Working At OBERCREEK FARM

 See below for more information about CURRENT OPEN positions

Obercreek Farm: Full Time/Full Season Field Crew Member

Obercreek Farm:  Part Time/Full Season Farmer's Market Team Member

Obercreek Brewery & Cider Company: Hop & Cider Orchard Manager 

 

 

Obercreek Farm: Full Time/Full Season Field Crew Member

Obercreek Farm is excited to announce an opening for a full time/full season field crew member. You will have the the opportunity to learn the inner workings of our diverse agriculture business will contributing your fullest.

In our 4th year of production, we are a group of young farmers with a passion for hard work that brings health and sustainability to our community, ourselves, and our soil. We focus on providing high quality produce to our community while providing our farmers a fair and sustainable wage. We are dedicated to preserving the natural integrity of our land by nurturing a biologically diverse environment. We want to foster a place where the community can come together to teach, learn, experience, and celebrate life in the Hudson Valley.

Obercreek Farm is a Certified Organic farm located in the hamlet of Hughsonville in the Town of Wappinger, NY and has been in production since 2013.  We grow diversified vegetables for our 200 Member CSA, wholesale accounts in the Hudson Valley and New York City, Farmer's Markets, and for our onsite Farm Stand. We grow outside during the season and in four passive solar greenhouses year round and when weather turns too cold to grow food in the field we keep the farm alive by growing specialty baby greens in the solar greenhouses. All of our certified organic produce and herbs are on a total of 24 acres in rotation throughout the main growing season. In addition to the vegetable production, Obercreek has a half-acre hop yard and will be establishing a quarter acre perennial herb garden.

Full Time/Full Season Field Crew Member Job Description & Expectations

As a full time, full season field crew member you will experience many aspects of our commercial produce and CSA farm. Daily hours for the majority of the season are 7am to 5:00pm Mon-Fri with an hour for lunch, allowing for flexibility due to weather and time of year. Your 10 hour days will include but are not limited dozens of other tasks over the course of a full season on a farm.  Below are an example of activities you will be participating in.  

  • Food Safety and Tractor Safety Training

  • Field work: harvesting, transplanting, weeding, pruning, trellising, thinning, managing irrigation systems, pest control, and other tasks

  • Tractor work: tillage, bed prep, transplanting, cultivation, harvesting, compost turning etc

  • Pack-out operations: washing and sorting harvested crops, quality control, and packing/storage requirements of all crops

  • Greenhouse operations: seeding, potting-up, irrigation, pest control, fertility, trellising, as well as other tasks

  • Marketing and Sales operations: working with the CSA, Farmers market, and wholesale accounts

  • Weekly Rotating Chores: General Farm Cleanup, flat washing, garbage, restocking supplies, etc.

NECESSARY SKILLS

Strong work ethic and endurance for hard physical work, willing to work hard above and beyond when required

  • Sense of humor, positive attitude and enthusiasm

  • Ability to balance speed and efficiency while maintaining Obercreek’s standard of quality

  • Physically fit- must be able to lift 40-50 lbs repeatedly and easily, and work physically all day in all sorts of weather doing repetitive tasks

  • Must work well in a team environment and be able to communicate honestly and accept feedback

  • Must have an Valid US Driver's License.

Previous farming experience is a plus, but not required for field crew positions. Hourly pay starts at $10/hour and may increase based on performance and length of stay.

BENEFITS OF WORKING ON THE FARM

  • Lots of delicious organic vegetables available for your consumption- you will receive a free full CSA share.

  • Being part of a dedicated community of people working to improve our local food system

  • Spend lots of time outside in the summer

  • Potential to move up into more managerial roles in subsequent years at the farm

How to Apply:

To apply for work at Obercreek Farm, please send a resume and 3 references to info@obercreekfarm.com. After we receive your resume and 3 references, we will contact and give interviews with qualified candidates. We require an on-farm meeting/interview, as well as a trial work day (for field crew applicants) if seasonally appropriate. After the visit, if we’d like you to work at the farm, we will offer you the position and work out specific start dates. Please call or email us if you have any questions. Thank you for your interest in promoting organic agriculture and in our farm.

