monitoring of farm produce in accordance with college and state policies and procedures.
  • Assist in cleaning farm facilities and field equipment following laboratory or field work.
  • Administer proficiency tests to students including scoring and recording the results.
  • May participate in discussions with Instruction and Classroom Support Technician 3 and program faculty to implement and enhance delivery of the agricultural curriculum.

Farm Operations (20%)

  • Care for plants and animals by performing tasks such as weeding, irrigating, fertilizing, feeding, cleaning, and general care.
  • Monitor health of plants and animals and identify and treat (or arranges treatment for) common pests and diseases.
  • Maintain farm structures and equipment in clean and working order.
  • Assist Instruction and Classroom Support Technician 3 in performing record keeping tasks associated with budget, organic certification, capital requests, inventory, etc.
  • May assist the Instruction and Classroom Support Technician 3 in leading the work of student and/or temporary employees including assigning, instructing, checking, and evaluating the work of those employees.
  • Attend meetings and trainings related to the position as required.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Ability to provide instruction and training to diverse groups and individuals on a wide variety of farm related topics.
  • Good working knowledge of scientific principles and practices and their application to organic agriculture.
  • Skill and ability in using, maintaining, and repairing tools and equipment common to a small organic farm.
  • Strong skill and ability in raising organic agricultural crops including vegetables, fruits, livestock, and others.
  • Working knowledge of organic farming operations including applicable regulations.
  • Ability to sell and market crops and livestock.
  • Ability to treat/prevent common pests and diseases.
  • Ability to establish and maintain good working relationships with diverse faculty, staff, students, and the public.
  • Ability to lead the work of others.
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision in an environment that requires constant flexibility, meeting deadlines, and demonstrating problem solving skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal and written communication skills.
  • Good working knowledge of current farm safety procedures.
  • Ability to be organized and maintain a variety of records.
  • Ability to effectively use various types of computers, associated hardware, and software applications.
  • Ability to work evenings and/or weekends.


  • This position is assigned to part of the college that is covered by a union shop provision and a collective bargaining agreement. Employees are required to pay an amount equal to the fees or dues required to be a member of the union to the Washington Federation of State Employees within thirty days of their date of hire.
  • Must provide proof of identity and employment eligibility within three days of beginning work.
  • May be required to pass a pre-employment background check.


1.    Possess the skills and abilities required to perform the position;
2.    Complete the General Application form (Word | PDF); and
3.    Complete a Key Skills and Abilities Inventory form (Word | PDF) to indicate your ability to perform the essential functions of the position.
4.    An Affirmative Action Data Sheet (Word | PDF). Note: Submission of this statistical information is voluntary.

Please carefully read the job bulletin and submit all requested items by the closing date listed above. The committee in its screening of applicants will assume your abilities and experience include only those elements specifically documented within your application materials. By submitting a completed application for this position you are acknowledging that all of the information that you have submitted to apply for this job is true and complete to the best of your knowledge. You understand that The Evergreen State College may verify this information and that untruthful or misleading answers are cause for rejection of your application or dismissal if you are hired. If invited for an on-campus interview, you may be required to pay your own travel expenses

Materials may be submitted using any one of the following options:
Email: jobline@evergreen.edu
Mail: The Evergreen State College
Human Resource Services, Library Bldg Room 3102
2700 Evergreen Parkway NW
Olympia, WA  98505
Fax: (360) 867-6823
Or in person to the Human Resource Services office, Library Building room 3102.

Application materials submitted to the College become property of the College and will not be returned.

To request disability accommodation in the application process, call the Human Resource Services Office at (360) 867-5361 (voice), or (360) 867-6834 (TTY) or email your request to jobline@evergreen.edu.