2022 Farm Market Assistant (Seasonal)



Urban Agriculture Workforce Development Program
Farming is transforming the complex urban environment of New York City and Queens Farm has been leading the way. Queens Farm is one of the longest continually farmed sites in New York State, dating back to 1697. Queens Farm is a 47-acre farm, the largest tract of farmland, home to the largest singles apiary and the only farm with a full range of livestock in NYC. Since 1975, Queens Farm  has exclusively activated the historic site.  As New York City works toward Zero Waste in 2030, it needs a skilled green workforce to create a stronger, greener sustainable city.

Since 2007, Queens Farm has been training farmers and agriculture staff  as part of its Urban Agriculture Workforce Development Program. A team of  full-time & seasonal staff contribute to this success each year. Most urban farming is in small lots, on rooftops or raised beds. QCFM implements regenerative farming across its 47-acre site.  It’s on track to increase food production by 30%. 

Job skills learned at Queens Farm are building blocks toward careers in a green economy. Queens Farm alumni have established their own farms, green businesses, worked in food service industries, other sustainable jobs and retail. This program is a pathway for entrepreneurs and those entering the workforce for the first time. It supports candidates who are interested in changing or developing their careers in this burgeoning industry and beyond.

Queens Farm is a New York City Landmark and on the National Register of Historic Places.


Job Description

The Queens Farm Agriculture Department is looking for motivated, upbeat individuals to join our farm team during our busiest time of the season. Ideal candidates are positive and patient, with stellar people skills and a passion for local food and sustainable food systems. Knowledge about a variety of produce would be a great asset to our team as well as an interest in small-scale intensive farming practices and working with a diverse public population. As this position requires working markets, understanding timeliness is crucial.

• One position requires a Wednesday through Sunday schedule (10am–4pm) and ends 11/20/22.
This position will be based at our on-site farmstand.

• Another position requires a Wednesday through Friday schedule (8am to 4pm) and ends 11/4/22. This position will be based at our on-site farmstand on Wednesdays, and our off-site locations (Queens Borough Hall & Jamaica Hospital) on Thursdays and Fridays. This position also has the opportunity to work Mondays and Tuesdays on the farm.

Responsibilities (including, but not limited to):

● Setting up, restocking, leading, and breaking down our on/off-site farmstands
● Working alongside the farm team, under the supervision and direction of the Farm Manager and Director of Agriculture
● Interacting with customers in a positive, kind, patient, and informative manner
● Inventory of farmstand supplies and communication for reordering
● Communication with farmers in the field, if on-site, regarding farmstand produce needs
● Act as liaison for Director of Agriculture at on/off-site markets and communicate all necessary information
● Record keeping and data collection of farmstand sales, nutrition assistance programs and other data
● Cooking demonstrations (simple projects such as grilling peppers, making sauces, and cutting up fresh produce)

Required Skills and Experience:

● Setting up, restocking, leading, and breaking down our on/off-site farmstands
● Clean driver’s license to be able to travel to off-site markets
● Strong communication skills
● Positive and patient attitude
● Excellent organizational skills
● Passion for local food and knowledge about produce
● Attention to time and efficiency
● Ability to work outside in all weather conditions in a fast-paced work environment
● Farmers’ Market, retail, and/or service industry experience

Queens County Farm Museum (QCFM) supports diversity in the workplace. QCFM is an equal opportunity / affirmative action employer (EOE) and supports a drug-free workplace.

Compensation:
$16/hour

To Apply:
Please send a brief cover letter (in email body), resume, & 2 work references to Director of Agriculture, Danny Morales: danny@queensfarm.org. Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled.