General Description: Two Bear Farm sits on 100 acres along the Stillwater River just west of Whitefish. We have 12 acres in COG vegetables, as well as 40 acres of small grain and hay. We are a production farm that serves 230 CSA members, 3 weekly farmers markets, and a handful of wholesale accounts. Farm infrastructure includes a state-of-the-art propagation greenhouse and packing building, as well as 4 high tunnels and an equipment/shop building. We are surrounded by state and forest service land, have a river in the back yard, and Glacier National Park is only 40 minutes away.
We are hiring 3 positions for the 2018 season:
- Field crew member ( hiring 2 people for this position)
- Pack House Manager (POSITION FILLED FOR 2018)
Field crew position: April 1st, 2018 through October 15th, 2018 (start date is flexible)
Pack House Manager position: May 1st, 2018 through October 15th, 2018.
Field Crew job description: Applicant will be part of a team of 2 farmers/owners and 1 returning field crew members. You will work side by side with this team every day to carry out the daily activities of production farm. Early season will begin with greenhouse production and planting, and will shift to planting, weeding, irrigation, harvest, and post-harvest handling during the main season. We are a large farm with a small crew, so we work hard and fast, but have fun doing it! Ideal applicant will have experience with vegetable production, and must be hard-working, self-motivated, and detail oriented. A passion for local food doesn’t hurt either. This job is mostly an outdoor job, so applicant must be comfortable working productively in a variety of Montana seasons and weather conditions. Crew members work between 40 and 50 hours per week, with weekends off. Pay is $8.50 per hour with overtime paid at same rate. Pay may vary with experience!
Pack House Manager job description: Applicant will be in charge of operating our beautiful new pack house. This is an indoor job in a climate controlled setting. Primary responsibility will be receiving harvested crops from the field crew each morning, and then washing and packaging produce for CSA boxes, wholesale deliveries, and farmer’s market. Some days Manager will be working alone, while other days Manager will have the assistance of field crew members. Position requires attention to detail, understanding of food safety practices, and self-motivation to meet daily deadlines. This position requires 40-50 hours per week, with weekends off. Pay is $10 per hour with overtime paid at same rate.
Housing: Given the difficulty of finding affordable housing in Whitefish, we offer employee housing on the farm. We have two nice cabins that were previously used for daily vacation rentals. Each cabin houses two employees. The cabins have 2 bedrooms, 1 bath, a kitchen, and a living room. The cabins are within easy walking distance to the farm buildings, but also far enough away to provide privacy. Rent is $300 per month, plus 1/2 the utilities ( ~ $20/mo.
Preferred method Of Contact: Please email resume and cover letter to email@example.com
We will not be hosting our volunteer days on Friday this year. Although super fun, hosting volunteers can be tough to coordinate with our hectic summer schedule and minimal staffing at the farm. We will keep you posted about volunteer opportunities on Facebook as they arrive. Thanks so much for your interest!!!
Given our heavy workload and limited personnel, we can not accept visitors or volunteers at random or unannounced times. Farming is production work, and random visits are a huge distraction for us that often force us to work extra hours to make up for the lost production time. If you want to visit the farm, please come see us at the times mentioned above so that we can give you the attention you deserve. If you show up randomly on other days, you will be politely turned away. We look forward to visiting with you!