Oregon – The 47th Ave Farm hiring 2018 Farm Crew

Portland, Oregon

The Farm:

The 47th Ave Farm has 20 years of experience running a year-round 200 member CSA and selling to award winning restaurants in Portland, Oregon. We are hard working, committed to continuous improvement & serious about growing great food sustainably and profitably.

We farm at two different locations:

  • On Grand Island, an agricultural oasis just south of Dayton, Oregon we have 38 acres of beautiful river bottom soils. The farm is very close to the Willamette river and we grow a mix of vegetables, cover crops and pasture there. The crew at this farm lives in the Salem, Newberg, McMinnville area.
  • At Luscher Farmwe partner with the Lake Oswego Parks & Rec Dept to manage 12 acres on the edge of the urban growth boundary. This historic dairy is now an amazing urban farm on slightly sloping clay loam soils. We grow a mix of vegetables and cover crops there. The crew at this farm lives in the Portland metro area.

All of our farm properties are managed sustainably using cover crops between vegetable rotations, beneficial insects, organic fertilizers, drip irrigation,  conservation tillage techniques and no synthetic chemicals. This holistic farming system improves the tilth and fertility of the farmland. It also protects the woods, wetlands and communities that surround our farms.

Job Description:

We’re hiring for our Portland, Oregon based Summer Farm Crew! Applicants with previous agricultural experience will be prioritized, however all hardworking & motivated individuals will be considered.

If you want to spend the next few years managing harvest on and learning from one of the most experienced CSA farms in Portland, Oregon – then this is the job for you!

The Harvest Manager will lead the crew during harvest, washing & processing of crops on the farm. To do this they work with the Farm Manager to develop a list of crops that may be harvested each week, help manage the harvest schedule, and set goals for harvest & washing times for all crops. They will be responsible for all the equipment related to harvest & washing and they will manage the loading of produce and equipment back and forth to the pickup sites. The Harvest Manager will lead the primary harvest and/or washing crew and coordinate with other harvest and/or washing crews when necessary. The Harvest Manager will be responsible for quality control, time tracking, and record keeping related to harvest. The Harvest Manager may also be responsible for receiving orders, packing & delivering to the restaurant accounts.

Year-round vegetable production involves many hours of repetitive work in all kinds of weather and can be challenging. We are looking for folks who are serious about farming and know from experience that they enjoy this kind of work!

Desired Experience/Qualifications:

  • 2 years working on organic vegetable farms, or equivalent
  • Management experience
  • We will prioritize applicants who are interested in joining us for 3+ seasons.
  • Disciplined, hard working, organized, responsible, independent and positive
  • Ability to lift 50lbs
  • Clean Drivers License

Hours:

  • May to Sept: Monday–Friday 6:15am – 5:30pm
  • Oct to April: Monday–Friday 6:15am – 4:30pm (Includes loading & unloading from pickup sites and driving back & forth to Luscher Farm)
  • CSA pickups on 4 evenings per month: Tuesday & Thursday, 5pm – 7:30pm
  • Occasional Saturdays in the summer for work parties

Compensation:

  • $11-$13/hr DOE
  • 1 Whole CSA share
  • 1 week paid family leave
  • Unpaid time off: 5 days, May – Oct. Flexible time off in the winter months Nov – April.
  • Room and board not included

The farm is a fertile learning ground for those who are willing to work hard. If you are a person with tremendous energy and enthusiasm for farming and you’re looking to take the next step forward in your farming career, we look forward to hearing from you!

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Oregon – 47th Ave Farm hiring Harvest Manager

Portland, Oregon

47th Ave Farm

The Farm:

The 47th Ave Farm has 20 years of experience running a year-round 200 member CSA and selling to award winning Portland restaurants. We are hard working, committed to continuous improvement & serious about growing great food sustainably and profitably.

We farm at two different locations:

  • On Grand Island, an agricultural oasis just south of Dayton, Oregon we have 38 acres of beautiful river bottom soils. The farm is very close to the Willamette river and we grow a mix of vegetables, cover crops and pasture there. The crew at this farm lives in the Salem, Newberg, McMinnville area.
  • At Luscher Farmwe partner with the Lake Oswego Parks & Rec Dept to manage 12 acres on the edge of the urban growth boundary. This historic dairy is now an amazing urban farm on slightly sloping clay loam soils. We grow a mix of vegetables and cover crops there. The crew at this farm lives in the Portland metro area.

