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Route Operator (Black Dirt Farm)

Organization Black Dirt Farm
Location 393 Stannard Mountain Rd
Greensboro Bend, Vermont 05842
Description

 

Black Dirt Farm is a diversified family farm in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom. We operate a year-round food scrap collection route to collect organic discards from our community. We strive to put this “waste” to as much positive use as we can. First, we blend the food scraps into a compost mix which provides forage for our laying hens. We then make compost and worm castings with the excess food and manure. Finally, we sell and use the resulting products to nourish our soils and crops.  Our farm is firmly based in regenerative agricultural practices and the creation of sustainable food systems. Since 2014, we’ve diverted 13.6 million pounds of food scraps from the landfill, reducing greenhouse gas emissions by the equivalent of not burning 603,598 gallons of gasoline and capturing enough nitrogen to fertilize over 1,000 acres of mixed vegetable crops.

 

Being a part of Black Dirt Farm means working in an environment that is both caring and efficient. The farm requires creative and driven individuals who can work as part of a dynamic and often fast paced team but also be individually responsible for managing their own tasks with professionalism and quality. 

 

We believe the farm thrives most when we have a diversity of people and experience that inform what we do and how we do it. At Black Dirt Farm a diverse, inclusive, and equitable workplace is one where all Crew Members, volunteers, and customers—of all genders and gender identities, races, ethnicities, national origins, ages, sexual orientations, educations, or disabilities—feel valued and respected. We respect and value diverse life experiences and heritages and work to ensure that all voices are valued and heard. To foster an inclusive farm community, Black Dirt Farm does not tolerate marginalizing behavior. We’re committed to a thriving work environment that yields exceptional products and collective growth.

 

Position Overview

The Route Operator will run our compost collection route two days per week and contribute to the overall success of the farm by performing other tasks as needed and as time allows. This involves operating a collection route of up to 30 stops each with 1 – 20 48-gallon container. The operator inspects totes for contamination, tips the totes mechanically & then washes them out with a pressure washer. We take pride in offering our customers prompt, predictable, clean & professional services.

 

Job Tasks/ Sphere of Responsibility *

 

Food Scrap Collection Route (Estimated 18hrs/week):

  1. Safely and efficiently operating the collection route two days per week. 

  2. Operating a 2 ton-truck with dump trailer, hydraulic tote tipper, generator, hot water pressure washer, and the fresh water pump.

  3. Attending to as-needed equipment repairs that can be done easily on the route, such as changing a pull chord or replacing spark plugs.

  4. Handling 48-gallon wheeled containers, visually inspecting containers for contaminants, and removing them when necessary.

  5. Recording and reporting data.

  6. Friendly customer service as needed while on customer premises.



Qualifications

 

  • Five years driving experience; ideally, at least one year of commercial/heavy truck driving experience.

  • Strong interpersonal skills, including communication, listening, and stress management.

  • Willingness to follow protocols, appreciation for operational efficiency.

  • Demonstrated ability to manage time and problem solve.

  • Ability and desire to perform basic repairs.

  • This job requires the operator to:

    • Handle containers up to 350 pounds (on wheels), typically 150-200 lbs.

    • Lift 50 pounds safely.

    • Climb in and out of truck bed routinely with comfort.

    • Execute semi-repetitive tasks over time.

    • Operate outdoors, in variable weather and temperatures.

    • Bend, stoop, and climb stairs.

  • Excitement about compost, farming and the food system.

  • All candidates must pass a DMV and criminal background check. 

  • Willingness to engage in dismantling systemic supremacies and participate in a vibrant, inspired work culture.

 

Hours per week: 18 hours per week, additional hours available.

 

Starting Date: ASAP

 

Date Posted June 20th, 2022
Deadline Open until filled
# of Positions Available 1
Categories Compost producer or supplier, Nutrient Management
Type Part Time
Compensation Commensurate with experience
How to Apply Please send resume, cover letter, and three references to info@blackdirtfarm.com.

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