Employment Offered

Employment Offered

Date Submitted
01/08/20
Position Title
Farm Field Apprentice/ Field Hand
Position Description
FARM FIELD APPRENTICE / FIELD HAND

Looking for hard working field staff to assist in the 2020 season that are passionate about learning what goes into growing their food. You do not need experience on a farm (though it is great if you do!), but you must be willing to work hard, get dirty, and learn by experience. It is just as important for us to make sure this work suits you as it is for you to make sure this is the right farm for you. We like to do a phone interview followed by an in person or skype interview. This all takes place between January and April. When you are hired, we will send you a handbook that you must sign off that you have read and agree to before your start date.

All Sang Lee Farms employees experience farming through hands-on learning on our diversified certified organic farm. Your roles will vary throughout the season but will primarily focus on the planting, maintenance and harvest of the “fruiting” crops such as tomatoes, eggplant, peppers, cucumbers, zucchini, fall squash, watermelons, sweet potatoes, potatoes, and more. You will observe and interact with other areas of the farm as well from time to time, but this is your primary area. You will be involved with preparing for our CSA program shares early in the week (harvest, sort, weigh, package, count, and load) and similarly you will be involved with preparing for the farmer’s markets on Thursday and Fridays.

The Farm’s focus is both production and education. All apprentices work closely with the farm team to learn the daily rhythms in the various parts of the farm and participate in discussions with the farmers. Additional learning opportunities are available through the Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training (CRAFT) .

DESIRED SKILLS

Pep in your step

We work at a fast pace here and we work efficiently to complete tasks. We find everyone works best together when there is a set pace that everyone can keep up with. For instance, when we are weeding, we are working together to accomplish the days tasks so we can move on to the next important tasks.

Follow direction with positive attitude

We strive to communicate clearly when giving employees directions. We ask that you respect our systems and approach each task with an open mind. We think that “clear is kind, unclear is unkind”. When we are clear with you, you know what we expect.

Take initiative outside of work

While we will certainly explain the day’s tasks and why we are performing them, we like our apprentices to take initiative in their own learning, and go home after the day to read about our learn about some things that they might be curious about, eg. basic plant botany. Our field supervisors and managers are passionate about plants, so feel free to ask questions.

Staying power

We love our staff to have had other experiences so they know how much work there is to farming! It is very gratifying work, but it requires a heartiness and a work ethic.

Works well as a team, and with diverse crew

to create an environment that is free of all intolerance, we require all employees to be responsible for their words, actions & attitudes.

Punctual & prompt:

Since we all work as a team, it is important that you are someone who can consistently arrive on time to work. This means, arrive early, get your gear on and together, and then punch in when everyone else punches in. This ensures that we can all give direction and get started together.

AVAILABLE POSITIONS

We are looking to fill the following positions throughout the growing season:
45 hours / week (April - November)
45 hours / week (May - October)
25 hours / week (May - October)
40 hours / week (June - September)
40 hours / week (June - September)
25 hours / week (June - September)
25 hours / week (June - September)
All positions are Monday - Friday as weekends we are at markets and Sundays everyone is off. Some days we might stay past 5pm, but mostly the schedule is from 8am-5pm with 1 hour mandatory unpaid lunch.
HOUSING
We do not offer housing as a part of the apprenticeship, but we do have a few rooms available for single people given that it is a good fit with the current other tenant. We do have some options that we can refer you to, but it is ultimately your responsibility to find a place to live, and figure out how to get to work each day.
County
Suffolk
Farm Name
Sang Lee Farms
How to Apply
https://www.sangleefarms.com/field-apprentice-field-hand-job

Please submit your resume, 3 references, and a cover letter about why you are interested in our farm specifically, and what you hope to gain from an experience with our farm to lucy@sangleefarms.com by March 1st 2020
Farm or Organization Website
www.sangleefarms.com