Join Our 2019 Team!

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

MARKET

  • Market Manager

  • Market Associates

  • Produce Handlers + Stockers

FARM

  • Farm Educator

  • Part-time field crew

  • Apprentice- filled

  • Crew Leader- filled

KITCHEN

  • Assistant Chef

  • Assistant Pastry Chef

  • Dishwashers + Porters

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Market + Kitchen Staff

We are hiring for the many available positions at our Market for the 2019 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 Manager

JOB DESCRIPTION

Join our dedicated and passionate team! We're hiring a Market Manager with an interest in and passion for a fast-paced, exciting, farm-to-table work environment.

Responsibilities:

  • Complete responsibility for the store in the absence of any other manager and responsibility for overseeing all front-end positions including cashiers and market associates

  • Greets customers and maintains excellent customer relations

  • Execution of strategies to improve product placement and appearance

  • Monitors display accuracy and appearance to implement promotions

  • Ensures that products are excellently displayed, correctly priced, signed, and ordered in a manner to maintain in-stock conditions

  • At times may also perform duties of staff to ensure customer needs are met

  • Manages issues relating to store maintenance, cleanliness, safety and sanitation

  • Oversees and monitors handling of cash and accounting and ensures store is secured at opening and/or closing

  • Focuses on customer satisfaction and needs, ensures that team members provide customers with superior customer service

  • Maintains positive working relationships with direct reports, peers, supervisors, suppliers, and customers effectively handling complex or difficult situations involving others

  • Motivates others to perform the job and work towards common objectives and serves as a role model to others instilling a positive attitude in team members

  • Responsible for dealing with emergencies, crises, and any problems that arise during the day in the store

  • Responsible for ensuring dates on merchandise such as dairy products, meats, or baked goods are checked and expired food pulled off the shelves on a regular basis pursuant to our procedures.

  • Responsible for making sure team members are effectively trained; develops and trains future leaders


Daily and weekly responsibilities will also include:

  • Communicate with other managers about daily produce availability, inventory, and ordering

  • ·Source and work with other locally-grown and produced fruits and vegetables from about a dozen nearby farms we work with regularly

  • Receive and track deliveries from both Amber Waves Farm and other farms delivering to the market

  • Coordinate with other managers about appropriate pricing

  • Create and invigorate fresh displays, labeling, and signage that are attractive, inventive, and help drive sales and celebrate the season

  • Oversee organization and inventory management and rotation of the walk-in coolers with special attention to ensuring a variety of items are properly stored to extend shelf life and managing appropriate back-stock to avoid shortages in the store while minimizing food waste

  • Oversee staff responsible for washing, weighing, and packing fresh produce

  • Communicate with customers about their questions about seasonality, flavor, growing practices, and kitchen preparation for what we grow and offer for sale

 Desired Qualifications:

  • 1-3 years retail management experience desired

  • Degree in business, management, marketing, retailing, communications, advertising, liberal arts, or related field preferred

  • Strong communication skills, both written and verbal, are essential 

  • Strong orientation to detail and analytical skills

  • Solid problem solving skills and decisiveness

  • Ability to work varied hours/days as a seasonal business dictates

  • Proven leadership ability to build, motivate and maintain staff

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills

  • Ability to handle stressful situations

  • Organization and planning skills

  • Able to prioritize and handle multiple tasks

  • Ability to delegate effectively

  • Computer skills: Microsoft Office Software including Outlook, Word, and Excel


Physical Requirements: 

• Fast paced working environment
• Lift moderately heavy loads up to 50 lbs
• Ability to bend, reach, kneel, squat
• Able to stand for long periods of time
• Able to push/pull heavy loads
 

Compensation:

  • Competitive hourly pay, DOE, $15/hr or more

  • Opportunities for career growth

  • Discount for you on all purchases made at the store

Assistant Chef

JOB DESCRIPTION

The Assistant Chef will work directly with our head chef, pastry chef, and head farmer in creating menu items that utilizes the crops grown on our farm or our neighboring farms. This position starts in the morning and allows for evenings off. This is a unique position to not only learn about the growing, harvesting and utilization of food, but also to have direct influence on the food and vision of this kitchen. This position is ideal for someone who is passionate about promoting organic, self-grown, and incredibly seasonal food. This a rare opportunity to learn about a start-up kitchen and the development of an up-and-coming food destination, while allowing for your  own culinary influences on the creations that come off the farm and out of our kitchen! 
 

Job Responsibilities:

  • Working creatively and closely with Chef and spending time out in the field learning about our produce

  • Menu and recipe development and scaling

  • Working directly with head chef and farmer in ordering/receiving

  • Working with and overseeing work done by prep chefs and line cooks

  • Create and execute our line of value added and pre-made menu (soups, sauces, ferments)

  • Some management of the kitchen staff and scheduling

 Desired Qualifications:

  • Kitchen experience (1-2 years minimum)(classic culinary education is not required)

  • Knowledge of kitchen equipment and machinery

  • Efficient and skilled knifework

  • Passionate about organic, farm-to-table, plant-based seasonal food with emphasis on nutrition

  • An understanding and respect for sustainability and food-waste reduction

  • A desire to be constantly learning new things

  • Creativity and excitement in developing a menu that is constantly rotating based on seasonal produce availability


COMPENSATION: This position is PAID: hourly, $15/hr or more

HOW TO APPLY: Email jobs@amberwavesfarm.org

Please email resume and references.

