Number of Vacancies:
Area of Consideration:
Open to the Public
Full Time, Regular
Pay Plan, Series & Grade:
$25.01- $25.94 per hour
Open Until Filled
4200 Connecticut Ave, NW,
Washington, DC 20008
Brief Description of Duties
The Project Assistant for Urban Agriculture reports to the
Assistant Farm Manager of the University of the District of
Columbia’s Firebird Farm and its satellite Urban Food Hubs. The
incumbent is an integral part of the visionary team of Landgrant
professionals dedicated to Urban Agriculture and to a comprehensive
Urban Food System that improves the quality of life and economic
opportunity for DC residents and urban population nationwide.
Firebird Farm is at the heart of the Center for Urban Agriculture
and Gardening Education (CUAGE), which is one of five Landgrant
Centers of the College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and
Environmental Sciences (CAUSES) of the University of the District
of Columbia (UDC). Firebird Farm is a state of the art Agricultural
Research and Education Farm dedicated to advancing food security
and urban sustainability through research, training, and economic
capacity building. The signature Urban Food Hubs of CAUSES are
outposts of Firebird Farm in urban neighborhoods throughout
Washington DC. The incumbent will have a passion for sustainable
urban agriculture and for employing cutting edge technologies and
cutting edge production methods incl. hydroponics, aquaponics and
vertical farming, to grow high yields of produce in small urban
spaces. S/he will work closely with the Assistant Farm Manager to
ensure that all operational, food production, and training
objectives of the Center are met, including the day-to-day
operation of the farm and its satellite Urban Food Hubs, assisting
with preparation of workshops, certificate programs, and on-farm
demonstrations, supervising students and volunteers as directed,
and leading field walks as needed.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- Works directly with the Assistant Farm Manager on daily and
seasonal tasks at the Firebird Farm and the Urban Food Hubs.
- Implements the production management plan of Firebird Farm and
its satellite Urban Food Hubs and ensures management practices that
are consistent with organic and sustainable farming to achieve
harvest goals for vegetables, herbs and flowers to support the UDC
CSA, farmers markets and other production targets.
- Implements the propagation schedule, harvest goals, crop
selections, rotations & sequencing of plantings, cultivation,
pest and disease management, harvesting, and soil fertility
objectives of the Firebird Farm and its satellite Urban Food
- Implements the greenhouse propagation schedule for the season
to give a head start on the season for the Firebird Farm and its
satellite Urban Food Hubs.
- Carries out daily and seasonal tasks related to the high
intensity aquaponic and hydroponic production systems at the
Firebird Farm and its satellite Urban Food Hubs.
- Assists in preparing for workshops, demonstrations and
enrichment activities, which may include demonstrations on the
farm, guest speakers, hands-on activities, and extension staff
- Conducts field walks with student interns and volunteers to
teach seasonal concepts, identify pests and diseases, and answer
questions as needed.
- Supervises group workdays in the hoop houses, greenhouses,
aquaponic and hydroponic facilities and fields as needed and as
directed by the Assistant Farm Manager.
- Carries out tasks related to the implementation of Organic Pest
and Disease Management and with Food Safety standards and assists
with workshops on such practices and standards as needed.
- Performs property maintenance as needed and directed incl. but
not limited to mowing, pruning, trimming, watering.
- Assists with projects that enhance the educational outreach to
the community especially as it relates to educating urban
populations unaccustomed in farming.
- Records, itemizes, and submits records for operational purposes
as directed and performs other related duties as assigned.
Minimum Job Requirements
- Works effectively and collaboratively with Project Assistants,
Project Associates, Project Specialists in the Center for Urban
Agriculture and Gardening Education, and with faculty and staff of
other Landgrant Centers in CAUSES.
- Works effectively and collaboratively with students and
volunteers and attendees of workshops and certificate programs as
- Performs other duties as assigned including special assignments
related to the areas of responsibility and the needs of the
Information to Applicant
Collective Bargaining Unit (Union):
- High School Diploma, plus 60 hours of advanced tertiary
education, AS or BS in agriculture preferred or demonstrated
applicable experience in farming and horticulture.
- Demonstrated experience in successful sustainable farming and
natural resources management.
- Experience with hydroponics and aquaponics, preferred.
- A strong work ethic and love of sustainable agriculture.
This position is in the
collective bargaining unit represented by National Education
Association (NEA) and you may be required to pay an agency service
fee through direct payroll deduction.
Selectee will be eligible for health
and life insurance, sick leave and will be covered under the
University of the District of Columbia' s retirement plan
Equal Opportunity Employer:
All qualified candidates will
receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion,
national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance,
sexual orientation, gender identity ore expression, family
responsibilities, matriculation, genetic information, disability or
Notice of Non-Discrimination:
In accordance with the D.C.
Human Rights Act of 1977, as amended, D.C. Official Code, Section
2-1401.01 et. seq., (Act) the University of the District of
Columbia does not discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived:
race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status,
personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity or
expression, familial status, family responsibilities,
matriculation, political affiliation, genetic information,
disability. Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination which
is also prohibited by the Act. In addition, harassment based on any
of the above protected categories is prohibited by the Act.
Discrimination in violation of the Act will not be tolerated.
Violators will be subject to disciplinary action.
Applicants claiming veterans preference
must submit official proof at the time of application.
The Residency Preference Amendment Act
of 1988, D.C. Law 7-203, created a system in which provides that
any applicant for employment in the Career or Educational Services
who is a bona fide resident of the District of Columbia may claim a
residency reference at the time of application. An applicant
selected for an appointment based on District residency will be
required to submit no less than eight (8) proofs of bona fide
District residency. Bona fide District residency must be maintained
from the date of appointment to the position for seven (7)
consecutive years. Failure to maintain bona fide District residency
for the (7) year period will result in forfeiture of
Pursuant to the requirements of the
Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988, the individual selected to fill
this position will, as a condition of employment, be required to
notify his/her immediate supervisor, in writing, not later than
five (5) days after conviction of any criminal drug statute
occurring in the workplace.
Employment with the University of
the District of Columbia is contingent upon a satisfactory
background investigation. The determination of a 'satisfactory
background investigation' is made at the sole discretion of the
University of the District of Columbia. The University may refuse
to hire a finalist, rescind an offer of employment to a finalist or
review and terminate the employment of a current employee based on
the results of a background investigation.
Disposition of Resume:
Resumes received outside the area of
consideration and/or after the closing date will not be given
consideration. You must resubmit your resume to receive
consideration for any subsequent advertised position vacancies. For
the purpose of employment, resumes are not considered job
applications. Therefore, if selected for employment a UDC
application will be required.
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of the District of Columbia, Office of Human Resources Only.
All inquiries related to employment and
job applications should be directed to UDC Office of Human
Resources at (202) 274-6769.
The University of the District of Columbia is an Equal
Opportunity/Affirmative Action institution. Minorities, women,
veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For
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