Red Fire Farm
184 Meadow Road
MONTAGUE, MA 01351
Red Fire Farm is a leader in organic veggie production in the beautiful Pioneer Valley in western Massachusetts. We have about 100 acres in cultivation and grow just about every veggie that can be grown in this climate. We sell produce through our CSA program, wholesale, farmers markets, and farm stand. We are dedicated to a seriously high quality standard and hold a deep belief in organic practices. We're a large production farm with the heart and soul of a tiny operation. Our goal is to make this farming thing truly sustainable -- for everyone involved!
|Salary Range:||Location:||To Commensurate With Experience||MONTAGUE MA|
|Job Type:||Category:||Full Time||Agriculture|
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Preference: Nice to have
Valid Drivers License and clean driving record - Preference: Required|
|Our tractor operators help implement the seeding, planting, cultivation and maintenance of all the crops on the farm! Help us grow over 100 acres of crops to feed the community! We will train the right candidate in how to run equipment, though previous vegetable farming experience and equipment experience is a plus. |
Drive tractors to accomplish daily and weekly lists for field production
Know farm standards for each kind of tractor work
Attend to the field and soil conditions that need to be created for different crops
Practice safety and respect equipment at all times
Keep up basic maintenance and care on tractors and implements
Communicate equipment problems to farm owner and harvest manager as they arise
Participate in irrigation rotation during drought times or for frost protection
Work with team to improve or create production systems on the farm
You may be the leader of a team of anywhere from 1 to 10 people on a daily basis. It is your responsibility to keep the crew on task at all times, ensure that everyone on the crew is following the proper techniques, meeting quality standards, and following all safety guidelines.
Know farm standards for each area of work – harvesting, weeding, etc.
Set the pace for everything; working, walking, getting in and out of vehicles, dropping things off in the packing department, etc.
Read the weekly production notes every week, and ask questions to the manager or someone else if there is any uncertainty
Ability to lift 30-50 lbs repeatedly and work with speed and endurance
Cultivate a positive and effective working experience with your crew
Typical hours are 7am – 6pm Monday through Friday with a one-hour lunch, overall less in spring and winter, more in the summer at times. Tractor operators can expect to rotate through some weekend hours. Due to the nature of farming, all crew are expected to be available to work on the holidays that occur during the active farming season, to be on-call during spring and fall frosts, and to be flexible with the length of work days during the season. The tractor position is seasonal from April through late November or mid-December, with winter work possible in other departments.
Starting pay rate is $13/hour plus all the organic produce you can eat!
Perks of the job include:
* Fresh air and exercise
* An open, friendly environment where your feedback is welcomed
* Opportunities to advance and build on your skills
* Earned sick time.
Unfortunately, we do not offer health insurance at this time.
184 Meadow Road, Montague, MA
HOW TO APPLY
Please send a brief letter of interest, a simple resume and list of 3 relevant references with contact information to email@example.com before January 31, 2019. We will continue to accept applications until the position is filled.