2019 JOB OPPORTUNITIES
FLOWER MARKETING & SALES LEAD
The flower operation is hiring a new management level position for the 2019 season. We are looking for someone that has a passion for marketing, specialty cut flowers and is ready to collaborate with the current flower and veggie management team. We list below a broad set of skills that we are interested in, and anticipate that each applicant will have something different to bring to the table. We are flexible to include floral design and/or flower farming into this position to fill out the work week, based on skills, but the primary focus will be on building our flower wholesale business.
Skills and Qualifications:
Passion for marketing and sales with direct experience selling to and working with florists, designers, brides/grooms. This includes managing communication around availability, orders, color palettes, delivery and vase life.
Excellent customer service skills
Skills to bring on new clients, designers (both upstate and in NYC), brides/grooms, and other wholesale accounts to the flower enterprise.
Experience making farmer’s market/CSA bouquets. Further design experience a plus, but not a requirement. Please send photos if you have them.
Demonstrable experience in co-managing projects, enterprises, or businesses.
Attention to detail - regarding crops, harvest and postharvest handling, systems, record keeping and orders.
Can stay focused and driven when working independently.
Demonstrable commitment to organic/sustainable cut flower farming and building the local flower movement - especially of Hudson Valley flower farmers.
Mature, self aware, good communicator. Positive attitude and sense of humor!
Clean driver’s license.
This is a full time position, 40-46 hours/wk based on season/applicant. Primary focus is the 2019 growing season from March - November. Compensation is DOE with the possibility of profit sharing / equity in the long run. Applicants outside of our region are encouraged to apply, please be aware than an on site interview in required. To apply for this position, please send your resume and a cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will accept applications on a rolling basis.
2) FIELD CREW TEAM
We are looking to hire three full-time vegetable and two full-time flower field crew positions. Field Crew will assist in all operations on the farm from greenhouse propagation, cultivation, harvest and post-harvest, weeding, irrigation, tractor work, and everything in between. We are looking for passionate and hard working people that both understand our vision for a co-op farm, with a social justice mission, as well as an outstanding work ethic and dedication to some of the most physically demanding work out there!
Primary responsibilities include:
Assist management with propagation, bed preparation, transplanting by hand, direct sowing, weeding, irrigation, and organic pest and disease control.
Efficient harvesting, washing and packing. This will be the majority of the crew’s work from July - November.
Assist with basic maintenance of facilities and help maintain a clean work environment.
Excitement about tractor driving and willingness to learn. Experience a plus!
Maintain high energy and fast paced work environment for all aspects of day to day farming.
Skills and qualifications:
For veggie crew- at least one year farming experience at a scale of 3-acres or more. For flower crew- at least 1 year of experience growing flowers and preferably general field scale farming (either veggies or flowers) on 2 acres or more.
Must be self-motivated and able to work outside in ALL weather conditions including snow, rain, high temps. in the summer, early in the morning.
Endurance sport experience, athleticism, team comradery as well as healthy amount of competitive spirit.
Comfortably able to lift a minimum of 50lbs.
Strong manual dexterity skills
Ability to work independently
A sense of humor
Ability to follow written and oral instructions and willingness to seek guidance as needed
Clear communication skills and demonstrated ability to be flexible with daily tasks.
Demonstrated commitment to organic, just, and sustainable farming standards.
Clean drivers license and reliable transportation for commuting to farm.
Schedule, Compensation, Housing
These are seasonal positions, from the beginning of April through November 22nd. Compensation is $11.50-13/hr, plus veggies and flowers, for a 40-46 hour work week, with possibility of rotating weekend days for our CSA distribution, and/or greenhouse management. We are also seeking a veggie crew lead position for those with more season’s under their belt!
We are unable to provide on-farm housing, but can connect people to local rentals that may be available.
**To apply for the veggie or flower crew positions, please send your resume, cover letter, preference for flowers or veggie position, and three references to Veggies@rocksteadyfarm.com
Our farm is an equal opportunity employer. All candidates, regardless of race, gender, age, or sexual orientation, are encouraged to apply.