Minnesota – Open Arms of Minnesota hiring Temporary Part-Time Farm Assistant

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Open Arms of Minnesota:

Temporary Part-Time Farm Assistant

Organizational Summary:

Open Arms of Minnesota (OAM) is a nonprofit that prepares and delivers healthy, nutritious food to people living with life-threatening illnesses. Our mission is to nourish body, mind and soul. In our state-of-the-art kitchen, OAM staff members and more than 6,000 volunteers create meals specifically designed for our clients’ nutritional needs. We use fresh and, whenever possible, organic ingredients, including produce from our own Open Farms gardens. Volunteers deliver the meals throughout the Twin Cities metro area to approximately 1,000 clients, caregivers and dependents each week, providing nourishment and hope for families dealing with life-threatening illnesses. There are no fees for any of Open Arms’ services. Open Arms is a volunteer-driven organization and is culturally unique in our high commitment to an excellent volunteer experience.

To learn more, visit www.openarmsmn.org

Position Overview:

This temporary part-time hourly position contributes to the fulfillment of Open Arms’ mission by assisting the farm coordinator with our urban farm operations and CSA program and building support for our Open Farms program. Additionally, this position is responsible for planting, harvesting, preparing, packaging and delivery of vegetables, as well as maintaining and developing communications and relationships with volunteers and donors of Open Arms. The person in this position must enjoy working closely with volunteers, as she/he will supervise and closely interface with hundreds of volunteers over the growing season. As with all OAM staff positions, this position is responsible for helping ensure volunteers and interns have an exemplary experience during all interactions with Open Arms, and is expected to consistently maintain a high level of customer service to all guests, clients and fellow team members.

Open Date:   March 1st, 2018                                Closing Date:  Until filled

Primary Job Responsibilities:

  • Assist farm coordinator with the following:
  • Daily farm operations including seeding, transplanting, weeding, harvesting, irrigating, maintenance and record keeping
    • Maintaining farm infrastructure, tools and equipment
    • Preparation for and management of volunteer groups, interns and individual volunteers
  • Lead volunteer groups at farm sites
  • Provides an outstanding environment and experience for all volunteers by
    • Regularly seeking out meaningful and positive interactions with volunteers
    • Ensuring volunteers have access to tasks and projects
    • Maintaining a positive, friendly and helpful attitude at all times
    • Setting an example to other staff by consistently providing high quality customer service, and modeling positive conflict resolution
  • Crop production
  • Pest and disease control
  • Operation of hand-tools and other farm equipment such as a rototiller and mower
  • Assist in outreach with the local community to build relationships and foster engagement
  • Other duties as assigned

Requirements:

  • Prior experience in farming and production
  • Prior experience with CSA, Farmers Market and Wholesale Markets
  • Good organizational skills and multi-tasked abilities
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Ability to troubleshoot and problem solve independently
  • Great organizational skills and ability to adapt quickly to the changing needs of the business
  • Excellent communications and human relations skills
  • Flexible and varied schedule
  • Positive and friendly attitude
  • High work ethic and demonstrated reliability
  • Ability to effectively lead, communicate and inspire groups of volunteers
  • Willingness and ability to learn new techniques and skills
  • Ability to work independently and as a team member
  • Valid MN driver’s license
  • Sensitivity to diversity and able to work respectfully with wide array of co-workers and members of the community
  • Ability to adhere to attendance and punctuality requirements, to meet time-sensitive client and business needs
  • Basic computer skills
  • A passion for the mission and values of Open Arms

Physical Requirements:

  • Able to effectively use standard garden tools
  • Able to work effectively in most weather conditions
  • Able to lift high volumes of supplies, vegetables or other materials up to 50lbs.
  • Able to stand, sit, walk, bend, stoop and twist. Requires full range of motion, manual dexterity and eye-hand coordination.  Requires corrected vision, full color vision, sense of smell and taste, and hearing to normal range.
  • Able to provide your own transportation to and from farm sites

Reports To: Farm Coordinator

Range: $15 per hour                                              Location:      2500 Bloomington Avenue S                                                                                                                     Minneapolis MN 55404

Hours: Average of 20 hours per week, varied and flexible schedule

To Apply:

Please send resume and cover letter detailing pertinent experience to:
OAM HR

    • Email:             jobs@openarmsmn.org
    • Fax:                612.872.0866
    • Mail:                2500 Bloomington Avenue S, Minneapolis MN 55404
    • NO CALLS PLEASE

Benefits:

This position is eligible for a benefits package, including medical/life/AD&D/STD/LTD insurance and personal time off (PTO).  An employee-paid dental plan is also available.

