Private farm hiring Caretaker/Farmhand

Bowdoinham, Maine

Caretaker/Farmhand/Gardener/Landscaper Needed 

This is a job at a small private farm in Maine and the position is open immediately. The Employee is responsible for but not limited to:

  • Harvesting, transplanting, weeding, pruning, trellising, thinning, managing irrigation systems, and pest control
  • Some tractor and rototiller work will be required for soil preparation and cultivation
  • Post-harvest operations will include sorting, washing, packing/storage responsibilities
  • Transport and delivery of farm products will also be required
  • Feeding, watering, general handling of domestic and farm animals
  • Maintenance of grounds and gardens, including mowing grass, spring and fall cleanup, snow removal

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Previous experience with raising vegetables and farm animals preferred
  • Familiarity with lawn mowers, week whackers, snow blowers, chainsaws etc. and able to perform maintenance and simple repairs on these common machines
  • Demonstrated work history
  • Ability to maintain a professional attitude and neat appearance, tobacco, alcohol and drug-free
  • Follow direction well
  • Strong attention to detail and organization
  • Ability to multi-task
  • Ability to work under challenging ergonomic conditions, including work that requires frequent crouching, bending and kneeling.
  • Ability to regularly lift loads of 50 pounds or more
  • Must be able to work outside in all conditions
  • Valid Driver’s License and reliable transportation is required
  • Expect that employee has health insurance through partner or MaineCare/Obamacare

HOURS and PAY:

This is a full-time, year-round (12 month) position, averaging 40 hours per week.

Candidates will be expected to have flexibility in terms of scheduling.  This position starts at $10 an hour with the ability to increase compensation once a baseline of knowledge and ability has been proven.

Deer Creek Farm hiring Farm Manger

San Juan Islands, Washington

Organic farm in the San Juan Islands seeks a farm manager. We are a seventy-two-acre, small-scale cattle farm with an established forty-tree fruit orchard and we also keep and raise chickens. We are looking to expand into organic vegetable production and possibly hops. We are seeking a full-time farm manager who has at least five years of diversified experience in commercial organic farming and who has basic carpentry and maintenance skills. In addition, the ability to maintain and operate machinery, management experience and familiarity with the Pacific Northwest are a plus. The ideal candidate will be a hard worker, a creative thinker, a good problem-solver, and a meticulous and precise person who has a real appreciation for order and aesthetics. No drug users please (marijuana and tobacco included). Salary includes on-site housing in a beautiful pasture with a view of Puget Sound; food from the farm including organic beef, chicken, eggs, fruit and vegetables; $1.6K to $2K a month with profit-sharing possible; and one month of paid vacation a year. Please note that we are looking for a manager to live on the farm and that the housing is large enough to accommodate a couple but not children. Please send a detailed description of your experience along with your reasons for interest in the position to peaceful.island.farm@gmail.com.

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

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