Overview

Chief Seattle Club is a 501(c) (3) registered organization dedicated to physically and spiritually supporting American Indian and Alaska Native people. At our day center in the Pioneer Square district of downtown Seattle, we provide food, medical support, housing assistance, referrals, community events, and also houses the Native Works work rehabilitation program.

Launched in December of 2017, Native Works is an apprenticeship job-training program that provides vocational training for at-risk members of Seattle’s Native American homeless community. The program provides jobs and business opportunities to members of the Chief Seattle Club and the Seattle urban Native community.

Starting in December of 2020, Native Works will have a new job-training opportunity for our Chief Seattle Club members at a new location in Rainer Valley, Sovereignty Farm. This new Apprenticeship program will be a one-year training in Indigenous foods knowledge, planting and harvesting seasons, and have a pipeline to employment at other urbans farms throughout Seattle.

If you have a successful track record in mentorship as well as a passion for social justice and Indigenous food sovereignty, this could be a perfect opportunity for you. This role will give you the opportunity to be part of a compelling new program. Chief Seattle Club is looking for a motivated, energetic, and thoughtful individual to help the Native Works and Sovereignty Farm programs grow.

The ideal Sovereignty Farm Mentor is an outgoing, reliable, and caring individual who is able to work with a diverse population and is detail-oriented. Someone who isn’t afraid to get their hands dirty, who truly believes they have a green thumb! Weekend and evening availability may be required.

Goals and objectives are established and evaluated by the HR and the Executive Director. CSC may change the job description, including job duties at any time.

Job Duties:

Under the supervision of the Native Works Program Manager, the Mentor will be expected to carry out the following tasks but not limited to:

Collaborate with Sovereignty Farm consultant to develop and implement an educational curriculum.
Acquire and maintain farm tools, supplies and materials.
Supervise and assist Apprentices with farm work.
Maintain farm safety at all times; comply with company health and safety guidelines.
Ensure proper use of all company machinery, tools, and equipment.
Assist with planting and harvesting
Perform landscaping and weeding tasks
Transport Apprentices to and from Chief Seattle Club and Sovereignty Farm.
Ensure harvested plants are properly cleaned and transported to Chief Seattle Club.
Assist in member programming development to take place at Sovereignty Farm.
Maintain a positive and encouraging work environment for Apprentices.
Conduct one-on-one check-ins on a weekly basis with Apprentices to ensure they are getting the assistance they need.
Assist NW Manager as needed.
Minimum Requirements:

• Associates degree or equivalent working experience

• Minimum 1 year of teaching or teaching assistant in a formal or non-formal classroom setting

• Excellent typing, verbal, written and communication skills

• Proficient in Microsoft applications (Outlook, Word, Excel)

• Organized and creative

• Ability to handle complaints/conflicts in a calm and professional manner

• Highly organized, flexible, independent, culturally sensitive and detail-oriented with the ability to multitask.

• Knowledge of farming and Indigenous foods/plants.

• Previous farming, nursery, or landscaping experience

• Valid driver’s license

Desired:

  • Awareness of the concerns and priorities of American Indians/Alaska Natives and homeless individuals
  • Experience working with homeless and/or low-income population
  • Experience working with farm equipment and tools

Physical requirements:

  • Most positions at CSC are exposed to members of the community who have experienced or are experiencing trauma in various forms including but not limited to: domestic violence, sexual violence, homelessness, unemployment, financial hardship, etc. As a result, staff are at risk of secondary trauma. Employees are encouraged to seek external support and maintain self-care when working indirectly or directly with clients. Mental health care referrals for employees is available
  • Continuous standing, walking, sitting and bending down
  • Must be able to lift 50lbs
  • Working outside in the elements in rain, snow and sun, and wind. Must dress according to the weather.
  • Physical stamina to complete manual labor tasks