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Position Summary:

The Farmer Training Program focuses on three areas: running a productive farm, providing an educational experience for Farmers In Training, and providing a space for reconciliation and healing. Two to three individuals are trained as Market Leads for the Old Fort’s stand at the Durango Farmers Market and/or the Farm Stand at the Fort Lewis College campus. Market Leads are responsible for all aspects of the market event, including selling produce, internal and external communications, packing equipment and supplies, following food safety SOPs, maintaining organized records, interfacing with the public, and following all relevant policies and procedures. Market Leads also hold an additional part-time, seasonal field job at the Old Fort.

Job Description:

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:
  • Lead farmers market stand (Saturdays) and/or Farm Stand (Wednesdays)
  • Train on both markets and be willing to serve as a substitute for other Market Leads
  • Train and work closely with volunteers, Farmers In Training, and other staff
  • Work directly with customers and other members of the public, as representatives of the Farmer Training Program
  • Maintain good records related to the market stand
  • Work with Program Coordinator to continue to improve sales and customer service
  • Care for and maintain supplies and equipment, including tents, tables, and other market items
  • Create social media content related to the market stand
  • Research and create educational content related to crops and/or recipes
  • Understand the Farmer Training Program and the Old Fort and be able to describe our work to the public
Farm Stand only

o Follow all recordkeeping procedures for SNAP, DUFB, and Produce Rx Programs

o Follow all procedures for the CSA Program

o Assist with CSA packing

Farmers Market only
  • o Follow relevant rules for Market Bucks, SNAP, WIC, and DUFB, and all other market rules and procedures
  • Drive a large vehicle and safely navigate it near people and objects.
  • The Market Leads are also responsible for setting a positive, professional and respectful tone; following training and work guidelines created by management and setting an example for farm team and volunteers in terms of timeliness, focus, pace, and accuracy; following instructions and training and responding to feedback; demonstrating care for tools and farm equipment by appropriate use, cleaning, and storage, and completing online trainings to become a FLC authorized driver.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and student success, as well as working with broadly diverse communities
  • Maintain knowledge and awareness of digital accessibility including the American with Disabilities Act and Section 508.
  • Produce and remediate digitally accessible materials in accordance with FLC standards.
Additional Functions and Responsibilities:
  • Contributing to staff meetings
  • Creating content for social media and newsletters
  • Stocking the Country Store
  • Subbing for the Farm Stand or Farmers Market
  • Packing the CSA
  • Assisting with setting up for, hosting, and cleaning up from public events
  • Maintaining knowledge and awareness of digital accessibility including the American with Disabilities Act and Section 508.
  • Producing and remediating digitally accessible materials in accordance with FLC standards.
  • Performing other duties as assigned
Required Education, Specialized Skills and Experience:
  • One or more seasons of vegetable growing experience, preferably at the Old Fort
  • Significant experience working in fast-paced environments, especially as a pace-setter
  • Successful experience working collaboratively as part of a team
  • Proficient with the use of Microsoft Office programs, Google Suite, and Dropbox
  • Ease with email, Slack messages, and phone calls as forms of team and professional communication
  • Possesses a clean driving record in order to become a FLC authorized driver
Preferred Education, Specialized Skills and Experience:
  • Previous market or retail experience
  • Previous farming experience at the Old Fort
Reports To / Supervisory Responsibility:·

Reports to the Farmer Training Program Coordinator.

Work Environment:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that an employee can expect while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Work is primarily conducted outside in all weather
  • Work may occur in heat, cold, snow, rain, wind, and other extreme weather conditions.
Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by the employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential function.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to, stand, sit; talk, hear, and use hands and fingers to perform fine motor functions such as weeding, harvesting, packing, gripping, typing, texting, and operating tools.
  • The employee is required to lift objects weighing up to 50 pounds.
  • The employee is required to lift many items each market day weighing between 5 and 40 pounds.
  • On a daily basis, the market lead must perform actions such as lifting, stooping, kneeling, crouching, and reaching.
  • Less than 5% is expected for this position.
  • FLSA Status/ Position Type/Expected Hours of Work
  • Exempt
  • Hourly, 8 hours/week
  • Durango Farmers Market: Saturdays, May 25 through August 24, from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. (14 weeks)
  • Farm Stand: Wednesdays, June 26 through October 30, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (19 weeks)

The hourly rate for this position is $20/hour plus fringe benefits, which include worker’s comp and retirement.

