Connecticut – Small Organic Farm hiring Farm Manager

Wallingford, Connecticut
Full Time Employee to manage a small organic farm in Wallingford.
Candidate needs the skills/knowledge to run a small organic farm from Spring to Fall in Wallingford, CT. The candidate must have vegetable farming experience and must have their own transportation.
This person will be responsible for farming and maintaining the property, as well as planting and harvesting.
The hours of the position will be: 8:00 am – 3:30 pm, MondaySaturday
Please call the owner, Bob McNeil, at (203) 507-3507.

Utah – Youth Garden Project hiring Garden Educator Interns

Moab, Utah

GARDEN EDUCATOR INTERNSHIP

SUMMER & FALL SESSION

 Internship Dates: May 22nd, 2017-November 17th, 2017 (start date is flexible)

Number of Positions: 1

Minimum Age Requirement: 21
Application Deadline: open until filled

Internship Description:

The Youth Garden Project (YGP) is a non-profit organization in Moab, UT with the mission of cultivating healthy children, families, and community through educational programs and the profound act of connecting people with food from seed to table.

 We are looking for an individual that is interested in working as an educator with children in a hands-on, outdoor setting within a variety of educational programs. In the summer, four interns facilitate our nine week Summer Camp designing and implementing the lesson plans for this program. During the fall, we have two After-School Programs, Garden Classroom field trips, and some Middle and High School classes that do experiments; all of which will be taught primarily by two interns with aid from the Program Manager.

Internship Details:

SUMMER

  • Four interns will work as a cohesive team to run the nine week Summer Camp program.
  • Interns will receive an in-depth training prior to leading the Summer Camp program; including behavior management techniques, discipline policies, and more.
  • All interns will plan, organize, and lead the Summer Camp program with guidance and support from the Program Manager. Daily Summer Camp responsibilities include, but are not limited to: ensure overall smoothness of the Summer Camp day including safety of campers; enforce YGP discipline policies with campers; prepare materials for activities and snacks; manage groups of children while building relationships/rapport with them; teach two-three 45 minute activities per day with co-instructors; encourage campers to learn and connect with the garden; communicate with parents/guardians regarding campers’ behavior, etc.
  • Each intern will play a role in the instruction and development of Summer Camp weeks. This includes, but is not limited to: creating experiential, fun, and educational activities related to each Summer Camp theme; submitting detailed lesson plans beforehand; sharing and coaching co-instructors in regards to your detailed plans; providing positive and constructive feedback to co-workers.

FALL

  • Interns plan and lead garden-based activities for two After-School Programs.
  • Interns will receive Garden Classroom training and be given time to prepare for teaching, ask questions, and review any details with the Program Manager.
  • Interns will teach grades K-6 in the garden using YGP’s curriculum; each lesson plan correlates with Utah Core Curriculum standards. During a Garden Classroom, each intern will teach approximately 13 students (half of a class) for 90 minutes.
  • Interns will co-facilitate any other field trips (Middle/High School Classes, etc.) either with the Program Manager or another intern.
  • Interns may have the opportunity to build on pre-existing curriculum or develop new curriculum for Garden Classrooms.

OTHER

  • Interns should expect to be outside the majority of the day.
  • Interns should expect to work 45 hours per week on average during the summer (M-F, 8am-5pm) and 35 hours per week on average during the fall. The fall schedule varies on a day to day basis.
  • YGP is involved in a series of local community events and fundraisers that interns may be required to work or attend.
  • Interns will be certified in CPR and First Aid (certification opportunity will be provided if applicant is not already certified).
  • Interns are expected to be a positive and enthusiastic team member throughout the duration of the internship.

Educational Opportunities: • Gain experience teaching elementary-aged students • Build experience teaching hands-on science • Learn about how a garden can be used as a teaching tool • Build relationships with students, teachers, summer campers, and families • Write and implement creative lessons and activities that connect kids to the garden• Have opportunities to connect children with gardens, food, and community • Community event involvement • And more!

