Farm Production Crew Lead

Position overview

As a skilled member of our Production Crew with demonstrable field leadership experience, you will have the opportunity to work within all aspects of our operation, including in the field, pack shed, and occasional order delivery. With proper training and oversight, you will lead the harvest crew, and field-work projects such as transplanting, hand-weeding, and irrigating. Based on experience and aptitude, you will be trained to operate machinery and use implements for harvest and cultivation. In addition, you will work in the propagation house as well as participate in post-harvest handling, CSA packing, cleaning, and deliveries.

We harvest, wash, and pack product daily for our CSA program, wholesale, and restaurant accounts. Strong attention to detail and operating efficiently while performing time-sensitive tasks in a rapidly changing environment are a must for this position.

Our operation functions at a very unique scale requiring a great deal of manual labor as well as sophisticated mechanization. This is a seasonal, hourly position with a 5-6 day work week and up to 60 hours/week at peak season, with reduced hours in the shoulder months. Opportunity for year-round employment is strong for the right candidate.

Job Responsibilities

Field:

  • Harvesting of produce quickly, efficiently, and consistently for a variety of accounts
  • Transplanting crops quickly and efficiently
  • Cultivation of crops by hand and with various equipment
  • Irrigation set up and maintenance
  • Fertilizing
  • Mechanical pest control
  • Tracking and Documenting a number of details related to each crop
  • 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
  • Consistently rotating stock and maintaining product inventory
  • Communicating with appropriate project lead, either the Pack Shed Coordinator or the Farm Sales Coordinator, when issues arise that impact order fulfillment or CSA pack out
  • Packing CSA and Fruit Shares
  • Pack Shed safety upkeep and hygiene cleanliness
  • Delivering orders

General Farm Production Team:

  • Act as a crew leader to track project time and communicate with Assistant Farm Manager and Pack Shed Coordinator regarding project-specific information
  • 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

Qualifications

  • Minimum 3 years production farm experience
  • Small engine operation and tractor experience
  • Crew management experience
  • Ability to give direction and perform in a leadership capacity
  • 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
  • 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 production 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 $13-$15 per hour, DOE, with some paid time-off and access to food from the fields. Opportunity for year-round employment for the right candidate.

Reports to

Assistant Farm Manager with oversight from the Farm Manager.

To apply

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

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

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

Deadline to apply: Open until filled.

 Seasonal Farm Production Crew – May through November

Position Overview

As a member of our energetic Farm Production Crew you will have the opportunity to work within all aspects of our operation, including in the field, pack shed, and order delivery. Your primary responsibilities will be harvesting, propagation house, hand-weeding, hoeing, transplanting, post-harvest handling, CSA packing, cleaning, and deliveries. We harvest, wash, and pack product daily for our CSA program, wholesale, and restaurant accounts. Strong attention to detail and operating efficiently while performing time-sensitive tasks in a rapidly changing environment are a must for this position.

Our operation functions at a very unique scale requiring a great deal of manual physical labor as well as sophisticated mechanization. This is a seasonal, hourly position with a 5-6 day work week. Hours may be variable and long depending on the time of year.

Job Responsibilities

Field:

  • Harvesting of produce quickly, efficiently, and consistently for a variety of accounts
  • Transplanting crops quickly and efficiently
  • Cultivation of crops by hand and with various tools
  • Irrigation set up and maintenance
  • 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
  • Consistently rotating stock and maintaining product inventory
  • Communicating with appropriate project lead, either the Pack Shed Coordinator or the Farm Sales Coordinator, when issues arise that impact order fulfillment or CSA pack out
  • Packing CSA and Fruit Shares
  • Pack Shed safety upkeep and hygiene cleanliness
  • Order deliveries

General Farm Production Team:

  • Tracking project time and communicating with Assistant Farm Manager, Pack Shed Coordinator, 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

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 production 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 $11-$13 per hour, DOE, with some paid time-off and access to food from the fields.

Reports to

Assistant Farm Manager with oversight from the Farm Manager.

To apply

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

Megan Boyce-Jacobs, 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.

Deadline to apply: Open until filled.