Land’s Sake Farm hiring Full Time and Part Time Positions

Weston, Massachusetts

Land’s Sake Farm is seeking to fill a Full Time Farm position immediately, as well as Part Time Farm positions for the fall.  We are a busy and complex community farm operation that grows for a good sized CSA program, a very busy farmstand, and a donations contract with the town of Weston. We also work with our education program to create opportunities for volunteers and young community members to have experiences on the farm. We strive to make Land’s Sake a welcoming, community-centered farm for all involved, including customers, shareholders, campers and staff. Learn more at www.landssake.org.

Full Time Position Details

We are a seeking a positive, dependable, hard-working, and fun individual to join our farm team as soon as possible. Responsibilities and tasks will include everything from harvesting,  to field chores such as fencing and irrigating, to weeding, to readying the farm for the winter. A typical full time week is 45-50 hours in the height of summer. Depending on ability and experience, this position may take on more advanced tasks like tractor work, project management and crew leadership.

Applicants should be enthusiastic about learning, communication, having fun and working hard, and must be able to work independently as well as with a team. You can expect to work long hours in all weather conditions, and a can-do attitude is a must.

Compensation is negotiable and dependent on experience. Other employee benefits include all the free produce you can eat and discounts at the Farmstand.

Qualifications include at least two years of farm experience (demonstrated leadership a plus), a sincere interest in vegetable production, a driver’s license and a clean driving record, and the ability to lift 50 lbs.

To apply, please submit a resume, cover letter, and two references to jobs@landssake.org

Part Time Position Details

We are a seeking dedicated individuals to join our Farm Team for the fall season (end of August/early September). Responsibilities and tasks will focus on harvesting and other field crew responsibilities, as well as fall specific tasks to prepare the farm for winter.

Applicants should be enthusiastic about learning, communication, having fun and working hard, and must be able to work with a team. You can expect to work long hours in all weather conditions, and a can-do attitude is a must.

Compensation is negotiable and dependent on experience. Other employee benefits include all the free produce you can eat and discounts at the Farmstand.

Qualifications include a sincere interest in vegetable production, a driver’s license and a clean driving record, and the ability to lift 50 lbs.

To apply, please submit a resume, cover letter, and two references to jobs@landssake.org

Positions open until filled.
Please feel free to contact us with any questions that you might have!

Trustees of Reservations hiring Appleton Farms Cheese Maker

Ipswich, Massachusetts

Cheese Maker
Full-time
Appleton Farms
About The Organization:

The Trustees is an organization with a fascinating past and an exciting future. Our places are open to all and we thrive by involving as many people as possible in what we do. Founded in 1891, by a group of visionary volunteers, we preserve, for public use and enjoyment, properties of exceptional scenic, historic, and ecological value in Massachusetts and work to protect special places across the state. We have helped protect more than 50,000 acres, including 25,000+ acres on more than 100 reservations that are all open to the public. We are a nonprofit conservation organization funded and supported entirely by our visitors, supporters, volunteers, and more than 40,000 members.

Founded in 1638, Appleton Farms is the oldest continuously operating farm in America.  In 1998, the Appleton family donated the 1,000-acre farm to The Trustees of Reservations, a leading land conservation organization in Massachusetts.  Now a flagship agricultural property for The Trustees, Appleton Farms is home to pasture-raised dairy and beef herds, a 650 share community-supported agriculture program, hundreds of acres of pastures and forest, and volunteer- and staff-led programs that educate the public about small scale, sustainable agriculture.

Position Summary:

The Cheese Maker (CM) at Appleton Farms is a key member of the farm’s full-time staff.  The CM reports to the Property Superintendent and must work closely with other employees of the farm staff and The Trustees of Reservations. The position’s work schedule is variable, may include work on weekends and holidays, and is based on an average 5 day work week.

