YEAR ROUND POSITION
GENERAL FARM WORKER
RETAIL SALES MANAGER
RETAIL SALES ASSISTANT
FARM WORKER / INTERN
WAREHOUSE & TRUCK LOADING
Lewis Creek Farm in Starksboro, Vermont, is always looking for good
help. If you enjoy working outdoors, this may be for you.
General Farm Worker
Jobs performed: This job involves a lot of hand work in the fields, greenhouses and packing shed. You must have at least 30 days of experience in vegetable field production. The tasks are simple and very repetitive. A considerable level of skill, focus and endurance necessary to achieve an acceptable level of production. We work in all kinds of weather from 95 degrees and sunny to 35 degrees and raining.
Requirements: You need to be in good health. For full time positions you need to be able to work 42 hrs per week including at least 4 hrs on Saturday. You will be expected to meet production standards.
Schedule: We work Monday - Friday 8:00am-5:00pm. plus Saturday morning There is one ten minute paid break for each 4 hrs worked and an unpaid lunch break of 1 hour. We try to make work end at 5:00pm but some days we run over a bit, usually 15 minutes to 1/2 an hour and rarely more than 1 hour.
Compensation: The wage is $10.25/ Hr.
Commitment: Through November 18, 2011.
Combinations: Delivery Driver, Tractor Driver, Greenhouse Manager/Attendant, Mechanic or Farmstand Sales. Those who can drive a tractor or are willing to learn and who can help out with the retail portion of our business will be given special consideration.
Jobs Performed: This job may at times require driving a tractor all day; but we try to avoid that. Most of the time this job is a generous mix of tractor driving and the same tasks involved in the General Farm Worker position. (See Jobs Performed under General Farm Worker)
Requirements: A tractor driver must have some previous tractor driving experience. Some people come to the farm with that experience, some people get it here. (See Combinations for General Farm Worker)
Compensation: The wage for this position is $10.00/hr. for time spent tractor driving unless you are particularly experienced.
Reqirements, Schedule and Commitment: These are the same as for the General Farm Worker position.
Combinations: General Farm Worker , Mechanic or Greenhouse Manager/Attendant.
We usually have two drivers. One driver delivers to Burlington, and the other to Middlebury.
Jobs performed: These people make deliveries to stores and restaurants driving one of our 16' diesel trucks. They are our face to our customers, the only person from the farm our customers will see all season long. There is a very small amount of record keeping involved.
Requirements: You should have a good driving record. You do not need a Commercial Driver's License, but you must have a valid Vermont driver's license and you should be able to drive a manual transmission. This is a customer service position, so we're looking for someone who is pleasant, personable and polite.
Schedule: We make deliveries on Tuesdays and Fridays.
Compensation: Pay for time spent as delivery driver depends on experience, but starts at $10.00/hr. for drivers who do not require training driving our large truck.
Commitment: Tuesdays & Fridays through November 18, 2011.
Combinations: General Farm Worker, Tractor Driver or Mechanic.
Jobs performed: We use a lot of machinery: Five tractors, two trucks, mowers, combines, cultivators, seeders, harvesters, etc. Most of it is old and some of it is homemade. Hank often ends up doing most of the mechanical work, but upon occasion we've found a good mechanic and things always run smoother then. It is not unusual, for us to build special vegetable equipment from scratch.
Requirements: Automotive, Welding and Carpentry experience.
Schedule and Combinations: The Mechanic is usually not a full time position by itself, but it is often combined with Delivery Driver, Tractor Driver or General Farm Worker.
Compensation: More than any other position the wage for the Mechanic depends on their experience. Lets Talk.
Retail Sales Assistant
Jobs Performed: This position requires good people skills, and attention to detail. No specific experience is necessary. You will be trained in and responsible for effective produce display, point of sale promotions, signage, inventory tracking, shrinkage control. Involvement in our CSA pickups and the farmers market is also likely. Other tasks will involve care of display flower beds and grounds, washing and packing of wholesale orders and occasional phone calls to take orders from our wholesale customers.
Requirements: We're looking for a cheerful, responsible person who enjoys working with the public.Weekend availability is essential. This is a great job for a person with strong people skills who likes working outdoors.
Schedule: 9:00am - 6:00pm. Business is heaviest at the farmstand Thursday through Monday, particularly Saturday and Sunday. It will be necessary to be available both Saturday and Sunday on a regular basis. However, don't hesitate to apply if you have a few weekend commitments throughout the season. We can almost always work out occasional exceptions to the schedule. Days off are Tuesday and Wednesday. Two ten minute paid breaks are provided each day along with an unpaid lunch break of 1 hour.
Compensation: Pay is $10.00/hr. could be more for an individual who demonstrates strong sales skills Commitment: Through November 4, 2011.
Combinations: This could be combined with General Farm Worker probably 3 mornings a week: Thursday, Friday and Monday as business is slow in the mornings.
Jobs Performed: This position could vary dramatically depending on your experience. If you have no experience in greenhouse work, this would be a great place to get it. You will be responsible for basic plant care in our 3 greenhouses under the supervision of the owner. If you have experience there are many possibilities for exciting projects during the many months that our greenhouses are under-utilized. Either way you will also work much of the time as a General Farm Worker.
Compensation: This depends on your experience. A person with no experience would get the same pay as the General Farm Worker.
Requirements, Schedule and Commitment: These are the same as for the General Farm Worker position.
