Join Our Team in 2024!

Become A Part of Our Esteemed Crew at Morton’s Warm Springs

Morton’s Warm Springs is a true community space committed to creating safety and welcoming for all beings. We actively confront the status quo with the power of diversity, inclusion, and collaboration. We are dedicated to creating and supporting equal opportunities for all qualified individuals and encourage people of all races, orientations and creeds to apply, especially those traditionally and systemically marginalized by the dominant culture. We are built on the resiliency, wisdom and diversity of our awesome team and nurture an employee experience that includes appreciation, belonging, growth, and purpose for everyone.

Please familiarize yourself with our story and our intentions before deciding to apply.

We currently have openings in the following positions:

LIFEGUARDIAN

GATE GUARDIAN

CAFE STAFF / BARISTA

CAFE PREP/LINE LEAD + STAFF

CAFE ASSISTANT MANAGER

WELLNESS / MOVEMENT / BODYWORK PRACTITIONER

FARM & GARDEN MANAGER/MENTOR

To apply for any position, please:

Email your résumé and a brief cover letter (a simple email introducing yourself and telling us why you’d like to work here and your general availability) that includes contact information for three (3) references to: inquiries@mortonswarmsprings.com. Please include the position name you are applying for in the subject line of the email (e.g “Jane Sanchez – Applying for Cafe Assistant Manager”).

All of our positions are generally seasonal and part-time unless otherwise noted (some positions can be full-time for the right candidate). Most also usually require at least one weekend day per week. We prioritize hiring those who can commit to our entire guest season from May through September, with special emphasis on the high-season of June, July & August.

Also, because our small seasonal operation is so powerfully supported with a nimble, cross-trained crew (where staff are versatile across two or more roles), we prioritize hiring those who would enjoy and welcome serving in multiple spheres (e.g. Cafe & Gate, or Lifeguardian & Gate). This also keeps the work more fun and interesting for everyone while connecting us better as an entire team– a true win-win! That said, some specialty and/or assistant management-level positions are possible outside of these aforementioned parameters (e.g. within a single sphere, with limited availability, etc.) so please do still reach out if interested with questions.

 



LIFEGUARDIAN

Join the 2024 Lifeguardian Team at the Springs

Morton’s Warm Springs is hiring a select candidates to join our amazing Lifeguardian team this year. We invite those aged 15-20 to apply for our Junior Lifeguardian position, and those 21+ to apply for our regular Lifeguardian position. Our ideal Lifeguardian candidates are those who are extremely water confident, enthusiastic, hard-working, and team-oriented, including teens, adults, and retirees!

We believe that we have, hands down, the best lifeguarding positions available anywhere in Sonoma County, and the highest paying as well. Part-time positions are available for the duration of our guest season (May through September), and full-time positions from June through August. Those applying for the regular Lifeguardian position who can work the whole season, including May & Sept have priority on shifts. Junior Lifeguardian is more flexible with school schedules. (If desired, qualified applicants may also apply to work additional shifts as part of our Cafe and/or Gate Guardian teams as well.) 

WE WILL PAY FOR YOUR RED CROSS LIFEGUARD CERTIFICATION. If you are a strong swimmer but not yet lifeguard certified, WE WILL PAY YOUR CERTIFICATION covering each successfully completed season with us. Attending and passing a certification training, or having a previous valid certification, is a requirement for this position and for certification reimbursement. We are offering four different Red Cross Lifeguard Certification courses IN-HOUSE this year in our amazing hot spring pools– come get certified with us!

GET RED CROSS LIFEGUARD CERTIFIED IN A HOT SPRING POOL!

