Welcome to Weavers Way!
Weavers Way is a not-for-profit organization that’s doing things differently to support our local community. As a member-owned co-op, we don’t exist just to make money. Weavers Way operates on a triple bottom line philosophy known as People-Planet-Profit - which means every action we take, we strive to benefit people (our community, employees, and local vendors), planet (we strive to be one of the most sustainable places around!), and profit (so we can support our team members and operate as a business). By joining us, you’re helping us fulfill our mission of keeping dollars in our local community, supporting over 300 local food vendors, and being a part of strengthening and enriching the people and planet around us.
If you have an enthusiasm for food, sustainability, or community support, we’d love to have you join the team. Weavers Way offers a variety of benefits, including very affordable medical, dental, and vision plans, a 401k with match, an employee discount, paid vacation and sick time, company-provided disability and life insurance, and more.
Come join our organization as our next Field Assistant!
This position may work at both our Saul and Awbury farms. 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. Assistant may also support the farm market manager in farm market operations, including maintaining grocery and produce displays, talking to customers about the farm partnership, checking out customers at the register and following front-end opening and closing procedures. Field assistant will supervise and work with volunteers on a daily basis.
Weavers Way Farms consists of two vegetable farms and an orchard. The assistant position will 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 or in the 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.
Minimum Qualifications: A full season of farming, meaning spring, summer and fall.
Physical Requirement and Timeline Commitment: Field Assistant is expected to commit to a minimum of one growing season, from the beginning of April until the end of November. 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, and flexible. Must have a strong work ethic and willingness to get dirty. Must have an ability and desire to work with and supervise volunteers of all ages and abilities. Must have a high attention to detail and superb quality control skills. Must be able to work well in a team as well as independently.
Hours: Hours and days are dictated by the ebbs and flows of the season. Field Assistant is expected to work 4 or 5 days a week, averaging 32-40 hrs per week (approximately 8 hrs/day). More/less hours per week might occasionally be necessary during the slower/busiest times of the season. Occasional weekend days might be requested for special events or additional harvesting. Any rare weekend day will be scheduled with as much advance notice as possible.
Compensation/Benefits: This is an hourly paid position, starting at $14/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 and our own Farm Market. 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.
Since one of the farms in on the campus of a high school, staff must complete child abuse clearances and a PA background check.
To Apply: Deadline for applying is midnight Sunday December 5th, 2021. Phone interviews will be held on a rolling basis. In person interviews will be held in mid to late December.