Essential Functions:

  • Assist in development and management of the annual cheese plant budget and operate within that budget.
  • Develop product recipes, as needed, and operate all processing equipment to pasteurize and produce dairy products from Appleton Farms raw milk.
  • Employ best-practices and procedures for the dairy to ensure regulatory compliance, food safety, employee safety, product quality, efficiency, and cost control.
  • Develop and ensure compliance with standard operating procedures (SOPs) for all aspects of the operation.
  • Supervise any part-time assistant cheese makers and volunteers.
  • Ensure accurate record keeping that meets management goals and regulations.
  • Cut, wrap, pack, label and prepare dairy products for sale and shipping.
  • Support TTOR efforts to make Appleton a carbon-neutral facility by minimizing energy consumption wherever feasible.
  • Work closely with our Engagement Manager and Farm Educator to provide support for farm programming and tours.
  • Collaborate/network with other value-added dairy operations, cheese makers and farms to share best practices.
  • Other duties as assigned with or without accommodation.

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NOFA/Mass hiring Development Director

Barre, Massachusetts
The NOFA/Mass Development Director is responsible for leading development activities within NOFA/Mass. The Development Director directly supervises the NOFA/Mass Run Coordinator and the Marketing Director.  The Development Director reports directly to the Executive Director.  This is a 20-hour-per-week employee position, roughly broken down as 15 hours for development responsibilities and 5 hours for supervisory and organizational tasks.  The position pays $18/hour.  NOFA/Mass does not offer health insurance to employees.
Responsibilities:
  • Oversees the vision and direction of the fundraising aspects of the Development Program: Grants, Appeals/Major Donors/Board Member giving, Membership, Run Fundraiser, Marketing, and Development Infrastructure.
  • Leads grant writing efforts, including: conducting research and receiving research from staff regarding potential opportunities; communicating opportunities to staff to determine viable choices; pulling together appropriate staff for meetings; developing plans and timelines and writing proposals; assuring that proposals are mailed/emailed in a timely fashion to meet deadlines; checking in with appropriate program directors to make sure that grant requirements are being met; and keeping track of all active grants and making sure reports are filed in a timely manner.
  • Edits appeal letters for Executive Director, reviews the list of current major donors with the Executive Director every month to determine potential opportunities for larger asks, and assists Development Committee Chair to manage Board Member pledges and giving.
  • Organizes monthly meetings with the Development Committee, which takes the lead for overseeing the organization’s overall fundraising work.
  • Works closely with the Membership Coordinator on membership building strategies.
  • Reviews membership list at least once a year to determine potential major donors and strategizes methods for approaching them.
  • Leads and initiates improvement of infrastructure for raising funds including, but not limited to, the development page on the website, brand recognition ideas, record keeping for year-to-year tracking, employer matching funds development, and other initiatives defined by the Development Committee and Executive Director.
  • Works closely with the Executive Director in developing grant opportunities with the other NOFA chapters and the NOFA Interstate Council.
  • Performs supervisory responsibilities with the Marketing Director and Run Coordinator, including work plan accomplishment, budget development and compliance, performance review, and regular check-ins and strategy sessions.
  • Meets monthly individually with the Executive Director, and with the Department Director team.
Qualifications include:
  • A strong commitment to organic farming
  • A strong understanding of grant research, writing and tracking
  • Experience with major gifts
  • Experience working with boards of directors
  • Team leader who can work collegially as a team member and who can help inspire the staff team
  • Strong capability to work independently and with minor supervision
  • Ability to travel for the position
Employee requirements include:
  • Membership in NOFA/Mass
  • Attendance at Annual Staff Meeting(s), NOFA/Mass Annual Meeting, and Board/Staff Retreat(s)
  • Regular Financial Reporting
  • Participation in the Budget Process
  • Weekly Staff Reports submitted to the Executive Director
  • Peer Reviews of other NOFA/Mass primary staff members
  • Annual Work Plan
  • Timesheets, submitted monthly
  • Basic office equipment to facilitate working from home
Application procedure:
Send cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to Julie Rawson, Executive Director, julie@nofamass.org, (978) 355-2853.  Starting date for this position is as soon as the right candidate has been selected.
NOFA/Mass is an equal opportunity employer who does not discriminate in employment and contracting practices based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age or disability.

