Farm Assistant in Houston, TX 77026  (Kashmere Gardens area)

Harris Health System

Harris Health System is the public healthcare safety-net provider established in 1966 to serve the residents of Harris County, Texas. As an essential healthcare system, Harris Health champions better health for the entire community, with a focus on low-income uninsured and underinsured patients, through acute and primary care, wellness, disease management and population health services. Ben Taub Hospital (Level 1 Trauma Center) and Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital (Level 3 Trauma Center) anchor Harris Health’s robust network of 39 clinics, health centers, specialty locations and virtual (telemedicine) technology. Harris Health is among an elite list of health systems in the U.S. achieving Magnet® nursing excellence designation for its hospitals, the prestigious National Committee for Quality Assurance designation for its patient-centered clinics and health centers and its strong partnership with nationally recognized physician faculty, residents and researchers from Baylor College of Medicine; McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth); The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center; and the Tilman J. Fertitta Family College of Medicine at the University of Houston.

Skills / Requirements

JOB SUMMARY:The role of the Farm Assistant is to (1) facilitate the smooth operation of our farm, including cultivation, harvest, and production, under the guidance of the Farm Manager, (2) maintain crop rotations, harvests, and distribution of the LBJ Community Farm produce for Food Rx, classes, and community programs, and (3) assist with agricultural classes during group visits. The Farm Assistant is committed to soil stewardship and restoration agriculture and is willing to utilize the regenerative practices employed by the LBJ Community Farm. On the job training will be provided to this end, but the Farm Assistant should already have a fundamental understanding of (1) annual and perennial crops in 9a-9b, (2) plant cultivation and harvest practices, (3) ecological systems, and (4) basic irrigation. Experience driving tractors or vehicles with manual transmissions is recommended. The goal for the Farm Assistant is to grow with the LBJ Community Farm as we scale up vegetable production for our patient and community programs. The Farm Assistant is well organized, detail-oriented, self-sufficient, and able to take direction. Compensation and hours available will be based on the level of experience. We are a strictly non-smoking farm. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS Degrees: HS diploma required, Associates or Bachelors degree preferred Licenses and Certifications: N/A Work Experience: 1 year of experience in Production (vegetable) farm crew required; 2 – 3 years of experience preferred. Gulf Coast preferred. 1 – 3 years of experience in Teaching (elementary-high school) preferred Management Experience: 1 year of experience in Crew Lead preferred Communication Skills: Exceptional Verbal (Public Speaking) Writing/ Correspondence Language: N/A Proficiencies: MS Word, MS Excel, MS Outlook, PC JOB ATTRIBUTES Work Schedule: Weekends, Flexible, On Call Reports To: Designated Supervisor Employees Supervised: No supervisory responsibilities