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Join our team for summer 2018! We’re looking for two individuals with a minimum of one season experience on a vegetable farm. This season we’re hiring a Production Manager and a Harvest Manager. Both of these positions will be participating in all aspects of the operation, as well as their individual responsibilities.
If you like what you see above and read below,
please apply via the Montana Farm Link website.
If you have any trouble with Farm Link, send us an email.
We like to hire by Jan 1, so don’t dally if you’re thinking about it.
START: April 1, 2018 or May 1, 2018
END: October 30, 2018
County Rail Farm is a small diverse Organic farm located in Western Montana, just west of Missoula. My name is Tracy Potter-Fins, I am a queer farmer headed toward my ninth season as farmer/business owner. My partner Margaret is also involved with the farm but mostly runs her own clothing company. County Rail grows 2-2.5 acres of organic vegetables using a BCS walk behind tractor and a four wheel cultivating tractor. Some of our main crops include salad greens, arugula, asparagus, cherry tomatoes, and english cucumbers. We welcome a variety of friends, visitors, and volunteers to the farm every summer, and enjoy the energy and excitement that they bring to our lives. Our summer employees are an incredibly important part of our operation, both for growing produce and also for welcoming the community to the farm throughout the season, during our Spring Planting Party, Four-Course Farm Dinner, and Fall Harvest Party. We grow for two Missoula Farmers Markets and sell wholesale through the Western Montana Growers Coop. We are an easy 20min drive from Missoula proper, close to hiking and fishing spots, and a short walk from swimming spots along the Clark Fork River. It is the perfect location to enjoy two-stepping, karaoke, and fine dining in Missoula, and an afternoon of fishing or hiking in the back-country.
Production Manager: Responsibilities include making sure we’re on track for seeding, planting, and field preparation. Participates all other areas of the operation including planting, seeding, cultivating, trellising, weeding, growing, eating, and working at farmers market.
Harvest Manager : Responsibilities include crop monitoring, estimating yields, order management, quality control. Will be working closely with the Western Montana Growers Coop system.Participates all other areas of the operation including planting, seeding, cultivating, trellising, weeding, growing, eating, and working at farmers market.
If you have questions about these positions, please get in touch.
We seek to provide a work experience that is demanding without being grueling. We expect 40ish hours of work each week; Monday to Friday approximately 8am-5pm and alternating Saturdays. You will be working with Tracy, each other, part time harvest help during heavy harvest season, and frequently alone. I may occasionally ask for emergency help in the evening and early morning (e.g. during frost warnings) and to open or close production tunnels. Your responsibilities will vary through the season and work requires physical labor, repetitive movements, and the ability to take direction as well as self-motivate. You will be working with other employees and occasional volunteers throughout the season. While you are not responsible for them, I do ask you to help us direct and supervise other labor on the farm. You will run the Tuesday afternoon market in Missoula, which goes from mid-July through late September. During the season we will work together to ensure everyone gets at least one 3 day weekend/vacation, myself included. Vacations are paid and we expect those hours are balanced by the extra hours you will likely work when I’m gone. We believe in hard work, having time to play, and taking care of ourselves and each other.
As our employees, you gain first hand experience and detailed knowledge about how a small scale operation like ours functions. You will be part of each stage of the growing and selling process and privy to many conversations about how we do what we do. I am happy to share what knowledge we have about plants, animals, insects, tractors, trucks, and business plans and we set aside some time throughout the summer for “Learning Days” when we take an afternoon off to focus on topics that you are specifically interested in. That said, we are always learning ourselves and you may find yourself learning with us as well as from us. We belong to Montana Homegrown, a group of growers committed to community and sustainability in Western Montana, and you will have opportunities to visit member farms & participate in available workshops through Homegrown and CFAC (Community Food and Ag Coalition, based in Missoula).
WORK EXPERIENCE / SKILLS
This year I am hiring for experienced positions and preference is given to applicants who have at least one season experience on a production farm. Applicants must have a positive attitude, drive to learn and achieve, ability to work hard and sometimes long hours, and independence. The summer is hot and our season is shortened by cold weather, so be prepared for work in all weather conditions. We give preference to individuals who are interested in pursuing farming/agriculture as a career. We also give preference to queer and POC farmers.
We eat lunch together every work day and will expect you to prepare a meal or two each week for the crew. Breakfast and dinner are your responsibility, though you are welcome to whatever the farm is producing/has available.
In addition to housing and in season vegetables, pay is $1000/month. We give an end of season bonus to those who complete the season. When possible, that bonus reflects how the farm did that year (the better we do, the more you get). Compensation is legal and the above amount reflects gross pay before taxes.
Employees each have a private wall tent away from the house and have use of the lower level of our home which is a small apartment complete with full bathroom, small kitchen, and internet access. It has a separate entrance through the garage. If you are interested in living off the farm, we are very open to talking about what that looks like!
Thanks for reading and considering work with us – be in touch if you have questions, and head over to the CFAC Farm Link website to apply!