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Farm Field Hand

posted January 11, 2019

Miraval Austin
Austin, TX
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About This Job

Job overview

During our time of growth and expansion, we are seeking a Farm Field Hand to join our growing team. The Field Hand is responsible for executing the daily functions needed to meet the farm’s agricultural production, aesthetic, and project goals. The field specialist will provide the bulk of the farm’s skilled operational and general labor needs. Responsibilities include: cultivating, planting, watering, fertilization, weeding, harvesting, packing, animal care, record keeping, operation of machinery (heavy and small), construction, upkeep, and repairs of the farm.

Cypress Creek Farm is a ten-acre operation created in 2012 to support Miraval Austin Resort and Spa. The farm hosts a progressive equine program, sustainable vegetable production farm, free range chicken coop, an apiary, and a medicinal herb garden. It utilizes permaculture practices to support the soil’s microbial life and demonstrate thoughtful stewardship. 

The farm’s mission is to provide guests a unique and memorable connection to land and life force. Miraval’s farm guests enjoy classes, private consultations, and lectures six days a week. Profound personal and collective improvements are possible at the farm, where guests can be intimate with the living systems related to their food production and total wellbeing in a way that highlights the terroir of the Texas hill country. All of the produce grown is featured in the hotel’s farm-to-table restaurant, and the farm’s herbs are grown and crafted for the hotel’s world class proprietary spa services. 

Benefits

As part of the Hyatt and Miraval family, we offer a complete benefits package, including Health, Dental, Vision, and Life Insurance; 401(k); ESPP, and complementary and discount Hyatt nights. 

Miraval associates work in an environment that demands exceptional performance yet reaps great rewards. Whether it is career opportunities, job enrichment or a supportive work environment, if you are ready for this challenge, then we are ready for you.

What you will be doing

  • Operate mechanical cultivation equipment including tractors and tractor-drawn implements
  • Utilize long and short handled tools for bed preparation, transplanting, weed maintenance, etc.
  • Apply field preparations for biodynamic growing strategies and fertilization
  • Operate and repair irrigation systems for variable crops
  • Plant crops, herbs, and perennials either directly or in seedling/transplant form
  • Mix soil and seed transplants in the greenhouse 
  • Scout and communicate any disease, weed, or insect pressures to the Farm Operations Manager
  • Harvest, sort, store, package, and prepare produce and medicinal herbs to specifications
  • Propagate, prune, irrigate, train, harvest perennial crop and herbs
  • Maintain farmscape areas (wildflower beds, apiary, food forests, etc.)
  • Perform tasks related to poultry care, including daily feeding, quarterly coop cleaning, cleaning and sanitizing of water troughs, pest scouting, etc.
  • Coordinate with Farm Operations Manager and Farm & Equine Coordinator to create schedule for all equipment, structures, and facilities related to both the Farm program and shared property spaces to keep them in good working order
  • Maintain clean tools, storage facilities, guest spaces, and employee shared spaces
  • Record updates to applicable logs I.e. Seeding Log, Field Log, Daily Work Log, etc.
  • Advise Farm & Equine Coordinator when supplies are needed
  • Execute off property errands as needed
  • Complete building projects or improvements as needed
  • Occasionally assist Farm Facilitators in preparation of classes and programs as needed
  • Report issues that could adversely affect the guest experience or team safety to the Farm Operations Manager and/or the Farm & Equine Coordinator in a timely manner
  • Participate in available training opportunities and apply learning and newly identified best practices where possible

Qualifications

  • Must be able to work a flexible schedule including weekends and holidays
  • Must be able to work outside in all types of weather conditions including heat, cold, wind, sun and dust for extended period of time
  • Must be able to perform all tasks associated with farming including ability to lift, push and pull at least 50 lbs. 
  • Must have valid driver’s license
  • CPR/First Aid Certified/Wilderness First Aid preferred or ability to become certified within 30 days of start date 

Education and/or Experience

  • Agricultural production: 2+ years field experience preferred
  • Sustainable mixed vegetable production: 1+ years field training preferred
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About This Employer

Miraval Austin

13500 Farm to Market Road 2769
Austin, TX 78726

(512) 258-7243

120 Room Resort

www.miraval-austin.com

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Surrounded by protected lands full of ancient live oaks and hills and free of any outside distractions, you can now embrace the Miraval spirit outside of its flagship Tucson location. 

Where 220 acres offer an imaginative array of Miraval's signature luxurious spa services, outdoor activities, equine and culinary experiences as well as new programming that incorporates Austin's culture and attributes.