Ecological Farming Association hiring Temporary Program Assistant and Admin Assistant

Soquel, California

Ecological Farming Association – Temporary Program Assistant and Administrative Assistant

Term of Temporary Employment: August 2015 – February 2016, potential for continued employment beyond February 2016, dependent upon funding.

Compensation: 20-30 hours/5 days a week, increasing to full time for EcoFarm Conference Production.  Temporary position is not eligible for health benefits.

Reports to: Executive Director

Location: The job is based at the Ecological Farming Association office, located at the Park Avenue exit off Highway 1 in Soquel, a few miles south of Santa Cruz, CA, close to the freeway and bus line. This position is office based.

Administrative Assistant Responsibilities:

The EcoFarm Administrative Assistant is the primary staff person responsible for keeping the office running efficiently on a daily basis. The ideal candidate is detail oriented, adept at managing multiple priorities with competing deadlines, and able to work professionally and respectfully within a fast-paced and deadline-driven environment. Experience managing databases, filing, finances, and bookkeeping, are key components to this position. We are seeking a systems-oriented individual with proficiency in developing and maintaining efficient filing systems, databases, financial records, and carefully tracking administrative procedures. Administrative Assistant supports all operations as necessary.

Core Office Responsibilities:

Administrative

  • Answer phones, take messages, and greet visitors
  • Monitor multiple email accounts; follow up on inquiries
  • Maintain office equipment and supplies and co-ordinate supply orders
  • Retrieve, sort and distribute mail
  • Database management and updating filing systems
  • Establish and maintain office procedures and records
  • Support the Executive Director and his work with the Board of Directors, the Conference Planning Committee, and the Farmers’ Association
  • Support staff, programs, and special projects, in particular, the annual EcoFarm Conference
  • Assist with booking travel and arranging meetings

Bookkeeping

  • Manage accounts receivable (AR) and accounts payable (AP)
  • Review and prepare invoices
  • Review employee timesheets for completeness
  • Process bi-monthly payroll
  • Prepare bank deposits
  • Manage online merchant accounts
  • Filing

Required Experience

  • Proficiency with MAC OS or equivalent OS
  • Quickbooks, Excel, Word
  • Google Docs/Spreadsheets, Gmail, and Calendars
  • CiviCRM or other CRM and/or project management experience

Preferred Experience

  • AV and IT equipment experience
  • Interest in ecological agriculture: developing healthy, safe and just food and farming systems

Program Assistant Responsibilities:

Program Assistant supports all operations as necessary.

  • Provides program support to the EFA Program Coordinator
    • Outreach, communications, mailings
    • Content and deliverables development
    • Meeting coordination
  • Provides EcoFarm conference support
    • Assist with EcoFarm logistics as needed
    • Support speaker coordination
    • Overall logistical support of Conference production

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Wolf Meadow Farm hiring Apprentices

Amesbury, Massachusetts

Wolf Meadow Farm is a small artisan cheesemaking creamery in Amesbury, MA. All of our milk comes from local, grass-based ladies who give us some of the best milk for cheesemaking. Our concept is “Import the Cheesemaker, not the Cheese.”

We are looking for two passionate, hard working apprentices to join our team ASAP.
Experience in cheese making preferred, but not required. Those without any related experience will only be considered if they can demonstrate a real passion and willingness to work.

Cheese Apprenticeship Details/Requirements:

Candidates that are interested in this position must be passionate about cheesemaking and eager to learn all aspects of the trade. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, cheese making, equipment maintenance, cleaning and sanitizing and more. Must have the ability to stand long hours. We are looking for people who have previous experience in the food industry, specifically with sanitation and cleanliness. Great people skills is also a must! We are a small crew here at Wolf Meadow Farm and are looking to add someone who fits perfectly within our passionate cheesemaking culture!

Compensation: We will provide a stipend starting at $1000/month.

Length of commitment: We look for a minimum of a 6 month commitment.