Assistant Pastry Chef

JOB DESCRIPTION

Our on-farm commercial kitchen is a vibrant and exciting hub that prepares food for our cafe, on-farm events, and delicious take-a-way food from our market. The assistant pastry chef will work directly with our head pastry chef, head chef, and head farmer in creating menu items that utilizes the crops grown on our farm or our neighboring farms, including locally grown and milled wheat. This is a unique position to not only learn about the growing, harvesting and utilization of food. This position is ideal for someone who is passionate about promoting organic, self-grown, and incredibly seasonal food. This a rare opportunity to learn about a start-up kitchen and the development of an up-and-coming food destination, while allowing for your own culinary influences on the creations that come off the farm and out of our kitchen! This position also allows for evenings off, but starts early in the morning.

Responsibilities:

  • Work creatively and closely with the head pastry chef and spending time out in the field learning about the produce grown on our farm

  • Menu and recipe development and scaling

  • Work directly with head pastry chef and farmer in ordering/receiving

  • Work with prep chefs

  • Some management of the kitchen staff and scheduling

  • Oversee daily baking operations


Desired Qualifications:

  • Kitchen Experience (1-2 years minimum, culinary education is not required)

  • Have some experience working with large production

  • Knowledge of kitchen equipment and machinery

  • Efficient knifework

  • Passionate about incorporating seasonal food into baked goods

  • An understanding and respect for sustainability and food-waste reduction

  • A desire to be constantly learning new things

  • Creativity and excitement in developing a menu that is created from local and seasonal foods

COMPENSATION: This position is PAID: hourly, $15/hr or more

HOW TO APPLY: Email jobs@amberwavesfarm.org

To apply please email your resume and three references.

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, 2019

  • End Date (slightly flexible): September 5, 2019

  • 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, 2019

  • End Date ( flexible): September 5, 2019

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.

 

Farm Educator

Amber Waves Farm is seeking a Farm Educator with experience working with children ages 4-12. We are looking for a person who is passionate about sustaining local food systems and connecting children to the natural world. The central focus of the position is leading hands-on experiential learning programs for children, families, farm members, local school groups and camps. The Farm Educator will assist with leading farm tour groups, including school trips and family programs workshops will including activities like tasting tours, compost explorations, pizza making and planting seeds. Experience working or teaching at a farm or garden is a plus, as is a background in environmental science. Another significant component of the position will be supporting farm staff in the activities of a working farm. At least once a week, educators will have the opportunity to work alongside farm staff, whether weeding, harvesting, seeding, transplanting or helping at the farmer’s market.

Other job details/requirements:

  • Approximately 30 hours per week

  • Experience working with children ages 4-12 either as a teacher, in a museum or outdoor setting

  • Positive attitude, patient personality and willingness to engage with the public

  • Driver’s license

Compensation & Other Details:

  • Compensation DOE: $12-$15/hour

  • Start Date (flexible): April 15, 2019

  • End Date: November 1, 2019 (year-round work opportunities may be available and intention to stay for more than one season is ideal)

  • 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

Part-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 Jobs@amberwavesfarm.org (these positions are perfect for college and high school students, teachers, and people who love working outside!)

Farm Crew Leader -- Position Filled for 2019 Season

JOB DESCRIPTION

Amber Waves Farm is seeking an experienced and energetic candidate for our crew leader position for the 2019 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, and 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 puruse 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 DOE: $14-$16/hour

  • Start Date (slightly flexible): March 1-15, 2019

  • End Date: November, 2018 (year-round work opportunities available, and intention to stay for more than one season is ideal)

  • 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 to fill two crew leader positions for the 2019 season; positions will be filled on a rolling basis.

Farm Apprentice -- All Positions filled for 2019

JOB DESCRIPTION

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, 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 29 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

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

  • desire to learn and improve one's skillset and knowledgebase

  • 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:

  • Hourly: $11/hour

  • Start and End Dates: March/April - October/November

  • Farm housing is available for rent but not required as a part of the Apprenticeship

HOW TO APPLY

Email Jobs@amberwavesfarm.org

Please send the following materials to the email address listed above:

  • cover letter

  • one page 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 applicants and will fill positions on a rolling basis. We look forward to hearing from you!

What's it like to work at Amber Waves Farm?

Amber Waves Farm is entering its eleventh season as a mixed vegetable farm on the easternmost end of Long Island. The farm owns and leases a total of 25 acres on three fields, raising 15 acres of vegetables, 10 acres of grains, and a small flock of laying hens and ducks. The farm’s production serves a 175-member CSA and an on-site retail farm market, a nearby weekly farmers market, and restaurant wholesale accounts. Amber Waves is located in downtown Amagansett and is a popular destination for families and foodies who visit the farm to shop in the retail market and tour the fields. The farm is deeply involved in intensive educational work with nearby schools and the public, which includes frequent field trips, tasting tours, demonstrations, and public events at the farm. While the farm is not certified organic, we do subscribe to the Northeast Organic Farmers Association’s (NOFA) "Farmer's Pledge" program of growing fruits, vegetables, and grains organically.

Amber Waves Farm is a fun, fast-paced work environment where we champion good ideas, hard work, common sense and follow-through. Each day we work towards improving our methods, expanding our knowledge base, and becoming a better all-around farm. We simultaneously promote efficiency and the production of high quality food in the fields alongside a celebration of kindness and collaboration among the crew, and openness and outreach to the community. The physical nature of the work is both challenging and rewarding, as is the considerable time we farmers spend interacting with the public both on and off the farm. The entire Amber Waves Farm team of about 25 people consists of not only farmers but also educators and retail market staff. The field crew typically consists of 9-12 people, including first and second year Apprentices, a Crew Leader and Field Manager, the farm’s full-time founding farmers, and part-time summer help.