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Four-Season Farm Apprentice


We are seeking individuals who are motivated by a career interest in sustainable agriculture to join our 2023 team!

Siena Farms’ apprentices are hard-working, committed, honest, passionate individuals who participate in many daily farm operations, including production, harvest and processing. We expect each apprentice to approach tasks thoughtfully and purposefully, embracing a team work-ethic — it’s only by working together that we will attain the farms’ goals for quality production, and our apprentices’ personal goals like gaining farming knowledge, professional work-experience, and reaching potential next steps in their farming career.

Our apprenticeship program is modeled on traditional methods of learning a skilled trade through hands-on experience. We believe that an important way to learn to farm is by doing it in the real world. That is why we rely on our apprentices as integral, productive members of our fast-paced, for-profit, 75-acre farm operation.  They are here to work, really really hard.  And, they are here to learn. We encourage questions, we encourage ideas, and we promise to listen.

This is a full-time, year-long position with flexible start dates between October 2022 and January 2023 and an end date of November 21, 2023. Hours range from 40 to 60 per week. Apprentices work Monday thru Thursday (four 10-hour days per week) in the winter (a.k.a., three day weekends all winter, boo-yah!), and five 10-12 hour days per week during the spring, summer and fall with two sequential days off per week.

Responsibilities

Areas of responsibilities for apprentices will include but are not limited to the following;

Crop Production

  • Planting, including greenhouse propagation and mechanical transplanting
  • Cultivation/weed-control by hand and hoe
  • Field work such as trellising, pruning, fencing & thinning
  • Mushroom and specialty crop production as well as our larger scale veggie production.

Harvest

  • Daily harvest of our 150+ varieties of vegetables, fresh herbs, and flowers
  • Post-harvest handling, including washing, curing, packing, and transporting produce

Distribution 

  • Preparation and packing of orders for restaurant deliveries and our retail stores in Boston
  • Preparation and packing of CSA Farm Shares for pickup and distribution
  • Participation in farm outreach events such as CSA member farm-tours & volunteer days

Farm-wide Opportunities

  • Bi-weekly participation in Eastern Massachusetts CRAFT farm-tours 
  • Group field walks with Farmer Chris and farm managers to learn from the fields and crops themselves

Our Apprentices, like all of our employees, are held to high standards for organization, communication, positive attitude, respect and kindness for coworkers, work quality, and professional agricultural work ethic and schedule.

Details

Schedule

  • Position is seasonal with start dates between November and January and an end date around Thanksgiving
  • Hours range from 40-60 hours per week, ramping up to peak production from July to November
  • Start time at 7:00 AM, four to five days per week (end at 5PM in the winter, and 6PM in the Spring, Summer, and Fall)
  • The farm is operational seven days a week in peak season, including holidays. Work schedules are either Sunday through Thursday or Tuesday through Saturday dependent on manager’s scheduling

Compensation

  • This is an hourly position, with overtime paid at time and a half. 
  • This position provides for 20 unpaid days of personal vacation per year.  Up to a limit of 5 of those days may be taken during our Peak Season CSA distribution (June through November), and 15 of those days are available to take in the preceding winter and spring. Additional paid vacation days include the following eight  “company holidays”; 3 days off for Thanksgiving, and 5 days off around the Christmas / New  Year’s holidays. Annual vacation day tracking begins and ends at Thanksgiving each year. Consideration of employment beyond that date will be discussed during the fall of 2023 based on job performance of the employee in conjunction with performance and capacity of the business.
  • Farm-perks include CSA share, and employee discounts at Siena Farms South End, Siena Farms BPM, Oleana and Sofra

Other

  • We hold worker’s compensation insurance
  • We do not offer on-farm housing
  • We do offer health insurance (90 day waiting period - full coverage of premium)

To Apply

Please email a letter of interest and a resumé to jobs@sienafarms.com. We look forward to hearing from you!