Career Opportunities

Position: Field Crew Lead Mentor (seasonal with opportunity for year-round employment)

Supervisor: Farm Manager

JOIN US! Drumm Farm is excited to add a full-time member to our farm team. This position is ideal for someone looking to grow their agricultural knowledge and skills while positively impacting the lives of the youth who we work with.

Drumm Farm Center for Children is a non-profit organization that specializes in serving youth in foster care or experiencing housing instability, located in Independence, MO.

The Farm at Drumm Farm Center for Children is a job-skills mentorship program where young adults that are transitioning into independent living learn life-long skills for them to succeed in any job environment. The program operates a 20 acre mixed-use farm that produces fruits and vegetables and raises pigs, sheep, and goats for meat for a year-round Farmers Market located on the Drumm Campus. The farm uses a regenerative, integrative approach to growing produce and animals, including building soil fertility, organic weed and pest management, and holistic animal husbandry.

Description: The seasonal crew member will work directly with the farm manager and assist in day-to-day operations with youth and the farm. The Field Crew Lead will have the opportunity to mentor young adults in their growth and vocational journey’s through facilitating safe, hands-on farm work experiences. The Crew Lead will have the opportunity to grow their experience and skills in all aspects of horticulture and animal husbandry, positive youth development, group facilitation, operations management, and sales and marketing.

Responsibilities:

● Promote mission and vision of the farm within the larger organization.
● Facilitate field crew work in the following areas:

Horticulture: planning, bed prep, planting, cultivation, irrigation, harvesting, processing, and marketing/sales.

Animal Husbandry: Daily chores, periodic animal checks (hooves, deworm, overall health), breeding, birthing and newborn care, and shelter/barn cleaning.

● Manage multiple aspects of farm activity/production, independently of the farm manager.
● Assist with field crew training and supervision.
● Active participation in relationship building and modeling healthy, positive work behavior.
● Observe FSMA food safety guidelines and farm procedures for food handling.
● Assist with record keeping
● Assist at weekly Saturday markets as needed
● Clean and maintain farm tools and equipment
● Maintain farm infrastructure including barns/buildings, fencing, greenhouses, and irrigation.
● Lead crew in general farm landscape care (mowing, weeding, clearing brush, weed eating).
● Capture visual records (photos, videos) of farm activities for marketing.
● Participate in employee training as it becomes available

Qualifications:

● Must be highly-motivated to implement and train others in sustainable agriculture practices.
● Must be highly-motivated to mentor young adults (ages 18-22) and youth.
● Must be self-directed and exhibit a strong work ethic with the ability to self-reflect.
● Must have highly-developed communication and interpersonal skills.
● Must engage in creative and effective problem solving.
● Must be curious and engaged in continuous research and learning.
● Must be able to lift 50lbs
● Must be able to work in summer temperatures greater than 90 degrees.
● Must be able to crawl, crouch and bend for extended periods of time.
● Must be able to operate basic farm hand tools (shovel, rake, hoe, wheelbarrow).
● Must be willing to learn to operate larger equipment (tractor, skidsteer, BCS tractors)
● Must be able and willing to work independently and as a member of a cohesive team.
● Must submit to a background check

Preferred:

● Have at least two years experience or training in youth development, social work, behavioral intervention, wilderness therapy, and/or experiential education.
● Have at least one year (season) experience or certified training in speciality crop production and sustainable agriculture practices.
● Demonstrated experience with project and team management.
● Experience in trade/hobby work related to light carpentry, power tools, and DIY.
● Open to on-the-job training, continuous learner, and solution-based thinker.

Hours: full-time, M-F, some Saturdays as needed

Wage: $14-$18/hr based on experience, paid bi-weekly, plus access to plenty of fresh vegetables throughout the growing season!

Start Date: May 1st full time, part time work available earlier.

Duration: May 1st- Oct. 31st with opportunity to transition into a year-round role

To Apply: Submit a cover letter and resume to the farm manager, Christian Zirbel at christian.zirbel@drummfarm.org. Feel free to email with any questions regarding the position.

Drumm Farm is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and is an affirmative action employer. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity or Veteran status