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Farm Assistant/Market Supervisor Growing Home
- Date Posted January 22, 2014
- Location Chicago, IL
- Category Agriculture / Nonprofit
- Job Type Full-Time
Growing Home operates an innovative transitional jobs program through our organic farming business. This position involves job-training and supervision of program participants (referred to as interns) during on-site farm work, and oversees interns working at the farmer’s market. This person will also assist with marketing to restaurant and wholesale customers, as well as developing new value added urban farm products. We are looking for a hard-working, detail-oriented individual with a positive attitude, who is committed to Growing Home’s broader organizational mission.
Job Type: Full-Time (40 hours/week) March 3 - December 12 (41 weeks) Schedule: Tuesday-Saturday from April-December; Monday-Friday during March
Compensation: Hourly, based on experience; paid vacation, and option to enroll in Growing Home's medical and dental insurance.
-Bed Preparation (clearing, tilling, amending, raking)
-Transplant production and transplanting
-Direct Seeding – ensure accurate seeding using various precision seeders
-Maintain planted beds – irrigating, weeding, fertilizing, trellising, thinning, pruning
-Harvest, process, and pack high quality produce
-Product deliveries and supply runs
-Transport Growing Home production assistants between worksites using company vehicle
-Provide record keeping and farm data entry support (Must be proficient with Microsoft Excel, Word)
-Basic carpentry and repair work; examples include irrigation line installation and repair, fabricating trellises, installing/repairing thermostats, fans, and plastic on hoophouses, etc.
Manage Growing Home sales at Green City Market.
-Ensure a high level of product freshness and sanitation; maintain attractive market display.
-Complete weekly farmer’s market reports and intern reviews
-Ensure accurate sales transactions and correct change
-Keep accurate market sales records
-Supervise Growing Home interns working at market
-Provide informative and accurate description of Growing Home’s larger organizational mission to market customers
Job-Training and Intern Supervision:
Provide direction to interns and intern working groups (crews up to 10 interns) during morning work period (8 am – 12 pm, Tue – Fri).
-Take responsibility for group work performance and work outcomes of intern work crews under his/her direction
-Provide verbal feedback to interns concerning work performance and job readiness according to specific program themes and measures.
-Conduct farm-skills trainings for interns as needed.
-Develop marketing to restaurant and wholesale customers -Assist with development of new value added farm products
-Assist with farm equipment and supply purchasing
Applicants must have a valid driver’s license and be able to travel to Growing Home’s Wood St. Urban Farm prior to the market on Saturday. Market days begin as early as 4:30 am during the peak summer weeks. Candidates must be able to work well under pressure.
-Farming and sales experience
-Detail-oriented, dependable, and punctual
-Attention to quality-control
-Proficient with Microsoft Excel/Word
-Interest in working with Growing Home’s transitional jobs program participants
-Able to lift 75 lbs.
-Able to work independently; self-directed.
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