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!

Clean Water Action/Clean Water Fund hiring Waste Prevention Program Manager

Oakland, California

Clean Water Action/Clean Water Fund seeks a full-time program manager to implement its ReThink Disposable campaign (www.rethinkdisposable.org). The campaign focuses on reducing the use of single-use disposable products by engaging local government, business, and consumers in reducing trash generation at the source.

 
Clean Water Action is a 1 million member national citizens’ organization working for clean, safe and affordable water, prevention of health-threatening pollution, creation of environmentally-safe jobs and businesses, and empowerment of people to make democracy work. Clean Water Fundorganizes strong grassroots groups, coalitions and campaigns to protect our environment, health, economic well-being and community quality of life.
View the full description here: Waste Prevention Program Manager July 2014

Red Fire Farm hiring Harvest and Packing Crew

Montague, Massachusetts

Red Fire Farm, a certified organic farm in Montague, is hiring packing and field crew. Positions are available immediately. We are mainly looking to hire people who can work 4-5 full days a week, but are open to hiring part time workers.

Red Fire is a dynamic farm, growing diversified veggies and fruit on 100 acres. We deliver CSA shares to about 1600 members across the state and sell at farmers markets, our two farm stands and to wholesale customers around New England.

The work here is hard but fulfilling. We’re committed to an extremely high quality product and we take a lot of pride in what we do.

We have a packing shed position available, which will start at 9 AM, about when the flow of crops from our fields starts to come into the packing shed.  The day would be centered around our state-of-the-art packing shed, a new facility that is a joy to work in.  The tasks are very detail-oriented and organizational, which provides a fun challenge for the right person.  When work in the packing shed is light, some of the crew will move out to the fields to help bring in the harvest.

We are also hiring for our field crew. These position start at 7 AM and the day ends around 5:30 PM. Field crew positions involve long days spent outside no matter what the weather. Our fields are in some of the most beautiful spots in the valley and the crew here is warm and wonderful. Starting pay is $8/hr, and our in-season veggies are also available to the crew. There are opportunities for year-round work, performance-based pay increases and promotion to leadership positions.

Previous farm experience or experience working outdoors is a big plus, but it’s not necessary. Please send a letter of interest and a resume to jobs@redfirefarm.com. We look forward to hearing from you!

Second Nature Farm hiring Mid Season Intern

Norton, Massachusetts

No prior farm experience required, though familiarity with farm systems and techniques is a definite plus. Most importantly we’re looking for someone with strong character, a desire to learn and a positive attitude. Interns should be willing to give their best effort each and every day, and constantly seek improvement through attention to details.

Intern will be involved in every aspect of the farm. This includes but is not limited to:
– growing (planting, irrigating, weeding, harvesting, washing)

- season extension techniques (familiarity with types of row cover, low + high tunnels)

- marketing (working CSA pick-up, farmers’ markets)

We offer competitive compensation based on individual merit. Work to begin as soon as possible.

To apply, send a cover letter and resume to adam@secondnaturefarm.com.

About the farm:

We are a 4-acre farm in Norton, MA (40 min south of Boston, 30 min east of Providence). We grow a diverse selection of heirloom vegetables and fruit, all of which are Certified Naturally Grown. We operate a 100-member CSA, and also sell our produce at 3 Saturday Farmers’ Markets. The farm is entering its sixth year, and we are continually expanding our infrastructure and expertise with season extension methods so that those interested in eating local food have a greater opportunity to do so.

We lease, not own, our fields and buildings and as such, this is a great opportunity to learn how to transform open land and old buildings into a thriving business. We pride ourselves in being efficient with what we have and in finding creative solutions to everyday problems.

For more information about the farm, visit secondnaturefarm.com

LoMo Market hiring Manger of Operations and Finance

Durham, North Carolina

Manager, Operations & Finance

LoMo Market is a team of farm luvin’ folks who want to connect customers with farm fresh foods.  If people who value high quality, local foods don’t have time to seek them out, LoMo Market will bring the food to them! LoMo Market has created a new retail experience where the market is on wheels.  You can walk through the market to pick and choose your favorite goodies.

