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Little Wild Things is a commercial urban farm that produces Certified Naturally Grown microgreens, shoots, salad greens, and edible flowers in the heart of Washington, D.C. We hope you’ll consider joining our team!

Positions

Urban Farmer

Full-time: Now accepting applications as of 4/13/2021

Little Wild Things City Farm is looking for someone enthusiastic about growing local food with an interest and at least one year of experience in sustainable agriculture, controlled environment agriculture, and/or hydroponics.

This position will directly support our microgreen production, hydroponic lettuce and edible flower production, farmer’s markets, assisting with our Salad Share program, and with weekly orders, wholesale, and outdoor edible flower production, with potential to grow with us and take on more responsibility over time. This position will support the work of the entire team and report to the Production Manager.

Work is carried out an indoor vertical farm and at an outdoor ¼ acre plot in the H St. & Edgewood neighborhoods of NE Washington, D.C., and at the Dupont Circle Farmer’s Market. Individual tasks may be physically demanding and may include long hours doing any of the following:

Seeding, watering, harvesting, and packing produce

Cleaning, including washing trays and sanitizing equipment

Lifting and moving heavy objects

Long periods standing or working on concrete and in outdoor conditions, including rain, heat, and cold.

Desired qualifications

The right candidate will demonstrate an extreme attention to detail, creativity, honesty, grit, determination, strong work ethic, and will be enthusiastic about working in an entrepreneurial, fast paced environment. Likewise, they will not be deterred by the responsibility of regularly completing routine tasks such as cleaning, labeling, or organizing.

Preferred qualifications include: experience working on an organic farm (or one using sustainable/regenerative practices), including: working with drip/sprinkler irrigation systems, bed preparation, using basic tools such as seeders, broad fork, hoes, small engines (weed whackers, mowers, tillers), landscape fabric, caterpillar tunnels/greenhouse work, seed starting, transplanting, harvesting etc.; GAP or CNG certification, hydroponic production of lettuces and/or edible flowers, microgreen production, management experience, experience in the hospitality industry, and/or photography/writing/social media skills.

 

Compensation

We have one position available. Pay starts at $15/hr. Weekday working hours are generally 7:30am-4pm, however, due to seasonality, order volume, and weather, some days may require an earlier or later start. At least one day of weekend availability is required to assist with spring and summer farmer’s markets.

Please contact Mary at info@littlewildthingsfarm.com to express interest with URBAN FARMER in the subject line.

Please include your resume, three references (including email and phone contact information, and the capacity in which they have worked with you), confirm that you have a vehicle, and indicate your schedule of availability in your initial expression of interest.

To learn more about Little Wild Things City Farm please visit www.littlewildthingsfarm.com or @littlewildthingsfarm on Instagram.

Production Manager

Full-time, salaried

Little Wild Things is an urban farm located in Washington, D.C. growing Certified Naturally Grown microgreens, shoots, salad greens, and edible flowers for wholesale and retail distribution in DC, MD, and VA. We run a 300+ member subscription salad home delivery program and serve dozens of wholesale customers including the area’s premier restaurants, caterers, bars, and hotels. We also distribute to several local and online grocers, and sell direct to the public through our e-commerce platform, retail farm store, and farmers markets. We currently have two growing locations: an outdoor farm where we grow our edible flowers, and an indoor vertical farm where we grow our microgreens and shoots (soil-based) and hydroponic lettuces and edible flowers. Both farms are located in Northeast, Washington, D.C.

Our team is on a mission to build a brighter and more sustainable agricultural future and to prove that agriculture is a great career for the best and brightest of the next generation. As a first generation, woman-owned farm, we aim to be pioneers in the next generation of American agriculture, which we believe will be characterized by more sustainable, regenerative practices, greater diversity, and more localized production. We are a small, fast-growing team and we put heart, soul, and grit into working on the farm everyday. We are searching for a high-energy, results-driven leader in our field who will further energize our team to teach our highest vision for Little Wild Things. 

 

We’re seeking a high-energy, hard-working Production Manager (PM) to help us realize our shared vision for Little Wild Things. This is a leadership role, responsible for managing daily production of microgreens, baby greens, and edible flowers, at both our indoor and outdoor farm locations.

This position oversees team member management; training, and development; planning, scheduling, and organization of daily production and packing tasks; inventory and order management; quality control; food safety; certification processes; invoicing and purchasing; research and development; maximizes efficiency and scalability in production processes; and develops and maintains outstanding customer relationships.

