Cure Organic Farm is seeking a Crew Leader

8 Dec

Location: Six miles East of Boulder, Colorado

Cure Organic Farm is seeking an experienced farmer to join us as our Crew Leader beginning March 2010. This is a great position for someone who has completed an internship position and is looking for more experience leading a field crew in all aspects of running a commercial small vegetable farm. The position requires experience in organic vegetable production, tractor operation, fieldwork, animal care, excellent communication. Dedication, self-motivation, a strong work ethic, leadership skills and a rock-solid good attitude are also necessary. The Crew Leader will lead and oversee interns, volunteers and hourly field workers on a daily basis.

Cure Organic Farm is a commercial small family farm located six miles east of Boulder, Colorado. We grow 90 different varieties of certified organic vegetables, herbs and flowers on 8 acres. All of the crops we grow are distributed within 50 miles of the farm through a 165 member CSA program, to a dozen local restaurants, farmers markets and our self-serve farm stand on site. The farm is also home to several honey bee hives, over 100 laying hens and grass fed pigs and sheep that are raised for meat.

The position requires experience in organic vegetable production, tractor operation, fieldwork, animal care, excellent communication. Dedication, self-motivation, strong work ethic and a rock-solid good attitude are also necessary. The Crew Leader will lead and oversee interns, volunteers and hourly field workers on a daily basis. Our season follows the weekly outline below.

Monday: Greenhouse or field work including seeding, weeding, transplanting, and trellising.

Tuesday: Harvest for 10 restaurants, 165 member CSA and farmers market. Deliver restaurant orders.

Wednesday: Finish harvesting for CSA, pack CSA boxes, attend farmers market, and distribute CSA on the farm. Wednesday is by far our longest day as CSA distribution and the Farmers Market finishes around 9pm.

Thursday: Field work including weeding and transplanting. Thursday’s are Volunteer Day. Crew Leader is responsible for welcoming volunteers into the field and leading them through the morning.

Friday: Harvest for 10 restaurants and Saturday farmers market. Deliver restaurant orders.

Saturday: Load van, set up stand and sell produce at the Boulder Farmers’ Market.

The Crew Leader will lead and assist interns, volunteers and hourly workers with: Field work, Greenhouse, Wash Station, Tractor work, Distribution and Animal Care.

This is a leadership position. The Crew Leader will organize daily tasks and set and maintain the crew’s pace in the field. Crew Leader works directly with the Farmers. The Crew Leader should expect to work up to 70 hours a week during the peak season, Monday through Friday, alternating Saturday’s at the farmers market and alternating weeks on animal duty. The work day begins at 6am, we take a one hour lunch around noon and the day usually finishes up around 5pm. This is a 9 month salaried position, March through November.

Salary at $12,600 (subject to taxes) depending on experience. In addition to salary, one week paid vacation (not applicable during June, July & August) and all farm products are also available. Housing option available on farm.

Crew Leader applicants will have a serious interest in commercial organic vegetable production, and a minimum of 2 full seasons of field work on a farm with cultivating, harvesting and post harvest handling experience. Previous management experience preferred. Tractor experience is helpful. Applicants must have the physical ability to work daily with hands, wrists and back, and to lift 50 pounds regularly. Applicants should expect to work outside in all weather conditions including rain, snow and daily summer heat of 90-100 degrees. Qualified applicants will be emotionally mature, ready for leadership responsibilities, flexible, organized and able to work well with a diverse group of people.

Please visit our website to apply. We will begin the interview process in January 2010. We will set up a phone interview with qualified candidates. After the phone interview, we will request an on farm visit and interview with qualified candidates. We hope to have the position filled by Feb. 15th, 2010.

Be sure to mention in your cover letter that you found this listing on the Sustainable Food Jobs website!

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