Shalom Farms is seeking Lead Volunteers for 2018.
Our Lead Volunteers play a critical role in farm operations running smoothly. We ask that Lead Volunteers commit to one volunteer shift a week for 8 consecutive weeks during the growing season. In exchange, Lead Volunteers will have the opportunity to be involved in a wide variety of experiences, participate in more skilled farm tasks, and potentially have the opportunity to lead other volunteers and small groups.
Position Description: Lead Volunteer
The Lead Volunteer will be trained to work alongside Shalom Farms Staff in a variety of specialty field work that is typically not done by volunteers. This includes pruning, trellising, mowing, seeding, potting up, washing and packing produce, and other duties as assigned by the farm manager, assistant farm manager, or volunteer coordinator. The Lead Volunteer 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 will be defined based on the farm’s need and candidate’s preferences. The Lead Volunteer 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.
- Able to work outside in various weather conditions
- Good eye for detail and quality control on various tasks
- Some farm, garden, or landscaping experience preferred, but not required
- Comfortable working with small groups, giving directions, corrections, and monitoring work quality
- Comfortable with the strenuous nature of farm labor, can lift/bend/crouch with ease, sometimes with weights exceeding 50 lbs.
- Weekdays 8:30am – Noon, 1pm – 4pm, or all day 8:30-4 (preferred)
- A minimum commitment of 1 shift per week for 8 weeks.
How to Apply:
If you like you’d like to take on a more regular and robust volunteer role at Shalom through our Lead Volunteer program, please email a short cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applicants will be invited to come out to the farm for a “working interview” to experience our work and methods first hand, and to determine if the position is a good fit. Further orientation and training will be scheduled once the position has been offered.