Full Time and Part Time Farm Staff positions available at Bluma Flower Farm

About Bluma

Bluma Farm is going into its third season of production. Bluma is a 1.5 -acre certified organic flower farm located in Sunol at the Sunol Ag Park. Bluma grows over 60 varieties of cut flowers and sells at the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market on Saturdays and weekly to grocery stores and florists. Bluma also does design work for weddings and events and does weekly arrangements for restaurants and offices. For more info on the farm visit Bluma’s website and instagram.

 www.blumaflowerfarm.com

 www.instagram.com/blumafarm/

 

Bluma Farm was founded in the fall of 2014 by Joanna Letz. Joanna is committed to farming organically and providing high quality, local and organic flowers to the wider Bay Area. Bluma is uniquely located close to her home of Oakland. She enjoys having friends, customers, and students visit her farm.

 

Bluma Farm is in production about half of the year.  The farm employs 1 to 3 people seasonally.

 

Full Time Position Summary

The Full Time Farm Staff position involves working with a small team on all aspects of running a production flower farm. This includes tasks such as: propagation, transplanting, weeding, irrigation, bucket washing, harvest, post-harvest handling, deliveries, farmers markets and floral design. Once the season gets under way the majority of the farm tasks are centered around the harvest and delivery schedule.  The ideal candidate has at least 2 years of production farm experience, a strong work ethic, and is punctual. Must be able to lift 50lbs, able to work in all weather conditions, and able to work weekends. Must have a clean driving record and a current drivers license and have transportation to and from the farm in Sunol.

 

The position starts Mid-April and goes through October. Hours may vary depending on time of season, between 40 and 50 hours per week.

 

The position reports to the Farm Owner and works with a small farm crew to complete all farm operational tasks. The ideal candidate will be able to work quickly and efficiently alongside others as well as on their own. Most importantly, the candidate for the position has a good work ethic, is punctual, and willing to work closely in a small team and who has a passion for organic farming and flowers. Competitive salary to be determined based on experience.

 

Key Relationships:

Reports to: Farm Owner and Operator Joanna Letz

 

Major Responsibilities

·      Greenhouse Propagation

·      Participate in and occasionally lead field planting days

·      Weekly/daily weeding tasks 

·      Weekly Irrigation tasks including laying out drip, patching leaks, monitoring.

·      Weekly harvests of over 60 varieties of cut flowers

·      Driving a box truck or cargo van for deliveries and Saturday market days

·      Weekly washing of buckets

·      Designing and arranging bouquets for customers at market

·      Able and excited to sell at a fast paced market on Saturday mornings

·      Works closely with the Farm Owner and all Farm crew members to achieve the daily and weekly tasks

·      Monitor harvest activities

·      Motivate and lead other staff members in daily tasks

·      Foster a healthy work environment

 

 

Candidate Specification: Key Selection Criteria

Ideal Experience

·      Previous Farm experience.

·      2 years experience on a production farm. Ideally at least one year on a production scale flower farm.

·      Experience in Farmers market sales and floral design ideal.

·      Experience with weed management, harvest and post harvest handling of cut flowers.

·      Experience in greenhouse production and greenhouse management.

 

 

Critical Competencies for Success:

 

·      Bluma’s mission is based on its high standards of quality in both product and organic farming practices.  The Farm staff position must be able to lead and motivate employees and demonstrate efficient and safe use of tools. He/she must have a good work ethic, be punctual, and have a good sense of humor. The successful candidate will be a team player who displays good communication skills.

·      The success of Bluma is based on its ability to accomplish many things efficiently and with a high standard for quality. The Farm staff position will have a mindset geared towards Bluma’s outlook and intention. He/she will be a proven leader who will focus on accomplishing daily and weekly goals with the larger picture in mind.

·      The candidate must be able to lift at least 50 pounds and able to work in all weather conditions.

 

Other Personal Characteristics

 

·      Ability to perform routine farm tasks (weeding, harvesting, planting, bucket washing)

·      Strong work ethic

·      Passion for organic farming and flowers

·      Ability to take initiative

·      Good sense of humor

·      Punctual and reliable

·      Ideal candidate has worked effectively as part of a small team with a wide range of responsibilities

 

Application Instructions

Interested applicants are encouraged to submit an application.

