Employment Offered

Employment Offered

Date Submitted
11/20/19
Position Title
Head Flower Farmer
Position Description
We are looking to hire a full-time, skilled farmer to manage our flower operation. Ideal candidates will be passionate and hard-working, with an understanding and enthusiasm for our vision as a co-op social justice farm, as well as an outstanding work ethic and dedication to the demanding work of farming.

The cut flower operation is currently 2 acres (a combination of annuals, perennials and biennials), a 50 foot tunnel and a 96 foot tunnel for season extension. Our flower operation is a high volume production enterprise, and is integrated into our 8+ acre vegetable farm. We are tractor based and think in “whole farm” systems. We anticipate that someone with experience farming veggies or flowers over 4 acres will best fit the pace and systems we have -- although that is not a hard requirement.

The head flower farmer will manage all operations of the flower enterprise, from the seeding schedule to harvest and post-harvest handling. They will also work in close collaboration with the flower sales position, and partner on meeting sales targets throughout the season. This person will be taking over an existing operation, so there is a good deal of structure in place to help with the transition, as well as a few months of overlap with the outgoing farmer. That said, there is also room for flexibility and new ideas, especially from candidates who join us with a lot of experience.

We have a reputation for providing some of the highest quality local blooms to designers in the Hudson Valley and NYC. We are looking for someone to not just maintain our current brand and standard of quality, but take it to an even higher level of professionalism, reach and profitability. Given that we have a strong wholesale customer base, we anticipate that 2020 will look similar as far as sales outlets - to help ease this staffing transition.

Primary responsibilities include:
Crew management: manage one-two full time flower crew member, and collaborate closely with our flower sales/admin position.
Work in partnership with vegetable managers/owners for whole farm planning, fertility plan, field preparation (primarily done by vegetable farmers), irrigation schedule, delivery schedule and budgeting.
Implement, and adjust as needed, an existing crop plan of annuals, biennials and perennials. This includes: propagation schedule, bed preparation schedule (field and hoophouse), transplanting and direct sowing schedule.
Manage weeding, irrigation, and organic pest and disease control to ensure the highest quality flowers.
Actively partner with flower sales/admin position to meet sales targets, determine weekly availability lists, and contribute to client relationships.
Assist with basic maintenance of facilities and help maintain a clean work environment.
Maintain high energy and fast paced work environment for all aspects of day to day farming.
Maintain an organized record keeping system in the greenhouse, field, and for farm finances.

Skills and qualifications:
A sense of humor and joy for farming!
At least 2 years of managing a professional cut flower operation of 1 acre or more.
Experience managing farm crews, demonstrated ability to communicate clearly and efficiently, while having fun and promoting a productive and safe work environment.
It is important that this person actively affirms all identities, especially those within our LGBTQ community, and brings a social justice and democratic workplace lens to their communication and management styles.
Propagation and high tunnel management experience.
Experience with bulbs and tubers.
Tractor experience not required but helpful.
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. Strong manual dexterity skills in all weather.
Ability to read spreadsheets, detailed crop-plans and budgets in excel and/or google sheets.
Ability to work independently as well as with a team.
Detail oriented and organized work style.
Demonstrated commitment to sustainable and just farming practices.
Comfortably able to lift a minimum of 50lbs.
Clean drivers license and reliable transportation for commuting to farm.

Schedule, Compensation, Housing:

This is a full-time in season, and part-time winter position, with a minimum of a 2 year commitment. Full-time is based on a 40-50 hour work week, with the possibility of rotating weekends for greenhouse management.
Start date: February 1st, 2020. Some flexibility available for the right candidate.
Hourly pay starts at $15/hr (based on the candidate’s skills and experience), paid vacation, sick days, workers comp, disability, paid family leave, $1,000 in professional development and all the produce and flowers you could want.
We can connect people to local rentals that are available in the area but do not provide on-farm housing.

Our farm is an equal opportunity employer. All candidates, regardless of race, gender, age, or sexual orientation, are encouraged to apply.
County
Dutchess
Farm Name
Rock Steady Farm & Flowers
How to Apply
To apply please send your resume, cover letter and three references to Blake at Flowers@RockSteadyFarm.com
Farm or Organization Website
www.rocksteadyfarm.com