Farmer

May 20, 2023

Hunger Task Force operates a 208-acre Farm and Fish Hatchery in Franklin, Wisconsin. The Farm is the only peri-urban farm in the state that grows fresh fruits and vegetables for the expressed purpose of feeding the hungry. The Farm is home to 100 acres of tillable land, an on-site fish hatchery, a 43-acre Oak Savanna, and a unique child nutrition education program that includes a classroom kitchen and a quarter-acre school garden. All the fresh produce grown at The Farm is distributed completely free of charge to families in need in the Greater Milwaukee Area.

General Function:

The Farmer assists the Farm and Fish Hatchery Manager with the planning, development and administration of Farm and Fish Hatchery programs consistent with Hunger Task Force mission, established agency policies, needs of constituent groups and the community as a whole. The Farmer plants, maintains and harvests vegetable and fruit crops at the Hunger Task Force farm in Franklin, Wisconsin.  This regular full time position works in the greenhouse, hoop houses, fields and orchards. The Farmer operates trucks, tractors, sprayers, tillers, mowers and other heavy equipment to cultivate and plant fields and orchards; irrigate crops, control weeds and harvest produce. The Farmer leads and directs work crews of volunteers and Farm Hands working at the Farm.

To apply

Send your resume and cover letter to [email protected].
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assist in planning of annual crop plan and accompanying schedules, including projections of necessary supplies; and help establish an annual schedule for Farm planting, cultivation and harvesting; predict labor and equipment needs.
  • Propagate, plant and transplant vegetable crops according to plan.
  • Lead and direct volunteers and Farm Hands in greenhouse, orchards, hoop houses, fields, and harvest haus.
  • Demonstrates and explains farm work techniques and safety regulations to volunteers and Farm Hands.
  • Operate and maintain all heavy equipment at the farm including trucks, tractors, orchard sprayers, field sprayer, planters, seeder, tiller, mower, transplanter, picker and cultivator.
  • Installs irrigation systems and irrigates fields.
  • Lubricates, adjusts, and makes minor repairs on farm machinery, implements, and equipment.
  • Assure appropriate use of pesticides and arrange field based pest and disease control.
  • Asist in the maintenance of fruit orchards.

    Education and/or Experience

    Bachelor’s degree (B. A. or B.S.) from a four-year College or University or Associate degree from a Technical College; or five years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

    Work Environment

    The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

    While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly exposed to moving mechanical parts and outside weather conditions. The employee is frequently exposed to hot, wet and/or humid conditions; high, precarious places; fumes or airborne particles and vibration. The employee is occasionally exposed to toxic or caustic chemicals; extreme cold; extreme heat and risk of electrical shock. The noise level in the work environment is usually loud.

    Work patterns are seasonally influenced, and work activities are highly dependent on the weather.

     

    Salary Range: $41,400 – $55,000