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JOB TITLE: 1-Year Intern
HNG DIVISION:HNG Farm, LLC
LOCATION:57 Sugar Hollow Rd, Fairview, NC 28730
HOURS: Full-Time 
REPORTING TO: Production Manager
DIRECT REPORTS: None
  • INTRODUCTION

Farm interns play a vital role in the day-to-day operation of farming practices on our 300+ acre farm in Fairview, NC.  During the 1-year time commitment, interns will have the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of livestock farming, berry and apple cultivation, and a variety of farm maintenance skills including carpentry and plumbing. 

Hickory Nut Gap Farm has been a family business since 1916 and is currently operated by 4th generation farmer, Jamie Ager.  He and his family opened the farm to the public for tours, events, and activities while still maintaining year round meat production in 100% grassfed beef and pasture-raised pork and chicken.  Since no other regional farm operates as both a production facility and agritourism model, this is a unique opportunity for interns to see how business and farming intertwine. Hickory Nut Gap is also one of the leading pioneers in sustainable farming, rotational grazing, and regenerative agriculture practices in the Southeast Region. 

  • MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
  • Feeding pigs, cows, goats, chickens, and turkeys as needed
  • Fence repair and pasture/fence line mowing
  • Assisting with farrowing
  • General livestock care as needed
  • Farmers market sales
  • Pruning apple trees and berry bushes
  • Equipment maintenance and repairs
  • Repairing water lines and electric fencing
  • Poultry processing
  • Operation of equipment such as tractors and skid steer
  • Hauling livestock
  • General landscaping duties such as mowing, weedeating, mulching, etc.
  • Application of pest control measures for organic produce
  • Hand weeding/mulching berries and asparagus
  • Leading field trips and tours
  • Daily animal feeding chores
  • KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED BY THE POSITION
  • Ability to accept responsibility for one’s actions and remain accountable
  • Demonstrates strong initiative of projects and assignments ensuring duties are carried out to completion in a responsible manner
  • Is punctual, arriving on-time, every time.  Punctuality is crucial for livestock to thrive. 
  • Maintains a positive attitude.  Accepts changing tasks and assignments with friendly, positive demeanor and adopts a “can-do” attitude
  • Ask lots of questions- this is a learning opportunity, we expect lots of questions. 
  • Willingness to ask for clarity in confusing situations
  • Demonstrates a strong curiosity
  • Willingness to try new things
  • Demonstrates a level of contagious team spirit
  • Possesses a mature behavior
  • Demonstrates good decision making
  • Ability to communicate effectively and efficiently
  • SUPERVISORY CONTROLS

Position reports to the on-site production manager(s) and is expected to operate under moderate supervisory involvement, depending on the task and the intern’s knowledge and ability to complete the task.  The CEO and all other staff remain available for information, advice, guidance, or assistance if needed and may provide training, coaching, and feedback when appropriate with the approval of the intern’s direct supervisor. 

  • PHYSICAL DEMANDS

Physical demands for this position are high.  There is considerable walking, lifting, bending, operation of machinery, animal coordination, and the like on a consistent daily basis. Applicants should be in good physical health with the ability to perform physical tasks at a moderate to high level. 

  • WORK ENVIRONMENT

Interns work primarily outdoors in all types of weather and should be expected to perform duties rain or shine. Interns are granted access to various farm equipment and will be trained on safe use proper operating practices prior to entrusting with unsupervised usage. 

  • COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS

Included in the compensation package is complementary on-farm housing, including utilities and firewood for heat in the winter months. All interns are provided a monthly stipend to cover incidentals as well as the following employee benefits: 

Interns
Leave
– 3 days paid bereavement per incidentX
– 1 hour paid time to voteX
Group Benefits
– Flexible Spending Account (FSA) – Employee Contributions onlyX
– Workers Compensation InsuranceX
Holidays, Sick, and PTO
– 2 Paid Holidays (16 hours)X
– Paid Time Off10 Days
Ancillary Benefits
Go Local CardX
Wholesale Pricing on HNG MeatX
20% off Non-Wholesale ProductsX
Complimentary 2-hour event space rentalX
At Cost Employee Apparel and Wholesale CoffeeX
Meat Loss ProgramX
Family Meal Day at the FarmX

This job description is designed to give you an overview of the main tasks and responsibilities for this position.  As the Company evolves and grows over time this job description may be changed in consultation with you. You will be expected to embrace such changes, to work flexibly, and to rise to the challenge of developing your skills over time.