All courses are at Morton’s and are $200–$300 sliding scale. For info email: laurie@mortonswarmsprings.com

APRIL 19 / 20 / 21, 2024 (FRIDAY EVE + SATURDAY–SUNDAY)
[self paced online + 2.25 days in-person]
5–7:30PM FRIDAY EVENING PRE-SESSION
8:30AM–6:30PM SATURDAY & SUNDAY
TO REGISTER CLICK HERE: https://www.simpletix.com/e/apr-20-21-sat-sun-red-cross-lifeguarding-f-tickets-162513

MAY 20 / 21 / 22, 2024 (MONDAY EVE + TUESDAY–WEDNESDAY)
[self paced online + 2.25 days in-person]
5–7:30PM MONDAY EVENING PRE-SESSION
8:30AM–6:30PM TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY
TO REGISTER CLICK HERE: https://www.simpletix.com/e/may-21-22-tue-wed-red-cross-lifeguarding-f-tickets-162515

See other SF Bay Area & local North Bay Area Red Cross certification class availabilities at:
https://www.redcross.org/take-a-class AND/OR at: Finley Aquatic Center, Santa Rosa, CA.

Why A “Lifeguardian?”
Being a part of the Lifeguardian team here at the Springs is very different from having a typical “lifeguard job.” We are seeking a few select, mature, dedicated people who embody our larger stewardship vision and who can partner with us in our work revitalizing the culture and experience at these Springs. Our Lifeguardians protect and advocate for the safety and wellbeing of all who come here and set foot in these waters; they share a deep love of natural geothermal springs, habitat and ecosystems and feel a call to protect them; they are service-oriented and apply their strong skills of communication and cultural literacy in the art of inviting all our guests into a deeper and more caring relationship with our mineral springs, our grounds, each other, and our own bodies and health. Lifeguardians enjoy the meditative and aware state it takes to watch the water well, and invite guests into more mindful awareness of their surroundings as well. And as our first line of emergency response, a Lifeguardian is also highly trained to both prevent incidents and, if ever needed, to respond immediately and effectively with lifesaving interventions in a chain of care.

YOU ARE…

  • A strong swimmer who loves working outside
  • Outgoing and service-oriented with rockstar communication skills
  • Loves taking the initiative AND good with follow-through & consistency
  • Highly responsible and can take charge in a high-pressure situation when needed
  • A passionate advocate for protecting natural ecosystems/habitat/health
  • Curious, open-minded and appreciative of both giving & receiving feedback & ideas
  • Team-oriented yet comfortable working solo and “owning the pool deck” on your own

Being a part of our Lifeguardian team also means learning basic operations of the Springs systems, working on creative projects to improve guest and staff experience, attending monthly drills & skills meetings, practicing self-organizing leadership and participatory decision-making. Those who prove to be a great match with our team and who share deep alignment with our long-term revitalization vision and efforts will have the opportunity to continue on with us year after year and to codevelop their own custom role position within the organization based on their interests and aptitudes.

Our Lifeguardian team really sets the tone on the deck every day. And because they’re so central to our guest experience and to ensuring both our natural and human environments remain safe and healthy for all to enjoy, we offer competitive pay, reimbursement on certification, paid trainings and extra perks that are amazing!

Reciprocity
Compensation for Junior Lifeguardian is $20-22/hour DOE, plus great perks* and tip pool share. The regular Lifeguardian position for ages 21+ pays $23-25/hr DOE. Additionally, we’ll cover training costs! For each guest season that our Lifeguardians complete with us in good standing, we reimburse for half of the 2-Year Red Cross lifeguard certification or renewal fees. *PERKS: In addition to pay and tips, every current staff member enjoys a complimentary Duet Season Pass, as well as one complimentary shift meal and drinks for each workday worked whenever the cafe is open.

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GATE GUARDIAN

Become a 2024 Gate Guardian at the Springs
Morton’s Warm Springs is hiring a few select people to join our amazing Gate Guardian team this year! Part-time and full-time positions are available during our guest season which runs weekends & holidays in May & September; and TuesdaysSundays in June, July & August. Those who can work consistent shifts from May until Sept enjoy shift priority. (If desired, qualified applicants may also apply to work as part of our Cafe and Lifeguardian teams as well. Hiring and shift priority is given to those who work shifts in both Gate & Cafe.) 

Working at the Gate
Our Gate Guardians are the cornerstones that set the tone for the whole site each day, beginning with the first person who comes through the gates and ending with good-bye waves to the very last of our visitors at the end of the day. Gate Guardians are central to both our guest & staff experience as they orient us with awareness to the incredible natural and cultural gifts that this place has to offer while inviting us into co-creating a responsible, fun and safe place for all to enjoy.

