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 10 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 2017 season:
Vegetable Apprentice – Accepting applications
Farmers’ Market Supervisor – Accepting applications
Farmstand Supervisor – Accepting applications
Farmstand Crew Members – Accepting applications
Field Crew Members – Accepting applications


FARM STAND CREW – accepting applications starting in February 2017

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 $11/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- accepting applications for full season employment

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 $11/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 Brian at: brian@hutchinsfarm.com


FARMERS’ MARKET SUPERVISOR – accepting applications

Hutchins Farm is seeking a motivated, outgoing individual to help manage our 3 Farmers’ Market stalls. Work involves packing the van safely, driving, setting up at different market locations, building displays, creating signage, supervising an assistant, ringing up customers, and keeping our sales area clean and welcoming. Friendly, helpful demeanor is a must; interest in local, organic food, mental math skills, and retail experience are desirable. Must be able and feel comfortable driving a 18 foot van in and out of Cambridge, including parking in difficult conditions.

Applicants should be able to repeatedly lift 50+ lbs, have a valid drivers license and an excellent driving record. The Farmers’ Market season runs from the end of May through the end of October, applicants must be able to work the full season. Hours are usually as follows: Mondays 9:00am – 7:30pm, Thursdays 12pm – 7:30pm, Saturdays 6:15am – 2:45pm. If full-time (5 days) employment if preferred, two additional days a week can be added by working on the field crew or on the farm stand crew. Pay based on experience and begins at $12/hour with a $0.50 per-hour-worked year-end bonus contingent on completion of contract, plus vegetables from the farm. Housing is not available. Please contact Liza at: liza@hutchinsfarm.com

FARMSTAND SUPERVISOR – accepting applications

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 $12/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


VEGETABLE APPRENTICESHIP – accepting applications

Hutchins Farm is seeking motivated, enthusiastic candidates for one apprentice position for the 2017 season.

The owners and managers of Hutchins Farm have many decades of agricultural experience combined. Through intensive hands-on learning and formal educational opportunities, the Hutchins Farm apprenticeship will provide apprentices with a broad understanding of the principles and techniques of diversified organic vegetable production.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Basic tractor operation, such as field preparation, transplanting, mowing, blind cultivation and other tasks. There may be opportunities to perform more advanced tractor operation such as cultivation, seeding, bed forming and spraying, depending on employee interest and the needs of the farm.
  • Semi-regular participation in daily harvests with the Harvest Manager and field crew, to assist the Harvest Manager to complete harvests efficiently with the proper techniques and adherence to quality standards.
  • Setting up and troubleshooting overhead irrigation, setting up drip irrigation.
  • Deploying and maintaining temporary fencing around sensitive crops, utilizing standard deer fencing as well as electric fence systems.
  • Greenhouse management, transplant propagation, watering, etc.
  • Assisting the Marketing and Sales Manager with stocking, serving customers, and staffing farmers’ markets.
  • Myriad other tasks that crop up in the course of organic vegetable production.

Educational Opportunities:

  • Paid time to attend bi-weekly EMass CRAFT farm visits.
  • Periodic formal education sessions from the Farm Manager and other managers covering the principles of organic vegetable production, guided by the particular interests of the apprentices, including: soil science and fertility, variety selection, crop rotation and field planning, marketing and pricing, organic certification, disease and pest management, and other topics.

Qualifications:

  • Positive, enthusiastic and inquisitive attitude, and an excellent work ethic
  • Ability to work well in groups and independently
  • Ability to follow directions and to take constructive criticism
  • Must have valid drivers’ license
  • Must be able to lift at least 50lbs repeatedly
  • Candidates with some agricultural experience will be given preference

The Hutchins Farm Apprenticeship runs from April 1st until mid-November, with a possibility of limited winter employment both before April 1st and after November. Apprentices work five days a week including at least one weekend day during the peak season. A typical day is from 7am-4pm.

Candidates must be able to commit to the full season in order to qualify. Compensation will be $11/hr, with a $0.50 per hour worked year-end bonus contingent on completion of contract, plus vegetables from the farm. Housing is not available.

To Apply:

Please send a cover letter, resume and two references to the Farm Manager, Brian Cramer, at brian@hutchinsfarm.com

PERENNIAL FRUIT APPRENTICESHIP – filled for the 2017 season

Hutchins Farm is seeking motivated, enthusiastic candidates for one fruit apprentice position for the 2017 season.

Hutchins Farm is looking for candidates for a newly created position to help manage our 10 acres of certified organic apples and one acre of certified organic blueberries.   We are seeking a motivated, reliable individual to learn about and help with the management of our orchards and blueberry plantings under a certified organic regimen. The owners and managers of Hutchins Farm have many decades of agricultural experience combined. Through intensive hands-on learning and formal educational opportunities, the Hutchins Farm apprenticeship will provide apprentices with a broad understanding of the principles and techniques of diversified organic fruit and vegetable production.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Apples: The apprentice will participate in four seasons of orchard work, including winter pruning, spring spraying and planting, summer mowing and spraying, and fall harvest. Additional activities will include: scouting for pests and diseases, possible manual fruit thinning, tree removal, irrigation installation, sorting apples, and other jobs that may arise.
  • Blueberries: The blueberry season also includes a late winter pruning, early spring sprays, a harvest period (usually coincides with the month of July), and a number of other associated jobs like setting up irrigation, periodic mowing and weeding, and deploying and removing bird netting. One of the primary responsibilities of the Fruit Apprentice will be to manage the harvest labor in the blueberries, which will involve training employees, working alongside them at times, maintaining quality control, directing employees where to pick, communicating with market manager about anticipated supply issues, transferring blueberries to sales containers, and keeping records of yields for each picker
  • Helping Develop a Management Plan: The Fruit Apprentice will be responsible for collaborating with the farm manager to develop a management plan for the orchards and blueberries. This will include developing a spray schedule based on weather observations and scouting, mapping the existing orchard by variety, and keeping records of things like spray applications, labor hours associated with apple and blueberry production, yields, and other relevant information.
  • Combination with other roles at Hutchins Farm: The time commitment of perennial fruit management is quite variable, requiring a lot of work in the early part of the season for pruning and spraying, and (hopefully) a lot of work late in the season for harvest. In the mid-season the Fruit Apprentice will move into other roles in the farm operation. This could mean that the he or she would periodically join the field crew to assist with the routine tasks in row crop production, or could play a more specialized role, such as machinery operation, marketing, or greenhouse management. The exact details of this arrangement will be developed during the course of the season, and will depend on the experience and interests of the candidate and the requirements of the farm business.

