Bird Haven Farm hiring Farm Manager

Basye, Virginia

Bird Haven Farm – a unique opportunity!

We are seeking a Farm Manager with the experience, qualifications, passion, and vision to build a diverse and sustainable eco-farming operation that would include a variety of livestock and produce. Much of the necessary equipment and infrastructure already exists.

The Farm Manager will also need experience and abilities related to property and equipment management/care.

A competitive salary, housing, health insurance, and paid vacation will be provided.

View the full job description here: PositionAnnouncement_FarmManager_BHF_final

Lyons Farmette hiring Farm Interns

Lyons, Colorado

2016 FARM INTERNSHIPS
↠ Applications have REOPENED ↞

www.lyonsfarmette.com/volunteer

Internship Description:

The Lyons Farmette is many things. We grow vegetables, flowers, and herbs on less than 1 acre of land, employing intensive organic methods. In 2016, we will provide food for about 60 CSA members. We are a full-service florist for local wedding venues, and we hope to expand into other flower markets. We keep 3 hives of bees. We hold workshops and classes on topics ranging from home canning and chicken keeping to cooking, photography, and art. We keep alpacas, chickens, and a big llama. We host farm-to-table dinners with local chefs to benefit non-profit organizations. We also host up to 120 weddings per season between our two venues, the Farmette and River Bend. As an intern, you can be involved in all these aspects of the Farmette.

As an intern during the 2016 season, you will work alongside the farm manager and other staff, with specific responsibilities of vegetable and flower production, livestock care, landscaping, social media and print marketing, venue prep, and event staffing. We focus on farm-to-table events at this farm; therefore, most of the work we do caters to that business plan. A typical busy workday might include a morning planting radishes or lettuce in the field or hoophouse, taking an afternoon break, and then serving at a wedding or dinner in the evening. You will work with 5-6 full time staff, 2-3 other interns, and the occasional volunteer. Our most successful interns have been emotionally stable, hard-working people who constantly seek to enrich their experience here. You should be willing to learn new skills, solve your own problems, and be proactive about the work that needs to be done every day.

Requirements:

  • Available May 1st to October 15, 2016
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Health insurance coverage through duration of internship
  • 40 hours per week, spread over 5 total work days
  • Outdoor work, sometimes in cold or hot weather.
  • Physical ability to  squat, bend over, lift up to 30 lbs, and work quickly and efficiently. Work can at times be strenuous and uncomfortable.
  • Early start times: 6 AM in hotter months.
  • Availability to staff farm weddings, dinners, and other events, as this is a vital aspect of our business.
  • Interest in flower production and arranging.

Accommodations: On-site housing is available in an Airstream trailer. You have access to an outdoor kitchen and the use of an indoor bathroom and shower.

Compensation:

  • Housing
  • $250 monthly grocery allowance (before taxes)
  • Unlimited attendance at workshops
  • Farm produce for personal use
  • The multitude of benefits that come from living on an organic farm

Additional income opportunities are available for interns who staff weddings and dinners.

*If you are looking to fulfill an internship requirement for school or another organization, we will work with you to fulfill any requirements set by your advisor.

Explore our website and social media to get acquainted with the Farmette.
If you have further questions about our internships, please contact Garrison.

Great Camp Sagamore hiring Head Chef

Raquette Lake, New York

Head Chef

Great Camp Sagamore, National Historic Landmark, located in Raquette Lake, NY is looking for a head chef for the 2016 season, which runs from May 7th until October 25th. This position is responsible for the oversight and preparation of 3 meals a day for up to 85 people and other meals as needed. The chef will create and implement a bimonthly menu drawing from Sagamore’s historic traditions and local ingredients (when available). The menu will offer a variety of new and signature dishes to help define the Sagamore experience.  In addition to the meals served at Sagamore’s Dining Hall, this position provides food for our on-site cafe including daily muffins, cookies, to-go sandwiches, wraps, soup and other items.

The chef is responsible for performing the overall administrative duties ranging from ordering food and supplies,  to adhering to a seasonal budget. This position will oversee and hire 2 kitchen staff members. Competitive salary and on-site room and board is provided.  Visit our website for information on Great Camp Sagamore.  Please send resume and references to info@greatcampsagamore.org.

