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We are hiring 3 positions for the 2023 season! 

To apply:

We will be in touch for phone and on-farm interviews this winter. If you have any questions after reading the descriptions, don't hesitate to reach to out to info@katydidhill.com! 


Katydid Hill is a farmer owned herbal tea farm and apothecary where we are committed to growing 100% of the herbs in our teas and elixirs. We grow herbs on 6 acres in Orwigsburg, Pa, process everything by hand in our certified kitchen, and sell primarily at farmers markets, on our webstore, and to small shops and grocers. This year we’ll be a tiny crew of 3-5 people working together to keep all aspects of the farm business running. Chamomile is our favorite crop to grow around here, and we specialize in crafting the most aromatic and flavorful cup of chamomile tea you’ve ever had. We believe that the flavor is the medicine and craft each blend to delight, uplift, or simply meet you where you are at. 

Katydid Hill is co-owned by Katelyn and Ben, partners in love and farming, and grew out of Tooth of the Lion Farm - an herb farm established by Katelyn in 2016. The change in farm name represents a refocusing of our product line, as well as a realignment of our farm values in celebration of love and connection. We are excited to be going into our seventh season, with both solid systems in place and a few new exciting projects that we’ve got planned.

Location: All positions are based at the farm in Orwigsburg, Pa, about 1.5 hours from Philly, 45 minutes from the Lehigh Valley and Reading, 15 minutes from Pottsville and Hamburg. Unfortunately there is no public transit and having your own transportation is strongly recommended. 

 

 

Position: Farm and Apothecary Crew Member, FT full season

You will be the main full-season farmer, involved in all aspects of growing, processing and marketing medicinal herbs, working independently and as part of the small crew. You’ll be regularly involved with our farmers markets, helping to fulfill our mission and be a guide for folks interested in herbal medicine.

We will spend many hours each week performing the tedious, repetitive and at times laborious tasks of herb farming – everything from mowing the drive aisles to picking flowers to tractor work. The work changes significantly with the seasons, and patience, flexibility and physical fitness are all important. 

This is an ideal position for someone who has solid farming experience, is serious about pursuing a career in farming and wants to learn the ins and outs, big picture and technical aspects of producing high quality medicinal herbs on a market scale. You will have the opportunity to build on your current skill set and explore all aspects of a farm-apothecary business.

This position would dovetail nicely with the Pasa Diversified Vegetable Apprenticeship program for the right candidate. The DVA program is a great opportunity with lots of resources for folks who want a more focused learning experience and are willing to commit to additional training time outside work hours. We have loved being a part of this program in the past and would look forward to continuing. 

Responsibilities include:

Field Production

  • Assist in all aspects of medicinal herb production, including but not limited to: propagation and prop house maintenance, transplanting and direct seeding crops, bed preparation, fertilizing/side dressing/foliar spraying, pest and disease management, handweeding, hoeing, hand harvest, washing and post-harvest processing, bouquet making and market prep
  • Weekly herb harvesting and processing, including: mechanical and hand harvests, drying herbs in our loft and grain bin, garbling dried herbs, and processing fresh herbs for tincturing
  • Tractor and equipment work including mowing, bed prep, cultivation, harvest, weedwacking, etc
  • Assist in all regular farm upkeep duties as needed including but not limited to grounds maintenance, irrigation, pest control, etc
  • Participate in weekly farm chore rotations
  • Assist in training and overseeing other staff and volunteers in field tasks
  • Assist in data collection and record keeping including labor logs, inventory, harvest logs, etc

Apothecary Production:

  • Assist in production of all herbal products: blending and packaging teas, fresh tincturing and pressing, and blending and bottling tinctures
  • Maintain quality control and GMP records: complete GMP paperwork for all apothecary operations, keep daily apothecary logs including labor, production, and other records
  • Assist in training and overseeing volunteers in apothecary production
  • Daily maintenance of apothecary cleanliness standards and execution of weekly cleaning chores, including pest control

Farmers Market

  • Work a Saturday and/or Sunday market every week (schedule depending on other staff availability)
    • Market days begin with packing up the truck and driving to market, setting up a beautiful and consistent market stand, chatting with market-goers and operating the POS system, closing up and driving back to the apothecary. You will generally be working independently as the sole market operator for both market days.
    • Saturdays start early (around 5-6 AM) and are typically 10-12 hour days, and we often use one truck for two markets in Philly on that day. Sundays are typically 8 hour days.
    • Some special events and markets requiring evening hours and/or longer market days

General

  • Participate in weekly crew meetings and monthly check-ins
  • Assist with all farm and apothecary tasks as needed

Required Qualifications:

  • 1 to 2 full seasons farm experience
  • Experience and comfort using small engines such as weedwackers/mowers
  • Must be able to lift 50 lbs above your waist, repeatedly, be willing to work all day in all weather conditions
  • Clean driving record

