Farm Crew Leader and Field Crew Jobs, New York State

Native Offerings Farm, is a 400 member CSA growing four season Certified Naturally Grown crops 50 miles south of Buffalo in New York State, and isSustainable Farm New York State hiring for Farm Crew Leader and Field Crew Jobs for 2012. They also have a 400 member fruit share and market our grass fed beef and heritage pork.  They started the first CSA in Erie County in 1996. They were the Cattaraugus County Conservation Farm of the year 2008 and were the Edible Communities 2010 and 2011 Local Hero Award Winner. Stewart Ritchie, founder and owner, is currently participating in LEAD NY Class 14. Their shares have sold out for the last six years.

To help them grow they are seeking:

1) a farm crew leader.  The primary responsibility will be to train the field crew and volunteers to be quick and effective cultivators and harvesters.  The position involves working with the crew and setting pace and quality standards.  You will also be responsible for training the crew and volunteers for our GAP program and ensuring that they meet the standards.

This is a full time position.  Pay is based on the skills and the performance of the candidate.  During the peak season (May though Thanksgiving) the work week is six days.  The balance of the year is flexible.  Health insurance is provided the second year of employment.  Housing is available locally.

The candidate must possess good record keeping skills, the stamina to work long hours, a positive attitude and be a problem solver.  Leadership skills and experience are essential.  Vegetable farming experience is preferred.  We use a local work force.  What is important is that the volunteers and crew are getting the job done to our standards and at the same time feeling that they are valued and an important part of a successful farm.

2) They need a hard working field crew so they can grow and meet the demand for shares.  The primary responsibility for the field crew is to be quick and effective cultivators and harvesters.  Most of the day will be spent weeding, harvesting, washing and packing vegetables.  Some general farm work is involved.  They harvest most of the crops the day they are distributed so it is essential that the harvest is finished quickly so that the truck can leave on time.

This is a full time seasonal position (April through Thanksgiving).  Pay is based on the performance and experience of the candidate ($7.50-$12.00hr).  During the peak season (May though Thanksgiving) the work week is Monday through Friday for ten hours a day and for half a day on Saturday.   Health insurance is provided the second year of employment.  Housing is available locally.

The candidate must possess the stamina to work long hours, a positive attitude and enjoy working with others.   Vegetable farming experience is preferred.  They have a domestic work force.

Applications for both positions are available on their website http://www.nativeofferings.com

For more information, contact Stewart and Deb Ritchie, Native Offerings Farm, 8501 Maples Road, Little Valley, NY  14755, csa@nativeofferings.com, 716 257-3006

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