Kalamazoo Nature Center hiring DeLano Farms Crew Member

Kalamazoo, Michigan

Title: DeLano Farms Crew Member

Supervisor: DeLano Farms Manager and Assistant Manager
Date Prepared:            January 31, 2014

Duration:  April 21 – mid November

Compensation:  $7.40/hr

The Kalamazoo Nature Center is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to inspire people to care for the environment by providing experiences that lead them to understand their connection to the natural world.  

Summary of Position: 
DeLano Farms is entering its fourth season of production at the Kalamazoo Nature Center, with a goal of feeding 200 CSA member families, taking food to farmers market, and donating surplus to Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes.  Crew Farmers will work as a team under the leadership of the Farm Managers to run the day-to-day operations of DeLano Farms and its CSA, performing all tasks involved in vegetable production and CSA management.

The crew will be expected to attain proficiency in all basic farm skills and provide excellent customer service to CSA share holders and visitors to the Kalamazoo Nature Center, as well as during farmer’s market.  Available positions are seasonal, temporary, fulltime or part time, with a variable weekly work schedule. Applicants must be available to work April 21 – mid November.
Experience and Skills Required:

  • Be nice even when you’re super hot and tired…
  • Knowledge of organic or ecological vegetable production
  • Strong work ethic
  • Ability to work quickly, multi-task and be flexible on a daily basis
  • Ability to maintain organized records
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work in and dress appropriately for all weather conditions
  • Initiative and ability to prioritize and complete tasks without direct supervision
  • Ability to cheerfully follow directions
  • An inclination toward efficiency and problem solving
  • Physical strength to perform repetitive, heavy and light manual labor
  • Love and appreciation for good food
  • Desire to positively, actively contribute to a growing farm community


  • Attain proficiency in all basic farm skills including composting, cultivating, harvesting, irrigating, washing and packing produce, seeding, transplanting, weeding, and other field chores as needed
  • Provide excellent customer assistance and education at weekly CSA distributions
  • Responsible use of equipment and facilities with a priority in safety
  • Learn routine maintenance and perform it for all tools and equipment
  • Assist with marketing of shares, through positive shareholder interactions
  • Contribute ideas and submissions for the weekly CSA newsletter
  • Work effectively and cooperatively with other KNC staff
  • Complete special projects as assigned by the DeLano Farms Manager
  • Be a part of taking surplus produce to Farmers Market – setting up the stand, running the booth, and cleaning up at the end of the day.

To apply send resume, cover letter, three references, and availability to:
Bronwynn Kelly, Assistant Farm Manager bkelly@naturecenter.org
Or mail to: Kalamazoo Nature Center, Attn:  Bronwynn Kelly, 7000 N. Westnedge Ave., Kalamazoo, MI  49009

For more information about the farm, visit: http://www.naturecenter.org/DeLanoFarms.aspx    

Application Deadline:  March 16, 2014   

Because we value the strength diversity brings to the workplace, the Kalamazoo Nature Center is committed to the recruitment, retention, and development of a workforce that reflects the society in which we live.  We encourage applications from candidates representing diverse backgrounds.   

The Kalamazoo Nature Center is an equal opportunity organization that will not discriminate in its programs or hiring practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, ethnic origin, physical or mental disability, veteran status, height, weight, sexual orientation or gender identity, marital status, or political affiliation.