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At Girl Meets Dirt, we make single-varietal preserves with heritage fruit, to celebrate this special terroir (the 'girl' in our logo holds the native Orcas pear-discovered growing wild on Orcas). The legacy of orchards in the San Juan Islands and their capacity to feed this community for over 135 years is our inspiration. To keep the agricultural history alive we steward island orchards with the most deeply-rooted trees, offering a depth of taste not found in commercially-grown fruits. We have a growing wholesale and distribution business with specialty food, cheese shops, & grocers across the country. We also have a retail shop, a growing online store and do weekly seasonal farmers markets in San Juan County. We are a proud 7x Good Food Awards Winner and pride ourselves in making exceptional, unique, handcrafted preserves. Woman-owned and operated, island grown.


PRoduction Team Member

 

Reports to: Lilly Rodgers, Production Manager & Audra Lawlor, Founder & President 
Classification: 24-40 hours/week (hourly, non-exempt) 
Location: Eastsound, Washington (Orcas Island) 
Pay range: DOE, employee discount & jam perks 

 

This position is based on a car ferry serviced island and not appropriate for commuters. It is not suitable for working remotely. 

 

JOB DESCRIPTION 

We are looking to hire an enthusiastic Production Team Member to work in our kitchen facility in Eastsound. This is an all hands on deck job assisting with every aspect of our production process - from harvesting to prepping fruit to cooking to shipping. The job entails fruit intake and prep, cooking, packaging and labeling our preserves line, cleaning, and assisting with product fulfillment. This is a great opportunity to learn about the art of preservation and small business, exercise your commercial kitchen experience, and work with a fun team of people committed to making an exceptional local product. 

 

Ideally, you have the following qualities/skills: 

  • Commercial kitchen, farm, or food production experience (we’ll train the right person) 
  • Ability to lift and carry 50 pounds from ground to tables or shelving, or into and out of trucks, on occasion repeatedly (sugar & fruit are heavy!) 
  • Love working with your hands and can be on your feet up to 8 hours a day 
  • Basic math and writing skills 
  • Knack for anticipating needs and prioritizing tasks 
  • A can-do hustle attitude/you thrive on conquering tasks and strive for perfection 
  • Flexible and willing to accommodate frequently changing tasks (multitaskers who enjoy being busy are welcome)  
  • Committed, hard-working, detail-oriented team player 

 

JOB REQUIREMENTS 

This is a physically-demanding position that will offer an opportunity to work on your biceps and endurance. Repeated lifting of bins of 30-50 lbs is required (jam/fruit/sugar is heavy!) Time on your feet may range from 4-8 hours per shift.  

 

HOURS  

The kitchen is in operation M-F from 8am-4:30pm. We can offer a tailored schedule for the right person within this window. Increased hours, as well as the opportunity to work year-around are available upon demonstration of a willingness to take on a greater role in kitchen operations & a strong work ethic.  

 

INTERESTED? Excellent! Please send us (or drop by with) your resume & short cover letter explaining why you’d like to work for us and why you think you’re a fit for this position. Email jobs@girlmeetsdirt.com with subject line: Production Team member position. Please specify your availability to start work and any specific scheduling conflicts.  

 

ABOUT GIRL MEETS DIRT 

Girl Meets Dirt is an Orcas Island-based, fruit preserves company specializing in heirloom jams from heritage island fruit. The bounty of orchard fruit in the San Juan Islands and their capacity to feed this community for over 135 years is our inspiration. To keep the agricultural legacy of the islands alive and continue to support the orchard economy, we have stewardship arrangements with island growers. Our effort is to preserve the community, the trees and their fruit by sharing the magic of simple, old-school varietals, preserved for enjoyment throughout the year. We have a growing wholesale business, selling our preserves to specialty food & cheese shops, & grocers across the country. We also have a retail shop, a growing online store and do weekly seasonal farmers markets in San Juan & Skagit County. We were a 2016, 2018, 2019, & 2021 Good Food Awards Winner and pride ourselves in making exceptional, unique, handcrafted preserves. Woman-owned and operated, island grown. 

  


 

San Juan Island Farmer's Market Representative

 

Reports to: Sales Manager, Robin Meyer
Classification: 8-10 hours/week (hourly, nonexempt)
Location: Friday Harbor, Washington (San Juan Island)
Pay Range: DOE, employee discount, & jam perks

 

JOB SUMMARY 

 

We are seeking an individual to represent Girl Meets Dirt and sell our preserves, shrubs, bitters, and apparel at the San Juan Island Farmers Market. The Sales Representative is responsible for transporting all market gear, setting up and breaking down, handling money and credit card transactions, sampling product (when permitted by COVID-19 Safety Protocols), and ensuring each customer has a positive experience. 

 

We are seeking someone who can give a commitment for a few key dates during the 2022 Market season. You do not need to have specific experience in sales, but we prefer it. You must be an excellent communicator, enjoy meeting & connecting with new people, and have a desire to learn and grow. 

 

DESIRED EXPERIENCE 

  • Have a knack for selling (and/or willing to learn) 
  • Love good food and are passionate about island agriculture and/or fruit 
  • Customer service including utilization of POS 

 

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS 

Farmer’s Market:  

  • Greet and serve customers at San Juan Island Farmers Market 
  • Gather necessary supplies from GMD storage unit in preparation for weekly market 
  • Set up stand in accordance with brand standards/examples provided 
  • Adhere to all Department of Health requirements 
  • Utilize mobile POS (Shopify) to process transactions 
  • Complete weekly report with market details and necessary supplies 

 

SCHEDULING AND TIME MANAGEMENT 

San Juan Island Farmers Market: Farmer’s Markets are Saturdays from 9:30am-1pm from the first weekend of April until the last Weekend of October. This role is to specifically cover a few key dates in the 2022 season and to act as backup for our current Representative. The expectation is that the Sales Representative will arrive to the market on time and prepared with all necessary product and supplies meaning they will need to begin their shift approximately 1 hour prior to the start of the market. The stand must be broken down and product secured at the Girl Meets Dirt storage unit, typically requiring an additional 30 minutes-1 hour after close of farmer’s market.