Finca Tres Robles

Urban Farm Assistant Farm Manager

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Posted On: Thursday, 9th August 2018
Category: General Labor
Location: Houston, Texas
257 N Greenwood St, Houston, Texas 77011
Job Type:
Full Time

Job Description:

NOTE: Houston's climate is subtropical and operates on a distinct growing cycle. Our season begins in September and runs through June.


Job Description: 

Located just 3.5 miles east of downtown in the historic 2nd Ward, Finca Tres Robles is the only privately-operated farm in Houston’s urban core and grows seasonal fruits, vegetables and herbs on 1.5 acres. Using intensive growing methods and following organic practices, Finca is one of the only sources of sustainable, fresh, and local produce on Houston’s East Side.

Being a community-driven farm and uniquely striving to keep 100% of its produce within 3 miles of our farm, we have developed community outlets and relationships selling our produce through a 10 month CSA, year round farmers market and on site farm stand as well as a small amount of wholesale. We strive to take a creative and innovative approach to agriculture and work to foster a space to push the interests and long-term goals of young farmers, land access to farmers, and food accessibility in our city. We believe being located in the city is vital to impact and grow the agricultural movement in Houston and hence are open to the public 5 days a week. Further, we offer other programming including hands on classes, field trips, farm dinners, free community events, as well as renting the farm out for private gatherings.

We are a process-oriented farm and are always looking to improve on our processes and systems. We are looking for someone who is detail oriented while still understanding the larger needs of the farm, its workers, and the season. We are still establishing important infrastructure and will continue to work with the Farm Manager and Assistant Farm Manager to develop new processes and improve on established systems. Making this a space for our staff to learn is very important to us and we’ll work to engage their interest in respect to the farm’s mission and work.


Responsibilities:

  • Support in the running and management of the day to day farm work including harvest, bed prep, greenhouse work, planting, harvesting, deliveries, field trips, and classes. Planning weekly priorities through regular meetings with the Farm Manager and General Manager and various tasks as assigned
  • Support in the management of the CSA plan, setup, harvest, washing, packing, and drop off
  • Direct and mange apprentices, volunteers, and seasonal workers.
  • Contribute to the development of improved operations through routines, processes, checklists, record keeping, farming techniques, and farm infrastructure projects.
  • Take on responsibilities from the Farm Manager as you grow in understanding and comfort of the farm operations
  • Support and assistant in the running of other farm events such as field trips, classes, and dinners


Qualifications and Skills:

  • 6 months experience working on a production farm (though would be willing to train the right candidate)
  • Committed to professionalism and personal growth
  • Willingness to work outdoors in Houston’s weather and ability to lift 50 lbs +
  • Proficient in Microsoft Excel, Word, Gmail, Google Docs
  • Speak Spanish (a plus but not required)


Compensation:

$9-$11/hr depending on experience + Farm Produce. Potential for growth opportunities beyond 12 months

To Apply:

Apply by sending resume and cover letter to:
Tom Garcia-Prats
Co-Founder, General Manager
Finca Tres Robles
tgarciaprats@smallplaces.org

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