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Love & Carrots Garden Maintenance and Installation Crew – DC Area

May 13, 2024

Love & Carrots is DC’s foremost urban farming and edible landscaping company. We design, install and maintain urban farms, vegetable gardens, and native landscapes across DC, MD, and VA. Through our garden care & coaching program we provide expert garden maintenance, guidance, and education in more than 150 gardens every year, helping connect people to their food and inspiring local food production and gardening. Our clients include residents, local restaurants, and community organizations throughout the DMV. We are seeking full-time landscape installation crew members to join our team.
 
We’re hiring for positions on both our Garden Maintenance and Installation Crew – both job descriptions are included below, as well as attached. For more information and to apply, please reach out to garden@loveandcarrots.com.
Job Description: Urban Gardener

We are seeking a full-time crew member to join our Garden Maintenance team.

Our Urban Gardeners are responsible for the maintenance of our clients’ organic vegetable gardens, ensuring that they are beautiful and productive! On an average day they travel to 3-4 gardens, primarily residential, and maintain between 20-30 gardens over the course of a two-week period.

Gardeners work independently, driving from site to site, to perform all necessary garden tasks, and are supported remotely by our office crew and in the field by a team of experienced senior farmers. Our service area ranges throughout the beltway area, and each farmer is provided with a kit containing all tools needed to maintain gardens. Bulk garden materials are stored at our base of operations for employee use.

Winter work:

The season for garden maintenance runs from March through November. From December through February all employees work on our installation crew. Installation crew work requires driving our medium-duty trucks and more heavy lifting/bed filling etc. Garden crew members can choose not to work December through mid February, but if they do work year-round, truck driving and installation work is required for those months.

Maintenance tasks include:

  • Seeding, planting, weeding, pruning, harvesting and applying organic pest control practices.

  • Amending soil, soil fertility management.

  • Trellising, drip irrigation repair and management.

  • Ensuring the area in and around the garden is neat and well maintained.

  • Tracking visit details on iPad or phone.

  • Engaging with clients: teaching, sending recap emails, answering questions, receiving client feedback and applying feedback to gardens.

Necessary Qualifications:

  • 1+ year experience with annual vegetable cultivation required

  • A valid driver’s license and working personal vehicle required.

  • Knowledge of proper harvesting, weeding, transplanting, pest/disease ID, sowing, fertilization and rotation/succession planting techniques.

  • Ability to lift 50lbs, perform manual work, lift heavy objects, walk and stand for long periods of time

  • Ability to perform physical labor outdoors in various weather conditions (heat, rain, cold)

  • The ability to think on your feet and come up with solutions to common garden issues on the spot without immediate assistance.

  • Proactive, friendly, and prompt communication through phone and email.

  • Comfortable teaching adults and children gardening basics (using our supplied curriculum.)

  • Attention to detail and organization is critical

  • Covid 19 Vaccination – must include the original vaccine series, boosters not required

Job Description: Installation Crew Member

Our installation crew is the skilled team that crafts our many diverse foodscapes. Working for Love & Carrots is a great opportunity to learn how to build gardens and urban farms and break into the urban gardening industry. Installations can include the following:

  • Perennial landscape installation

    • Includes planting perennials, shrubs, and trees, soil amendment, edging and mulching

  • Garden structure carpentry: raised beds, arbors, garden fencing

  • Drip irrigation system installation

  • Dryset hardscaping, drainage solutions

    • Includes flagstone and riverstone paths, patios, french drains and dry riverbeds

Necessary Qualifications:

  • Must be legally authorized to work in the United States permanently without employment visa sponsorship

  • Prior experience working in a labor-intensive role.

  • The ability to work as part of a close knit team.

  • Ability to work independently, take initiative, trouble-shoot, and lead as necessary.

  • High attention to detail and organization

  • Ability to lift heavy (75lbs +) objects throughout the day.

  • Ability to perform frequent high-intensity manual labor including pushing, pulling, and lifting various equipment and materials.

  • Ability to work on their feet for the entire day in all weather conditions

  • Must have a valid driver’s license and the ability to drive larger vehicles/medium duty trucks

  • We require that employees have received their initial Covid-19 vaccination – additional boosters not required

Preferred Experience in: (not required, but strongly favored)

  • Landscape construction

  • Carpentry

  • Heavy equipment, medium-duty trucks, skid steer

Schedule (for both positions):

Our crew work 10 hour days, 4 days/week 7:30AM – 6:00PM Monday – Thursday during the regular season.

The crew works 5 days/week in the winter 7:30AM – 4:45PM Monday – Thursday and 7:30AM – 12:30PM Friday).

Compensation (for both positions):

  • Starting rate: $20/hr +, commensurate with experience

  • $100 annual gear stipend

  • Annual phone stipend

  • Benefits include health and dental insurance, 401k, and a generous paid time off package

  • Mileage reimbursement for use of your personal vehicle on garden routes.

  • Vegetables to take home! Our headquarters has a large on-site vegetable garden for staff use.

 

Interested? Email a brief letter of interest and resume to: Garden@loveandcarrots.com