Whatley Farm is currently hiring part and/or full-time employees to work on our farm crew from early June through fall. Please review the job description below, and email a brief cover letter, 3 professional references, and your resume to whatleyfarm@gmail.com if you are interested.

Farm Crew Job Description - Whatley Farm

Whatley Farm is a diversified, certified-organic family farm in Topsham, Maine. We grow about 5 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. Ailish Kress joined the management team in 2014.

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.

Qualifications:

  • 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

  • Valid driver’s license

This a seasonal position that runs into November, depending on need, with an hourly wage based on experience and an end-of-the-season bonus based on total hours worked. Work hours are 7-4 Monday-Friday. Hours shift to 8-5 in the fall to accommodate a later sunrise and frosts. We take an hour for communal lunch (unpaid break, 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 also may ask for you to work 1-2 Saturdays per month helping us at the farmers market, to be determined and scheduled when you are hired.

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 whatleyfarm@gmail.com. We look forward to hearing from you