CREW LEADER

Responsibilities
The crew leader will work side-by-side with apprentices on most farm activities including seeding, planting, cultivating, harvesting, washing and packing. The crew leader will often look over the list of goals for the day and have the responsibility of organizing the crew and their time to meet those goals. The crew leader communicates and collaborates most directly with Paul and Anna and participates in leading classes and farm walks. The crew leader participates in inventory management and in some planning activities as well.   The crew leader works five days a week on the farm, with additional market responsibilities on rotating Saturdays and light farm chores on some weekends. 
Desired Experience
We ask that applicants for the position have one to two years of experience working on diverse, high-paced vegetable farms. Preferred skills for the position include extensive field production and greenhouse experience, positive attitude, effective communication, refined time management skills, and a deep commitment to continued learning and to organic farming practices. The crew leader should enjoy working physically and should thrive in a fast-paced environment. Applicants should be able to provide at least one reference from a past supervising farmer.
Compensation
Compensation includes a private home a monthly stipend of $600-$1000 a month depending on experience, farm seconds, a stipend for crew lunches and year-round or mulit year employment if requested. 
Community and Continuing Education
Crew leaders and apprentices at Ivy Creek connect with the community and have additional learning opportunities through Ivy Creek's membership to CRAFT (Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training).  As memebrs, our staff is invited to participate in a series of monthly farm visits and workshops around Western North Carolina.  We also offer our crew leader a stipend to attend other workshops or classes on farming or homesteading subjects in the Asheville Area. We are fortunate that our community offers a wide variety of learning opportunities.  The crew leader also has the opportunity (it's optional!) to assist with and be a part of the community dinners, farm parties, and music events Ivy Creek periodically holds in our pavilion. 
Timeline
Our hope is that our crew leader will start working and living at Ivy Creek anytime between the months of February-March. Ideally, the crew leader would start by February 15th, but we can be flexible. The crew leader should be able to committ to working with us at least through October 2018. We offer opportunities for winter work and multi-year work with stipend increases as well.