Irrigation Assistant

 
 

Position Details:

Full-time, seasonal, May through Novembe

As Irrigation Assistant this position is responsible for aiding and assisting in all aspects of the farm’s irrigation systems and works very closely with the farm’s Irrigation Manager. As such, you will be responsible for moving and maintaining our handline aluminum irrigation pipe, setting up and maintaining our drip irrigation systems, operating and maintaining our two main irrigation pumps, and monitoring and keeping track of our irrigation rotation.

Some tasks may require a light amount of tractor work, with training provided for anyone with no prior tractor experience.

Applicants should have a strong disposition towards organization and cleanliness, be detail oriented, with an aptitude for record keeping, and be able to multitask in a fast paced environment.

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:

  • Moving, setting up, and maintaining our overhead irrigation system

  • Drip tape installation and maintenance

  • General irrigation maintenance and minor repairs

  • Occasional supervision of 1 other employee

  • Soil moisture assessment and irrigation tracking

  • Fertigation

  • Tracking and record keeping for irrigation date and duration

  • Communicating and delegating irrigation responsibilities as needed

  • Light tractor work

  • General farm labor as needed

Qualifications:

  • Prior experience that is applicable to this position (farming/irrigation/produce) is desired but not a must

  • Familiarity with organic vegetable production and the myriad of conditions that affect an irrigation schedule

  • 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:

40-55/wk (hours change with the season). Either a Sunday-Thursday schedule or Tuesday-Saturday schedule, to be determined prior to the start of the season.

Compensation:

Compensation is 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, Irrigation 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 “Irrigation 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.