Field Production Assistant and Equipment Operator

 
 

Position Details:

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.

Responsibilities:

  • Tillage and other field preparation

  • Seeding and transplanting

  • Fertilization

  • Pest and disease control

  • Cultivation and weed management

  • Equipment maintenance and minor repairs

  • Record keeping

  • Irrigation assistance

  • General farm labor as needed

Qualifications:

  • 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

Working Hours:

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

Compensation:

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.

Reports to:

Farm Manager

To Apply:

Please email a letter of interest, resume and 3 references to:

Dan Finkelstein and Valerie Cochran
Helsing Junction Farm
helsingfarm@gmail.com

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.