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Hilltop Hanover Farm & Environmental Center is a sustainable farm and educational center located on 60 acres in Yorktown Heights, NY. We grow vegetables on 7 acres for a market-style CSA, on-site farm stand, and wholesale clients. The farm hosts educational classes and school groups and is open to the public free of charge. Our mission is to provide our community with healthy produce and to teach others to do the same.

 

We have multiple positions available for the 2019 season. Click each title for full job description and application instructions.

 

Farm Manager

 

Seasonal Positions

 

Assistant Farm Manager

Livestock Farmer/Vegetable Crew

Field Crew (Vegetable Production)

 


POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT:

Assistant Farm Manager

Full-time/Seasonal, posted 3/20/19

 

Job Description

Working in close cooperation with the Farm Director and Lead Farmer, the Assistant Farm Manager will assist in all areas of field production and help to ensure the farm is operating efficiently. Responsibilities include participation in all aspects of vegetable, herb, and flower production on 3-8 acres: seeding; greenhouse management; cultivation and field prep; transplanting; weed and pest management; harvesting, washing, and marketing crops. The Assistant Farm Manager will help with farm plans and schedules and will be involved with the distribution of crops via wholesale and retail channels. The right candidate will be self-motivated, possess a good work ethic and have excellent communication skills.

 

Qualifications

  • 2-4 years of experience in organic produce production
  • At least one season working in a supervisory role
  • Ability work under pressure in a fast-paced environment
  • Strong commitment to organic and sustainable farming practices
  • Ability to lead interns and seasonal staff in seeding, transplanting, weeding, and greenhouse management
  • Comfortably able to lift 50lbs
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Ability to safely operate tractors and other farm equipment preferred, but not required
  • Wholesale and retail marketing experience preferred, but not required

 

Schedule & Compensation

The Assistant Farm Manager is expected to work 40 to 48 hours a week in all weather conditions. Some weekend work is required. We offer an hourly compensation of $18-24, DOE. This position is scheduled to run mid-March through early December. Housing is not provided.

To apply, email a letter of interest, resume, and a list of 3 references, including ‘Assistant Farm Manager’ in the subject line.

 


 

POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT:

Field Crew (Vegetable Production)

Full-time/Seasonal, posted 3/26/19 (multiple positions available)

 

We have 2-3 open Field Crew positions for the 2019 season. Our full season runs from mid-April to December, but start and end dates for Field Crew positions are flexible.

 

Job Description

Field Crew members will assist in all areas of field production and help to ensure the farm is operating efficiently. Responsibilities include participation in all aspects of vegetable, herb, and flower production on 3-4 acres: seeding; greenhouse management; transplanting; weeding; harvesting, washing, and marketing crops. Field Crew members will help set-up and staff our farm stand, which is open to the public and our CSA members on Fridays and Saturdays, from late April to late November. We are willing to train individuals interested in learning about sustainable agriculture and are seeking applicants that are self-motivated, possess a good work ethic and have excellent communication skills.

 

Primary Responsibilities

  • Assist with propagation, bed preparation, transplanting, irrigation, weeding, and greenhouse management
  • Work efficiently during harvesting, processing, washing, and packing
  • Maintain high energy in a faced paced environment

 

Skills and Qualifications

  • 1-2 seasons of experience working in agriculture or horticulture preferred, but not required
  • Ability to work in all weather conditions
  • Detail oriented
  • Ability to be flexible with daily tasks
  • Clear communication skills
  • Strong commitment to organic and sustainable farming practices
  • Comfortably able to lift 50lbs
  • Valid Driver’s License
  • Retail experience is a plus

 

Field Crew members are expected to work 40 hours a week in all weather conditions. Some weekend work is required. We offer an hourly compensation of $14-18/hour, DOE. We are unable to offer housing, but may be able to provide suggestions for local rentals.

To apply, email a letter of interest, resume, and a list of 3 references. Please include ‘Field Crew’ in the subject line and state the dates you are available in your cover letter.

 


 

POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT:

Livestock Farmer/Vegetable Crew

Full-time/Seasonal, posted 1/2/19

 

Job Description

Supervised by the Farm Manager, the Livestock Farmer will be the primary caretaker of our farm animals: three heritage-breed cows, two goats, and a small flock of laying hens. This position is responsible for the daily care of our livestock, but because this program is small (our livestock operation primarily serves our educational programs), the Livestock Farmer will spend up to 70% of work days helping our vegetable crew and/or working on other farm projects. Applicants should be reliable, hardworking, and have excellent communication skills.
 

