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Route Operator (Black Dirt Farm)

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

Farm Description

Black Dirt Farm is a diversified family farm in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom. We operate a year-route food scrap collection route to collect organic waste 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 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.

At Black Dirt Farm a diverse, inclusive, and equitable workplace is one where all Crew Members, volunteers, and customers—of all genders, races, ethnicities, national origins, ages, sexual orientations or identities, educations, or disabilities—feel valued and respected. We are committed to a nondiscriminatory approach and provide equal opportunity for employment and advancement. 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 will not tolerate marginalizing behavior, language, or harassment based on any of these characteristics. We’re committed to modeling diversity and inclusion for our community, and to maintaining an inclusive environment with equitable treatment for all.

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.

Job Tasks/ Sphere of Responsibility

1. Safely and efficiently operating the collection route two days per week.
2. Operating a ton-truck with dump trailer, hydraulic tote tipper, generator, hot water pressure washer, and fresh water pump.
3. Handling 48-gallon wheeled containers, visually inspecting containers for contaminants, and removing them when necessary.
4. Recording and reporting data.
5. Friendly customer service as needed while on customer premises.


• Five years driving experience; ideally, 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 plan and problem solve.
• Ability and desire to perform basic repairs.
• This job requires the operator to:
     - Handle containers up to 350 pounds (on wheels).
     - Lift 100 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.

Hours per week: 18 hours per week

Date Posted December 1st, 2020
Deadline Open until filled
# of Positions Available 1
Categories Farm Inputs, Compost producer or supplier, Support organization: Food Processing or Manufacturing, Food Scrap Drop Off Location
Type Part Time
Compensation Beginning at $17/hour, commensurate with experience
How to Apply Please email cover letter, resume, and three professional references to

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