University of the Pacific hiring Garden Program Director

Stockton, California


Department: Office of the President HR
Approved Date: September 2, 2015
Reports To: Sustainability Director
Grade: 8 Position #: 114696
Position Class: 13DR8 FLSA
Status: Full Time Exempt

PRIMARY PURPOSE OR RESPONSIBILITY: The Garden Program Director at University of the Pacific will be responsible for physical planning and development of the food producing Robb Garden, developing and teaching new academic courses and/or lectures that link the Robb Garden and Bon Appetit Native Garden into Pacific’s academic degree programs, supporting the community garden on the Sacramento campus, and developing new and deepening existing relationships between those gardens and Pacific’s cocurricular programs.

View the full job description here: Pacific Garden Program Director Job Announcement v.09-29-15

Stearns Farm CSA hiring Farm Manger

Framingham, Massachusetts

Stearns Farm CSA is hiring a Farm Manager.

Location: 862 Edmands Road, Framingham, MA

Full-Time, year-round position.

Compensation: Competitive and based on experience.

Stearns Farm is a 165 member CSA in its 25th season.  Located on 5 acres of sandy bottom-land in Framingham, MA, Stearns Farm has created an environment that encourages the community to actively participate in all aspects of the farming process. It is a beautiful, peaceful haven, including 4 acres of tillable land for vegetable production, as well as perennial berries, a flower garden, a children’s garden, and culinary and herbal tea gardens.

The Farm Manager is responsible for all aspects of production for a 165 member CSA.  The Farm Manager will develop and implement an annual plan for an organic vegetable farm, including the management of farm staff (hired and voluntary), management of all production-related tractor work and landscaping, coordination of weekly harvests including pick up share contents. The Farm Manager will purchase farm supplies and seeds, maintain detailed farm records, maintain a clean, safe, and organized work environment.  Other responsibilities include: weed management, fertility management (cover cropping, compost, crop rotation, etc.), pest and disease management, irrigation design, maintenance and management.  The Farm Manager coordinates and communicates regularly with the Board of Directors and serves as a resource for member inquiries.

Qualified candidates will have 3-5 years of farm experience, including prior management experience. Must have strong organizational, communication, management, and business skills, as well as a commitment to organic agriculture.

Please send resume to  Call 508-314-4845 with questions.

Green Earth Growers hiring Greenhouse Laborer and Farm Manager

Prior Lake, Minnesota


We are an earth friendly greenhouse and produce farm operation located about half an hour south of the Cities in search of a full time, year round employee. This position rotates between greenhouse work November-May, and farm work May-October. Only serious candidates with prior greenhouse and or organic farm experience should apply thank you!

Greenhouse Duties Include:

  • Moving plant trays throughout the greenhouse
  • Preparing greenhouse bays for growing
  • Greenhouse repairs and maintenance
  • Transplanting
  • Plant care (occasional watering)
  • Customer service
  • Pulling customers orders
  • Loading orders for delivery
  • Driving delivery trucks.

Farm Manager Duties Include:

  • Planning
  • Planting
  • Harvesting
  • Setting up irrigation
  • Pest and weed control of our 3 acre produce farm using organic methods only
  • Must be able to work outside during the summer months
  • Run a tiller and other farming equipment
  • General knowledge of farm equipment maintenance and repair is a plus.

Possible candidate must be able to:

  • Work in a face paced environment with possibility to work over 40 hours a week (seasonally – In May we work up to 12 hours a day 6-7 days a week)
  • Bend, lift and carry up to 50lbs and be on your feet for 8+ hours
  • Identify different varieties of flower and veggie plants
  • Read and understand an order sheet
  • Have good customer service skills
  • Be able to take direction and work independently
  • Be detail minded and organized
  • Be able to take initiative and take ownership in your work

Salary range:

We pay based on experience and plant knowledge

Engelwood, New Jersey


Le Gourmet Factory Cooking School in Englewood, NJ is seeking a Part time Chef Assistant immediately. This position reports to the Cooking School Director. Kitchen helpers assist chefs and guests in the cooking school by keeping the kitchen(s) clean and by performing a variety of food preparation tasks, as well as event set-up and breakdown. This is a “front-of-the-house” & “back-of-the-house” position. Previous experience working in a restaurant setting (e.g., dishwasher, bus boy/girl, etc.) is preferred, but not required.