Primary Responsibilities

  • Feed and water animals and attend to all daily livestock chores
  • Manage rotational grazing program for cows: move electric fencing to shift grazing areas, oversee pasture mowing and maintenance
  • Keep pasture fence lines clear, make fence repairs as needed 
  • Maintain veterinary records and proactively manage animal health
  • Order hay, feed, etc. and ensure all necessary supplies are on hand

Other Responsibilities

  • Assist with propagation, bed preparation, transplanting, irrigation, weeding, and all aspects of our vegetable production operation
  • Work efficiently during harvesting, processing, washing, and packing
  • Maintain high energy in a faced paced environment
  • As needed, assist with farm events, retail farm stand, property maintenance, or educational programs

Qualifications

  • 1-2 years of experience with livestock; experience with large animals required
  • Ability to perform all livestock work independently and with minimal supervision
  • Willing to work efficiently in all weather conditions
  • Comfortably able to lift 50lbs
  • Strong commitment to organic and sustainable farming practices
  • Valid driver’s license

Preferred Skills

  • Ability to safely operate tractors and other farm equipment
  • Vegetable production experience desired but not required

Schedule & Compensation

This is a seasonal position (April through the end of November) with an hourly wage of $14-$20, depending on experience. A general work week is 5 days/week, 8am-5pm (8 hours, plus a one-hour unpaid lunch break). Farm staff schedules typically include one weekend day. We have an interest in expanding our livestock program and preference will be given to applicants with the experience to help us scale up. Ultimately we would like to see this grow into a full-time, permanent position, but for 2019, but the Livestock Farmer is structured as temporary position that will end at the end of the 2019 season. We are unable to provide housing at this time.

To apply, email a letter of interest, resume, and a list of 3 references, including ‘Livestock Farmer’ in the subject line.

 


 

POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT:

Farm Manager (Vegetable Production)

Full-time, posted 12/12/18

 

Job Description

Supervised by the Farm Director, the Farm Manager is responsible for the management, planning and oversight of our sustainable vegetable farm, which includes the production of vegetables, herbs, and flowers on 3-8 acres. This is a production oriented position, but because we are open to the public and regularly host school programs and events, the successful candidate will also be flexible in scheduling daily tasks to accommodate other farm programs. We are seeking motivated applicants with excellent communication skills.

 

Responsibilities

  • Supervise, plan, schedule, and participate in all aspects of our produce operation: seeding; greenhouse management; cultivation and field prep; transplanting; weed and pest management; harvesting, washing, and marketing crops
  • Develop crop production plans for greenhouse, high tunnel, and field to cultivate a diverse revenue stream through our CSA, retail farm stand, wholesale, and U-Pick
  • Create field crew schedules; monitor and be accountable for the progress of all field work
  • Train and work alongside the farm crew as needed to ensure timely completion of daily tasks
  • Manage all aspects of farm record-keeping, including harvest records, sales, and farm expenses
  • Order materials and supplies; maintain inventory and keep records of same
  • Use mechanized farm equipment; recommend new implements and/or methods to increase productivity and quality of produce
  • Maintain a clean, safe, and organized work environment

 

Qualifications

  • A minimum of 3 years of experience farming for commercial markets on 4 acres or more
  • Farm management experience or 2-4 years of supervisory farm work
  • Experience planning and managing work schedules; experience training staff
  • Demonstrated knowledge of organic farming practices including crop rotation, cover cropping, composting, IPM, and soil fertility management
  • Ability to safely operate tractors and other farm equipment
  • Comfortable working with databases or farm-planning software, POS retail/inventory management software, and email marketing apps
  • Ability to lead and work under pressure in a fast paced environment
  • Comfortably able to lift 50lbs
  • Valid driver’s license

 

Preferred Skills

  • Experience with retail markets and farm marketing is a plus; we are looking to grow our on-site farm stand
  • Proficiency in season extension practices
  • Livestock experience desired but not required
  • Demonstrated ability to stay informed of current research and/or new methods in sustainable agriculture

 

Schedule & Compensation

The Farm Manager is expected to work 40 to 45 hours a week during the growing season, with reduced weekly hours in winter. Our preference is for the Farm Manager to keep a Tuesday-Saturday schedule while our farm stand is open (late April through Thanksgiving). Compensation is commensurate with experience; anticipated starting range is $42,000-55,000. We are unable to provide housing at this time.

To apply, please email a letter of interest, resume, and a list of 3 references, including ‘Farm Manager’ in the subject line.

 



 

 

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