A complete application packet includes:
  • Cover letter addressing interest and qualifications for the position, and which market you would prefer to lead.
  • Resume
  • Names and contact information for three current, professional references
Application packages received by February 17, 2024, will receive full consideration. The position will remain open until filled.

The successful candidates will be required to pass a background check and possess a clean driving record.

About Fort Lewis College:

On a sage-brushed mesa overlooking downtown Durango and the La Plata Mountains, Fort Lewis College is Southwest Colorado’s premier public undergraduate research institution. With more than half of the 3,300 students identifying as people of color, FLC’s academic programming and campus life thrive on nurturing safe, diverse spaces for intellectual exploration and helping people achieve their career goals. A Native American-serving, Non-Tribal Institution, FLC is committed to promoting economic development in neighboring tribal communities and connecting students with the education they need to be the change in the world they want to see. Degree programs span the arts, business, education, health sciences, humanities, and social and natural sciences. Coursework builds on the natural, cultural, and historical resources found around the Four Corners region. Students work closely with faculty on research projects with real-world implications. Like the mountain town it resides in, FLC promotes a culture of work-life balance for students, faculty, and staff. Skyhawks enjoy unparalleled access to a healthy outdoor lifestyle thanks to 300 days of sunshine a year and more than 300 miles of hiking and biking trails in and around Durango

Notice to Prospective Employees:
The Fort Lewis College is required by the Clery Act of 1990 to notify prospective employees, current employees, students and applicants where to access our Campus Security Report. The report is updated and published annually in accordance with the Higher Education Amendments of 1998, Federal Student Right-to-Know, the Federal Drug-free Schools and Campuses Act of 1989. This report contains information about:
  • Fort Lewis College's alcohol and other drug policy
  • Sexual assault policy
  • Campus security policies
  • Campus/community resources
  • The Colorado Riot Offense Statute restriction on enrollment
  • Where to find registered sex offender information
  • Crime statistics for the previous three calendar years
  • Reporting crimes
The Campus Security Report can be accessed in two ways:
By going to the internet website at: Fort Lewis College Student Affairs Office will also provide a paper copy of the annual security report upon request. You can reach them at (970) 247-7331.

Equal Opportunity
Fort Lewis College does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, color, religion, national origin, sex*, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, family or domestic status, political beliefs, veteran status, pregnancy, or genetic information. Accordingly, equal opportunity for employment shall be extended to all persons. The College shall promote equal opportunity, equal treatment, and affirmative action efforts to increase the diversity of students, faculty, and staff. The College is dedicated to building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty and staff committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment. To file a report, get resources, read policies, or make an appointment, See

Discrimination Questions?

Office of Compliance and Community Standards
David Pirrone, Director of Compliance
192 Education Business Hall
1000 Rim Drive
Durango, Colorado 81301
(970) 247-7182

Questions about Title IX sex discrimination?
Office of the Title IX Coordinator
Kate Suazo, Assistant Director of Compliance and Title IX Coordinator
230 Skyhawk Station
1000 Rim Drive
Durango, Colorado 81301
(970) 247-6729

Information about Fort Lewis College’s alcohol and drug policy, sexual assault policy, campus security policies, campus crime statistics, fire safety procedures and fire statistics, and campus/community resources can be found in the Annual Security and Fire Safety Report. Hard copies are available upon request.

* Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and Part 106 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex, including in admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and CFR 106 to Fort Lewis College may be directed to FLC's Title IX Coordinator and/or to the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights of the Department of Education.

ADAA Accommodations
Any person with a disability as defined by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) may be provided a reasonable accommodation upon request to enable the person to complete an employment assessment. To request an accommodation, please contact Kristin Polens by phone 970-247-7459 or email at least five business days before the assessment date to allow us to evaluate your request and prepare for the accommodation. You may be asked to provide additional information, including medical documentation, regarding functional limitations and type of accommodation needed. Please ensure that you have this information available well in advance of the assessment date.

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