All of our farm properties are managed sustainably using cover crops between vegetable rotations, beneficial insects, organic fertilizers, drip irrigation,  conservation tillage techniques and no synthetic chemicals. This holistic farming system improves the tilth and fertility of the farmland. It also protects the woods, wetlands and communities that surround our farms.

Job Description:

We’re hiring for our Portland-based Harvest Manager position! This job requires at least 2 years of experience working on organic vegetable farms, and we will prioritize applicants with management experience who are interested in joining us for the long run. If you want to spend the next few years managing harvest on and learning from one of the most experienced CSA farms in Portland, Oregon – then this is the job for you!

The Harvest Manager will lead the crew during harvest, washing & processing of crops on the farm. To do this they work with the Farm Manager to develop a list of crops that may be harvested each week, help manage the harvest schedule, and set goals for harvest & washing times for all crops. They will be responsible for all the equipment related to harvest & washing and they will manage the loading of produce and equipment back and forth to the pickup sites. The Harvest Manager will lead the primary harvest and/or washing crew and coordinate with other harvest and/or washing crews when necessary. The Harvest Manager will be responsible for quality control, time tracking, and record keeping related to harvest. The Harvest Manager may also be responsible for receiving orders, packing & delivering to the restaurant accounts.

Year-round vegetable production involves many hours of repetitive work in all kinds of weather and can be challenging. We are looking for folks who are serious about farming and know from experience that they enjoy this kind of work!

Desired Experience/Qualifications:

  • 2 years working on organic vegetable farms, or equivalent
  • Management experience
  • We will prioritize applicants who are interested in joining us for 3+ seasons.
  • Disciplined, hard working, organized, responsible, independent and positive
  • Ability to lift 50lbs
  • Clean Drivers License

Hours:

  • May to Sept: Monday–Friday 6:15am – 5:30pm
  • Oct to April: Monday–Friday 6:15am – 4:30pm (Includes loading & unloading from pickup sites and driving back & forth to Luscher Farm)
  • CSA pickups on 4 evenings per month: Tuesday & Thursday, 5pm – 7:30pm
  • Occasional Saturdays in the summer for work parties

Compensation:

  • $11-$13/hr DOE
  • 1 Whole CSA share
  • 1 week paid family leave
  • Unpaid time off: 5 days, May – Oct. Flexible time off in the winter months Nov – April.
  • Room and board not included

The farm is a fertile learning ground for those who are willing to work hard. If you are a person with tremendous energy and enthusiasm for farming and you’re looking to take the next step forward in your farming career, we look forward to hearing from you!

