Farm Program Assistant

Specific Responsibilities:  Accountable to Program Manager.  Provide guidance and planning support relating to education and/or employment. Manage participant motivation, removal of barriers, assessments, pre and post testing and relational competency building.  Facilitate linkage to needed educational or employment resources and supports.

Salary: $35,000 – $45,000


  • Assist with daily farm operations, including planting, weeding, harvesting, and caring for crops and livestock (chickens).
  • Support educational programs for youth participants, teaching them about sustainable agriculture and traditional Hawaiian food systems.
  • Help maintain farm equipment and tools.
  • Contribute to a positive and inclusive learning environment.
  • Assist with data collection and recordkeeping.
  • Experience working in a farm or garden setting (preferred).
  • Interest in sustainable agriculture and local food systems.
  • Ability to work outdoors in a variety of weather conditions.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Commitment to cultural awareness and inclusivity.
  • Participate in and attend all staff meetings, staff development events and appropriate agency-wide committees.
  • Maintain confidentiality and privacy standards of service partner protected health information and other applicable information and material in accordance to agency and center policies, and applicable regulations and laws including HIPAA.

QualificationsExperience working in an outdoor, farming environment preferred. Able to work in a very diverse setting with people of all backgrounds, culture and orientation. Demonstrated leadership and problem solving abilities, training skills, creativity, and public speaking. Ability to provide quality trauma-informed services in a fast-paced environment, specializing in crisis intervention and de-escalation, motivational interviewing, and Seeking Safety. Ability to (re) prioritize and multi-task is a must.  Able to be cleared to drive and have valid driver’s license with own transportation.

Physical Demands:
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an
employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations
may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions. In the
course of performing the job, this position typically involves time sitting, standing, climbing stairs, walking, driving, carrying (50lbs), and lifting (50lbs), bending, stooping. Operating a computer keyboard, firm/strong grasping, and repetitive hand control. Makes and receives telephone calls. Use of general office equipment copier, fax machine and basic office equipment. Subjected to outside environmental conditions.

Work Environment:
The employee may be in contact with individuals and families in crisis who may be ill, using
substances and/or not attentive to personal health and safety for themselves. The employee may
experience a number of unpleasant sensory demands associated with the client’s use of alcohol
and drugs, and the lack of personal care. The employee must be ready to respond quickly and
effectively to many types of situations, including crisis situations and potentially hostile situations.

This is a grant-funded position with a start date of September 1, 2024. The initial term is for one year, with the possibility of extension contingent upon grant renewal and program performance.

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