If working long hours and feeling your muscles ache while in the hot sun, rain, sleet and mud sounds fun, all the while laughing with friends, and getting a lot of physical work done, then farming with us could be your dream come true.
We hire a great group of folks each season to help us complete our goal of growing delicious food for the community. It's not easy, but it can be a wonderful lifestyle that makes you strong, feeds you well and builds lifelong friendships.
We are looking for two stellar interns for the 2020 season.
If you are interested in learning how to produce food in an organic system and you love to work outside, rain or shine, this could be just what you're looking for.
We offer housing and lots of great farm food, classes and a stipend. If you are interested please let us know. You can also go to our educational partners website at http://www.roguefarmcorps.org/
If you have significant experience working on small scale organic farms or have other skills you feel could lend themselves to our farm please feel free to send us your resume. See current openings below.
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Field and Crew Manager
Posted 12/23/19 . posted until filled.
We are seeking a Field Crew Manager and Mentor that will be responsible for leading the day-to-day tasks of our field crew, typically consisting of 6 employees, some that are returning crew members, and two interns through the Rouge Farm Corps. The crew manager and mentor will work closely with the Farm Manager to lead and teach the crew in the harvesting and washing of vegetables (2 days a week) as well as almost all the necessary hand-work (i.e. non-tractor & irrigation work) in the vegetable and perennial fields (3 days a week).
One aspect of this job is working closely with the Farm Manager to coordinate the successful production of our annual vegetable fields. Experience and a desire for success is a must. The second aspect of this job is helping guide the crew in an efficient and effective manner in order to help maintain the quality of the produce and the profitability of the farm. The third and equally important task is to be a positive and encouraging leader for the entire crew to help maintain a happy and engaged crew. This will require strong communication skills, empathy and understanding.
We are interested in helping grow farmers. We understand that farming is a lifelong learning journey, and we seek to train the next generation, from our interns to our farm managers. This position is a stepping stone for a farmer that would like to work towards being a farm manager and/or farm owners, here or at other farms.
With the help of an Assistant Field Crew Manager, lead and monitor the flow and work of the field crew to maintain efficiency and effectiveness (~8 people including 2 RFC interns)
Be a contributing member to the crew in the field including harvesting, washing, troubleshooting, repairing etc. (does not require tractor or irrigation work)
Encourage and maintain crew morale
Monitor and help facilitate the successful production of annual vegetables with other members of field management including the farm manager, tractor/irrigation operator and equipment manager
When necessary, communicate and coordinate with the CSA Manager, Farmers Market Manager and Farmstand Manager
Skills and Experience Desired:
Quality oriented, production minded vegetable harvesting and washing
Care and cultivation of certified organic vegetables and fruits
Experience leading groups of people
Strong communication skills
Strong leadership skills tempered with empathy and understanding
A desire to help train the next generation of farmers
Job Structure and Compensation
This position starts in March 2020, is a year-round, salaried position with an hourly rate starting at $14.50/hr, DOE
32/hrs week Nov-April, 40-45/hrs week May-October, if continuing into a 2nd season, 2 weeks PTO at the end of the year
Bonuses in the fall, based on financial performance of farm business, typically $500-$1000
$500 fund towards continued education
Retirement plan with OGR and Yearly contributions starting in 3rd year of employment
Housing not included, but on-farm housing at additional cost is a possibility
Lots of farm produce
Propagation Lead and Field Crew Member
Posted 1/8/20. posted until filled.
The propagation lead is an integral member of our Farm Management Team and field crew at Organic Redneck Growers with two main roles. The primary role (~20% of the time) is being the main steward of our 3000 sq ft heated greenhouse where we produce all of our transplants. This role works closely with the Farm Manager to effectively carry out the farm’s transplant seeding calendar, from seeding, watering, monitoring and transplanting out in the field. As a fresh market and CSA farm, we produce over 50 types of crops including about 250 varieties. An ideal candidate would enjoy the attention to detail and caretaking that contributes to healthy and bountiful starts. Often times this role also helps train and teach our two Rogue Farm Corps Interns how to seed and raise healthy transplants.
The second role (~80% of the time) is being a member of our upbeat and fast paced field crew of up to 8 people. Our two harvest days are Monday and Friday and include harvesting and washing up to 12 crops in a day for our various sales outlets including: Farmers Market, Crop Share, Wholesale and Farmstand. Tuesday through Thursday, when not seeding or transplanting, the Propagation Lead works on the field crew, tackling all of the necessary hand work in our mixed vegetable and fruit fields. This can include trellising, pruning and hand cultivation amongst other things. These days are led and managed by the Field Crew Manager and their Assistant.
Prop House (1-2 days a week, often solo):
-Leading the production of all the vegetable starts in our propagation house, working closely with the Farm Manager and the farm seeding plan. This includes: tray filling, seeding (by hand, vibra seeder and vac-seeder), uppotting and supplemental fertilizing
-Irrigation of the prophouse 5 days a week (M-F) plus 1x per month on weekends (Sat & Sun)
-Record keeping for our farm records and Organic Certification including: seeding, germination rates, transplanting and greenhouse pest management
-Coordinating transplants with Field Crew Manager and Farm Manager
-Monitoring pests and diseases in the prophouse and managing possible vectors
-Maintain and coordinate proper seed storage and inventory
-Maintain a clean and safe work environment in the propagation house
-Help teach our (2) Rogue Farm Corps interns how to properly seed and water seedlings
Field Crew (3-4 days a week, with 1-6 others):
-Harvesting and washing all types of fruits and vegetables as a member of the field crew under the direction of the Field Crew Manager, Monday & Friday
-All necessary field work in our annual and perennial vegetable and fruit fields including but not limited to: transplanting, weeding, trellising, pruning, using row cover and landscape fabric, amending the soil, crop removal and renovation amongst others projects
Skills and Experience Desired:
-At least one season working on a vegetable farm washing and harvesting vegetables and completing the necessary vegetable field work
-Previous experience seeding and watering in a propagation house
-Effective communication and coordination skills to operate as an integral member of a farm management team
-Effective personal time management and ability to work alone up to 20% of the time
-Attention to detail and ability to keep digital records
Year-round employment of seasonally variable amounts
Hours for 2019 (Min-Max):
$13/hr or higher DOE
$250 towards continued education
End of Year Bonus of varying amounts, if the farm’s annual financial goals are met and exceeded
Retirement fund with varying contributions in 3rd year of employment
On-Farm housing not provided but opportunities may be available
We will have additional jobs posted for our 2020 field crew soon