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Farm & Garden Field Hand at Esalen Institute - 5080

Job Title: 
Farm & Garden Field Hand
Esalen Institute
55000 Highway One
Big Sur, CA 93920
Job Type: 
Job
Employment Type: 
Full-Time
Job Description: 

Farm & Garden Field Hand

At Esalen, we care about being present. We bring that to everything we do. We don’t just build a table, we build a work of art that’s also a table. We don’t just say hello, we make eye contact and listen with intention. We feel the same way about our team members - showing up in support of their full being. We offer great health care, access to workshops, and the space to do your personal and collective work.

We stand for supporting you to realize your potential.

Description
Support of Farm and Garden Supervisors in all aspects of production and operation of the Farm and Garden

What will this role do?
Harvest a variety of crops and wash/pack (3 times per week)
Compost, including mechanized turning
Bed preparations and plantings
Soil cultivation and weeding
Irrigation of annual and perennial crops at both the farm and garden
Nursery management, including weekly sowings and daily watering
Mechanical cultivation with tractor implements
Support production of value added Farm & Garden products; which may include fermented foods and herbal medicines.
Assist in development of packaging, material acquisition, and coordination with retail outlets for delivery and display.
Leading and directing crews ranging from 2-8 people with a wide range of experience and backgrounds, from one-time volunteers with little to no experience to apprentices who are 6 months into a 12 month program.

Qualifications + Requirements + Skills
At least 6 months experience working in a production garden or equivalent training.
Experience overseeing and directing work crews.
An understanding of sustainable gardening principles and practices including soil health and fertility, irrigation systems, composting techniques, pest control, weed control etc.
Working knowledge of organic crop production, including vegetables, flowers, and herbs, native and perennial crops.
Working knowledge of creating and cultivating value added products such as; fermented foods and herbal medicines.
Skilled in clear and authentic communication, including ability to share in and support personal sharing circles.
Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with people of diverse backgrounds in various situations.
Demonstrated ability to safely lead and participate in physically demanding work on uneven terrain.
Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with people of diverse backgrounds in various situations.
Demonstrated ability to safely lead and participate in physically demanding work on uneven terrain.
Experience in and/or willingness to learn Esalen communication skills using methods such as the Conscious Leadership Group and Gestalt.
Experience in and/or willingness to learn Esalen communication skills using methods such as the Conscious Leadership Group and Gestalt.

Physical Requirements
While performing the duties of this job, the employee must be able to maneuver on uneven ground, drive trucks and tractors, often carry and lift up to 50 pounds, handle and use tools and machinery, and ability to do physical garden/farm work including harvesting, hoeing, stake pounding/pulling, digging. Many of the activities require bending over, kneeling and sitting on uneven ground during cold and hot weather conditions. There is some exposure to dust, fumes, gas and chemicals.

Compensation
The pay for this position is commensurate with experience. This role includes a comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, and paid time off. Esalen gives teammates access to an extensive range of daily experiential classes (yoga, dance, tai chi, and meditation), ongoing in-house education and training programs, and scholarship for Esalen workshops and massage.

Esalen provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, genetics, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

Job Categories: 
Farming/Agriculture