Field Production Assistant and Equipment Operator
Full-time, seasonal, April through November
The Field Production Assistant works closely with the Farm Manager, aiding and assisting in all aspects of field production. The position is heavily focused on tractor and equipment work, and as such all interested applicants should have prior experience operating tractors and other farm equipment.
Applicants should be detail oriented, with an aptitude for record keeping, calculating fertilizer and pest control applications, troubleshooting equipment, and have a strong familiarity with plant identification and basic plant biology.
Working closely with the Farm Manager, this position requires strong communication skills, ability to multi-task, and proficiency reading field maps.
Please note: Candidates must be able to lift 50 pounds and move heavy items. If you have a history of chronic back pain or other serious physical ailments or limitations, this position would not be a good fit for you.
Tillage and other field preparation
Seeding and transplanting
Pest and disease control
Cultivation and weed management
Equipment maintenance and minor repairs
General farm labor as needed
At least one year of experience that is applicable to this position (equipment operation/mechanics/farming)
Attention to detail
Punctuality and strong time management skills
Positive and energetic disposition with strong interpersonal skills
Strong back with the ability to lift heavy and awkward objects
Ability to work well in both a team setting and independently
Fast learner and ability to adapt to new positions and working with new people
Ability to take direction, accept constructive feedback and to ask for help when needed
Ability to give direction and act as a leader among peers and colleagues
Ability to work for long durations in inclement weather
Ability to perform and endure repetitive physical work
Ability to speak Spanish is desired but not a must
40-60/wk (hours change with the season). Typically Monday through Friday, but Saturday work may be possible/necessary with days of the week and hours tapering off as the season progresses
Commensurate with experience, and includes one small CSA share. Additionally, vegetables from the field are available for the picking, as well as partner share items at discount price.
Please email a letter of interest, resume and 3 references to:
Dan Finkelstein and Valerie Cochran
Helsing Junction Farm
Please write “Field Production Assistant” in the email subject line and include where you found this job posting in the body of the message.
We will only accept applications via email. Mailed or walk-in applications will not be accepted.