Work with us

Now hiring for farm and market crew positions 2020! 

Full season positions:

Market and apothecary assistant 

Farm and market assistant 

Part time / seasonal positions:

Harvest crew + Work trade/volunteer

**Philly-based and Orwigsburg-based positions available!**

To apply: Read on for details and fill out our form to apply here. On-site interviews will occur in February.

About the farm:

Tooth of the Lion Farm and Apothecary is a 6-acre herb farm located in Schuylkill County. We are a certified naturally grown farm and woman-run business specializing in growing medicinal herbs from seed to the final processing of bulk herbs and value added production of our tea and tincture blends. We attend farmer’s markets in Philly/Lehigh Valley/Pottsville, run a collaborative monthly herbal apothecary box subscription, and work with small local grocers and shops to sell our herbs.


Going into our fourth season, we are hiring full time positions in our farm and apothecary. We will be a tiny crew of 2-3 people, working together and independently to grow, process and market our herbs and blends. While we each have specific responsibilities that keep the farm business running (see positions below), we are also all working together to create a supportive environment that centers care and respect in our work with each other and in the world.


In all aspects of farm, apothecary and marketing work, I look for someone who:

  • Is enthusiastic about herbal medicine and is serious about pursuing work in agriculture or herbalism
  • Cares about herbal medicine and agriculture as tools to build a more just society and support our communities
  • Is eager to learn and improve, and gets sincere pleasure from a job well done
  • Enjoys tedious, monotonous and fast paced daily work
  • Who can communicate in a mature, empathetic and understanding way with coworkers
  • Is generally excited to undergo the bizarre business and lifestyle of herb farming here in Orwigsburg

The farm is located 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. Shared, on-site housing may be available.

Read on for specific positions. To apply: fill out form here and send a resume with 2-3 references to katelyn@toothofthelion.com

 

Market and apothecary assistant: apply here

You’ll be the smiling face greeting folks at our Philly farmers markets and generally involved in all aspects of our apothecary sales and marketing. This is a fun, people- and community-oriented position - you’ll be an important part of promoting our mission of connecting people with plants and generally being an enthusiast and agitator for promoting local herbal medicine. Farmers markets are a unique opportunity to gain experience in reading people and chatting about herbal medicine. You’ll share your own experiences and folks share their stories and memories of herbs - it’s a very special exchange and unique kind of market stand when you’re dealing in herbal medicine. 

Create our botanical bar menu each week, and contribute to creating easy recipes and other content for our customers. You’ll also work directly with the herbs in the apothecary (and occasionally on the farm), contributing to all the steps required to bring our herbs from the fields to market. Processing dried herbs, pressing tinctures, blending and bottling, as well as a weekly dose of recordkeeping, logs, GMPs, and data entry. Apothecary work is generally quiet and meditative yet productive and efficient.

This is an ideal position for someone who has a strong background in herbal medicine, enjoys working directly with people, has experience in marketing/customer service/sales, and is serious about pursuing future work related to herbal medicine. 

Location: This position has flexibility for someone living in Philly or within commuting distance to Orwigsburg - reach out to me for more details about this if you are interested. 

Schedule:

  • Seasonal position, March-December; approx 25 hours per week; potential for winter hours and/or year round position for the right fit
    • flexible start date (Feb/March/April), through Christmas (fall through holiday sales tend to be our busiest season) 
  • Weekend markets **commitment to Saturday/Sunday hours is a requirement for this position**
    • Saturday Rittenhouse market (hours 9-3, plus setup/breakdown/transportation)
    • Sunday Emmaus / Headhouse markets (hours 10-2, plus setup/breakdown/transportation)
    • Weekend days off must be scheduled in advance
  • Apothecary hours
    • Flexible apothecary schedule, typically Fridays
  • Flexibility to help out with farm chores, etc, a few days per month

Responsibilities:

