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Crew Leader

Deadline to Apply:  May 14, 2021

 

Rate of Pay:  $1,500/month

Location:  Marion County, Oregon

 

Part-time:  .5 FTE (20 hours weekly) 

Elderberry Wisdom Farm was founded in 2019 in rural Marion County, Oregon. Our special initiative, the
Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) Workforce Development Project was created in 2020 and has
been funded by United States Department of Agriculture. We will provide experiential horticultural and
agricultural service learning in the fall of 2021 to eight Native American interns in partnership with
Chemeketa Community College.


Our mission: Elderberry Wisdom Farm provides opportunities for Native Americans, communities of
color and public audiences to raise awareness of the rich cultural heritage and traditional ecological
knowledge of America’s First Peoples. We work with diverse collaborative partners to provide
educational and workforce opportunities so Native people can fulfill meaningful career pathway plans,
strengthen health and wellness and achieve prosperity. Committed to diversity, equity and inclusion for
all, we strive to strengthen understanding, appreciation and respect for the wisdom and knowledge of
Native American elders, cultural leaders and indigenous scientists.


Our Vision: Elderberry Wisdom Farm is engaged in the lifelong pursuit of supporting Native Americans as
they restore exemplary cultural values and traditional heritage of their ancestors; and achieve health
and wellness, meaningful career pathways and eventual prosperity. Our organization is committed to
Native American cultural sustainability, multimedia education and race reconciliation.

Position Description

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 Native American interns. The Crew
Leader is a key leadership position that will help our team evolve culturally tailored multimedia lesson
plans in preparation for the 2021 Fall term classes; help to set up and equip the new greenhouse; and
perform critical oversight at the farm to ensure native plants are propagated and cultivated.


When classes start in September 2021, the Crew Leader will support the TEK Educator training interns
during morning educational classroom sessions; lead the interns in field-based experiential learning on
Blue Elderberry Farm and in the greenhouse in the afternoons; and use positive communication and
mentoring to assist them with career pathways planning as well as health and wellness resilience.


This position will be physically demanding at times. You will work in all weather conditions from high
heat summer days to cold and wet conditions. However, it is fulfilling work that will immerse you in
nature, teach you a lot about yourself and advance your experience in a STEAM* career, particularly in
the fields of conservation, natural resources, and agriculture in ways that weave Indigenous knowledges
with Western sciences. (*science, technology, engineering, CULTURAL ARTS, and math).


The position will commence on June 1, 2021.