Apply via this Craigslist post: https://boston.craigslist.org/gbs/fbh/5112868285.html

Appleton Farms hiring Cheese Maker

Ipswich, Massachusetts

Appleton Farms 

About The Organization:

The Trustees is an organization with a fascinating past and an exciting future. Our places are open to all and we thrive by involving as many people as possible in what we do. Founded in 1891, by a group of visionary volunteers, we preserve, for public use and enjoyment, properties of exceptional scenic, historic, and ecological value in Massachusetts and work to protect special places across the state. We have helped protect more than 50,000 acres, including 25,000+ acres on more than 100 reservations that are all open to the public. We are a nonprofit conservation organization funded and supported entirely by our visitors, supporters, volunteers, and more than 40,000 members.

Founded in 1638, Appleton Farms is the oldest continuously operating farm in America.  In 1998, the Appleton family donated the 1,000-acre farm to The Trustees of Reservations, a leading land conservation organization in Massachusetts.  Now a flagship agricultural property for The Trustees, Appleton Farms is home to pasture-raised dairy and beef herds, a 650 share community-supported agriculture program, hundreds of acres of pastures and forest, and volunteer- and staff-led programs that educate the public about small scale, sustainable agriculture.

 Position Summary:

The Cheese Maker (CM) at Appleton Farms is a key member of the farm’s full-time staff.  The CM reports to the Property Superintendent and must work closely with other employees of the farm staff and The Trustees of Reservations. The position’s work schedule is variable, may include work on weekends and holidays, and is based on an average 5 day work week.

 Essential Functions:

  • Assist in development and management of the annual cheese plant budget and operate within that budget.
  • Develop product recipes, as needed, and operate all processing equipment to pasteurize and produce dairy products from Appleton Farms raw milk.
  • Employ best-practices and procedures for the dairy to ensure regulatory compliance, food safety, employee safety, product quality, efficiency, and cost control.
  • Develop and ensure compliance with standard operating procedures (SOPs) for all aspects of the operation.
  • Supervise any part-time assistant cheese makers and volunteers.
  • Ensure accurate record keeping that meets management goals and regulations.
  • Cut, wrap, pack, label and prepare dairy products for sale and shipping.
  • Support TTOR efforts to make Appleton a carbon-neutral facility by minimizing energy consumption wherever feasible.
  • Work closely with our Engagement Manager and Farm Educator to provide support for farm programming and tours.
  • Collaborate/network with other value-added dairy operations, cheese makers and farms to share best practices.
  • Other duties as assigned with or without accommodation.

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Northfield Mount Hermon hiring Farm Intern

Gill, Massachusetts

Farm Intern
Full-time, One year position

Northfield Mount Hermon, an independent co-educational boarding school in western Massachusetts, seeks a mature and energetic individual with agricultural experience to assist will all duties associated with operating a small scale, educational farm.

The position’s responsibilities range from educating and working closely with students, community members and volunteers to the harvesting/distilling of lavender, harvesting vegetables and raspberries, assisting with all aspects of milk production – milking, cheese and ice cream making—and cider production.  Our farm’s largest crop and production is maple sugaring – tapping, collecting, and processing.

The ideal candidate will have a degree in agriculture or equivalent experience.  Essential qualifications include the ability to lead and supervise volunteers and student groups, as well as work independently.   This position requires the ability to do heavy lifting and to work the long hours in all weather conditions associated with farming.  Candidates must have a valid driver’s license and reliable personal transportation.  Candidates should possess a demonstrated interest in making a positive impact on the lives and learning of adolescents, experience in diversity work and an eagerness to work with a diverse student body in a boarding school environment.

Send or email cover letter, resume, transcripts, two letters of recommendation to:

Office of the Dean of Faculty
Northfield Mount Hermon
One Lamplighter Way, Mount Hermon, MA 01354
Phone: (413) 498-3432; Fax: (413) 498-3155
faculty_recruitment@nmhschool.org

**Screening will begin immediately and continue until position is filled.**

Northfield Mount Hermon is an Equal Opportunity Employer