Poughkeepsie Farm Project hiring Interns

Poughkeepsie, New York

Poughkeepsie Farm Project (PFP) is currently seeking applicants for a late summer 2014 internship. Applicants must be able to start ASAP and preference will be given to those with at least a season of farm experience. The end date of this internship is flexible, with a one month check-in/evaluation. Flexible schedule, full time or part time

Please find the position description and learn more about our organization on our website: https://farmproject.org/content/work-opportunities
To apply, please send a resume and short cover letter to: jesica@farmproject.org

Azure Standard hiring Crop Management Assistant

Dufur, Oregon

Crop Management Assistant

The successful individual will have a strong interest in utilizing sustainable agriculture techniques to forge a career path.  The day to day responsibilities of the Crop Management Assistant are to support Azure’s Agriculture Management team in the effective production of high quality crops.   Azure’s management team will provide direction, materials; resources, education, guidance, instruction & logistics.  The Crop Management Assistant will act in a hands-on capacity to carry out the day to day needs of the site, perform assigned tasks by the management team, and perform time-sensitive crop maintenance procedures.

The successful candidate will have basic experience in organic gardening and a desire to grow their skillset to become a valuable part of Azure’s agriculture team.  Some training will be provided, but self-motivation, problem solving capabilities, clear communication skills, diligence, and attention to detail are all essential.  The prospective employee should view this as essentially a paid internship position for the first 6 months-1 year, with advancement into other responsibilities within azure provided successful performance.

Responsibilities

  • Follow directions of Azure’s Agriculture Management team
  • Assist and manage weekly harvest & marketing efforts
  • Plant, weed, water, fertilize & maintain plants being grown
  • Provide verbal and written updates of site to Azure’s Management team
  • Provide site upkeep, maintenance, repairs, materials need lists

Required Qualifications

  • 1 year minimum of Organic Market Gardening experience.
  • Independent self starter  & ability to follow directions
  • Ability to communicate effectively & ask questions
  • Basic carpentry, metalwork, use of hand and power tools

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with Irrigation, disease identification, weed management & pest management
  • Desire to make a significant impact in sustainable agriculture
  • Experience in metalworking/welding/mechanics

Compensation: DOE + Sustainable Agriculture education

MassLIFT-Americorps hiring Farm & Food Systems Positions

Massachusetts

Unique Farm & Food Systems position available through MassLIFT-Americorps: APPLY NOW!

The MassLIFT-Americorps program exists to accelerate the pace of land protection across the Commonwealth. This year, a brand new position has been created with Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust in Athol, Massachusetts, with the support of The Kendall Foundation, to focus on the intersection between farm conservation and local food systems. This Regional Conservation Coordinator will work closely with the Farm Conservation Program Manager to enhance farmland protection efforts across the region. Projects may include conducting an inventory of farmland for priority preservation, coordinating a regional food systems planning network, working with local farmers to permanently protect their land, and developing innovative models to promote the transfer of whole farms to the next generation. This 11-month position starts on September 8, 2014. Applicants will be interviewed and accepted on a rolling basis. APPLY NOW: http://www.mountgrace.org/join-masslift

For questions about Mount Grace’s service positions or the state-wide MassLIFT program, contact Sean Pollock, Director of Community Engagement, pollock@mountgrace.org

Everybody Eats seeking Farmer Cultivation Center Interns

Boulder, Colorado

Scholarships available

A New Generation of Farmers

The Farmer Cultivation Center is committed to growing a new generation of farmers by helping them obtain farming and business planning skills to start or manage a farm operation.

Our philosophy is to integrate a rigorous hands-on farming experience with a broad variety of classroom and self study lessons that span topics including horticulture, business skills, operational excellence, and innovative marketing.

Participants learn all aspects of running a farm business. When they complete the program, the FCC helps them start a new farm in Boulder!

We have developed a curriculum that integrates existing local expertise with a national  knowledge base into a single, comprehensive program designed to qualify graduates for local farming opportunities.

Students spend quality time in the field working in teams with the farm manager. Self study topics and classroom time is synchronized with the flow of the farm season to create a relevant link between technical knowledge and practical know-how.

