We are looking for 1 positive, communicative and detail-oriented individual to join our 2022 farm team. An ideal Post Harvest Lead will have previous farming and/or leadership experience, enjoy working both on a team and individually and be ready for challenging, hard work. We love growing and selling food and hope that you do too! Position starts in March through December with year round employment opportunities. Applications are reviewed as received.
Position Summary/Responsibilities: The Post Harvest Lead’s primary responsibilities are the day-to-day management of post-harvest operations. This position will coordinate and direct the activities within the post-harvest area. This individual will be responsible for receiving, washing, sorting, and packing of produce for multiple outlets including CSA, restaurants, and wholesale accounts. You will also ensure order fulfillment and optimal quality and food safety of STF’s post-harvest product as well as effectively directing crew members who assist in the wash-pack.
This is hard work and requires a positive attitude and clear, kind, direct communication. An ideal candidate is both self-motivated and able to work in a team. You will need to multitask and make swift decisions about small details while keeping larger goals in mind. This position reports directly to Nick, the farm owner. It requires regular, effective communication between the Field Lead and Farm Crew as to post-harvest feedback and needs.
This position will spend an estimated 75% of their time in the post-harvest (wash-pack) area. The remaining 25% will be spent working with the field crew on myriad other tasks, especially during shoulder seasons. We are a small diversified operation, so tasks are varied and fast-paced. We frequently switch jobs throughout the day, partially out of necessity and partially to reduce repetitive motions. We have invested heavily in mechanization to alleviate the strain of farm tasks, but it is still hard manual labor. Performing repetitive tasks in all weather conditions is the core of farm work. Days will include many hours of standing, kneeling, and lifting.
Full Time*: Approximately 40 hours per week March-December, sometimes less in the spring/fall shoulder season
*Full-time availability is preferred but will consider qualified part-time candidates.
Part-Time winter Work available to those interested in returning for the following season
Schedule: Sunday-Thursday, though some individuals may be scheduled Monday to Friday.
Hours typically run from 8-5, weather-dependent, with potentially longer days during peak season depending on farm needs.
Paid Sick Leave (1 hour accrued per 40 hours worked, available after 90 days of employment).
Paid Family Medical Leave (WA state program).
Workers’ compensation insurance via L&I.
Free/discounted farm produce.
Learning opportunities on a diversified vegetable farm.
We may be able to help find housing in the area if needed.
Performance-based and year-end bonuses possible.
Overtime pay: time and a half above 55 hours a week.
** We take COVID-19 seriously and expect all employees to be fully vaccinated (with proof) and to follow all relevant COVID guidelines, including wearing a mask if directed by STF owners. **
One+ year experience on vegetable farm or grocery
One+ year experience in leadership role
Practical experience and knowledge of vegetable farms, ability to understand the needs of different produce for proper washing, packing and storage
Flexible and positive attitude; able to stay positive through stressful moments.
Clear communication and good interpersonal skills. Able to ask for direction/clarification and accept and act on constructive feedback without taking it personally.
Excellent attention to detail, product quality, and food safety procedures.
Able to learn quickly, good time management skills; happy to hustle, adapt and shift focus quickly based on changing priorities in a fast-paced environment.
Ability to complete self-directed or collaborative work and to prioritize tasks efficiently
Physically fit; ability to bend, kneel, and lift frequently. Work long hours in any weather and lift 50 lbs repeatedly.
Reliable, on-time transportation to the farm is required.
Bilingual candidates speaking Spanish are strongly desired.
Ability to drive stick shift truck & automatic box truck, a plus but not required
About Spring Time Farm: Spring Time Farm (STF) is a family-owned, Certified Organic mixed vegetable farm in the beautiful Nooksack Valley of Whatcom County, Washington. Located at the headwaters of the Sumas River, we are in our 9th growing season. We grow 12 acres of mixed vegetables, fruits, herbs and flowers. With a crew of 4-9 people (depending on the season), our focus is on providing high quality, nutritious produce to our local CSA and regional wholesale markets. The strength of our business is tied to a safe, efficient, collaborative workplace.
To Apply: If interested please send an email titled: Post Harvest Lead 2022 to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your contact information, a resume, and 2-3 references.