The DDF&P Urban Farmer position is 8-40 hour a week position and runs continuously year round. Farming activities take place Monday-Friday, but the DDF&P Urban Farmer needs to be available for occasional weekend greenhouse and watering duties (on a rotational basis), for staffing of produce stands in the community and for sales and marketing assignments.
Urban farming involves strenuous physical work in all weather conditions. The program’s work schedule is generally from 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM on weekdays, with some flexibility required to ensure completion of all tasks. The urban farmer is expected to participate fully in all farming duties and tasks by being available for those hours every day.
Examples of daily activities include bed preparation, transplanting, seed sowing, watering, weeding, tilling, thinning, composting, harvesting, produce handling, storage, some minor construction and marketing.
The DDF&P Urban Farmer will work in a crew of 2 to 10 urban farmers and interns under the direct supervision of the Farm Managers or the lead farmer. It is expected that farmers will complete all assigned tasks as directed and come up with additional tasks that that facilitate the accomplishing of the general goal of developing an intensive urban farming operation.
DDF&P will facilitate and coordinate informal and important training in healthy farming practices, food systems and food justice. The goal of the DDF&P Urban Farming program is to produce healthy food for community members throughout Alameda County and to generate enough revenue to sustain the program, to bring new jobs and new opportunities to the community.
The DDF&P Urban Farm Program currently farms on roughly 5 acres of land in Ashland, and San
Leandro spread out over 3 sites. The DDF&P Urban Farmer crew will rotate farming tasks across those sites. The crew will be able to use DDF&P vehicles or their own personal transportation between sites.
The Urban Farmer will get the maximum out of this experience by coming prepared physically, and emotionally to make the farming experience their single focus while at work. Evaluations will be performed on a quarterly basis and farmer will be eligible for pay increases at those times. All employees must agree to follow Dig Deep Code of Conduct. Violators are subject to dismissal.
Job Types: Full-time, Temporary
Salary: $18.00 to $20.00 /hour
- Health insurance
- Dental insurance
- Paid time off
This Job Is Ideal for Someone Who Is:
- Dependable -- more reliable than spontaneous
- People-oriented -- enjoys interacting with people and working on group projects
- Adaptable/flexible -- enjoys doing work that requires frequent shifts in direction
- Detail-oriented -- would rather focus on the details of work than the bigger picture
- Autonomous/Independent -- enjoys working with little direction
- Innovative -- prefers working in unconventional ways or on tasks that require creativity