Farm Crew Leader – A Farm Less Ordinary, Purcellville VA

The Crew Member will assist farmworkers (“Growers”) with intellectual and developmental (ID/DD) disabilities and volunteers in everyday farm tasks, including planting, harvesting, weeding, CSA box preparation, and Farmer’s Market staffing, while keeping a positive attitude and maintaining a healthy and inclusive work environment.

As a Crew Member working among adults with ID/DD, this person may be asked to lead some tasks, making sure that their team finishes each job accurately, efficiently, and inclusively according to each person’s abilities. The Crew Member will also work independently on farm tasks when needed. No prior farm experience or knowledge is necessary, only a desire to learn, a proactive attitude, and a willingness to work with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

• Work under Farm Manager to develop plan of action for each day
• Works with Growers in field, using a variety of methods to ensure that Growers understand how to complete the task
• Tasks may include:
• Weeding/Landscaping
• Harvesting vegetables in varying weather conditions
• Making value-added products (e.g., pickles, pesto, jam) on the farm or in a commercial kitchen
• Cleaning and preparing vegetables for sale and delivery
• Farm maintenance (including clean-up of everyday farm tools as well as a few big clean-up events each year)

• Participate in small-scale construction projects
• Participate in farmers’ market
• Participate in AFLO community events

Supervisory Responsibility
The Crew Leader will be responsible for ensuring that their team completes all farm tasks as required. The Crew Member supports the Farm Manager in coordinating the work activities of the Growers.

Work Environment
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to outdoor weather conditions, such as rain and varying temperatures. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

The Crew Leader works with growers work in small groups, perform different tasks each work day and may work with others who have various disabilities.
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Physical Demands
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to have full range of mobility in upper and lower body; be able to reach overhead; be able to work in various positions, including stooping, standing, bending over, sitting, kneeling and squatting for extended periods of time; be able to lift, pull and push materials and equipment to complete assigned job tasks; and be able to lift 50 pounds of weight throughout the assigned workday. Physical stamina to work 2-3 hours without requiring a break.

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