Community Partnerships:

We love living here and being involved in the DC Metro Area urban agriculture movement. We've partnered with local organization, schools, and non-profits on a number of great projects for our community. 

We’re open to new ideas and  projects– If you would like to partner with us, send us an email and let’s chat!

Interested?  Email with your interest in the subject line: garden@loveandcarrots.com


Job Offerings:


Landscape Maintenance Technician:

We are seeking a qualified Landscape Maintenance Technician who will be responsible for the maintenance of our clients’ perennial gardens, ensuring that they are beautiful, tidy, and healthy!

We are seeking either full or part-time candidates for this position. Our season runs from February through November - winter work in December and January is not guaranteed. The Technician will generally work independently, driving from garden to garden, to perform all necessary garden tasks. On an average day the landscape maintenance technician will travel to 1-4 gardens, primarily residential. Our service area ranges throughout the beltway area, with gardens in DC, Maryland, and Virginia. Support is provided remotely by our office crew and in the field by a team of experienced senior staff, and the technician will be provided with all tools and materials needed to maintain gardens.

 

Maintenance tasks include:

  • Ensuring the plants are healthy and well-pruned, the area in and around the garden is neat, beautiful  and maintained in such a way that exceeds client expectations. This includes, but is not limited to:

    • Amending soil, fertilizing

    • Weeding, pruning, and applying organic pest control practices.

    • Leaf removal, cleaning, edging, mulching

    • Trellising, irrigation repair and management.

  • Tracking visit details on iPad with our data management software.

  • Engaging with clients: sending recap emails, answering questions, receiving client feedback and applying it to the garden.

 

Necessary Qualifications:

  • At least two full seasons of landscape maintenance or equivalent experience and/or education

  • Familiarity with common native plants for our area

  • Good knowledge base of horticulture and plant health

    • Proper planting techniques , pest/disease ID, and organic fertilizer application.

    • Experience with irrigation systems and proper watering schedules

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

  • Experience with carpentry is a plus

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

  • Ability to work in all kinds of weather - we do not reschedule maintenance except in cases of extreme weather events

  • Attention to detail and organization.

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

  • The ability to lift at least 50 lbs; the job is physically demanding.

 

Compensation and Benefits:

  • $15-20/hr, depending on experience.

  • Benefits include health insurance and paid time off.

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

  • Opportunity for seasonal bonuses, based on performance.

  • Our office/headquarters has an on-site vegetable garden for staff use.

 

Interested? Email a brief letter of interest and resume to: [email protected]

 

Urban Gardener (Part-Time):

We’re currently hiring a part-time farmer/gardener starting now through the end of November. This position would lead into a full time position starting February 2019. There is opportunity for part time winter work in December and January.

Our Urban Farmers 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. New staff members also have the opportunity to work with senior staff on larger farm projects and garden installations, schedule permitting.

Farmers work independently, driving from garden to garden, 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, but daily routes are limited to specific neighborhoods to minimize travel time. Each farmer is provided with a kit containing all tools needed to maintain gardens.

 

Maintenance tasks include:

  • Amending soil, fertilizing.

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

  • Trellising, irrigation repair and management.

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

  • Tracking visit details on iPad with our data management software.

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

 

Necessary Qualifications:

  • At least one full season of experience working on a farm or in agriculture.

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

  • The ability to lift at least 50 lbs; the job is physically demanding.

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

  • The ability to think on your feet and come up with solutions to common garden issues on the spot (minor trellising/irrigation repairs, etc) without immediate assistance.

  • Experience with carpentry, landscaping a plus (hardscapes, raised bed building, etc.)

  • 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.

 

Compensation and Benefits:

  • Compensation is competitive in the Agricultural and Landscaping feilds.

  • Benefits include health insurance, and paid time off.

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

  • Performance-based seasonal bonuses.

  • More vegetables than you can handle- our headquarters has a large on-site vegetable garden for staff enjoyment.

 

Interested? Email a brief letter of interest and resume to: [email protected]

 

Seasonal Apprentice:

*This position is unpaid

We are seeking Apprentices to join our Team for a hands-on learning experience in all things Urban Farming!  

Apprentices will learn the entire process of propagating and cultivating vegetables, from germinating seeds, to planting, to harvest. Apprentices will work alongside our Installation Crew building and planting new gardens, with our Urban Farmers teaching folks how to grow food and at our home-base harvesting, planting, fertigating and more!

Apprentices will be trained to carry out tasks that include:

  • Soil mix preparation

  • Preparing soil for planting using hand tools.

  • Direct seeding and transplanting with greenhouse seedlings.

  • Cultivation; thinning, weeding, pruning, mulching.

  • Identifying and treating for pests and disease.

  • Caring for newly planted fruit trees and berry bushes.

  • Principles of compost both small and large scale.

  • Companion planting.

  • Seed saving, herb drying.

Experience:

  • No agricultural or gardening experience is required, although it is welcomed.

Necessary Qualifications:

  • An affinity for veggies, soil, local food, getting dirty, and working hard.
  • An ability to work independently, taking initiative and the ability to function as part of a team, leading and following direction as necessary.
  • A mode of transportation – Our Farm is located in Oxon Hill, MD
  • The ability to lift 50 lbs. or so; the job is definitely physically demanding as is all agricultural work, so please consider this.

Specifics:

  • 3 days/week between March-November. Schedule and start/end date are flexible.
  • This position is unpaid, seasonal, part-time.
  • We welcome you to take home veggies from our Farm as the season allows.
  • College credit if applicable.

Interested?  Email your resume and a brief Letter of Interest to: garden@loveandcarrots.com