Horton Road Organics, located in the Oregon coast range, integrates education, sustainable food production and community events throughout our main season, April through October. The farm organically grows over 30 varieties of crops that supply a small CSA, three farmers markets, several restaurants and a number of local natural food stores. Each season, our farm welcomes a crew that includes farming apprentices and managers.
For the 2018 farming season, Horton Road Organics is seeking an Assistant Farm Manager. This person will work closely with the Farm Manager to provide support for all areas of the farm operation. We are looking for someone who is an efficient, skilled harvester and a competent teacher, communicator and leader.
- April 1 - October 31 (possible reduced hours in April and October)
- 40 hours per week, Monday-Friday, plus some Saturday markets
- Hourly rate based on experience, plus bonuses
- Room and board; Private yurt and shared kitchen
- Additional pay for Saturday farmers markets
Day-to-day farm work: Sow/plant, harvest, cultivate; Wash and pack produce; Instruct, direct and supervise apprentices; Lead group work tasks
Community Living: Coordinate group meetings; Facilitate positive group dynamics and conflict resolution
Farmers Markets: Manage weekly markets as assigned
• Two seasons of row crop farming experience
• Capacity to meet minimum harvest rates
• Teaching skills; Communication & conflict resolution skills
• Ability to work under pressure
• Valid Driver’s License (drive “box truck” type vehicles and/or manual transmission)
To apply for this position, please send your information to Bill Booth at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will review your information and get back to you. The position will remain open until filled.
In addition to sending your resume and farming references, please answer the following.
1. What draws you to our farm?
2. What are your own long term goals in the field of sustainable agriculture?
3. What is your teaching/instructing experience? Describe your teaching style and how you help different kinds of learners or students who are struggling?
4. What kind of group living experience have you had? What do you contribute to a residential community? How have you dealt with conflict in these settings?
5. Are you available for the full season April – October?
Yes_____ No _____(if No, please explain:)
6. What are your ideal hours per week you prefer to work? (We generally work 40 hours/ week, but also have optional farmers markets outside those hours. Early and late in the season, hours can be considerably less.)
7. Every year we teach a new inexperienced crew to achieve minimum harvest rates. Do you know your own rates of vegetable harvest?
Give us some specific examples:
8. Please share anything else you’d like us to know about you.