Why A “Gate Guardian?”
Being a part of the Gate Guardian team here at the Springs is very different from having a typical greeter or cashier type job. Gate Guardians are mature, dedicated people who can really carry our larger regenerative vision of the work we’re engaged in to revitalize the identity, community culture and physical infrastructure of these Springs. Our Gate Guardians possess a natural social/cultural awareness which allows them to “MC” and helm our front gate well, inviting guests into a broader, more culturally-inclusive, historically accurate and environmentally sensitive awareness of the magic that is here. 

Gate Guardians are educators, spokespeople and advocates for the wellbeing, enjoyment & safety of all who come here. They share a deep love of and protective spirit for natural hot springs and their surrounding habitats and ecosystems. They are also service-oriented and apply their strong skills of communication and cultural literacy in the art of inviting all our guests into a deeper and more caring relationship with these waters, grounds, each other and our own bodies and health. 

YOU ARE…

  • A sociable person who enjoys meeting & talking with people and working outside
  • Outgoing and service-oriented with rockstar communication skills
  • Responsible and can take charge with confidence when needed
  • Reliable in attention to detail when cashiering/handling transactions
  • Team-oriented yet comfortable working solo and “owning the gate” on your own
  • A passionate advocate for protecting natural springs/ecosystems/habitat/health
  • Open-minded & appreciative in both giving & receiving feedback + ideas
  • Comfortable starting things/taking the initiative AND good with follow-through & consistency
  • Proficient and at ease in using basic technology (like iPads, Square, Simple Tix, Google Docs/Sheets, WiFi, walkie-talkies, etc.)

Being a part of our Gate Guardian team also means learning some the basic office operations at the Springs (things like answering phones, questions, helping people make reservations or buy memberships, etc). It also means practicing self-organizing leadership and participatory decision-making as well as working on occasional creative projects to improve guest and staff experience. Those who prove to be a great fit and who share deep alignment with our long-term revitalization efforts will have the opportunity to continue on here with us year after year and to create their own multi-disciplinary position with increasing seniority.

Reciprocity
Compensation is $18-20/hour, DOE, plus great perks and tip pool share. *PERKS: In addition to pay and tips, every current staff member enjoys a complimentary Season Pass, as well as one complimentary shift meal and drinks for each workday whenever the cafe is open.

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CAFE STAFF / BARISTA

Part-time to Full-time · $18 – $20 / hour + tips + perks

We’re hiring a few new teammates to join our cafe staff/barista team at our seasonal counter service farm-to-table cafe & coffee bar. Café 108° serves visitors coming to a beloved and historic hot spring daytime resort from May through September. We’re looking to fill these positions as soon as possible–ideally all will be hired by the end of April and starting in the first half of May. (For one or two last spots we may still be hiring into late May–with a start date at the absolute latest of mid-June. If our website still lists this position it remains open and we encourage all qualified applicants to apply.)

This position can be part-time with a minimum of one (1) shift day/week, however, qualified candidates desiring more hours can work a full-time schedule. The available shifts largely fall on Tuesdays-Sundays, but those who can consistently work either Saturdays or Sundays, or both, from May through to the end of September will enjoy shift priority as well as the most robust tips. (If desired, qualified applicants may additionally apply for positions/shifts in other spheres–e.g. Gate Guardian, Lifeguardian, etc. Most, but not all, of our staff enjoy working multiple spheres, both to build a personalized position/custom schedule, and to support overall team resiliency and cohesion.)

Those with a love of food & people, farm-to-table culinary arts, regenerative farming, and eating organically for the health of our bodies and planet will find themselves the strongest match for our small-team culture co-creating healthy, pleasurable, nourishing and inclusive experiences. Our ideal cafe staff/barista candidate is also someone who is excited to grow with our organization by returning to work at Café 108° season after season building upon their expertise and experience, and, if desired, taking on greater responsibility and seniority with each passing year.

Position Summary
Our cafe staff/baristas help to coordinate and implement all aspects of our cafe, working closely with our Cafe Manager and other staff/stewards in a variety of tasks including: preparing, plating and serving all food and drinks, as well as bussing, dishwashing, cleaning and resetting tables/service areas, tracking & restocking supplies, cashiering, greeting customers, and answering guest questions. Speed, accuracy, stamina, an optimistic attitude and stellar customer service/communication skills are required.

