Employment Offered

Date Submitted:
02/08/24


Farm Name:
Hilltop Hanover Farm & Environmental Center


County:
Westchester


Position Title:
Recreation Attendant: Field Crew (Vegetable Production)


Position Description:

Hilltop Hanover Farm & Environmental Center is a 60 acre working farm and educational center that uses organic practices to grow produce and flowers for a market-style CSA, on-site Farm Stand, and Native Plant Nursery. The farm welcomes school groups throughout the year and the farm property is open to the public free of charge.

Who we are:

Hilltop Hanover Farm staff are a group of people who each bring unique and varying skills and interest and who all care deeply about the mission of the farm to support our community through shared work, food, and environmental stewardship. Our full time year round staff provide expertise in their respective fields and also work together daily to collaborate on shared projects. During the growing season, our staff team nearly doubles with the addition of seasonal crew members. Interns and volunteers help by filling in where needed. We value welcoming new friends, guests, and workers into our community and strive to make our farm a place where people from all backgrounds and identities can all learn, ask questions, and enjoy ice cream together. Our staff team is a reflection of the community we have built and are essential in doing the good work of farming! We acknowledge that everyone has different personal goals and we work to support individual growth while making sure the needs of the farm are also met.

Job Description

Field Crew members will assist in all areas of field production and help to ensure the farm is operating efficiently. 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 Field Crew members know how to push themselves and also practice self-care. Field Crew members should be team players and must be flexible as everyday can be different depending on the weekly and daily farm work plan.

Responsibilities include participation in all aspects of vegetable and herbs on 4-5 acres. Field Crew members will spend the bulk of their time working as a team to weed, transplant, and harvest throughout the season. Crew members will also work in focused areas of farm production throughout the season as needed. Each Field Crew member will also be responsible for animal chores for a portion of the season.

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

Assist with propagation, bed preparation, transplanting, irrigation, and weeding
Work efficiently during harvesting, processing, washing, and packing
Do animal chores including mucking and watering of animals
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 or horticulture 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 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
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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. The position is for a Tuesday - Saturday schedule starting mid-April until mid-November. Position ranges from 20-35 hours per week and may vary throughout the season, based on need. We are unable to provide housing or transportation at this time. $16 - $17 per hour.

Field Crew members have access to free vegetables during the summer months and get 30% off all other products sold in the Farm Stand.


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 ‘Field Crew’ 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. Westchester County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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