We are hiring for the 2019 season.
Job Title: Assistant Farm Manager
Implement daily priorities and policies as determined by farm owner for direction to farm management team members, college interns, trainees, and seasonal high school employees, including young men ages 16-21 resident in adjacent residential job training center. Execute staff development and training procedures; verify work schedules and rely operational information to farm owner. Lead and perform field work, including planting, cultivation, irrigation, harvesting, post-harvest handling of crops; assist with mushroom production, equipment maintenance, repair and requisition, greenhouse and high tunnel maintenance and supervision and property landscaping; Identify crop selection including crops specific to Southeast Asia. Represent farm at weekly farmers markets or CSA pickup site; ensure delivery of produce to wholesale customers; manage produce allocation among market, wholesale and CSA; contribute to newsletter, website, social media presence and marketing materials. Participate in budgeting, crop rotation planning, crop/variety selection, capital project planning; coordinate with Our House leadership and staff; communicate with CSA members; ensure work is documented; sales are recorded and organic certification requirements are met. Help develop long-term business strategy.
Bachelor’'s or Associates degree in any field
1 year of experience farming or horticultural experience with the application of sustainable agriculture principles and organic farming; preferred- completion of a training program in sustainable agriculture with a minimum of 6 months; or a bachelor’s degree in agricultural management with course work in sustainable agriculture and organic farming.
Resumes should be sent via post to The Farm at Our House 19715 Zion Rd. Brookeville, MD 20833.
Most of our summer interns are college students who begin in the spring and finish the season by mid to late August. We will work with your university to ensure that you receive credit for the internship if possible. No previous farming experience is required, but a strong desire to learn is obligatory. Interns receive free professional development opportunities in the form of farm visits and on the job tutorials. We cannot provide housing for our summer interns.
Summer Interns work side by side with the Farm Manager and Apprentices in marketing, production and to a lesser degree administration.
Please forward resume, cover letter, and two references to Marc
at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 202 412 5698 for
High School Interns:
As a high school intern you will experience all aspects of market farming including planting, weeding, harvesting, and possibly marketing and sales. You can expect to do demanding physical activity on a regular basis in the heat of summer and in the rain. You will receive a 45 minute lunch and at least two ten minute breaks (more depending on the heat). High school interns are not expected to work if the temperatures go above 100 degrees. You will be expected to learn the names of the different crops we sell, and gain familiarity with our methods of growing, washing, and packing produce, as well as the tools we use.
As an intern you are expected to commit at least 80 hours to the farm during the season and in return you will receive student service learning hours. Those interns who do not oblige their commitment will not receive any Student Service Learning Hours. You can expect to work 3-5 days/ week at the farm during the weeks you choose to work. It is important that schedule the weeks you plan to work and show up on those dates. No more than 6 high school interns can work on any one day. If you cannot work on a scheduled day it is important to contact us quickly as interns play a critical role in the farm operation.
There is public bus service within 3 miles of the farm. We typically schedule carpools from the bus stop to the farm or rely on parents to drive groups of students to the farm. We will accept up to 15 interns this summer.
To apply click HERE and complete the application.
In order to work on the farm you will also need to complete two wavier forms:
Our House Inc. Wavier
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