Youth Farm Assistant

Farm and Garden Assistant 

Part Time - Approximately 35 hours/week

Temporary (ASAP)

Salary: $18.00 hourly

All Food Share employees receive paid holidays and earn vacation and sick leave.

Note: This position is open until filled. Apply soon for earliest consideration.

Marion Polk Food Share is the regional food bank serving Marion and Polk counties. Support from our local community makes it possible for the Food Share to collect and distribute nutritious food for children, adults, and seniors through more than 100 partner programs, including food pantries, meal sites and home-delivered meals and to carry out programs to address the root causes of hunger.    


The mission of Marion Polk Food Share is to bring people together to end hunger and its root causes.


At the Food Share, our commitment is to:

  • Treat all people as our neighbor 
  • Encourage creativity and be willing to take risks
  • Listen first and seek to understand 
  • Focus on shared goals
  • Celebrate diversity, ensure dignity and act equitably


As the Youth Farm Assistant, you will work to ensure that Marion Polk Food Share’s Youth Farm is a productive agricultural operation and supportive educational environment by performing general agricultural duties and assisting with youth supervision. This includes:

Agricultural support: This position supports the Youth Farm staff and youth crew in growing more than 25,000 lbs of organic vegetables for community distribution. 

  • Operates tractor for mowing, tilling, and bed preparation tasks  
  • Uses a variety of hand tools to reduce weed pressure on crops. 
  • Assists with irrigation installation on plantings. 
  • Implements organic pest control methods

Landscaping and maintenance: This position helps to maintain accessible pathways, clear work areas, functional garden infrastructure, and beautiful public spaces at the Youth Farm. 

  • Mows main pathways. 
  • String trims around irrigation valves and fence lines. 
  • Mulches and weeds farm and garden gathering spaces. 

Youth program support: This position ensures a supportive and safe educational environment for the teen participants at the Youth Farm by assisting with supervision of the youth crew.

  • Demonstrates agricultural work to youth crew leaders.
  • Helps youth crew leaders troubleshoot problems with agricultural work.
  • Drives youth participants to distribution sites as needed.

Job Conditions:

Work will be performed outdoors, in all types of weather, though periodically may also be performed in a warehouse environment. Will regularly involve sustained periods of standing and walking and moderate to heavy manual labor, including bending, reaching, squatting, crawling, stooping and use of the hands, arms, and fingers. Will regularly be required to lift up to 50 pounds. Work will involve travel and use of a Marion Polk Food Share truck, trailer, tractor, rototiller, and other equipment.

The Food Share provides essential services to our neighbors in Marion and Polk counties. As a result, all Food Share employees may be asked to report to work during local public health, weather, or other environmental emergencies.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty and physical demand satisfactorily with or without a reasonable accommodation. EOE.


Education and/or Experience; Certificates/Licenses/Registrations:

  • 1+ years of experience in farming, gardening, and/or landscaping required 
  • 1+ years of experience working with teenagers preferred
  • Must have current driver’s license and be cleared to drive company vehicles 
  • Must pass pre-employment drug screen and full background check, including driving record check. 

Necessary Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to lift up to 50 pounds on a regular basis and push/pull up to 300 pounds.  
  • Working knowledge of landscaping equipment including push mowers, string trimmers, and rototillers. 
  • Good verbal communication skills. 
  • Willingness to learn new things and problem-solve creatively. 
  • Strong interest in farming and gardening or community food security. 
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