Apothecary and Sales: 6-9 hours during the week, typically Fridays

Apothecary production

  • Assist in weekly production of all herbal products: fresh tincturing and pressing, blending, bottling and packaging; filling monthly subscription boxes
  • Assist in maintaining quality control and all apothecary GMPs and logs; assist with cleaning and weekly chores; keeping current inventory of all backstock, bulk herbs and ingredients, and finished products
  • Work closely with myself and farm crew and/or volunteers to coordinate herb harvests, blend production, and maintaining inventory

Sales, marketing and customer service

  • Contribute to our efforts to educate, share and stir up enthusiasm for local herbal medicine and our mission
  • Assist with posting and content for social media, email newsletters, blog posts and monthly zine sections for members
    • Option for using your skills in design/photography/writing/marketing
  • Maintain timely responses to apothecary@toothofthelion.com email and other customer inquiries
  • Pack and ship online orders; assist in webstore maintenance; coordinate for on-farm or market pre-orders
  • Possibly assist in weekly open apothecary hours (approx 3 hours per week)

Farmers markets: 15-20 market hours over Saturday/Sunday

  • 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 blends
    • Saturday market: Rittenhouse Square, rotating second markets in Bryn Mawr and elsewhere in Philly
    • Sunday market: Emmaus (near Allentown), Headhouse Square in Philly, rotating other markets and events
  • Work a Saturday and Sunday market every week - beginning with making tea in the early morning and ending with unloading in late afternoon
    • Some special events and double markets, particularly in fall, requiring evening hours and/or longer market days
  • Pack/prep and restock market bins weekly, keeping everything organized and easy to navigate
  • Keep accurate sales reports and update inventory weekly
  • Assist in creating our botanical bar menu each week with hot and cold teas, elixir shots, etc 
  • Be a guide for folks of all walks of life who are interested in herbal medicine; meet them where they’re at and offer appropriate recommendations; serve them some tea samples!
  • Keep market stands simple, clear, consistent, educational and helpful

General

  • Participate in regular farm chore rotations and apothecary cleaning chores
  • Participate in weekly crew meetings and monthly check-ins
  • Assist with any and all farm/apothecary tasks as needed (eg harvests, general maintenance, large farm projects etc)

Required Qualifications:

  • 1 to 2 years education studying herbal medicine, or combined education/experience working with herbal medicine
  • A passion for local herbal medicine, basic knowledge of herbal medicine making techniques
  • Some experience with sales/marketing/design/etc in a small business or farm setting
  • 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**
  • Outgoing/extroverted personality who sincerely enjoys chatting with folks, sharing and educating about herbal medicine; and comfortable being a shameless, unabashed enthusiast of our herbs and mission

Beneficial Attributes and Experience:

  • Specific skills in design, photography, etc
  • Some amount of farm work or volunteer experience; a full season is preferred but not necessary
  • Knowledge of Good Manufacturing Practices and/or Good Agricultural Practices and/or food safety certifications
  • Knowledge/fluency in Excel, Shopify, Quickbooks, Airtable

Compensation:

  • Commensurate with experience, $10-$13/hr base pay plus weekly commission at farmer’s markets
  • Monthly herbal apothecary box (value $660 for year)
  • Monthly product allotment and half off all finished products

 

Field and Market Assistant: apply here

You will be the main full-season farmer, involved in all aspects of growing, processing and marketing medicinal herbs, working independently as well as with myself and occasional volunteers or part-time help. 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 and at times laborious tasks of herb farming – everything from mowing the drive aisles to hand-harvesting 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 strong farm 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.

Location: This position will work best for someone living on the farm (shared housing option) or within commuting distance of Orwigsburg.

