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Farm Work

If working long hours and feeling your muscles ache while in the hot sun, rain, sleet and mud sounds fun, all the while laughing with friends, and getting a lot of physical work done, then farming with us could be your dream come true.

 

We hire a great group of folks each season to help us complete our goal of growing delicious food for the community. It's not easy, but it can be a wonderful lifestyle that makes you strong, feeds you well and builds lifelong friendships. 

 

Open positions

Open positions for 2023

If you are interested please email a resume and cover letter to upriverorganics at gmail or check our indeed.com page and apply there

We are a small farm 30 minutes east of Springfield along the beautiful McKenzie River. We actively manage 8 acres of annual vegetable crops, ¾ acre of greenhouse crops, and 5 acres of perennial fruits, mainly blueberries. We employ a large team of skilled farmers, drivers, marketers and support staff that all work towards a common goal of growing a large amount of exceptional food for our community. 

We market our produce through a small number of grocers, a farmers market in Eugene, a farm stand at the farm and our weekly produce shares (CSA) 

We farm 3 unique parcels all within 3 miles in our narrow river valley. We farm a diverse range of fruits and vegetables with an emphasis on carrots, cucumbers, blueberries, winter squash and tomatoes. We also farm some interesting crops such as asparagus, melons, strawberries, cauliflower, figs and much more. 

We have a mature farm with developed systems and set expectations. That being said, we have lots of potlucks, shared desserts, and a strong social community surrounding the work. 

2023 Field Crew Member—Full time (Summer)

Role and Responsibility

  • Harvesting, washing, packing and processing fruit and vegetable crops 2-3 days per week

  • Transplanting, trellising, pruning and hand cultivating over 50 types of annual vegetables and perennial fruits 2-3 days per week

  • Assistance in other aspects of the farm depending upon the week/season:

    • Seeding and up potting in the greenhouses

    • Pruning/weeding/transplanting perennial fruits including blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries

Desired Skills & Interests:

  • Physical ability to work for 40 hours a week on your feet, sometimes on your knees and often in physically awkward positions

  • Ability to work in varying climatic conditions including 90+ degrees or in cold & rainy weather

  • Must be able to lift 50 lbs

  • A positive, upbeat attitude while being a team player on a fun loving, yet hard working, field crew 

  • Desire to learn production based farming techniques that creates a financially viable operation

Start Date:  June 1st 2023. 

Schedule:

June-September.  32 hours/week

Compensation

  • $15 hourly

  • $1 minimum raise earned every 2,000 hrs/worked

 

Benefits

  • Farm store 25% discount

  • Lots of free produce

  • $250 educational stipend

  • Bonus(s) 1-2 times a year (varying amounts)

  • After 2 years employees qualify for retirement, 2-3% employer match. 

 

On-Farm Housing for rent if desired: We have several yurts, a cabin, and and other dwellings onsite which may be available for rent. Please inquire further.

2023 Field Crew Member—Full time (seasonal)

Upriver Organics (Formerly Organic Redneck) is hiring! We are a small farm 30 minutes east of Springfield along the beautiful McKenzie River. We actively manage 8 acres of annual vegetable crops, ¾ acre of greenhouse crops, and 5 acres of perennial fruits, mainly blueberries. We employ a large team of skilled farmers, drivers, marketers and support staff that all work towards a common goal of growing a large amount of exceptional food for our community. 

We market our produce through a small number of grocers, a farmers market in Eugene, a farm stand at the farm and our weekly produce shares (CSA) 

We farm 3 unique parcels all within 3 miles in our narrow river valley. We farm a diverse range of fruits and vegetables with an emphasis on carrots, cucumbers, blueberries, winter squash and tomatoes. We also farm some interesting crops such as asparagus, melons, strawberries, cauliflower, figs and much more. 

We have a mature farm with developed systems and set expectations. That being said, we have lots of potlucks, shared desserts, and a strong social community surrounding the work. 

Role and Responsibility

  • Harvesting, washing, packing and processing fruit and vegetable crops 2-3 days per week

  • Transplanting, trellising, pruning and hand cultivating over 50 types of annual vegetables and perennial fruits 2-3 days per week

  • Assistance in other aspects of the farm depending upon the week/season:

    • Seeding and up potting in the greenhouses

    • Pruning/weeding/transplanting perennial fruits including blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries

Desired Skills & Interests:

  • Physical ability to work for 40 hours a week on your feet, sometimes on your knees and often in physically awkward positions

  • Ability to work in varying climatic conditions including 90+ degrees or in cold & rainy weather

  • Must be able to lift 50 lbs

  • A positive, upbeat attitude while being a team player on a fun loving, yet hard working, field crew 

  • Desire to learn production based farming techniques that creates a financially viable operation

Start Date:  May 1st 2023

Schedule:

May-October  (Mon-Friday) 40 hours/week

November-December  (Tue-Friday)   32 hours/week

Additional year round work potential depending on interest and availability. 