Open Arms of Minnesota is committed to hiring and fostering a diverse and inclusive workforce that leverages the skills and talents of all employees in our organization, regardless of race, gender, national origin, age, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, familial status, disability  or socioeconomic status. We encourage diverse candidates to apply for this position.

Equal Opportunity Employer                                                     

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Minnesota – Wozupi Organic Farm hiring Farm Laborer

Prior Lake, Minnesota
Farm Laborer – Wozupi- Organic Farm

2041 140th Street NW, Prior Lake, MN 55372

Position Type: Seasonal
Shift/ Hours: First
Days: TBD – based on business needs
Salary Range: $13/hr.

Requirements:

  • One year crop production experience, to include organic farming experience.
  • Ability to operate farm machinery.
  • Valid driver’s license required with a good driving record.
  • On feet or standing 90% of time.
  • Must be able to lift 50 lbs.
  • Outside work 90% of time. As related to climate conditions. May work in excessive heat in the summer in a non-climate controlled environment.

**Will need to pass Pre-employment Drug test/Physical and extensive background check.
Job Summary: Plants, cultivates, and harvests field crops. Assist with honey collection and maple syrup operations. Works with volunteers and youth.

Job Duties:
Performs one or more of the following duties:

  • Assist in planting and cultivating edible fruits and vegetables for a farm to market operation including greenhouse work, installation of a fruit orchard and working in a high tunnel.
  • Assist in farm operations by: hand cultivation of produce, operating tractors, implements, and other machinery; harvesting and storing vegetables in preparation for delivery to market; packing and delivering produce orders.
  • Assist to collect and process maple sap for the production of maple syrup. Bottle maple syrup. Deliver maple syrup to vendors at the direction of supervisory staff.
  • Manage honeybee colonies for the production of honey. Harvest and bottle honey. Deliver honey to vendors at the direction of supervisory staff.
  • Assist in farm-related record keeping and documentation.
  • Assist with volunteers and youth groups.

Compensation this position is PAID

How to apply
Go to http://www.mysticlake.com/employment
Deadline will be posted until filled

 

 

Minnesota – Wozupi Organic Farm hiring Farm Laborer

Prior Lake, Minnesota

Farm Laborer – Wozupi- Organic Farm

2041 140th Street NW, Prior Lake, MN 55372

Position Type: Seasonal
Shift/ Hours: First
Days: TBD – based on business needs
Salary Range: $13/hr

Requirements:

  • One year crop production experience, to include organic farming experience.
  • Ability to operate farm machinery.
  • Valid driver’s license required with a good driving record.
  • On feet or standing 90% of time.
  • Must be able to lift 50 lbs.
  • Outside work 90% of time. As related to climate conditions. May work in excessive heat in the summer in a non-climate controlled environment.

**Will need to pass Pre-employment Drug test/Physical and extensive background check.

**We are currently looking for 1 – seasonal Full time Farm Laborers. We are looking for a Farm Laborer to work in our Vegetable garden.

We are also looking for 1 part time Farm Laborers to work as an Orchard Assistant.

Job Summary: Plants, cultivates, and harvests field crops. Assist with honey collection and maple syrup operations. Works with volunteers and youth.

Job Duties:
Performs one or more of the following duties:

  • Assist in planting and cultivating edible fruits and vegetables for a farm to market operation including greenhouse work, installation of a fruit orchard and working in a high tunnel.
  • Assist in farm operations by: hand cultivation of produce, operating tractors, implements, and other machinery; harvesting and storing vegetables in preparation for delivery to market; packing and delivering produce orders.
  • Assist to collect and process maple sap for the production of maple syrup. Bottle maple syrup. Deliver maple syrup to vendors at the direction of supervisory staff.
  • Manage honeybee colonies for the production of honey. Harvest and bottle honey. Deliver honey to vendors at the direction of supervisory staff.
  • Assist in farm-related record keeping and documentation.
  • Assist with volunteers and youth groups.

How to apply
Go to http://www.mysticlake.com/employment

Deadline will be posted until filled

Minnesota – Hmong American Farmers Association hiring Packing Assistant

Vermillion Township, Minnesota

Hmong American Farmers Association (HAFA)

COMPENSATION: Approximately 30hrs/wk $12/hr.

