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685 Mann Road
Horsham, PA 19044
(215) 646-3943
info@pennypackfarm.org

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We are accepting applications for the following positions. For the farm crew, please apply by mid-February.

At Pennypack Farm we pride ourselves in our comprehensive farmer education programs. We offer three ways to work with us, our 12-week summer internship for those just beginning their journey into agriculture, a seasonal farmer position for one season, and our more intensive 20-month apprenticeship geared towards those who are pursuing a career in farming and agriculture, teaching them a set of skills that will allow them to competently and sustainably manage or own an organic vegetable farm.

Through both educational programs, those who work with us gain real hands-on experience on a 13-acre diversified vegetable farm. In addition, we understand it is valuable for those working with us to talk and meet other farmers, and we encourage interns and apprentices to attend farm tours, workshops, and classes offered through Penn State Extension, PASA, and other agricultural organizations.

Overall, Pennypack motivates everyone who works with us to actively problem solve and contribute ideas, build confidence, and explore their passions.

About Our Seasonal Farmer Positions

We are hiring two full time seasonal farmers and one part-time seasonal farmer for this season:

The Seasonal Farmer is a full time temporary position. One prior season of farming or equivalent outdoor experience is preferred.Full-Time

    1. Full-Time Seasonal Job Schedule (we are hiring for two seasonal positions-please indicate in your application which time frame you are interested in or choose both):
      1. March-October 45-50 hrs per week:
        1. Monday-Friday 7:15 am-5/6pm (approximately 10 hours a day for the entire duration of the main season between April and November including an unpaid hour for lunch)
        2. Rotational weekend duties no more than 2 weekends per month that may include a half day of farm tasks on Saturday or watering duties.
      2.  mid-April through mid November 45-50 hrs per week:
        1. Same weekly schedule as above
    2. Part-Time Seasonal Farmer is a part time temporary position running May through Sept or October and involves 2-3 days a week of work.
      1. Job Schedule: May- September 20-25 hours a week (days/hours are flexible and may include occasional Saturday morning shifts)

Either Seasonal Farmer position is a great opportunity for someone looking to build their sustainable agriculture resume while working in a professional environment on a successful CSA farm.

As an important part of the farm crew, seasonal farmers work in all aspects of our farming operation including, but not limited to, seeding, transplanting, growing, organic pest and weed control, setting up and running irrigation, harvesting, and working with volunteers. Seasonal farmers will also receive tractor training to prepare beds, mow, and use the water-wheel transplanter.

Job Requirements:

Seasonal crew members should be committed to a farming lifestyle and the mental and physical commitment it entails: farming is very rewarding but also demanding. As such a small team, we rely on each other to keep morale and motivation high during the heat of the summer, so we look for people who are organized, personable, enthusiastic about the work, enjoy creative problem solving, and have a sense of humor and positivity. 

Ideal candidates:

  • Have one season of experience working on a vegetable farm or equivalent outdoor work experience
  • Have good stamina both on a daily and seasonal basis and are able to complete physically demanding work for long hours for the entire duration of the season
  • Interested in taking on responsibility and commitment at the farm during their seasons they work with us
  • Able to keep a good pace and practice time management of themselves and other members of the team/volunteers.
  • Have a positive attitude and a sense of humor (although farming is very demanding we like to keep a lighthearted and fun team atmosphere!)
  • Able to be patient and flexible as tasks and priorities change often as the nature of farming means that things can shift with little notice due to weather or other variables
  • Able to stay organized and maintain presence of mind in the face of difficult weather  conditions such as heat, cold, wind, rain etc. or long hours
  • Have the desire and aspiration to acquire the necessary skills and experience to pursue a career in organic agriculture. 
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and reliable transportation: Employees will be driving tractors, farm vehicles on supply runs, and taking produce to farmer’s market weekly in farm vehicles. 
  • Must pass a criminal background check and child abuse clearance.

Job Description:

Please note this is a very physically and mentally demanding position and candidates must be comfortable working long hours for consecutive days in all types of weather. Rotational weekend work is expected. 

Duties will include but not limited to:

  • Planting
  • Weeding
  • Harvesting
  • Setting up irrigation 
  • Repairing items
  • Working with volunteers
  • Washing produce
  • Driving tractors*
  • Greenhouse work
  • Seeding
  • Field clean up
  • General crop care

*Previous tractor experience is not required but the applicant must be willing to learn and operate tractors on a regular basis. Please mention in application if you have prior tractor experience. 

Compensation:

  • $16 hourly wage paid biweekly 
  • Weekly seasonal produce
  • Paid time off

The farm is located in Horsham, Pa, about 45 minutes by car from Philadelphia. Unfortunately there is no easy public transit and having your own transportation is strongly recommended. 

If you are interested in applying for PFEC’s Seasonal Farm Crew for 2023, please email Farm Manager Kirstie Jones at jobs@pennypackfarm.org and include:

  1. Subject line: Be sure to INDICATE which seasonal position you are applying for by writing one of the following:
    1. March Seasonal Farmer Application
    2. April Seasonal Farmer Application
    3. Part-Time Seasonal Farmer Application
  2. Your resume
  3. Cover letter answering the following questions:
    1. Why has larger scale (as in more than a few acres/raised beds, using tractors etc) sustainable agriculture piqued your interest? 
    2. What skills prepare you for this position and what will you bring to the farm?
    3. Why Pennypack Farm?
    4. While rewarding, farming at this scale is also very physically and mentally demanding. Please address any relevant experience or qualities that have prepared you for the long hours and hard work required on a farm. 
    5. How do you think spending a season at Pennypack Farm will affect your future goals in the field of agriculture?
    6. Which time frame interested you (March-Oct, April-Nov, or both)
    7. Anything more we should know about you? Any interesting talents, hobbies?

No phone calls please. 

Pennypack Farm & Education Center is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. PFEC encourages women, BIPOC, and LGBTQIA+ applicants. PFEC does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, religion, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, veteran status or any other legally protected factor.

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