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Hearty Roots is a great place to work! Located in the Hudson River Valley of New York, we grow 25 acres of certified organic vegetables per year on our 70-acre farm, and care for a flock of 900 laying hens and 15 feeder pigs. You will be part of a tight-knit crew, sharing lunch together and having a great time as we move quickly in the fields with views of the Catskills. We are proud to be a CSA farm, providing about 700 shares per week to families in our region and NYC, along with a large weekly delivery to a group of food pantries in Brooklyn.

Hearty Roots Community Farm does not discriminate against any employee or prospective employee, in hiring, wages, benefits, or any other capacity, on the basis of race, creed, color, national or ethnic origin, nationality, gender, gender identity, age, handicap or disability (including HIV status), union or political activity, immigration status, citizenship status, marital status, or sexual orientation.

We are now accepting applications to work at Hearty Roots for the 2017 season.

Crew Manager (hiring now to begin around April 2017)

The Crew Manager coordinates our team of 5-10 people, keeping everyone on task and working efficiently. The Crew Manager is the point person for answering questions, setting quality standards, and setting priorities for daily tasks in cooperation with the rest of the farm management team. The Crew Manager works alongside the crew members on the farm, (planting, cultivating, harvesting, wash & pack), while providing guidance and support. The Crew Manager must have a positive attitude, be able to provide constructive feedback, and be able to exercise good leadership skills, setting a good example in their own work ethic.

The position requires a 2 year commitment, with a preference for a longer commitment.

The ideal candidate:

  • is self-motivated, independent and well-organized, able to balance many tasks and keep on schedule;
  • has worked for several full seasons on vegetable farms;
  • has strong communication skills while managing a crew, working with them positively and effectively;
  • is comfortable correcting someone’s work style in a supportive and constructive way;
  • is comfortable driving a delivery box-truck;
  • is able to work all day lifting heavy things whether it’s raining, sweltering or beautiful out.  Able to work fast and efficiently both at time sensitive tasks like harvest and repetitive jobs like hand weeding.
  • ability to speak Spanish is a plus.

Hours:

Approx. 50 – 60 hours / week during the growing season;  Approx. 30 hours / week in winter months.

Compensation:

$14-18 / hour (depending on experience).  A performance-based raise can be expected in each following year.

5 unpaid vacation days during the growing season, with flexible options for vacation time in the winter months.

Employee is responsible for housing, reliable transportation to farm, and appropriate farm clothes/raingear. On farm housing may be available beginning in Spring 2017.

To apply:

Please e-mail the following to jobs@heartyroots.com :

  • Cover letter including the following: Why is Hearty Roots a good fit for you? What has made you stand out from the crowd at farm jobs you have had? What motivates you to work quickly and efficiently? What’s the hardest work you’ve ever done?
  • Resume
  • Contact information for two references

If it seems like the position could be a good fit we will invite candidates out for a farm visit and interview/work day.

Field Manager (hiring now to begin around March 2017)

The Field Manager works with the Farm Manager to ensure that all of the farm’s fields are in order, on schedule.  Responsibilities will include tillage (using a subsoiler, chisel plow, disc harrow, moldboard plow, bed shaper, rototiller and mulch layer);  cultivation (using Allis G tractors, a Case 265, and HAK cultivators with tine rake, sweeps, side knives, basket weeders, finger weeders and hilling discs);  fertility management (applying soil amendments, spreading manure, and testing soils);  mowing;  irrigation (using drip irrigation, a travelling reel and impact sprinklers);  spraying (using boom sprayer or backpack mist blower, to spray only OMRI-approved organic materials);  maintaining equipment (doing routine maintenance on tractors and implements, and diagnosing and solving problems);  and assistance with harvest and post-harvest handling (using hands, a tractor-mounted undercutter bar, and a potato digger).  Field planning and record keeping are also integral to the job.

The position requires a 2 year commitment, with a preference for a longer commitment.

The ideal candidate:

  • is self-motivated, independent and well-organized, able to balance many tasks and keep on schedule;
  • has worked for several full seasons on vegetable farms;
  • is experienced operating tractors with tillage implements and cultivation tools;  operates machinery safely, fluidly and efficiently;
  • is experienced at maintaining tractors and implements and solving mechanical problems;
  • is a detailed record keeper who can reliably track activities for organic certification purposes;
  • is comfortable driving a delivery box-truck;
  • is able to work all day lifting heavy things whether it’s raining, sweltering or beautiful out.  Able to work fast and efficiently both at time sensitive tasks like harvest and repetitive jobs like hand weeding.
  • ability to speak Spanish is a plus.

Hours:

Approx. 50 – 60 hours / week during the growing season;  Approx. 30 hours / week in winter months.

Compensation:

$14-18 / hour (depending on experience).  A performance-based raise can be expected in each following year.

5 unpaid vacation days during the growing season, with flexible options for vacation time in the winter months.

Employee is responsible for housing, reliable transportation to farm, and appropriate farm clothes/raingear. On farm housing may be available beginning in Spring 2017.

To apply:

Please e-mail the following to jobs@heartyroots.com :

  • Cover letter including the following: Why is Hearty Roots a good fit for you? What has made you stand out from the crowd at farm jobs you have had? What motivates you to work quickly and efficiently? What’s the hardest work you’ve ever done?
  • Resume
  • Contact information for two references

If it seems like the position could be a good fit we will invite candidates out for a farm visit and interview/work day.


Crew member (hiring now for 2017)

Crew members are involved in almost all aspects of the farm: seeding, planting, cultivating, irrigation, pest and disease control, mowing, greenhouse work, animal care, and harvesting. Most days are full of many varied tasks. There are opportunities for crew members to participate more fully in harvesting for Local Produce Link and wholesale accounts, local CSA distribution, and deliveries to NYC. Crew members can opt in to sharing a family style lunch, where we spend time together enjoying the prepared food we grow. Members of our crew can expect to gain a strong understanding of all aspects of running a sustainable vegetable farm.

The ideal candidate:

  • has at least one season of experience working on a farm.
  • is self-motivated to work quickly and efficiently, either alone or in a group, whether the task at hand is time sensitive or monotonous.
  • is able to work with managers to assess daily priorities and carry out individual responsibilities.
  • is positive, enthusiastic, and has the ability to see the big picture while paying close attention to detail.
  • is able to work all day on their feet lifting heavy things whether it’s raining, sweltering or beautiful out.
  • is able to lift 50 lbs.
  • is comfortable driving a delivery box-truck.

Hours:
Crew position are available for various time frames, including May – November, June – October, and June – August.

5 days/week plus rotating weekend chores

We work 8 – 11 hours a day, depending on the time of year.

Compensation: $11 / hour. Employees who return for multiple seasons will receive an annual raise.

5 unpaid vacation days per season.

Employee responsible for housing, reliable transportation to farm, and appropriate farm clothes/raingear. On farm housing may be available.

To apply:

Please e-mail the following to jobs@heartyroots.com :

  • Cover letter including the following: What is the hardest work you’ve ever done? What are your personal farming goals for down the road? Why is Hearty Roots a good fit for you?
  • Resume
  • Contact information for two references

If we feel that you are a good fit we will invite you out for a farm visit and interview or work day.