CURRENT JOB OPENINGS

HARVEST MANAGER

The Harvest Manager is responsible for handling produce from the field to the wash house. The Harvest Manager works intimately with the farm crew keeping them motivated and on-task while in the field. Harvest labor is our biggest cost so good management skills are a necessity. The best candidates will be comfortable directing and motivating others and excel at recognizing ways to improve efficiency on the fly. During the spring, the harvest manager will assist the Field Production Manager with planting and weeding operations. This position shares personnel management responsibilities with the Field Production Manager.

Responsibilities​​

  • Running daily harvest operations while keeping crew motivated and on-task

  • Creating weekly estimates of harvest totals based on field supply

  • Coordinating use of farm crew with Field Production Manager

  • Meeting with Field Production Manager and Head Farmer to discuss supply and harvest issues

Qualifications​​​

  • At least 2 seasons on an outdoor vegetable farm (CSA farm experience preferred)

  • Ability to efficiently manage and motivate up to 20 people during harvest operations

  • Solid understanding of harvest methods for all types of vegetables

  • Ability to identify all types of vegetables

  • Excellent communication skills

  • Ability to bend, kneel, and lift frequently

  • Ability to use Excel and/or Numbers documents preferred

  • Ability to operate tractors and use broad range of tractor implements preferred

FULL TIME FARM CREW (up to 5 positions)

Description: The Full Time Farm Crew assists in planting, weeding, harvesting, washing, and packing activities of the farm. The Full Time Farm Crew is expected to stay until the end of the farm season in December. Full season is beginning of March to end of December.

Qualifications: Should have at least 1 season experience farming or equivalent. While we often work together, all applicants must have the ability to work and think independently and possess strong problem solving skills. Farm work is inherently variable and multifaceted, requiring that farmers be flexible, creative, motivated about the task at hand, and positive in the face of changing conditions. All applicants must possess good communication skills, ability to follow direction, attention to detail, and a good work ethic. Farm work is physically demanding and dirty, requiring crew members work quickly and efficiently in conditions that are often muddy, dusty, wet, hot, cold, sunny, and windy.

Compensation: $13/hour. Work week is 45-55 hours. Free produce. Housing available.

Interview: All qualified candidates for this position will be asked to participate in a trial day. During the trial day applicants will work with the farm crew and the farm manager and will have an opportunity to meet with the head farmer. Trial day participants should come prepared to get dirty and expect to work up to 8 hours. All trial day participants will receive $50 (must stay for the whole day). Applicants that are subsequently hired will be paid in full for their trial day at the regular rate.

APPRENTICE FARM CREW (up to 3 positions)

Description: The Apprentice Farm Crew assists in planting, weeding, harvesting, washing, and packing activities of the farm. The Apprentice crew works less hours than the full time crew and is only required to stay a minimum of 11 weeks from the beginning of June to Mid-August. Apprentices are also allowed more time off than the professional crew. Apprentices will usually have little or no farm experience and receive on the job training in vegetable production methods and equipment operation.  

Qualifications: No previous farming experience required. While we often work together, all applicants must have the ability to work and think independently and possess strong problem solving skills. Farm work is inherently variable and multifaceted, requiring that farmers be flexible, creative, motivated about the task at hand, and positive in the face of changing conditions. All applicants must possess good communication skills, ability to follow direction, attention to detail, and a good work ethic. Farm work is physically demanding and dirty, requiring crew members work quickly and efficiently in conditions that are often muddy, dusty, wet, hot, cold, sunny, and windy.

Compensation: $10/hour. Work week is Monday-Friday, 40 hours. Free produce. Housing is available. College credit available. 

Interview: All qualified candidates for this position will be asked to participate in a trial day. During the trial day applicants will work with the farm crew and the farm manager and will have an opportunity to meet with the head farmer. Trial day participants should come prepared to get dirty and expect to work up to 8 hours. All trial day participants will receive $50 (must stay for the whole day). Applicants that are subsequently hired will be paid in full for their trial day at the regular rate.

HOW TO APPLY

Please send an introductory letter indicating your interest and the position you're applying for along with your resume to FLOCKTOWNJOBS@GMAIL.COM 

MAIL/FARM

552 Pittstown Road

Pittstown, NJ 08867

CONTACT

(908) 627-4052

info@flocktownfarm.com


 

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