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: [email protected]


Job Offerings:


Urban Gardener:

We’re currently searching for a full-time farmer/gardener. Start date Spring 2020.

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:

  • $115-$136 per day, depending on experience.

  • 401k

  • Compensation is competitive in the Agricultural and Landscaping fields.

  • 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]

Landscape Designer:

We are seeking an experienced and dynamic landscape designer to join our design team on a part time basis. Our design needs range from small row homes and pollinator gardens to broad wedding venues. Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following, other duties may be assigned.

Design, Sales and Customer Service

    • Provide unique, high quality designs that meet or exceed client’s needs.

    • Generate fair, thorough and accurate design proposals delivered with expediency.

    • Perform all aspects of bidding process, including: initial consultation and client interview, measuring properties for field estimates, reviewing invitations to bid, pre-site inspections, drawing plans for landscaping or maintenance services, preparing estimates.

    • Demonstrate creativity and resourcefulness to gain better pricing from subcontractors.

    • Communicate the design and installation processes to clients to help ensure realistic expectations, help them make better decisions, and to recognize the importance of design expertise.

    • Introduce clients to other Love & Carrots services and recommend services/products that help ensure the vision of the design and that the client’s evolving needs are met.

    • Follow up with clients before, during and after installation takes place.

Project Management

    • Communicate design intent and site logistics to project manager before beginning projects to maximize crew’s productivity.

    • Convey special requirements to operations staff effectively and ensure client satisfaction and/or adherence to contracts.

    • Revise plans and estimates according to project changes and communicate alterations to clients, crews and subcontractors.

    • Inspect projects as they progress, make recommendations to existing specifications and plans as needed.

    • Follow all safety work rules and report rule violations immediately.

    • Keep abreast of industry trends and developments.

Estimating and Billing

    • Produce realistic estimates that adhere to Love & Carrots pricing models

    • Assist in continually developing codified estimating system

    • Follow up with clients to complete or negotiate punch lists.

    • Work with office staff to submit billing according to intervals set out in contracts.

    • Assist with tracking collections as needed.

Experience

    • Bachelor's or Master’s Degree in Landscape Design or Landscape Architecture

    • At least 3 years of experience in landscape design and native ecology

    • Excellent design, visualization and graphic skills incorporating edible components and stressing native plants for wildlife for projects large and small

    • Strong knowledge of vegetable gardening a major plus!

    • Strong hand graphic skills

    • Experience in project management and project team collaboration

    • Excellent client relations skills, as well as writing and oral presentation skills

    • Must be proficient in

    • Ability to adjust to dynamic project priorities

    • Strong collaborator

 

Compensation ranges with experience and credentials.

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

Seasonal Apprentice:

*This position is unpaid

*All 2019 apprenticeship slots are currently FULL. We are currently looking for Spring 2020 apprentices.

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: [email protected]