Principle Duties and Responsibilities (includes the following but not limited to):

  • Assist Head Chef/Cooking Instructor with public recreational cooking classes & private events.
  • Prepare mise en place for recipes for hands-on and demonstration cooking classes
  • Work as a team to cook, serve and clean
  • Successful applicant must embody hospitality
  • Instruct hands-on students in executing recipes while presenting a pleasant, professional demeanor
  • Retrieve food items from fridge or freezer
  • Wash, peel and/or cut food items, including fruit, vegetables and meats
  • Portion, plate or wrap food items or dishes and set out/serve as necessary
  • Weigh or measure ingredients (e.g., flour, salt, sugar, oil)
  • Re-fill kitchen supplies fro pantry stock as needed
  • Stack and store food supplies, equipment, or other utensils in the kitchen
  • Wipe down kitchen surfaces using proper sanitizers
  • Sweep the kitchen floor
  • Take out trash bags from kitchen.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Flexible schedule- Nights and weekend availability a must, but our classes also take place during weekday daytime. The more flexible you are, the more shifts we can offer.
  • Shifts average 4-6 hours. Each week varies. Daytime and evening shifts are available, plus some weekends.
  • Reliable, punctual, and committed to customer service.
  • Required ability to lift 30 pounds. Physical stamina and endurance – ability to stand and walk for hours
  • Solid foundation in culinary terms, knife skills and techniques is desirable, but not required
  • Able to follow instructions and established procedures
  • Possess excellent interpersonal skill and ability to communicate effectively with customers, other team members and leadership.
  • Able to communicate, read and comprehend instructions in English.
  • Willingness to pitch-in and work as a team
  • Adaptability to work with many different chefs and styles of cuisine

This is a part-time job.

COMPENSATION this position is PAID: hourly

New American Sustainable Agriculture Project hiring Farm Manager and Food Hub Manager

Portland, Maine
Cultivating Community, based in Portland, ME, has two exciting openings with our New American Sustainable Agriculture Project (NASAP).  The New American Sustainable Agriculture Project supports refugees and immigrants in creating farm businesses. Additionally, the Fresh Start Farms Food Hub supports project participants and graduates to better access markets, and includes a 250+ member CSA and wholesale aggregation and distribution.

The final candidates for each position will have an excellent opportunity to join a diverse team committed to expanding agricultural opportunity to underserved immigrant farmers. They will be joining an established project with significant roots, while also taking on a leadership role with ample opportunity to shape, improve, and grow operations in collaboration with participating farmers.

The Farm Manager and Educator is responsible for overall farm management and stewardship of Cultivating Community’s principal incubator training farm in Lisbon, Maine, as well as smaller sites in the Greater Portland area, while also working with the overall project team to provide training and technical assistance to project participants. In addition to overall management of the farm’s resources and systems for farmer training, the Farm Manager’s responsibilities include budgeting and oversight of farm operations, developing and implementing plans for capital improvements, and infrastructure maintenance and repair.

The Food Hub Manager and Educator is responsible for the overall development of our Food Hub sales and distribution, while also providing core services to our training program to complement and support our marketing initiatives.  In addition to overall oversight of the Fresh Start Farms Food Hub, s/he will partner with the Farm Manager and the rest of the project team to provide ongoing marketing, production, and farm management trainings, technical assistance in the field, and assistance with business plan development and general marketing support.

Experience working with diverse populations, participatory adult education, substantial experience with diversified agricultural systems, and experience with CSA/wholesale management are necessary prerequisites for these positions.

 Anticipated start dates for both positions are December/January.