Candidates ideally have some culinary, restaurant, catering, barista and/or commercial food experience and would love to grow their skills helping to run an entire food service operation from start to finish. If you don’t yet have significant food service experience but are extremely capable and can show a solid organizational track record in other applicable fields, we are willing to train.

For this position you must be a self-starter with excellent and consistent attention to detail, organizational integrity and emotional maturity, as well as possess a steadfast fervor for cleanliness. Additional plusses include being intrinsically motivated to seek out new and creative ways for improving the multiple bottom lines we value & track–be it the holistic experience of guests and staff, our work flows, or our social, ecological & economic impacts. Candidates bilingual in Spanish are also a huge plus!

Primary Responsibilities

  • Assist with all aspects of cafe work, including: preparing, plating and serving all food and drinks, bussing, dishwashing, cleaning and resetting tables/service areas, tracking & restocking supplies, cashiering, greeting customers, and answering guest questions
  • Participate in occasional cafe meetings/trainings
  • Participate in occasional catering events for groups and special programs

Required Qualifications

  • Some experience in a food service (e.g. cafe, coffee bar, kitchen, catering or similar) expected
  • Ability to strictly and consistently adhere to health department standards, regulations & cleanliness
  • Possess valid food handler’s certification or willing to become (re)certified within 2 weeks of starting date as a condition of employment
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills (fluency in Spanish a huge plus)
  • Confident, self-motivated and self-managing with the ability to work both independently and collaboratively
  • Commitment to sustainable organic foods, passion for healthy eating and regenerative farming movement and enthusiasm for our Morton’s mission to create just and sustainable communities in service to the healing of ourselves and our planet
  • Computer and software/tech literacy, especially Google Docs & Sheets
  • Ability to lift 30+ pounds
  • Valid CA Driver’s License, operating motor vehicle, active car insurance, and proven track record of operating a vehicle safely–part of this job may include pick-ups from various local producers. We reimburse for mileage at the federal rate when using your own vehicle for work purposes.

Reciprocity
Compensation is $18-20/hour DOE, plus tips, which on average brings it to a total of ~$19-25/hour. In addition to wages and tips, staff enjoy a complimentary shift meal from our cafe each day worked, as well as optional espresso/tea/cold drinks and ice cream treats. Additionally, staff in good standing are offered complimentary Guest Passes for friends and family, and full-time staff with their own family may qualify to receive Season Passes for their family. Lastly, there are occasional training or enrichment opportunities offered for professional development as well.

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CAFE PREP/LINE LEAD

Part-time to Full-time · $20 – $24 / hour + tips + perks

We are hiring one or two new teammates to fill vacant prep/line positions at our seasonal, counter service farm-to-table cafe & coffee bar. Café 108° serves visitors coming to a beloved and historic hot springs daytime resort from May through September. This position through to mid- or the end of October.

As prep lead, you are responsible for preparing mise en place for salads and sandwiches, making jams and syrups, and crafting sweet, savory, and ferments for toppings and condiments. As line lead, you work during service hours doing order pick-up and working with counter service staff to support you during the busiest times.

Candidates must have BOH experience in a foodservice environment (café, coffee bar, restaurant, catering, or similar). Those interested in  growing their skills in helping to run a small-but-mighty food operation will be given special consideration. If you love food & people, farm-to-table culinary arts, regenerative farming, and eating organically for the health of our bodies and planet you will find yourself a strong match for our culture of co-creating healthy, pleasurable, nourishing and inclusive experiences.

This position can be flexible part-time (at least 16 hours per week) but, has a minimum required availability of at least one weekend day. For the right candidate who desires it, the hours can expand into full-time. If desired, qualified applicants may additionally apply for positions/shifts in other spheres–e.g. Gate Guardian, Lifeguardian, etc. Most, but not all, of our staff enjoy working multiple spheres, both to build a personalized position/custom schedule, and to support overall team resiliency and cohesion.

