Oxtober Fall Festival & Farm Stand Staff, Seasonal Part-time, late September–end of October

POSITION OVERVIEW

Fall Festival & Farm Stand Staff are responsible for creating a positive customer experience at “Oxtober,” our annual fall harvest festival and farm stand. Our popular pumpkin patch and farm stand will be open Thursday thru Sunday in Oxtober providing visitors with the opportunity to purchase a variety of vegetables, pumpkins, and native plants. On the weekends we will have additional fall festival activities such as; Kids’ Farm Adventures, arts & crafts, hay rides, food trucks,  and live music.

Under the supervision of the General Manager and Facilities Supervisor, Fall Festival & Farm Stand Staff will provide a welcoming experience for festival visitors. Fall Festival & Farm Stand staff will be available to help with a wide range of activities and tasks as needed, including Farm Stand sales, children’s programming, maintaining the property, and more. We are a working farm in peak season and occasionally have the sudden need for helping hands in other capacities across the organization.

We are looking for 10-12 seasonal crew members to support our Oxtober Fall Festival, primarily on Saturdays & Sundays from September 29th through the end of Oxtober.  One – three of our seasonal crew members will be needed to work additional days in the farm stand and pumpkin patch on Thursdays & Fridays.

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES

Customer Service

  • Providing exceptional customer service at points of sale and across the festival
  • Participating in Kids’ Farm Adventure programming as needed
  • Working with children and families in the arts & crafts tent and Kids’ Farm
  • Answering questions and directing public around the property
  • Helping maintain the property

 Sales

  • Selling produce and native plants in the farm stand
  • Selling pumpkins in the patch at farm stand
  • Selling “magic beans”, Oxtober’s currency for activities

 Farm Stand

  • Setting up the farm stand and signage, and displaying produce
  • Making sales and facilitating checkout at the register, using an iPad & Square
  • Restocking produce and maintaining an attractive stand
  • Breaking down stand at the end of the day and packing produce for storage
  • Taking inventory
  • Other harvesting and processing tasks, including work outside of the farm stand, as needed

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Friendly and personable
  • Comfortable with sales and customer service
  • Able to lift 50 pounds
  • Good math skills
  • Detail oriented
  • Good communication skills
  • First-aid certification a plus
  • Experience with and passion for working with children a plus
  • Positive leadership skills
  • Flexible, creative, and able to perform well in diverse conditions and under pressure

Additional desired qualities include: environmentally conscious, self-motivated, energetic, and professional.

The Oxbow Fall Festival Staff are part of a larger non-profit organization. A commitment to Oxbow’s overall mission and working as part of a team is critical.

COMPENSATION: These are seasonal, part-time positions, paying $12-$14 per hour, DOE, with access to food from the fields.

TO APPLY for FALL FESTIVAL STAFF POSITIONS

Please bring a resume, letter of interest, and 3 references to Oxbow Farm & Conservation Center during our open interview times on Wednesday, Sept. 19 from 2PM-6PM, and Thursday, Sept. 20 from 2PM-6PM. Interviews will last about 20 mins. 

If you have any questions, or if the open interview timeframe does not work for you, please email us at: thedirt@oxbow.org. Please write Fall Festival Staff in the email subject line.

Deadline to apply is Thursday, 9/20/17. We are looking to hire 10-12 staff.

Seasonal Farm Crew, Sept-November

POSITION OVERVIEW

As a member of our Farm Crew, you will have the opportunity to work within all aspects of our farming operation, furthering Oxbow’s mission to connect people to sustainable food and build a community that will steward our natural resources conscientiously. To do this, you will cultivate both our production and educational fields with responsibilities including propagation house work, hand weeding and hoeing, transplanting, harvesting, post-harvest handling, deliveries, and farm stand supervision.

Our farm operation functions at a unique scale and setting requiring a great deal of manual physical labor as well as mechanization, while also working within close proximity to youth and educational programs. Professionalism, a close attention to detail, and the ability to operate efficiently in a rapidly changing environment are crucial to this position.

This is a seasonal, hourly position with a 5-6 day work week. Hours may be variable and long depending on the time of the year.

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES

Field

  • Harvesting of produce efficiently and consistently for a variety of markets
  • Transplanting crops quickly and efficiently
  • Cultivation of crops by hand and with various tools
  • Irrigation set up, maintenance, and operation
  • Fertilizing
  • Mechanical pest control
  • Field construction, such as trellising and high tunnels
  • Grass mowing and weed whacking

Post-Harvest Handling and Processing

  • Post-harvest handling, including receiving and processing of produce quickly, efficiently, and consistently for a variety of accounts
  • Rotating stock and maintaining product inventory
  • Communicating with appropriate project lead when issues arise that impact order fulfillment
  • Pack Shed safety upkeep and hygiene cleanliness
  • Order deliveries

General Farm Production Team

  • Tracking project time and communication with the Farm and Garden Manager, Farm and Garden Assistant Manager, or designated crew leader if forecast can’t be met
  • Working and tracking within GAPS/FSMA food safety regulations
  • Maintaining a smooth, timely flow with team members while working through projects
  • Making sound judgment calls on product grading and time management
  • Guiding occasional farm tours and assisting with the publics’ engagement within our farm’s fields
  • Providing necessary supervision to members, volunteers, and gleaners in farm fields

QUALIFICATIONS

  • At least one year previous farming experience preferred
  • Small engine operation and tractor experience a plus
  • Physical dexterity and agility necessary in all aspects of the job for safety and efficiency
  • Punctual with good time management skills
  • Consistent attention to detail
  • Positive, energetic interpersonal skills
  • Strong back; able to lift heavy & awkward objects, up to 75 lbs
  • Work well independently and in a team setting
  • Fast, adaptable learner
  • Ability to take direction, ask for help/clarity, and accept constructive feedback on work and technique
  • Ability to give direction and act in lead role when necessary
  • Clear, consistent communication
  • Flexibility within a multicultural, dynamic organization
  • Ability to work for long durations in inclement weather – standing, sitting, bending over, or kneeling
  • Capability to perform repetitive physical work with endurance
  • Ability to speak Spanish a plus

Additional desired qualities include: environmentally conscious, detail oriented, self-motivated, energetic, and professional.

The Oxbow Farm  is part of a larger non-profit organization. A commitment to Oxbow’s overall mission and working as part of a team is critical.

COMPENSATION

This is a seasonal, full-time position, paying $12.00 – $14.00 per hour , with some paid time-off and access to food from the fields.

REPORTS TO:  Farm & Garden Manager

TO APPLY

Please note, incomplete applications will not be considered. Email a resume, letter of interest, and 3 references to:

Megan Boyce-Jacobs
Deputy Director
Oxbow Farm & Conservation Center
thedirt@oxbow.org

Please write Seasonal Farm Crew in the email subject line and include where you found this position in the message body.

This job is open until filled and applications will be reviewed as they are received.