Angelic Organics
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Assistant Growing Manager

The Assistant Growing Manager works closely with the growing manager and the field teams, ensuring that Angelic Organics' standards for quality and efficiency are upheld. He or she also takes on leadership and preparatory roles to ensure a smooth work flow of upcoming activities. (Note: the field crew is divided into 4 teams with 3 to 4 workers on a team; each team has a leader.)


Please Note:  There is no on-farm housing available; please don’t apply if you cannot commute to the farm.

Please review all the following information prior to applying as well as the general information on the main Employment page and the information in the About Our Farm page. When we receive your application, we assume that all candidates have reviewed the necessary information.


Schedule:

     

Available from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m., typically (Late and early in the season, start time can range from 6 to 9 a.m.). Generally when we start earlier, we leave earlier. Most days during the harvest season are 8 hour workdays.

No breakfast break, so have a hearty breakfast before starting work.

Lunch: 45 minutes (Lunch starts within 5 hrs of when work begins.)


Schedule is variable: Prior to our harvest season, which begins in mid-June, workdays are contingent upon favorable weather conditions--ideal candidates will have flexibility to accommodate the needed schedule. Total hours per week will generally range from 30-57 depending on the time of the season. Early and late season hours may be even less than 30.

          


Required Qualifications and Skills

  1. Standards for quality – Will uphold and further refine Angelic Organics' standards for high quality to consistently ensure crew morale and shareholder satisfaction

  2. Standards for efficiency – Will uphold and further refine Angelic Organics' standards for work efficiency to help ensure the morale of the crew and the economic well-being of Angelic Organics

  3. Leadership skills – The ability to lead a group of diverse people through a variety of different tasks

  4. Analytical skills – The ability to make quick calculations and think both tactically and strategically

  5. Interpersonal skills – Works well with others in a diverse work group

  6. Organizational skills – Comfortable with multi-tasking and keeping track of a wide variety of records

  7. Communication skills – The ability to communicate ideas clearly and succinctly

  8. Receptive to feedback and willingness to make necessary adjustments for work processes

  9. Self-Management skills

  10. Takes initiative - Continually seeks ways to improve a process

  11. Flexible and Adaptable – Can work in a wide range of conditions without loss of focus

  12. In good physical shape

  13. Likes the hard work that goes with farming

  14. Highly reliable and responsible

  15. Prompt

  16. Has valid driver's license and reliable transportation

  17. Comfortable with computer usage

  18. At least 2 years of previous vegetable farm experience

  19. Previous tractor/bobcat/forklift/pallet jack experience (ideal)

  20. Ability to communicate in Spanish (ideal)

  21. Respectful towards organic and Biodynamic principles

  22. Desire to grow not only vegetables but also one’s self

  23. Interested in multi-year employment



Work Responsibilities: Supervision of the Following Tasks

Greenhouse: seeding, block-making, block-separating, cleaning, & watering.

Field Work: planting, weeding, trellising, row-covering, & mulching.

Harvest: uphold standards set for each crop. Special care and attention is taken to ensure that the vegetables’ vitality and freshness are maintained.

Post Harvest:ensure that vegetables are cleaned, stored and packed in a timely manner to ensure freshness. This could also involve assisting the driver on a delivery.

General Upkeep: cleaning, organizing, vehicle & tool maintenance, & inventory. Support the work of other departments and managers.


Other Work Responsibilities

Observes field environments, with special attention on potential weed, pest and blight infestations

  1. Documents field activity

  2. Evaluates employee work habits

Prepares for upcoming activities...is always ahead of the crew so transition time is kept to a minimum


How to Apply

Once you have thoroughly reviewed the information provided by our site, we invite you to apply for the position by e-mailing your interest to Apply@AngelicOrganics.com. Please include your name, address, phone number and make the subject of the email read “Farm Team.” In the email, address the following:

Relevant past work experience (specifically any previous experience working on farms or in similar heavy-labor environments.)

Availability to work according to our schedule

Physical ability to do the work

Availability & interest in future years

Applicable past leadership responsibilities

Farming &/or gardening goals

Resume (if you have one)

3 work references

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Hiring Process

We evaluate all candidates who submit an application as described above.

  1. 1.After receiving an application, we will initiate phone interviews with qualified candidates.

2. Based on the interview, we may schedule an interview in person.

3. If we would like to further explore employment with the candidate, we will schedule a trial week.

4. At the end of the 1st trial week, we will evaluate the possibility of a 2nd trial week.

5. By the end of the 2nd trial week, we will make a determination as to whether we wish to hire the candidate for the rest of the season.


Pay Advancement and Opportunities

The starting wage is $10 /hour and additional pay is commensurate with additional skills, experiences, and assigned responsibilities.

 

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