Nantucket Conservation Foundation hiring Sheep Grazing Project Technician

Nantucket Island, Massachusetts

Sheep Grazing Project Technician

 

Background

The Nantucket Conservation Foundation (a private, non-profit conservation land trust) has been utilizing sheep grazing as a grassland management tool on its Squam Farm property since 2005. The use of sheep is a historically-accurate conservation tool for Nantucket, as the past impact of European settlers and their grazing animals influenced the development of the island’s unique sandplain grasslands and heathlands. These habitats now support one of the highest concentrations of rare and endangered species in the Massachusetts, and developing and using land management tools for protecting and restoring them is a top conservation goal of the Nantucket Conservation Foundation. For additional details about this project, please visit the Foundation’s website at: https://www.nantucketconservation.org/research/sheep-grazing-research/

 

Responsibilities

The Sheep Grazing Project Technician is responsible for all aspects of maintaining and managing the Foundation’s flock. Specific responsibilities are summarized as follows:

 

  • Conduct a daily check of all sheep, providing feed, water, and/or nutrient supplements and ensuring that fencing is intact and sufficient.
  • Implement rotational grazing within sections of the property that are targeted by Science and Stewardship Department staff for treatment during the active growing season (early May – early November), including setting up and moving portable fencing, water tubs, and nutrient supplements and moving sheep in between pastures. Experience with sheep herding and use of a herding dog is highly preferred.
  • Conduct regular health checks on each individual sheep to ensure that body condition is being maintained, working with veterinarians as needed to regularly administer vaccinations, monitor and treat for parasite infestations, and identify potential health problems at the earliest possible stage.
  • Maintain detailed health records for each individual sheep to be used for breeding and overall flock management decisions.
  • Maintain detailed records of management actions taken and areas of the property that are grazed in conjunction with Science and Stewardship Department staff.
  • Conduct regular pasture and barn yard clean-up and maintenance activities, including management of manure piles and identification and management of invasive weeds, working with Properties Maintenance and Science and Stewardship Department staff members as needed.
  • Organize and neatly maintain all equipment, fencing, supplies, medications, tools, etc. related to sheep grazing project activities, communicating repair and replacement needs when necessary.
  • Oversee decisions regarding flock culling at the end of the active grazing season (late October) so that an efficiently-sized flock of the healthiest sheep is maintained and possibly bred over the winter.
  • Oversee the breeding of selected ewes in November to produce lambs in April, maintaining accurate records of genetic lineages and breeding performance.
  • Provide adequate hay and nutrient supplements for winter flock maintenance and pregnant ewe health from November – later April while the flock is maintained within permanently-fenced pastures in close proximity to the barn at Squam Farm.
  • Schedule and organize shearing (conducted by a local sheep shearer) of all sheep just prior to lambing in the spring and those that will be culled from the flock at the end of the grazing season.
  • Oversee all aspects of lambing, with veterinarian assistance as needed.
  • Interact with individual and group visitors to the property to provide information about the sheep grazing project and the Foundation’s overall conservation goals.

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and references to: Karen C. Beattie, Science & Stewardship Manager, kbeattie@nantucketconservation.org

 

Draft Horse Farm hiring Barn Manager and Trainer

Maine
Draft Horse Farm Barn Manager/Trainer
Our 100 acre work and play draft horse farm in western Maine has an opening for a professional and versatile barn manager/assistant trainer. Duties include daily chores and schooling drafts for work, sport, and show. Private home and some expenses provided. Experienced preferred.  Must enjoy and have a dedication to working with horses and the outdoors. This farm has 45 acres of prime agricultural fields and gardens along with 45 in forest areas. Non-smokers only. Enjoying a garden and skills with equipment and all around farm life a plus. Attractive work-to-own/direct purchase opportunity also possible for anyone/couple with entrepreneurial agricultural and recreational interests and goals.
Please send a cover letter and resume’ to troika@megalink.net

 

Amagansett Food Institute hiring Marketing Intern

Long Island, New York

About AFI:

The Amagansett Food Institute (AFI) supports, promotes, and advocates for farmers and food producers on the East End of Long Island. We recently opened a farm to table café and a commercial kitchen incubator for the growth of local food businesses and the production of value added goods. AFI runs a farm to food pantry program and coordinates a farmer-to-farmer training program for young and beginning farmers.

We are looking for someone with a business and/or marketing background to help with education and marketing materials for the café and commercial kitchen incubator. This includes engaging the local community through the development and design of marketing and educational materials, growing awareness around the café and incubator kitchen, and some social media.

Our Ideal Candidate:

-       Is knowledgeable and passionate about local food

-       Is working toward a business and/or food related degree

-       Has strong communication skills in both oral and written formats

-       Has experience developing marketing materials

-       Is able to work independently in a flexible environment

-       Has experience with Microsoft suite

-       Has knowledge of social media

This opportunity is for someone who loves food. This internship can be completed remotely from home or campus. If completed locally, it will provide the opportunity to work closely with young farmers and food professionals, network within the East End food community, and much more. It is an excellent resume builder.

