Job Opportunity at White Barn Farm in Wrentham, MA

www.whitebarnfarm.org

 

Position Title: Flower Manager

 

White Barn Farm has ¼ acre field dedicated to annual flower production.. We have a small perennial planting of peonies, another varied planting of perennial herbs, dahlia tubers in storage, and two 100’ beds of tulip bulbs planted. In 2021 we had a 100 member flower CSA and we have a healthy demand for market bouquets at our farmstand. We are seeking a motivated, experienced flower grower to take over the cut flower segment of our farm business. For 2022, Farmer Christy is designing the crop plan and setting up marketing channels. The earlier we find the right candidate, the more decisions that candidate will be able to make about this season’s plan. Ideally, the flower manager will be interested in a long-term commitment to growing this part of the business, with plenty of opportunity in the future for increased compensation and increased participation in the crop planning process, marketing, and business planning.

 

Schedule: up to 40 hours/week.  Depending on the time of season, your start time will vary between 8am and 7am.  Your schedule will be roughly 8 hours/day, 5 days a week.  This position begins March 1st and goes through December 31st. For every 8 hour shift you receive ½hour paid lunch break. Schedule is likely reduced to 24 hours/week during March, November and December. There is flexibility to set your own hours, according to what will best ensure a high quality product (i.e. early harvest times during extreme heat).

 

Responsibilities:  

  • Execute the crop plan, managing field crew as necessary: seedling production, bed prep, laying landscape fabric, planting, weeding, mulching, trellising, pinching and deadheading as needed 

  • manage harvest and arranging to ensure a high quality product

  • maintain all tools and equipment used by the flower operation - washing buckets, sharpening pruners

  • keeping an inventory of flower harvest and packaging supplies and letting owners know when it’s time to order more

  • maintaining inventory and quality of cut flowers at the farmstand and for the flower CSA

  • keep clear planting and harvest records 

Specific Qualifications: 

  • 3+ years full season production experience, preferably with extensive cut-flower experience 

  • Ability to work independently and efficiently 

  • Ability to effectively plan a harvest and pack schedule

  • Ability to effectively problem solve and request assistance when needed

  • Knowledge of and experience with the details of growing, harvesting and handling a wide variety of annual cut-flowers, and the ability and willingness to do research as needed to fill knowledge gaps 

  • Willingness to interact and engage with the public, possibly offering flower field tours, flower arranging workshops, and wreath decorating workshops in Nov-Dec.

  • Experience making market bouquets 

  • Floral design experience a plus but not required 

  • Ability and willingness to lead a small crew in harvesting, planting, and arranging flowers 

Compensation starting at $16/hour,  opportunities for increased compensation based on experience, sales commissions, and/or a plan to generate revenue to support the increased compensation.

Benefits and Perks

*$1/hr worked added to a gift card for you to use at White Barn Farmstand. 10% employee discount once funds on your card are used up

* one WBF t-shirt, then 30% discount on all other WBF swag

*paid vacation/personal time accrues at 1 hr/30 hrs worked and can be used after 90 days from your start date

There is opportunity for growth within the business for a successful candidate.

 

Interview process:  Hiring process includes a phone or in-person interview

Final Candidates will be asked to work several paid work days as part of their interview

 

Application Process: Please email to info@whitebarnfarm.org

  • a Letter of Intent

  • your Resume

  • Contact Info for Two References 

 

Our Farm:

White Barn Farm is a family farm in Wrentham, MA that strives to provide its community with fresh produce, flowers and farm products grown using organic methods.  

We are an energized, fun-loving team that strives to achieve efficiency and productivity with enthusiasm and a sense of humor.  We appreciate hard work, a commitment to excellence and the drive to constantly improve.  Although this is not officially an apprenticeship, there are often opportunities to work alongside the farmers.  We offer a wide diversity of tasks that allow our crew to develop and broaden their skill-set.  

 

General Qualifications:

  • Can lift 50lbs repeatedly, using proper body mechanics

  • Has a valid drivers license

  • Ability to complete repetitive tasks for a long period of time in all kinds of weather

  • Flexibility -  able to shift gears and adapt to variable tasks

  • Takes pride in and thrives on efficiency and productivity

  • Takes instruction and correction well and is able to ask questions

  • Fast learner - Ability to quickly pick up new techniques

  • Is punctual and prepared (water bottle, proper attire, footwear, sunblock)

  • Works well alone or with a group

  • Has a spirit of dedication/enthusiasm

  • Communicates well