Seasonal Farmer

Seasonal Farmer Position at Queens Botanical Garden

Seasonal Farmer, NYC Compost Project hosted by Queens Botanical Garden Queens Botanical Garden (QBG), in partnership with the Department of Sanitation of New York’s (DSNY) NYC Compost Project, is seeking a seasonal farmer for the QBG Farm & Compost site.

QBG Farm & Compost site is a place where New Yorkers can participate and learn about urban farming and composting through tours, workshops, internships, and volunteer opportunities. Fruit and vegetables are grown with a focus on soil health and care, without the use of synthetic fertilizers or pesticides. Crops harvested are shared with seasonal interns, volunteers, and donated to emergency food relief programs.

The seasonal farmer will support the farm manager in running and maintaining one acre of intensively planted, mixed vegetable, fruit and flower production and educational areas. This job includes working with our interns, volunteers, and visiting public groups. We are looking for a dedicated, hard-working individual with prior farming or gardening experience.

Timeframe:

Seasonal Farmer will begin in March and run through June of 2019

Qualifications:

  • Prior experience working on a vegetable farm or garden for a minimum of one season
  • Self-motivated, excellent communicator, with the ability to work alone as well as with others
  • Willingness to work outdoors in all weather
  • Able to lift up to 40 pounds
  • Experience working with volunteers
  • Ability to help manage groups that range in age, abilities, and cultural backgrounds
  • Familiarity with computers; excel, google docs
  • Attention to detail and an eye for garden aesthetic
  • Knowledgeable about making, maintaining, and applying biologically active compost

Work will include, but is not limited to:

  • Plant propagation from seed
  • Greenhouse seedling care
  • Drip irrigation & overhead watering
  • Harvesting & post-harvest handling
  • Record keeping
  • Packing produce for donation
  • Care for flowers and shrubs
  • Pest & disease ID and management
  • Nutrient management with a focus on compost & compost tea applications
  • Mulching and weeding
  • Post pounding and trellising
  • Mowing and weed trimming

This is a paid position of $15/hour.

Required work days are Monday-Thursday from 8:00am-4:00pm with a one hour, unpaid lunch break.

CLICK HERE to apply or go to queensbotanicalgarden.org/employment. Qualified candidates should submit a resume and cover. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until position is filled. Queens Botanical Garden is an equal opportunity employer.

The NYC Compost Project hosted by Queens Botanical Garden works to rebuild NYC’s soils by providing New Yorkers with the knowledge, skills, and opportunities they need to produce and use compost locally. The NYC Compost Project is funded and managed by the NYC Department of Sanitation’s Bureau of Recycling and Sustainability. Learn more at nyc.gov/compostproject and queensbotanical.org/farmandcompost.

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