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Crew Leader on Diversified Organic Farm

Date Posted: 2010-1-4
Location: Boulder, CO, USA
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Cure Organic Farm is seeking an experienced intern or farmer to join us as our Crew Leader beginning in March 2010. The position requires experience in organic vegetable production, tractor operation, fieldwork, animal care, excellent communication. Dedication, self-motivation, strong work ethic and a rock-solid good attitude are also necessary. The Crew Leader will lead and oversee interns, volunteers and hourly field workers on a daily basis. Our season follows the weekly outline below.

Monday greenhouse or field work including seeding, weeding, transplanting, and trellising.

Tuesday harvest for 10 restaurants, 165 member CSA and farmers market. Deliver restaurant orders.

Wednesday finish harvesting for CSA, pack CSA boxes, attend farmers market, and distribute CSA on the farm. Wednesday is by far our longest day as CSA distribution and Farmers Market finish around 9pm.

Thursday field work including weeding and transplanting. Thursday's are Volunteer Day. Crew Leader is responsible for welcoming volunteers into the field and leading them through the morning.

Friday harvest for 10 restaurants and Saturday farmers market. Deliver restaurant orders.

Saturday load van, set up stand and sell produce at the Boulder Farmers' Market.

The Crew Leader will lead and assist interns, volunteers and hourly workers with the following:

Field work: hand transplanting, hand weeding, wheel hoeing, thinning, trellising and harvesting.

Greenhouse: seeding flats, weeding, thinning, fertilizing, transplanting, watering, and pest control.

Wash Station: washing, sorting, packing, labeling all crops.

Tractor work: bed preparation and mowing with Kubota 4310, International Farmall Super A, and Allis Chalmers G.

Distribution: delivering restaurant orders, distributing CSA and sales at farmers' markets and setting up Farm Stand.

Animal care: letting chickens out at sunrise, feeding, watering, collecting eggs and putting in at sundown. Feed and water pigs and sheep. Building and maintaining fences. Assist with Beekeeping.

Employment Details
This is a leadership position. The Crew Leader will organize daily tasks and set and maintain the crew's pace in the field. Crew Leader works directly with the Farmers. The Crew Leader should expect to work up to 70 hours a week during the peak season, Monday through Friday, alternating Saturday's at the farmers market and alternating weeks on animal duty. The work day begins at 6am, we take a one hour lunch around noon and the day usually finishes up around 5pm. This is a 9 month salaried position, March through November.
Compensation

Salary at $12,600 (subject to taxes) depending on experience. In addition to salary, one week paid vacation (not applicable during June, July & August) and all farm products are also available. Housing option available on farm.

Qualifications
Crew Leader applicants will have a serious interest in commercial organic vegetable production, and a minimum of 2 full seasons of field work on a farm with cultivating, harvesting and post harvest handling experience. Previous management experience preferred. Tractor experience is helpful. Applicants must have the physical ability to work daily with hands, wrists and back, and to lift 50 pounds regularly. Applicants should expect to work outside in all weather conditions including rain, snow and daily summer heat of 90-100 degrees. Qualified applicants will be emotionally mature, ready for leadership responsibilities, flexible, organized and able to work well with a diverse group of people.

Please send a cover letter, resume and completed Crew Leader Application, to the farm by email or regular post. We will begin the interview process in January 2010. We will set up a phone interview with qualified candidates. After the phone interview, we will request an on farm visit and interview with qualified candidates. We hope to have the position filled by Feb. 15th, 2010.
Salary: $12,600

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