Assistant Farmer Position in Vermont at Sweetland Farm – 2017
We are seeking a highly motivated and responsible individual with significant diversified farming experience who will work closely with the head farmer and farm manager to ensure the success of our business. The Assistant Farmer is trained to take a lead role in greenhouse work, vegetable planting, cultivation and harvest for our 200-member CSA, as well as animal care, pasture management, chicken processing, orchard care, and hay production. The Assistant Farmer is an essential part of the core farm team and is expected to think and work like a professional farmer; attention to detail, an efficient and strong work ethic, the ability to identify and carry out big-picture projects, the skills to operate and maintain a range of tractors and implements, an inquisitive nature about improved methods, and the capacity to operate with autonomy or effectively lead a small crew are essential attributes.
Applicants must have familiarity with a range of diversified farm systems, plant and animal production, and soil fertility. Minimum 2 years experience of tractor driving and implement use, especially mechanical cultivating. Proficiency in basic mechanical and carpentry skills. Crew leading experience. Strong organizational and interpersonal skills. Must be able to lift 50 pounds and drive a manual transmission. The successful Assistant Farmer will embrace the varied and intense work of a start-up farm, have an insurmountably positive attitude, communicate well with a small, close-knit team, work closely with the head farmer to implement a production plan, and be able to manage production pressure and crew dynamics during the height of the growing season.
This is a full time (40+ hours per week, plus shared weekend coverage) position. Commitment from April through October required at a minimum, with possibility for part-time season extension. Starting hourly wage ranges from $11-15/hour, depending on skills and experience. Affordable on-farm housing in our beautiful new timber-frame farm labor house is available. We are hiring for the 2017 growing season, but for the right person this could be a long-term position.
To Apply for the Assistant Farmer Position in Vermont
If you think Sweetland Farm is a good match for you and you would like to apply to be part of our team, please send a an email with your resume, 2 references, and a letter of interest to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will contact you to set up an on-farm interview if we think you will be a good fit with our farm.