Seasonal Farm Crew (April-November)

POSITION OVERVIEW

As a member of our farm crew you will join a team of experienced organic farmers and have the opportunity to work within all aspects of our farming operation. Farm crew members will have responsibilities including propagation house work, weed control, field planting, harvest and post-harvest handling, and sales and deliveries of food. Farm crew will also be expected to help manage areas of production including pest and fertility management, greenhouse production, and irrigation.

Our operation functions at a unique scale, employs collaborative decision-making processes, and has a focus on providing professional development opportunities to our farm crew. Because of this, the ideal candidate would be passionate about sustainable farming and interested in pursuing a career in agriculture.

This is a seasonal, hourly position with 5-6 day work weeks. Hours may be variable and long depending on the time of the year. Crew members receive hands on training in all aspects of our diversified production system as well as the option for extracurricular educational experiences.

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES

In collaboration with the farm management team, the seasonal farm crew is responsible for the following key functions:

Fieldwork

  • Harvesting of produce efficiently and consistently for a variety of markets
  • Transplanting and direct seeding crops reliably
  • Cultivation of crops by hand, with various tools, and mechanically
  • Irrigation setup, maintenance, and operation
  • Support implementation of integrated pest management plan
  • Greenhouse propagation and management

Post-Harvest Handling, Processing and Delivery

  • Post-harvest handling, including receiving and processing of produce for a variety of accounts
  • Packing orders consistently in a fast-paced environment
  • Delivery of orders throughout the greater Seattle area

General Farm Production Team

  • Set up and supervise farm stand during CSA pick-up, public days, and at farmers markets
  • Provide excellent customer service to the public, communicating about Oxbow’s programs and Membership opportunities
  • Maintain a smooth, timely flow with team members while working through projects
  • Make sound judgment calls on product grading and time management
  • Guide occasional farm tours and assisting with public engagement within farm fields
  • Provide necessary supervision to members, volunteers, and gleaners in farm fields

General

  • Work cross-functionally with program teams to ensure efficient and effective communication and operations
  • Represent Oxbow in a positive, professional manner, engaging with and educating visitors about Oxbow’s mission and programs
  • Perform other duties as needed and assigned by the Farm Manager 

QUALIFICATIONS

  • At least one year of previous farming experience preferred
  • Consistent attention to detail
  • Able to lift heavy & awkward objects, up to 50 lbs. as well as perform repetitive work in inclement weather – standing, kneeling, bending over
  • Work well independently and in a team setting
  • 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
  • Small engine operation and tractor experience a plus
  • Ability to speak Spanish a plus
  • College degree in a relevant discipline is 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.

Oxbow Farm & Conservation Center does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, age, sex, disability, national or ethnic origin, or sexual orientation. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.

COMPENSATION

This is a seasonal, full-time position, paying $15.00 per hour, with some paid time-off and access to food from the fields.

REPORTS TO: 

Farm & Garden Manager

TO APPLY

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

Tara Baron
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.

Applications received by Sunday, February 16, 2020 will have first consideration. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis after February 16th until all positions are filled.