Farmer Cultivation Center Interns

The Horticulture Track is an 8 month commitment, designed to teach all the basic skills needed to grow vegetables in the challenging climate of the Colorado Front Range. These skills will make you a better grower, now matter where you end up. The March through October program offers a full season experience that starts with seed propagation and ends with the harvest of our fall crops.

The hands-on experience includes each trainee managing a 1/4 acre plot at the FCC. They have opportunities to plan the season’s production, design the beds, create a planting and harvest schedule, and manage labor to make it all happen. Special techniques like drip irrigation, row cover,

Graduates will be qualified to start and manage a variety of small scale garden operations, from personal victory gardens to community gardens and small urban farms. Students who choose to continue on with their training to become qualified commercial market farmers can apply to participate in the follow on Market Farming Track.

The Market Farming Track is a 2 year commitment, designed to prepare participants for a successful career as farmers in Boulder County. The program is intentionally rigorous with the goal of helping new farmers adjust to the realities of operating a farm business. The first year of the program is the Horticulture Track.

In the second year, the classroom instruction continues, with a focus on developing a business plan. Additionally, students learn how to scale the basics learned in the Horticulture Track into higher production methods including plastic mulch, effective use of tractor implements, large scale seed propagation, weed and pest control, cover cropping, soil health and nutrition, post harvest handling, and packaging.

Everblossom Farm hiring Seasonal Farm Employees

East Berlin, Pennsylvania

2014-2015 Full Time Employment at Everblossom Farm

Position: 2014-2015 Seasonal Farm Employees

Duration: October 2014- October 2015

• Exact start and end dates are negotiable

• Arrangements will be outlined in a written agreement

• Longer-term employment and a permanent position is available (this is based on employee’s performance, farm’s success, and discretion of farm owner).

Structure of the farm and the Seasonal Positions

• All aspects of production and marketing are overseen and managed by farmer/owner.

• Full-time employees will work with the farmer/owner to carryout all farm functions. (Specific duties below.)

• Full-time employees will report directly to the farm owner.

• Performance discussions with employee will be conducted on a schedule set by farm owner. The discussions will be used to clarify expectations for employees, help to set goals, and evaluate progress and overall performance. Seasonal employees are expected to use the discussions to ask questions, make suggestions and set goals for the next period.

• In addition to performance discussions, all employees must demonstrate a willingness to receive on-the-job training and feedback on the fly as we carry out day-to-day farm operations

Duties

Full-time employees will engage in several aspects of production and marketing on this diversified organic farm, under the direction of the farm owner.

This might include:

• seeding, transplanting, weeding, irrigation, harvest, and packing of produce;

• marketing and deliveries of produce via farmers’ markets, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), and wholesale accounts;

• general maintenance of farm infrastructure, cleaning, basic repairs, and painting;

• operation of small engine equipment such as mowers, trimmers, walk behind tractor, etc.;

• assisting with livestock management, for example: feeding, cleaning, caring for rotating, and processing pastured poultry on an as-needed basis.

Requirements

• timeliness

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AEA Pure Dawn Farm hiring Farm Manager

Orwell, Ohio

AEA Pure Dawn Farm is seeking a full-time Farm Manager to oversee all of the various activities of the farm – from production to external communications.  The Farm Manager will be the most important member of the team in determining the success of the farm, and will be required to work long hours.

The Farm Manager must be a strong leader, with an entrepreneurial spirit, and a sense of urgency for completing important tasks.

View the complete job description here: AEA Pure Dawn Farm Manager

Organic Farm hiring Farm Helpers

Portland, Maine

FARM HELPERS WANTED IMMEDIATELY 

We’re looking for a few good people to help with harvesting, weeding and other tasks on a certified organic vegetable, flower, and berry farm west of Portland, Maine. Must possess a strong attention to detail, be able to work outdoors in all conditions, and have a good attitude. Experience preferred but will train the right person. Pay is $8-10/hour depending on experience.

Must be available a minimum of 15 hours per week, with the possibility of up full time depending on experience. Please email Nancy at lrff@sacoriver.net with “FARM HELPER” in the subject line and a brief description of your qualifications, availability (days and hours) and your phone number. We’re looking for folks to start as soon as possible so we’ll get back to you quickly, thanks!