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TEK Crew Leader
Deadline to Apply: May 14, 2021
Rate of Pay: $1,600/month
Location: Marion County, Oregon
Part-time: .5 FTE (20 hours weekly)
The Traditional Ecological Knowledge Workforce Development Project is a new five-year educational initiative that provides paid internships for Native American adults in the Salem area, including Marion County. This project has been developed to assist Native Americans and other underrepresented students of color who are interested in accomplishing meaningful career pathways into horticulture and/or agriculture career fields.
This project is being developed by the Native American nonprofit corporation, Elderberry Wisdom Farm, whose team has evolved culturally tailored multimedia curriculum since 2012 that is compatible with Native American learning styles. Classroom education along with experiential learning and mentoring activities will be provided in a setting tailored for Native American as well as Alaskan Native, Hawaiian Islander and Pacific Islander students. The class starts in Fall 2021.
Elderberry Wisdom Farm is seeking a Crew Leader to serve on our leadership team and help provide the Traditional Ecological Knowledge Workforce Development Project for a cohort of eight adult Native American interns who are pursuing career pathways into horticultural and agricultural fields.
The Crew Leader position is a key leadership position. The successful candidate will:
Help the TEK Educator evolve culturally tailored multimedia lesson plans (Jun-Sep 2021)
Help to set up and equip the new greenhouse;
Assist with morning classroom education during fall term (Sep-Dec 2021)
Lead interns in field-based experiential classes on Blue Elderberry Farm and the greenhouse
Help provide positive communication and mentoring support plus health and wellness resilience
Help to collect project data and finalize reports at the end of the internship
Perform critical oversight at the farm to ensure Native plants are cultivated and maintained
This position will be physically demanding at times, working in all weather conditions from hot summer days to cold and wet winters. However, the work is fulfilling. It will immerse you in nature, teach you a lot about yourself and advance your STEAM* career, particularly in fields of conservation, natural resources and agriculture in ways that weave Indigenous knowledges with Western sciences. (*STEAM means: Science, technology, engineering, NATIVE AMERICAN CULTURAL ARTS, and mathematics)
To apply, please email a cover letter and resume to Kali Harrison at email@example.com. For more info, or if you have questions, you are welcome to visit us at www.elderberrywisdom.org.