Join Our 2018 Team!

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Farm Apprentice

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 25 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 AmberWavesFarm@gmail.com

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 tenth 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.

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Farm Crew Leader

JOB DESCRIPTION

Amber Waves Farm is seeking an experienced and energetic candidate for our crew leader position for the 2018 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, 2018
  • 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 AmberWavesFarm@gmail.com:

  • cover letter
  • resume
  • three relevant work-related references 

We are currently interviewing to fill two crew leader positions for the 2018 season; positions will be filled on a rolling basis.

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 AmberWavesFarm@gmail.com (these positions are perfect for college and high school students, teachers, and people who love working outside!)

Market Staff

We are hiring for the many available positions at the Amagansett Farmers Market for the 2018 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 us at AmberWavesFarm@gmail.com about joining our market team! 

Market Produce Manager

JOB DESCRIPTION

Amber Waves farm is seeking a Produce Manager for our farm store located in the iconic Amagansett Farmers Market. This individual will be a critically important member of our farm’s team, as their work managing fresh fruits and vegetables in the market will reflect the hard work done in the fields. This position will be both fun and challenging, providing the opportunity for daily creativity in product offering and displays and the ability to experience the delicious and colorful seasonal flow of East End produce. The Produce Manager will be responsible for communicating with growers about availability, physically handling produce and building displays, and managing a team of people responsible for washing, weighing, and packing produce for sale in the market. Daily and weekly responsibilities will also include:

·       Communicate with Amber Waves Farm Managers about daily produce availability, assess inventory, and place daily orders from the field

·       Source 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 produce displays, labelling, 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

·       Compensation package to commensurate with experience

QUALIFICATIONS

·       2-3 years’ experience in retail food sales (restaurant, grocery store, farmers markets)

·       At least one-year prior work experience in a management position

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

·       Interest and talent in creating attractive, frequently changing displays

·       Extreme attention to detail, including making real-time adjustments in displays, product availability, and pricing to respond to seasonality and customer demand; constant assessment and management of product quality; managing inventory to avoid shortages and surpluses while minimizing food waste

·       Organizational and recordkeeping skills to purchase from multiple wholesale accounts, manage inventory in the market’s coolers, and oversee other market staff

·       Sense of pace and urgency, ability to prioritize a constantly evolving agenda that revolves around keeping the store looking fresh, clean, and fully stocked at all times

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

COMPENSATION & OTHER DETAILS:

  • Compensation: Hourly DOE
  • Start Date (slightly flexible): April 1, 2018
  • End Date: November 30, 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 AmberWavesFarm@gmail.com:

  • cover letter
  • resume
  • three relevant work-related references 

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