Full Time/Full Season Field Crew Member - Obercreek Farm – Wappingers Falls, NY
Obercreek Farm is excited to announce an opening for a full time field crew member. You will have the opportunity to learn the inner workings of our diverse, certified organic vegetable farm while contributing your fullest in our friendly and fast paced work environment. We are seeking crew members with a good work ethic, a sense of humor and a strong commitment to providing local food. Some experience preferred but we are more than willing to train the right person.
Full Time/Full Season Field Crew Member Job Description & Expectations
Daily hours for the majority of the season are 7am to 5pm Mon-Fri with an hour for lunch, allowing for flexibility due to weather and time of year with rotating weekend chores. Full time work will begin March 1st and last through November 30th with potential for winter work. Your 10 hour days will include but are not limited to:
-Food Safety and Tractor Safety Training.
-Field work: harvesting, transplanting, weeding, pruning, trellising, thinning, managing irrigation systems, pest control, bed prep, compost turning etc.
-Pack-out operations: washing and sorting harvested crops, quality control, and packing/storage requirements of all crops.
-Greenhouse operations: seeding, potting-up, irrigation, pest control, fertility, trellising, as well as other tasks.
-Marketing and Sales operations: working with the CSA, Farm Stand, and wholesale accounts.
-Weekly Rotating Chores: greenhouse maintenance, flat washing, restocking supplies, etc.
Strong work ethic and endurance for hard physical work, willing to work hard above and beyond the job requirements when necessary.
-Physically fit- capable of lifting 40-50 lbs. repeatedly and easily
-Work physically all day in all sorts of weather doing repetitive tasks
-Ability to balance speed and efficiency while maintaining Obercreek’s standard of quality
-Work well in a team environment and be able to communicate and accept feedback
-Sense of humor, positive attitude and enthusiasm
Hourly pay begins at $13/hour but is based on experience and may increase based on performance and length of stay.
BENEFITS OF WORKING ON THE FARM
-Lots of delicious organic vegetables available for your consumption & discounts at our farm stand.
-Being part of a dedicated community of people working to improve our local food system.
-Potential to move up into a managerial role in subsequent years at the farm.
How to Apply:
To apply for work at Obercreek Farm, please send a cover letter & resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will contact qualified candidates only. An on-farm interview is preferred, as well as a trial work day. Specific start dates will be discussed at that time.