Join Our 2020 Team!

Job descriptions + application details below. We’re hiring for the following positions:

MARKET

  • Market Associates

  • Produce Handlers + Stockers

FARM

  • Field Crew Leader

  • Farm Apprentice

  • Part-time/Full-time Field Crew

KITCHEN

  • Dishwashers + Porters

 
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Farm Staff

Field Crew Leader

Amber Waves Farm is seeking an experienced and energetic candidate for our crew leader position for the 2020 season. The primary responsibility of the crew leader is to implement the daily plan set by the field manager by directly supervising our crew of 6-7 apprentices and other crew members during daily field work. With guidance and support from farm managers, the crew leader will ensure that all tasks are completed correctly, efficiently, and safely while maintaining a positive and supportive work environment for crew members.

In addition to managing transitions between tasks, the crew leader will also take a leadership role in the quality control, organization, and tracking of produce to its final destination: CSA, on-farm retail market, off-site farmers market, restaurant wholesale, and food pantries. This requires a combination of being able to follow directions, pay strong attention to detail and being able to make strong independent decisions while remaining flexible and adaptable to changing situations. The crew leader must be willing and able to lead by example in the quality of their work. At times, the crew leader will be expected to keep the farm running smoothly and efficiently in the absence of other farm managers.

An ideal candidate should have excellent communication skills and be comfortable supervising a small crew, holding a group accountable to efficiency and quality standards and working on or around medium sized farm equipment.
 

The crew leader will be responsible for:

  • Arriving at the farm before the crew to go over the daily plan with other managers

  • Leading and motivating the crew through daily field work including seeding, transplanting, hoeing, trellising, hand weeding, greenhouse work, harvest, post-harvest washing and packing, and other field projects

  • Ensuring tasks are completed correctly, efficiently, and safely with attention to detail and quality standards. This includes training apprentices and crew members in proper techniques and managing transitions between projects to maintain a good workflow and pace throughout the day while ensuring that farm policies for best practices are followed

  • Participating in farm apprentice education, which includes the rotating responsibility of leading a weekly discussion of a specified topic set out in the farm's apprenticeship curriculum, willingness to answer apprentice questions throughout the work day, weekly discussions, and field walks

  • Maintaining a good attitude and contributing to positive team morale

  • Maintaining harvest logs and other farm record-keeping tools, taking part in produce quality control, organization, and tracking

  • Operating tractors, trucks, trailers, wagons, and other farm equipment

  • Helping scout for pests, diseases or other problems encountered during daily harvests and communicating crop conditions, abundance or scarcity to the other managers

  • Keeping the farm running smoothly in the absence of farm managers, which includes independent decision-making and time good time management

  • Supervising monthly volunteer work days throughout the season

Qualifications:

  • Three seasons of experience working on a small to medium scale vegetable farm, and a desire to continue to pursue an agricultural career

  • A strong, foundational understanding of food production systems having experience with seasonality, plant propagation and seedling care, plant life cycles, scouting for pests and diseases, harvest and post-harvest handling, farmers markets, etc.

  • At least one year of experience supervising employees, interns, and/or volunteers in some capacity

  • Excellent time management and strong sense of pace and urgency associated with task completion

  • Strong communications skills, positive attitude, and desire to teach crew members and set the daily tone for the crew

  • Ability to quickly pick up new concepts and techniques and then teach them to others

  • Strong physical work ethic and excellent attention to detail

  • Valid drivers’ license

  • Prior experience using small or mid-size tractors and equipment

COMPENSATION & OTHER DETAILS:

  • Compensation: $15/hr-$19/hr DOE

  • Start Date (flexible): March 1-15, 2020

  • End Date (flexible): November, 2020 (year-round work opportunities available and intention to stay for more than one season is ideal)

  • Note on housing: Farm housing is available for rent

HOW TO APPLY:

Please submit the following materials to amanda@amberwavesfarm.org

  • cover letter

  • resume

  • three work or school related references (a reference from someone for whom you worked or studied in an agricultural contact is ideal)

We are currently interviewing and the position will be filled on a rolling basis.

