The Operations Team Leader (OTL) executes gleaning trips through communication with farmers and managing groups of volunteers through harvests. The OTL must have an aptitude for physical labor and enjoy working in all New England weather conditions. They should be energized by a fast-paced, highly reactive, and dynamic work environment. They should be good humored, able to think on their feet, and react quickly to problems in order to keep gleaning operations running smoothly. The OTL should be comfortable working independently and collaborating with other staff.
Boston Area Gleaners is committed to supporting an equitable, just, and sustainable local food system. By working closely with farmers, volunteers, and hunger relief agencies, we work to power a supply chain from farms to those in need, reduce food waste, and promote long-term farm sustainability. We are excited to grow our team of staff who are personally aligned and committed to BAG’s mission. We expect all staff members to demonstrate a high level of reliability, commitment, and efficiency in their work.
Compensation & Benefits:
The pay range for this position is $19 - $22/ hour based on experience. The OTL is seasonal, full-time and non-exempt position. This position requires 40-50 hours/ week and over the course of a four-day workweek. The OTL is a seasonal position (June – December) in which hours peak during the growing season, while hours are reduced during the shoulder months. Overtime rate of (1.5x hourly rate) is paid for time worked over 40 hours/ week. Benefits include sick time, holiday pay, gear reimbursement, and seasonal produce.
- Facilitate gleaning trips by preparing supplies, communicating clearly with farmers, setting up for the trip, truck organization, and record keeping.
- Accommodate reactive nature of gleaning by quickly assessing the scene and crop quality upon arrival to a farm.
Communicate field conditions, crop quality, and expected yield to Ops management staff in real time.
- Manage time and resources effectively to prepare for trips, adhere to schedule, and accomplish necessary tasks within allotted time to meet harvest goals.
- Harvest and pack produce on local farms. Occasionally assist with additional with farm tasks for our partners.
- Ensure handling, packing, and quality standards comply with BAG’s food safety plan.
- Accurately collect and report gleaning data, complete paperwork, and verify food safety for all incoming products.
- Ensure a culture of safety while practicing ladder-work during apple season and using first-aid knowledge.
- Instruct volunteers on proper handling, packing, safety, and quality standards during harvests and repacks.
- Motivate groups of volunteers to achieve harvest goals while maintaining a positive volunteer experience.
- Manage and direct volunteers with varying levels of experience to ensure the protection of private property, the personal safety of volunteers, and that efficient labor is applied to the job at hand.
- Lead by example in setting pace, practicing safety standards, and demonstrating personal integrity. Constantly evaluate efficiency throughout all stages of the work by using problem solving skills, developing harvest goals, and holding the team to a high level of accountability.
- Act as a mentor to the apprentice cohort.
- Communicate to management, learning progress and gaps in knowledge that should be addressed with additional training within the apprentice cohort.
- Develop strong relationships with local farmers informed by a high degree of understanding of different growing practices and factors that influence farm level decision making.
- Act as an ambassador of BAG with farmers, volunteers, and community members.
Vehicle & Equipment Operation
- Comply with BAG-driver training, policies, and standards by driving lawfully and carefully at all times. Always observe legal load capacity of the vehicle, adjust vehicle speed, and modify routes as needed. To contribute to BAG’s culture of safety, always acknowledge and mitigate risk whenever possible.
- Operate manual pump jacks, electric power jacks, and forklifts as needed to rotate inventory and unload/load trucks.
- Communicate issues with equipment and vehicles to Operations Management promptly. Monitor all equipment and vehicles for maintenance issues.
- Assist with all aspects of operations including inventory management.
- Assist with distribution as needed.
Other Duties as Assigned
- BAG is a small non-profit where a “pitch-in” spirit is expected. Assistance on additional projects or tasks may be required in addition to normal responsibilities.
- Basic iPhone competency (Google Maps, Slack)
- First Aid knowledge (training is provided)
Preferred Qualifications & Experience
- Extensive knowledge of local fruit and vegetable varieties
- Experience harvesting a vast variety of crops at high efficiency
- A minimum of one full season in vegetable production
- Experience leading others and motivating them towards a common goal
- Able to repeatedly lift 60+ pounds in various conditions
- Valid driver’s license
- Driving history approved by BAG’s auto-insurer
- Experience driving heavily loaded box trucks in urban and rural environments (training is provided)
- Experience operating manual and electric pump jacks (training is provided)
- Basic vehicle maintenance knowledge
- Forklift Operation Experience is a plus
BAG is an equal opportunity employer with a commitment to a diverse workplace. We recruit, train, and promote candidates based on their qualifications regardless of race, color, religious creed, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, veteran or military status, genetics, or other status protected by state or federal law.