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 2020 season:
Harvest Manager-now accepting applications


HARVEST MANAGER – now accepting positions for the 2020 season.

Hutchins Farm is seeking experienced and energetic candidates for our Harvest Manager position for the 2020 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 – 4:30ish PM, Wednesday through Sunday. Depending on the circumstances of the season, weather, and the requirements of the farm, some days may end before 4:00 PM, 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 – 4:30ishPM.

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 and an excellent driving record
  • Ability to lift 50lbs repeatedly

Compensation starts at $14/hr, with a $0.50 per-hour-worked year-end bonus contingent on completion of time agreement, plus vegetables from the farm. Housing is not available. To apply please send a cover letter, resume and contact information for two references to Liza Bemis at Liza@hutchinsfarm.com

 

 

FARM STAND CREW – will begin accepting application for the 2020 season in February.

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 $12.75/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 – will begin accepting application for the 2020 season in January.

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 in May or early June through October—individuals who can stay for three or more months 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 days per week, and must work at least one weekend day.  The workday starts at 7am and usually goes until 4 or 5pm, with an unpaid hour for lunch. Hourly pay begins at $12.75/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 crew employment opportunities please contact Liza at: Liza@hutchinsfarm.com

Positions that are filled for the 2020 season:
-Perennial Fruit Manager
-Farmers Market Supervisor

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