Farm Apprenticeship

Season Overview:
Amber Waves Farm apprentices will spend a season (March/April - October/November) at the farm learning how to grow food organically and sustainably by working hands-on in all areas of the farm's activities. Apprentices will coordinate with head farmers about day-to-day farm operations, from field work to farmers market preparations. In the field, apprentices will work towards mastering technical skills associated with plant propagation in the greenhouse, crop successions and rotations and soil health, harvesting and post-harvest handling, and tractor work.

In addition to field work, apprentices are actively involved in community outreach and education by preparing for weekly on-farm CSA pick up, representing the farm in our on-site retail market and the nearby Montauk farmers market, and distributing produce to local restaurants and food pantries. If desired, there is also the opportunity for apprentices to have greater involvement with school field trips, community workshops, and other public on-farm events. The intensive production of vegetables requires considerable hand-labor (weeding, harvesting, trellising, etc.), which is accompanied by mechanized (tractor) tillage, cultivation, and preparation of beds. The field work will be very physically demanding, and will require that apprentices are motivated and have a good attitude, can tolerate working in inclement weather, and able to lift at least 50-lbs at a time.


Educational Enrichment:
There is a tremendous amount to be learned in a first season at Amber Waves Farm, where hands-on fieldwork dominates the workday and daily repetition of critically important tasks are what drive an apprentice's holistic understanding of the farm operation. To supplement fieldwork, we provide an apprenticeship curriculum and handbook that outlines weekly educational topics throughout the season. We begin with topics associated with getting the season started: including pruning, mulching, plant propagation, seedling care, and equipment and safety overview. As the season progresses, topics include plant and soil health in the field, irrigation, harvest, post-harvest handling, marketing produce successfully, and finally whole-farm planning, budgets, and a season review. Apprentices will explore topics with head farmers during a weekly meeting, group field walk, and recommended reading assignments.

The farm also participates in the local CRAFT (Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training) Program and throughout the season apprentices have the opportunity to attend workshops and lectures led by other farmers, tour neighboring farms and food operations, and participate in work exchanges. Attendance at the NOFA Summer Conference in Amherst, MA is also encouraged and paid for by the farm. Upon completion of the farming season, the aim is for each apprentice to have the foundational understanding and skill set necessary to move on to more advanced work in agriculture or food policy elsewhere, or to remain at Amber Waves Farm for additional seasons in a more advanced role at the farm as many past apprentices have done. Since 2012, more than 30 young farmers have completed our apprenticeship program, many staying on as farm staff for multiple seasons.


Ideal candidates will have the following qualifications:

  • genuine interest in agricultural production, with the intention to continue a career in food or agricultural post-apprenticeship

  • strong physical and mental work ethic and sense of pace and self-awareness

  • ability and willingness to collaborate and work well with others, including coworkers and the public

  • desire to learn and improve one's skillset and knowledge base

  • prior agricultural experience is not required, although any work or study in the field of food or agriculture is a desirable attribute to apprenticeship applicants

COMPENSATION & OTHER DETAILS:

  • Compensation: $13/hr

  • Start Date (flexible): March/April 2020

  • End Date (flexible): November 2020

  • Note on housing: The farm rents housing to farm crew members if desired; living in farm housing is not a requirement for the apprenticeship.

HOW TO APPLY:

Please submit the following materials to amanda@amberwavesfarm.org

  • cover letter

  • resume

  • three work or school related references (a reference from someone for whom you worked or studied in an agricultural contact is ideal)

We are currently interviewing and the position will be filled on a rolling basis.

Part-Time/Full-time Field Crew

Each season we hire several part-time helpers to help us keep up with the summer harvest. If you'd like to join us out in the fields this summer, please send us an email amanda@amberwavesfarm.org (these positions are perfect for college and high school students, teachers, and people who love working outside!)