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Ekone Garden hiring Garden Coordinator

Goldendale, Washington

GARDEN COORDINATOR

Job Purpose:  Provide leadership, coordination and labor to maintain and improve Ekone Ranch’s garden spaces and infrastructure, balancing the interests of food production and educational opportunities for summer campers and other guests, in collaboration with numerous volunteers.

Job Duties:

Food Production in ¼ Acre Ekone Garden

Use existing garden systems to implement a thriving production garden. No major reinventing the wheel for the 2016 season, just the daily and seasonal work of tending annual and perennial plants.  Prioritize production of abundant daily salads from mid-May thru October.

  • Spring: create planting schedule and recordkeeping systems, prepare beds for planting, do soil tests and add amendments as needed, order and start seeds, tend and weed perennials, lay out irrigation lines, build some simple cold frames for earlier crops and transitioning plants from indoors to outdoors.
  • Summer: continue succession planting of greens and fall crops, keep up with irrigation and weeding, maintain paths, ongoing harvests.
  • Fall: plant cold frames with winter greens, harvest and storage of crops, cover crop and/or mulch beds before winter, make compost with field debris
  • Ongoing: line out volunteers and residents for watering, maintenance, daily harvests, and special projects.

Education

Create space and opportunity in the garden for summer campers to have a meaningful experience with sustainable food production.

  • Check in with program staff at least weekly, or at daily staff meetings when possible, about current garden project opportunities and needs. Support program staff in bringing campers or program participants into the garden.
  • When time allows, facilitate garden activities with campers or program participants.
  • Create physical spaces in the garden for gathering, teaching, resting, observing, etc.
  • Train and utilize adult volunteers and interns in ways that are both educational and productive.

Market Garlic Venture

Take definitive steps towards establishing a small commercial garlic venture to help fund the garden and this position into the future.

  • Tend and harvest our first garlic crop (1300 cloves planted Oct 2015)
  • Prepare garlic for sale to camp families throughout the summer
  • Develop and execute marketing plan for fall garlic sales, especially through Ekone’s existing network

General

  • Weekly check-ins with the kitchen manager to assess priorities
  • Development and planning for the extensive “wish list” of future garden plans
  • Maintain garden tools
  • Manage the garden budget
  • Take leadership of the garden and work independently, while inviting and considering input from residents and guests

Qualifications

Our ideal garden coordinator has some combination of:

  • Experience growing annual vegetables, preferably in a dry climate
  • Permaculture training or expertise
  • Strong “creative problem solving” and “fix it” skills
  • Talent as an educator, especially with children ages 8-16
  • Self-starter with proven ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Leadership experience, capable of directing a team of volunteers, children or adults
  • Physical capacity to work in the hot sun and lift 50 pounds
  • Ability to resist being overwhelmed in a role where there is always more to do than can ever be done, finding a balance between “going the extra mile” and guarding your own boundaries.
  • Familiarity with the work of Ekone Ranch, ekone.org

All applications will be considered—if you have a combination of skills and talents that you think will be relevant to this position, please tell us about them!

Terms of Employment

  • Hours per week: 20 on average
  • Compensation: $10 per hour, plus room and board
  • Seasonal position: April 1 – October 31
  • Housing consists of simple trailer with wood stove and shared bathroom/kitchen
  • No additional benefits provided at this time
  • Abide by Employee Handbook and Ekone Community policies and agreements

Application process:

  • Direct any questions to kitchen manager Chris Woodcock by email, chris@ekone.org.
  • Apply by email to chris@ekone.org. Please include a resume and a cover letter introducing yourself and specifically addressing your qualifications for this position.
  • Phase two of the application process will include a review of Ekone’s community agreements, responding to a community questionnaire, and creating a description of two sample activities that you could do with children in the garden.
  • Initial applications will be reviewed on March 1, but the position is open until filled.

Brookwood Community Farm hiring Multiple Positions

Milton, Massachusetts

Brookwood Community Farm is Hiring for Multiple Positions!

Brookwood Community Farm is a 8-acre non-profit working farm located just outside of Boston in Milton, MA. We grow vegetables and flowers for a 300- member CSA using organic methods, attend a weekly farmer’s market, and participate in a variety of food access programs such as food pantry donations. While Brookwood is primarily a production farm, our mission is to connect people to food and farming opportunities. One way we do this is by offering regular volunteer and educational opportunities for our farm members as well as groups and individuals from Boston and the surrounding communities. We are also committed to increasing access to local, organic foods in underserved communities.