Training:

  • The Fruit Apprentice will be provided with guidance and instruction from the other managers at Hutchins Farm. However, the position will also require self-directed learning through a variety of resources, including reference literature on the farm, and conversations with other local producers. The Apprentice will share in the responsibility to synthesize relevant information in order to develop efficient practices that will allow the orchard to be run both responsibly and profitably.
  • The Fruit Apprentice will be trained to operate our John Deere 5400N orchard tractor, blast sprayer, and mowers, and other tractor-drawn implements, and to safely use a chainsaw for limbing and tree removal. He or she may also receive other training depending on experience and involvement with the vegetable program.

Educational Opportunities:

  • Paid time to attend bi-weekly EMass CRAFT farm visits.
  • Periodic formal education sessions from the Farm Manager and other managers covering the principles of organic vegetable production, guided by the particular interests of the apprentices, including: soil science and fertility, variety selection, crop rotation and field planning, marketing and pricing, organic certification, disease and pest management, and other topics.

Qualifications:

  • Strong interest in organic perennial fruit and vegetable production.
  • The position will require a considerable amount of independent work and decision-making, so candidates must be reliable, responsible and have the ability to communicate well with the other managers at Hutchins Farm both to receive instruction and critiques, and to provide relevant information to the other managers about the perennial fruit operation.
  • Positive, enthusiastic and inquisitive attitude, and an excellent work ethic
  • Ability to follow directions and to take constructive criticism
  • Must have valid drivers’ license
  • Must be able to lift at least 50lbs repeatedly
  • Preference will be given to candidates who have some background in organic agriculture and/or experience operating machinery.

The Perennial Fruit Apprentice position is seasonal, running from January 1, 2017 through November 15, 2017.  Provided that the Fruit Apprentice excels in their role, we would consider offering him or her a management position for the 2018 season onward with additional independence and compensation.

Apprentices work five days a week including at least one weekend day during the season. A typical day is from 7am-4pm.

Candidates must be able to commit to the full season in order to qualify. Compensation will be $11/hr, with a $0.50 per hour worked year-end bonus contingent on completion of contract, plus vegetables from the farm. Housing is not available.

To Apply:

Please send a cover letter, resume and two references to the Farm Manager, Brian Cramer, at brian@hutchinsfarm.com

HARVEST MANAGER – filled for the 2017 season

Hutchins Farm is seeking experienced and energetic candidates for our Harvest Manager position for the 2016 season. The Harvest Manager will lead members of the field crew during daily harvests and other field jobs, assisting the Farm Manager to ensure that all crew tasks are completed efficiently and correctly, while maintaining a positive and supportive work environment for crewmembers.

The Harvest Manager will be responsible for:

  • Leading the field crew in harvests, morning wash, and other tasks, ensuring that tasks are completed correctly, efficiently, and safely with attention to quality standards.
  • Training new crewmembers, teaching them proper harvest and handling techniques.
  • Developing daily harvest lists and a plan to execute the harvest in collaboration with the Farm Manager and the Marketing and Sales Manager, bearing in mind crop locations, weather considerations, daily retail needs, and other pertinent factors.
  • Managing the morning workflow so that sufficient amounts of the daily harvest are washed and ready for display by the time the farm stand opens at 11am.
  • Maintaining harvest logs.
  • Helping scout for pests, diseases or other problems encountered during daily harvests, and communicating crop conditions, abundance or scarcity to the other managers.
  • Leading the field crew during afternoon field projects, such as hoeing, tomato tying, hand weeding, thinning, greenhouse work, etc. Helping to make sure that such tasks are completed efficiently and correctly.
  • Maintaining a safe work environment, including reinforcing Hutchins Farm’s policies as laid out in the employee handbook.

Schedule:

  • The Harvest Manager position will run from April 1st until mid-November, with a possibility of limited winter employment both before April 1st and after mid-November.
  • Hours during the peak season will be 6:45AM – 4PM, Wednesday through Sunday. Depending on the circumstances of the season, weather, and the requirements of the farm, some days may end before 4PM, or run after.
  • In the early part of the season (April 1st until the opening of the farm stand), all employees will work Monday through Friday, 8AM – 4PM.

Qualifications:

  • At least one season of experience working on a diversified vegetable farm
  • Excellent time management and communications skills
  • Ability to quickly pick up new concepts and techniques, and then teach them to others
  • Valid drivers’ license
  • Ability to lift 50lbs repeatedly

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

 

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