Agricultural Production Assistant

The Kohala Center’s Beginning Farmer-Rancher Development Program (BFRDP) is seeking an Agricultural Production Assistant to assist with developing and maintaining its Demonstration Farm and satellite teaching locations.

Under the general supervision of The Kohala Center’s agricultural production specialist, the agricultural production assistant will support BFRDP through the following activities.

  • Assists the BFRDP agricultural production specialist and other program staff to establish and maintain agricultural training sites in Honoka‘a and Kohala that serve as outdoor teaching, demonstration, and production classrooms. Sites should be developed with diversified operations that illustrate the development and management of orchards, vegetable crops, and animal husbandry associated with successful small scale farms.
  • Assists the BFRDP agricultural production specialist and other program staff in designing and implementing our Sustainable Agriculture Program for High School Students.
  • Assists with the recruitment of program participants and provides on-going support to participants during all aspects of the training programs.
  • Assists with marketing agricultural products produced at TKC’s agricultural training sites.
  • Assists with record keeping, reporting, and communications for the training programs and general farm operation.
  • Represents The Kohala Center as an expert in sustainable food production and farmer training in highly divergent forums from the agriculture and food production industries.
  • Other duties and tasks that may be assigned by the agricultural production specialist, or other staff.

Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities

  • Exceptional interpersonal, verbal, and written communications skills required.
  • Good judgment and the ability to effectively manage inexperienced students in farm and community settings are essential.
  • Proven ability to interact positively with a wide variety of people in groups and in one-on-one personal communication.
  • Strong knowledge of sustainable food production and the building of soil fertility.
  • Knowledge of farm planning, farm production economics, and sound marketing strategies.
  • Working knowledge of farm equipment maintenance and repair.
  • Strong organizational, project management, and time management skills.
  • Ability to work positively in a fast-paced, demanding, and collaborative organization.
  • Must have reliable personal transportation for use in traveling between work sites.


  • Three years of experience as a successful production farmer and/or agricultural production instructor at a functioning educational farm.


  • B.A. in agriculture or agricultural ecology preferred.

Working Conditions

  • This position requires mobility as well as evening and weekend hours.
  • This position requires the ability to perform heavy physical work and operate heavy equipment.
  • Work is performed outdoors as well as in a variety of settings in the community.
  • Out of area travel is required from time to time – generally to neighboring islands, with potential out-of-state travel.

How to Apply
Please download and fill out the employment application form and submit with your cover letter and resume to Cortney Okumura at cokumura@kohalacenter.orgNo phone calls, please.

Posted: February 21, 2017

President and Chief Executive Officer

The Kohala Center is an independent, community-based organization for research, conservation, and education. Founded in the year 2000 and based in Waimea on Hawaiʻi Island, The Center turns research and ancestral knowledge into action, so that communities in Hawai‘i and around the world can thrive—ecologically, economically, culturally, and socially. We believe that by addressing our islands’ environmental and social challenges, Hawaiʻi can be a model of and for the world. We understand that in order to improve the health of our people, we need high-quality information on which to base decisions and actions going forward about our food, our water, and our ‘āina.

The Center conducts applied research, policy research, conservation and restoration initiatives, public outreach and education in the core areas of food self-reliance, energy self-reliance, and ecosystem health—all carried out through local, regional, national and international partnerships. The Center also has a commitment to supporting K-12 public education and post-secondary to post-doctoral programs with a focus on intergenerational knowledge transmission that prepares young people for responsible, transformative leadership in an island context.

The Kohala Center has an annual budget of $3,500,000, a Board of nine civic leaders, a paid staff of 30, and hundreds of volunteers. The Center owns over 100 acres of land in two locations on Hawaiʻi Island, one of which is being developed as a campus and meeting place. While some of our programs are focused on serving communities of Hawaiʻi Island exclusively, others operate statewide.

The Center seeks a President & Chief Executive Officer to head the organization in the next phase of its development. Responsibilities include: leading and representing The Center in all forums, overseeing organizational development, championing and inspiring fundraising efforts and developing new funding sources, overseeing budgets, direct supervision of senior staff, and developing and maintaining university, government, foundation, community, and public relations.

Candidates are expected to have a track record of progressive accomplishment in organizational management in a non-profit, education, or research environment and will have earned an advanced degree. Salary is commensurate with experience. We anticipate that the position will be filled by March 2017. To apply applicants should submit a cover letter and resume or CV to Cortney Okumura, Director of Human Resources at