North Carolina – Crane Bay Farms hiring Manager

Oak Island, North Carolina

Crane Bay Farms Manager

Position:             Farm Manager
Status:                Regular, Full‐Time, Non‐Exempt
Hours:                 40 hours per week

About Crane Bay Farms

Crane Bay Farms is being established in co-ordination with a new active senior living community in Oak Island, NC. The farming operation will A) provide fresh vegetables sold on a CSA model to residents of the community and the general public, and B) establish a perennial nursery for fruit and landscaping trees. All farming operations will use organic methods. The initial farm site will cover an approximately 25 acre area, with plans to expand and include additional agricultural enterprises over time.

Position Overview

The Farm Manager will oversee the development of the first two agricultural enterprises at Crane Bay Farms, an organic mixed vegetable CSA and a perennial nursery,

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The essential functions include, but are not limited to, the following:

· Establish crop production for the community CSA and perennial nursery, including land preparation, crop design, ordering, planting, pest management, propagation, transplanting, weeding, watering, and harvesting

· Coordinate distribution of CSA shares to members and sales of surplus produce not sold through CSA

· Supervise and coordinate with other farmers renting land for operations

· Support farm infrastructure development, including irrigation systems, greenhouses, outbuildings, and equipment

· Greet and answer guest questions about the farm

· Lead volunteers and community members as required

· Manage a team of farm workers in day-to-day farm tasks

· Collect data and support organized record-keeping

· Assist in implementation of farm education and events

· Host guests and lead occasional tours

· Participate in regular staff meetings

Required Qualifications and Experiences

The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

· Strong knowledge of the local season, geography, and area (Brunswick County/Southport, NC)

· At least 3 years of farming experience, especially within the fields of organic farming focused on vegetable production, Community Supported Agriculture, and nursery production, and marketing agricultural products

· Passion for interacting with, educating, and leading a diversity of community participants, volunteers and staff of varied ages and backgrounds.

· Strong knowledge of agricultural equipment use and maintenance.

· Cooperative, service‐oriented attitude and ability to work independently and take initiative, set priorities and see projects through to completion.

· Strong communication, interpersonal and relationship development skills.

· Creative skills and ability to experiment to attain new, better strategies, approaches, and solutions to problems.

· Flexibility and willingness to take on a variety of tasks along with an ability to work effectively in a highly collaborative, team-driven environment

· Strong work ethic and ability to perform strenuous physical labor in inclement weather.

· Computer skills and proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and email

· Detail oriented

· A valid driver’s license

Compensation

Salary commensurate with experience. Crane Bay Farms offers a competitive benefits package.

Essential Physical Tasks

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Continuous walking, standing, climbing, stooping, bending, kneeling, reaching, lifting and pushing/pulling up to 50 lbs., cutting and carrying.

Crane Bay Farms is an equal opportunity employer. To apply, please submit a resume to bloomis@pineforestplantation.com. Thank you!

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Maine – Maine Audubon hiring Properties Management Assistant

Maine Audubon

Position Description

 

Position Title:

Properties Management Assistant

Location:

Gilsland Farm, Falmouth, ME

Department:

Properties

Immediate Supervisor:

Director of Properties

Description

Maine Audubon is a widely respected conservation organization with headquarters located in Falmouth, Maine, with state-wide influence.  Our mission is to conserve Maine’s wildlife and habitat through conservation, education, and citizen action.  We are seeking a 30 hour per week Properties Management Assistant at Gilsland Farm in Falmouth, Maine.  This is a hands-on skilled position that assists with a variety of property maintenance needs.

The Properties Management Assistant is responsible to assist the Director of Properties with day to day maintenance of Maine Audubon’s Gilsland Farm property, buildings and associated structures and facilities, in a manner consistent with Maine Audubon’s mission, in order to provide a welcoming, friendly, safe and clean environment for visitors and employees.  Occasional property maintenance work also takes place off site at other Maine Audubon wildlife sanctuary properties.

Essential and Specific Functions

  • Responsible for lawn mowing and weed whacking
  • Perform daily building cleaning, maintenance, and trash and recycling disposal.
  • Perform landscape plantings and landscape bed maintenance
  • Work with a range of volunteers on an as needed basis
  • Perform general building maintenance and repair projects and seasonal tasks
  • Perform routine maintenance and repair on various mowers, power tools, and other landscape equipment
  • Ability to work independently and take initiative to follow through on job responsibilities
  • Assist with winter snow clearing operations, including snow blower operation, hand shoveling, and tractor operation
  • Perform and document monthly building and site inspections
  • Assist with set-up of events and programs
  • Other property care related functions as needed

Qualifications

  • Knowledge and work experience in use of hand tools, lawn mowers, power hand tools, and basic knowledge of maintenance of these tools
  • Landscape/horticulture/nursery education or work experience strongly preferred
  • Experience working with power equipment such as tractors, riding mowers, chain saws, and a variety of power tools
  • Experience in general building maintenance functions
  • Ability to operate basic computer programs
  • Valid driver’s license with good driving record
  • Must be able to pass a background check

