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
Communicating general crop health or other observations made while harvesting to Field Crew Manager
Packing CSA boxes, market produce and restaurant orders
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
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, easy-going
Makes constructive suggestions for improving jobs (when appropriate); offers to help implement improvements
Respects all staff and appreciates their work and contributions
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.
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.
1) Please also enclose a resume with a complete record of your work experience.
Applicant name______________________________________________________ Date______________________
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?
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