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Urban Farm Assistant Grower

Support community access to local produce, nutritional education, work force training, and microenterprise development

The Chicago Lights Urban Farm is hiring a part-time Assistant Grower for the 2021 season. The position will help to carry out the crop plan, harvest and sell produce to the local community, manage compost systems, and possibly work with crews of high school age youth in the summer and fall. It will also offer hands-on experience in urban agriculture, marketing skills, and farm-based education practices. The position is an integral part of the Farm, as they will be working alongside staff and volunteers to ensure the successful and safe production and harvesting of over 50 varieties of vegetables, herbs, and flowers. They will need to be comfortable working with people of all ages and need to be flexible and able to work in a dynamic, outdoor, and changing environment.

 Chicago Lights Urban Farm is a three-quarter acre farm that empowers youth and community residents in the Near North neighborhood to have increased economic opportunities through access to local produce, nutritional education, work force training, and microenterprise development. It also provides a safe sanctuary and programs for children and youth to learn about urban agriculture. 

It is accessible via the Chicago Brown Line CTA stop, which is three blocks away.

Primary Responsibilities

The Production Assistant will work with the Associate Director and other staff to:

  • Carry out the crop plan via soil fertility management, assisting with direct seeding and transplanting crops, hoop house pruning, weeding, irrigation system management, pest control, and other tasks as needed.
  • Assist with weekend watering.
  • Harvest, process, and pack produce in a safe manner for CSA.
  • Assist with site protocols and sanitation procedures to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
  • Help to run a weekly on-site farm stand. This involves organizing the harvest list/availability, harvest and processing for farm stand, customer service-related issues, money management, and breaking down/cleaning up the farm stand.
  • Act as crew leader for volunteers. This involves both setting up and cleaning up after volunteer groups and leading volunteers through farm tasks.
  • Comfort and ability to work with a crew of high-school age apprentices during summer and fall job program sessions
  • Participate in community outreach activities.
  • Participate in professional development trainings as appropriate.
  • Other duties as assigned or needed


  • Demonstrated experience with gardening/urban farming
  • Must take a criminal background check (Previous conviction does not necessarily disqualify applicant from consideration)
  • Strong communication skills
  • Flexible availability
  • Ability to lift 40 pounds and physical stamina to stand for long periods of time, including lifting and carrying heavy objects
  • Farm work requires physical and mental endurance, and days are spent outside in any weather
  • Able to shift gears quickly and efficiently
  • Comfortable operating as member of a team
  • Commitment to equity and social justice and proven ability to thrive in a diverse, equitable, just, and inclusive environment
  • Strong work ethic and personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and a commitment to Chicago Lights’ mission


Up to 29 hours per week, must be available on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and some weekend shifts.

Seasonal position that starts beginning of April and goes until early November.


$15.75 per hour

1 full share of vegetables (during employment dates)

Reimbursement of authorized supplies and materials

This is a seasonal position and does not qualify for health benefits.


Please send cover letters and resumes to No phone calls, please.

Fourth Presbyterian Church and Chicago Lights are committed to equal employment opportunity for all qualified persons, without regard to race, color, citizenship status, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, age, creed, physical or mental disability, marital status or familial status, veteran status, military status, source of income, political affiliation, or any other factor protected by law.