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August 2, 2013

To apply please email a resume and cover letter to Theresa@osagegardens.com

Job Title: 

Lead Grower

Full time/ Year Round

40 hours paid vacation after first year 40 hour max accrued vacation annually

Responsible for culinary herb and vegetable production (planning, starting, planting, maintaining, harvesting): Greenhouses and seasonally in the field

Job Description: 

Osage Gardens is a cutting edge, very highly motivated farm. We are looking for people who are on board with the local, organic movement, who are self- starters, innovative, linchpin type, who want to effect change in their work environments. As a full time lead grower, you need to be a very hard worker, love to work outdoors, and understand production growing. 

Under the supervision of the Farm Manager, the Lead Grower is a position responsible for managing both Field and Greenhouse production in coordination with all other Departments and in conformance with established Farm policies, strategies, and procedures.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Coordinate with General Farm Manager, IPM Manager, Greenhouse Maintenance Manager, Packing Room Supervisor and other growers to identify and fix plant issues and maintain plant health.  Follow up on issues or tasks.
  • Coordinate with Farm Manager, Sales Manager and Packing Room Supervisors for harvesting needs and herb availabilities and requirements.   This includes being aware of what is out in the fields and greenhouses at all times and notification of new crop arrivals and out of stock items
    • Production development- Help develop seasonal products, make sure greenhouses stay full and are rotating smoothly (with new plants and seasonally).
    • Overseeing the harvest crew to ensure that they are harvesting / weeding properly, being safe with equipment, and staying  on task. 
    • Making sure no crew or truck heads to the field or greenhouse without the proper amount of harvest bins, rubber bands, knives. And that all herbs are ready to be harvested and delivered to the Packing room, inventoried and put away properly. 
    • Remaining aware of what needs to be done around the farm and moving efficiently from task to task. (Things to be weeded, fertilized, put away, trellised, and repaired.)  ALWAYS PLANNING AHEAD!
    • Leading crews in more tedious tasks (i.e. weeding and cultivation) and motivating the crew to do their best even when working conditions make the job difficult. (i.e. rain, snow, and very hot days) 
    • Assist with office and administrative tasks as needed including working with management on strategic farm planning, budgeting and  assisting in interviewing, hiring and training new employees,.
    • Keep detailed records of planting, harvesting and application of soil amendments and pest and disease implements.
    • Follow all requirements for Food Safety and Organic Certification
    • Responsible for keeping accurate inventory of Field and greenhouse supplies.
    • Work as a team player with the other employees and maintain a professional working relationship with all employees
    • Must be able to work with little or no supervision and be self motivated
    • Keep work space clean and organized
    • Help in packing room when needed (holidays especially).
    • Be ready, willing and able to help out at all times when needed
    • Must be prepared to work some long hours during peak periods and maintain a good working attitude
      • Always work to make the farm a better place –a more efficient and fun place to work.

 

The following are qualities we believe are vital for this position: 

Leadership- You must be able to demonstrate that you can effectively lead people. Being a leader on the farm is not simply about “taking charge” of situations and telling others what to do. You must work in a way that sets an example for the crew to follow, earns their respect, and preserves their dignity. 

Humility- We believe that humility and leadership go hand in hand. If you are prone to blame others for your problems, are unable to take criticism and admit you were wrong, and enjoy criticizing others for their failures, please do not consider this position! 

Communication- This is a busy farm.  Good, clear and frequent communication with management and farm personnel is essential.

Flexibility- Because we cannot control the weather, project needs or packing room needs, you need to be willing to work extra some days, and less other days depending on what needs to be done. We are very understanding when it comes to days you need off and times that you need to leave early. However, being willing to be flexible, work late on occasion and do what it takes to get the job done is expected of you.  

Diligence- You must come into work always ready to do your best no matter how you feel about the job. When talking with others, your productivity must not slow down. You need to know how to talk and work at the same time. 

Organization- Always be planning ahead, ready to move from task to task, prepared with tools and supplies and clean up after each activity. 

Punctuality- Being on time in the morning is very important to us. Being late every once and a while is understandable, but it must not begin to characterize you.  Be prepared before hand with projects planned out and always be on time for your crew

Cheerfulness- We understand that everyone has bad days- but you must try to be positive about the day even when the going gets tough (either at home or on the farm). 

Fitness- There are days when the field work can be very strenuous. You need to be able to bend over for long periods, work on your knees and in crouch positions, and easily lift heavy objects (50 lbs or more.) 

 

To apply please email a resume and cover letter to Theresa@osagegardens.com

 

 

Please note that we are no longer accepting interns or WWOOFers.