Field Production Manager for 2019

Company: Minto Island Growers
Location: Salem, OR
Compensation: Starting Wage at $14.00/hr, depending on experience
Employment Type: Full-Time
Job Categories: Agriculture
Region: Mid Willamette Valley
Date Posted: November 29, 2018

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Minto Island Growers is seeking applicants for the Field Production Manager for the 2019 season. Management responsibilities include creating, managing, and delegating weekly schedules and tasks related to field production activities for a direct-market certified organic diversified fruit and vegetable farm operating on 30 acres.


About the Farm

Minto Island Growers is a certified organic, 30 acre diversified farm and nursery located in Salem, Oregon. Primarily women owned and managed, MIG prides itself on a collaborative, energetic, and passionate workplace in pursuit of efficient, productive and ethical diversified fruit and vegetable systems. Since 2008, MIG has marketed produce through a 200 member CSA, the Salem Saturday Market, an on-site Farm Stand, and local wholesale accounts. Our on-site Farm Stand, ten minutes from downtown Salem, is the heart of the local food community in Salem with plant starts, u-pick blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, flowers, tomatoes and more. A commercial kitchen supports an on-site Farm Food Cart which provides seasonal, farm-sourced lunches and wood-fired pizzas to the community. Other projects include mint propagation as well as picking and processing tea from our ¾-acre Camellia sinensis tea plot—Oregon’s oldest and only commercial scale tea planting.


Job Description


Field Production Manager duties include (but are not limited to):

  • Along with the Farm Owner and Farm Manager, implement seasonal crop production plan including:
  • Create weekly task plan include tillage schedules, weeding priorities/strategies, planting dates, fertilizing schedules, etc.
  • Maintain detailed and consistent record keeping
    • Conduct daily field monitoring for pest and disease management
    • Drive and operate a diversity of trucks, trailers, and other heavy machinery
    • Operate tractors and implements to execute various field tasks including:
      • Field preparation (both primary and secondary tillage) to incorporate organic matter and shape vegetable beds
      • Prepare stale seed beds and operate flame weeder
      • Direct seed various crops on tractor based Planet Jr
      • Fertilize field transplants and direct seeded crops using both tractor mounted drop-spreader and drip-based fertigation
      • Cultivation using tine and finger weeders, basket weeder, sweeps, knives, hilling discs Lilliston cultivator, and Eco-weeder
      • Cover cropping, summer and fall
      • Mowing
    • Operate and maintain field irrigation systems (drip tape, hand-lines, travellers, and wheel-line)
    • Train and oversee 1-2 field production assistants in basic tractor and irrigation work
    • Together with the Farm Manager, coordinate perennial crop maintenance (blueberry, raspberry, strawberry) including mowing, trellising, pruning and fertility
    • Participation in other farm tasks alongside the farm crew, including:


  • Nursery and greenhouse work—seeding, up-potting, moving plants, greenhouse management (primarily spring)
  • Field work—transplanting, weeding, trellising, pruning, pest control
  • Harvesting, processing, and packing produce


    • Together with the managerial team, maintain cleanliness and order of equipment, harvest tools, materials, as well as the shop and warehouses


  • Potential larger role in special projects such as compost, pollination and exploration of biodynamic practices



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Position Details


The Basics

  • Employment Duration:
    • Start Date: Flexible- early spring 2019, March at latest.

End Date: Flexible- mid fall 2019, October 31st at earliest.

      • Continued employment available in winter and spring, including Winter CSA Nov-early Feb


  • Multi-season/year commitments are highly valued and encouraged and met with compensation increases


  • Hours per Week: 40-55 hours
  • Time off: Flexibility for un-paid personal days from November-March. Limited from April-October
  • Compensation:
    • Starting wage: Commensurate with experience, starting at $14/hr.
    • Benefits:


  • Time off: One week paid time off. Accumulation of three additional days per year when working at a full time rate. Additional flexibility for un-paid personal days from November-March. Limited from April-October.


      • Sick leave: Oregon sick-leave law of 40 hours per year for paid time off (one hour of paid sick time accrues for every 30 hours worked)


  • Health Stipend offered monthly to employees after first season
  • One regular CSA share plus additional produce


      • Employee discounts on Farm Food Cart items


  • Monetary support towards continuing education (for example conference fee paid for OSU Small Farms Conference.) Attendance at agricultural workshops and technical trainings encouraged and compensated as part of work week. Multi-day conferences receive


consideration towards other continuing education opportunities.



  • Minimum 3 years experience working with sustainable farming operation(s), including experience operating tractors and managing irrigation
  • Great communication skills!
  • Sense of humor!
  • Ability to work collaboratively with Farm Owners and Farm Manager to refine annual crop production plan
  • Ability to help create and oversee the weekly task list for all aspects of crop production
  • Flexibility, capacity to adapt to new systems, penchant for creative problem solving
  • Self-motivation, initiative & attention to detail
  • Efficient and focused work pace
  • Ability to work both alone as well as in a team setting
  • Ability to perform strenuous physical labor on a daily basis often in adverse conditions
  • Ability to lift 50 lbs.
  • Clean driver’s license