 

Compensation

  • $15 hourly

  • $1 minimum raise earned every 2,000 hrs/worked

 

  • Benefits

  • Farm store 25% discount

  • Lots of free produce

  • Bonus(es) 1-2 times a year (varying amounts)

  • After 2 years employees qualify for retirement, 2-3% employer match. 

 

On-Farm Housing for rent if desired: We have several yurts, a cabin, and and other dwellings onsite which may be available for rent. Please inquire further.

2023 Farm Sales Coordinator—Part Time (seasonal)

The Coordinator Role may be coupled with a “Field Crew Member” position to offer full time 40/wk year round work. 
 

Job Responsibilities:

Wholesale Coordination 

  • Generate the twice weekly wholesale list (30 min/week)

    • Field and Crew Manager (FCM)  to communicate quantities available in the field

 

  • Receive and compile orders from wholesale customers into a Wholesales Sheet. 1-2x week, usually Thursdays and Sundays)

    • This includes any special orders for our Farmstand and Farmers Markets

    • This requires email, phone calls, and texting depending upon the customer

 

  • Printing labels, wholesale sheet and posting in the packout  (15-30 mins, 1-2x week usually Mon & Friday)

 

  • Printing invoices, confirming orders and/or correcting them with customers after harvest (15-30 mins, 1-2x week usually Mon & Friday)

    • Communicating any special directions for delivery drivers (new locations. special handling, etc). 

 

  • Price setting and case size coordination

    • Keeping tabs on competitors prices and adjusting as necessary, in coordination with the farm owner 

    • Checking in with customers to learn what case size makes sense for buyers, in coordination with the FCM and farm owner

 

  • Maintain direct customer relationships with the buyers

    • Check in, in person, with stores & managers in person at least 2 times annually


 

Retail Sales Coordination

  • Communicate with the Farmers Market Coordinator

    • Restock packaging and supplies as needed for each market

  • Put the market bin and other supplies onto the market truck each market. Charged card readers, supplies, 

 

Marketing Duties

  • Ability to drive the box van for deliveries and markets as needed (still need to master this) 

  • Seasonally update our website 

  • Send out newsletters at least four times a year to the general mailing list. 

    • Coordinate with the Crop Share Coordinator (Emilie) on sharing info across newsletters

 

Additional Duties

 

  • Coordinate driver for non market WS deliveries and Fill Your Pantry  

  • Tally tills from markets and.

  • Record sales from Farmers Market in spreadsheet

  • Maintain records for Organic Certification, including invoices, market sheets, and lot numbers for frozen berry sales. 

  • In coordination with Farm Owner/Manager: Maintain records for handling of blueberries. 

  • Monitor packaging inventory and communicate needs to the Farm Owner

  • Work with the Administrative Assistant to ensure all invoices are accurately entered into QBO to ensure accurate and timely payments

  • Coordinate donation orders and requests for LCFM and on farm pickups

  • You may be asked to train a 2nd person to perform this task for covering this role if you are to be away.  

  • You may be asked to be  present at the weekly planning meetings for 30 minutes (2nd half of lunch usually on Thursdays). 

 

CSA packing: 

  • Work with Emilie on CSA packout each Wednesday

 

Rotational role: Stepping into a variety of roles depending on the needs. 

  • Delivery driver

  • Farmers Market

 

Start Date:   May 1st 2023

Schedule:

 

June-December (18-24 hrs/week)

Monday, Wed and Friday

 

January-May 3-8 hours weekly

 

The Coordinator Role may be coupled with a field position to offer full time 40/wk year round work. 

 

Compensation

$15.50/hr 

$1 minimum raise earned every 2,000 hrs/worked

 

Benefits

Farm store 25% discount as well as access to lots of produce

$250 educational stipend

Bonus(s) 1-2 times a year (varying amounts)

After 2 years employees qualify for retirement, 2-3% employer match. 

On-Farm Housing for rent if desired: We have several yurts, a cabin, and and other dwellings onsite which may be available for rent. Please inquire further.

Farm Stand Manager 2023—Full Time (seasonal)

Our Farm Stand

 The Farm Stand Manager’s role is to lead a staff and operate the farm's 60+ year old roadside farm store. Our store, located along the beautiful McKenzie, between Leaburg and Vida. The Farm Stand Manager will be working to bring the freshest organic produce to the local community. The Farm Stand Manager will bring warmth, and positivity to the workplace, and help infuse the store with a friendly, exuberant energy. We see the farm stand as an anchor business in our McKenzie Valley. The Farm Stand Manager will be helping to create and sustain a place that types of people feel comfortable and welcomed into. A place where they can see where their food is grown, tour the fields and then purchase foods to bring home. Many people also come to pick the fruits themselves with our u-pick options. 


 

We are looking to hire a Farm Stand Manager with retail sales experience as well as experience working with produce, merchandising, and leading staff. inventory, products, display, promotions, events, and staff scheduling. 

 

Staff Management:

  • The Farm Stand Manager will need to work with our Farm Owner to hire or rehire the additional staff for the season. Training staff with the Farm Owner will be ongoing. 

  • Work with the current staffing plan, create a schedule that works for staff. Manager will cover certain shifts personally. There is a constant staffing recalibration as the season progresses. 

  • You will work with the existing staffing plan, but adjustments may also need to be made. 

  • The Farm Owner will work with the Farm Stand Manager to make adjustments where necessary. 

 

Product and inventory management:

  • Work with our Field and Crew Manager (FCM)  as well as consult sales history to determine quantities of produce needed, either from farm or to order from other suppliers. 

  • The Farm Stand Manager will place orders, paying attention to the monthly budget for purchasing products. Also check with farm stand “standards” to determine if new products can or should be added. Monitor inventory and minimize spoilage. 

  • Communicate with The FCM about quantities needed for the farm stand on a weekly basis. Farm Stand Manager is encouraged to evolve the store offerings with assistance from the rest of the team. 



 

Grounds

  • Ensure grounds are clean, cared for and presentable to the public. This will require some garden work, trimming of shrubs and weeding, edging, mulching, watering etc. 

  • Communicate needs with Production Manager or Equipment Operators for mowing, and other equipment work on grounds. 

  • Ensure parking areas are clean, and people are parking appropriately, improve signage to help with this. 

  • Additional u-pick grounds work:

Must monitor the inventory  in u-pick fields. Monitor weeds like nettles and blackberries, grass etc for u-pick ease. Let the Production Manager know if additional field work needs to be done. 

 

Advertising, Signage and promotion

  • Manager will ensure good signage is posted on the road side, and around the farm. For parking clarification, off limits areas, closed, information, and other details. 

  • Signage in the farm stand is crucial and needs to be managed intentionally. Ensure all signs are attractive, legible and accurate. Create big special signs on items on sale or that are peak season and worthy of promotion. 

  • Manager will help post advertisements per promotion calendar and budget

 

Interior Displays, layout and flow. 

  • Farm Stand manager will work with current fixtures to create the ideal layout and display.

  • Work with the Farm Owner if additional fixtures or supplies are needed. 

 

Repairs and Maintenance. 

  • Ensure that all coolers, freezers are working properly. 

  • Work with Farm Owner or with farm Repairs And Maintenance person to address repairs and maintenance of equipment. 

  • Manage pest issues like rodents, fruit flies, etc. 

 

Additional Responsibilities 

  • Manage to ensure daily deposits are happening correctly. 

  • Handle refunds when necessary. 

  • Handle special orders.

  • Ensure CSA Shares are put out on time and members' needs are met. 

Essential skills

  • Produce handling or produce department experience

  • Merchandising experience

  • Staff management experience

  • Basic Microsoft Word Suite/Google Suite skills

  • Basic Ipad and POS system understanding

  • Great phone skills

  • Great people skills

  • Local farm knowledge

  • Organic practices awareness

 

Additional Skills desired

  • Box truck driving (for picking up product orders) 

  • Artistic ability, especially great penmanship

  • Web and email design experience

  • Organic farming experience

 

Start Date:  May 1st 2023. 

Schedule:

April-May 24-32 hours/week: 

May-October 40 hour/week

Nov: 24-32 hours/week wrap up work and additional admin field work is available upon request. 

  • $1 minimum raise earned every 2,000 hrs/worked

 

Benefits

  • Farm store 25% discount as well as access to lots of produce

  • $250 educational stipend

  • Bonus(s) 1-2 times a year (varying amounts)

  • After 2 years employees qualify for retirement, 2-3% employer match. 

 

On-Farm Housing for rent if desired: We have several yurts, a cabin, and and other dwellings onsite which may be available for rent. Please inquire further.

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