Important Personal Attributes and Experience:

  • Desire to work efficiently, quickly and steadily throughout the day, working closely as a small team to determine daily and weekly priorities
  • Strong communication and time management skills; ability to give and receive feedback
  • Ability to work independently, setting and maintaining an efficient pace to accomplish tasks
  • A strong work ethic and a strong value of self care and community care

Beneficial Attributes and Experience:

  • Education, experience or demonstrated interest in herbal medicine
  • Tractor operation and farm equipment experience; engine and equipment maintenance
  • Knowledge of Google Sheets and Docs
  • Experience with Shopify, Canva
  • Knowledge of Good Manufacturing Practices and/or Good Agricultural Practices
  • Skills complimentary to farming and small business such as carpentry, computer/design, etc

Schedule:

  • Seasonal position, April through December; 40-45 hours per week
    • Either Tuesday-Saturday or Wednesday-Sunday (this will be decided in advance of the season depending on other staff availability)
      • Possible Sunday or additional market or event days if needed 
      • Regular weekend hours are required - time off market hours must be planned in advance
    • Weekdays: 8-4:30; Saturdays 5/6am-4/5pm, Sundays 7/8am-3pm; hours change seasonally 

Compensation:

  • $16/hr daily base pay plus commission at farmer’s markets
  • Paid days off including sick leave and vacation days
  • Half off all retail products

 

 

Position: Farm and Apothecary Crew Member, PT/ short season

This position focuses primarily on farm and apothecary production, and you’ll have the opportunity to experience many aspects of working at a small farm and herbal tea business. Since this is a shorter season, part time position, no specific farm experience is required and we are happy to train the right candidate. This position will primarily be on the farm/apothecary during the week, with a few weekend dates working farmers markets during the season.

Because there are many activities and a small crew you will have the opportunity to work on all sides of the farm business, from seeding in the propagation house to harvest to drying and milling. We will spend many hours each week performing the tedious, repetitive and at times laborious tasks of herb farming. The work changes significantly with the seasons, and patience, flexibility and physical fitness are all important. 

This position is ideal for someone looking to gain experience and skills in herb farming and value-added production, while working with a small crew to grow and harvest a literal ton of herbal tea!

Responsibilities include:

Field Production

  • Assist in all aspects of medicinal herb production, including but not limited to: propagation and prop house maintenance, transplanting and direct seeding crops, bed preparation, fertilizing/side dressing/foliar spraying, pest and disease management, handweeding, hoeing, hand harvest, washing and post-harvest processing, bouquet making and market prep
  • Weekly herb harvesting and processing, including: mechanical and hand harvests, drying herbs in our loft and grain bin, garbling dried herbs, and processing fresh herbs for tincturing
  • Small engine work including mowing, weedwacking, etc
  • Assist in all regular farm upkeep duties as needed including but not limited to grounds maintenance, irrigation, pest control, etc
  • Participate in weekly farm chore rotations
  • Assist in training and overseeing other staff and volunteers in field tasks
  • Assist in data collection and record keeping including labor logs, inventory, harvest logs, etc

Apothecary Production:

  • Assist in the production of all herbal products: blending and packaging teas, fresh tincturing and pressing, and blending and bottling tinctures
  • Maintain quality control and GMP records: complete GMP paperwork for all apothecary operations, keep daily apothecary logs including labor, production, and other records
  • Assist in training and overseeing volunteers in apothecary production
  • Daily maintenance of apothecary cleanliness standards and execution of weekly cleaning chores, including pest control

Farmers Market

  • Ability to sub in for a few market days (with advance notice) during the season is required
    • Market days begin with packing up the truck driving to market, setting up a beautiful and consistent market stand, chatting with market-goers and operating the POS system, closing up and driving back to the apothecary.
    • Some special events and markets requiring evening hours and/or longer market days

General

  • Participate in weekly crew meetings and monthly check-ins
  • Assist with all farm and apothecary tasks as needed

 

Required Qualifications:

  • Must be able to lift 50 lbs above your waist, repeatedly, be willing to work all day in all weather conditions

 

Important Personal Attributes and Experience:

  • Desire to work efficiently, quickly and steadily throughout the day, working closely as a small team to determine daily and weekly priorities
  • Strong communication and time management skills; ability to give and receive feedback
  • Ability to work independently, setting and maintaining an efficient pace to accomplish tasks
  • A strong work ethic and a strong value of self care and community care

 

Beneficial Attributes and Experience:

  • Some farming or physical/outdoor work experience
  • Education, experience or demonstrated interest in herbal medicine
  • Experience and comfort using small engines such as weedwackers/mowers
  • Experience with Shopify, Canva, Google Sheets, Docs
  • Knowledge of Good Manufacturing Practices and/or Good Agricultural Practices
  • Skills complimentary to farming and small business such as carpentry, computer/design, etc

 

Schedule:

  • Seasonal position, May 16 through September 1; 24-27 hours per week
    • Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
      • A few market days on Saturday or Sundays will be planned in advance and are required 

Compensation:

  • $14/hr daily base pay (plus commission at farmer’s markets for those days)
  • Half off all retail products

Position: Farmers Market Assistant, PT full season

You will be the farmer’s market lead, working on all aspects of our market weekends from preparation and packing to working the actual markets. This is a fun, people and community oriented position - you’ll be an important part of enthusiastically promoting the mission of our farm and generally be a badass guide to herbal tea.

