Warner Farm is hiring for the 2015 season!
Warner Farm is a 10th generation diversified small fruit and vegetable farm located in Sunderland, Ma. We grow over 150 acres of both IPM (125 ac.) and certified organic (25 ac.) crops for wholesale throughout the Pioneer Valley as well as operate a 300-member CSA and attend farmers markets in Eastern Massachusetts. In the fall, Warner Farm is also home to Mike’s Maze, the Pioneer Valley’s world famous corn maze, and Zombie Night Patrol, our premier haunted paintball attraction. Warner Farm always hires with an eye on our core values of respect, integrity, sustainability and family. We seek motivated, energetic, hard working individuals who can grow our business and grow with our farm family.
Please see below for our current job openings. Interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter to email@example.com
Wholesale Business Manager
Job Description: This key position (wholesale is one of our farm’s primary marketing outlets) is responsible for managing and overseeing the farm's 50+ wholesale accounts, ranging from restaurants to national grocery chains, and pack house activities. Manager also works closely with Farm Crew Leader, CSA and Market Manager, and Farm General Managers to ensure crop quality and accurate availability lists. This position may involve some basic tractor work and filling in with other assorted farm tasks as needed
Duties include in priority order: communicating with wholesale customers to ensure work is timely and accurate; customer satisfaction; establishing availability lists; communicating with farmers and distributing lists to customers on a weekly basis; compiling orders and creating invoices daily; coordinating daily harvests with crew leaders and other farm management; managing crop washing and packing to ensure a high level of produce quality; effectively managing a packing house crew of 3-4 people; maintain and clean vegetable washing equipment and area in order to present the farm in a professional manner and ensure adherence to Commonwealth Quality standards; coordinating daily deliveries and pick-ups; coordinating with other farm management to ensure the completion of necessary daily tasks; flexibility, cooperation, and a team approach are essential in the completion of all duties.
Will train right person with proven track record of:
- Accurately processing customer orders in a timely manner
- Strong communication skills and an outgoing personality to facilitate crop sales
- Ability to effectively manage staff
- Ability to lift up to 40lb
- Strong work ethic
- Ability to operate autonomously
- Sales and marketing experience
- Previous farm and tractor driving experience
- Experience with Quickbooks
This is a seasonal position running from May-October requiring up to 60 hours per week during the height of the season (June-August). Opportunities for part time work in the off-season exist for motivated individuals. $10-14/hr and access to delicious and fresh produce. To apply, please email a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. Ideal start date is May 1st.
Job Description: The overall goal is to increase the customer base brought into the farm through farm events while promoting a positive image of both Warner Farm and Mike’s Maze to staff, customers, and vendors. Mike’s Maze is our 8-acre corn maze, which attracts people from across New England and beyond. This position is responsible for coordinating and promoting our annual Strawberry Fest as well as existing events occurring in the fall at the maze (Chilifest, Dog Walker’s Weekend, Harvest Hoedown). In addition, this manager will work with the Farm General Manager to develop and implement up to 5 new events at the maze and new festivals on the farm. The position will also interact directly with the public to schedule and coordinate private events held at our facilities (birthday parties, corporate events, facility rentals) and subcontract vendors as needed. This position is also involved in day-to-day operations of the maze including scheduling and supervising staff.
Duties include in priority order: communicating and scheduling with suppliers and entertainment vendors for farm and maze events; private event scheduling; ensure private event customer satisfaction; coordinating event activity timelines to ensure smooth event operation; sales and marketing for rental of farm facilities including creation of promotional material through social media; public rations to increase visibility of maze and farm; weekly meetings with Farm General Meeting about ongoing operations and to develop new farm and maze events; staff scheduling for up to 30 employees; effectively supervise maze staff in day-to-day operation.
- 1-3 years experience coordinating well-organized events
- 1-3 years experience communicating with vendors and customers
- 1-2 years experience managing and supervising staff
- 1-3 years experience developing and creating new events
- Must be skillful using social media
- 1-2 years sales and marketing experience
- Previous Farm experience
- Website maintenance experience
This is a part-time, seasonal position running from June-October requiring between 15-25 hours a week. $12-14/hr. To apply, please email a cover letter and resume to email@example.com. Applicants are received on a rolling basis and position is open until filled. Ideal start date is May 20th.
Farm Market and CSA Staff
Job Description: Warner Farm is seeking individuals to help staff farmer’s markets and CSA distributions. We attend 3 weekly farmer’s markets located in Amherst, Winchester and Watertown as well as manage 4 different drop-off sites for our 300-member CSA program. Market staff is responsible for communicating directly with the public and must be comfortable regularly interacting with the public. While market and CSA drop off days can be demanding, sometimes requiring 10-hour days, management does its best to ensure time off in between long days. Market and CSA Staff report directly to the CSA and Market Manager.
Duties include: arriving promptly to load trucks for markets; filling out market logs accurately; driving to, setting up, and breaking down market displays; creating an attractive produce display; facilitating sales; answering customer questions about our farm and produce; attending weekly CSA drop off in the greater Boston area; attend weekly check-in meetings with management; provide management with feedback regarding markets and drop-offs; all duties are to be preformed in a manner to promote a positive image of Warner Farm and ensure customer satisfaction.
- 1-2 years customer service experience
- Outgoing personality
- Positive and hard-working attitude
- Ability to drive 16 ft box truck
- Ability to lift 40 lb.
- Previous farm experience
- Previous retail experience
- Interest in cooking and fresh food
This is a seasonal, part-time position requiring up to 25 hours per week from May through October. $10/hr and access to delicious, fresh produce. To apply, please email a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applicants are received on a rolling basis and position is open until filled. Ideal start date is May 15th.