More information on all these positions can be found on our website, www.brookwoodcommunityfarm.org . We are currently hiring for the following positions:

Farm Manager: Our Farm Manager will have general responsibility for running our three fields in Milton, MA and Canton, MA. BCF was founded in 2006 with the goals of restoring underutilized farmland near Boston, strengthening the local food system, and addressing the urgent need for access to healthy food in low-income neighborhoods of Boston. The farm cultivates eight acres using organic practices and operate a 300-person Community Supported Agriculture program. BCF also provides on-farm educational, volunteer and employment opportunities to area youth and adults, and distributes approximately 15% of our annual produce harvested to hunger relief and food justice programs. Our Farm Manager will be charged with developing short and long term plans as well as overseeing and participating in daily farming operations. In addition to farming duties, the farm manager will be involved with assisting and developing volunteer programs, as well as contributing to our food justice programs. Qualified applicants will:  Have interest and commitment Brookwood’s overall mission and purpose; Be an excellent communicator in both written and verbal form with previous experience in leadership roles; Have at least 3-4 years farming experience with a minimum of 2 years in a leadership position.

To apply, email a resume and cover letter to susan@brookwoodcommunityfarm.org


Education Coordinator:  
The education coordinator will provide leadership and supervision to farm visitors of all ages and backgrounds and support the implementation of education programming.  We are looking for someone who is really excited about farm-based education and can contribute to
the growth of the educational and community-building opportunities at Brookwood. This position will average 15 hours per week, beginning in the end of March and stretching until the end of October. Actual hours per week may vary based on the time of the season and number of visiting groups. Some of the work will be done outdoors on the farm, while administrative work must be completed in a home office. The position is split evenly between outdoor work running programs and leading volunteers while the other half is administrative work such as communicating with visiting groups and volunteer groups, planning programs, and data entry. Responsibilities: Independently lead educational programming including farm tours, fieldwork,and lessons for visitors of all ages (preschool through senior citizen); Supervise volunteer groups; Manage communication with volunteers and visiting groups; Conduct outreach for volunteer and education programs;  Maintain a small learning garden; Update materials for programming, such as activities and handouts; Train and supervise others to assist in leading educational and volunteer groups.

Qualifications: Be passionate about food, plants, and farm-based education; Love working with people and have an awesome interpersonal and communication skills; Teaching and/or youth leadership experience in a school or non-traditional setting with proven ability around youth safety, group management and discipline preferred; Have some experience with sustainable agriculture or gardening; Experience working with volunteers with all ages; Be able to work independently; Be comfortable performing office tasks such as email, basic website maintenance, and Excel data entry; The ability to be flexible with both schedule and day-to-day tasks. Must be comfortable working in both outdoor and non-traditional office settings

To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter to the Susan DeMinico,
Executive Director of Brookwood Community Farm at susan@brookwoodcommunityfarm.org

Farm Apprentice: BCF seeks applicants who are excited to learn about small scale agriculture while working on a fast-paced production farm. Previous farming or farmer’s market experience is a plus, but not required. We are looking for responsible individuals with a good sense of humor who enjoy working hard as part of a team. You must be able to follow and clearly give directions, not be afraid to ask questions, make mistakes and laugh in the face of adversity. You must have the ability and interest to work long hours in all types of weather: rain, heat, cold and worst of all, wind. You must be able to perform physically demanding and repetitive tasks and be able to safely lift 50 lbs. You must have a valid driver’s license and clean driving record. Ideal candidates would enjoy a workplace that is open to the public in our unique suburban location. Our apprenticeship is an on-the-job training opportunity. Apprentices will learn many aspects of operating a small vegetable farm through hands-on tasks including greenhouse work, operating tractors, harvesting, planting, weeding, distributing and marketing produce, and working directly with the field crew and volunteers. Throughout the growing season, apprentices will work closely with the farm managers and have access to our planning materials. Apprentices will interact directly with our members at the farm and customers at our weekly farmers market.   Our farm apprenticeship runs full-time from March 28 – October 28 and part time from October 31 – November 20th. The work schedule will be Monday – Friday in April and switch to Tuesday through Saturday when our CSA begins in mid May. The hours are 7am – 5pm (through most of the season) with an hour for lunch. Beginning in June you may be responsible for bringing our produce to a weekly farmers market. You will also be responsible for greenhouse watering duties every 5th Sunday.