Compensation:

  • Each intern will receive a stipend of $400/month. First and last month’s stipend will be pro-rated based on days worked.
  • The Youth Garden Project will provide housing. Interns may move in the weekend before the internship. begins, and move out by the Monday following the close of the internship. Any extended stay beyond these times must be approved by the Associate Director.
  • Interns will be provided with a small space to garden for supplemental food supply and learning. experience. YGP will provide seeds, plant starts, tools, irrigation, etc.
  • When YGP is in peak harvest season, the intern household will receive one CSA share of produce each week.
  • Access to a variety of pro-deals through YGP.

Skills Desired: applicants must be 21 or older.

Interns must be responsible and reliable; work well independently and in a team setting; show enthusiasm, and have an interest in experiential education. Intern should be a problem solver who is flexible and able to improvise. Intern must have an open mind and willingness to be involved with the Youth Garden Project beyond its programs and work either in the garden or at special events.

TO APPLY:

Please e-mail a brief cover letter and an attached resume with three professional references to Program Manager, Julie Zender, atjulie@youthgardenproject.org

Massachusetts – Boston Area Gleaners hiring Two Positions

Various Locations, Massachusetts

Boston Area Gleaners, Inc.

Harvesting for the Hungry Since 2004

240 Beaver Street
Waltham, MA 02452
e: volunteer@bostonareagleaners.org
t: (781) 894-3212
www.bostonareagleaners.org

Boston Area Gleaners is hiring for two positions for the 2017 Gleaning Season: Gleaning Coordinator and Distribution Assistant. Both positions are temporary full-time from July 6 to December 23. Candidates must commit to working the full duration of the season in order to qualify. Posting Date: April 2017

Interested candidates should submit a resume and cover letter (separate from your email) stating your interest in the position to Matt Crawford at matt@bostonareagleaners.org with the job title in the subject line.

ABOUT BOSTON AREA GLEANERS

Boston Area Gleaners (BAG) is dedicated to rescuing surplus farm crops for people in need in eastern Massachusetts. We are building a supply chain of agricultural surplus between farms and hunger relief agencies that serve individuals facing food insecurity. By organizing volunteers to harvest and sort crops on farms, we have gleaned and distributed over 1,000,000 pounds of high-quality fruits and vegetables since our founding in 2004.

GLEANING COORDINATOR

The Gleaning Coordinator is responsible for organizing and leading gleaning trips under the direction of the Gleaning Program Manager. This role is vital to our operations and requires a high degree of accountability, as it is the link between our partner farms, volunteers and distribution operations.

  • Gleaning trips on farms typically last 5 to 10 hours with 3 to 20 volunteers capable of harvesting 300 to 14,000 pounds of produce. During the peak season from September through November, we will run multiple trips per day. On gleaning trips, the Gleaning Coordinator is responsible for: ensuring crops are harvested efficiently while maintaining quality standards; ensuring volunteer safety, training, and engagement; managing the product flow in the fields; and loading and unloading all produce into and out of BAG vehicles. This results in several hours of heavy lifting on each gleaning trip. Other routine activities include pickups of produce at partner farms, scouting fields for future harvests, and maintaining orderly storage facilities and dry storage inventories.
  • Effective communication with farmers, strong ability to engage and mobilize volunteers, and attention to detail are essential to successfully performing this job. Within this position, the Gleaning Coordinator has the opportunity to learn about all aspects of our work and the local food system, as well as interact with many different farmers and farming techniques in our region. This position is vital to our operations team and is expected to contribute to all aspects of our work to achieve our mission.
  • This position is exempt and full-time seasonal, with a minimum of 32 hours per week, averaging 60 hours per week during peak season. The expected schedule is Thursday-Monday 7:00am to 5:00pm; flexibility is strongly preferred.
  • Compensation will start at $16/hour during one-month training/probation period; upon successful completion, pay rate will be increased based on experience and skill level.

DISTRIBUTION ASSISTANT

The Distribution Assistant executes the distribution of produce under the direction of the Distribution Program Manager. This role is vital to our operations, as it is the link between our gleaning operations and the agencies that distribute our produce to people in need.

  • Daily activities include filling agency orders at the BAG facility, delivering food to agencies, pickups of produce at partner farms, and maintaining orderly storage facilities and dry storage inventories (packaging). Typical orders may range from small pantry orders (4 cases/50 pounds) to large palletized food bank orders (200 cases/8,000 pounds). This position is vital to our operations team and is expected to contribute to all aspects of our work to achieve our mission.
  • This position is non-exempt and full-time seasonal, with a minimum of 36 hours per week. The expected schedule is Monday-Thursday 8:00-5:30; flexibility is strongly preferred.
  • Compensation will start at $14/hour during one-month training/probation period; upon successful completion, pay rate will be increased based on experience and skill level.

QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE

Strong applicants for both positions should be able to prove the following:

  • Must be reliable, committed, and efficient at completing job requirements.
  • Must be effective in communicating with other program staff and partners of the organization (specifically farmers and volunteers for the Gleaning Coordinator).
  • Must have ability and desire to relate to and work with various socio-economic and cultural groups of individuals.
  • Must have a high attention to detail (produce quality and record-keeping).
  • Must be willing to work in all types of New England weather, as most of our work takes place outside and exposed to the elements.
  • Must be able to repeatedly lift 70+ pounds in various conditions.
  • Must be a proven responsible driver with a valid US drivers license and capable of passing DOT physical.
  • Experience driving box trucks in urban and rural environments is strongly preferred.
  • Food handling experience is strongly preferred.
  • Knowledge of fruit and vegetable varieties grown in Massachusetts is strongly preferred.
  • Customer service or similar experience is preferred for the Distribution Assistant.
  • Experience operating manual and electric pallet jacks and forklifts is a plus (training is provided).

Additional qualifications and experience for the Gleaning Coordinator position:

  • At least one full season of vegetable production is strongly preferred.
  • Experience leading others and motivating them towards a common goal is strongly preferred.
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred.

 ADDITIONAL COMPENSATION

The following additional compensation is provided for both positions:

  • Year-end bonus (based on total hours worked) contingent on completion of seasonal job term
  • Three paid holidays at 1.5 times hourly rate if worked; Labor Day (9/4/2017), Columbus Day (10/9/2017), and Veteran’s Day (11/11/2017)
  • Two paid days off for Thanksgiving (11/23/2017 and 11/24/2017)
  • Monthly cell-phone reimbursement
  • Work clothing/gear stipend
  • Professional development opportunities including several trainings and certifications
  • Access to surplus produce
  • Housing is not available

Washington – Woodbine Farm hiring Flower Farm Apprentice

Centralia, Washington

Flower Farm Apprentice (Paid)

Excited about the local flower farming movement and eager to learn every aspect of running a flower operation from the ground up? This is a unique opportunity to get your feet wet in all aspects of a small intensive flower operation, from propagation to harvest, crop planning to financial management, web sites to customer relations. The majority of the hours will be fieldwork, with plenty of opportunity to work side by side with the owner on every other aspect of the business, depending on applicant’s interest and ability.

Woodbine Farm is three years old, a 4-1/2-acre intensive farm. Work will be done by the owner, the apprentice, the owner’s family members and likely one other part-time crew member.

The ideal applicant is tough, efficient, and easygoing, with a long-term interest in pursuing flower farming. Hours start at 20 per week and ramp up by June to 30+ hours per week through the end of the growing season in October, then return to 20 hours per week, with a strong potential for long-term employment and the possibility of increased winter hours. Compensation begins at $12.00 per hour and may be higher based on experience.

Required qualifications:

  • Highly responsible
  • Willing and able to put in long hours of physical labor in all weathers
  • Farm work experience
  • Willingness to learn and take direction
  • Detail-oriented
  • Reliable transportation
  • Good communication skills

Please email a resume and statement of interest, with 2 references, to Betsy@floriculture-flowers.com. People of any gender, race, sexual orientation or religion are encouraged to apply. Centralia is 25 miles south of Olympia, Washington and there is a thriving local farm scene in the area.

Massachusetts – Brookwood Community Farm hiring Field Crew Members

Milton, Massachusetts

BROOKWOOD COMMUNITY FARM

Field Crew 2017

Brookwood Community Farm is hiring 2 individuals for field crew this season!

 About You:

We seek individuals who are mature, enthusiastic, in good physical condition and able to do fast-paced, detail-oriented work. Some manual labor or farm experience preferred but not necessary. Applicants should be able to lift 50 pounds, sustain focus & pace through repetitive tasks, work outside in all weather conditions, and enjoy getting dirty. Ideal candidates work well as part of a team, are quick learners, and take direction well. You also need a reliable form of transportation to the farm as we are not accessible by public transit.

