Growing Home’s organic urban farm and job training program is seeking a highly motivated detail-oriented individual to join our staff as a Farm & Program Assistant. This position entails day-to-day farm and site maintenance, harvesting, and processing of produce, and daily training of all Production Assistants (participants in our transitional job program). The Farm & Program Associate reports to the Director of Operations. All farm site workflows are managed and supervised by the Urban Farm Site Manager. Work with Production Assistants is managed and supervised by the Farm Coordinator.
Growing Home operates USDA-certified organic farms that produce between 25,000- 40,000 pounds of vegetables and herbs annually. We use our farms as a platform for our 12- week job training program serving up to 70 individuals facing barriers to employment on an annual basis, and as a source for affordable healthy produce in the Englewood neighborhood.
Bed Preparation (clearing, tilling, amending, raking), transplant production and transplanting, direct seeding
Maintain planted beds – irrigating, weeding, fertilizing, trellising, thinning, pruning
Harvest, process, and pack produce
Product deliveries and supply runs as needed
Ensure quality, sanitation, and freshness standards
Record keeping and farm data entry support (Must be proficient with Google Suite - Sheets and Docs, and Microsoft Suite - Excel and Word)
Basic carpentry and repair work; examples include irrigation line installation and repair, fabricating trellises, installing/repairing thermostats
Assist with food distribution and farmers markets, includes some weekends
Treat all customers respectfully and courteously
Take part in weekend watering split amongst staff
Assist with bee-keeping as needed
Assist with snow removal in the winter and other general site maintenance tasks
Production Assistant Direction and Training:
Provide direction to Production Assistant working groups (crews of up to 10 PAs) during morning and afternoon work periods
Take responsibility for group work performance and outcomes of work crews under their direction
Conduct farm-skills trainings for Production Assistants and consistently review skills as needed in the field
Ensure that Production Assistants are courteous and helpful to all those on-site, immediately addressing and correcting problems
Model and demonstrate excellent communication skills with other staff and participants, especially under frustrating conditions
Communicate any notable issues and/or successes to Farm Coordinator or Director of Operations as needed
When needed, transport Growing Home Production Assistants using company vehicle
Participate in program-related activities such as: workflow meetings; staff and departmental meetings; and performance evaluation
At least two seasons of farming experience, organic preferred
Experience working on a team, ability to connect with a variety of audiences
Detail-oriented, dependable, and punctual
Attention to quality-control
Able to work independently; self-directed
Able to lift 50 lbs.
Able to squat and bend for long periods of time
Ability to work well in all weather conditions
• Experience using a four-point seeder and Earthway
• Experience supervising and/or training
• Valid Illinois Driver’s License
If interested in the full-time Farm and Program Assistant position please send one PDF document including a cover letter and resume along with three professional references to Shani Settles, Director of Operations, at email@example.com. Applications are due before Friday, January 8th. Email subject line should include the position title. No phone calls, please.
Growing Home offers competitive compensation packages based on experience. All compensation packages include health insurance coverage and generous vacation benefits.
All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, creed, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, military status, current employment status, or prior record of arrest or conviction.