Rhode Island – Robin Hollow Farm hiring Farm Worker

Saunderstown, Rhode Island

Farm worker(s) for 2018 season: Robin Hollow Farm

Robin Hollow Farm is a fast-paced, diverse flower farm. The farm uses sustainable and/or organic methods on about five acres in Saunderstown, RI. We grow in the field, in high tunnels and utilize three heated greenhouses. We produce a wide variety of cut flowers and plants for three farmers’ markets, on-farm sales and floral design for weddings and events. 

Our family farm is successful, with well developed systems for all aspects of production. We focus on being very efficient while maintaining a high quality product. The opportunity to learn the skills to run your own farm is available to motivated employees. Cut flowers are a complex and exciting niche for a small-scale farm. 

Farm Worker Duties: 

  • Assist with greenhouse production, including scouting for pests and diseases, propagation and
    watering. 
  • Harvest crops, using proper harvest systems and post-harvest treatments and labeling. 
  • Contribute to weed and disease management, transplanting, tunnel and field work. 
  • Operate tractors, delivery vans and other equipment as needed, based on experience. 
  • Work at farmers’ markets, on-farm sales, or wedding flower set-up/delivery as needed. 
  • Assist with cooler management, farmers’ market set up (bouquet making, etc.) or getting ready for events as needed. 


Qualifications 
Positive attitude, enjoying good communication with customers and volunteers. 

Punctual and reliable. 

Self-motivated to work independently and in groups of workers quickly and efficiently.

Able and willing to work full days of physically demanding tasks. These may be repetitive and
strenuous, with occasional heavy lifting (up to 50lbs) and bending, kneeling, etc. 

Experience with farming or horticulture work is preferred but not required. 

Inquisitive minds are strongly encouraged. 


Work period and Compensation:
Mid March through November, 2018. Tuesday-Saturday for the majority of the season, with slightly less for the ends of the season. Hourly wage based on experience. Bonus based on performance and farm productivity. Farm produce (veg, herbs, fruit, flowers) provided in season, and a generous employee discount.

Contact:
Mike Hutchison: mike@robinhollowfarm.comWe will respond to emails with an attached resume and a cover letter stating what you’ll bring to the team.

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Maine – MOFGA hiring Low Impact Forestry Coordinator

Maine

MOFGA LOW IMPACT FORESTRY COORDINATOR

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Primary Responsibilities: supporting MOFGA’s Low Impact Forestry Program (LIF) activities and its network; helping to expand the scope and capacity of MOFGA’s LIF Program.

Supervisor: Educational Programs Director

Work Week: This is a year round position, requiring 20 hours of work per week (1040 hours per year). Exact schedule will be determined by LIF program needs and work plan, in consultation with the Educational Programs Director. Great flexibility is necessary as more time will be needed surrounding workshops and events and will frequently require evening and weekend hours.

Position: The position is non-exempt under the Federal Fair Labor Standards Act. The employee in this position is eligible for overtime pay, however work hours are limited on a weekly basis, and it is unlikely that the employee will ever work overtime hours.

Required Abilities and Knowledge:

  • Ability to work well independently as well as with staff, volunteers and the public
  • Effective management and organizational skills including experience managing volunteers and participants of various ages and abilities
  • Strong oral and written communication skills including understanding of and ability to work with various forms of communication media
  • Ability to work effectively within a non-profit structure
  • Understanding and commitment to the mission and vision of MOFGA and the LIF program
  • Ability to manage many short- and long-term projects simultaneously
  • Demonstrable leadership experience
  • Understanding of current and historical practices in forestry, the commercial forest industry and the extraction of forest products
  • Ability to think critically and creatively around current forestry practices, the forest products industry and their relationship to ecosystems and human communities
  • Physical ability to traverse a forest in all seasons and all weather conditions
  • Access to a personal vehicle and ability to travel long distances for meetings and program activities

Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate between LIF Committee initiatives and MOFGA staff, including:
    • Facilitate event planning and implementation with Events Coordinator
    • Coordinate LIF press releases, announcements, mailings, new media and website activities with MOFGA Communications Director
    • Engage with other MOFGA program areas to develop collaborative programs, coordinate activities and represent LIF
    • Facilitate relationships and partnerships with other organizations
  • Perform outreach with other private and public organizations to support LIF offerings
  • Communicate with MOFGA membership regarding LIF activities and practices, including:
    • Serve as primary contact for MOFGA membership with forestry concerns
    • Manage content for LIF column in quarterly MOF&G
    • Serve as primary staff liaison to the LIF Program Steering Committee
    • Report regular program updates to Educational Programs Director as needed for reporting, program development and updating the Board of Directors
  • Work with MOFGA Education and Development Departments to secure funding for LIF activities
  • Assist in the planning of capital improvements, maintenance, and special projects on the MOFGA grounds relevant to LIF
  • Carry out the responsibilities listed above in accordance with the mission, vision and values of the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association

Candidates for the position should submit applications, including a cover letter, resume, and three professional references to: lifhiringcommittee@mofga.org. The committee is currently reviewing applications and will begin interviews May 2, 2018.

Massachusetts – Waltham Fields Community Farm seeking Distribution Work Shares

Waltham, Massachusetts

Waltham Fields Community Farm (WFCF)

Distribution Work Share Description 2018

Help us make our Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) share program and public sales successful by trading one day of work for a vegetable share.

Work Share positions available; shifts include:

Wednesdays, 1:30 – 7pm, June 13 – October 24

OR

Saturdays, 8:30am – 3pm, June 16 – October 27

Duties:

  • Greet customers and answer questions as needed

  • Check in CSA shareholders and provide pick-up and pick-your-own information

  • Ability to lift 50lbs. and to do heavy lifting repeatedly throughout each shift as much as needed

  • Help re-stock vegetables and added products as necessary, with an emphasis on aesthetics and presentation

  • Use cash register to check out customers purchasing additional products

  • Put away vegetable bins and crates as necessary during the pickup

  • Help maintain a clean and orderly barn environment

  • Assist with cleanup before and after and recordkeeping at the end of every pickup

Qualifications:

  • Have experience with or interest in organic vegetable production, farm stand sales, and/or seasonal cooking

  • Possess a friendly, outgoing, welcoming personality and a neat, professional appearance

  • Have an ability to cope with fast-paced, unpredictable work environment with periods of high volume and energy

  • Be or become a member of Waltham Fields Community Farm ($35 donation per household)

  • Be available each week during the work share period (occasional absences can be covered by prior arrangement/swapping with other work shares)

Compensation:  One summer vegetable and one flower share from Waltham Fields Community Farm, to be picked up Wednesday, Thursday, or Saturday during distribution hours.

To Apply:  Email Lauren at lauren@communityfarms.org with a brief statement of why you are interested and why you think you would be a good fit for the Distribution Work Share position.

Oregon – Fidlehead Farm hiring Crew Member/Farmers Market Cashier

Corbett, Oregon

Fiddlehead Farm

Crew Member/Farmers Market Cashier

Job Description

Fiddlehead Farm is currently hiring one part-time (32 hours a week) farm crew member for the 2018 season. This is a seasonal position, running from the beginning of June through mid-November (with the potential to stay on through the winter). The pay starts at $11 per hour.

About the Farm

We are a Certified Organic, first generation, women owned and operated farm. We farm in beautiful Corbett, OR, 16 miles outside of Portland. Our produce is sold both wholesale and direct at two farmers markets, to a local natural grocery chain, a food coop, several processors, and a handful of restaurants. We are currently growing over 200 varieties of 40 different crops. Our growing practices go beyond organic and we have a strong focus on sustainability, good land stewardship, and resource conservation.

 

Position Description

This is a part-time position (4 days/ week) with 8-hour work days Thursday through Sunday. The season runs from the beginning of June through mid-November (With the potential to continue into the winter). The crew member will participate in most aspects of the farm work, including seeding, transplanting, trellising, irrigation, weeding, harvesting, processing, and staffing the farmers market. They will work alongside the two owners, two interns, and regular volunteers to complete tasks. The work environment is positive and upbeat and there is a strong focus on good communication.

 

Desired Experience/Qualifications

  • At least 1-2 years experience working on a diverse vegetable farm

  • Some customer service and/or cashier experience.

