Full-time seasonal farm staff

We are seeking 3 full time hourly staff members starting May 1 and going through October 31, 2019. Champlain Valley Hops is located 30 minutes south of Burlington, VT. The farm specializes in two crops: hops and CBD hemp. We are passionate about growing high-quality, responsibly grown, local specialty crops. The farm manages 26 acres of hops and 20 acres of hemp. Work for hops will include preparing fields, planting hops, stringing, training, irrigation, fertility, pest management, and harvesting/processing. Work for hemp will include high tunnel propagation, field preparation, transplanting, irrigation, fertility, pest management and harvesting/processing.

In addition to being a part of the team, the goal for each member of our farm crew is to achieve growth and take on responsibility within a specific skillset. These skillsets are outlined below. We recognize that both hops and hemp have very little (recent) history in New England, and that applicants may not have direct experience with theses plants. This is fine - we are actually much more focused on finding crew members who are willing to work hard, learn new skills, implement detail-oriented tasks, keep a productive pace, and work as a team. All workers must also stay aware of the safety risks associated with work on a farm and to work with the Farm Managers to uphold a safe workplace for all crew members. A sense of humor is greatly encouraged.

Special Projects

The farm crew will meet at the beginning of each week to set a schedule. Farm staff report to the Production Manager, and develop their special projects with the Farm Manager. They will spend most of the week working as a team on the main projects we have going on at the farm. Each team member will also keep track of their special project. This will include planning, working to organize with managers when the whole crew is required for certain tasks related to the project, and record-keeping. The three special projects are:

  • hop pest management / scouting: the hop scout will work with the Farm Manager to plan and implement regular scouting for arthropods, plant diseases, weather damage etc., keep excellent records of these scouting missions, and make management decisions based on the findings.

  • hemp pest management /scouting: the hemp scout will work with the Farm Manager to plan and implement regular scouting for arthropods, plant diseases, weather damage etc., keep excellent records of these scouting missions, and make management decisions based on the findings.

  • social media / documentation! the social media focus includes documentation of the cool stuff we’ve got going throughout the season. You will work with the farm manager to make a plan for regular sharing on the farm instagram and plan for the important events that we’d like to capture.

  • there is also the potential for an equipment operator focus for the right person (some previous experience required)

Job Requirements

  • dedicated, positive mindset

  • reliable vehicle and U.S. drivers license

  • willing to work some (reasonable) weekends and evenings

Desired Skills

  • Detail oriented

  • Accountability focused

  • Able to see big picture and how each task contributes to that goal

  • Safety mindset: understanding and adherence to safe work practices

Desired Education

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field is a plus, but not required

Hours and Compensation

This position is expected to average about 45 hours of work per week. There are seasonal spikes - work will be higher than average in spring and fall, and lower than average mid-summer. Expect to have some long days during crunch time. These periods are often exciting and rewarding, and we make sure to design these days to support the crew. The position is hourly, $14-$16/hr depending on experience. To apply, send resume with relevant references and a brief cover letter to julian@champlainvalleyhops.com.

Vacation Time

We have a slowdown in work needs during the month of July before harvest begins in August. If members of the farm crew would be interested in taking some unpaid vacation during July, they are welcome to bring it up with the Farm Manager or Production Manager.