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Troy Farm Summer Season Crew Member

Title:                Troy Farm Summer Season Crew Member
Reports to:     Troy Farm Manager
Location:        Troy Farm (502 Troy Drive, Madison, WI 53704)
Position Type: 20-40 hrs/week (1 full time or 2 part time positions available) Non-Exempt
Salary:              $14/hour
Benefits:          Crew members receive a weekly produce box and a $50 gear stipend
Dates:               May 31 – August 30, 2024

About Troy Farm

Troy Farm is a project of Rooted and includes 3+ acres of field and greenhouse production of certified organic diversified vegetables, fruits, herbs, and flowers. The farm has been growing certified organic vegetables on Madison’s Northside since 2001, and we are proud to be one of the city’s oldest urban farms. Troy Farm produce is distributed to nearby neighborhood centers where it is available cost-free to community members. Troy Farm also hosts community events and supports and collaborates with other growers and organizations on the land.

About the Position

Working side-by-side with farmers and staff, crew members engage in small-scale, organic, and sustainable farming practices. Troy Farm uses hoophouses, greenhouses, hand tools, a two-wheel tractor, and a four-wheel tractor to grow a wide range of crops. Crew members work with the Farm Director, Farm Manager, Assistant Farm Manager, 1-2 other summer season crew members, as well as a large group of both regular and one-time volunteers who help with the daily tasks of the farm.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities

  • Field work such as bed preparation, fertilizing, seeding, cover cropping, weeding, mulching, trellising, harvesting, and post-harvest washing and handling.
  • Assist with seedling production in our greenhouse.
  • Lead groups of volunteers through tasks as needed.
  • Weekend work in May and occasionally for weekend events throughout the season. Specific dates include:
    May 11th – Troy Farm Plant Sale
    May 12th, 19th, 26th – Northside Farmers Market 6:30am-2:30pm
  • We work outside in all weather conditions, so a willingness to work in hot, wet, and sometimes inclement weather is a must. We take water and heat breaks, try to find indoor work during rain, and follow safety guidelines in storms. Coming prepared with clothing, food, and gear for each day’s work conditions is necessary. We provide a $50 gear stipend to help offset costs of gear such as mud boots, raingear, and comfortable work clothes and shoes.

Desirable Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Ability to communicate and follow direction effectively, including the ability to problem solve.
  • Ability to work on projects independently and as part of a group.
  • Willingness to step into leadership to move small and big groups through a farm task.
  • Demonstrated ability to follow through on commitments, responsibilities, and tasks.
  • Ability to lift, kneel, bend, and do physical work throughout the day.
  • Ability to consistently and regularly lift items up to 25 pounds. Heavier lifting occurs at times, but is not required.
  • Ability to work with and be respectful of people with diverse backgrounds, identities, and abilities. This includes but is not limited to: race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression/identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.
  • Interest in learning about farming and being part of a learning community which includes engaging in conversations about identity and culture and the ways that they intersect with farming.

Additional Information and Requirements

  • Typical work day hours are 8:00am to 4:00pm, Monday through Friday.
  • Part time (minimum 20 hours per week) and full time (maximum 40 hours per week) positions available. On days when working at Troy Farm, expect shifts to last a minimum of 4 hours.
  • At times, crew members may have to work in inclement weather or may be asked to adjust their work hours to accommodate the weather.
  • Provide a copy of a valid ID.
  • Have reliable transportation to and from Troy Farm, which is located on the B bus line.
  • Ability to pass a standard background check.

How to Apply

Please apply directly through BambooHR or mail your cover letter and resume to:

Paul Huber
517 E. Badger Rd.
Madison, WI 53713-2120

For a paper application, please email [email protected] or call (608)-240-0409.

Review of applications will begin March 22, 2024, and continue until the position is filled.

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