Part-Time/Full-Time Gardner

Penrith Farms is an emotional growth program for young adults located three miles outside Newport, WA.  Penrith Farms was originally started as a foster care program for the state of Washington in 1981.  In 2001, Penrith Farms switched to working with young adults over the age of 18.  Included on the farm is a Greenhouse that operates year round with a fenced in Garden area approximately one acre in size.  Near the Greenhouse is a five acre enclosed area for planting.


The Garden has always been an aspect of our program.  Not only does gardening teach our clients a very valuable skill but it teaches: 1) work ethic and 2) responsibility.  In addition, gardening provides an outdoor activity that can have a meditative effect on the individual and make one more in tune with nature.  The garden primarily grows vegetables for consumption on site and occasionally provide fresh produce to the local school district.


Job Description:


The Gardener is a central position in the year-round care and maintenance of our green house and outdoor garden.  The Gardener will be responsible for all aspects of monitoring, caring for, and reporting on our garden area and green house.  The green house and garden is to be maintained as organically and sustainably as possible.  The Gardener will be an employee of Penrith Farms working under the general supervision of the Penrith Farms Program Manager.


Primary tasks:


      Maintain diverse planting of fruits and vegetables;

      Hand-water and monitor irrigation of plantings, especially during time of establishment and drought;

      Lead horticultural tours if needed;

      Scout for pests and disease;

      Instruct, train, mentor, and work with emotionally challenged young adults.



      Two or more years horticultural experience with in-depth knowledge of plant culture, maintenance, and identification;

      Degree/Certification in horticulture or related field preferred;

      Ability to work alone or in groups, in all weather conditions;


      Valid WA state drivers license;

      Ability to handle power tools;

      Must be a team-player, willing to collaborate on any and all tasks required for maintaining garden operations as a part of a young adult program;

      Must be patient, kind, and tolerant of inexperienced workers with emotional challenges;

      Must understand the role of a garden in benefiting the emotional development, and job skills of inexperienced and emotionally challenged workers.

      Must be willing to instruct inexperienced and emotionally challenged workers;

      When all is said and done, the most important qualifications are the previous four.




Please submit your cover letter and resume to  Only those whose applications are being considered will be contacted.  Salary is negotiable and Room and Board is available.


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Newport, Washington
Publicaton Date: 
Tuesday, June 11, 2013 - 12:00am
Company Name: 
Penrith Farms