Schedule:

  • Seasonal position, April-November; approx 32 hours per week
    • potential for winter hours and/or year round position for the right fit
    • flexible start/end dates
  • Farm hours: 16-24 hours per week, Tuesday - Friday (flexible hours)
  • Weekend markets **commitment to at least one (ideally two) Saturday or Sunday market per week is a requirement for this position**
    • 8-16 hours per weekend, depending on market schedule
    • Weekend days off must be scheduled in advance
  • Flexibility to help out with weekly farm chores, etc

Responsibilities:

Field Production

  • Assist in all aspects of medicinal herb production, including but not limited to: propagation and prop house maintenance, hoophouse production, 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, flower bunching and bouquet making, market prep
  • Tractor and equipment work including mowing, bed prep, cultivation, some harvest, weedwacking, etc
  • Weekly: Assist in all farm upkeep duties as needed including but not limited to grounds maintenance, irrigation, pest control, etc
  • Assist in training and overseeing other staff and volunteers in field tasks

Herb harvesting and processing

  • Manage 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
  • Emphasis on maintaining herb quality and standards as well as record keeping
    • assist in managing drying and storage rooms
    • Record all harvest and processing data and assist in inventory management

Farmers markets and delivery

  • Manage one to two farmers markets per week, keeping a pulse on sales, getting to know our regulars, and chatting enthusiastically and knowledgeably about our blends
    • beginning with making tea at the apothecary in the morning, packing up the truck and driving to market, working market, then pack up and unloading back at the farm
    • Some special events and double markets, particularly in fall, requiring evening hours and/or longer market days
  • Keep accurate sales reports and update inventory weekly
  • Assist in creating our botanical bar menu each week with hot and cold teas, elixir shots, etc 
  • Be a guide for folks of all walks of life who are interested in herbal medicine; meet them where they’re at and offer appropriate recommendations; serve them some tea samples!
  • Keep market stands simple, clear, consistent, educational and helpful
  • Assist with weekly wholesale delivery and other orders

General

  • Participate in weekly farm chore rotations and apothecary cleaning chores
  • Participate in weekly crew meetings and monthly check-ins
  • Assist with any and all farm and apothecary tasks as needed

Required Qualifications:

  • 1 to 2 full seasons farm experience
  • Education, experience or demonstrated interest in herbal medicine
  • 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

Beneficial Attributes and Experience:

  • Tractor operation and farm equipment experience; engine and equipment maintenance
  • Knowledge of Excel/Sheets, Quickbooks, Airtable, Square and/or Squarespace
  • Knowledge of Good Manufacturing Practices and/or Good Agricultural Practices
  • Skills complimentary to farming and small business such as carpentry, computer/design, etc

Compensation:

  • Commensurate with experience, $10-$13/hr base pay plus weekly commission at farmer’s markets
  • Monthly herbal apothecary box (value $660 for year)
  • Monthly product allotment and half off all finished products

Harvest crew: apply here

Help us during our peak season - chamomile! The months of May- July feature lots of hand harvesting, hand weeding, and repetitive manual labor. Stretch out that lower back and join us for some hours of flower picking. Chamomile, calendula, milky oats will be picked by hand, and we’ll get into other farm/apothecary activities depending on the weather - leafy herb harvest, weeding, dried herb processing, apothecary work, weeding weeding weeding. You’ll work as part of our small crew of 2-3 people as well as independently. 

Schedule: Flexible hours, Tuesday - Saturday, approx 8-16 hours per week, May through July; Option for hours into summer and fall for the right candidate

Qualifications: Some prior experience with production farm work, landscaping, or other physical job or experience/accomplishments (running, etc)

    • Ability to lift 50 lbs above your waist, willing to work in any kind of weather
    • Ability to work with a quick and steady pace
Misc responsibilities: 
    • Participate in regular farm chore rotations and apothecary cleaning chores
    • Participate in weekly crew meetings and monthly check-ins
    • Assist with any and all farm/apothecary tasks as needed (eg harvests, general maintenance, large farm projects etc)
    • Assist with maintaining accurate labor logs and other data

Compensation: Hourly pay commensurate with experience; plus monthly herbal apothecary box and half off all finished products

Work-trade and volunteers

A few positions available for committed, hard-working, flexible plant people!

  • Commitment: 4-8 hours per week, ideally for at least 3-6 months
  • Options for farm work, apothecary work or market help
  • You'll receive a monthly herbal apothecary box in exchange for your work
  • To apply: Fill out the crew application and please note your availability and intentions

    To apply: fill out form here and send a resume with 2-3 references to katelyn@toothofthelion.com .