Farm Worker 2019

Farm Worker 

Farm Description

Wise Acres Farm grows 2+ acres of certified organic vegetables and berries for local farmers’ markets and a CSA program. We have been farming on this land since 2012, after apprenticing and working on other area farms for three years. We count on our employees to help us care for our land, operate a financially sustainable business and provide our community with fresh, local, yummy produce.

Farm Worker Job Description

We seek full-time and part-time farm workers to help us in the daily work of the farm from May through October (or during summer break for students). Primary tasks include planting, cultivating, harvesting, washing and packing a wide variety of produce and cleaning and maintaining our harvest containers, tools and production spaces. Farm workers may also make deliveries or staff our farmers' market stands. Employees work closely with the principal farmer, the assistant farmer and other employees with ample opportunity for discussing the hows and whys of daily tasks.

Expectations

  • Experience with and appreciation for strenuous outdoor work (farming, landscaping, building trades, trail/conservation work, etc.)

  • A positive attitude and a sense of humor and purpose

  • Attention to detail, efficiency and ongoing improvement while performing repetitive tasks

  • Willingness to take both direction and initiative

  • Proactive, honest and constructive communication about work-related information and personal needs

  • Ability to work hard outside in all weather conditions and dress in appropriate work clothing

  • Ability to lift and walk a short distance with 50 lbs

  • Reliability and punctuality

  • A valid driver’s license, a clean driving record, and reliable transportation

Schedule

We work Tuesday-Friday 7 AM-5 PM. Part-time schedules will be arranged within these hours to meet our mutual needs. All team members take an unpaid hour-long lunch break on full days. From July through frost (usually mid-to-late September), the position requires an additional 4-hour harvest shift on Saturdays (starting time and rotating Saturdays off to be coordinated with fellow employees).

Compensation

The base wage for this position is $11/hour and increases based on experience, within the farm’s budget. We do not offer housing or meals, but full-time positions include a CSA share and all employees can bring home our surplus organic produce. We are located 20 minutes northwest of Bangor in a beautiful, peaceful spot.

To apply, please include:

  • A cover letter describing why you want to work for Wise Acres Farm and the experience, qualities and skills that would help you meet the job expectations listed above

  • A resume that includes complete work and educational history for at least the past 5 years.

Please be prepared to provide references upon request. Final candidates will be expected to complete an on-farm interview.