Role:

The Manager of Finance and Operations will develop and implement processes to support and scale LoMo Market’s business.  This individual will smooth out and shore up inventory management, including:

  • negotiating with producers
  • tracking and managing inventory
  • pricing and margin
  • auditing POS for accuracy
  • trend analysis, recommendations, and forecasting
  • sales and cash flow

*This individual will report to the CEO and be a leader in the organization*

Responsibilities:

Finance

  • Take ownership for bookkeeping, accounts payable, payroll and operational financial strategy
  • Create and adhere to an operating budget; attain goals for sales, labor cost, and margin
  • Create reporting in Quickbooks and report regularly on the financial health of the business
  • Master the POS system and learn to leverage the technology to its potential; find ways to integrate with Quickbooks and automate data exchange between the systems
  • Audit inventory pricing and margins; make recommendations to adjust and improve
  • Monitor information in the POS, train crew on inventory control and pricing; follow up to correct errors

Operations

  • Research and understand the impact of inventory pricing, merchandising, and marketing; implement improvements
  • Roll-out procedures for ordering, receiving, pricing, and stocking the markets
  • Develop, plan, and execute product layout on the mobile markets to maximize average sales
  • Research industry best practice and make recommendations to CEO focused on procedural and operational improvement
  • Create Standard Operating Procedures for crew members to maximize efficiency on the markets
  • Lead the change management and communication necessary to effectively implement new processes, technology and behaviors
  • Foster a fun and creative environment – help lead an exceptional team

Requirements:

  • Minimum of five years’ experience in a combination of financial and operational roles
  • Experience in grocery, food or beverage industry required
  • Exceptional flexibility; thrives in a rapidly evolving environment
  • High degree of self-efficacy and internal drive; sets priorities and drives tasks to completion with minimal guidance and management
  • Superior communication skills; ability to flex communication style to be highly effective with a broad spectrum of collaborators
  • Desire to improve processes through the use of technology
  • Work experience spanning both a mature company and a startup a plus
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred
  • Passion for food a must!

Rancho Mastatal hiring 2015 Apprentices

2015 Apprenticeship in Sustainable Living: Permaculture, Natural Building, and Homesteading Skills at Rancho Mastatal.

www.ranchomastatal.com

Nestled against the virgin rainforest of La Cangreja National Park, Rancho Mastatal Sustainable Education Center has been teaching, exploring, and promoting techniques of living harmoniously in the landscape for 13 years. Renowned for it’s natural building and delicious culinary spreads of fresh homemade food, the Ranch offers profound, innovative and authentic apprenticeships throughout the year.  Apprentices will experience a rural Costa Rican community, delight in 325 acres of pristine forests and waterfalls, and participate in a working permaculture farm.   

Currently we are seeking applicants for our twelve month 2015 Apprenticeship in Sustainable Living beginning January 15th.

Participants in Rancho Mastatal’s Apprenticeship live and work with amazing people at the Ranch and in Mastatal. They make lifelong friends, participating in a style of living that oftentimes changes them forever. This experience offers the unique opportunity to become a part of the magic and beauty of a remote area of Costa Rica, while simultaneously learning tangible skills to take back home.

Our goal for this program is to empower individuals who are genuinely interested in creating a more sustainable world. Our site is a “living laboratory” for experiential education and the daily practice of skills you can use for the rest of your life. We hope that individuals who pass through our program will be inspired and empowered to continue to develop creative solutions and generate positive social change and sustainable practices in their own lives and communities after they leave.

We offer four to eight positions for our 12-month apprenticeship and a limited number of six-month positions. The apprenticeship costs $300/per month to cover housing and food. After the initial six-month period, this cost is waived and the apprenticeship becomes a full-time work-trade experience.

We strongly encourage applicants who are serious about our work and are motivated to be part of our industrious team, working towards solutions for current environmental and social challenges. We offer a unique and focused program based on experiential education and practical skill building.

For detailed information on specific instruction, course work, expectations, costs, and how to apply please visit the apprenticeship page of our website.

For any additional information or questions please please contact us directly.  

Mark’s Custom Meats hiring Meat Cutter

Location: Mark’s Custom Meats
Canby, OR

Job Description:
About Us
Marks Meat, Inc. is a family owned meat processing plant that has been in operation since 1963. We currently specialize in processing lamb and beef. The majority of our customers are small farmers and ranchers.

A strong focus on quality, and customer service are the foundation of our business. Our processing plant is USDA inspected, allowing our customers the added flexibility of marketing their animals through many different channels. We believe in utilizing humane animal handling standards for all livestock that are processed at our plant.

We are currently seeking a full time employee that is a motivated, dedicated individual who is interested in learning the trade and assisting us in transitioning into the next phase of our business. This is an entry level position that will transition to a management position in order to assist us in managing the everyday running of the plant. Wage will be based on experience and promotion potential is available.

Responsibilities:
Providing good customer service
Cutting and preparing all varieties and cut of meat, including the safe operation of tools
Assisting in animal harvest
Moving meat from coolers to cutting area and returning meat to coolers
Cleaning Equipment
Assisting in other duties as assigned

Qualifications
Able and willing to read, write and perform simple math problems
Able and willing to provide friendly, courteous, prompt customer service
Able and willing to interpret, understand and follow instructions and solve problems
Able and willing to work well with others as a team member
Leadership skills are a plus
No previous meat cutting experience is necessary if the employee is eager and willing to learn

How to Apply:
Please contact us by phone at 503-266-3183.