JOB TITLE: Financial Analyst
HNG DIVISION:HNG Meats, LLC
LOCATION:Remote
HOURS: Part-Time moving toward Full-Time 
REPORTING TO: Chief Operating Officer
DIRECT REPORTS: 

JOB DESCRIPTION

We’re now hiring a Financial Analyst to join the Hickory Nut Gap team. The position is remote. Team member must be available to work during standard EST work hours. If you’re eager for your next challenge, HNG Meats is ready to welcome you to the team.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Provide analytical, forecasting, reporting, and project support to senior management
  • Produce monthly reports, which include key metrics, financial results, and variance reporting
  • Spearhead the annual and quarterly budgeting and forecasting processes
  • Identify opportunities for performance improvement across the organization
  • Maintain knowledge and keep abreast of new investment regulations or policies
  • Develop models that help with decision-making

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s degree in Finance, Accounting, or related field; CPA or MBA a plus.
  • 2-4 years of relevant experience in corporate finance, financial planning & analysis, investment banking, or other related fields.
  • Strong working knowledge of Excel, cost accounting and financial modeling
  • Excellent analytical, decision-making, and problem-solving skills
  • Attention to accuracy and detail required
  • Experience working in the protein industry a plus
JOB TITLE: Warehouse Associate Full Time
LOCATION:980 Upward Rd. Flat Rock, NC 28731
HOURS: M-F varied, occasional weekend work
BENEFITS:Health insurance stipend, paid holidays/sick leave/PTO, and more
REPORTING TO: Brandon Lowery, Ann Sitler
RATE OF PAY:$13/hr+

INTRODUCTION

This Warehouse Associate position works out of the main office of Hickory Nut Gap Meats (HNG Meats) in Flat Rock (Henderson County), North Carolina.
HNG Meats provides wholesale meats to restaurants, grocers, institutions, and distributors around the southeast USA.
This position provides support to the Warehouse Manager and staff at HNG Meats. The incumbent works to complete tasks daily and assist customers for HNG Meats.

MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Pack orders
  • Assist in inventory management
  • Organize fresh meat received weekly and value added deliveries
  • Rotate product between cooler and freezer
  • Help pick up customers/ customer service
  • Establish relationships with customers during pickups and deliveries
  • Help with warehouse cleaning and upkeep
  • Prepare value added shipments
  • Attend internal company meetings
  • Miscellaneous Warehouse Manager support and tasks

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED BY THE POSITION

  • Proficient in microsoft office and gmail.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to work as part of a team and build positive relationships
  • Good customer service skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to multitask and prioritize tasks
  • Forklift and/or warehouse experience preferred

SUPERVISORY CONTROLS

  • Position reports to Warehouse Manager. 
  • Position is expected to operate under moderate to limited supervisory involvement, depending on the task and the incumbent’s knowledge and ability to complete the task. The supervisor remains available for information, advice, guidance, or assistance if needed and may provide training, coaching, and feedback as appropriate.
  • Position is responsible for ensuring project timelines for all assigned projects for meeting deadlines.
  • The Warehouse Manager reviews and evaluates position’s completed work for success in achieving objectives and standards.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

This is a physically demanding position.
Days may entail a majority of hours lifting boxes weighing up to 70 lbs in cooler and freezer environments.

WORK ENVIRONMENT

This associate position is located in the main office of Hickory Nut Gap Meats (HNG Meats) in Flat Rock (Henderson County), North Carolina. 

The incumbent works in an office, freezer and cooler warehouse environment.  Most office work is accomplished using personal desktop or portable computer systems, scanners, printers, copiers, phone, and typical office supplies and equipment. Warehouse work includes lifting in coolers and freezers, utilizing and electric pallet jack, forklifts and reach trucks. 

This job description is designed to give you an overview of the main tasks and responsibilities for this position.  As the Company evolves and grows over time this job description may be changed in consultation with you.  You will be expected to embrace such changes, to work flexibly, and to rise to the challenge of developing your skills over time.

JOB TITLE: Full Time Butcher/Meat Cutter
LOCATION:57 Sugar Hollow Rd, Fairview, NC 28730
HOURS: Full Time

INTRODUCTION

Hickory Nut Gap Farm is Looking for a Full Time Butcher/Meat Cutter.

MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Performs all aspects of meat cutting
  • Prepares specialty cuts and sub primal meat cuts.
  • Maintains team policy and operating standards.
  • Arrives to work on time, appropriately groomed, dressed and ready to work; works all scheduled shifts and attends required trainings and meetings.
  • Provides excellent customer service
  • Must be honest and reliable
  • Maintains, or ensures maintenance of, a clean and sanitary working and shopping environment
  • Performs other duties as assigned by store leadership.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED BY THE POSITION

  • Extensive knowledge of meat cuts and cooking techniques
  • Some knowledge of Meat Pasture based farming and how it differs from commercial operations.
  • Excellent cutting skills with ability to break product down into sub-primal and retail cuts.
  • Capable of teaching others in a constructive and positive manner.
  • Strong to excellent communication skills and willingness to work as part of a team.
  • Ability to deliver information in a clear and respectable manner to fellow Team Members and customers.
  • Ability to follow directions and procedures; effective time management and organization skills.
  • Passion for Food in General
  • Strong work ethic and ability to work in a fast-paced environment with a sense of urgency.

EXPERIENCE REQUIRED

  • 2+ Years Of Meat Cutting experience.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

  • This is a physically demanding position.
  • Days may entail heavy lifting.

WORK ENVIRONMENT

  • This position is located in the Farm Store of Hickory Nut Gap in Fairview, NC.
  • The incumbent works in a kitchen, freezer and cooler environment.  
  • This job description is designed to give you an overview of the main tasks and responsibilities for this position.  As the Company evolves and grows over time this job description may be changed in consultation with you.  You will be expected to embrace such changes, to work flexibly, and to rise to the challenge of developing your skills over time.