Job Responsibilities:

The Field Crew will work in the fields at all 3 sites that we grow on, focusing primarily on weeding and harvesting, but will also be involved in planting and other farming tasks as needed. Crew members will learn practical skills including how to use farm tools and how to harvest and handle produce. The field crew will work together as a group and alongside the full-season farm crew and will be supervised by the assistant grower. Field Crew members will work Tuesday-Friday 7am-12:30pm. The job runs June-August, but exact dates can vary on a case by case basis. We prefer people than can do 4 days, but a modified schedule of Tuesday, Thursday and Friday can be accommodated.

Compensation:

$11/hr and produce from the farm.

About Us:

Brookwood Community Farm is an 8-acre farm that grows diversified vegetables and flowers in Milton, MA. Using organic methods (not certified) we provide produce for a 250-member CSA, a weekly farmer’s market, a food access market, and donations to local food pantries. As a non-profit community farm we are open to the public and offer educational and volunteer opportunities for our CSA members, youth and corporate groups. For more information about the farm and our mission, please visit our website.  http://www.brookwoodcommunityfarm.org

To apply:

Please send a brief cover letter explaining your interest in this position, and a resume to Susan DeMinico, Executive Director at Brookwood Community Farm, at susan@brookwoodcommunityfarm.org. Only qualified applicants will be contacted.

Massachusetts – Brookwood Community Farm hiring Farmer’s Market Assistant

Roslindale, Massachusetts

BROOKWOOD COMMUNITY FARM

Farmer’s Market Assistant 2017

About You

We are looking for someone to help staff our stand at the Roslindale Farmer’s Market on Saturdays. We are looking for a responsible individual with great customer service skills to help with all aspects of set up, sales, and takedown at market. Retail experience and an interest in cooking/gardening are preferred, though not required. You must be able to follow and give directions, work quickly and efficiently, and keep a smile on your face throughout a long and hectic day. You must be able to perform physically demanding tasks, stand up for 7.5 hours with only one break, and be able to safely lift 40 lbs in any kind of weather. You must be reliable and punctual and have a fantastic attitude. You also must be friendly and committed to great customer service. We see our market customers as members of the Brookwood community, and want to make sure they have a good experience shopping with us.

About the Position

You will work Saturdays June 3rd- Nov 18th 7:00 am-2:30 pm. You may also need to attend a three hour training and orientation session on Saturday May 27th. You will need to work a minimum of two Saturdays per month, though more is preferred. For the right candidate we may consider someone who can only work June-August.

You will meet at and leave from Adams Park in Roslindale; you do not need to come to the farm. You will assist with all aspects of unloading the truck, setting up the stand, creating displays, restocking products, selling to the public, breaking down the stand, and packing the truck at the end of the day. You may assist with any other tasks that may come up at market such as making signs and record keeping.

You will work under the direction of Brookwood staff, primarily the Assistant Manager. You will assist in supervising our volunteer workers that help out at the market.

Compensation

You will be paid $11/hour, produce from the stand, and discounts on produce we resell from other farms such as fruit and corn. You will also earn paid sick time in accordance with Massachusetts law.

About Us

Brookwood Community Farm grows diversified vegetables and flowers on 8 acres of land on 3 different sites in Milton and Canton, MA. Using organic methods (not certified) we provide produce for a 230-member CSA, a weekly farmer’s market, food access markets, and donations to local food pantries. As a non-profit community farm we are open to the public and offer educational and volunteer opportunities for our CSA members, youth and corporate groups. For more information about the farm and our mission, please visit our website. For pictures and other fun stuff check out our facebook page and instagram.

To Apply

Please send in a cover letter, resume, and two professional references to emma@brookwoodcommunityfarm.org. Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis until filled so please send in your application ASAP. Please contact us if you have any questions.

