Located in south-central Pennsylvania, the Dickinson College Farm is an 80-acre educational production farm that raises certified organic produce and grass-fed meat for campus and community consumption, in addition to serving as a resource for academic and agricultural training interests.
The Dickinson College Farm invites motivated and experienced applicants to apply for our 2022 Crew Leader position. The Crew Leader position offers a full-season learning and working intensive focused on the farm’s 10-acre vegetable operation. The College Farm supports a 140+ member CSA, in addition to robust produce sales to the campus dining hall and diverse stand at Carlisle’s producer-only farmers’ market. As a member of the farm’s management team, the Crew Leader position will support crop production and team management goals to ensure a fruitful growing season.
Successful applicants will have a minimum of one full season of production vegetable farming experience, a keen interest in developing professional and technical know-how, and a passion for building cohesive teams. They will also be enthusiastic and organized leaders, enjoy working with college-aged students, and bring diverse skill sets to the position. Previous experience managing teams is a plus! Dickinson College and the College Farm are committed to building a representative and diverse employee and student body. We encourage applications from all qualified persons.
The Crew Leader will be asked to lead groups on tasks, requiring them to engage in effective communication, delegation, oversight, and follow through. Group sizes vary depending on the day and task at hand. Our Crew Leader must feel comfortable engaging and leading small, as well as large groups of people, from students to adult volunteers. The Crew Leader will work closely with the farm’s three managers to identify and prioritize tasks. The Crew Leader will be the main point person for teamwork and responsible for ensuring assigned work is completed efficiently and timely. Farm managers will help coach the Crew Leader, providing feedback and suggestions for improvement. Our Crew Leader must be comfortable engaging in direct and effective communication with co-managers. The Crew Leader has the opportunity to help shape the culture and “vibe” of the farm team. At times, this will require setting the pace and correcting inefficiencies. Leading by example will be key. The Crew Leader will also be asked to assist, at times with sustaining morale and enthusiasm for long and seemingly arduous work.
Work Requirements: The basic “work and learn” day is from 7:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday thru Friday, with one hour for lunch (times may adjust seasonally or to accommodate weather). Each Monday afternoon in the summer, employees partake in a farm meeting and educational program. A separate meeting between the crew leader, apprentices, and managers will occur each week to go over farm to-do lists, provide management training and discuss any other pertinent matters.
Peripheral Farm Projects: Some farm projects occur on weekends or require work outside of the normal 7:30-4:30 M-F work week. These include daily livestock care, irrigation during the dry season, greenhouse management, farmers’ market, and food service events (Pizza on the Plaza, GATHER pop-up restaurant, etc.). Weekend or evening work can also be traded for time off during the normal work week to accommodate doctors’ appointments, long weekends or other personal needs.
Farm staff can expect to be exposed to ongoing experimental and investigative projects at the farm, including insect scouting, toad research, and innovative farm systems management. This, in addition to assisting, and at times leading educational outreach events and public tours.
An underlying goal of the Crew Leader position is to allow for opportunities that build skillsets and confidence through hands-on learning. We will do our best to facilitate chances for learning both on and off the College Farm. Off-farm activities will include occasional fieldtrips during the paid work week, as well as optional social or educational visits to other farms during evening or weekend hours.
This full-time position will run from March until December in 2022. The salary range is from $12-$15/hour plus paid sick leave and paid vacation, in addition to other enticing amenities. More details on the 2022 Farm Crew Leader position and an application can be found at
Applications will be reviewed as they are received. The deadline for the Dickinson College Farm Crew Leader position is January 10, 2022.