Part-Time Harvest Crew Job in Oregon

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Part-Time Harvest Crew Position at Flying Coyote Farm in Oregon

General Part-Time Harvest Crew Job Description

Flying Coyote Farm is looking for one part-time person to join our harvest crew for the 2018 season. The Harvest Crew position will focus on all aspects of harvest and post harvest handling of the over 50 vegetable crops grown on out farm. Harvest crew members will participate in all aspects of harvesting, washing and packing produce for out three outlets (CSA, Restaurants, and Farmers Markets.) This position is part-time (15-20 hours per week) and runs late May-October.

*Flying Coyote Farm does not offer housing or meals for this position. *

Part-Time Harvest Crew Roles and Responsibilities

Proper harvest and post harvest handling of a large variety of vegetable crops

Time management

Record keeping

Washing produce

Communicating general crop health or other observations made while harvesting to Field Crew Manager

Packing CSA boxes, market produce and restaurant orders

Schedule

Position runs late May – October (possibility of an earlier start date and later end date depending on weather and skill level and availability of applicant)

Workdays are Mondays and Thursdays 8:00am-4:30pm depending on daylight hours and seasonal workload.  At times we may require crew members to work shorter or longer hours depending on weather and/or work load.  There is an unpaid half hour lunch break each day.

Optional weekend Farmers Market work for interested applicants.

Part-Time Harvest Crew Compensation

$10-$12/hr – Hourly rate based on experience, plus bonuses

Farm CSA share

Skills and Qualifications

General Requirements

Two seasons prior vegetable farming experience (specifically harvest and post harvest handling experience required)

Ability to lift 50lbs.

Have a valid drivers license and access to reliable transportation

Demonstrated commitment to organic and sustainable farming

Responsibility and Reliability

Ability to learn and to work unsupervised

Self-motivation to do a quality job in an efficient way

On time for work

Ability to commit to the full season (May-October)

Awareness and Participation

Maintains an awareness of what is currently happening

Thinks of what needs to happening

Helps initiate what needs to happen next

Thinks about safety

Positive Attitude

Positive attitude, easy-going

Makes constructive suggestions for improving jobs (when appropriate); offers to help implement improvements

Respects all staff and appreciates their work and contributions

Communication

Works well with others and has experience working as part of a team

Asks for additional information if directions seem inadequate or unclear

Offers alternative ways to achieve an objective (when appropriate)

Responsive to feedback from supervisors and co-workers

Proactive and honest.

Focus

Able to concentrate on the task at hand and ability to switch between tasks throughout the workday

Listens carefully to instructions without becoming distracted

Retains information for future reference

How to Apply for the Part-Time Harvest Crew Job

Please note that the careful execution of the following instructions will greatly increase your chances of hearing from us soon.  

Submit Application to flyingcoyotefarm@gmail.com please use subject line “YOUR NAME” Harvest Crew Application

1) Please also enclose a resume with a complete record of your work experience.

Applicant name______________________________________________________ Date______________________

Address _________________________________________________________________________________

Phone ________________________________________ Email____________________________________________

Drivers License Number & State_________________________________

Date of Birth __________________

I can start work on date: ______________________________

I need to finish by date: _______________________________

Dates I already know I will need to have off in 2018:_________________________________________

Please supply the names and contact information for three farming or professional references. . Please select references that reflect your level of agricultural, retail, and/or other work experience, your honesty, and reliability. References must not be from your family. It also helps a lot if you have a reference from a paid position rather than a volunteer or other unpaid position. Please contact the individuals you wish to list as references to make sure that these folks are willing and able to act as references for you. Is their phone number correct? Are they likely to answer the telephone? And if not, are they likely to listen to messages and return calls? Include name, phone #, relationship and length of relationship.

How does a seasonal farm job fit into your long-term and short-term career goals?

Why are you specifically interested in working at Flying Coyote Farm?

What experience do you have with farming and what skills do you have to offer the farm?

What is the hardest, most repetitive physical work you have ever done? (tasks, hours, duration)

Do you have any experience managing or leading a crew? If so please describe.

Have you ever operated any farm machinery or heavy equipment? Please describe.

Do you have any mechanical skills or experience? If so please describe.

Are you proficient and accurate in basic mathematics? 

Please describe any physical limitations that might affect your ability to perform certain tasks. Many jobs require light to heavy lifting (up to 50 lbs.), repetitive grasping, standing, bending, kneeling and walking.

Do you have a clean driving record the past 3 years? If not, please explain.

Experience with a stick shift?

Experience driving large “box” type delivery trucks? If yes, in rural or urban areas? Please describe.

6) Are there any other important details about yourself that you’d like to share with us?

 

To learn more about farming jobs and internships or to post an opportunity on beginningfarmers.org, go to: http://www.beginningfarmers.org/internship-and-employment-opportunities/

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