Maine – Spear Spring Farm hiring Farm Workers

Warren, Maine

Spear Spring Farm, LLC                                                                                        4.12.17

Farm Labor Job Description

Spear Spring Farm is an historic 150-acre “organic practice” diversified farm dating back to 1736, located in Warren, Maine.  The farm has been vacant for a few years and we are seeking a couple or two individuals to help us bring the farm back into production.  A small bunkhouse (brand new!) will soon be available with private bathroom and electricity.  We will be planting a wide diversity of vegetables, flowers, perennials, and herbs, which we expect to sell primarily through our on site farm store, CSA, and wholesale accounts.  We may also choose to add livestock and other farm activities down the road.  We place a special emphasis on growing practices that are efficient and in harmony with the land and would love for people with a passion for sustainable agriculture and out of the box thinking to join our team.  Since we are rebuilding, this is a great opportunity to see and participate in the shaping of a sustainable and profitable farm.  If you want to work hard, eat well, love your job, and have fun doing it, then join us at Spear Spring Farm!

Timeframe:  We are seeking to hire two full time employees from mid-May through November 2017.  There may be potential for continuing part time work through the winter months, although likely without housing as our bunkhouse will not be winterized (low cost housing is generally available locally in the winter months).

Work description: Spear Spring Farm is a new endeavor to restore an historic farm and bring it back to beauty and full production.  Our employees are important to our success and will work closely with the resident farm manager to complete daily tasks.  The primary job responsibilities of our farm workers are:

  • Planting seeds, seedlings and vegetables/shrubs/trees
  • Weeding, fertilizing, maintaining fields and growing areas
  • Helping to restore the farm (Store, Fields, Workshop, Roads, Etc.)
  • Harvesting vegetables by hand
  • Washing and packing vegetables for sale
  • Possible delivery of vegetables
  • Manning the farm store
  • Tractor work
  • Possible maintenance work, such as painting, building stone walls, landscaping, cleaning grounds (buildings, fields)
  • Possible care of livestock
  • Pruning trees and orchard care

Hours:  We are hiring for up to 40 hours per week.  Additional hours may be available in May/June and September/October should you desire to increase your hours.  Work hours are between 7am and 5pm (somewhat flexible depending on what needs to get done) with a one-hour lunch (bring your own) taken around midday.

Compensation:  Employees will receive a $1,200 stipend per month for full time work, and a $250 credit per month towards farm products or to use within the farm store to purchase food or other products as desired to offset living costs.  Second quality produce may be available to farm employees free of charge, depending on the harvest.

Location: Warren is only 15 minutes from the ocean and the neighboring towns of Rockland and Damariscotta (great food, theaters, museums, and a vibrant local community), and only 25 minutes to Camden/Rockport.  The farm boasts sweeping views of fields and mountains in the distance, 3 ponds, frontage on the St. George River and ample woods.  We have a nesting pair of Barred Owls in the back fields and a nearby lake with beach that’s accessible by a short walk.  There is a vibrant local food community, along with many area activities and festivals that make the MidCoast of Maine a great place to live and work!

Housing:  On site housing is provided in the form of a small 12’ x 24’ bunkhouse with private bathroom and electricity.  Housing is provided free of charge as part of employee compensation.  Electricity and Internet will be at your cost.

Pets: Well-trained, friendly pets are welcome with prior approval and at the owner’s discretion.  There are two dogs on site at the farm (the manager’s all the time and the owners’ dog visits frequently).   Well-behaved pets are welcome as long as they get along with people (including children) and our dogs.  Spear Spring Farm is located on Rt. 1 in Warren – a busy road, where the speed limit is 55 and visitors to the farm pull through to visit the farm store.  The road hazard is real and the safety of your pet must be your responsibility.

Qualifications:

  • Farming and manual labor experience preferred
  • Tractor experience a plus
  • Punctuality, honesty, reliability are required!
  • Ability to work outdoors in all weather conditions
  • Attention to detail
  • Stamina to maintain fast and accurate working pace all day
  • Ability to lift 50 lbs.
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Reliable transportation
  • Positive outlook and good sense of humor

How to apply:

No phone calls, please.  We are accepting applications until the positions are filled and will only consider complete applications.  If you are interested in working at Spear Spring Farm, please e-mail the following items to:  jamien.richardson@gmail.com

  1. A one-page letter introducing yourself, describing your farm related experience, your availability (which days of the week you are able to work) and why you want to work at Spear Spring Farm…
  2. A list of recent/relevant work history (or a resume) including names of previous employers, duration worked, and primary job responsibilities
  3. Three work-related references with job title and contact information

We will respond to all completed applications that are received.