We're looking for a field worker to join our growing team! If you are passionate about sustainable agriculture, love working as part of a small team and have some previous growing experience, this could be the job for you!
Position: Field Worker
Type: Contract, Seasonal, Part-time (20-37 hours/week), $11/hour
Organization: Honest Field Farms, www.honestfieldfarms.ca
Location: Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Start date/terms of position: May 25th, 2015 – October 23rd, 2015
Application Deadline: May 4, 2015
Overview: Honest Field Farms is a small organic farm based in Millgrove, Ontario - just outside the city of Hamilton. We grow unique and heirloom varieties of vegetables as well as timeless favourites on two acres of land. We run a 40-50 member CSA and participate in two local farmers’ markets.
We are seeking a Field Worker to work with our Farm Manager and Operations Manager for the 2015 season. Working closely as part of a small team, the field worker will be involved in a variety of tasks needed for daily farm operations. This includes seeding, transplanting, weed control, field maintenance and harvesting, as well as some customer service.
This is primarily a field position intended for someone with sound knowledge of sustainable/organic farming practices. This would be a great opportunity for someone who has previous farming experience and is passionate about sustainable agriculture; who is a dedicated and enthusiastic team player; and is interested learning what it takes to run a small but fast-growing farm business.
Location: Working outdoors, occasionally in inclement weather
Risks: Working with tools, heavy lifting and working around machinery (tractors, etc.)
Standing for extended periods of time
Lifting heavy objects on a regular basis
Doing repetitive tasks with few breaks, etc.
Experience: At least 1-2 years previous farming, market gardening and/or urban agriculture experience.
Flexible and adaptive: Able to adjust quickly to changing priorities and conditions while maintaining effectiveness and efficiency.
Can-do attitude: Hard-working, enthusiastic self-starter who can work well independently and as part of a team.
Customer service oriented: Dedicated to quality assurance and exceptional customer service, personable and friendly.
Manage up: Clarifies expectations, keeps managers abreast of activities, seeks guidance from managers when necessary, communicates needs for job performance/evaluation, is open to feedback.
Great communication: Communicates effectively with the manager, volunteers and customers to ensure safety and efficiency.
Strong organizational skills: Able to prioritize important tasks, time manage, and problem solve effectively.
Customer service experience (CSA, Farmers’ Markets or otherwise)
Current driver’s license
Small tractor and farm equipment experience
Food safety training
Interested in growing with the business - working with Honest Field Farms for multiple seasons with the potential to become a farm manager
The Field Worker will work for an estimated 37 hours/week from late-May through mid-September and then move to 20 hours/week for mid-September to October. Some variation will occur for weather and harvest needs. Longer days may be required on peak harvest days. Typically, work hours will be Mondays through Fridays but some weekends and evenings may be required.
Please note: Accommodation as well as transportation to/from the farm will be not be provided. Please be certain that you can commute to the farm as needed.
Applicants are asked to provide a cover letter and resume to: honestfieldfarms (at) gmail.com
We sincerely thank all candidates for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be notified. No phone calls please.