Farm Production Assistant

Location:  PEC’s Community Farm at Roundabout Meadows (39990 Howser’s Branch Drive, Aldie, VA)

Supervisor: Community Farm Manager

Job Classification: Seasonal, Part-time, Non-Exempt


Introduction

The Piedmont Environmental Council (PEC) is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization that has proudly promoted and protected the natural resources, rural economy, history and beauty of the Virginia Piedmont since 1972. PEC works with residents to weigh in on important land use and policy decisions, conserve land, protect air and water quality, celebrate historic resources, build smart transportation networks, promote sustainable energy choices, restore wildlife habitat and improve people’s access to nature.

In 2021, the PEC’s Community Farm at Roundabout Meadows is starting third season with the goal of growing at least 35,000 pounds of fruits and vegetables to provide a consistent supply of fresh produce to food pantries in Loudoun County throughout the growing season. In addition to our production goals, we will be hosting a variety of educational programs and events at the Community Farm, which is located on PEC’s Roundabout Meadows property near Aldie, Virginia.

Description of Position

The Piedmont Environmental Council (PEC) is seeking to hire a part-time, seasonal Farm Production Assistant in 2021 to play an integral role in supporting farm operations and assisting with volunteer groups. The ideal candidate will have a strong interest in sustainable vegetable production.

Areas of Responsibility

The Farm Production Assistant will report to PEC’s Community Farm Manager, providing assistance to and coordination with the Farm Manager in regard to all farm operations including:

  • Preparing fields for planting
  • Transplanting and direct-sowing of crops
  • Harvesting
  • Mowing and field maintenance
  • Maintaining accurate and up-to-date harvest data
  • Drip-irrigation installation and maintenance
  • Assist with management of laying hens
  • Organizing volunteers on planting/harvesting dates
  • Assuring that safety protocols and best management practices are met
  • Assisting with educational programs as necessary

Qualifications

  • Strong interest in sustainable vegetable production
  • Prior on-farm experience preferred, including seed-starting, planting, weeding, irrigation, organic pest management, organic nutrient management, use and care of hand tools, use and care of equipment (tractor, tractor implements, string trimmer, etc.), record-keeping, and harvesting produce.
  • Ability to work outdoors, in all weather conditions, with limited facilities
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work well with a diverse constituency.
  • Comfortable working with volunteer groups, including youth
  • Ability to organize, coordinate and manage diverse activities and deadlines.
  • Demonstrated strong communication skills, both written and oral, including ability to write, edit, and proofread written materials.
  • Experience with and comfort using Google Suite and Microsoft Office.
  • Requires minimal supervision.
  • Valid driver’s license and reliable transportation required.
  • Ability to lift up to 75 pounds
  • Background check required.
  • Positive attitude and willingness to learn

Compensation

This is a paid, hourly position. $20.00 per hour.

How to Apply

Interested applicants should email a cover letter and resume to apply@pecva.org.

The Piedmont Environmental Council is an equal opportunity employer. Applications from women and persons of color are encouraged. Resume reviews begin immediately.