Weavers Way Farms- Distribution Assistant
Posted: Mon, January 10, 2022
Phone Number: 8022744503
Purpose: To assist with product distribution and sale of Weavers Way Farms produce, including harvesting at the Henry Got Crops site, assisting at the farm market, and 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.
On harvest days (Mondays and Thursdays), 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. When farm market vendors make deliveries on harvest days (when the market is closed for business) the Distribution Assistant is responsible for receiving and properly storing perishable products.
On CSA and Farm Market days, the assistant will primarily be responsible for supporting the farm market manager in farm market operations including: maintaining grocery and produce displays; providing excellent customer service and sharing information with shoppers about Weavers Way Co-op and its farms, CSA program, and its partnership with W.B. Saul Agricultural High School; performing cashiering duties such as accurate and efficient processing of various forms of payment (cash, credit cards, free produce vouchers, etc); signing up new co-op members; and following front-end opening and closing procedures.
Additionally, on CSA and Farm Market days (Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays), the assistant will be responsible for working independently on various tasks related to the operation of these two outlets and assisting the volunteers involved. The following is a list of tasks that will be divided up between the two distribution assistants, based on interest, skill set and practicality. It is not an exhaustive list, other similar tasks might be added, based on the evolving nature of safely distributing food during a pandemic and resulting work load for the team:
Cleaning up the CSA, including inventorying leftover produce, practicing strict quality control and packing up orders
Serving as the initial point person for customer and volunteer questions pertaining to the CSA
Setting up the farm market
Signing CSA and farm market volunteers into their shifts through the co-op’s online Member Center, and emailing “back up” volunteers if there is a volunteer shift that needs to be filled
Assisting with inventorying
Contributing content to the CSA e-newsletter as needed
General daily cleaning and organizing
Administrative Tasks: logging harvest pounds, occasional handling of emails related to volunteer shifts, signing and coding invoices
Minimum Qualifications: A full season (spring, summer, fall) farming and/or working at a farm market or in food retail. Must provide up-to-date child abuse clearance and clear PA background check (the farm is located on the campus of a high school).
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), be able to lift 50 lbs, and be physically able to perform repetitive movements such as twisting and bending for light-duty tasks.
Skills/Attributes: Strong candidates must: be team-oriented but able to work independently; have excellent communication skills; be flexible and calm in quickly-changing and fast-paced work environments (in the field and a retail setting); have a strong work ethic and willingness to get dirty; possess the ability and desire to work with and supervise volunteers of all ages and abilities; deliver consistently high levels of customer service to customers; have a sharp attention to detail and employ superb quality control skills; possess good mental math skills. Ideal 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 5 days a week, at the Henry Got Crops location, averaging 40 hours per week. The schedule may change, but at this point is:
Mondays, harvesting 8-5pm
Tuesdays, farm market/CSA 2:30-9:30pm (closing shift)
Thursdays, harvesting 8-5pm
Fridays, farm market/CSA 8-3pm
Saturdays, farm market 8-4pm
Compensation/Benefits: This is an hourly paid position, starting at $14/hr (based on experience), entry level staff are eligible for a $0.50 raise after 6 months. Eligible for Weaver Way Co-op benefits. Farm staff are welcome to have produce grown on the farms, and receive a staff discount and working member discount of 15% at Weavers Way Coop’s locations, including the Henry Got Crops farm market. Any hours worked over 40 hours/week are subject to overtime rate (time and a half).
Reports to: Farm Manager/Farm Department Head
To Apply: Phone interviews and in person interviews will be held on a rolling basis. To apply, please visit the following link and submit your resume, cover letter and three references:
About Weavers Way Farms:
Weavers Way Co-op 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, most of which are not 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 or the farm team, 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 Co-op and our farms, please visit www.weaversway.coop