Each season's success
requires the assistance of many hands. This "farm family" team spirit is
an integral part to the success and productivity of Rare Earth Farm. We are proud of our positive work
environment which is based on respect, hard work, cooperation, and good
and Part-time seasonal positions
We are currently
accepting resumes for both part-time and full-time employees for the upcoming
growing season. All positions are a "seasonal" commitment starting mid April/May
and continuing through October. Small-scale vegetable farm/gardening related
experience is highly preferred but not essential. See job description below for more
Send us an email with your resume and
contact information included by clicking here:
Employment Inquiry . Formal interviews for work positions begin in March.
Job Description for Seasonal Crew Member:
Farm work week is Friday to Wednesday.
(No regularly scheduled work on Thursdays.)
Total hours worked April-October: 900-940 hrs
full time aka 5 days/week for majority of season, 620-650 hrs part time aka 3
days/week for majority of season
Work begins mid April with limited hours until the end of May: 2-3 days/week based on weather conditions;
June-Oct:3-5 days/week, rain or shine.
Responsibilities include but not limited
-Field/Greenhouse work (seeding, potting-up,
transplanting, weeding, trellising, trimming, assist with irrigation, post
harvest season field cleanup)
-Harvest related work (harvesting, washing,
storing, weighing, packing, sorting)
-Set up and clean up of work area and
tools/supplies. Assist in keeping garage pack house clean and tidy at all times.
-Oversee work-share volunteers and offers
assistance/instruction when necessary.
-Communicates with team members and farm
-Maintains awareness of food safety issues
and safe handling practices.
-Understands acceptable crop quality
standards and post harvest handling procedures.
-Works in a timely fashion in order to keep
up with the fast paced schedule of mother nature.
Qualifications and expectations of our
-Enjoys physical work outside. Tolerates
extreme weather conditions and works despite them.
-Can bend, squat, stand, and kneel for
extended periods of time.
-Able to lift up to 50# safely and with
-Understands and works to maintain Food
Safety on the farm.
-Pays attention to detail and works
efficiently. Good hand-eye coordination.
-Good communication skills.
-Able to process both verbal and
-Focuses on task for its entire duration.
Works with efficiency and expedience.
-Works well independently and in group
-Is a TEAM player: keeps up with group pace
and subconsciously asks "How can I be of assistance to my team?".
-Shows enthusiasm for the work and a desire
to learn. Does not complain.
-Takes pride in every task no matter how big
-You should have no excessive scheduled
activities over the summer that would conflict with the work schedule you
*A very essential attribute for our
employees is having a personal preference for eating the kind of vegetables and
fruits that we grow. A great benefit offered to our staff has always been the
food we encourage and allow them to take home for their own personal culinary
What's it like working on a farm?
The season is long and at times the work is
physically and mentally challenging. Some days the projects are strenuous and
mundane while other days the work may seem easy and conditions perfect for
working outdoors. As farmers we work in all weather conditions. Proper attire
and a positive attitude are a must.
Time is of the essence when it comes to
farm work. Mother Nature doesn't allow a lot of wiggle room so expect to learn
the difference between "garden pace" and "farm pace". A quick work pace is kept
while at the same time maintaining product quality and safe handling practices.
Adaptability is key. Our work is as varied
and ever changing as the natural world is. Your experience will depend on how
you respond to the variable challenges and rigors of farming.