Dicot Farm 2020 Employment Application
**Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis - we encourage you to apply ASAP**
**If this form is still active, then we are still accepting applications**

Dicot Farm, a small, sustainable Certified Organic vegetable farm in Waldorf, MD, is looking for team members for our 2020 growing season. We grow seasonal vegetable crops on 2 acres, including two 3,000 square foot high tunnels, and manage 3-4 acres of soil-building cover crops. We sell at several farmers markets and wholesale outlets in the Washington, DC, region and have a local Southern Maryland Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program. For more information on our farm and products, please check out https://www.dicotfarm.com.

Job Description:
Now entering our sixth season, we have many production practices in place, but are always looking for innovative ways to increase effectiveness and efficiency. We're looking for enthusiastic team members who are interested in Organic and sustainable farming methods to support the work of our farm (greenhouse work, planting, harvesting, weed management, irrigation, tractor work, etc.). Ideal candidates will be able to work in a fast-paced and dynamic environment, but also be comfortable with completing routine tasks.

Schedule:
We're looking for employees who can commit to working from early April through mid November full-time Tuesday through Saturday (40+ hours a week). Team members will spend the majority of time on the farm in Waldorf but may also assist at our farmers markets and/or CSA pickups. While we are planning to hire full time employees, there may be opportunities for part-time work for the right person. Please indicate if you are only available part-time in the application form.

Benefits:
Team members receive $11.00-$14.00/hr (depending on experience), workers compensation insurance, 40 hours paid time off (if commit to full season full-time work), and receive a weekly supply of vegetables. Housing on-farm is not available, but we are willing to offer assistance finding housing in the region if necessary. Employees also have the opportunity to accompany the farmer in attending educational sessions, field days on other farms, etc.

Job Requirements:
-Be enthusiastic and flexible, and have strong work ethic
-Legally able to work in the United States
-Be able to work 5 full days a week
-Able to complete manual labor (sitting, bending, and lifting and moving items weighing up to 50 lbs)
-Able to work outdoors in extreme hot or cold for extended periods of time
-Have own transportation to get to and from farm in Waldorf (the farm is NOT DC Metro accessible - check directions to 13355 Poplar Hill Rd, Waldorf, MD, before applying to ensure you can get here)
-Have demonstrated interest in sustainable vegetable farming
-Have relevant past experience (e.g., gardening, farming, manual labor)
-Submit the form below AND send resume to dicotfarm@gmail.com
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Phone Number: *
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How did you hear about this job? *
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Technical Requirements
Small-scale, Organic vegetable farming is very physically demanding including, but not limited to:
- Working on the ground kneeling, squatting, bending, and stooping
- Working with your hands both delicately (such as potting up tiny seedlings) and powerfully (such as pounding in fence posts)
- Walking on uneven terrain
- Lifting 50 lbs and carrying it a distance of up to 50 ft
- Discerning ripeness of fruit based on color
- Having the physical stamina to maintain manual labor for several hours at a time
- Performing all of the above outdoors in the heat and humidity of Southern Maryland summers as well as the cold and rain
Are you able to perform the physical demands of the job as described above? *
Are you legally permitted to work in the United States? *
Do you have transportation to Dicot Farm in Waldorf, MD, from April through November? *
When would you be able to start? *
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Are you available to work full-time (at least 40 hours/week) Tuesday through Saturday? If your answer is no, please explain your preferred schedule. *
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Do you need assistance finding housing in the Southern Maryland region? *
Provide the name, title/organization and contact info (email and phone) for two references. At least one should be professional (other may be educational). Both references should be familiar with your work ethic. *
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Experience & Background Info
We feel it's important for applicants to have an interest in Organic and sustainable agriculture. This helps to engender a positive, healthy work culture with respect to our farm's mission of providing healthy food to our community and stewardship of the environment.
Why you are interested in sustainable agriculture and this job? What are your future goals in agriculture? *
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Tell us about any work experience you have had in the past that is relevant (e.g., farming, gardening, food/restaurant, working with machinery, any kind of manual labor, keeping records, marketing) that would contribute to your success on the farm. *
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Thank you for applying!
Don't forget to send your resume to dicotfarm@gmail.com
A copy of your responses will be emailed to the address you provided.
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