Farm Lead position is full for the 2024 season. Please check out our other available positions on the farm!
Rainshadow Organics is looking to hire a motivated and inspired Farm Lead to implement and further evolve the systems surrounding (but not limited to) greenhouse and garden cultivation, propagation, fertilization, and team directives. We are wanting someone that is self-driven and can work efficiently and independently as well as with our team of apprentices. This position is perfect for someone wanting to further develop leadership skills, both of oneself and others, as well as learning what it takes to navigate several key areas of a farm.
- Season: March-November, with flexibility on start and end dates
- Average of 35-45 hours a week, 5 days a week (Sunday-Thursday)
- PTO for vacation, sick time, and mental health accrued at 1 hr per 30 hrs worked
- $100 gear stipend
- Season completion bonus of 5% of gross wages attributed to hours worked
- Access to optional, affordable housing available
We are looking for someone that has:
- The ability to see the large picture as well as smaller details, knowing what needs to get done and able to shift when necessary
- Flexibility depending on the farm needs.
- An eye and desire to improve systems and efficiencies
- An enthusiasm to learn and grow
- A love of farming and good interpersonal skills
- At least two full seasons working on an operating farm. We will do a lot of initial training, but attention to detail and a basis of farming knowledge is a must
- Able to commit to the full season discussed at time of hire
- Able to lift and carry 40-50 lbs. repeatedly
- Willing to work early/late days in a variety of fluctuating conditions including, but not limited to, heat, cold, smoke, etc.
- Leadership experience preferred
- Weekly planning with the farm’s owner and manager to develop understandings of the priorities and expectations for the farm at that time
- Following the crop plan propagation and cultivation timeline, so that seeding, transplanting, tending, and harvesting can be accomplished successfully and on time
- Managing the cultivation of 15 hoop houses, 3 tomato greenhouses, and the 2-acre garden
- Clearing, prepping beds, transplanting, and direct seeding as needed
- Making sure seedlings are healthy, watered, and tended daily
- Managing our apprentice crew once a week so they can help get tasks completed
- Cultivating, harvesting, and washing salad mix weekly
- Keeping record on planting logs, changes in the crop plan, improvements for next season and achievements for the current season
- Fertilization; making comfrey tea and injecting through the irrigation, feeding the beds and assisting the soil microbiome
- Pest management
- Seed saving
To apply, please submit your resume, three references, and a cover letter answering the following questions:
- Why are you interested in working at Rainshadow Organics?
- What are you looking to get out of this experience?
- How does this position fit into your short and long term goals?
- Do you want to be a farmer? Why?
- Are you interested in a fast-paced, manual labor environment on a farm that produces a lot of food? Why?
Include contact and basic information:
- Preferred Pronouns
And a few other straightforward details about yourself:
- Do you have a reliable vehicle?
- Can you drive a manual transmission?
- Do you have a valid driver’s license?
- Do you have health insurance?
- Do you have dietary restrictions?
- Do you have any pets?
Please send your application to: [email protected]
We accept applications on a rolling basis, and are actively interviewing and hope to fill our team by February 1st.