Harvest Manager

Website Mountain Bounty Farm

Harvest Manager

Mountain Bounty Farm, Nevada City CA

Mountain Bounty Farm is a 50 acre organic  farm located high on the forested contours of the San Juan Ridge near Nevada City, California. Our main fields are on Birchville Road, where we currently cultivate 18 acres. The rest of the land is a beautiful mosaic of forest and meadows. We are the oldest and largest CSA farm in the Sierras. Our produce is sold through our 700-800 member CSA, local restaurants and grocery stores, and the Nevada City Farmers Market.  Founded in 1997 by John Tecklin, Mountain Bounty Farm has become an increasingly collaborative effort. The farm is now managed by a team of experienced employees, who collectively make decisions and work together to keep the farm growing and improving into the future.

The Harvest Manager is responsible for leading the daily harvest and pack. This includes facilitating the weekly design of the CSA box and managing all wholesale accounts. The ability to keep the harvest organized, moving efficiently, and motivating the crew in a timely manner is critical to the success of our operation. During non-harvest time, the Harvest Manager joins the crew to transplant, weed, wash and pack produce, and other farm tasks.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Monitor the crops in the field and check for readiness and quality, and advocate for timely harvest
  • Lead the 10-15 person farm crew on harvest days, usually 3 days a week
  • Execute CSA shares according to plan
  • Plan at least two weeks in advance for what needs to be harvested
  • Maintain detailed harvest records
  • Keep the wash station organized and clean
  • Keep the barn organized and clean
  • Establish and maintain produce grading standards
  • Manage cooler inventory
  • Create availability lists and communicate with wholesale accounts
  • Create a master harvest list for CSA, wholesale and farmers market
  • Constant communication with field managers about crop readiness and when crops are finished with harvest
  • Restock materials and communicate with other farm managers when bigger orders are needed

QUALIFICATIONS

  • 3 + years working on a commercial scale vegetable farm
  • Previous significant leadership responsibilities on a commercial scale farm
  • Ability to balance time management in self directed work and collaborative work, and to prioritize tasks efficiently
  • Flexibility and a positive attitude
  • Excellent communication and organization skills
  • Commitment to developing strong working relationships and problem solving with the rest of the team
  • Ability to set a consistent example of fast and efficient vegetable harvest that others can strive to achieve
  • Ability to bend, kneel, and lift frequently

 

COMPENSATION 

47k+/year. $3500/Month starting salary, 3 weeks paid vacation per year, and bonuses of $5-10k/year. After one year this position is eligible for 401(k) and additional profit sharing, which builds significantly with seniority. We can provide assistance in finding affordable housing nearby.

HOW TO APPLY

After you have read this description in its entirety, please send us one email only to Maia Lipkin employment@mountainbountyfarm.com  with:

  1. Subject line: Harvest Manager Application, (your name)
  2. Cover letter detailing your interest in the position
  3. Responses to the questionnaire below
  4. Resume
  5. Three professional references, with current phone numbers

QUESTIONNAIRE

  1. Why are you interested in Mountain Bounty Farm?
  2. What previous experience are you bringing to this position and what do you feel you have to offer?
  3. What are your short-term and long-term personal goals related to farming?
  4. Please describe your experience managing or leading a farm crew.
  5. Do you have experience operating farm machinery or other heavy equipment?
  6. Do you have mechanical or carpentry skills or experience? Please describe
  7. Do you have any prior injuries to back, knees, etc. that might limit your ability to do farm work?
  8. Please tell us something interesting about yourself (hobbies, obsessions, talents, etc.)

To apply for this job email your details to employment@mountainbountyfarm.com