Cure Organic Farm is a commercial family farm located six miles east of Boulder, Colorado. We grow 100 different varieties of certified organic vegetables, herbs and flowers on 12 acres. All of the crops we grow are distributed within 50 miles of the farm through a CSA program, to local restaurants, farmers markets and our farm store on site. The farm is also home to several honey bee hives, a flock of hens and ducks, and heritage Berkshire and Mangalitsa pigs.
Cure Organic Farm is seeking a Crew Leader beginning in February 2014. The position requires minimum experience of 2 full season in commercial organic vegetable production as well as experience with tractor operation, fieldwork, animal care, and excellent communication. Dedication, self-motivation, strong work ethic and a rock-solid good attitude are also necessary.
This is a leadership position. Previous leadership experience is preferred. The Crew Leader will lead and oversee interns, volunteers and hourly field workers on a daily basis. The Crew Leader will organize daily tasks and set and maintain the crew's pace in the field. Crew Leader works directly with the farmers to lead and manage daily operations. The Crew Leader should expect to work up to 70 hours a week during the peak season, Monday through Friday, alternating Saturday's at the farmers market and one Sunday per month on animal duty. The work day begins at 6am, we take a one hour lunch around noon and the day usually finishes up around 6pm. This is a salaried position, February through November.
A typical weekly schedule follows:
Monday field work including weeding and transplanting. 6am -6pm
Tuesday harvest for 15 restaurants, 200 member CSA and farmers market. Deliver restaurant orders. 6am - 6pm
Wednesday finish harvesting for CSA, pack CSA boxes, attend farmers market, and distribute CSA on the farm. Wednesday is by far our longest day as CSA distribution and Farmers Market finish around 9pm. 6am -9pm
Thursday field work including weeding and transplanting. Thursday's are volunteer day. Interns are responsible for assisting in leading volunteers in the field. 6am -6pm
Friday harvest for 15 restaurants and Saturday farmers market. Deliver restaurant orders. 6am -6pm
Saturday load truck, set up stand and sell produce at the Boulder Farmers' Market. 5:30am -4:30pm
The Crew Leader will lead and oversee interns, volunteers and hourly workers with the following:
Field work: includes seeding, transplanting, weeding, thinning, trellising and harvesting.
Greenhouse: seeding, weeding, transplanting, watering, and pest control.
Wash Station: washing, sorting, packing, labeling all crops
Tractor work: bed preparation, and mowing.
Distribution: delivering restaurant orders, distributing CSA, sales at farmers' markets and setting up farm stand.
Animal care: letting chickens out at sunrise, feeding, watering, collecting eggs and putting in at sun down. Feed and water pigs and sheep. Assist with beekeeping.
Monthly salary of $1700 (subject to taxes) and produce grown on the farm. Housing is not available for this position.
Crew Leader applicants will have a serious interest in commercial organic vegetable production, and a minimum of 2 full seasons of field work on a farm with cultivating, harvesting and post harvest handling experience. Previous management experience preferred. Tractor experience is helpful. Applicants must have the physical ability to work daily, and to lift 50 pounds regularly. Applicants should expect to work outside in all weather conditions including rain, snow and daily summer heat of 90-100 degrees. Qualified applicants will be emotionally mature, have leadership experience, be team oriented, self motivated, have a positive attitude, are organized and able to work well with diverse groups of people. Reliable transportation to the farm is a must.
Please send a cover letter, resume and completed Crew Leader Application, to the farm by email. We will begin the interview process in November 2013. An on farm interview is required for qualified candidates. This position begins February 2014.