Weavers Way Farm Distribution Assistant
Posted: Fri, November 13, 2020
Philadelphia, PA job
Weavers Way Farms, Distribution Assistant, 2020
Henry Got Crops Farm (Saul)
Job Title: Distribution Assistant
Purpose: To assist with harvesting and produce distribution, including harvesting at the Henry Got Crops site, assisting at the farm market, and packing up the CSA. This position is ideal for someone who has one or two years of farm apprenticeship/internship experience, produce retail experience, and is looking to deepen and broaden their farming and farm market skills at a community centric, urban, production farm.
Duties/Responsibilities: The distribution assistant is responsible for supporting the field manager in harvesting activities, including high quality control and efficient harvesting and washing, weighing, labeling, packing and rotating produce in a walk-in refrigerator. Assistant is also responsible for working independently to clean up the CSA, including inventorying left over produce, practicing strict quality control and packing up orders. Assistant is also responsible for supporting the farm market manager in farm market operations, including packing orders, maintaining grocery and produce displays, talking to customers about the farm partnership, checking out customers at the register and following front-end opening and closing procedures. While working at the farm market, the distribution assistant will serve as the initial point person for customer and volunteer questions pertaining to the CSA. Field assistant will supervise and work with volunteers multiple times a week.
Administrative Tasks: clocking in and out, logging harvest pounds and operating the register for farm orders and market customers.
Minimum Qualifications: A full season of farming.
Physical Requirement and Timeline Commitment: Field Assistant is expected to commit to a minimum of one growing season, from late April until Thanksgiving. You should be able to work under adverse conditions (heat, humidity, cold, rain) and be able to lift 50 lbs, preferably at the same time.
Skills/Attributes: Must be team oriented, a strong communicator, and flexible; must have a strong work ethic and willingness to get dirty; as well as an ability and desire to work with and supervise volunteers of all ages and abilities. Must have a high attention to detail and superb quality control skills. Must be able to work well in a team as well as independently. Good mental math skills. Strong candidates will have excellent organization skills and have an enthusiasm for a well-organized, tidy walk-in refrigerator!
Schedule/Hours: Assistant is expected to work 4 days a week, totaling 32 to 40 hours per week. The schedule is Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, at the Henry Got Crops/Saul location.
Compensation/Benefits: This is an hourly paid position, starting at $11.50/hr, eligible for a $0.50 raise after 6 months, eligible for Weaver Way Co-op benefits. Farm staff are welcome to have produce from the farms, and receive a staff discount and working member discount of 15% at Weavers Way Coop and farm market. Any hours worked over 40 hours/week are subject to over time rate (time and a half).
Reports to: Farm Manager/Farm Department Head
To Apply: Deadline for applying is midnight Sunday December 6th, 2020. Phone interviews will be held on a rolling basis. In person interviews will be held in mid to late December. To apply, please visit the following link and submit your resume, cover letter and three references:
About Weavers Way Farms:
Weavers Way has two farm sites in Northwest Philadelphia, located a few miles apart from one another. The farm sites consist of a 2 acre farm at the Awbury Arboretum (the Mort Brooks Memorial Farm), and a 3 acre farm at Saul High School (the Henry Got Crops farm), as well as a 1.5 acre fruit, nut and berry orchard adjacent to the Henry Got Crops farm at Saul. The farms are a part of Weavers Way Coop, a 10,000 member, community owned market with locations in Mt Airy and Chestnut Hill and Ambler. Each farm grows a unique set of vegetables, none of which are duplicated at the other farm. The harvests of the two farms are coordinated in order to satisfy our existing outlets. Assistants typically focus most of their time at one of the two sites, yet we all work in conjunction with one another, as one team. Produce from the two farms is sold at the three Co-op stores, our Henry Got Crops CSA, our on-site farm market, the cafeteria at Saul High School and occasionally a few restaurants in Northwest Philadelphia as well as. The Henry Got Crops site also hosts the education programs of our affiliated non-profit, Food Moxie. The Henry Got Crops farm is located right on the campus of Saul High School and through the facilitation of Food Moxie, teachers and their classes come to the farm on a regular basis and are involved in the operations of the farm.
For more information about Weavers Way and our farms, please visit www.weaversway.coop