  • Reliable transportation to the farm

  • Disciplined, organized, and responsible

  • Ability to lift 60 lbs

  • Strong work ethic

  • Positive attitude

  • Attention to detail

  • Needs to be open to all types of people, races, cultures, genders, and sexual orientations

 

How to apply:

Please send applications and/or questions to katie@fiddleheadfarmers.com and include the following:

  1. A cover letter to let us know why you think you would be a good fit for our farm.

  2. Resume – including any previous employment and responsibilities.

Position is open until filled.

New York – Hudson Valley Farm Hub hiring Tractor Operator

Hurley, New York

Job Location:

Hudson Valley Farm Hub
1875 Hurley Mountain Rd.
Hurley, NY 12443

Job Description:

Title: Tractor Operator Appointment: Full Time, Salaried

Position Summary – Under the guidance of the Vegetable Production Manager, the Tractor Operator’s primary responsibility will be to operate tractors, implements, and other farm machinery relating to the Farm Hub’s organic vegetable production. The Tractor Operator will also perform general fieldwork for the vegetable operation, as needed.

The Tractor Operator will work as part of the Farm Hub Team and report to the Vegetable Production Manager. She/he will participate in trainings, workshops, and staff meetings related to farm operations during work hours.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assist the Vegetable Production Manager with any and all tractor and equipment operation pertaining to vegetable production included, but not limited to:
    • Tillage, cultivation, spraying, fertilizer application, irrigation, mechanical harvest, direct seeding, transplanting, mowing, mulching, cover cropping
    • Assist in record keeping
    • Operate tractors and implements safely and effectively
    • Conduct routine equipment maintenance and adjustments as needed
  • Perform general farm work, as needed, including, but not limited to: o Greenhouse operations
    • Field preparation
    • Hoeing/hand weeding
    • Planting
    • Harvest and post-harvest handling
  • Assist the Vegetable Production Manager with training Farm Hub employees in safe and effective equipment operation.
  • Participate in training, workshops and staff meetings related to farm operations during work hours.

Required experience includes:

  • 5 or more years of organic vegetable production experience
  • 3 or more years operating tractors and equipment in a vegetable operation, including routine maintenance and adjustment
  • Willingness to have a flexible schedule with evening and weekend hours as required
  • Strong communication, listening, and interpersonal skills
  • Written and verbal proficiency in English
  • Strong commitment to the Farm Hub’s mission and values of equity and ecological resilience
  • Demonstrated ability participate in a work environment of mutual respect, team building, and collaboration
  • Ability to develop positive working relationships with people across different backgrounds
  • Preferred experience includes:
  • Use of Microsoft Office software and production record systems (e.g. AgSquared)
  • NYS Pesticide Applicator license
  • Spanish language proficiency

Additional Requirements:

  • • Must be able to lift 50 pounds
  • • Valid driver’s license

The Farm Hub Tractor Operator is a full-time, salaried position. We offer a competitive salary and benefits package and are an equal opportunity employer. All candidates, regardless of race, gender, age, or sexual orientation are encouraged to apply.

Interested candidates should email a cover letter, resume, and three professional references to profarmer@hvfarmhub.org.

FLSA Classification: Exempt

New York – The Abode hiring Food Service Positions

New Lebanon, New York

The Abode
5 Abode Rd, New Lebanon NY 1212
https://www.theabode.org/

The Abode of the Message is a Sufi Interfaith community and retreat center with focuses on Spirituallity, Philosophy, Cultural/Religious Diversity, Ecology and and Environmental Activism.

The Abode has positions open in its food services operations, beginning in May 2018.  If you are interested in helping nourish our visitors, guests and community, or know someone who might be, please let us know!

Abode Program Kitchen

The Abode Kitchen is a community-focused, predominantly organic and locally-sourced operation.  During events, the Kitchen serves between 25-150 guests at breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  Weekend availability is mandatory. Paid or Volunteer/Work Exchange positions available.

Head Cook

The Programs Kitchen Head Cook manages food preparation and service for event programs in two kitchens: one on our Main Campus and one as part of our Mountain Retreat Center. The Head Cook works closely with the Kitchen Manager planning schedules, menus and projects for volunteers, while acting as our primary Head cook for programs.

