Native Plant Nursery Production Assistant

Oxbow Farm and Conservation Center
Carnation, Washington, US
Aug 02, 2021
Aug 27, 2021
Employment Type
Full time
Salary Type

Oxbow's Native Plant Nursery works to support conservation and restoration of our region's native flora. To this end, we produce about 75,000 high quality, locally adapted and genetically diverse plants each season for use in restoration, landscaping and retail nursery sales.

The seasonal production assistant will report to the Native Plant Nursery Assistant Manager and work with the year-round nursery staff in all aspects of plant production during the 2020 growing season. The position requires someone able to take on responsibility, work efficiently with attention to detail. Additionally, we are looking for individuals with a background and interest in botany, horticulture, nursery science and/or environmental stewardship, and an enthusiasm for native plants and their production.

Seasonal production assistant's schedule is primarily M-F, 8:00-4:00, with occasional weekend work required. This position is scheduled to end in November 2021.


Perform duties around crop production, including: sowing, thinning, transplanting, pruning, re-organizing nursery stock, weeding, irrigation, and inventory monitoring.
Assist in putting together plant orders, loading delivery vehicles
Maintaining organization and cleanliness of the nursery and equipment
Participate in site preparation, maintenance and native planting activities on site


Work cross-functionally with program teams to ensure efficient and effective communication and operations
Represent Oxbow in a positive, professional manner, engaging with and educating visitors about Oxbow's mission and programs
Perform other duties as needed and assigned by the Native Plant Nursery Manager


Knowledge of and enthusiasm for native plants of the Pacific Northwest region and their associated habitats
Work experience/background in botany, environmental science, horticulture, or related field
Experience working in a fast-paced environment related to nursery production, landscaping, or restoration activities, and a strong desire to learn more
Consistent attention to detail
Ability to take direction, ask for help/clarity when necessary, and accept constructive feedback on work and technique
Ability to work: standing, sitting, bending over or kneeling; to lift heavy & awkward objects, up to 50 lbs.; perform physical work such as digging or planting; and in inclement weather
Ability to work independently and within a team
Positive leadership skills
Flexible, creative, and able to perform well in diverse conditions and under pressure


Oxbow is committed to cultivating a culture of diversity and inclusion. We value the individual differences, life experiences, and knowledge that our staff members bring to their work and their communities. Valuing diversity is a significant part of our culture, our values, and the success of Oxbow's mission.

Oxbow provides equal employment opportunities to all staff members and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type on the basis of race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws.

Oxbow is committed to fostering a racially diverse team. People of color are encouraged to apply.


This is a seasonal, full-time position, paying $15-$16 per hour, with some paid time-off and access to food from the fields.

REPORTS TO: Native Plant Nursery Manager


Please email a resume, letter of interest, and 3 references to

Please write Nursery Production Assistant in the email subject line and include where you found this position in the message body.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until all positions are filled.

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