Employment Offered

Date Submitted:
01/11/24


Farm Name:
Hilltop Hanover Farm & Environmental Center


County:
Westchester


Position Title:
Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Specialist


Position Description:

Job Description

The IPM Specialist will work closely with the field crew leader, farm management team, and Licensed Pesticide Applicator Technician, to manage and minimize pest damage on all vegetable production crops and seedlings in order to prevent crop loss. Applicants should love getting dirty and take pleasure in a hard day’s work! This position is extremely physical, requiring long hours of repetitive motions and heavy lifting. The most successful candidates know how to push themselves and also practice self-care. Additionally, successful candidates should be team players and must be flexible as everyday can be different depending on the weekly and daily farm work plan. The IPM Specialist will work 3 days a week and perform sprays or applications weekly on Thursdays. This position will start in May and run until the end of November.

Responsibilities include pest and disease scouting, monitoring, and observation on all crops and seedlings, application of chemicals, sprays, and/or biological controls in accordance with direction from licensed pesticide applicator, and record keeping in accordance with pesticide application guidelines. The IMP Specialist will also work as part of the field crew when they are not specifically performing IMP duties. Field crew duties include but are not limited to seeding, transplanting, weeding, crop care, pruning/trellising, harvesting, post harvest handling, and general landscape management including weed whacking/mowing.

We are willing to train individuals interested in learning about sustainable agriculture and are seeking applicants that are excited to join a team of farmers, possess a good work ethic and have excellent communication skills.

Primary Responsibilities

- Pest and disease scouting, monitoring and observation
- Pest and disease prevention and control
- Application of chemicals, sprays, and/or biological controls
- Assist field crew with a variety of field work including but not limited to weeding, transplanting, crop care, harvesting etc.
- Farm maintenance work including weed whacking & mowing
- Work alongside volunteers, interns, and students
- Maintain a positive attitude and team mentality!

Skills and Qualifications
- At least 1-2 seasons of experience working in agriculture and IPM preferred, but not required
- Ability to work in all weather conditions while maintaining self-awareness of personal needs and safety
- Some experience with small machinery including small motor run sprayers and weed whackers is a plus
- Detail oriented
- Ability to be flexible with daily tasks
- Clear communication skills, open to receiving feedback
- Strong commitment to organic and sustainable farming practices
- Comfortably able to lift 40lbs
- Background Check required.

We try to keep a regular schedule, however hours will shift throughout the season, based on the weather and needs of the farm. Work may start as early during the heat of the summer and some weekend work may be required. We are unable to provide housing or transportation at this time. Employees have access to free vegetables during the summer months and get 30% off all other products sold in the Farm Stand.

Positions are available starting as early as March and run as late as mid-November. Available positions range from 20-35 hours per week and may vary throughout the season, based on need.


How to Apply:
To apply: Send an email to jess@hilltophanoverfarm.org with a letter of interest, resume, and a list of 3 references, including "IPM SPECIALIST" in the subject line. Please include your earliest possible start date and if you are looking for full or part time work in your cover letter. Applications and positions will be reviewed and filled on a first come first serve basis.


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