Combinations: General Farm Worker, Tractor Driver or Mechanic.
Warehouse & Truck Loading
Jobs Performed: Everything we grow comes into our barn to be cooled off and/or have additional packing. From there it gets loaded on our truck for delivery. Itís good to have one person responsible for the logistics of getting everything in and out of that area in an orderly and accurate fashion. Loading the truck happens early on Tuesday and Friday Mornings and is a job that requires attention to detail in order to be sure that everything that is supposed to, not only gets on the truck, but gets on in the right order. We have a great system to ensure that all our customers get what they order. The right people thrive on this job.
Requirements: This job requires a person who is organized. It also requires coming in a 7:00 AM on Tuesdays and Fridays to load the truck.
Schedule: This person is usually the last one to leave on Mondays and Thursdays, and starts at 7:00 AM on Tuesdays and Fridays.
Compensation: The wage for this position starts at $10.00/hr.
Combinations: This is best combined with General Farm Worker, tractor driver, mechanic or office.
Commitment: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Fridays through November 18, 2011.
Jobs Performed: This position will really only entail a few hours a week, and would best be combined with another position. While no accounting experience is necessary, some basic computer skills are essential.
Requirements: Windows XP, Works for Windows and Excel.
Schedule: Monday and Thursday afternoons.
Compensation: Depends on experience, but would start at $10.00/hr. for time spent on this job.
Commitment: Through November 18, 2011.
Combinations: General Farm Worker, Truck Driver, Tractor Driver, Greenhouse Manager/ Attendant, Mechanic or Farmstand Retail Sales.
Year Round Position
We have a lot of seasonal positions, but we have only one year round position.
The winter position combined with any of the other positions would give you year round employment.
Winter Position.This is the position that can make your employment at Lewis Creek Farm a full time, year round job. We have recently started selling produce right through the winter. So, between wholesale deliveries, the winter Farmersí Market, miscellaneous repair projects and starting early plants in the greenhouse in mid February, thereís plenty of work for one person right through the winter. In the summer, we work long hours, because the days are long, the season is short, and we have to make the most of it. In the winter we are able to compensate by keeping a fairly comfortable schedule. So there could be time for Skiing, or a couple of classes, or long weekends.
Jobs Performed:This is the most diverse position we have in terms of the number of different jobs preformed. They include the following: Washing and packing stored produce; Wholesale deliveries; Winter Farmersí Market in Burlington; Snow plowing the driveway; Indoor painting and repair projects; Seeding and transplanting in the greenhouse.
Requirements:Ideally this position would be filled by an individual who has already worked an entire growing season on the farm. That experience is not necessary, but it would be an easy way to acquire the needed skills. Those skills include driving the delivery truck; tractor driving, retail work at the Farmersí Market. Carpentry or mechanical skills while not essential come in very handy at this time of year.
Compensation: Same as for the general farm worker.
Schedule: Itís important to get the deliveries off on a regular and predictable schedule, and the Winter Farmersí Market is one Saturday a month. Other than that, we have a lot of leeway in the schedule. The work week could range from 2 to 3 days a week at Thanksgiving and around Christmas and New Years, to 40 plus hours a week in early December as weíre finishing up harvest and cleaning up, or in late March when the greenhouse really gets going.
Combinations: This could be combined with virtually any other position on the farm
Retail Sales Manager
Jobs Performed: This person will focus on sales and marketing for our retail farmstand. As well as customer service, there is responsiblity for effective produce display, point of sale promotions, signage, inventory tracking, shrinkage control and managing markup, overhead, labor inputs, and profit. There will some involvement in our CSA distribution. There will also be some participation in farmers' markets.
Requirements: This person needs to be cheerful, well organized, ambitious and enjoy dealing with the public. They need some marketing and mechandising experience. Some simple comfort and familiarity with spreadsheets is expected for record keeping and tracking. Some ag background or experience would be very valuable. Some weekend time is essential.
Schedule: This is a new position this year. I imagine that it is going to require somewhere between half and full time. The farmstand is open 9:00AM to 6:00PM, 7 days a week. Others are available for customer service some of the time, so a conciderable degree of flexibility is possible. The farmstand formally opens May 1 and closes October 31.
Compensation: This would start with an hourly wage of $10.00/hr will have a sales-linked incentive bonus .
Combinations: This could be combined with most any other position on the farm to ensure full time employment. Some hands-on in the field could be a rewarding complement for this job.
Farm Worker / Intern
Job Description: Don't let the term "Intern" fool you, this is a fully paid position. What I'm looking for is someone who is interested in pursuing vegetable farming as a career. I'm looking for someone who is smart, energetic, cheerful and punctual. You should have some agricultural backround, either in actual farming or in school. You must be available full time, starting no later than June 1st and through at least October. You can expect to be involved in all aspects of the farm: Field work, crop management, tractor driving, harvesting packing, retail sales. Some weekend time is essential. Look at all the other job descriptions, you'll end up doing some of everything. What makes this position unique is the interst in and passion for farming and business that you bring to it. For the right person, this could become a year round position
Requirements: Some experience working on a farm and /or time in Ag school. Commitment to the full season starting no later than June 1st and working through at least October. Weekend availability. Availability for overtime. Strong work ethic. A keen interest in pursuing agriculture as a career and business.
Compensation: Same as General Farm Worker above.
Combinations: In this position you will be exposed to all aspect of the farm and business, because of the level of your energy and enthusiasm.
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