 

Please email your resume, two references, and cover letter detailing why you would like to work at Bluma Farm.

 

Please address application materials and any questions to:

 

Farm Staff Position

blumaflowers@gmail.com

Contact phone 510-501-1022

 

Part Time Position Summary

Bluma is hiring for a Part-time Farm Staff position. The position involve working with a small team on all aspects of running a production flower farm. This includes tasks such as: propagation, transplanting, weeding, irrigation, bucket washing, harvest, post-harvest handling, deliveries, farmers markets and floral design. Once the season gets under way the majority of the farm tasks are centered around the harvest and delivery schedule.  The ideal candidate has at least 2 years of production farm experience, a strong work ethic, and is punctual. Must be able to lift 50lbs, able to work in all weather conditions, and able to work weekends. Must have a clean driving record and a current drivers license and have transportation to and from the farm in Sunol.

 

The position starts mid-May and goes through October. Position is two or three days per week, hours per day range from 8 to 10 hours.

 

The position reports to the Farm Owner and works with a small farm crew to complete all farm operational tasks. The ideal candidate will be able to work quickly and efficiently alongside others as well as on their own. Most importantly, the candidate for the position has a good work ethic, is punctual, and willing to work closely in a small team and who has a passion for organic farming and flowers. Competitive salary to be determined based on experience.

 

Key Relationships:

Reports to: Farm Owner and Operator Joanna Letz

 

Major Responsibilities

·      Greenhouse Propagation

·      Participate in field planting days

·      Weekly/daily weeding tasks 

·      Weekly Irrigation tasks including laying out drip, patching leaks, monitoring.

·      Weekly harvests of over 60 varieties of cut flowers

·      May be responsible for driving a box truck or cargo van for deliveries and Saturday market days

·      Weekly washing of buckets

·      Designing and arranging bouquets for customers at market

·      Able and excited to sell at a fast paced market on Saturday mornings

·      Works closely with the Farm Owner and all Farm crew members to achieve the daily and weekly tasks

·      Foster a healthy work environment

 

 

Candidate Specification: Key Selection Criteria

Ideal Experience

·      Previous Farm experience.

·      2 years experience on a production farm. Ideally at least one year on a production scale flower farm.

·      Experience in Farmers market sales and floral design ideal.

·      Experience with weed management, harvest and post harvest handling of cut flowers.

·      Experience in greenhouse production and greenhouse management.

 

 

Critical Competencies for Success:

 

·      Bluma’s mission is based on its high standards of quality in both product and organic farming practices. He/she must have a good work ethic, be punctual, and have a good sense of humor. The successful candidate will be a team player who displays good communication skills.

·      The candidate must be able to lift at least 50 pounds and able to work in all weather conditions.

 

Other Personal Characteristics

 

·      Ability to perform routine farm tasks (weeding, harvesting, planting, bucket washing)

·      Strong work ethic

·      Passion for organic farming and flowers

·      Ability to take initiative

·      Good sense of humor

·      Punctual and reliable

·      Ideal candidate has worked effectively as part of a small team with a wide range of responsibilities

 

Application Instructions

Interested applicants are encouraged to submit an application.

 

Please email your resume, two references, and cover letter detailing why you would like to work at Bluma Farm.

 

Please address application materials and any questions to:

 

Farm Staff Position

blumaflowers@gmail.com

Contact phone 510-501-1022

 

Bluma is an equal opportunity employer. We do not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion or creed, gender, gender identity or expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, employment, recruitment, advertisements for employment, compensation, termination, upgrading, promotions, and other conditions of employment against any employee or job applicant, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, clients, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and clients.

 

 

 

 

 

Bluma is an equal opportunity employer. We do not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion or creed, gender, gender identity or expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, employment, recruitment, advertisements for employment, compensation, termination, upgrading, promotions, and other conditions of employment against any employee or job applicant, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, clients, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and clients.