Oxtober Fall Festival & Farm Stand Staff

Seasonal Part-time, late September – end of October (Multiple positions)

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, beer & wine, 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 12-15 seasonal crew members to support our Oxtober Fall Festival, primarily on Saturdays & Sundays throughout the month of October.  1- 3 of our seasonal crew members will have the opportunity 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
  • Selling beer and wine and checking photo ID (must be 21 or older)

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
  • Able to stand and/or walk for long periods of time
  • 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. Learn more about Oxtober here.

COMPENSATION

These are seasonal, part-time positions, paying $11-$12 per hour, DOE, with access to food from the fields.

TO APPLY

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

Megan Boyce-Jacobs
Finance & Operations Manager
Oxbow Farm & Conservation Center
thedirt@oxbow.org

Please write Fall Festival Staff in the email subject line and include where you found this position in the message body.

Deadline to apply is Monday, 9/4/17. Applications will be processed as they are received.

 

Seasonal Farm Production Crew, August-November

POSITION OVERVIEW
Join our energetic Farm Production Crew for the home stretch of our 2017 season! 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 position will work under the direct supervision of the Assistant Farm Manager.

This is a seasonal, hourly position with a 5-6 day work week and variable, sometimes long, hours depending on the demands of the season.

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
  • 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, we are looking to fill this position immediately. Applicants will be processed as they are received.