Our ideal prep/line lead candidate is also someone who is excited to grow with our organization by returning to work at Café 108° season after season, building upon their expertise and experience, and, if desired, taking on greater responsibility and seniority with each passing year.

Position Summary
This prep/line lead staff position will be helping to track, prep for and implement most aspects of our poolside café, working closely with the Café Manager in a variety of tasks from BOH prepping recipes/food/drink batches and components ahead, to inventorying and restocking supplies, to working order pick-up at the sandwich and salad stations. Speed, accuracy, stamina, passion, and an optimistic attitude with stellar communication skills are essential. Fluency in Spanish is also a huge plus.

For this position you must be a self-starter with excellent and consistent attention to detail, organizational integrity and emotional maturity, as well as possess a steadfast fervor for cleanliness. Additional plusses include being motivated to seek out new and creative ways to improve the multiple bottom lines we value and track: the holistic experience of guests and staff, our work flows, and our social, ecological & economic impacts.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Prepare recipes/batches ahead (e.g. jams, sauces, dressings, toppings, pickles/ferments, etc.)
  • Prepare mise en place for sandwich and salad stations
  • Be mindful and willing to assist with all aspects of café-oriented guest service work
  • Coordinate seasonal produce procurement from onsite Farm & Garden
  • Assist with weekly pick-ups from local farms/producers/bakeries
  • Prepare for and assist with catering and special event orders and events
  • Availability: now – October, 16-24+ hours/week, including at least one (1) weekend day.

Required Qualifications

  • Experience in a food service environment (e.g. cafe, coffee bar, restaurant, catering, or similar).
  • Valid CA food handler’s certificate.
  • Excellent attention to detail and cleanliness.
  • Ability to uphold health department standards and regulations.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills (fluent in Spanish a huge plus)
  • Commitment to sustainable, organic foods with a passion for healthy eating/regenerative farming movement as well as alignment with Morton’s mission to create just and sustainable communities in service to the healing of ourselves and our planet.
  • Confident, self-motivated and self-managing with the ability to work both independently and collectively.
  • Ability to lift 30+ pounds.
  • Valid CA Driver’s License, operating motor vehicle, active car insurance, and proven track record of operating a vehicle safely–part of this job may include pick-ups from various local producers. We reimburse for mileage at the federal rate when using your own vehicle for work purposes.

Reciprocity
Compensation is $20-24/hour DOE, plus tips, which on average brings it to a total of ~$21-29/hour. In addition to wages and tips, staff enjoy a complimentary shift meal from our cafe each day worked, as well as optional espresso/tea/cold drinks and ice cream treats. Additionally, staff in good standing are offered complimentary Guest Passes for friends and family, and full-time staff with their own family may qualify to receive Season Passes for their family. Lastly, there are occasional training or enrichment opportunities offered for professional development as well.

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CAFE ASSISTANT MANAGER

Part-time to Full-time · $20 – $25 / hour + tips + perks

We are hiring for our Cafe Assistant Manager position at our seasonal, counter-service farm-to-table cafe & coffee bar. Café 108° serves visitors coming to a beloved and historic hot springs daytime resort from May through September; and this position would ideally extend from late April through to mid- or the end of October. The required hours for this role are between 21-29 hrs/wk (part-time) with a somewhat flexible choice of which days, but ideally they would include at least one (1) or more weekend days. If desired, the right candidate may also be able to increase up to 30+ hrs/wk (full-time).

We’re looking to fill this position as soon as possible–at the latest by the end of April to start in the first half of May. However, we may still be hiring into late May–with a start date at the absolute latest of mid-June. If our website still lists this position it remains open and we encourage all qualified applicants to apply.

Position Summary
The Cafe Assistant Manager helps to manage & implement all aspects of our seasonal poolside café working closely with leadership to run an entire (small but mighty) operation from start to finish. They are someone with a love of both food & people, as well as some culinary, restaurant, banquet and/or commercial food service experience. This person enjoys preparing and serving a simple, farm fresh, organic food, feels confident tracking & managing budgets & supplies, and is comfortable coordinating necessary repairs/improvements or inspections. The right fit for this role is also someone who enjoys talking with customers & working shifts behind the counter while helping to guide our small team in co-creating healthy, pleasurable, nourishing and inclusive experiences. Fluency in Spanish is also a huge plus!

