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Powhatan Packing Coordinator

Shalom Farms is a nonprofit community farm project working to build healthy communities by growing and sharing healthy food. We work with thousands of volunteers from all backgrounds each year to produce more than 200,000 pounds of produce. We distribute this produce throughout the Richmond area through a variety of programs and partnerships.

The Packing Coordinator is a season-long, 34-hour/week, $16+/hour position on Shalom’s 16-acre farm in Powhatan, VA (2676 Venita Rd, Midlothian, VA 23113.) The Packing Coordinator will be working under the direction of the Powhatan Farm Manager to implement the processes which occur post-harvest. They will be trained as to the quality of produce we expect for each destination, proper washing techniques for every crop, Shalom Farms’ procedures for recording total quantities, and techniques for packing and storage of produce so that it is done neatly, efficiently, and according to the conditions which will best ensure each crop’s longevity and safe transport.

Schedule
  • Ideal start date: April 18, 2022
  • Time Requirement: Monday-Thursday: 8am-4:30pm (34 hours/week)
  • End date: November 22, 2022
Primary Responsibilities
  • Under the direction of Farm Manager, fulfill orders for distribution, including packing, sorting, cleaning, washing, and maintaining quality control.
  • Maintain records of produce being harvested, packed, and readied for distribution.
  • Keep work area clean and organized.
  • Keep inventory of packing supplies and produce.
  • Assist with harvesting in the field when needed.
  • Assist with distribution of produce when needed.
  • Maintain fast pace and workflow.
  • Manage volunteers, farmers-in-residence, interns, and other staff in the packing area.
Qualities
  • Pays attention to detail.
  • Works well in a fast paced environment.
  • Can work well independently.
  • Recognizes produce availability changes and ability to adapt accordingly.
  • Can communicate well, even in stressful situations; comfortable delegating.
  • Comfortable working with a team.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Packing experience strongly preferred.
  • Supervisory experience strongly preferred.
  • Farming and gardening experience strongly preferred.
  • Must be able to work in various weather conditions.
  • Ability to lift 50+ pounds.
  • Basic Math skills.
  • Ability to be on feet all day.
Compensation

$16+/hour (+ lots of farm produce!)

To Apply

To apply for this position, please send (brief) cover letter, resume, and 2-3 references to farm@shalomfarms.org. Applications accepted on a rolling basis until this position is filled.

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