SUPERVISOR: HAFA Alternative Markets Program (AMP) Organizers

DURATION: Seasonal, June – November, optional extension dependent on labor needs

DEADLINE: Accepting applications until position is filled. Priority deadline is Friday, April 28.

 HAFA is hiring an entry level packing assistant to start June 1, 2017. The Packing Assistant will report to the HAFA Food Hub Managers and work on the HAFA Farm, a 155 acre incubator and research vegetable farm located in Vermillion Township, Minnesota (about 25 minutes south of St. Paul on Hwy 52). This position is a valuable opportunity for anyone hoping to gain first-hand experience with an innovative approach to cooperative farming and marketing, strengthening the Twin Cities metro’s local food system, and ultimately building community wealth.

The Hmong American Farmers Association (HAFA) is a membership based nonprofit organization that works with Hmong American farmers in and around the Twin Cities metropolitan area. Our mission is to advance the economic, social and cultural prosperity of our member farm families. Many Hmong farmers face numerous obstacles to success including lack of access to land, capital, training and access to markets other than the farmers’ market system. Through cooperation, education, and advocacy, HAFA works with Hmong farmers and their families to not only income generation, but true wealth creation in their communities.

HAFA’s Alternative Markets Program (AMP) is responsible for helping HAFA farmers access new, larger markets outside of the farmers market system. To do this we run a food hub which aggregates, markets, and sells produce to CSA members, retailers, schools, and other institutions in the Twin Cities metro area.

Job Responsibilities

  • Assist in all aspects of food hub operations, but especially relating to post harvest handling
  • Tasks will regularly include intake and tracking of produce from farmers, sorting and packing produce for our CSA and wholesale orders, organizing boxes for delivery, loading trucks, and maintaining the wash and packing facility according to AMP food safety standards
  • You may also at times be asked to assist in harvesting and washing produce, facility maintenance, education / outreach programing, and more
  • Help to ensure that the shared wash, pack, and storage facility is used and maintained by farmers in accordance with the AMP food safety plan
  • Assist us in the forever-ongoing development of our best practices for post-harvest and food hub operation
  • Communicate with Hmong farmers on several tasks and orders
  • Additional opportunities available to take part in our innovative farmer training program and onsite agricultural research

Expectations and Requirements

HAFA post-harvest assistant is expected to:

  • Have their High School Diploma or GED
  • Have their updated Driver’s License
  • Work approximately 30 hours per week on a number of assigned activities
  • Have reliable transportation to the farm located in Hastings
  • Arrive to work on time, and complete assignments well and efficiently
  • Conduct yourself respectfully and professionally with fellow colleagues and farmers
  • Take your role as a food handler seriously and always be mindful of food safety risks
  • While we do our best to ensure comfortable work conditions, you will be required to work on your feet in variety of weather conditions
  • Upon hiring, must pass a background check

Desired Experience, Abilities, and Qualities

  • Driven and hardworking individual with a passion for agriculture and food
  • Capable of keeping up a rapid work speed without losing sight of the bigger picture
  • Strong work ethic with the ability to take initiative, and maximize efficiency
  • Demonstrated ability to work well independently and as a member of a team
  • Must be able to comfortably and repeatedly lift 50lbs from ground to table or chest height
  • Must have strong communications skills
  • Must be proficient with basic computer skills including email, spreadsheets, and word processing
  • Prefer applicants with experience in mixed vegetable agriculture, especially post-harvest, or other relevant experience with fresh produce and/or food handling
  • Prefer applicants with intermediate to advance Hmong language skills and cultural understanding
  • Prefer applicants with BA degree or who is currently working towards a degree. Comparable relevant work experience is considered in lieu of a formal degree.
  • If you have experience, qualities, or knowledge that you that you think make you a strong applicant but are not listed above please feel free to include these in your application.

If interested, please send your resume, cover letter, and 3 references to: Mat Krisetya at mat@hmongfarmers.com Please put “Post-Harvest Assistant Application” in the subject line.

Minnesota – Wozupi Organic Farm hiring Farm Laborer

Prior Lake, Minnesota

Farm Laborer – Wozupi- Organic Farm

2041 140th Street NW, Prior Lake, MN 55372

Position Type: Seasonal
Shift/ Hours: First
Days: TBD – based on business needs
Salary Range: $13/hr.