This is an unpaid internship with a flexible start date. The internship will last 6-8 weeks. Class credits or work-study can be arranged.

To apply, send cover letter and resume to  Jessica at amagansettfood@gmail.com.

Spiritwind Farm looking for Manager

Lebanon, Maine

Spiritwind Farm LLC is looking for a manager with the option to take over the business.  The farm consists of over 100 acres of land with approximately 20+ acres cleared, some of it in vegetable production.  The farm also raises Nubian and Nigerian goats for milk products (no dairy license).  The farm also owns two mare English Shire horses to pull carriages and sleighs and can also be used for agriculture work.  The farm also raises pigs, meat chickens, and hens.  Products are sold online and at local farmers’ markets.

The farm is a registered member of Farmstayus.com, hosting visitors for short stays.  The farm also hosts Wwoofers.

The ideal candidate would have farming experience as well as agritourism; draft horse experience would be great.  They should be physically able to do hard work, love animals, and creativity is a plus.

This opportunity also includes the option to potentially take over the business at some point in the future.

Housing includes a studio apartment over the garage with a kitchen and full bath as well as 3 guest bedrooms upstairs in the main house with a full bath upstairs.

Visit spiritwindfarmllc.com for more information.
Kathy Ossinger, Spiritwind Farm LLC, Lebanon, Maine 207 457 3001

Edible Earth Farm hiring Full-Time Field & Production Specialist

Tionesta, Pennsylvania

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY
Full-Time Field & Production Specialist
Employment Dates: Seasonal Seasonal, March-November

Edible Earth Farm is a small USDA certified organic farm located along the Allegheny River in Tionesta, Pennsylvania. Edible Earth Farm manages a 250-member CSA program, participates in local farmer’s markets and supplies regional restaurants and institutional kitchens. In addition to growing certified organic vegetables, fruit, mushrooms and ginger, the farm also raises poultry and hogs.

Job Description
The Field and Production Specialist will collaborate with the Farm Managers to ensure the daily functioning of the farm.  Excellent leadership and management skills are a requirement for this position. The individual will have an eye for improving efficiencies, will maintain a positive attitude, have proven time management skills and have a strong work ethic. The primary responsibilities of the Field and Production Specialist include: field prep and cultivation, direct seeding, irrigation installation and maintenance, transplanting, harvesting, spraying, chicken processing, maintaining organic records, grounds maintenance and equipment maintenance. Individual will work closely with the Farm Manager and implement weekly farm schedules.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
•       Maintain a clean, safe and organized work environment, demonstrating a commitment to safety
•       Use time efficiently by learning what needs to be done and actively working to accomplish tasks with minimal instruction or assistance
•       Experience completing organic certification paperwork
•       Have a good understanding of quality and actively work to ensure that their work and product meets high quality standards.
•       Ability to follow and implement a comprehensive farm plan for 20 acres of agriculture production. Oversee plan improvements and optimizations.
•       Oversee the maintenance of facilities and equipment
•       Perform field labor and work as part of the harvest crew 1-2 days a week
•       Be a collaborative part of a team. Support other team members.
•       Have a positive, enthusiastic, and supportive attitude

Interviewing for the 2015 seasons. Full-time hours are 45-55 hours a week.

Must be able to follow directions, take criticism, be quick to learn and be detail-oriented. Must be physically fit and able to lift 60 pounds. Must have a car for transportation. Non-smoking work environment.

Application Instructions: Please send letter of interest and resume via email to mail@edibleearthfarm.com or call 814/303-9663. Must be prepared to provide 3 work references (not a relative), if you are to be hired.

Compensation
$1400/mo. salary + housing + educational opportunities + fresh organic food

Learn about the farm at edibleearthfarm.com or check us out on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

Wolfe’s Neck Farm hiring Organic Dairy Program Director

Freeport, Maine

Organic Dairy Program Director

Position Summary

A pioneer in sustainable agriculture since the 1960s, Wolfe’s Neck Farm (WNF) is a Freeport-based nonprofit agricultural campus close to the greater Portland metro area, set on 626-acres of incredible beauty, consisting of a unique mix of ecological systems: forest, marsh, pasture lands and four miles of coastline.  Our programs focus on helping support a stronger regional food system and connecting people all ages with sustainable agriculture.  Thousands of people are attracted annually to the farm for programs and events where they learn about sustainable farming; gain a greater understanding of where their food comes from, and how they can be more active participants in the regional food system.

In 2015, Wolfe’s Neck Farm is launching an Organic Dairy Program to be used as a platform for pasture and forage-based research, experimentation, demonstration and training, with a specific focus on training the next generation of viable and profitable organic dairy farmers.  Wolfe’s Neck Farm has an ambitious vision and the Organic Dairy Program will play a critical role in helping realize that vision.  This program is the first of its kind in the nation, and is being launched with a major grant from the Danone Ecosystem Fund and Stonyfield.

