Field Assistant

Farmer Training Program – Old Fort at Hesperus

Position Summary 

Two field assistants perform the core duties of running a farm, including sowing, planting, irrigating, weeding, packing, harvesting, and delivering. This is a learning position for farmers entering their second or third year farming. Field assistants will also have the opportunity to assist and lead field demonstrations and teach skills to farmers-in-training, continuing to build on their own growing farming knowledge. 

Minimum Qualifications 

  • One or more years’ previous farming experience  
  • Successful previous experiences working collaboratively as part of a team  
  • Ease with email, text and phone calls as forms of team communication  
  • Desire to farm in subsequent years  
  • Desire to teach and share farming knowledge 

Major Responsibilities 

  • Complete daily tasks, as assigned, related to the daily operations of farming  
  • Tasks may include setting up irrigation, running and trouble-shooting irrigation, sowing, planting, weeding, hoeing, harvesting, processing, packing, delivering  
  • Lead farmers market or farm stand booths  
  • Assist or lead demonstrations for farmers-in-training  
  • Lead groups in field work, including volunteers, interns, and farmers-in-training  
  • Bring small projects to completion, as assigned  
  • Learn and operate small machinery  
  • Demonstrates a commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and student success, as well as working with broadly diverse communities  
  • Maintains knowledge and awareness of digital accessibility including the American with Disabilities Act and Section 508.  
  • Produces and remediates digitally accessible materials in accordance with FLC standards.  
  • Perform other duties as assigned  

Work Conditions 

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 or in high tunnels in all weather   
  • Work may occur in heat, cold, snow, rain, wind, and other extreme weather conditions.    
  • Work may occur adjacent to tractors or require use of small machines (moderate noise).  

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 functions.  

  • 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 regularly required to lift objects weighing up to 50 pounds.   
  • On a daily basis, the field assistant must perform actions such as lifting, stooping, kneeling, crouching, and reaching, and use tools to dig, rake, tilth, and additional actions as needed.   


Compensation is $15.00 per hour. 

Additional grant funding may be available from the Native American Agriculture Fund that may provide an additional living stipend of at least $1,500 per season.

Application Process 
A complete application packet includes:   

  • Cover letter or letter of Interest addressing interest and qualifications for position 
    • Include details regarding how your personal or professional experiences allow you to encourage an environment grounded in equity and inclusion.  
  • Resume  
  • Names and contact information for three current, professional references  

Submit materials as one PDF file via email to: 

Materials received by January 6, 2022 will receive full consideration. Position will remain open until filled. 

The College and the Community

Fort Lewis College, a public institution located in Durango, Colorado, offers degree programs in arts, business, education, health fields, humanities, social and natural sciences, and teacher education. Our inspiring mountain campus is located atop a scenic mesa overlooking historic Durango and situated between the San Juan Mountains and the desert Southwest. We are committed to accessible and high-quality baccalaureate education, and our hallmarks are remarkably close relationships between students and faculty, the freedom of intellectual exploration, and the challenge of experiential learning. Our 3,300 students come from 48 states, 17 countries, with 36% Native American and Alaska Native backgrounds, and 11% Hispanic backgrounds. Durango is a thriving multicultural community of 18,500 set along the beautiful Animas River Valley. Averaging 300 sunny days per year, the community is known for its outdoor lifestyle and friendly, festive atmosphere. Durango is also the cultural and economic hub of the Four Corners region, rich in dining, shopping, and entertainment, and linked with airline service to hubs in Denver, Phoenix, and Dallas.

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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.