 


Obercreek Farm: Part Time/Full Season Farmers Market Team Member

Obercreek Farm is excited to announce an opening for a full season farmers marker team member.

 

JOB DESCRIPTION for Part Time/Full Season Farmers Market Team Member

Obercreek Farm is looking for a Farmers Market Team member to assist with our new market in Brooklyn on Wednesdays at Bartel Pritchard Square on the edge of Prospect Park. The Market runs from 8:00 am - 3:00 pm. We are primarily interested in finding candidates based in the Hudson Valley who would assist with packing our sprinter van before market, helping at the market stand in Brooklyn, and then returning to the farm in the evening. 

However, we will also consider applicants based in Brooklyn who would assist at the farmers market and packing the van after the market.
 

The Farmers Market Team Member will assist with all of the following tasks:

*packing and driving the market vehicle safely

*setting up an attractive farmers market table at each market

*taking down the market booth at the end of the day

*building displays

*creating attractive signage

*ringing up customer purchases accurately

*restocking the market booth and keeping an attractive display up at all times

*communicating with customers about seasonal availability of our vegetables and answering questions about different vegetable varieties

*educating customers about our vegetables and our growing practices

*keeping the market vehicle clean and organized

*making suggestions to customers about how to cook specific types of vegetables

Schedule:

*We are looking for someone who is willing to work one very long day per week driving down to Brooklyn early in the morning, working the market there, and then coming back to Obercreek.

*if full-time employment desired, additional work days on the farm are a possibility especially from June-September when our workload increases.

Qualifications:

*Excellent customer service skills and a comfort level interacting with customers
*An interest in learning about our farm and seasonal vegetable production in the Hudson Valley and a willingness to share your knowledge with customers at the farmers market

*Ability to lift up to 50 lbs repeatedly

*Good basic math skills

*Valid Driver's license and clean driving record

*Ability to take direction and work independently

*Experience setting up a farmer's market stand a plus

*You must provide your own transportation to the farm and / or the farmers market at Bartel Pritchard Square

How to Apply:

To apply for work at Obercreek Farm, please send a resume and 3 references to info@obercreekfarm.com. After we receive your resume and 3 references, we will contact and give interviews with qualified candidates. We require an on-farm meeting/interview, as well as a trial work day (for field crew applicants) if seasonally appropriate. After the visit, if we’d like you to work at the farm, we will offer you the position and work out specific start dates. Please call or email us if you have any questions. Thank you for your interest in promoting organic agriculture and in our farm.

 

Email resume & references to: info@obercreekfarm.com

(845)-632-3888

59 Marlorville Road
Wappingers Falls, NY, 12590
United States

 
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OBERCREEK BREWING COMPANY & OBERCREEK CIDER COMPANY: 

Hop and Cider Orchard Manager

Job: Responsible for care and expansion of a 1/3 acre organic hop yard and a 1 acre organic apple orchard. Interface with brewers and cider makers at the farm. Looking for full-time employee but will consider part-time/seasonal candidates.

Location:  Wappinger Falls New York (65 miles north of NYC) in the Hudson Valley. Farm is less than a mile from New Hamburg Metro-North Station

Job Description:

Obercreek Brewing Company and Obercreek Cider Company is seeking and individual to care and maintain the orchard and hop yard and to create an expansion plan in conjunction with management of the two entities.

Background: Obercreek Farm is an organic farm, producing mainly vegetables for both commercial and CSA markets. In 2013, Obercreek farm planted 1/3 acre of several hop varietals to determine whether organic production was viable in our region. In 2016, Obercreek Brewing Company was established and renovations occurred to create a brew house on the farm. In 2016 Obercreek Cider Company was established and a 4.5 acre field was prepared for an organic orchard of bitter sweet and bitter sharp varietals. The first trees will be planted in spring of 2017.

Experience:

Seeking individual with some experience at a commercial orchard. Some experience with orchard and hop yard care and cultivation desired. Knowledge of brewing and fermentation techniques desired.  General farm experience, preferably with organic methods or Integrated Pest Management desired..

Salary: Commensurate with experience.

Housing: 1 bedroom apartment available on farm.

Apply to info@obercreekfarm.com with resume, cover letter and references