Nursery Production Technician

Oxbow Farm & Conservation Center Carnation, Washington
Job Type Paid permanent


Our mission is to inspire people to eat healthy, sustainably grown food and to steward our natural resources for future generations.


The nursery Production Technician will assist the nursery management team in all aspects of native plant production throughout the year. The position requires someone able to take on responsibility, work quickly with attention to detail, a background and interest in botany, horticulture, nursery science and/or environmental stewardship, and an enthusiasm for native plants and their production.


Under the supervision of the management team, the Production Technician will assist with the following areas of native plant production:

Plant Production


  • Perform fall and spring sowing and seed treatments
  • Monitor seed and seedling health and germination rates
  • Carryout propagation via cuttings and divisions as seasonally appropriate
  • Implement transplanting schedule for all species
  • Assist with seed collection and cleaning activities

Irrigation and fertilization

  • Schedule and performing irrigation and fertilization according to each species’ cultural needs to ensure crop health
  • Assist with maintenance and improvements in irrigation and liquid fertilizer application systems

Integrated Pest Management

  • Assist with implementing the IPM program through organic pesticide applications, beneficial insect releases, monitoring, record keeping, and sanitation procedures
  • Ensure that correct application and safety procedures are adhered to and that application records are kept up to date

  General plant maintenance

  • Maintain plant quality including pruning, weeding, trimming, and thinning
  • Assist with optimizing nursery space to allow for each species-specific needs, i.e. drainage, light requirements, hardening, and protection from elements

Equipment and facilities

  • Perform timely maintenance, safe use, and inventory tracking of nursery equipment and tools
  • Maintain cleanliness and organization of nursery buildings, growing areas, and surrounding grounds
  • Assist with the maintenance and installation of native plantings on the property
  • Assist with inclement weather/flood preparation and clean up

Nursery sales and customer care

  • Assist with pulling, preparing, and organizing plant orders
  • Assist with loading and delivering plant orders
  • Represent Oxbow in a professional manner when dealing with customers and clients.

Planning and nursery management

  • Assist the management team with supervision and training of seasonal nursery staff, volunteers, and interns, including occasional instruction, correction, and communication
  • Utilize record keeping systems and tools to best track propagation, inventory, IPM, and species cultural information
  • Identify ways to improve and standardize production methods and record keeping practices
  • Serve as lead nursery staff member in the absence of the management team
  • Assist with event preparations


  • Practical plant propagation/production experience, strong comprehension of plant physiology and the unique challenges of native plant propagation, familiarity with plant ID and nomenclature
  • Demonstrated ability to organize and prioritize work so that production schedules are met
  • Creative problem solver with the ability to develop or seek out innovative approaches and ideas
  • Strong record keeping and observation skills as well as competency with Microsoft Office
  • Ability to work, communicate and manage both within a team and independently, demonstrated supervisory experience desired
  • Ability to work with urgency while efficiently maintaining consistent attention to detail
  • Ability to take direction, ask for help/clarity when necessary, and accept constructive feedback on work and technique
  • Ability to communicate with customers and the greater Oxbow community in a respectful and professional manner
  • 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
  • Willingness and ability to occasionally work weekends and holidays
  • Comfortable driving a box truck and cargo van

Minimum requirements

  • Associate’s degree in a relevant discipline, bachelor’s degree a plus
  • Demonstrated one or more years work in a production nursery, work with native plants
  • Familiarity with native plants and their associated ecosystems, western Washington preferred
  • Valid driver’s license and a clean driving record

Additional desired qualities include: environmentally conscious, detail oriented, self-motivated, energetic, and professional.

The Oxbow Native Plant Nursery  is part of a larger non-profit organization. A commitment to Oxbow’s overall mission and working as part of a team is critical.


This is a regular, full-time position, paying $15-$17 per hour. Oxbow offers a competitive benefits package, including 401(k), health and paid time-off benefits as well as access to food from the fields.

REPORTS TO:  Native Plant Manager


Please note, incomplete applications will not be considered. Email a resume, letter of interest, and 3 references to:

Megan Boyce-Jacobs
Deputy Director
Oxbow Farm & Conservation Center

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

Deadline to apply is Sunday, December 09, 2018

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