For full job descriptions, including the hiring timelines associated with each posting, please see the postings on our website:

Ironstone Farm hiring Director of Facilities

Andover, Massachusetts

Position: Director of Facilities

Reports to:  Director of Administration

FLSA Status:  Exempt

Posting Date:  September 1, 2015

Position Summary:  Manage the maintenance, continual improvement and growth of the Ironstone Farm properties. To ensure that all involved, human and animal, are confident in a safe environment, that all programs run smoothly and efficiently, and that the grounds and buildings are all always clean and aesthetically presentable for all occasions at all times. To work with the board of directors and administrative staff by regularly communicating facility needs and associated costs, budgeting, and preparing, maintaining and sharing short and long term plans for improvements needed to ensure the future of a sustainable and well run organization.

Essential Functions:

  1. Grounds Keeping – Ensure the following:
  • Fall/Spring clean-up
  • Lawn maintenance
  • Beautification (care of all flower beds, trimming, weeding, mulching, etc.)
  • Pond/stream oversight and maintenance
  • Fencing maintenance (paint, repair, daily monitoring)
  • Maintenance of roadways and parking areas, including trails
  • Maintenance of pedestrian walkways and waiting areas
  • Maintenance of safe riding areas including minimum of weekly raking of footing in rings
  • Preparation for events and special occasions
  • Regular watering of dusty areas
  • Awareness of and attention to outdoor program needs and activities
  • Assurance of effective outdoor lighting. Change timers at change of seasons.
  • Regular manure management to ensure a healthy environment including sale of compost and manure and/or regular removal of manure from the premises
  • Woodlot maintenance
  • Assurance of safe paddock and horse feeding areas
  • Assurance of safe outdoor sheds/containers for storage of feed and herd shelter
  • Awareness of and attention to needs of feeders and working students
  • Regular oversight and management of littering and continual trash pick-up
  • Awareness of and attention to farm security
  1. Building Management – (Large Arena, Therapy Arena, Main Barn, Welcome Center, Farmhouse, Arts and Education Center, Staff Residence) Ensure the following:
  • Paint and repair, inside and out, with regularly planned painting projects at appropriate times of the year
  • Assurance of proper and consistent lighting at all times
  • Maintenance of plumbing, electricity and electronics in all buildings
  • Management of buildings for weather, temperature changes and snow
  • Maintenance of heat and air conditioning as needed
  • Awareness of and attention to staff and programs needs within buildings
  • Preparation for special events and weekend programs
  • Maintenance of clean and aesthetically welcoming environment inside and outside of buildings
  • Regular attention to and maintenance of fire extinguishers, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, defibrillators, air conditioning and furnace filters and any other requirements for ensuring building, person and animal safety and comfort.
  • Regular cleaning, cobwebbing, raking and manure management of barns.
  • Regular raking of indoor riding areas and all dirt floors
  • Regular emptying of trash in all areas including all houses, work areas, inside and outside program delivery areas
  • Awareness and attention to building security

Continue reading

Wolf’s Neck Farm hiring Organic Dairy Program Director

Freeport, Maine

Job Posting

Organic Dairy Program Director

Wolfe’s Neck Farm in Freeport, Maine

Position Summary

A pioneer in sustainable agriculture since the 1960s, Wolfe’s Neck Farm (WNF) is a Freeport, Maine-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.

The Wolfe’s Neck Farm Organic Dairy Program provides 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 is playing 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 and in partnership with Wisconsin-based Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship.

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.  This is a rare opportunity for the right candidate to lead a vital new initiative aimed at supporting the future of organic dairy production in Maine and New England. The Program Director reports to the Executive Director and serves as the primary source of education and mentoring for the Apprentices.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Provide effective leadership in the design, planning and development of the Organic Dairy Program and farmer training program
  • Manage the organic dairy operation and provide effective leadership and management of the farmer trainees and farm staff. The Program Director will provide oversight for the operation with significant support from two trained and skilled farm staff, plus four farmer trainees/apprentices.  The Program Director is responsible for ensuring the highest quality care is provided to all animals at all times. This includes managing herd health and performance, maintaining accurate records including those required for organic certification, and assisting in the management and maintenance of grazing infrastructure, including pastures, water systems, travel lanes and fencing.
  • 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
  • Collaborate with researchers and research projects related to dairy and forage operations. Stay abreast of leading forage-based practice and research from around the world and incorporate and evaluate new approaches as appropriate
  • 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 Staff, particularly the Director of Education, 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

Skills and Qualifications Continue reading