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Our farm, Sauvie Island Organics, is looking for hard working individuals that are passionate about farming and the local food movement, appreciates and understands that customers are people, and can drive a large delivery truck safely from our farm into and around Portland.
The new delivery driver will represent our farm and it’s crew, so it’s very important that you have a positive attitude, are able to embody the values and work ethic of Sauvie Island Organics, and can creatively troubleshoot and meet challenges joyfully. We are interested in starting a relationship with a driver who wants to grow and thrive with us for many years to come.
We are currently hiring two drivers for our Restaurant deliveries, with each position working a minimum of Wednesday and Friday, with possible routes on Monday, Tuesday and/or Thursday. There is also additional potential for working with us on CSA deliveries. Start times change with the seasons, but range between 6:30-8:00am and end when the route is completed, which can be as late at 4-5pm on a long day. We estimate that each driver will be employed approximately 15-20 hours per week (or more) doing deliveries and can join our field crew if desired to create a more full-time employment scenario.
You will team up with our pack house crew to load all of the appropriate produce and materials onto your truck, get to each of the drop sites in a timely and safe manner, and ensure that all of our delicious produce ends up in the right places around Portland!
Start Date: Deliveries starting mid to late May.
Minimum Commitment: Until mid November. Beyond that will be determined by fall/winter yields and market opportunities.
Starting Compensation: $11.00 an hour. A quick pay raise may be considered based on previous experience and a successful initial trial period. On farm employment opportunities may be compensated at a different rate.
Approximate hours per week: 15-20
The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications:
A valid Oregon driver’s license with an excellent driving history
An interest in local food or farming
A desire to create positive, meaningful relationships with coworkers and restaurants
Ability to work with minimal direction/supervision at a quick pace and with high standards
Customer service experience…you need to like other people!
Reliable, punctual, organized, maintains a high regard for safety
Time management skills
Can follow instructions carefully and accurately, and asks questions (there’s no bad questions!)
Creative problem solving skills
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
Maintain foresight and ability to spot potential problems before they arise
Ability to safely load, unload, and drive a large box truck comfortably and with confidence
Capacity to regularly move up to 50-60 lbs at a time in all weather conditions
A desire to learn, improve, innovate, have fun, and work hard as a member of our team
Working knowledge of Portland and suburb streets
Good body and situational awareness
Experience with pallet jacks and hand trucks
Ability to complete daily vehicle inspection reports
Proficient but basic math skills
Previous work experience in a perishable products industry
Workplace longevity working a required schedule
Likes to be outdoors and is physically fit
Knowledge or experience in food/farming/restaurant industries
Owns a smartphone with GPS capabilities