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Michigan State University(MSU) Extension Program Worker in Michigan

h3Unit Position Summary/h3 Working Title: Sustainable Agriculture Apprentice Duties: The apprenticeship is an intensive introduction into the field of small scale vegetable agriculture, equipping participants with the knowledge, skills and experience needed to begin their own operation. Apprentices will be responsible for the day to day operation of the farm, including planting, weeding, harvesting and processing the produce. CSA distribution and market stands will also be operated by the apprentices. At the end of the season, the apprentices will have an excellent handle on the operation of the farm and dedicated participants would be qualified for a manager position.brAs part of the program, apprentices will engage with textual and online material. These more formal learning opportunities will connect the hands on technical training to larger concepts necessary to understand the operation of a farm. Topics covered in the apprenticeship include: crop and soil science, financial literacy, business management and marketing, organic pest and disease control and operational managementbrApprentices will also have the opportunity to visit other organizations that are involved in the local, sustainable food movement, including farms, value added facilities and other relevant businesses and organizations. Apprentices will also occasionally assist and interact with other educational programs on site. h3Desired Qualifications/h3 liHigh school diploma required/li liPrevious farming or gardening experience not required./li liDemonstrated interest in sustainability and indications that this experience will inform your future work.and#160;/li liApplicants are expected to be physically capable as the job involves completing long stretches of strenuous labor in challenging working conditions./li liProven ability in establishing and working with a diverse network of constituents and community members across race, gender, socioeconomic class, disabilities, and other differences to assist with program development and outreach./li liUnderstanding of and ability to implement Civil Rights principles and compliance standards./li liOther skills and/or physical abilities required to perform duties of the position./li liPrevious outdoor work experience./li liAbility to lift 50+lbs./li liApplicants should have a demonstrated ability to listen to directions and execute them./li liPositive attitude and effective communication skills./li liPossession of a valid Michigan vehicle operator license(s)/li /ul h3Equal Employment Opportunity Statement/h3 All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, disability or protected veteran status. h3Summary of Physical Demands/h3 liApplicants are expected to be physically capable as the job involves completing long stretches of strenuous labor in challenging working conditions./li /ul