Farm Assistant - LBJ Community Garden, LBJ Hospital (Full-Time)
Harris Health is a nationally recognized health system comprising three teaching hospitals and an extensive network of ambulatory care centers serving the people of Harris County, Texas, since 1966. Staffed by the faculty, fellows and residents from two nationally ranked medical schools, Baylor College of Medicine and The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth), Harris Health is the first healthcare system in Houston to receive the prestigious National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) designation for its network of patient-centered medical homes.
Each year, Harris Health provides more than 1.8 million total outpatient visits through its more than 40 ambulatory care facilities. Additionally, Harris Health sees more than 177,000 emergency visits at its Level 1 and Level 3 trauma centers and 35,000 hospital admissions through its two hospitals: Ben Taub and LBJ.
Established by voter referendum to enhance the level of charity care available in the community, Harris Health System has often received national recognition for serving those in need and for its achievements in operational excellence, such as being named to the 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 Most Wired Hospitals lists by the American Hospital Association’s Hospitals & Health Networks magazine.
Additionally, Harris Health System is pleased that each of its hospitals — Ben Taub and Lyndon B. Johnson — achieved Pathway to Excellence™ designation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
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.
HS diploma required, Associates or Bachelors degree preferred
Licenses and Certifications:
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
1 year of experience in Crew Lead preferred
Exceptional Verbal (Public Speaking)
MS Word, MS Excel, MS Outlook, PC
Weekends, Flexible, On Call
No supervisory responsibilities
Benefits and EEOC
Harris Health System's benefits program is designed to provide you with more flexibility and choices in meeting your specific needs. Harris Health System's benefits program allows you to protect your income in case of illness, death and disability, and to help you save for retirement.
It is the policy of Harris Health System to provide equal opportunity for all applicants for employment regardless of political affiliation, race, color, national origin, age, sex, religious creed or disability. Applicants may request any reasonable accommodation(s) to participate in the application process.