Employment Offered

Date Submitted:
01/04/21


Farm Name:
Sang Lee Farms, Inc


County:
Suffolk


Position Title:
Farm Field Crew/Field Hand


Position Description:

Looking for hard working field staff to assist in the 2021 season that are passionate about learning what goes into growing their food. You do not need experience on a farm (though it is great if you do!), but you must be willing to work hard, get dirty, and learn by experience. It is just as important for us to make sure this work suits you as it is for you to make sure this is the right farm for you. We like to do a phone interview followed by an in person or skype interview. This all takes place between January and April. When you are hired, we will send you a handbook that you must sign off that you have read and agree to before your start date.

BASIC OVERVIEW
All Sang Lee Farms employees experience farming through hands-on learning on our diversified certified organic farm. Your roles will vary throughout the season but will primarily focus on the planting, maintenance and harvest of the “fruiting” crops such as tomatoes, eggplant, peppers, cucumbers, zucchini, fall squash, watermelons, sweet potatoes, potatoes, and more. You will observe and interact with other areas of the farm as well from time to time, but this is your primary area. You will be involved with preparing for our CSA program shares early in the week (harvest, sort, weigh, package, count, and load) and similarly you will be involved with preparing for the farmer’s markets on Thursday and Fridays.

The Farm’s focus is both production and education. All apprentices work closely with the farm team to learn the daily rhythms in the various parts of the farm and participate in discussions with the farmers. Additional learning opportunities are available through the Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training (CRAFT) .

DESIRED SKILLS
Pep in your step
We work at a fast pace here and we work efficiently to complete tasks. We find everyone works best together when there is a set pace that everyone can keep up with. For instance, when we are weeding, we are not sitting down in the field. We are squatting and moving along together to accomplish the days tasks and move on to others. We value an eye for detail and quality, but tasks shouldn’t take some people twice as long as others.

Follow direction
The hardest part about managing and giving direction is being met with resistance or attitude. We want to be able to communicate clearly, and have employees take direction. This seems obvious and simple, but it is hard for some people to put aside what they think needs to be done or how it should be done, and really learn how we have figured out how to do things. We think that “clear is kind, unclear is unkind”. When we are clear with you, you know what we expect.

Take initiative outside of work:
While we will certainly explain the days tasks and why we are performing them, we like our apprentices to take initiative in their own learning, and go home after the day to read about our learn about some things that they might be curious about, eg. basic plant botany. Our field supervisors and managers are passionate about plants, so feel free to ask questions

Staying power
We like our apprentices to show that they have worked jobs in the past for more than a few months. This shows that you can see the big picture, and work through the day to day. Not all tasks on the farm are exhilarating, but it is all part of what goes into farming. We do not want apprentices that feel entitled, or above any job on the farm. We also have to know that you will stick with it through the season, and not quit after a hard day on the farm. We don’t want any quitters!

Works well as a team, and with diverse crew:
Many of our employees are from different countries outside the USA. We like to integrate the crew so you all can work together. We will not tolerate any sexist, racism, or homophobic comments or attitudes.

Punctual & prompt:
Since we all work as a team, it is important that you are someone who can consistently arrive on time to work. This means, arrive early, get your gear on and together, and then punch in when everyone else punches in. This ensures that we can all give direction and get started together, instead of the crew being held up by someone who is late.

AVAILABLE POSITIONS
We are looking to fill the following positions throughout the growing season:

45 hours / week (April - November)
45 hours / week (May - October)
25 hours / week (May - October)
40 hours / week (June - September)
40 hours / week (June - September)
25 hours / week (June - September)
25 hours / week (June - September)

All positions are Monday - Friday as weekends we are at markets and Sundays everyone is off. Some days we might stay past 5pm, but mostly the schedule is from 8am-5pm with 1 hour mandatory unpaid lunch.

HOUSING
We do not offer housing as a part of the apprenticeship. We do have some options that we can refer you to, but it is ultimately your responsibility to find a place to live, and figure out how to get to work each day.

FUTURE MENTORSHIP
For the right candidate, we are willing to offer a multi-season opportunity for you to rotate through the different areas of the farm to gain experience across many dimensions. Since we have a farm kitchen, bustling retail/markets & CSA program, there are many areas for you to learn before starting your own business.


How to Apply:
Email your resume and 3 references to Lucy@sangleefarms.com with a cover letter explaining why Sang Lee is a good fit for you and why you want to work at our farm specifically.


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