Employment Opportunities

Hutchins Farm is one of the oldest and largest certified organic vegetable and fruit operations in Massachusetts. Organic since 1973, Hutchins grows over 35 acres of vegetables, about an acre of small fruit, and 8 acres of apples. We sell our produce directly to consumers at our farm stand in Concord, MA, and at three weekly farmers’ markets, with a small amount of sales to local restaurants.

The following positions are available for the 2019 season:
Farmstand Crewmembers- now accepting applications
Farmstand Supervisor- now accepting applications
Field Crewmembers- now accepting applications


FARM STAND CREW

Hutchins Farm is seeking motivated, outgoing individuals to work in our busy Farm Stand and Farmers’ Market stalls.  Work involves preparing produce for sale, building displays, creating signage, ringing up customers and keeping our sales area clean and welcoming.  Friendly, helpful demeanor is a must; interest in local, organic food and retail experience are desirable.

Applicants should be able to lift 50+ lbs.  Our Farm Stand is open from the beginning of June through the end of October.  Applicants who can work the entire season are given priority. Applicants should be willing to commit to working at least one weekend day, preferably both. Full-time preferred, part-time possible–exact hours will depend on specific job description.  Farm stand workdays begin at 10am and end 6:30 to 7pm. Farmers’ Market hours vary by the day. Pay based on experience and begins at $12/hour with a $0.50 per-hour-worked year-end bonus contingent on completion of a time commitment agreement, plus free vegetables from the farm. Housing is not available. For all farmstand employment opportunities please contact Liza at: liza@hutchinsfarm.com


FIELD CREW

Hutchins Farm is seeking motivated individuals with an interest in farming, gardening, food, or just working outside, to work in our production fields this summer.  Some help will be needed as early as April, but most hands will be needed from early June through October—individuals who can stay for three months or more will be given preference.

The work will vary, but will include: planting, weeding, harvesting, washing, and packing a wide variety of vegetables and small fruit.  Workers may also be involved in greenhouse work, grounds maintenance, sales in our Farm Stand or at Farmers’ Markets, irrigation, or other aspects of the operation based on the farm’s needs and the worker’s inclination.

Workers will be expected to work 5 or 5 ½ days per week, 9-10 hours per day.  Applicants should be willing to commit to working at least one weekend day.  The workday starts at 7am and usually goes until 4-5pm. Hourly pay begins at $12/hour with a $0.50 per-hour-worked year-end bonus contingent on completion of a time commitment agreement, plus free vegetables from the farm. There is potential for increases for longer term workers based on their performance and the overall performance of the farm. Applicants should be able to lift 50+ lbs repeatedly. Housing is not available. For all field crew employment opportunities please contact Liza at: Liza@hutchinsfarm.com


FARMSTAND SUPERVISOR

The Farmstand Supervisor will work under the direction of the Marketing and Sales Manager to ensure our busy farmstand is inviting and welcoming for customers. The Farmstand Supervisor will lead members of the farmstand crew in the set up, running and closing of the stand, assisting the Marketing and Sales Manager to ensure that all crew tasks are completed efficiently and correctly, while maintaining a positive and supportive work environment for crewmembers.

The Farmstand Supervisor will be responsible for:

  • Leading the farmstand crew in daily set up and closing of the stand, ringing up sales, making and maintaining displays, stocking, grading and packing produce for sale, helping with the wash and prep of vegetables, and other tasks as needed, all the while ensuring that tasks are completed correctly, efficiently, and safely with attention to Hutchins’ standards.
  • Keeping the sales and farm stand clean and inviting, maintaining the exterior of the farm stand and herb garden in neat order, keeping the stock rooms/coolers orderly and clean
  • Training new crewmembers, including teaching them proper set up techniques, vegetable handing, and customer service skills.
  • Working with the Marketing Manger to prioritize tasks, bearing in mind daily retail needs, crop issues, weather, and other pertinent factors.
  • Communicating with the wash-up field crew and other managers about the daily harvest to ensure proper display set up.
  • Communicating and clarifying to farmstand staff any pertinent information from the Marketing Manager or other managers about changes in produce availability or crop issues, or any other information that needs to be communicated to the customers.
  • Coordinating farmstand crew lunch breaks.
  • Maintaining a safe work environment, including reinforcing Hutchins Farm’s policies as laid out in the employee handbook.

Schedule:

  • The Farmstand Supervisor position will be two days a week starting in mid-May and will become full-time (5 days) in the beginning of June through the end of October. Exact start days will depend on the circumstances of the season, weather, and the requirements of the farm.
  • In May, the two days a week must be both weekend days. Starting in June one weekend day a week is required. (A typical schedule might be Tuesday-Saturday)
  • In the early part of the season (Mid-May through Mid-June) the Farmstand Supervisor may be working alone. Starting in Mid-June as the selection of produce increases there may be one crew member working under the assistant manager. This may increase to up to three crew members at a time as the season goes on.
  • Daily hours are 10am-6:15/6:30pm with an hour unpaid for lunch.

Qualifications:

  • Experience in customer service and excellent customer service skills
  • Excellent communications and time management skills
  • Ability to quickly pick up new concepts and techniques, and then teach them to others
  • Valid drivers’ license
  • Ability to lift 50lbs repeatedly
  • Friendly, helpful demeanor
  • An interest in local and organic food
  • Ability to work well in a team atmosphere

Compensation starts at $13/hr, with a $0.50 per-hour-worked year-end bonus contingent on completion of the season, plus free vegetables from the farm. Housing is not available. To apply please send a cover letter, resume and contact information for two references to the Marketing and Sales Manager, Liza Bemis, at Liza@hutchinsfarm.com

 

Positions that are filled for the 2019 season:
-Vegetable Apprenticeship
-Perennial Fruit Manager
-Farmers Market Supervisor
-Harvest Manager

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