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Market + Kitchen Staff

We are hiring for the many available positions at our Market for the 2020 season. We offer both full and part-time positions for a variety of ages and skill sets. If you are happy, energetic, and love food, please email Jobs@amberwavesfarm.org about joining our market + kitchen teams! Position details and descriptions are below.

Market Sales Associate

JOB DESCRIPTION

Tasks include:

  • Welcoming customers to the store and answering questions about the farm and market

  • Ensure high level of customer satisfaction with friendly approach

  • Achieve the market’s sales goals weekly and monthly

  • Maintain displays and in-stock

  • Go the extra mile to drive sales and actively seek out customers in the market

  • Knowledgeable about all products in the market and ability to cross sell products

  • Process purchases at the register and knowledge of POS system

  • Assist with Farm and Market educational programming as needed

Qualifications:

  • At least one-year prior work experience in food retail

  • Experience with POS transactions

  • Excellent customer service and communication skills

  • Friendly energetic personality with customer service focus

  • Genuine interest in food and cooking, and the desire to talk with the public about these topics with a good, upbeat attitude

  • Extreme attention to detail, including making real-time adjustments in product availability and displays

  • Sense of pace and urgency, ability to prioritize a constantly evolving agenda that revolves around the busy farm market and summer event schedule

  • Strong communication and management skills and the desire to work well in a team environment

Expectations:

  • Arrive on-time each day ready to work hard, learn, and maintain a positive attitude

  • Have a clear reason for wanting to learn and work on our farm and become an active, responsible, efficient member of our team

Work Schedule: Full or Part Time Positions Available

Full Time: The average workday will be roughly 8 hours/day, six days/week May 15 – Sept 5. The workdays and shifts may be shorter in the spring and fall shoulder seasons.

Part Time: The average workday will be roughly 8 hours/day, three to four days/week May 15 – Sept 5.

COMPENSATION & OTHER DETAILS:

  • Compensation: $14-$16/HR, DOE

  • Start Date (slightly flexible): May 1, 2020

  • End Date (slightly flexible): September 5, 2020

  • Farm housing is available for rent

HOW TO APPLY:

Please submit the following materials to Jobs@amberwavesfarm.org

  • cover letter

  • resume

  • three relevant work-related references

We are currently interviewing and the position will be filled on a rolling basis.

Produce Handler + Stocker

JOB DESCRIPTION

Tasks include:

  • Receiving produce from our farm and other farms

  • Washing, weighing, packaging produce from our farm and other farms to ensure it is presentable and ready to go out on the retail sales floor

  • Strong understanding and execution of our Produce Handling Manual

  • Assists with stocking, labeling, weighing and organizing other market products as needed

  • Ability to process purchases at the register and knowledge of POS system

Qualifications:

  • Experience with POS transactions

  • Excellent customer service and communication skills

  • Friendly energetic personality with customer service focus

  • Genuine interest in food and cooking, and the desire to talk with the public about these topics with a good, upbeat attitude

  • Extreme attention to detail, including making real-time decisions

  • Sense of pace and urgency, ability to prioritize a constantly evolving agenda that revolves around the busy farm market and summer event schedule

  • Strong communication and management skills and the desire to work well in a team environment

Expectations:

  • Arrive on-time each day ready to work hard, learn, and maintain a positive attitude

  • Have a clear reason for wanting to learn and work on our farm and become an active, responsible, efficient member of our team

Work Schedule: Full or Part Time Positions Available

Full Time: The average workday will be roughly 8 hours/day, six days/week May 15 – Sept 5. The workdays and shifts may be shorter in the spring and fall shoulder seasons.

Part Time: The average workday will be roughly 8 hours/day, three to four days/week May 15 – Sept 5.

COMPENSATION & OTHER DETAILS:

  • Compensation: $12-$13/HR, DOE

  • Start Date ( flexible): May 1, 2020

  • End Date ( flexible): September 5, 2020

HOW TO APPLY:

Please submit the following materials to Jobs@amberwavesfarm.org

  • cover letter

  • resume

  • three relevant work-related references

We are currently interviewing and the position will be filled on a rolling basis.