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EMPLOYMENT

 

We have positions available for the 2021 season!

 

We are always interested in highly skilled applicants. If you are a wonderful person and an excellent, experienced worker with strong interest in working at Old Friends Farm, please read on!

We are presently interviewing for three positions:

- Wholesale Coordinator, Lead Salad Packer, Delivery Driver

- Retail Coordinator (Curbside Pickup and Mail-Order Stores) & Sat Market

- Salad Packing, Harvest, & Sat Market

General Details:

Pay is commensurable with applicant's experience and skill set.  Our minimum starting rate is $15/hr.  Workers must work the complete time commitment.  Full time positions have the option of taking five days off during the season, unpaid.  We do not offer housing for any position.  There are many farm perks, including delicious salads, veggies and flowers, as well as a fun and productive work experience!

 

Our farm thrives on a sustainable work model.  If you love farming, working hard, being on a high quality/high production farm, being part of a dynamic and fun team, and also having time to enjoy your non-farm life, our farm may be a good fit for you.  We want to cultivate 'farmers for life', and have no interest in having a farm that only can exist by having its employees give up their lives for its success.  That isn't sustainable farming to us!  All of our full time workers work 36-45 hour weeks and can rely on work day hours starting and ending on time.

 

Interested applicants for full time positions should be enthusiastic about local organic agriculture, have a minimum of two complete growing seasons of farming experience, be energetic, be able to work in all weather, be self-motivated, work well with others and independently, and have excellent quality control while working quickly and efficiently.  Must be trustworthy, reliable and responsible.

 

Apply via email with a letter of interest, resume, and 3 references.

 

Specific Descriptions:

 

Wholesale Coordinator, Lead Salad Packer, Delivery Driver

This position is the backbone of our Wholesale sales to distributors, restaurants and stores.  It is a position involving many details and responsibility.  Salad Packing requires detail tracking, organization and communication while efficiently packing salad, a repetitive movement task in Certified kitchen environment.  Deliveries require experience or interest in driving and maneuvering our 16' box truck for our local delivery route.    

 

Full Time Year Round (reduced hours Jan-March)
Schedule: M-F

 

The ideal candidate has/is:
- excellent communication
- astute attention to details
- impeccable organizational skills
- detail oriented and keeps a tidy workspace
- skilled at wholesale customer relations
- familiarity with local food systems, distributors and logistics
- ability to work independently and with a small team
- able to work efficiently and juggle many small upkeep tasks on a timely basis
- passion for regional food
- teamwork
- efficient at repetitive tasks
- mindfulness with sanitation, food safety, and certified kitchen environment

- must be experienced driving a 16' box truck.
- must have clean driving record

- professional customer service
- Impeccable respect for covid parameters

- can lift 50lbs

 

Curbside Pickup and Mail-Order Store Coordinator, & Sat Market

Full Time
Year Round (hours vary during year relating to growing season and shipping store holiday demands-- Dec-March is less hours than remainder of year)
Schedule: Nov-May M-F, some small remote tasks may come up over the weekend;  Wednesdays are 10:30-6:30 and other days are 7:30-4:15; June-Oct (during market season) the schedule is M, T, W, F, Sat.  Sat schedule June-Oct includes part of Saturday market and Saturday Distribution (Sat hours: 10:30-6:30).  

- Online platform management (multiple platforms: Local Food Marketplace, Wix, Etsy)
- Customer communications
- Inventory management (ordering, stocking, expiration management, data entry, cycle counting)
- Product procurement and ordering
- Packaging supplies tracked, ordered, restocked and kept tidy
- Packing orders for curbstore and for mail-order store
- Understanding of cold-chain management and other health safety parameters
- Timely preparation of materials for bookkeeping (expenses, sales by product and payment type, refund amounts and allocation, etc)
- Preparation of reports (cost analysis, marketing plan, buying trends, etc)
- Marketing promo (preparation of information, photos, etc for newsletter)
- Additional time is filled in with farm projects (project type depends on what is needed during that available time, typically greenhouse, washhouse or flower prep)
- Restocks market specialty products weekly
- Part of the Saturday Amherst Farmers Market team

The ideal candidate has/is:
- impeccable organizational skills
- detail oriented and keeps a tidy workspace
- excellent customer service skills and welcoming nature
- personality traits aligned with excellent start-to-finish customer service
- familiarity or ability to learn the various computer platforms
- ability to work independently and with a small team
- excellent communication
- able to work efficiently and juggle many small upkeep tasks on a timely basis
- passion for regional food and local economy
- online marketing experience

 

Salad Packing, Harvest, & Sat Market

Full Time (Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays 7:30-4:15,

Saturdays  6:30-3:00)

Seasonal (May through October)

Salad packing is indoor work, 2 days/week, packing salads in our certified kitchen.  Must be efficient and dexterous with attention to detail and capacity for repetitive work.  Harvesting is 2 days/week.

Apply via email with a letter of interest, resume, and 3 references.

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PO Box 904

Amherst, MA 01004

 

413-253-9182

 

grow@oldfriendsfarm.com

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