Farm Team Member – Production

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 Farm Manager, Team Members will help grow and maintain our 2.5-acre production farm with fellow farmers, volunteers, and local work force development (WFD) programs. As one of the largest urban farms in NYC, we grow over 100 varieties of crops for our 20 week CSA, as well as 2 on-site farm stands and local restaurant clients. This role will help in all aspects of farming from starting seedlings in our green house in the spring to spreading compost and cover crop in the fall and everything in between! Experience in production farming is highly preferred but not required. 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:

  • Transplant, thin, propagate, direct seed, cultivate, trellis, prune, weed, harvest, and wash produce for our CSA and markets with supervision and support from the Farm Manager
  • Perform general landscaping projects such as weed whacking, mowing, and mulching
  • Support set up and break down CSA market and other market days
  • Perform various farm labor tasks with a constant improvement mindset
  • Drive company vehicles offsite to make purchases and deliveries to local partners
  • Communicate the vision and goals of SHHF professionally with the general public
  • Support Snug Harbor Staff in grounds maintenance and other farm related duties as directed
  • During orientation, attend a presentation of Snug Harbor’s current DEIA plan 

Qualifications:

  • Experience working outdoors with physically demanding work for extended periods of time
  • Interest in actively engaging in small scale production agriculture and the techniques used in organic, low-till farming
  • Ability to learn new tasks quickly and execute them immediately including the use of hand tools, power tools and small machinery 
  • A valid driver’s license is required for insurance purposes and to utilize organization vehicles
  • 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 
  • Enthusiasm and commitment 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   

Schedule:

Full time positions will work 35 hours a week with a 1-hour unpaid lunch. Typically, the hours are 8:30am-4:30pm, but are dependent on weather and business operational needs. Full time positions will be given 2 days off in a row. Part time positions will depend on business operational need but will be required to work a minimum equivalent of 2 full days per week. Weekend, holiday, and overtime work may be required. Compensation is $15/hour.

TO APPLY

Interested candidates should submit a resume to jobs@snug-harbor.org with the subject line “Farm Team-Production – [Your Name].”  Please also attach brief answers (3-5 sentences) to the prompts below. Please indicate if you are applying for more than one of the Farm Team positions. Research shows that women and people from underrepresented groups often only apply to jobs if they meet 100% of the qualifications. As no one ever meets 100% of the qualifications, we encourage you to apply if you feel that much of the following matches your experience.

  1. What are you looking to gain from your work experience at the Heritage Farm?
  2. For a team to function effectively, every member must be committed to the team and its goals. Tell us about how you’ve demonstrated your commitment to a team.
  3. Please tell us your favorite fruit or vegetable to grow and/or cook and why. 

Selected candidates will be asked to work on the farm for a half day as a part of the hiring process.

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.