Wolfe’s Neck Farm seeks an experienced, innovative leader and manager who shares our passion for supporting the organic dairy industry, helping develop the most viable future models for organic dairy – both economically and ecologically – and training the next generation of organic dairy farmers.  The Program Director will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of the Organic Dairy Program at Wolfe’s Neck Farm including a Farmer Training program.  The Program Director will report directly to the Executive Director and will be responsible for leading the design of the operation from the ground up, selecting the herd, recruiting and managing the trainees and ensuring that the care, management and health of the dairy herd meets and exceeds industry best management practices.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Provide effective leadership in the design, planning and development of the new Organic Dairy Program and farmer training program
  • Manage daily operations of the organic dairy operation, ensuring the highest quality care is provided to all animals at all times
  • Provide effective leadership and management of the farmer trainees
  • Develop and manage the Organic Dairy Program budget
  • Work closely with the Farmer and Technical Advisory Board for the Organic Dairy Program, made up of active organic dairy farmers and industry leaders from throughout New England
  • Support planning of an annual organic dairy conference at Wolfe’s Neck Farm in conjunction with other organizations and higher institutions
  • Manage herd health and performance; maintain accurate records including those required for organic certification
  • Assist in the management and maintenance of grazing infrastructure, including pastures, water systems, travel lanes and fencing. Stay abreast of leading forage-based practice and research from around the world and incorporate and evaluate new approaches as appropriate
  • Collaborate with researchers and research projects related to dairy and forage operations
  • Seek out training and networking opportunities, including workshops, conferences, visits to area farms, etc. Work to develop partnerships and articulation agreements with other institutions
  • Work closely with the WNF Board and Education Staff to integrate the Organic Dairy Program into existing education programs, events and the visitor experience at WNF
  • Attend and participate in Wolfe’s Neck Farm and community events as needed and as appropriate

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Emma’s Garden hiring Executive Director

 

Portland, Oregon

Executive Director

Organization Need and Overview

Emma’s Garden’s is searching for a talented Executive Director to join our dedicated community members, volunteer staff, and board. We are looking for candidates whom have experience in the non-profit world or social justice organizing, are strong communicators and leaders, and willing to lead the charge on cultivating a local, equitable food system.

Emma’s Garden is a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation based in Northeast Portland. We are dedicated to developing local economies and equitable food systems in underserved neighborhoods. Emma’s Garden was formed in 2009 and currently helps run a first year market garden in Cully Neighborhood.

Position Description

 

The Executive Director has the primary responsibility for ensuring the vision and objectives of Emma’s Garden are achieved.  This includes overseeing fundraising, organizational management, and community networking. The Executive Director is also responsible for the maintaining of the organizations non-profit status. The Executive Director will work with program staff, as well as with community members and the Board of Directors.

Essential position functions include:

Senior Management Team Member

  • Work closely with staff in making collaborative management decisions
  • Ensure the organizational vision and overall programming is executed
  • Provide leadership, guidance, and determine resources to undertake initiatives
  • Plan and setup workshop for staff that allows for increased skills and knowledge for the implementation of the organization’s goals.
  • Draft organizational policies in consultation with the Board of Directors.
  • Facilitate executive staff meetings.

Organizational Networking and Outreach

  • Serve as the Organization’s spokesman.
  • Liaison between the Executive Staff and the Board of Director.
  • Liaison with foundations and donors
  • Create coalitions between residents, organizations, and leaders within the local community to facilitate the execution of joint vision.
  • Identify and contact local organizations and leaders within the community.
  • Plan and coordinate workshops for local community as necessary.

Program Management

  • Plan and coordinate Fundraising Strategies.
  • File necessary paperwork to maintain 501c3 status
  • Oversee benefits and expenses
  • Develop and submit grant proposals
  • Draft status reports for Funders and Board of Directors
  • Develop work plan and budgets

 

 

 

Knowledge, Skills, and Attributes

Emma’s Garden’s values based, mission oriented enterprise requires executive staff to exercise sound judgment; to be organized, flexible, and detail-oriented; and to build rapport with members and partners. Emma’s Garden staff possess excellent verbal and written communication skills, organizational skills, and analytical and problem-solving abilities. In addition, the Executive Director must possess:Intimate knowledge of participatory decision making practices

  • Familiarity with economic concepts
  • Dedication to social justice
  • Grant writing skills
  • Project management skills
  • Ability to supervise, train, and mentor staff and volunteers

Partnerships and Reporting Requirements

The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors.

 

How to Apply

To apply, please send your resume, a few sentences about your experience with non-profits and why you’re passionate about food justice and community outreach to: kaitlyn@emmasgarden.org