Fridays will be at the apothecary in Orwigsburg and include farmers market preparation, inventory management and data entry.  You’ll also support apothecary production alongside your co-workers, including processing and packaging herbal teas and elixirs as well as other kitchen activities.

Saturdays begin in Orwigsburg with packing up the truck, driving to market in Philly, setting up a beautiful and consistent market stand, chatting with market-goers and operating the POS system, closing up and driving back to the apothecary. On Sundays we set up at the Emmaus farmers market, which is typically an 8 hour day including driving and set up/breakdown. You will generally be working independently as the sole market operator for both market days.

Saturdays start early (around 5-6 AM) and are typically 10-12 hour days, and we often use one truck for two markets in Philly on that day. Fridays and Sundays are typically 8 hour days.

This is an ideal position for someone who truly enjoys working directly with people and is passionate about local food systems.

 

Schedule:

  • Seasonal position, April - December; approx 27-30 hours per week
    • Fridays 8am-4:30pm, Saturdays 5/6am-4/5pm, Sundays 7/8am-3pm; hours change seasonally 
    • Time off market hours must be scheduled in advance

 

Responsibilities include:

Farmers markets: 

  • Manage all aspects of our weekly farmers markets, keeping a pulse on sales, getting to know our regulars, and chatting enthusiastically and knowledgeably about our tea and elixir blends
    • Saturday market: Rittenhouse Square or Clark Park in Philly
      • Some days will be double markets - unloading at one location (one person), driving to another (the second person)
    • Sunday market: Emmaus (near Allentown)
    • Occasional other events and markets in the area
  • Pack/prep and restock market bins weekly, keeping everything organized and easy to navigate, maintain FIFO inventory
  • Keep accurate sales reports and update inventory weekly
  • Follow all health department regulations 
  • Coordinate market pre-orders/pickups
  • Be a guide for folks of all walks of life who are interested in herbal teas and elixirs; meet them where they’re at and offer appropriate recommendations; serve them some tea samples!
  • Keep market stands simple, clear, consistent, educational and helpful

Apothecary Production:

  • Assist in weekly production of a variety of herbal products: fresh tincturing and pressing, blending, bottling and packaging
  • Maintain quality control and assist in daily recordkeeping for GMP regulations, production and labor logs, etc
  • Assist in maintaining apothecary cleanliness standards and execution of weekly cleaning chores, including pest control
  • Assist with posting and content for social media, email newsletters and blog posts

General:

  • Participate in weekly crew meetings and monthly check-ins
  • Assist with any misc farm/apothecary tasks as needed (eg general maintenance, large group projects etc)

 

Required Qualifications:

  • 2-3 years experience in customer service, retail or service industry
  • A passion for local food systems, local herbal medicine
  • Comfort with numbers and fluency in excel and/or google sheets
  • This is a physical job requiring standing all day, generally moving heavy objects frequently, carrying 5-gal buckets and heavy bins, going up and down awkward ladder steps and loading the truck, often in cold rain or wind or hot sun. 
  • **Must be able to lift 50 lbs above your waist, repeatedly, be willing to work in all weather conditions, and able to move around in awkward places and be able to stand on your feet for extended periods of time**

 

Important Personal Attributes and Experience:

  • Ability to work in a fast-paced market environment
  • Strong communication and time management skills; ability to give and receive feedback
  • A strong work ethic and a strong self care and community care value
  • Outgoing/extroverted personality who sincerely enjoys chatting with folks, sharing and educating about herbs; and comfortable in being a shameless, unabashed enthusiast of our farm’s mission

 

Beneficial Attributes and Experience:

  • Education, experience or demonstrated interest in herbal medicine
  • Some amount of farm work or volunteer experience
  • Food safety certifications; Knowledge of Good Manufacturing Practices and/or Good Agricultural Practices
  • Knowledge or experience of Shopify, Canva
  • Skills complimentary to farming and small business such as carpentry, computer/design, etc

 

Compensation:

  • $16/hr daily base pay plus significant commission at farmer’s markets
  • Paid days off including sick leave and vacation days
  • Half off all retail products