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Farm Crew Leader at Quackenbush Farm - 14615

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Farm Crew Leader
Quackenbush Farm
29009 SE Heiple Rd
97022 Eagle Creek , OR
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Job Description: 

We are an established small/mid-scale diversified farm outside of Portland, Oregon entering our 9th season. We focus on organic, annual vegetable production for direct-to-consumer and a slowly growing list of wholesale customers. We vend at 3 farmer’s markets per week, a small on-site farm stand, and sell to restaurants and school districts. We are a small team that work closely together on a daily basis to grow high quality, organic produce for our customers. We’re passionate about our craft and value hard work, sweat, sore muscles, but most importantly, work/life balance.

We are seeking a farm crew lead to start in the Spring of 2022. This is position will be responsible for setting the pace and standards for the rest of the field crew in day to day farming operations.

Duties & Responsibilities: 

Work closely with the assistant farm manager to set a daily agenda and provide leadership for the rest of the farm crew.
Perform day to day field operations, including propagation, field preparation, planting, weeding and cultivation, pest and disease management, and harvest.
Perform post-harvest processing duties such as sorting, washing, bunching, packing orders, and food safety.
Operation of light equipment or possibly our tractor and implements.
Vending at our farmer’s markets as needed.
Other duties include record keeping, irrigation installation and repair, trellising, field walks and crop observations, cleaning and farm maintenance, and various odd jobs like light carpentry, repair, etc.

Education & Experience: 

Two seasons of prior vegetable farming or equivalent experience.
Experience and confidence managing others, either professionally or otherwise.
Physically able to endure repetitive motions such as stooping, squatting, and reaching, lifting 50lbs, and ability to work in all weather conditions.
Valid driver’s license and access to reliable transportation.
A personal interest in sustainable agriculture.

Preferred Qualifications:
Experience managing staff or volunteers
Experience managing staff in a kitchen/food service environment
Experience operating and maintaining a tractor, farm implements, or other machinery.

Desired Personal Traits:
Strong communication skills and the ability to set clear expectations, provide constructive feedback, and be respectful in a small team environment.
Able to balance attention to detail with speed and efficiency, and understand when to lean one way or the other.
Safety conscious.
Able to work independently without supervision, and able to ask questions when clarification is needed.

We are looking to hire a position as soon as March 15th, and will end early November. This is a full time (average 40hrs/week) seasonal position, with possibility for continued employment for subsequent seasons. Hours are typically 8am to 5pm, 4-5 days per week, however some flexibility is required as the seasonal nature of farming may require more than 8 hour days during peak season, and less than 8 during the shoulder seasons.

Compensation is $15/hr to start.

Application Instructions: 

Please reach out to us at if interested, with a copy of your resume, at least 3 references, and a cover letter summarizing your interest in the position and how your experience relates to it.

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