January 14, 2017

Join Our Crew

Crew Members

Positions open for 2018 nursery crew members. Mid-April to mid-June.  Read all about it…

Each season we hire 3-5 part-time crew members to help in all aspects of our expanding seedling business. We seek folks who are reliable, timely, pay attention to detail, can keep a positive attitude and work easily with others and individually, have a good sense of humor, appreciate high quality work/products, work hard and are able to lift 50 pounds repeatedly and otherwise have the stamina in body and mind to to turn out products we are proud to put our name on. Hours vary a bit, but usually come out to 3-4 mornings per week.  3 days to seed, pot up, label and fill orders and 1 day, Saturday, to sell at the farmers market or out of our on-farm nursery. Schedules are flexible and can be rotated among crew members.

The position consists of assisting with every aspect of the everyday operation of the nursery. You’ll lean numerous ways to seed, water, germinate, manage heat and light and market seedlings as well as hundreds of varieties and their characteristics. You’ll learn the tools of the trade regarding various plug trays, beneficial insect releases, pots, soil mediums, germ methods, soil amendments, irrigation systems, hand tools and more.

If you have a demonstrated interest in agriculture and the desire to produce plants to start healthy gardens all over Maine, then we encourage you to apply for one of our positions.

To apply, please email a blurb about yourself, your relevant experience if any, and references to Ann at farmers@onedropfarm.com.

Crew Low Down

Overview
In the early spring we will be seeding, seeding, seeding! Includes all aspects of seeding, germinating, heat management, water management, air management, transplant techniques, scouting for issues, and pest and disease management if needed.  This included close record keeping. We work from a seeding plan to reach our goals and fulfill future orders each week. Soil management, moisture and germination management take precedent. Watering is an art and we’ll spend lots of time perfecting how to water thousands of seedlings of various species and varieties in various pot sizes and pot types. Mid Spring is when the baby plants get to stretch their roots and be transplanted into their sales containers.  We liberate a huge number of plugs this time of year. Organizing the propagation house and nursery for future market shipments and retail sales is priority. Pest and disease scouting and beneficial insect releases help us maintain beautiful plants. Late Spring – we sell, sell, sell!  We allow customers to come to the farm and purchase plants each weekday from 9:30 to 5 pm. We also transport a big array of plants to the Skowhegan Farmers’ Market each Saturday. Marketing crew members will learn how to assess what is ready to be marketed, keep close inventory, label pre-orders and sales plants, track health of plants and suitability for market and sales, and greeting and helping our customers. You will become a wealth of information for the folks who shop with us.

For a day-to-day picture, Andrew works in his home office as Editor of our magazine, Growing For Market. He is also an A+ Papa and wrangles children with me as needed. Ann runs the show in the nursery.

I work hard at communication, clear instruction and demonstration, and strive to provide valuable “teachable moments”. The crew will mostly work together under my instruction, with occasional divide-and-concur tasks. You will occasionally work alone if I am called out. You’ll definitely be around kids! This requires a little extra attention to your tools and work space so as not to end up with a 4-year-old raking her fingers through a flat of leek seedlings or hand seeders ending up in the toilet.

Crew Membership Nitty Gritty

Orientation: During the first week Ann will conduct an orientation to go over safety policies, and the location and names of buildings and equipment. We will clarify times of leave, clarify rotating jobs (watering, seeding/transplant setup, labeling, etc.).

Daily Morning Meeting Time: The crew convenes every morning to clarify the day’s program and make alterations if needed.  Work typically begins at 9am.

Weekly Plan and Observations: At the start of each week, Ann will lead a walk to look at the nursery and prop house and we will go over the big picture of what needs to be done, clarify work assignments and update the plan. We will then create a plan of action for the week.

Meals: Come fueled with breakfast eaten and a mug of tea or coffee in hand.  We try to finish up around 1pm, so some folks bring a snack they can nosh on during work then take their larger lunch after work.

The main farmhouse is our family home.  It is also somewhat of a farm headquarters, so we will try to make boundaries clear so everyone has good communion and enough space.  Seed storage and the restroom are inside.

The Work Schedule

Monday – Friday: Start the morning at 9am and work until a natural stopping point is reached and what needs to get done is done, usually around 1pm.

Saturday: 6:15 AM starts with packing and getting ready for market. The van pulls out for market at 7:30am. We get back from market between 2 and 2:30, unpack and clean up van and nursery.

Compensation

The crew position is from mid-April until mid-June.  Pay is $10/hr hourly. Pay increases based on experience.

Time Off: We don’t have an official time off policy. Naturally, we appreciate knowing about any absences at the beginning of your stint so that we may plan to fill in. We rely on our crew and your commitment to helping our farm run.

Sick Time: When you’re sick, please let us know and please don’t work if it’s contagious. If health circumstances arise that cause you to miss more than 7 days of work during the season due to illness, there will need to be some discussion as to whether the crew membership is the right situation for you at this time. You do not need to make up work for sick days.

Personnel & General Policies:

Safety Policies: We will review safety policies during the first week of orientation. All crew members are required to follow safety policies at all times. Failure to do so may result in immediate dismissal.

Drugs and Alcohol: Illegal drugs are not permitted on the farm property at any time. It is unacceptable to work while under the influence of alcohol or drugs (well, an occasional beer if we’re working late).

Pets: crew members must leave their pets at home. Possible exceptions may be made, depending.

Customer Interactions: One Drop Farm is a business and we depend on our customers for our livelihood. All crew members must present well and be professional, polite, and helpful to all people who come to the farm.  Crew members are often the first face of the farm folks see and this interaction can form the basis of their opinion of our farm.

General Demeanor: It is expected that all crew members be prompt, dressed appropriately for work, and professional in their attitude at work. We expect you to come with a good work ethic, we do not plan on having to teach this.

Integrity of a Farmer
If it’s empty…fill it.
If it breaks…mend it.
If it’s left open…close it.
If it fell…pick it up.
If it’s left out…put it away.
If it’s dry…water it.
If it’s dirty…clean it.
Don’t just walk on by…leave it better than you found it.

We aim to have fun and take pride in what we do.

Love and dirt,
Annie