For this position you must be a self-starter with strong communication, possess a fervor for cleanliness, and demonstrate consistent organizational integrity and emotional maturity. Another important attribute is being an advocate of local, organic, farm-to-table foods, regenerative farming, the slow food movement/food sovereignty, and building relationships with local food makers. Additional plusses include being intrinsically motivated to seek out new and creative ways for improving the multiple bottom lines we value & track–be it the holistic experience of guests and staff, our work flows, or our social, ecological & economic impacts.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Assistant managing & coordinating all aspects of cafe work, including but not limited to:
  • Assisting in weekly inventory, ordering, stocking/supplies & vendor/farmer relations as well as tracking the cafe budget
  • Assisting in managing staffing schedule for all cafe workers & occasional volunteers
  • Working cafe shifts, primarily in BOH/food prep, but also in serving, cleaning, bussing, cashier, barista, etc.
  • Assisting research, development & implementation for cafe improvement projects
  • Participating in staff meetings, coordinating & supporting cafe staff with mentorship/training as well as cooperative mgmt. & communication practices
  • Acting as liaison with onsite farm/garden and steward community as needed
  • Occasional food pick-ups from local Sonoma County vendors & farms
  • Participating in catering needs for occasional special events or group reservations

Required Qualifications

  • Ideally at least one (1) year of experience at an assistant manager level or higher in any type of professional food service role; however, we will consider less experience for those extremely capable who can show a solid track record in other applicable areas of experience
  • Excellent record-keeping/organizational skills and time tracking, with computer literacy and proficiency in Word, Excel & Google Docs/Sheets
  • Adept at sustained attention to detail, consistency & precision in a fast-paced environment, while still being able to tend to & keep the whole cafe system in mind
  • Current Food Handler’s certification, or willingness/ability to become quickly (re)certified within two (2) weeks of starting as a condition of employment
  • Ability to maintain/ensure absolute cleanliness & safety for all cafe staff & patrons with adherence to health department rules & regulations
  • Excellent communication & interpersonal skills, confident, self-motivated & self-managing with the ability to work both independently & collectively
  • Experience or enthusiasm for training & educating staff & volunteers
  • Commitment to organic, sustainable & slow food philosophies & a passion for farm-fresh healthy eating with strong enthusiasm for our mission-driven service work to support wellbeing & just and sustainable communities
  • Fluency in Spanish is not required but a huge plus!
  • Ability to lift 30+ pounds
  • Valid CA Driver’s License, operating motor vehicle, active car insurance, and proven track record of operating a vehicle safely–part of this job may include pick-ups from various local producers. We reimburse for mileage at the federal rate when using your own vehicle for work purposes.
  • Availability: May 1 to mid-October; flexibly 21-30+ hours/week, ideally including at least one (1) weekend day

Reciprocity
Compensation is $20-25/hour DOE, plus tips, which on average brings it to a total of ~$21-30/hour. A highly qualified individual who demonstrates clear mastery + leadership may be eligible to bump up in pay after a minimum of 1 month of proven performance. In addition to wages and tips, staff enjoy a complimentary shift meal from our cafe each day worked, as well as optional espresso/tea/cold drinks and ice cream treats. Additionally, staff in good standing are offered complimentary Guest Passes for friends and family, and full-time staff with their own family may qualify to receive Season Passes for their family. Lastly, there are occasional training or enrichment opportunities offered for professional development as well.

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WELLNESS / BODYWORK PRACTITIONER

We are seeking experienced contract practitioners to facilitate onsite wellness, movement and bodywork offerings for our guests coming to Morton’s during our public guest season from May through September.

We’re interested in practitioners deeply versed and experienced in various bodywork modalities such as Swedish, Shiatsu, Esalen, and/or Thai massage, as well as modalities such as Acupuncture, Reiki, and Biodynamic Craniosacral therapies. We’re also seeking facilitators for movement arts offerings, be it to lead guests in yoga, partner or AcroYoga, various forms of ecstatic dance such as Soul Motion or 5 Rhythms, or nature-based mindfulness/meditation, sound healing, or somatic experiencing offerings.

