Farm Assistant

Company: Nella Mae's Farm
Location: Cove, Oregon
Compensation: $10-$13
Employment Type: Part-Time
Job Categories: Agriculture, Production
Region: Eastern
Date Posted: March 9, 2019

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Nella Mae’s Farm is a small vegetable farm growing for local markets. We sell to restaurants, retail outlets, through our on-farm farmstand, and at the La Grande Farmers Market.

Farm Assistants, experience first-hand what it takes to manage a diverse small farm through the growing season. The work is physical and mentally engaging.

We truly respect and value our employees. We have a friendly, organized workplace with clear procedures and daily objectives. We have a strong sense of community and teamwork on our farm. We work closely together and eat hot, farm-fresh crew lunches together each day. We make sure employees can take home plenty of produce, too.

Wage: $10-$13/hour depending on experience.

Work Schedule: 20-30 hours per week. Harvest days are 6am-2:30pm Tuesdays, 6am-4pm Fridays. Additional hours Mondays and Thursdays with flexible schedule.

Term: Flexible. May 1-Oct 31.

Job Description: The Farm Assistant will work with a team of other workers under supervision of the farm manager. The Farm Assistant will be involved in daily fieldwork with instruction in pest and disease control, soil health, and irrigation and water management.

  • Field work: includes field preparation for planting, transplanting, weeding, thinning, pest control.
  • Greenhouse: seeding, transplanting, watering, trellising and pest control.
  • Harvesting: Field harvesting, washing, sorting, and packing salad mix and vegetables.
  • Record keeping: Assisting with planting, harvest, farm activity records.
  • Distribution: Delivery to restaurants and retail outlets.

This position also provides an excellent learning experience for someone who is interested in agriculture, food and running a small business and who enjoys being outside. At the farm we strive to provide learning opportunities for all employees per their interests.

Qualifications: We are looking for a hard-working, self-motivated person who is able to maintain a sense of humor during hot days and communicate well. The Farm Assistant must be able to work quickly and deftly with their hands. This person must be able follow direction of the farm manager and also provide constructive feedback about operations. Attention to detail and adherence to our food safety procedures is critical. Applicants should be ready for physical work and to lift 30lbs regularly. They should also be able to work outside in all weather conditions from rain to heat. We invite a person of any skill level to apply for as long as they are excited to learn and work outside.