Volunteer Leader Positions

Shalom Farms is seeking Volunteer Leaders for 2017.

Interested applicants should fill out an application online. Please answer all questions to the best of your ability. If you have questions or concerns, please reach out to volunteer@shalomfarms.org. If you are considered for the position, we will ask you to come out to the farm for a “working interview” so that all parties can gain a sense of how you fit with the team, and so that you can experience our work and methods first hand. If offered the position, you will complete an orientation. Training will be ongoing and tasks will be assigned and taught as needed.

Position Descriptions: Specialty Harvest / Field Work // Packing & Processing

Specialty Harvest / Field Work

Purpose:

The Specialty Harvest/Field Work Volunteer Leader will be trained to work alongside Shalom Farms Staff in a variety of speciality field work that is typically not done by volunteers. This includes pruning, trellising, mowing, seeding, potting up, and other duties as assigned by the farm manager, assistant farm manager, or volunteer coordinator. The volunteer leader would also be trained on a few specific harvesting duties, and may be asked to oversee the harvesting of one specific crop at a time. This may include instructing other individuals or small groups on proper harvesting technique.

Specific Duties:

  • Specific duties will be defined based on the farm’s need and candidates preferences. The Specialty Harvest/Field Work Volunteer Leader will work with the farm manager and volunteer coordinator to develop a plan of action based on their background, capabilities, and interests. Examples include:

    • Tomato Harvest: Knowledge of proper tomato harvesting and processing technique. Ability to instruct another individual or small group in this technique. Ability to work at same pace and quality control as Shalom Farms Staff.

    • Tomato Trellising: Knowledge of proper tomato trellising technique. Ability to work at same pace and quality as Shalom Farms Staff.

Ideal Candidate:

  • Able to work outside in various weather conditions.

  • Good eye for detail and quality control on various tasks.

  • Some farm, garden, or landscaping experience would be helpful, but is not required for this position.

  • Are comfortable working with small groups, giving directions, corrections, and monitoring work quality.

  • Is comfortable with the strenuous nature of farm labor, can lift/bend/crouch with ease, sometimes with weights exceeding 50lbs.

Availability:

Weekdays 8:30am – Noon, 1pm – 4pm, or all day 8:30-4.

A minimum commitment of 6 days throughout the busy season (May – September).

Ideal availability would be one or two of the same days per week for 6-8 weeks.

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Packing & Processing

Purpose:

The Packing & Processing Volunteer Leader will work directly with Shalom Farms Staff to process, sort, and pack produce for our programs and partners.

Specific Duties:

  • Readying produce for distribution. This includes: washing greens, trimming stems, bagging, etc.

  • Sorting and grading produce for distribution or storage.

  • Tracking produce (weighing and recording).

  • Packing produce for multiple outlets (Shalom Farms programs, partners, and wholesale clients).

Ideal Candidate:

  • Possesses an eye for detail and organization.

  • Able to work outdoors in a variety of weather conditions.

  • Works well under pressure or on a time-line.

  • Ability to stand/crouch/bend and lift, sometimes with weights exceeding 50lbs.

Availability:

Weekdays 8:30am – Noon

A minimum commitment of 6 days throughout the programming season (May – November)

Ideal availability would be same day or days each week for 6-8 weeks

 

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