Farm Laborer/Mechanic in Townsend, MT

Native Seed

Job description

Here at Bruce Seed Farm we are currently seeking to hire somebody for a permanent position. Bruce Seed Farm is a seed production farm of over 25 different varieties of native and introduced grass, legume, and cover crop seed. We’re located in Townsend, MT along the Missouri river in Broadwater county, and provide an excellent opportunity for somebody to work in a very diverse, unique, and exciting industry.

The position would be an opportunity for somebody to put their knowledge from a college degree to work along with the opportunity to still do typical hands on farm work. This would be a great position for somebody to apply and increase their knowledge of soils, fertility, plant health, irrigation, moisture monitoring, chemigation and crop rotation as it relates to seed production and quality. Ideally we’re looking for somebody with a strong farm background, able to operate farm machinery to assist in planting, spraying, swathing, combining, seed processing, etc., as well as being able to maintain equipment/service equipment.

Our location provides the opportunity to live close to some of the most pristine and sought after recreation opportunities in the west, as we’re close to Yellowstone NP, Glacier NP and right along the Missouri river here in our valley. Townsend is a place that provides that small town feel and is a great place to raise a family.

Farm Laborers are responsible for planting, maintaining and harvesting field crops. They are responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of irrigation equipment, farm equipment and farm machinery. Diagnose, adjust, repair, or overhaul farm machinery and vehicles, such as tractors, harvesters, cleaning equipment, and irrigation systems.

Farm Laborer

  • Record information about crops, such as pesticide use, yields, or costs
  • Participate in the inspection, grading, sorting, storage, and post-harvest treatment of crops
  • Harvest crops with combine
  • Set up and operate irrigation equipment
  • Inform farmers or farm managers of crop progress
  • Identify plants, pests, and weeds to determine the selection and application of pesticides and fertilizers
  • Operate tractors, tractor-drawn machinery, and self-propelled machinery to plow, harrow and fertilize soil, or to plant, cultivate, spray and harvest crops
  • Clean work areas, and maintain grounds and fields
  • Record information about plants and plant growth
  • Maintain inventory, ordering materials as required
  • Trap and destroy pests, such as moles, gophers, and mice, using pesticides
  • Repair farm buildings, fences, and other structures
  • Plant, spray, weed, fertilize, and water

Repair, maintain and overhaul farm machinery and vehicles, such as tractors, harvesters and irrigation systems

· Repair defective engines or engine components.

· Service vehicles to maintain functionality.

· Record details of repairs made and parts used

· Maintain Repair or Maintenance Records

· Dismantle defective machines for repair or maintenance

· Clean and lubricate equipment, parts, tools to repair or maintain them in proper working order

· Test electrical circuits or components for proper functioning.

· Install machine or equipment replacement parts.

· Replace worn, damaged or defective mechanical parts

· Repair worn, damaged or defective mechanical parts

· Adjust vehicle components according to specifications

· Fabricate parts or components using drill presses, engine lathes and other machine tools

Reassemble machines and equipment following repair, testing operation and making adjustments as necessary

· Test mechanical equipment to ensure proper functioning.

· Reassemble equipment after repair.

· Adjust equipment to ensure optimal performance.

Examine and test equipment

· Read inspection reports, and confer with users to locate and diagnose malfunctions.

· Read work orders or descriptions of problems to determine repairs or modifications needed.

· Inspect mechanical equipment to locate damage, defects, or wear.

· Confer with users to assess problems.

· Test and replace electrical components and wiring, using test meters, soldering equipment, and hand tools.

· Test electrical circuits or components for proper functioning.

· Install machine or equipment replacement parts.

Install and repair irrigation, plumbing and sprinkler systems

· Install piping for installation or maintenance activities

· Repair leaking pipes

· Repair structural components


As a full time employee, you will be eligible for company benefits after a 60 day introduction period. Benefits include:

  • Health Insurance
  • Available HSA (with employer match) and PPO insurance options
  • Company Paid Employee Vision Premiums
  • Dental
  • 401k with Employer Match
  • 16 Days PTO/Year with increase for long term employees
  • Paid Holidays
  • $15K Employer Paid Life/AD&D
  • Yearly performance reviews with potential for wage increase