The PM reports directly to the Founder/CEO, and is part of the management team including the Director of Operations (DO). The PM is reported to by the production team of urban farmers.  The PM leads the team to achieve shared goals, performance expectations, and clear codes of conduct. In this capacity, the PM serves as a coach who is developing her/his staff to work at their full potential as contributing members of the team. Working closely with the CEO and DO, the PM leads the planning and testing of, and the training and executing of production processes and procedures that ensure maximum efficiency and a consistent, food-safe, environmentally sustainable product.

A major component of this individual’s role is to drive a sustainable and scalable production operation to support the business’s fast growth. The PM’s time will be spent 40% on hands-on production management and staff onboarding, training and development, including developing new training protocols and SOPs, 25% on planning executing production operations,  20% on managing orders and inventory, and 15% on managing delivery logistics using delivery optimization software, while also providing outstanding customer service at all times.

Responsibilities Include:

Team Management and Training: On-board and develop production staff into a cohesive, high-performing team that can scale as our operation grows. Develop and execute training procedures and conduct staff performance reviews to ensure feedback and continued growth for team members; manage staff scheduling and daily tasking using task management software; serve as the first line of defense in troubleshooting production issues and resolve staff conflicts.

Manage Production Schedule: Organize and distribute daily and weekly production schedules and tasks to ensure efficient production and accurate order fulfillment, using task and order management software and e-commerce software as necessary.

Ensure Total Customer Satisfaction: communicate professionally with customers to troubleshoot order-related issues and absolutely delight every customer with every interaction.

Utilize Quickbooks software to create and send invoices and process refunds. Maintain customer files including appropriate tax exemptions, coordinate with customers to ensure sales tax compliance.

Utilize OnFleet Software to plan and execute 200+ weekly deliveries, including onboarding, training, and overseeing delivery drivers, and ensuring total delivery accuracy.

Oversee Quality Control, Health and Safety & Product Traceability: Conduct in-process and final product quality tests to verify that SKUs are created to specification and record data for recordkeeping.  Lead on health and safety protocols and planning, including developing health and safety documentation and processes necessary for third-party audits, certifications and licensing.

Manage Inventory: Manage and maintain produce inventory using inventory management software.

Develop, Improve and Implement Processes and Technologies in support of efficient and expanding greens and flower production: Evaluate and build processes (SOPs) and test new technologies for the production team that maximize efficiency, product quality, and simple/effective training. Verify that all procedures and policies are being complied with by team members. Collect and analyze data on harvest yield, labor, climate control, plant health, and other relevant metrics for improving efficiency and productivity.

Ensure the environmental sustainability of farming practices and maintain certification records.

Other duties as assigned.

Desired qualifications

2+ years of farming experience (sustainable/organic preferred; flower farming, Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA), hydroponic, and/or market gardening/microgreen farming preferred).

2+ years of management or operations experience (in food, farming preferred), including in staff training, management and development. Experience with inventory management and/or logistics preferred.

Demonstrated background in leadership and people development
Outstanding oral and written communication skills

Experience with Good Agricultural Practices and/or Food Safety and/or Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP)

Strong computer skills including Microsoft Office, Google Docs, Quickbooks (Required). Desired: OnFleet and/or Logistics or inventory software, WooCommerce/Wordpress other e-Commerce software, and the ability and desire to learn to use new software and technologies.

Ability to work independently and stand for long periods and lift at least 50 lbs, sometimes working outside for long hours, potentially under adverse weather conditions.

The position will be located in Northeast Washington, D.C.

The right candidate will be a high-energy leader who demonstrates attention to detail, drive to achieve high goals, honesty, eagerness to learn and accept feedback, empathy towards co-workers, grit, and will be enthusiastic about working in an entrepreneurial, fast-paced, extremely hard-working environment, consistently modeling a positive attitude as a leader in our culture. They will not be deterred by the responsibility of completing routine and very physical tasks such as cleaning, planting, and harvesting. Strong agricultural knowledge is essential for this role.

Compensation

This position is full-time and salaried, depending on experience, and includes 10 days of Paid Time Off (PTO) and employer-sponsored health insurance after 90 days of service.

Please contact Mary at mary@littlewildthingsfarm.com to express interest with PRODUCTION MANAGER in the subject line.

Please include a cover letter, resume, and three references (including email and phone contact information, and the capacity in which they have worked with you).  Please include a very brief description of your agricultural experience and leadership experience in the body of your email.

To learn more about Little Wild Things City Farm please visit www.littlewildthingsfarm.com or @littlewildthingsfarm on Instagram.