Assistant Growers— Drumlin Farm
Drumlin Farm is a Mass Audubon wildlife sanctuary and working educational farm located 18 miles west of Boston. We seek individuals with some farming experience to join our team for the 2021season. Housing and limited hours are available in winter when we are producing in a high tunnel and greenhouse; more opportunities arrive in mid-February when maple sugaring begins, and full-time work starts in April. At Drumlin Farm, we are committed to farming sustainably, which to us means protecting the soil, watershed, and the habitats of our wildlife sanctuary, while also involving the community in what we do. To learn more about our farming practices, please visit our website: www.massaudubon.org/drumlin/farming
Assistant Growers work closely with the Crops Manager to raise crops on thirty-six acres and market produce through a farm stand, a weekly farmers’ market, restaurant accounts and a spring, summer and fall CSA program. They gain management experience as they instruct and lead volunteers in the field and at market. Assistant Growers will take responsibility for aspects of the operation that suit their talents and interests: e.g., food pantry and restaurant accounts co-leader, farmers’ market co-leader, CSA programs co-leader, flower and bouquet-making lead, and farm stand lead.
Because Assistant Growers are entrusted with leading key components of the Crops operation, they are required to work the entirety of the season. Seasonal work ends in the first week of December, at which time Assistant Growers meet with the Crops Manager to review the season and determine next steps. Continued employment through the winter and into the following season is a possibility for those outstanding performers wanting to learn more.
- Applicants should have some experience working in crop production and be comfortable with physical labor in all weather conditions
- Enjoy cooking with local food and be willing to share their knowledge with the public
- Be willing to work with groups of adults and children
- Punctual, precise, energetic, resilient, and attentive people are a great fit with our team
- Valid driver’s license
- Applicants wanting to gain leadership experience in restaurant accounts and farmers’ markets must be willing to be trained to drive a 12ft. box truck
- Must pass a background records check (CORI and SORI) and a driver’s license check.
Compensation and Benefits
Hourly wage commensurate with experience, plus fruit and vegetables produced on the farm. On-farm housing is available at $35/week. Assistant Growers are eligible for a $0.65/hr. bonus for all hours worked through the third week of November. They must work through Nov. 20 to be eligible for this bonus. Health benefits may also be available after meeting minimum criteria for hours worked.
Hours vary with the progression of the season from around 45/wk. in the spring, to 63/wk. at the height of the season, and back to 45/wk. in the fall. From April through mid-May, hours are 7-5, Mon.-Fri. At the peak of the season, from mid-May through end of November, hours are 6-5:30, Tue.-Sat., with an additional half-day on either Sunday or Monday. Beginning in July, additional work hours are available for early morning set-ups, and for the Friday evening cut flower harvest. A daily hour lunch break is unpaid. 3 days unpaid vacation.
How to Apply
Please send a resume and letter of intent to: Matthew Celona, Crops Manager