Purpose: To assist with all farm operations and the implementation of the seeding, planting and harvest plans for the farm. This position is ideal for someone who has one or two years of apprenticeship/internship experience and is looking to deepen and broaden their farming skills at a community centric, urban, production farm.
Duties/Responsibilities: The field assistant is responsible for supporting the field manager in day to day farm operation and maintenance. Basic tasks include preparing beds, planting, watering, and harvesting, as well as amending the soil, weeding, thinning, and pest and disease prevention and control. Field assistant will supervise and work with volunteers on a daily basis.
Specific to the Mort Brooks site, this position will help monitor and seed in the greenhouse on site.
Assistant position may be required to help with large harvests or large projects at the other farm location, on an as-needed basis. Field assistants may occasionally also be asked to assist with the on-site CSA pick up at Henry Got Crops or in the Henry Got Crops orchard.
We are primarily a no-till farm, but field assistant might occasionally use a walk behind tractor, mowers and weed whackers. In that rare case, training will be provided.
Administrative Tasks: clocking in and out, completing invoices, logging harvest pounds, submitting receipts for expense reimbursements or mileage reimbursements if any arise.
Compensation/Benefits: This is an hourly paid position, starting at $11.50/hr, eligible for a $0.50 raise after 6 months, eligible for Weaver Way Co-op benefits. Farm staff are welcome to have produce from the farms, and receive a staff discount and working member discount of 15% at Weavers Way Coop. All hours worked over 40 hours/week are straight pay, not subject to over time rate, unless assistant engages in “non-agricultural labor” such as working at the farm market.
To Apply: Deadline for applying is midnight Sunday December 6th, 2020. Phone interviews will be held on a rolling basis. In person interviews will be held in mid to late December. Within application, please submit your resume, cover letter and three references.
For more information about Weavers Way Farms go to: https://weaversway.coop/pages/our-farms
Minimum Qualifications: A full season of farming.
Physical Requirement and Timeline Commitment: Field Assistant is expected to commit to a minimum of one growing season, from the beginning of April until Thanksgiving. You should be able to work under adverse conditions (heat, humidity, cold, rain) and be able to lift 50 lbs, preferably at the same time.
Skills/Attributes: Must be team oriented, a strong communicator, strong at mental math and flexible; must have a strong work ethic and willingness to get dirty; as well as an ability and desire to work with and supervise volunteers of all ages and abilities.
Hours: Hours and days are dictated by the ebbs and flows of the season. Field Assistant is expected to work a 4-5 day week, averaging 32-40 hrs per week (8-10 hrs/day). More/less hours per week might occasionally be necessary during the slower/busiest times of the season. Occasional weekend days are expected for special events or additional harvesting. Any rare weekend day will be compensated with a week day off.