Employment dates: February 5th - December 21st, 2018
Compensation: A pay rate of $15/hr. Option to enroll in health insurance, six paid holidays, paid vacation days accrued at a rate of 1.66 days per month worked, up to six paid sick days earned at a rate of one day per month worked.
Description: Growing Home’s organic urban farm and job training program is seeking a highly motivated detail-oriented individual to join our staff as a Farm Crew Leader. This position entails day-to-day farm and site maintenance, harvesting, and processing of produce, and daily training of all Production Assistants (participants in our transitional job program). The Farm Crew Leader reports to the Farm Manager and Director of Farms.
Growing Home operates USDA-certified organic farms that produce between 25,000- 35,000 pounds of vegetables and herbs annually. We use our farms as a platform for our 14-week job training program serving 52 individuals facing barriers to employment on an annual basis, and as a source for affordable healthy produce in the Englewood neighborhood.
Bed Preparation (clearing, tilling, amending, raking), transplant production and transplanting, direct seeding
Ensure quality, sanitation, and freshness standards
Record keeping and farm data entry support (Must be proficient with Microsoft Excel, Word)
Basic carpentry and repair work; examples include irrigation line installation and repair, fabricating trellises, installing/repairing thermostats
Assist Food Access & Distribution Manager at Green City Market at least six Saturdays between May and October, and/or fill in for market if needed
Treat all customers respectfully and courteously
Take part in weekend watering split amongst staff
Job-Training and Production Assistant Supervision:
Provide direction and supervision to Production Assistants working groups (crews of up to 10 PAs) during morning and afternoon work periods
Take responsibility for group work performance and work outcomes of work crews under their direction
Ensure that Production Assistants are courteous and helpful to all those on-site, immediately addressing and correcting problems
Model and demonstrate excellent communication skills with other staff and participants, especially under frustrating conditions
Provide verbal and written feedback to Production Assistants concerning work performance and job readiness according to specific program themes and measures
Communicate any notable issues and/or successes to staff as needed
Conduct farm-skills trainings for Production Assistants as needed
Participate in “case note” system for communicating information concerning Production Assistant work performance between farm and employment training staff.
When needed, transport Growing Home Production Assistants using company vehicle
Participate in program-related activities such as motivational morning meetings, Monday afternoon staff meetings, and performance evaluation
If interested in the full - time Farm Crew Leader position please send one PDF document including a cover letter and resume along with two professional references to Fred Daniels, Director of Farms, at email@example.com. Applications are due January 26th. Email subject line should include the position title. No phone calls, please.
All qualified applicants will be considered for for employment without regard to race, color, creed, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, military status, current employment status, or prior record of arrest or conviction.
At least one season of farming experience
Detail-oriented, dependable, and punctual
Attention to quality-control
Able to lift 80 lbs.
Able to work independently; self-directed
Valid Illinois Driver’s License
Ability to work well in all weather condition
Additional Salary Information: $15/ hour, part-time in February and March, full-time from April through December, option to enroll in health insurance, 6 paid holidays, vacation days accrued at 1.66 days per month worked, and up to 6 paid sick days.
Growing Home works to build healthy people and communities in Chicago's Englewood neighborhood through their innovative work in urban agriculture. Their farm-based employment training program helps individuals with barriers to employment such as criminal records, homelessness, and lack of experience, find and keep stable full-time jobs. Their USDA-certified organic farms also provide healthy food ...and food education to families living in an area considered a food desert. Through farming, Growing Home seeks to bring good jobs and good food to all.