  • Ability to cater large events for up to 175 people
  • Ability to create and implement healthy, vegetarian menu plans utilizing local, seasonal produce.
  • Ability to manage kitchen staff in conjunction with kitchen manager.
  • Ability to communicate in a friendly and professional manner with Abode community, staff and program guests.
  • Paid or work-exchange positions for room and board are available

Abode Café

The Village Café’ located at the Abode of the Message is looking for a few good men/women!  We are a spiritual community nestled in the mountains on New Lebanon NY and recently opened an exciting new coffee house and café.

Café Manager

The café’ manager is responsible for leading a team in an efficient and profitable operation at The Village Café’ for the Abode. He/she is responsible for managing the day-to-day store operations, maintaining sanitary standards and conditions, and fostering a positive environment, which provides friendly service and a welcoming experience for both our residents and guests.

  • Maintains a clean well-merchandised café’ following visual presentation plans and food quality standards.
  • Must be able to work weekends, evenings and special events if needed.
  • Well-organized, detail-oriented and able to multi-task.
  • Must have effective problem solving/decision making abilities
  • Friendly, positive and a can-do attitude a MUST!
  • Accountable for growing sales and controlling costs of goods, inventory levels, labor, supplies and expenses.
  • Ensures proper team coverage by scheduling according to the needs of business especially during peak season and major events.
  • Trains and on-boards all new associates with daily functions of the POS system, café’ house policy and procedures. Ensures each team member can provide a welcoming environment and customer service.

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New Jersey – School Lunch Farm hiring Apprentices/Interns

Hackettstown, New Jersey

Job Description – Organic Farm Apprentice/Intern
2018 Season

Start Date: Spring 2018

Work schedule: 45 1/2 days a week

College Credits: We will fill out paperwork for college credit

Salary: Weekly Stipend

Website: http://www.schoollunchfarm.com

Positions: Apprenticeships/Internships

School Lunch Organic Farm & CSA, located on 70 acres in Northern NJ, is seeking apprentices/interns for the full 2018 season. This job begins in the spring and ends in late fall. The apprenticeship is for individuals have a desire to fully immerse themselves in farming. We ask for up to 5 1/2 days of work per week. Apprentices will learn all aspects of vegetable production and marketing, including weeding, harvesting, washing, CSA distribution helper, greenhouse management, seeding, transplanting, etc. We require a valid drivers license and the ability to lift at least 50lbs. We provide all the vegetables you need.

Educational Opportunities:
Daily activities will include

  • Seed starting in greenhouse, thinning seedlings, and feeding. Direct sowing in fields.
  • Record keeping
  • Bed preparation: rock picking, cultivating, back pack flaming, weeding, and working with drip irrigation
  • Foliar spraying of crops for feeding and pest control
  • Specific techniques for harvesting, cleaning, and storing different vegetables
  • Tractor and implement safety, maintenance, hookup, calibration and operation
  • Farm Upkeep: mowing tractor ways and grass borders, weed-whacking, building, repairs, painting
  • Working with volunteers—adults and children

Internship Starts: 04-15-2018

Internship Ends: 11-20-2018

Number of Apprentices: 2

App Deadline: when all positions are filled

Minimum Length of Stay: 8 months, but will consider shorter commitments

Meals: We will eat a shared vegetarian/vegan potluck lunch together at least once a week with vegetables from the farm.

Skills Desired: Farming requires a strong work ethic. The work is physical and challenging but growing food for families can be a very uplifting experience. We require a valid drivers license and the ability to lift at least 50lbs.

Location:

School Lunch Organic Farm & CSA
69 Stephen Park Road
Hackettstown, NJ 07840

Contact Info:

Margaret Noon

Please use email contact first!

margaretmnoon@gmail.com

908-451-0051

 

School Lunch Farm Vision:

School Lunch Farm is founded on the desire create healthier soil and community by growing nutrient dense organic vegetables and fruits, heirloom and specialty crops for community supported agriculture shareholders, schools, low-income community members, farm markets, and restaurants.

School Lunch Farm offers programs to educate children and adults to be stewards of the earth through organic growing, understanding of where food comes from, how it’s grown, healthy eating, and the effects of food production on the environment.