Field Crewmember
Company:
Carnation Farms
Location:
Carnation, WA, USA
Job Posted:
30+ days ago

Field Crewmember

CARNATION FARMS
Carnation Farms is a nonprofit organization on a mission to transform the way that people want to eat. We celebrate delicious and nutritious food produced in a sustainable manner by providing inspirational and educational experiences that positively affect heath, the environment, and local economies. We develop the next generation of food citizens and grow new farmers.
JOB DESCRIPTION

Field Crewmember
FT Temporary Position

Reports to: Director of Agricultural Production

About Carnation Farms:
Carnation Farms values experiential education and its capacity to inspire curiosity, engage mind and body, and develop life skills. Combining our passion for history, the benefits of healthy eating, and the positive influence of the outdoors, we provide farm-based opportunities and outdoor education for all ages. We use our 818-acre historic farm and its legacy of innovation, compassion, and community engagement to foster a deep sense of community and belonging.

Through strategic partnerships with educators and community partners, Carnation Farms builds a program portfolio that engages youth and families to be a positive force in our community. Our programs are structured to empower youth and families to make healthy choices, to be engaged in the stewardship of our land, and to develop hands-on training that will strengthen their futures in school and employment. Working with local educators, Carnation Farms helps fill gaps in education by facilitating farm-based and outdoor experiences, and hands-on training. Please visit xxx-xxx-xxxx

Position Summary:
The field crew works primarily in the 12 acre certified organic farm that is overseen by the Director of Agriculture Production. Our typical workweek is Monday-Friday from 8 am – 5 pm, however, hours may shift depending on the season and the scope of work to complete, and this also includes weekends; 7 day availability is important. The farm produces vegetables, herbs, berries, and fruit used in special events, farm dinners and sold in our farm stand and at farmers markets. The farms’ design and management demonstrate sustainable soil management and deficit water use, and supports beneficial insects and pollinators, local bird populations and wildlife habitat.

This position is responsible for a variety of tasks on the farm including,
• Harvesting (All harvesting is done by hand)
• Post-Harvest/Wash Station work (washing, bunching, quality control, packing)
• Planting (hand transplanting, planting with push seeders, hand seeding)
• Irrigation set-up (drip tape, overhead sprinklers)
• High Tunnel Crop Production & Trellising (mainly tomatoes)
• Tillage, Cultivation, Weeding & Thinning (tractors, wheel hoes, stirrup hoes, hand weeding)
• Livestock (feeding, moving coops, collecting eggs, egg washing, watering)
• Pest & Disease Control; Fertilizing & Composting
• Seed Saving, Cover Cropping and Soil Management
• Farmers Market (if needed)


Additional Responsibilities:
• Oversee volunteer groups
• Help farm apprentices, youth participants and staff persons
• Recordkeeping to maintain compliance with organic certification including all production, irrigation, harvest & sales logs
• Livestock chores (min 1day per week, may include weekends)
• Operate agricultural equipment in the field
• Occasionally assist in set up and tear down of events in garden, including farm-to-table dinners and workshops

Training and Experience:
• Basic computer skills, i.e. MS Office, email
• Clear oral and written communication skills
• High School diploma or G.E.D.
• Two years of sustainable agriculture production experience
• One year of advanced schooling with an emphasis on agriculture (desirable)

Key Requirements:
• Available end of May – end of November with limited vacation
• Ability to work hard; standing, sitting, bending over or kneeling: to lift, push and pull heavy objects, up to 50lbs: perform physical work such as digging or planting
• Ability to thrive under challenging conditions and be flexible and respond to changes that arise due to schedule change or adverse weather conditions
• Positive attitude
• Consistent attention to detail
• Basic knowledge of organic vegetable production and a genuine curiosity to learn more
• Interest in the educational side of agriculture
• Experience working with children and youth in a garden setting
• Ability to stay organized while juggling multiple projects simultaneously
• Be able to take direction and ask for clarification if needed
• Must adhere to safety protocols at all times
• Good record keeping abilities
• Able to pass a background check including driving record

Certificates/Licenses/Registrations:
• Valid driver’s license
• CPR/First Aid

Working Conditions: (percentages are approximations)
• 80% in on-site/field projects
• 20% in on-site meetings and leading programming, tours, general farm events, outreach and regular file management and accounting reconciliation
• Occasional night and weekend work required

To apply: Please submit a resume and cover letter to xxx-xxx-xxxx describing why you would like to work at Carnation Farms and your favorite vegetable and why.

sustainable agriculture, farming, field work, livestock