Company: Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation
Posted on: June 24, 2022
#2022-178Issue Date:06-16-22Closing Date:06-23-22Seasonal
GardenerWak'ishwiDepartment of Tribal HealthHourly Wage:
$18.76/Regular/FurloughIn collaboration with one other Tribal
Program, this position manages Kamiakin Gardens (located at YN
Corrections), Wakishwi Gardens (located all around the Wak'ishwi
Main Office), the Foster Retirement Center Medicinal forest, The
White Swan Health Clinic Medicinal Forest and any additional plots
the Wak'ishwi Program may develop. These Zones are the centerpiece
of Wak'ishwi public engagement activities, including environmental
education programming, regular events, and volunteer opportunities.
The Gardener is a member of the Wak'ishwi Program, but works
closely with staff from other programs and must be experience in
balancing priorities across a diverse set of rules and guidelines
of the facilities of which the gardens are located. The Gardener
will collaborate closely with staff in the following areas:
Education-this team leader develops and delivers diverse programs
that help participants directly experience and relate to the
natural world through sight, sound, touch, taste, and smell-for
community members including elders to Children.Events and Public
Engagement-this team Leader works with Wak'ishwi staff and the
community to develop food gardens, medicinal gathering and
preserving techniques. The Wak'ishwi staff and volunteers will work
with the gardener to experience nature and learn about healthy food
and a sustainable environment.Examples of Work Performed:
- Plant and maintain the various gardens and forests using
regenerative agriculture practices that include, for example:
intensive and successive planting, companion planting for pest and
weed management, composting, crop rotation, and other practices
deemed integral to an organic learning garden.
- Plant and maintain the Wak'ishwi gardens and other landscape
features an engaging and aesthetically inviting spaces, ensuring
that all cultivated spaces are safe, highly productive, visually
appealing, cultivated in an environmentally sound manner, and
supply year-round interest.
- Keep detailed calendar records of planting, plant growth and
health, harvest yields, produce donations, etc.
- Wak'ishwi Farm crops for client distribution and donation,
ensuring minimal food waste.
- Ensure crops and layouts meet the organization's needs for
distribution/donation of healthy foods.
- Work to ensure the Wak'ishwi Gardens and forest meet the
diverse needs of the organization and serves as outdoor classrooms,
where all learners and guest feel empowered and confident while
learning about, caring for, growing, harvesting, and cooking
- Oversee volunteer projects in the Wak'ishwi Gardens/living
- Serve occasionally as a special guest for Wak'ishwi education
programs-including summer camp, field trips, family farm
adventures, and other farm-based lessons.
- Wearing and working in personal protection (e.g., masks) when
appropriate or necessary.
- Assist in preparing for and supporting public engagement events
with the other Tribal Entities, which may involve occasional
- Abide by Yakama Nation Rules and Regulations.Knowledge, Skills
- Knowledge, of irrigation systems, as well as soil management
and soil fertility.
- Skills in use of farm equipment, including tractors, plows,
tillers, and backhoes.
- Skills in organizational and planning.
- Skills in public speaking, community engagement
- Ability to work in various weather conditions including smoke
(wildfire potential) cold, heat over 90 degrees.
- Ability to work in an environment that may have allergens-dust,
mold, grasses, etc.
- Ability to work after-hours or on weekends on an as-needed
basis, especially during early season when watering seedlings as
- Ability to work with a wide variety of personalities in a
- Ability to thrive in a highly dynamic work environment.
- Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in
- Certificate in horticulture, agriculture, or a related
- 2-3 years of experience in organic vegetable farming preferably
in the Pacific Northwest.
- Required to pass pre-employment drug test.
- Enrolled Yakama Preference, but all qualified applicants are
encouraged to apply.
Keywords: Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation, Yakima , Seasonal Gardener, Other , Toppenish, Washington
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