Whatley Farm is done hiring for the 2019 season. Please check back this winter for next season, and in the meantime, see below for job description and how to apply.
Farm Crew Job Description - Whatley Farm
Whatley Farm is a diversified, certified-organic family farm in Topsham, Maine. We grow about 4 acres of annual vegetables, assorted smaller plantings of perennials including plums, peaches, apples, pears, raspberries, asparagus, and herbs, raise ducks for eggs and pigs for meat. We sell primarily at Brunswick farmers’ markets in the summer and winter as well as selling wholesale to local restaurants and natural food stores. We run a debit-style CSA through our farmers’ markets. The farm was started in 2012 by Ben Whatley and his parents Laura and Nick. Kate Rydell joined the team as assistant manager in 2017.
We are looking for positive, energetic, and hardworking crew members to assist us in a variety of tasks:
Greenhouse seeding, watering, and transplanting
Weeding, pruning, and fertilizing of crops
Harvesting, washing, and packing of produce
Selling at our local farmers markets with us
Setting up and breaking down various farm infrastructure (hoophouses, irrigation, etc.)
There is very limited opportunity to work with the poultry and livestock. This position will primarily involve the vegetable operation.
Passionate about sustainable agriculture, responsible, and motivated
A desire to learn the way we farm (and why) and improve as the season progresses
Punctual and reliable--in the field, suited up, ready to work at start time.
Enjoy long hours doing physical labor outside (which involves lifting up to 50 lbs)
Excellent communication skills
Ability to work as part of a team or independently
Valid driver’s license
This a seasonal position that runs into November, depending on need, with an hourly wage based on experience. Work hours are 7-4 Monday-Friday (6:30-3:30 if you are working market). We take an hour break for lunch in the farmhouse (1/2 hour is paid break, with 1/2 hour unpaid, but lunch is provided as a free benefit), and we trade off cooking each weekday (you will prepare lunch once a week and be paid for the time). We are also looking for help sometimes with Saturday farmers market, so there is the opportunity for extra hours, or to make up for other days taken off.
We cannot provide housing at this time.
Intoxication/impairment of any kind will not be tolerated at work. Tobacco is not allowed, either.
To apply, please send a resume, three references (at least two professional), and a brief cover letter explaining why you would be a great fit for this position to firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to hearing from you!