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 2016 season:
Farmstand Crew Members
Field Crew Members
Farmers’ Market Supervisor
Apprenticeships
Harvest Manager


FARM STAND CREW – we will be accepting applications starting in March for this position

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 $10/hour with a $0.75 per-hour-worked year-end bonus contingent on completion of contract, plus 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.  The workday starts at 7am and usually goes until 4pm. Hourly pay begins at $10/hour with a $0.75 per-hour-worked year-end bonus contingent on completion of contract, plus 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 – we will be accepting applications starting in March for this position

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 $11/hour with a $0.75 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

APPRENTICESHIPS

Hutchins Farm is seeking motivated, enthusiastic candidates for two apprentice positions for the 2016 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 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 $0.75 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 MANAGER-IN-TRAINING – filled for the 2016 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. Following the retirement of John Bemis, who established our orchards and managed them for the past 40 years, we are seeking a motivated, inquisitive and reliable individual to step into a management role over the 2016 season with the assistance and guidance of the other managers at Hutchins Farm.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Apples:Management of the apple orchards comprises four major tasks during the 2016 season – pruning during the winter, mechanical application of organic spray materials during the spring and early summer, mowing in the summer and fall, and harvest of the crop. The Manager-in-Training will receive assistance for the labor-intensive tasks of pruning and harvest, but will be ultimately responsible for the efficient management of these jobs.
  • Blueberries: Management of the blueberries follows a similar pattern – pruning in late winter, application of organic spray materials in the spring mainly to suppress winter moth, deployment of bird netting in the late spring, and mowing and perennial weed removal in the fall. Management of the harvest will be a collaborative effort between the Manager-In-Training and the other managers at Hutchins.
  • Developing a Management Plan: The Manager-In-Training will be responsible for developing a management plan for the orchards and blueberries in collaboration with the other managers at Hutchins Farm. This will include a detailed orchard map, notes on spray applications, and other relevant information, and could also include a plan for the removal of undesirable varieties and the addition of new trees.

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 Manager-In-Training could move into another role in vegetable crop production. This could mean that the Manager-In-Training 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 details of this arrangement can be negotiated, and would depend on the interests of the candidate and the requirements of the vegetable operation.

Training:

  • The Manager-In-Training 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 Manager-In-Training will be responsible for synthesizing relevant information in order to develop efficient practices that will allow the orchards to be run both responsibly and profitably.
  • The Manager-In-Training 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.

Qualifications:

  • The ideal candidate will have a 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.
  • Preference will be given to candidates who have some background in organic agriculture and/or experience operating machinery.

Duration:

  • The Perennial Fruit Manager-in-Training position is seasonal, running from January 1, 2016 through November 15, 2016.
  • Provided that the Manager-In-Training excels in their role, we would consider offering the Manager-In-Training a Manager position for the 2017 season onward with additional independence and compensation.

Compensation:

  • We are still trying to determine compensation for the Manager-In-Training position. However, it will be competitive and commensurate with experience. Compensation will also depend on what kind of supplementary responsibilities the applicant would like to assume in the vegetable production operation during the periodic lulls in perennial fruit management.
  • All employees at Hutchins Farm are welcome to harvest vegetables and fruit for themselves throughout the season. Housing is not available.

To Apply: Please send a resume, cover letter and contact information for two references to Brian Cramer at brian@hutchinsfarm.com

HARVEST MANAGER

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 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 $12/hr, with a $0.75 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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