Farm Team Member – Market

Full-Time or Part-Time Seasonal, Staten Island, New York

Who We Are

Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden (“Snug Harbor”) offers dynamic programming in the arts, horticulture, agriculture, education and recreation for diverse cultures and all ages, on a historic, welcoming campus that is a unique oasis in New York City.  We envision being a nationally visible yet locally impactful cultural organization beloved by all who visit.  We value artistic vibrancy, stewardship, conservation, inclusion, community, communication and discovery.  Located less than 1.5 miles from the Staten Island Ferry and easily accessible by public transportation, Snug Harbor welcomes nearly 500,000 visitors each year to explore our gardens, grounds and galleries.  Our 83-acre campus features 26 architecturally significant buildings and 14 distinctive gardens, including a traditional Chinese garden and a Tuscan garden.  A vibrant cultural hub, Snug Harbor is also home to several non-profit institutions, artists’ studios and small businesses.  Founded in the 19th century as a charitable rest home for sailors, today Snug Harbor is a growing, must-see destination.

The Position:

The Snug Harbor Heritage Farm (SHHF) is looking for Full-Time and Part-Time Seasonal Farm Team Members to join us from March to November. Supervised by the Director of the Heritage Farm, Team Members will help grow and maintain our 2.5-acre production farm with fellow farmers, volunteers, and local workforce development (WFD) programs. In season, this position focuses on our day-to-day operations of CSA packing and distribution, weekly farm stands, and wholesale deliveries. Collaborating directly with the Director, this position will be front facing and interacting with our customers daily. This is a sales position and requires someone who is enthusiastic about local produce/cooking and is able to engage with customers meaningfully. A positive customer service approach is required.  This job requires attention to detail while juggling multiple tasks and excellent record keeping skills.This is a highly physical role. Team Members will be standing, bending, crouching, pulling, pushing, and using basic hand tools in all weather conditions (including rain and extreme heat) all while maintaining a fast and efficient pace. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job. Anyone who is enthusiastic to learn, has a strong work ethic and interested in working on a small team in sustainable small scale agriculture should apply.

Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with the Director to set up and break down CSA distribution and farm stands
  • Accept cash, credit card, and SNAP payments and maintain accurate records
  • Maintain a sales oriented mindset while creating an attractive and engaging market experience
  • Communicate the vision and goals of SHCCBG professionally with diverse audiences and act as a front facing member of the Heritage Farm team with enthusiasm and a positive attitude
  • Deliver wholesale orders and produce donations to local partner’s weekly
  • Support the creation of a weekly Farm newsletter with oversight from the Farm Manager and input from Education Department and the Marketing and Communications Manager
  • Transplant, thin, propagate, direct seed, cultivate, trellis, prune, weed, harvest, and wash produce for our CSA and markets with supervision and support from the Director
  • Perform various farm labor tasks with a constant improvement mindset
  • Support processing and usage of compost as it pertains to building healthy soils community wide
  • Support Snug Harbor Staff in site maintenance and other farm and grounds keeping related duties as directed

Qualifications:

  • Experience working at a farmer’s market or in retail highly preferred
  • Ability to communicate the values and ideas of SHHF to a diverse customer base
  • A salesperson attitude with a constant improvement mindset for systems and displays
  • Proven record keeping and money handling skills and strong attention to detail
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks at once and regularly meet tight deadlines 
  • A valid driver’s license is required for insurance purposes and to utilize company vehicles
  • Ability to learn new tasks quickly and execute them immediately including the use of power and hand tools
  • Ability to following all safety procedures including COVID-19 protocols
  • Exemplary communication skills and work place professionalism including appropriate work attire, positive attitude, timeliness, and adaptability 
  • Committed to being an active and flexible member of a small team 
  • Ability to lift 40lbs regularly and be able to stand, squat, kneel, bend, and crouch for extended periods of time in all weather conditions

Salary:

Full time positions will work 35 hours a week with a 1-hour unpaid lunch at $15.00 per hour. Typically, the hours are 8:30am-4:30pm, but are dependent on weather and business operational needs. Market positions are required to work adjusted schedules on CSA distribution day (Thursday), Saturdays, and Sunday from May-November for our weekly markets. Full time positions will be given 2 days off in a row. Part time positions will depend on business operational needs but will be required to work a minimum equivalent of 3 full days per week at $15.00 per hour. Weekend and holiday work will be required for this position.  

TO APPLY

Qualified candidates should complete the employee application form by visiting https://snug-harbor.org/jobapplication/. We thank all applicants for their interest. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Snug Harbor celebrates and commits to fostering diversity, equity and inclusion.  We value and seek the strengths of human variety across communities, in programming, with staff, the Board of Directors, volunteers, artists and visitors. Snug Harbor strives to build a culture of diversity of voice and representation, authentically inclusive spaces and equity for all.

Snug Harbor is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to the treatment of all employees and applicants for employment without unlawful discrimination as to race, creed, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation or citizenship status in all employment decisions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, compensation, training and apprenticeship, promotion, upgrading, demotion, downgrading, transfer, lay-off and termination, and all other terms and conditions of employment.