Now accepting applications for 2020!!
General Description: Are you interested in human health and nutrition, small-scale agriculture, local economies, land stewardship and conservation, or simply growing great food? Maybe you enjoy working outdoors in a beautiful setting doing meaningful and rewarding work? Perhaps you would be a great part of the Two Bear Farm team! Two Bear Farm sits on 100 acres along the Stillwater River just west of Whitefish, Montana. We have 13 acres in Certified Organic vegetable production, as well as 50 acres of small grains, hay, and crops we grow for compost. Check out this YouTube video for an overview. We are a production farm that serves 250 CSA members, 3 weekly farmers markets, a local distributor, and a handful of wholesale accounts. Farm infrastructure includes a state-of-the-art propagation greenhouse and packing building, as well as 5 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 have 6 paid positions open for 2020. Prior experience with production farm work is preferred. We no longer offer an apprenticeship position.
Field Crew Manager (1): April 12th, 2020 through October 15th, 2020
Field crew positions (4): April 15th, 2020 through October 15th, 2020
Pack House Manager position (1): May 1st, 2018 through October 15th, 2018.
Field Crew Manager: $14/hr – We are looking for a confident, knowledgeable, and diplomatic individual who can perform daily farm duties while also helping manage the work of the field crew. Candidate must be able to quickly learn the systems and techniques used at Two Bear Farm and then train field crew to become proficient in these tasks. This requires being able to supervise field crew members in the field, offer instruction and feedback, while at the same time maintaining high morale and motivation. A good candidate must have prior farming experience so that they can quickly fit into our farm system, and preferably has proven supervisory experience from previous jobs. Added duties may include tractor operation during bed preparation and harvest activities. Manager reports directly to farmers/owners.
Field Crew job description: $10-$12 starting pay DOE. Two Bear Farm is a successful and respected farm in the Flathead valley that is known for quality and customer service. Business is booming, and we need productive workers to help us keep up! We are looking for applicants who have a passion for local/organic food, are self-motivated, hard-working, can learn quickly, and have a positive attitude. We have invested in many systems and equipment over the years to make our farm more efficient and to take away the back breaking jobs. We move a lot of wonderful produce into our community each week, so your primary job is to keep a strong pace and pay attention to detail as you work within each system of our farm. We try to keep things enjoyable, educational, meaningful, and low drama. You will be part of a team of 2 farmers/owners and 5-6 field crew members. Prior farm experience is preferred, but not required. If no farm experience, then ideally candidate has comparable experience with physical labor, team athletics, or working in an outdoor environment. Ability to operate tractors and vehicles with manual transmissions is helpful. While we all work together on all aspects of the farm, there are definitely opportunities for you to specialize in areas where you might have experience or prove yourself proficient, such as high tunnel production, greenhouse production, weeding and cultivating, or washing and packing vegetables. If you are an experienced farm worker, we are happy to discuss specialization if it’s important to you.
Early season will begin with greenhouse production and field planting, and will shift to planting, weeding, irrigation, harvest, and post-harvest handling during the main season. Each day during peak season, mornings are spent harvesting, while afternoons are split between washing/packing for some crew members, and field work (planting/weeding/irrigation) for other crew members. Field Crew position is mostly an outdoor job, so applicant must be comfortable working productively in a variety of Montana seasons and weather conditions. Team members work between 40 and 50 hours per week, with weekends off. Starting pay range is $10-$12 per hour, with merit based raises throughout the season. We have found over the years that using pay raises as an incentive helps keep the team motivated and morale high. Workers who push themselves to improve, have good skills, or take on extra responsibility will be recognized and can earn upwards of $15/hr by the end of the season. We feel this is the most equitable way to address productivity differences between crew members, and it seems to keep the peace and morale high amongst team members.
Pack House Manager job description: Applicant will be in charge of ensuring the food going out to our community looks it’s best! This super important job requires pride in one’s work, attention to detail, and strong organizational skills. Position requires managing all aspects of our beautiful new pack house, including tracking cooler inventory, washing and packing of fresh produce, and supervising work flow in the pack house. This is an indoor job in a climate controlled setting. Some days the manager will be working alone, while other days the manager will have the assistance of field crew members. This means applicant must be self motivated and able to manage their pace to meet daily deadlines. Candidate must learn and be willing to implement food safety practicesand, as well as ensure worker safety. Applicant must be content being indoors doing routine tasks, although the presence of music and heat helps! This position requires 40-50 hours per week, with weekends off. Pay is $12-$14 per hour with overtime paid at same rate. Manager reports directly to farmer/ owners.
Preferred method Of Contact: Please email a resume with 3 references and a cover letter explaining why you think you’d be a good fit at Two Bear Farm to email@example.com, preferably before January, 1st, 2020.
Housing: Given the difficulty of finding affordable housing in Whitefish, we offer employee housing on the farm if needed. We have three 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 $350 per month per person ($700 per cabin). No pets preferred.
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 contact us first to set up a time. If you show up randomly on other days, you will not receive the attention you deserve. We look forward to visiting with you!