Job Title: Field Associate      

Reports To: Harvest Supervisor                    

Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Status (Exempt or Non): Non-exempt

Pay Range: $14.16-$15.00  (Non-Exempt Seasonal Part or Full Time) (Previous experience and skills pending)

Primary Function: The Field Associate role is available to individuals with little to no previous work experience but can extend to experienced agricultural employees with a focus on production. This is a predominantly physical/manual labor position. Field Workers will manually plant, cultivate, harvest, pack, and maintain crops under the instruction of the Harvest Supervisor. In the spring (Feb-April) the position will consist predominantly of plant care and maintenance. In summer (May-August) and fall (Sept-Nov) the position will primarily be harvesting fruit in an efficient, safe, and quality manner. 

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  1.  Harvest berries in a safe, efficient manner, ensuring productivity and quality goals are met or exceeded focusing on the following traits: 
  • Thoroughness
  • Quality
  • Speed
  1. Appropriately mark their work or finished product with their worker ID, as directed.
  2. Pack and load harvested products.
  3. Understand and adhere to all food safety practices and Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) in daily work and will satisfy all related training requirements, as required by supervisory staff.
  4. Care for plants as instructed and assigned, including pruning, pest scouting, weeding, tying, thinning and tucking plants.
  5. Safely and responsibly use any hand tools provided by Agriberry Farm, such as trowels, hoes, pruning shears, and loppers, and return them in good condition at the end of each assignment. Utilizes best practices based on instruction from supervisor(s). 
  6. Perform other duties as assigned


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities 

  • Ability to focus on a single task for extended periods of time. 
  • Ability to stay focused while in a group of peers.
  • Ability to follow instructions and retain training information. 
  • Ability to work independently while meeting or exceeding quotas.
  • High manual dexterity


Qualifications/Basic Job Requirements: 

  • Pass a background check and other pre-employment screening;
  • Demonstrate an interest in local farming and/or agriculture;
  • Be able to discuss Agriberry Farm, including its core values, focus, products and primary markets;
  • Remain focused while performing repetitive functions;
  • Have reliable transportation to the farm and be able to arrive at the work site by 6:45 am, or as otherwise instructed
  • Maintain enthusiasm, good attitude, honesty and a willingness to treat all co-workers with respect, despite challenging work conditions.

Physical Requirements:

  • Tolerate extreme temperatures (especially heat) for 6-10 hours a day;
  • Comply with requirements for protective clothing;
  • Work in an outdoor environment, including tolerance for pests and thorns;
  • Repetitively lift and carry items up 25 lbs.;
  • Demonstrate good visual acuity, with an ability to identify weeds, pests, and crops ready for harvest;
  • Stand, sit, bend, kneel, stretch and squat for long periods of time while using best practices to maintain strong long term personal health;
  • Demonstrate sufficient dexterity of hands, arms and fingers to be able to perform the principal responsibilities of the job, including to harvest fruit; to install, position, and move materials; and to manipulate tools and equipment.

Performance Standards: 

  • Needs to be able to meet daily production quotas of harvesting, set based on field productivity and gauged by other expert harvesters. Rewards available for exceeding productivity expectations. 
  • Must be available for at least 6 weeks of work throughout the harvest season. 

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