PCC Rock Creek hiring Learning Garden Educator

Portland, Oregon
CONFLUENCE AMERICORPS PROGRAM
The Confluence AmeriCorps program advances environmental justice through innovative partnerships with local organizations in the Portland metropolitan area. These positions are life changing service opportunities where the Member engages in addressing critical, environmental needs in low-income communities and communities of color. This position is a dynamic combination of serving with a Project Partner on a dedicated project (80%) and joining a team of other Confluence AmeriCorps Members for professional and leadership development opportunities (20%).
DATES OF SERVICE September 7, 2016 – July 28, 2017 (11 months – 1700 hours)
PROJECT PARTNER Portland Community College – Rock Creek http://www.pcc.edu/about/sustainability/rock-creek/
POSITION TITLE Learning Garden Educator
POSITION SUMMARY In Partnership with the Confluence Environmental Center, the Learning Garden Educator will support the Rock Creek Campus Sustainability Office by utilizing a 3.6 acre campus Learning Garden to provide educational activities to students and the public. The garden consists of: 48 raised beds; ½ acre of row crops; a cob tool shed with solar powered irrigation; earthen oven with a green roof; rainwater catchment; 65-tree orchard, berries, grapes, kiwis, bee hives, plus public art pieces throughout. This new AmeriCorps position will focus on leading educational activities in the Learning Garden focused on growing food, healthy eating, and personal health (40%). The Member will conduct outreach and recruit volunteers from underserved communities to participate in projects focused on solid waste, recycling, composting, and other sustainability issues (25%). The Member will collect data and track student and community participation (15%) The Member will participate in Confluence led professional development activities: Professional Development Series, completing a Change Agent Project, monthly team meetings, National Service events and other self-directed development opportunities (20%).
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS (to include, but not limited to):
 Complete daily Learning Garden activities such as propagation, planting, weeding, harvesting food and maintaining hydroponic and hoophouse season extension plantings.
 Manage, coordinate and track student and community-based learning activities in the Learning Garden.
 Lead educational activities such as tours and garden workshops for community garden users, students, and the broader community on the topics of growing food, healthy eating, and personal health.
 Set up and staff Portlandia FarmStandia, our weekly on-campus farm stand, and coordinate food donations for leftover produce
 Extend outreach and support to low income and communities of color, as well as programs that support these community members.
 Recruit and supervise community volunteers to participate in Learning Garden work parties, events, and activities.
 Design and create electronic and print outreach materials to market and publicize Learning Garden events. 2
 Facilitate vermicompost education and outreach among faculty, staff and students to support the Rock Creek Loop.
 Collaborate with Associated Students of PCC (ASPCC) to engage and serve non-traditional and underserved student populations on campus and in the Learning Garden.
 Collect ongoing data related to food production, food waste, compost, volunteer hours and other projects.
 Complete and submit all necessary Confluence/AmeriCorps paperwork and reports in a timely manner.
 Abide by Confluence and AmeriCorps program policies.
 Attend and complete all Confluence/AmeriCorps training and service requirements including orientation, training’s, team meetings and national service days.
 Wear Confluence uniform and/or appropriate identifiers and required safety gear while performing service or attending official events.
POSITION REQUIREMENTS
 An independent, self-motivated, creative and resourceful individual who enjoys serving with diverse groups of people, both in the office and outside (rain or shine).
 Ability to manage multiple projects/events and complete tasks in a professional, organized and timely manner.
 Experience with outreach to students and/or volunteers.
 Ability to dig, kneel and lift 50 pounds.
 Experience with using social media, e.g. website and Facebook.
 Ability to conduct online research for sustainability and/or garden related efforts.
 A cooperative manner and the ability to serve as part of a diverse team.
 18 years of age or older, at beginning of service term.
 U.S. citizen, national or lawful permanent resident.
 Possession of a high school diploma or equivalent, or commit to earning one prior to receiving award.
 Ability to commit to the full term of service for which they are applying.
 Must successfully pass a fingerprint criminal history background check provided through the Individuals State of Residence, State of Service, and FBI criminal identification systems. Also, must obtain a satisfactory report from the National Sex Offender Public Website (NSOPW) prior to the start of the position.
 Regular and reliable attendance and dependability.
 AmeriCorps Members can enroll in multiple terms of service that add up to the value of two full-time education awards. In other words, you can blend summer, part-time and full-time service positions and receive awards as long as the combined service terms don’t exceed two full terms. You can also serve additional terms and elect not to receive an award. Please seehttp://edaward.org/guidebook/multiple-terms for full information.
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS
 Bachelor’s Degree
 Hands on farming and/or gardening experience.
 Experience working with college age students.
 Experience with public speaking and/or teaching.
 Understanding of sustainable practices to support solid waste reduction, composting and recycling.
 Experience working with diverse audiences.
MEMBER BENEFITS INCLUDE
 A taxable, monthly living allowance ($12,530 paid over the term of service).
 Upon successful completion of a term of service, eligible Members receive an education award of $5,775. The education award can be used to repay qualified student loans or for further education in an accredited institution of higher learning, vocational or trade schools. The education award is taxed in the year that it is used.
 Loan forbearance (after successful completion of a term of service, AmeriCorps will pay the accrued interest on qualified loans, which is taxable).
 Basic medical insurance (covers Members only, not dependents).
 Child care allowance for those who qualify.
 May be eligible for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
 Professional development, trainings and networking opportunities. 3
 $100 training fund available.
 Opportunity to attend conferences and workshops.
 Access to fresh produce
PROJECT LOCATION
 Portland Community College, Rock Creek Campus – 17705 NW Springville Road, Portland, OR 97229
TRANSPORTATION INFORMATION
 Free PCC Shuttle bus (runs during school year) between Cascade, Sylvania, Southeast and Rock Creek Campuses, as well as downtown Portland
 TriMet Bus Lines: 52, 47, 67, CC Rider between Rock Creek and Willow Creek (MAX Stop)  Drivelessconnect.com
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY
People of color, people with disabilities, veterans and LGBTQ candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. Confluence is committed to a diverse workplace, and to supporting our staff with ongoing career development opportunities. Confluence, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its employment decisions. Confluence provides reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees as required by law. Applicants with disabilities may request a reasonable accommodation at any point in the employment process.
HOW TO APPLY
Project Supervisors will conduct all initial interviews and recommend top candidates to Confluence by July 27, 2016. Confluence will conduct final interviews and offer positions throughout August 2016.
Here’s how to apply: STEP 1: Apply to Project Supervisor: Email the following items (in one PDF) by June 19, 2016 to: Elaine Cole, Ph.D., Sustainability Coordinator, elaine.cole16@pcc.edu , 971.722.7655
 résumé
 cover letter (1 page)
 contact information for three professional references
STEP 2: AmeriCorps Application: Application materials are completed online at the AmeriCorps website and include:
 AmeriCorps Application – Filled out and submitted to a Confluence position
 Two On-Line References – Included in the online application.
 Online Certification Form –This form is included in the online application or it can be found on the Confluence website. It can be mailed, faxed or emailed to the Confluence Office.
STEP 3: Confluence Interview & Placement: Final interviews cannot be conducted until Step 1 & 2 are complete.
QUESTIONS ABOUT AMERICORPS? CONTACT: Sherrie Jackson Operations Coordinator Confluence Environmental Center, AmeriCorps Program 5441 SE Belmont Street, Suite 25 Portland, OR 97215 503-719-6779

Our Table hiring Farm Crew

Portland, Oregon

BACKGROUND

Our Table is a cooperative of farmers, producers and consumers working together to create a community based food system.  The farm is located 20 miles south of Portland and grows produce for our on-farm grocery and kitchen as well as for CSA, restaurants and small grocery stores in and around the greater Portland area.  We grow vegetables year-round and are looking for individuals to join our crew!

JOB DESCRIPTION

We are hiring for full-time, hourly positions from April through October (with possibility to extend) to support vegetable production at the farm.  We are looking for individuals who are self-motivated, detail oriented, fast learners and motivated to streamline workflow.  Ideal candidates have fun working alone and in a group.  The work is mostly physical, but requires a sharp mind, good judgment, great sense of humor and love of vegetable(s) puns.  Folks with prior farm experience are encouraged to apply, but we will also consider qualified candidates with no prior experience.  Several of the farm crew live in Portland and try to carpool as much as possible.

Employees will be able to participate in farm dinners, a variety of projects at the co-op and connect with other farms.  There is opportunity for expanding roles and responsibilities.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Work will include, but not be limited to, harvesting, packing, cultivating, transplanting, greenhouse propagation, bed preparation and fertility work, irrigating, composting and clean-up.
  • Work may include deliveries and occasional driving off farm.
  • Other duties, as necessary.

QUALIFICATIONS

Required

  • Detail oriented and fast learner.
  • Self-motivated and able to streamline workflow.
  • Ability to work efficiently alone or in a group.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and willingness to work with a diverse group of people.
  • Ability to keep clear, handwritten and electronic records.
  • Positive attitude in all types of weather.
  • Willingness to participate in a startup environment where it will be necessary to wear many “hats” at different times.
  • Commitment to work entire season (with potential for unpaid vacation time).

Preferred

  • 1-2 years of prior farm work.
  • Sense of humor.
  • Strong love of food, nutrition and healthy local economies.
  • Experience driving a large delivery van.
  • Organized and thorough.
  • Ability to ride a bike.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Regularly required to sit or stand, bend, climb and reach.
  • Regularly lift up to 50 pounds without assistance.
  • Ability to work outside in all weather conditions, often for long durations.
  • Capable of performing repetitive tasks with endurance.

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47th Ave Farm hiring Farm Manager

Portland, Oregon

Farm Manager Job Opportunity in Portland Oregon

Join our team of talented farmers! The 47th Ave Farm has 20 years of experience running a year-round CSA and selling to local award winning restaurants. We are super hard working, committed to continuous improvement and serious about growing great food sustainably and profitably. We are looking for a full time year round Farm Manager who shares our vision and wants to help lead the team.

