Serious applicants only. Please be sure to read the job description thoroughly before applying. We have included our hiring process/timeline below so you know what to expect. Please do not send us social media DMs about employment opportunities (they’ll get lost!); if you have questions that aren’t answered in the information below, please contact us via email. Thank you!
We can provide on-farm housing for up to two employees / interns
We hire individuals, not couples. If you each want to apply, please apply separately and note there is no guarantee that you will both be the right fit for our team.
Domestic applicants only please.
Our hiring process:
We will review all applications as we receive them and get in touch with you within approximately 1 week.
First interviews will be virtual (Phone/Zoom/Facetime). 30 minute or less.
Second round interviews will be in person, ideally on farm. ~1 hour.
APPLICATIONS CLOSE on Friday, April 29th 2022 Read on below for full job description and instructions for applying. Thank you for your interest!
HOW TO APPLY
TO APPLY FOR A POSITION IN OUR 2022 FARM CREW:
Please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with “2022 Farm Crew” in the subject line.
In the body of the email briefly introduce yourself, let us know which position you are applying for, and tell us your favorite vegetable to cook & eat!
Please attach the following items to that email:
A letter of interest (no more than 2 pages) describing your interest in the position, relevant experience that you are excited to apply to the job, and why you are interested in working at Blue Mountain Biodynamic Farms and think we are a good fit for you.
Your resume. Be sure to include all relevant work experience.
Contact information for 2 references. If you have farming experience, at least one reference must be a farm employer. If you don’t have farm experience, at least one reference must be from an employer.
Incomplete applications will not be considered. Thank you!
SEASONAL GARDEN CREW 4 positions available (1 permanent, year round position for the right candidate) We are currently looking to hire four great folks for our seasonal crew! These positions will run approximately April through mid November. We are looking ideally for 2 full and 2 part time persons. Please indicate in your application email if you are looking for full time or part time. Read the full job descriptions and scroll below to see instructions on how to apply. Thank you!
SEASONAL GARDEN CREW
We are looking for two part time (3 days) and two full time (5 days) persons to join our 2022 crew! When you apply, please indicate the number of days you are interested in.
This is a seasonal position, beginning as soon as possible/not later than first of April & running through mid November
Potential for winter season hours for the right person
Description As a member of our seasonal crew, you will be an integral part of our farm team during the height of the growing season. The majority of your work over the season will be harvesting veggies! This includes picking, washing & packing a wide range of seasonal vegetables every week. We have high standards for quality, cleanliness & uniformity in our veggies and you will be critical help in maintaining those. We work fast, use sharp knives, and pick a lot of veggies in a day. It’s fun and satisfying work but also a skill that you will learn over time. In addition to harvest, you will help out with field work on the farm (things like planting, weeding, and crop maintenance). Things are generally a bit heavier on field work in early/late season, and focused mostly on harvest in the middle.
Duties include: Harvest. We harvest 3-4 days a week depending on the season. It is a large percentage of the work on our farm & you will spend a lot of time picking, washing, and packing beautiful veggies for sale! That will include harvest for all of our outlets including our weekly Online Market, CSA boxes, and once-weekly wholesale deliveries. Harvest includes all of the associated tasks: wash station cleaning & prep, harvesting of vegetables, washing & packing vegetables, and clean up at the end of the day. Field work. In addition to harvest, you will be involved in the wide range of other farming tasks that happen week to week. This will include primarily planting, crop maintenance (trellising, weeding etc), and other field chores. Typically, we have one focused day of field work per week, and the rest are more mixed/focused on harvest & sales. Other duties. There are some regular chores we will do weekly, including filling seed trays, washing totes and bins, and helping support the Livestock Crew with animal husbandry associated tasks.
Qualifications: While not required, farming experience or experience with physical labor, competitive athletics, or in a restaurant kitchen will be very applicable and will be an asset to this position. Farming is physical work and requires the ability to repeatedly bend and lift 50# safely off the ground. The nature of harvesting vegetables means there is a lot of bending and kneeling to reach crops, and lots of moving & carrying heavy totes and harvest bags. We pick every week to fulfill our obligations to our CSA clients and our online market & wholesale customers. We work in all weathers, and a willingness to do that and maintain a positive attitude while doing it is crucial! Attention to detail, ability to take direction, and asking good questions are required qualities for this position. Farm work is a skill and it will take time to master each task; being someone who enjoys constantly learning new skills and achieving mastery in them will get you far in farming! There is a lot of precision and repetition in the work, and you need to be good with that and able to stay focused and engaged while doing one task for a period of time. A familiarity with vegetables and how they are presented for sale is very helpful (we will of course train you on this as well). Experience with customer service in a high-pressure environment (restaurant, busy café etc.) is also very useful and applicable. An overall ability to focus and work with a sense of urgency is key as our lists are long and the days are short. Bring your hustle, focus & enthusiasm with you! You must have reliable transportation to and from the farm.
If you have zero farm related work experience, we encourage you to apply as an intern. Intern position outlined below.
LIVESTOCK CREW 2 positions available (1 permanent, year round position for the right candidate)
The Livestock crew will work closely with Kris Vester and together they will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of animal husbandry and crop production on Blue Mountain Biodynamic Farms. The Livestock Crew is responsible for coordinating daily chore routines. The Livestock Crew will also be responsible for assisting Kris with all aspects of field work and crop production.
Some of the Primary responsibilities will include:
animal husbandry: care of egg layers, meat birds and hogs
cleaning barns, moving chicken tractors, moving electric fences etc.
grain cleaning, field cultivation, harvesting and other field work as required
help with any building / repair projects
training and supervision of interns and volunteers
maintaining quality standards & vision of the farm
working with the farm managers to set and achieve daily, weekly, monthly goals for the season
other work as required
Some of the Secondary responsibilities will include:
pest & weed management: hoeing, hand weeding, flame weeding etc.
other work as required
Requirements & Expectations
work 5 days per week
hours range from 40- 55 hours per week
participate in crew meetings to set out daily goals and expectations
A good work ethic and attitude is essential
Monthly Salary with costs for room & board deducted for employees living on the farm
Potential for winter season hours for the right person
References are required
Intern Positions 1-2 positions available An Ideal Intern
Can take direction and be self-motivated to complete tasks
Enjoys and is capable of working hard in all types of weather
Is flexible with changing plans
Has a desire to learn about sustainable agriculture & direct market food systems
Has good communication skills and is able to receive and give feedback
Is a team player, likes to have fun and has a sense of humor
Is physically fit and able to carry out tasks that involve bending, squatting and lifting
Some of the primary learning opportunities include:
garden bed preparation
seeding & transplanting
using hand tools for weeding (wheel hoes, kamas, hori hori, stirrup hoes, etc.)
produce washing and preparation for sale
produce handling and storage
We encourage interns to consider return as an employee for a second season to further develop their skill set. This is an excellent opportunity for someone looking for an experience on a mixed biodynamic & organic farm with so many diverse learning opportunities offered.
May 1st, 2022 - November 1st, 2022
While the hours will vary throughout the season, one can expect to work 40-55 hours per week, 5 days a week