Farm/Market Crew

Website Sungrounded Farm

Join us in the field to plant, weed, harvest, wash and pack our certified organic produce.  Due to the nature of our small and diversified vegetable farm in Terrebonne, central Oregon, we expect our crew to be proficient and efficient in many tasks.  We will provide training for all tasks, but there’s a lot to learn on a diversified farm so attention to detail and commitment to improving speed and quality of work are key.  We are primarily a market farm and our three full-time crew members generally alternate working either Wednesday or Saturday markets May-Oct.  We feel that crew participation in markets makes the work we do on farm more rewarding and meaningful, and also provides a nice work balance.  Crew members are expected to work well with others as well, as well as individually.

Full Time Farm Crew (seasonal)- Apr 24- Fill Your Pantry Market (~Nov 12)

38-40 hrs/week main season; part-time (~24 hrs/wk) after markets and CSA end mid-October.  Option to start part-time early April.
Must be available M-F early and late season, and Tues-Sat during Saturday Market season (mid Jun-late Sep).
Starting wage $16-18/hr DOE, regular pay increases available for returning crew members each season.
$150 gear stipend
Up to 3 unpaid Personal Days off during main-season (June-Sep), not including sick time, approved in advance. Extended vacations will generally not be approved during the main growing season.
Lots of veggies and a dozen eggs/week
Season completion bonus (5-10% of Gross Wages, equivalent of an extra $0.80 – $1.80/hr)
PTO benefits for returning crew members (begins accruing at start of second season)

Primary Tasks:

Harvest- During the main part of our season, the majority of our time is taken up by harvesting, washing and packing produce. We generally harvest most of the morning, come into the barn to wash and pack the produce, and then often go back out in the afternoon to get ‘fruits’ like tomatoes and peppers. We require our team to be efficient and focused especially during this time. We move quickly through many tasks, but there is also repetition.
Farmer’s Market- this position will attend either Wednesday or Saturday market at least every other week.  Meeting at the Farm or at Markets is flexible, depending on where the employee lives. Will be responsible to help with setting up and breaking down the market booth, maintaining produce display, helping customers and keeping everything running smoothly regardless of conditions. Markets are a lot of fun, but are very busy at the beginning and weather can be hot, cold, wet, or windy—we sell produce through it all.
Farm tasks: Cultivation (weeding), Transplanting, Pruning, Trellising, Crop Removal, and Crop Care are all tasks we do on a regular basis.
Crew Members will be assigned leadership roles for various farm tasks in the early season.   Promotions are available for team members who demonstrate proficiency and quality in one or more of these tasks.
Qualifications:

Agricultural experience preferred but not required. Experience working manual labor and service industry is a plus. Farming is hard work and you must be prepared for that!
Ability to lift 40-50 pounds and work bent over for extended periods of time, in any type of weather.
Must be able to commit to completing the season.
Ability to work efficiently and communicate with teammates and also independently. Maintaining pace consistently is imperative in production work.
Excellent attention to detail and willingness to focus and learn. We will train you on all tasks but expect you meet quality and efficiency standards, as harvest lists for market days are long!
Positive attitude is key, as a negative one can bring the team down when things get hard, hot or cold.
Proficient at quick mental math- we do all our market tallying in our heads.
Leadership experience preferred.

HOW TO APPLY
Farm work isn’t for everyone, but we find it very grounding and rewarding. If you’d like to apply, please fill out this application AND send a resume (including past employment) to Ashley at sungrounded@gmail.com.  Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please make sure you’ve read through the job description and qualifications carefully.

Please apply by February 27th, we will begin to schedule interviews on a rolling basis by February 6th.

To apply for this job email your details to sungrounded@gmail.com