My current helper/apprentice/whatever has rented a small farm and will be leaving me in a couple months to grow veggies organically in Iowa. My long-time back up helper has also gotten the job of her dreams managing a production greenhouse - also in Iowa. I wish both of these wonderful young women every success, but that leaves me with at least one hole to fill.So . . . does anyone know of a young person out there who would be interested in a job in an organic greenhouse environment? 32-40 hours per week, Jan - May, with the possibility of extending employment through the summer field season for the right person. Some flexibility in scheduling; could be combined with college classes. Must be able to lift 40 lbs and carry it 20 feet, communicate effectively in English, and show evidence of interest in sustainable ag/hort. The ability to work in a hot, humid greenhouse environment for 8 hours at a time is required. A sense of humor would be a definite plus. This ain't no job for delicate ladies or young dudes who are unaccustomed to sweating or physical work. Competitive wages, depending on experience. Position can be (and has been) used as an academic internship.
Under the right circumstances, this position could be (and has been) split into two 20 hour positions. Opportunities to gain experience on neighboring organic/sustainable farms could also be available. I will do whatever I can to provide training in the ares of interest to the employee/apprentice. Seven of the last eight persons to hold this position have gone on to f/t jobs in their areas of interest/expertise.