Contracts are part-time with flexible hours requiring at least one (1) weekend day (Sat-Sun) and at least one (1) weekday (Tues-Fri) day per week. For the right person, this position could expand into more of a full-time role through fall.

Our ideal Wellness/Bodywork contractor candidate is also someone who’s interested in the possibility of returning to work here seasonally, year after year, to grow with the organization and take on more of a wellness leadership role with increased responsibility, seniority and creative freedom to help us build out an accessible and nature-based wellness program here at the Springs.

Position Summary

Coming soon…

Primary Responsibilities

  • Coming soon…

Required Qualifications

  • Coming soon…

Reciprocity

DOE, plus great perks* and tips. There may be optional enrichment opportunities in the form of workshops and/or trainings that are open for participation as well.

 



FARM & GARDEN MANAGER/MENTOR

We’re seeking an experienced farming and gardening mentor/lead to manage our 1/4 acre, low-to-no-till organic farm and garden and anchor our small but mighty community team in our 2024 growing season. Ideally this position would ASAP, and, after a successful first growing year together, this position would ideally become ongoing and/or be able to expand in hours, if and as mutually desired.

Our farm & garden was established in 2018 and, so far, we’ve been growing annuals, some perennials, flowers, a beginning insectary, as well as some cover crops for soil-building over about ⅔’s of its fenced area–meaning there’s room to grow. Our property is blessed with plentiful water, a few weekly Steward workers, occasional volunteers, and a gorgeous truly one-of-a-kind location.

Position Summary
Our ideal candidate is a community-minded person with significant skills & experience in regenerative, organic and/or biodynamic farming practices. This position would be for 2 or 3 mornings a week, with additional self-scheduled time if and as needed, totaling roughly 8-12 hours/wk on average, depending on the season. The pay/reciprocity for this position is negotiable and depends on experience/needs. It also comes with all-you-can-grow-and-eat garden produce as well as access/enjoyment of onsite community amenities and Springs.

Our garden feeds our small onsite steward community and, during the summer, it also supplies our hyper-local organic farm-to-table counter service Cafe 108° (and we’d love to see this grow). So you’d be part of coordinating and supplying some seasonal produce to that cafe for the summer months (roughly May-Sept).

For this position you must be a self-starter with strong communication, consistent organizational integrity, and emotional maturity. Another important attribute is being an advocate of local, organic, farm-to-table foods, regenerative farming, the slow food movement/food sovereignty, and building relationships with local food makers. Other plusses include being personally motivated to seek out new ways we can develop along the multiple dimensions we value & track -be it garden yields and quality, the experience of volunteer participation, as well as other social, ecological & economic inputs & outputs.

Primary Responsibilities

Managing & coordinating all aspects of farm & garden work, including but not limited to:

  • helping plan out, start and maintain seasonally rotating crops;
  • seed/start & supply procurement; irrigation & weed management;
  • garden planning & infrastructure improvement projects;
  • organic/humane pest abatement (mostly ground squirrels);
  • guiding & demonstrating farming skills/tasks to weekly community workers, and occasionally anchoring larger volunteer work parties.

Required Qualifications

  • Preferred 3+ year(s) of experience at an farm manager, assistant manager or similar; however, we’ll consider less experience for those extremely capable who can show a solid track record in other applicable areas of responsibility
  • Experience planning seasonal crops and rotations, direct sown & greenhouse started
  • Good record-keeping/organizational skills and time tracking, with computer literacy and proficiency in Word, Excel & Google Docs/Sheets
  • Excellent communication & interpersonal skills, confident, self-motivated & self-managing with the ability to work both independently & collectively
  • Experience or enthusiasm for training & educating stewards & volunteers
  • Commitment to organic, sustainable & slow food philosophies & a passion for farm-fresh healthy eating with strong enthusiasm for our mission-driven service work to support wellbeing & just and sustainable communities
  • Fluency in Spanish not required but a huge plus!
  • Ability to lift 30+ pounds
  • Valid CA Driver’s License, operating motor vehicle, active car insurance, and proven track record of operating a vehicle safely – part of this job may require driving to pick up supplies.

Reciprocity
Hourly pay is DOE, $25-30 + perks.

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