To Apply, Please send in a letter of interest and resume to jobs@brookwoodcommunityfarm.org. Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis until the position is filled so please send in your application ASAP. Only qualified applicants will be contacted.

Brookwood highly encourages people from all backgrounds to apply and seek a diverse pool of candidates for all positions. Brookwood Community Farm provides equal opportunity in employment for all qualified persons and prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, ancestry, age, veteran status, disability unrelated to job requirements, genetic information, military service, or other protected status. All applicants required to pass a CORI check as a condition of employment.

 

Valley Milkhouse hiring Cheesemaking Intern

Berks County, Pennsylvania

Cheesemaking Intern

Valley Milkhouse artisan creamery is looking for a cheesemaking intern for the extended summer/autumn season. The position is a paid internship at $10/hour for approx. 30-40 hours per week, Wednesday through Saturday. The program will run for 8 months from May through December.

Candidates must have a passion for cheese and an interest in learning how to make it, package it, market it, sell it and distribute it. This trade involves A LOT of dishwashing, heavy lifting, and more monotonous packaging work. Candidates must be able to work weekly Saturday farmers markets as well as make wholesale deliveries around Philadelphia and the Lehigh Valley.

This is a great position for someone who is interested in learning about cheesemaking, working hard and networking within this flourishing industry.

Interested candidates should email a cover letter and resume to Stefanie Angstadt  at valleymilkhouse@gmail.com.

McKenzie’s Farm hiring Farmers Market Sales Associate

Milton, New Hampshire

Farmers Market Sales Associate Position June-End of September

A McKenzie’s Farm Market Sales Associate must be a friendly, energetic person who enjoys people and finds helping others rewarding and challenging. Must have enthusiasm for sharing information, our farm practices, recipes, and ideas using our produce.

Responsibilities for Farmers Market include: loading up at the farm, driving to market, setting up at market, sales, breaking down at market, and driving back to farm. Sales Associate is required to perform the duties of their position in line with both McKenzie’s Farm Core Values and Seacoast Grower’s Association policies and procedures.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities: Candidate must must demonstrate high energy and friendly demeanor. Requires quality customer care and service – responds promptly to customer needs, service and assistance.  Candidate must be able to multi-task and cope well with stressful situations including long lines and multiple transactions at once. Candidate must obtain a high attention to detail and excel in customer relations. Candidate must be efficient in organization and time management to ensure prompt set up and break down at market. Candidate must be extremely dependable and punctual. Follows instructions, responds to management direction; takes responsibility for own actions. Candidate must be able to constantly take initiative and be a self starter.

Greet customers in a friendly and cordial manner. Responds to all customer requests politely and promptly – and helps educate the customer on our farm’s growing practices and other offerings we have at our farm and can direct them to our location. Candidate will be held accountable for cash made during sales transactions. Effectively manages electronic and cash sales keeping a sales report for each daily shift completed.

Responsible for dismantling the Farmers Market booth and transporting all supplies, inventory and equipment back to the farm. Maintains supplies and equipment in a neat well-organized manner for the next market. Reports all incidents that require action, are a cause for concern or may be of possible conflict of interest to Management.

Physical Demands The physical demands of performing the duties of this job are being able to regularly lift and /or move up to 25 pounds and frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Each market is approximately 4 hours long and candidate must be able to stand at booth for this length of time. Farmers Market Sales Representative is frequently exposed to hot, wet and/or humid weather.

Driving: Candidate must have clean driving record and currently insured and licensed.

Job Details:

Wednesday 11am-7pm Dover Farmers Market

Thursday 11am-7pm Exeter Farmers Market

Potential for Saturday Markets 6am-2pm Portsmouth Market

Compensation starts at $10 an hour depending on past experience and qualifications. Please attach current resume, cover letter on why you would be a good fit for representing our farm at market, and references and send to email below:

mckenziesfarm@gmail.com