Employment

"What I stand for is what I stand on."
Wendell Berry

Employment

"What I stand for is what I stand on." Wendell Berry

We are currently hiring for the 2022 season!

PrairiErth is a beautiful 350 acre certified organic farm in central Illinois. We raise vegetables and organic grains. The focus of all open positions is part of our vegetable production. We deliver our products to customers all over the state, with a focus on Bloomington/Normal, Champaign/Urbana, Springfield, and Chicago. We have 600 members in our various CSA programs, partner with many grocery stores, restaurants, and other distributors across our region. We focus heavily on 4-season growing with hoop houses and extensive root crop storage. 

Our employees are respected members of the team and have the ability to continue to learn and develop skills year after year. Farming is hard, but we work together to push through the challenging days and come together to celebrate our successes as a team. Not only do we invest in our employees, but we also invest in equipment that helps to lessen some of the physical, repetitive work to keep our bodies healthy. Is there hand-weeding? Yes! Do we pick lots of kale? Yes! But we thoughtfully use things like transplanters, mechanical cultivation, forklifts, etc. to make the job a bit easier.

Finally, it’s important to note that PrairiErth will not tolerate any form of harassment and is a safe, inclusive place to work. We value diversity and insist on a positive, professional work atmosphere.

 

"If you eat, you are involved in Agriculture."
- Wendell Berry

"We have neglected the truth that a good farmer is a craftsman of the highest order, a kind of artist."
- Wendell Berry

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Available Positions 2021

Farm Crew 2022 - APPLICATIONS OPEN

The focus of this position is with our vegetable production, specifically in our packhouse for the winter months of 2021-22 and as the growing season of 2022 begins all farm staff will share in all farm work tasks. Such as greenhouse and seed starting, harvest, planting, cultivating, washing and packing orders.

Details

  • Fieldwork including transplanting, seeding, cultivation, mowing, trellising, mulching, pest management, and maintaining irrigation.
  • Harvest crops multiple times a week for wholesale and CSA orders. As well as large scale mechanical harvest for storage crops in the fall. Staff will work daily with the crew leader to accomplish all daily and weekly tasks.
  •  Inspect, wash, sort, count and pack vegetables for orders as well as maintain optimal quality and ensure strict food safety guidelines are met.



Skills Desired

  • Previous vegetable farm experiences preferred
  • Tractor operation proficiency preferred
  • Attention to detail in a high paced environment
  • Strive for the highest quality standards while working efficiently
  • MUST exhibit a positive and supportive attitude
  • Excellent communication skills and willingness to develop those skills
  • Ability to work independently, take initiative and be forward-thinking 
  • Ability to lift 60 lbs repeatedly throughout the day, stand for long periods of time, bend, stoop, reach, and work on your hands & knees
  • Ability to work in any type of weather conditions from extreme heat to rain
  • Applicants should find satisfaction in physical, dirty, meaningful and productive work
  • Spanish language skills a plus! 

Schedule

We work Monday-Friday with no scheduled weekends unless there’s an exceptional circumstance such as extremely wet weather creating a tight timeline to get crops planted, harvested, etc. The main growing season is May-November (40-45 hours a week). Winter hours are still full time but there is an opportunity for less hours to allow for rest. Typical winter hours are 35-40 per week through January. February-April weekly hours usually do not exceed 30-35 per week.

 

Pay & Benefits

Pay is $15 an hour, with periodic increases based on performance and experience. Pay could be negotiable based on previous experience. Staff will have access to farm produce to take home and use for themselves and their immediate family. Car-pooling options may be available from Bloomington. Also, we believe in the development of our team members and often provide additional learning opportunities in their areas of interest.

Delivery Driver - APPLICATIONS CLOSED

The focus of this position is punctual & safe delivery of our produce while maintaining healthy relationships with our customers.

Details

  • Maintain the quality of harvested items in transit
  • Follow strict guidelines to ensure health & food safety, including wearing a mask during deliveries
  • Maintain clean, tidy, safe & organized equipment
  • Report equipment issues in a timely fashion
  • Provide a kind & friendly experience to a wide variety of customers
  • Coordinate with management & Packshed staff to ensure punctual deliveries 
  • Primarily operates autonomously

Skills Desired

  • High attention to detail
  • Organized
  • Ability to focus & work independently
  • Be able to work at a fast pace for an extended period of time while maintaining excellent quality
  • Be able to sit for extended periods of time while in transit
  • Be able to lift 40+ pounds repeatedly
  • Have a positive, professional and mature attitude
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Safe driving record
  • Large truck experience preferred
  • Forklift experience is helpful

Schedule, Pay & Benefits

Tuesday afternoon, Wednesday afternoon, and Thursday all day. Additional hours may be available throughout the year. Starting pay is $14 per hour, with periodic increases based on performance and experience. Staff have access to farm produce to take home and use for themselves & their households.

Field Crew Manager - APPLICATIONS CLOSED

The focus of this position is with our vegetable production team. The Field Crew Manager works closely with the Farm Manager & Owners.

Details

  • Fieldwork including transplanting, seeding, cultivation, mowing, trellising, mulching, pest management, and maintaining irrigation. 
  • Seed starting & greenhouse work
  • Lead Field Crew in harvest tasks and ensure accurate counts & quality
  • Work as a team with other staff to complete large tasks
  • Motivate, encourage, and provide direction to team members
  • Work with staff, Farm Manager & Owners to accomplish all daily & weekly tasks
  • Assist with post harvest tasks as needed.
  • Follow strict guidelines to ensure food safety
  • Light tractor work

Skills Desired

  • Previous vegetable farm experience required
  • Tractor operation proficiency preferred
  • Attention to detail in a high paced environment
  • Strive for the highest quality standards while working efficiently
  • MUST exhibit a positive and supportive attitude
  • Excellent leadership & communication skills and willingness to develop those skills
  • Ability to work independently, take initiative and be forward-thinking 
  • Ability to lift 60 lbs repeatedly throughout the day, stand for long periods of time, bend, stoop, reach, and work on your hands & knees
  • Ability to work in any type of weather conditions from extreme heat to rain
  • Applicants should find satisfaction in physical, dirty, meaningful and productive work
  • Spanish language skills a plus! 

Schedule, Pay & Benefits

Full time April – December with time off around Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years. Winter hours are part-time, approx. 25-35 hours per week from February – March. Starting pay is $15 per hour, with periodic increases based on performance and experience. Three paid days off for personal time a year. Pay could be negotiable based on previous experience. Staff have access to farm produce to take home and use for themselves & households. Car-pooling options may be available from Bloomington, IL. 

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Submit a Resume, References, and Letter of Interest to PrairiErth@gmail.com

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