Requirements:

  • One year crop production experience, to include organic farming experience.
  • Ability to operate farm machinery.
  • Valid driver’s license required with a good driving record.
  • On feet or standing 90% of time.
  • Must be able to lift 50 lbs.
  • Outside work 90% of time. As related to climate conditions. May work in excessive heat in the summer in a non-climate controlled environment.

**Will need to pass Pre-employment Drug test/Physical and extensive background check.

**We are currently looking for 3 – seasonal Full time Farm Laborers. We are looking for a Farm Laborer to work in each of the following areas:  Orchard, Vegetable garden, and the Green House.

We are also looking for 2 part time Farm Laborers. One will work at the Farmer’s Market and the other will assist our Beekeeper.

Job Summary: Plants, cultivates, and harvests field crops. Assist with honey collection and maple syrup operations. Works with volunteers and youth.

Job Duties:
Performs one or more of the following duties:

  • Assist in planting and cultivating edible fruits and vegetables for a farm to market operation including greenhouse work, installation of a fruit orchard and working in a high tunnel.
  • Assist in farm operations by: hand cultivation of produce, operating tractors, implements, and other machinery; harvesting and storing vegetables in preparation for delivery to market; packing and delivering produce orders.
  • Assist to collect and process maple sap for the production of maple syrup. Bottle maple syrup. Deliver maple syrup to vendors at the direction of supervisory staff.
  • Manage honeybee colonies for the production of honey. Harvest and bottle honey. Deliver honey to vendors at the direction of supervisory staff.
  • Assist in farm-related record keeping and documentation.
  • Assist with volunteers and youth groups.

Compensation this position is PAID

How to apply
Go to http://www.mysticlake.com/employment

Deadline will be posted until filled

 

Minnesota – Frogtown Farm hiring Farm Manager

St. Paul, Minnesota

Farm Manager

November 2016

Frogtown Farm is seeking an experienced and well-rounded individual with strong farming skills and a commitment to social justice to be full-time Farm Manager. This is an opportunity to be a part of the leadership team of one of the largest contiguous urban farms in the country.

Organization  Summary

Frogtown Farm is a community-based nonprofit organization that is located in the Frogtown neighborhood of St. Paul, Minnesota. The farm is one of the largest urban farms in the country with 5 acres of land within a 12.7-acre park. Frogtown Farm finished it’s first year of production and programming in 2016. Frogtown Farm is certified organic and uses permaculture principles.

Frogtown Farm is a nexus for a healthy food system that fills gaps in production, storage, education, training and networking. With spokes that reach beyond its acreage and the Frogtown neighborhood, Frogtown Farm is recognized as a destination for those seeking learning, innovation, reflection, celebration, and authentic community. Rooted in values of social equity, justice, and inter-connectedness, this urban farm on the hill serves as a model for multi- cultural community and a catalyst for economic development, wealth creation, community pride, and sustainability.

Position

The Farm Manager will be responsible for all aspects of daily operations of our 5-acre site ensuring production goals are achieved. This includes both annual vegetable and perennial production. This position requires commitment to and skill with working collaboratively with people from many backgrounds and creativity in managing the unique challenges of a farm in an urban environment. Most critically, the Farm Manager will be responsible for building healthy soil for high volume production – serving as the steward for an environmentally, economically and socially viable farm.

The position will be full-time, reporting directly to the Executive Director. The salary range is $45,000-

$55,000 depending on qualifications and experience. Frogtown Farm provides a competitive benefits package, including: group health insurance plan with employer contribution, retirement savings plan with 401k match, ample vacation, paid sick leave and holidays.

Essential Duties & Responsibility

  • With the Executive Director, develop long-term integrated plan for farm operations
  • Develop and implement crop plan, planting and harvesting schedule for each season with a focus on season extension and maximizing the existing and future hoop houses
  • Purchase seeds, supplies, tools and equipment; maintain tools & equipment ongoing
  • Manage planting, irrigating, weeding, harvesting, washing, packing and delivering produce
  • Maintain the full site for public use, ensuring a positive experience for anyone on site
  • Track farm operations and data, including crop plans, energy consumption, harvest log, germination rate, planting schedule, growth tracking, compost production and soil nutrient management
  • Research urban farm security methods and processes and determine viability of security system; oversee implementation of system
  • Ensure compliance of organic certification
  • Supervise additional farm production staff, interns and volunteers
  • Utilize sustainable organic agricultural methods, including weed and pest management and development of soil structure through composting and other organic methods
  • Responsible for compliance with all city, county and state agricultural, food and safety policies
  • Be an active and articulate ambassador for Frogtown Farm
  • Work with staff and partners to develop alternative sources of energy for farm operations
  • Assist with preparation of farm reports for grant applications and reports
  • Work collaboratively with Frogtown Farm staff to develop farm and permaculture training program; As farming season allows, lead trainings, workshops and/or classes
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications

  • 5+ years vegetable farm management using sustainable agriculture practices
  • Knowledge and interest in the unique and complex aspects of urban agriculture
  • Experience operating and maintaining tools and farm equipment
  • Comfort working in a fast-paced, growing start-up organization
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Working knowledge of organic and sustainable farming standards and techniques
  • Interest in permaculture-based agriculture
  • Ability to lift 50 pounds and take part in physical labor in all weather conditions
  • Basic carpentry and mechanical skills
  • Interest and commitment to establish and maintain relationships with all staff, representatives of local and state agencies, other community organizations and individual community members
  • Computer skills required to develop budgets, communicate with colleagues, use software to plan and track farm operations
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively
  • Ability to work weekends and evening hours during peak growing season
  • Ability to manage assets resourcefully – equipment, labor
  • Commitment to mission and values of Frogtown Farm, including social justice and racial equity

To Apply

This position is open until filled. Applications will be reviewed as submitted, so early application is encouraged. Please submit an email with current resume, cover letter and 3 professional references (references will not be contacted until candidate advances to interview round) to  eartha@frogtownfarm.org. Include “Your name: Farm Manager” in the subject line. Due to the volume of applications we will not be able to respond to each application.

Minnesota – Hmong American Farmers Association hiring Post-Harvest Assistants

Twin Cities, Minnesota

Hmong American Farmers Association (HAFA)

TITLE: HAFA Alternative Markets Program Seasonal Assistant

COMPENSATION: Part time $15/hr., Seasonal August – October

SUPERVISOR: HAFA Alternative Markets Organizers

The Hmong American Farmers Association (HAFA) is a membership based nonprofit organization that works with Hmong American farmers in the Twin Cities and the surrounding metropolitan area. The mission of the organization is to advance the economic, social and cultural prosperity of these farmers and their families. Many Hmong farmers face numerous obstacles to farming including lack of access to land, capital, training and alternative markets besides the farmers’ market system. Through cooperative farming, education and advocacy, HAFA works with Hmong farmers and their families to create a path to wealth creation not just income generation.

This position is an incredible learning opportunity for anyone looking to get first-hand experience pioneering a local food hub, piloting innovative sustainable agricultural practices, helping to solve challenges faced by farmers in the local food system, and helping to run a bourgeoning cooperative farm.

Expectations

HAFA post-harvest assistants are expected to:

  • Work 30+ hrs. a week on a number of assigned activities
  • Be prepared to work hard and in a variety of different weather conditions.
  • Arrive to work on time, complete their assignments efficiently, and act respectfully and professionally to fellow colleagues and farmers.

Preferably HAFA post-harvest assistant knows Hmong language and culture, can lift 50lbs, have knowledge and experience in handling produce, out-going personality.

Responsibilities

All post-harvest assistants are expected to assist with the HAFA farm maintenance activities, which include food safety, land maintenance, loading and unloading produce, and special events on the HAFA Farm.

Alternative Markets Program (AMP)

  • Communicating with farmers and staff about upcoming orders and contract deliverables
  • Cleaning and maintaining the rinse station, packing shed and cooler area in accordance with food safety standards
  • Packing, loading, tracking, cleaning and maintaining all post-harvest, small equipment, materials, and protocols associated with the AMP in accordance with food safety standards
  • Washing, sorting, packing, loading and unloading produce for institutional sales
  • Conducting due diligence tests on farmers and their produce
  • Performing data entry
  • Other duties as assigned

Prospective candidates MUST have reliable transportation. HAFA prefers someone who can work through the month of November. HAFA is an equal opportunity employer. The ability to speak Hmong and knowledge of Hmong culture and customs is a plus. If interested, please send your resume, cover letter, 3 references and a writing sample to: Hua Vang hua@hmongfarmers.com Please put “Post-Harvest Assistant Applicant” in the Subject Line.