Whatley Farm is currently hiring part and/or full-time employees to work on our farm crew from early April through fall. Please review the job description below, and email a brief cover letter, 3 professional references, and your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org 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. Kate Rydell joined the management team 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 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 are also looking for help with Saturday farmers market with the potential for a Tuesday-Saturday schedule, to be determined upon hire.
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 email@example.com. We look forward to hearing from you!