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Delaware Nature Society

PO Box 700
Hockessin, DE 19707
US

302-239-2334

Market Garden Field Crew – Coverdale Farm

Opportunity Type: Seasonal, Full-time, Hourly, Apr-Oct

Location:

Coverdale Farm Preserve, Greenville, DE

Organization Description

Delaware Nature Society’s (DelNature) mission is to connect people with the natural world to improve our environment through education, conservation, and advocacy. We envision a healthy and sustainable environment.  Founded in 1964, DelNature, a state affiliate for the National Wildlife Federation, is renowned for our educational programming, conservation, and advocacy. We provide the tools for communities to take action and promote the health of the environment through land preservation, wildlife protection, and watershed stewardship.

We manage over 2,000 acres of land, including four nature preserves, and operates four educational sites: Ashland Nature Center, Abbott’s Mill Nature Center, DuPont Environmental Education Center, and Coverdale Farm Preserve. Our organizational priorities are comprised of three pillars of engagement focused on:  Working & Natural Lands, Healthy Waters, and Protecting Habitats and Wildlife.

DelNature aspires to be inclusive multicultural organization that celebrates the rich dimensions of diversity and is committed to understanding and addressing where we fall short. Diversity creates an awareness of and acknowledges respect for differences and translates into understanding and valuing of each other’s perspectives. We are committed to building a diverse team and strongly encourage all who are qualified to apply.

Job Description

The Market Garden Field Crew plays an important role in our work bringing applicable knowledge and passion to the operation of an intensive organic four-season vegetable production enterprise that exemplifies the synergetic relationship between soil, plant, animal, and consumer.  The Market Garden Field Crew is a seasonal, hourly position.

About Coverdale Farm Preserve

We recognize that how we grow food has a profound impact on the environment. Coverdale Farm Preserve’s practices weave together conservation, high quality food, and community.  Our vision is to build a healthy and resilient ecosystem, increase biodiversity, contribute to our local/regional food system, train the next generation of farmers, and educate our constituents.

Responsibilities

  1. Assist Market Garden Farmer and Market Garden Farmer Assistant in all aspects of vegetable production plan implementation; engage in the completion of daily and weekly work lists associated with vegetable production. Scope of this work will include but is not limited to seed propagation, soil maintenance, crop maintenance, planting/cultivation, irrigation management, pest/plant disease control harvesting/washing/packing of produce, distribution, general upkeep of all aspects of vegetable production spaces.
  2. Assist farm team members in the general care of livestock, grounds, and other agricultural tasks as needed
  3. Support and participate in farm-based community engagement activities such as education programs, farmer training workshops, farm tours, and special events.

Supervisor: Coverdale Farm Preserve Market Garden Farmer

Sources of Collaboration: Farm Manager, Market Garden Farmer Assistant, Farmyard Coordinator, Coverdale Seasonal Farm Crew, Volunteers, Seasonal Education Crew, Facility Manager, Facilities and Grounds Steward, Land Management Department

Minimum Qualifications

  • Commitment to and passion for the mission of Delaware Nature Society and Coverdale Farm Preserve
  • High School Diploma or equivalent. Post High School work in relevant field preferred
  • 1 – 2 years of relevant experience in diversified, intensive organic four-season vegetable farming at production scale
  • Excellent working knowledge of core issues related to intensive organic, regenerative agriculture
  • Knowledge of farm equipment operation, maintenance, and repair
  • Professional maturity and positive interpersonal skills with friendly attitude
  • Organized, willing to take initiative, think and act proactively to solve problems and assess priorities, and manage a variety of tasks calmly and effectively
  • Excellent public relations and communication skills with an ease and enthusiasm for talking to individuals of all ages
  • Ability to work outside for extended periods of time in various weather conditions
  • Ability to participate in hard physical labor for extended periods of time in various weather conditions
  • Ability to lift heavy objects and remain physically active throughout the day
  • Ability to work as a professional team member in an active, changing environment
  • Clean driving record with a valid driver’s license

Salary and Benefits

Salary commensurate with experience.

Applicants Must Submit