Harvest Manager on Organic Vegetable Farm

Pay rate: $19-$21/hour based on experience as a vegetable farm manager. Plus $0.50/hour end-of­-season bonus for every hour you worked during the season and weekly vegetables from the farm.

For an in depth description of jobs at Red Wagon Organic Farm please read our Basic Job Description before applying.

If you have vegetable farming experience and would like to run a harvest crew, please apply!

We are looking for a lead harvest manager. This person is responsible for all aspects of daily field operations to ensure that the farm’s production goals are met. This includes correct quantity, quality, and post-harvest handling on all produce until it leaves the farm.

This role requires working closely with the farm owners, collaborating with other managers, and managing a 7-10 person crew. This role also includes daily administrative tasks such as making the daily harvest lists and scheduling employees. Please note: this is a basic description of the job. Circumstances often change on the farm, and the successful harvest manager will be quick to assess the situation and adapt to it. This position requires flexibility.

Duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Develop and maintain a good working relationship with the farm owners and other managers. This includes frequent communication including making numerous phone calls every day.
  • Work closely with the harvest crew members, many of whom are new to farming. You will work alongside them to train and supervise them. This will include maintaining the efficiency, speed, and quality of the harvest crew’s work.
  • Scheduling harvest crew, ensuring the crew is on time, and notifying crew of schedule changes (start/finish times, rain outs, etc).
  • Responsible for monitoring the quality of all produce from the time it is harvested to the time it leaves the farm. Ensure that the correct quantity of each crop is harvested each day. Transport produce out of the fields and to the pack area.
  • Regularly walk the fields to monitor crop progress. Use this information to make plans for what to harvest in the coming days and weeks.
  • Compile, print, and distribute harvest list daily.
  • Operate tractor (limited) and trucks.
  • Supervise and participate in other projects on the farm after harvest is completed.
  • Work on other farm projects in the early and late parts of the season. (i.e. building caterpillar tunnels, transplanting plant starts, farm cleanup at the end of the season, etc.)
  • Maintain a safe work environment and enforce policies and procedures.

Qualities required for the Harvest Manager:

  • Excellent communicator
  • Strong management skills
  • Proficiency with computer (Excel, Google Docs, email, various apps)
  • Good observation and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to prioritize endless to do list
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Ability to be flexible
  • Ability to work with many personality types
  • Calm and positive attitude—even while working under stressful conditions

Schedule:

  • This is a full-time position from March-November, with increased hours during the busy summer months and decreased hours in the early spring and late fall. Summer hours are approximately 6 am to 4 pm. It is typical to work 50 hours per week in the busy months. There is also a possibility of working some hours over the winter months.

Also required:

  • Two years of vegetable farm experience
  • Working mobile phone
  • A computer and internet connection to use when working at home (only a few hours per week)
  • A clean driving record

For an in depth description of jobs at Red Wagon Organic Farm please read our Basic Job Description before applying.

Application
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