Farm Hand

Employer
Castlebridge Farm
Location
Ellicott City, MD
Posted
Jan 25, 2022
Closes
Jan 27, 2022
Ref
330835505
Function
Accountant, IT
Hours
Full Time
POSITION DESCRIPTION: Farm Hand/Field HandEMPLOYMENT DATES: March-December, 2022 with possibilities for continuing year-round employmentHOURLY RATE: $17/hour; 40-50 hours per week, primarily weekdays 8AM-4PM including a paid half-hour lunch break; limited weekend hours as neededCastlebridge Farm is a 2-acre specialty cut flower farm in Howard County, MD. It was founded in 2020 to produce fresh and dried cut flowers and foliage for retail and wholesale buyers in the Baltimore-DC metro area. The farm strives for sustainability in all aspects of its operations and is laser-focused on premium quality. We do not use conventional fertilizers, pesticides, or herbicides but instead choose organic alternatives and other sustainable practices for pest and weed control.The farm is currently in production from late March through early November, and this schedule will continue for the 2022 growing season.For 2022, we want to add a full-time field hand who has experience working outdoors in all weather.DUTIESMay operate tractor, farm utility vehicle, riding lawn mower, push lawn mower, string trimmer, leaf blower, and other power toolsUse hand tools such as shovels, hoes, sledgehammers, pruning shears, and rakesPlant, weed, mulch, water, pinch, or thin crops as neededApply organic fertilizers or pest controls with backpack sprayerSeed cover crop with belly spreaderInstall and maintain irrigation linesConstruct trellises, pound in support stakes, and install support nettingClean and repair equipment and toolsClear fields of plant debrisReceive deliveriesKeep safety in mind and take precautions to avoid accidents with equipment, tools, and suppliesIDEAL CANDIDATEMust have outdoor work experience. No farm experience necessary-we can teach you!-but you must demonstrate that you enjoy working outdoors and understand what it involves.Must be reliable and have reliable transportation-We are a small team and count on each member to come to work on time and ready to dive in, especially when working with perishable crops or racing against unfavorable weather.Flexible within reason to work early morning or early evening hours when necessary to achieve tasks not possible in the heat of midday summerWilling to perform the most physical work on the farm, including lifting (up to 50 lbs), digging, hammering, dragging hoses, bending, kneeling, and twistingTolerates repetitive physical tasks (eg, hand weeding, spreading mulch, planting hundreds of seedlings)Must have rain gear, sun protection, and proper closed-toe footwear for the weather; work gloves are providedWorks efficiently with attention to detailIs comfortable working independently and taking direction when necessaryReceives deliveries professionallyFinds solutions with a can-do attitude and looks for ways to improve farm operationsEmbraces our commitment to sustainable farmingIs comfortable with our two golden retrievers who often accompany us to the fieldJob Type: Full-timePay: From $17.00 per hourSchedule:8 hour shiftApplication Question(s):What types of outdoor work have you done in the past and for how long?Work Location: One location