The Farm Manager is primarily responsible for organic vegetable production at our 12 acre Luscher Farm site near Portland, Oregon. They will also coordinate with the managers at our Grand Island Farm near Dayton, Oregon. The different locations offer many opportunities and it also means logistics are more complex than they would be for a single site. The Farm Manager will lead a team of 8-10 people including Assistant Managers and seasonal workers and be responsible for meeting production and organizational goals at the farm. This role will supervise the crew in all aspects of the farm operation including but not limited to propagation, transplanting, cultivation, irrigation, harvest and wash/pack. The Farm Manager is also expected to engage fully with the crew in all farm activities when managerial activities are not required. At least 3 years experience managing in an organic production system is required. The ideal candidate also has strong leadership & communication skills, a flexible decision making style, is very organized, likes to work hard and loves farming!

This is a full time year round salaried position

Applications due Friday January 22nd, 2016

You will find the complete job description on our website  http://www.47thavefarm.com/jobs-at-the-farm/  To apply, please fill out the application and job history form and send in with your cover letter and resume. Please put the job title in the subject line. Email questions to Jobs@47thAveFarm.com. No phone calls please.

Vibrant Valley Farm hiring Farmers

Portland, Oregon

Vibrant Valley Farm is heading into its third full season as a women owned and operated CSA, restaurant and flower farm. We will be farming on Sauvie Island, just 10 miles outside of Portland and home to one of the state’s largest wildlife refuges. This past year we successfully ran a 35 member CSA program, provided vegetables to over 15 local restaurants in Yamhill and Multnomah counties, and delivered fresh cut flowers to New Seasons, a local grocery store in the area. This season we will increase our production two fold adding more CSA memberships and restaurant and flower accounts while continuing to branch out to our greater community with partnerships and educational programming. Vibrant Valley Farm is committed to engaging with our community and to celebrating ecologically sound practices and good stewardship of the land. We are currently working on organic certification.

We are actively seeking two farmers to assist in our production and assembly, 50 hours a week from the beginning of May until the end of October. We are looking for folks who are dedicated to learning about local food systems through growing food and flowers. Experience, team work, willingness to learn, adaptability, customer service, a strong work ethic, and belief in sustainable practices are prerequisites for any applicant and essential to the success of our operation.

For more information visit: www.vibrantvalleyfarm.com

Responsibilities and Skills Necessary

  • Strong physical labor skills (e.g. squat, sit, stand, bend, lift, walk, carry)
  • Working knowledge of organic gardening and farming methods
  • Demonstrated ability to both follow and give directions, seek assistance and communicate clearly
  • Ability to work early morning hours, evening hours and weekends; in all weather conditions
  • Ability to work well with others while completing the tasks given
  • Ability to work with community partners and engage in educational programming and community outreach when appropriate
  • Good attitude

Interested applicants send resume and cover letter to: kara@vibrantvalleyfarm.com

Compensation: DOE

Black Fox Farm hiring Full-Time Workers

Montville, Maine

Black Fox Farm in Montville, Maine is seeking 2 full-time live-in farm workers or a couple for the 2013 growing season. We are looking for individuals with at least one-year prior experience working on a farm and with a basic understanding of organic vegetable production. The ideal candidates would also have some basic experience around livestock and the ability/willingness to drive a large manual transmission truck down to Portland for deliveries. Chainsaw experience a plus. Work would be mostly geared toward the veggies with lots of weeding, hoeing, transplanting, harvesting and packing produce. Some help with animal chores and moving/building fencing would also be required. The schedule would consist of 10-hour days Tuesday-Saturday, and covering chores for us on Sundays.

Compensation: $100/week stipend and separate living quarters in the upstairs of our traditional farmhouse. Separate entrance and kitchen space available with shared bathroom/shower/ and laundry.  Veggies, eggs and milk as well as some bulk staple foods provided.

Opportunities to use our equipment- including a bucket tractor, power tools, and garage space, as well as garden/pasture space available to the right individual. We think this could be a good opportunity for someone looking to get started with their own operation and in need of the space and resources to do so. We are open to someone growing their own crops or livestock here and have some flexibility in our schedule to accommodate this.

About Us: Black Fox Farm is a new and evolving diversified farm in its second year of production in Montville, Maine. Our primary focus is growing 3-4 acres of mixed vegetables for sale through 1 farmer’s market, a small CSA, and wholesale accounts. We also manage some ducks and chickens for egg sales, a flock of sheep and goats, 2 jersey cows and their calves, a team of work horses and 3 farm dogs. We are working to update our old dairy barn and milk room and hope to obtain our license to sell milk by next season. Continue reading