4.07.2008

Employment Listing

I see these now and then. Positions requiring applicants be low income seniors. Positions which offer, well, a low income. Another brilliant idea by our brilliant government officials. Oh well, at least it gets people out of the house every day. Although with this position, I would think it would be better suited for someone in their 20's.

Employer needs a senior 55 years of age or older (PL-98-313) to work under the Senior Environmental Employment (SEE) Program, for the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in Corvallis, OR.

REQUIREMENTS: 55 years of age or older. High school graduate. At least three years experience in laboratory, greenhouse, or biological work. Proficient in PC Windows, MS Word and/or WordPerfect, and MS Excel. Some lifting required, work in greenhouses under lights and in warm temperature, and work outside in variable weather conditions, with minimal supervision.

DUTIES: General greenhouse technical support and field support as assigned, for the pesticides project. Appropriately pot, water, fertilize, harvest, and dispose of plants and media. Manage pest control. Accurately measure plant growth and development with scientific and other instruments, enter data into notebooks and spreadsheets. Professionally clean, maintain, and organize greenhouses and work areas.

PAY: $9.80 per hour / 40 hours per week. Temporary year-to-year. Medical benefits, holidays, vacation, sick leave. Annual medical monitoring. EOE.



2 comments:

Spiritbear said...

This should be illegal.

Its discrimination on many levels. Its discrimination against the younger people who may be more suited for the job. Its discrimination against the seniors in that they are underpaying them.

I doubt they could get away with saying black individual wanted.

Nina. Or is it Norman? said...

How have you been? I noticed you have been quiet since announcing you were in a funk.

I'm pretty sure it's a government program, aimed at filling some recognized quota, so it's probably not technically illegal. But like you, I thought the same thing(s) as well.

It hardly helps out seniors who are low income. They need a hand up, not a hand out. And I see this (and any other job that fails to provide a living wage) as a hand out.

The hypocrisy is all over the place. Government can spend billions destroying civilizations and the planet but can't pay seniors a living wage to work for said government.