Physical Requirements

  • This position has substantial physical demands including the ability to safely handle heavy equipment and materials
  • Able to lift objects up to 50 lbs.
  • Able to frequently hike natural woodland trails, including all trails on Gilsland Farm
  • Able to work outside in all seasons and weather conditions
  • Able to climb stairs
  • Able to drive passenger vehicles and pickup trucks

Timing and Benefits

  • This is a permanent 30 hours per week position, M-F, 7:30 am – 2:00 pm, year-round. Occasional weekend work for special events

To apply, please submit resume and cover letter to bpauls@maineaudubon.org with Properties Management Assistant in the subject title.  Position open until filled.  EOE.

Washington – The Herbfarm Restaurant hiring Lead Assistant of Farm & Gardens

Woodinville, Washington

The Herbfarm Restaurant  Lead Assistant of Farm & Gardens

Revised 2018

Position:    Farm & Garden Manager’s Assistant—average 30 hours per week. Year ‘round employment. Full thyme mid-April-October. Part thyme November-March.  Wage: DOE

Location:   The Herbfarm Restaurant, 14590 NE 145th St, Woodinville, WA and the farm in Redmond on 124th.

Phone: (425) 485-5300  http://www.theherbfarm.com

The Herbfarm Restaurant began as an actual herb farm in Fall City, Washington. We started serving educational luncheons in a garage in 1986. We then moved to 9-course dinners matched with wines. Ingredients are always local and often from our own farm. Chef-Selected menus have themes which change every few weeks.

After a fire in 1997 which destroyed the restaurant/garage we re-opened in the heart of Woodinville Wine Country with 6,000 sq ft of gardens and a 5-acre farm just up the valley. We aim to create the finest dining experience in the world through welcoming decor, great service and food. Guests are toured through the Garden pre-dinner.

The Herbfarm is the only AAA 5-Diamond rated restaurant west of Chicago and north of San Francisco.

Overview:  Take lead, under Head Farmer/Gardener with:

The Farm: All aspects of 5-acre production farm–seeding, plant propagations, plant/supply shopping, watering, feeding, weeding, transplanting, animal care. Daily harvest with great detail & delivery for kitchen needs.  Irrigation systems, tractor use & care, tool/supply organization, composting, maintenance of farm infrastructure (fixing things). Supervision of seasonal staff and volunteers. Guest tours.

The Garden: Maintenance & design of food related plantings of raised beds and surrounding public display gardens at The Herbfarm Restaurant site ensuring gardens are presentable for guest viewing, weddings and tours at all times. Incorporate representative plantings of herbs & vegetables on current menus. Coordinate with Willows Lodge’s Department of Natural Beauty for hardscape lodge’s needs. Indoor plants. Combine creativity, whimsy, and function.

Be ready to be the lead when the lead is off.

Details:

  • Outdoor work in all types of weather– hot, cold, wet, windy
  • Organized, organizer, & persistent
  • Hard, manual labor
  • Professional, friendly guest & staff interactions
  • Work at least 50% of weekend days
  • Accuracy and consistency and cleanliness in daily kitchen harvest/delivery
  • Thoughtful about tasks and striving for quality and efficiency
  • Work on own and as leader of a team at farm and garden
  • Daily care of livestock
  • Communicate clearly and timely via email, text, in person.
  • Care and training of pet pigs
  • Tidiness and safety with tools & hoses

Experience and Qualifications:

  • 2+ years experience in commercial/public farm or garden with vegetables, herbs, edible flowers in the Pacific Northwest.
  • Experience seeding, and propagation in and out of greenhouse setting
  • Bed and landscape design experience a plus
  • Tractor experience a plus
  • Farm animal care/beekeeping experience a plus
  • Physically capable–wheelbarrows, shoveling, hauling, bending, weeding, composting
  • Strength–able to lift 40# repeatedly in the course of a day
  • Understanding of IPM, biological soil and plant management and market farming helpful
  • Knowledge but also willingness to learn about new plants and methods
  • Knowledgeable in Microsoft Windows, Outlook, Excel, Word, Dropbox
  • Some supervisory experience
  • Communication skills-oral and written

Character Traits

Works well with others and alone         Organized/Organizer

Self starter, motivated                         Dependable, timely

Takes pride in work well done              Customer oriented

Sense of humor                                  Leadership skills

Takes and gives direction well             Interest in cooking/fine dining

Benefits

  • Work for a place you can be proud of
  • A year ‘round position where you can get your hands dirty and participate in creating the finest dining experience in the world every day.
  • Medical and Dental insurance
  • Paid vacation/PTO
  • 401K Plan

To Apply:

Email resume and cover letter to The Herbfarm Restaurant at jobs@theherbfarm.com

Washington – The Herbfarm Restaurant hiring Production Farmer and Kitchen Gardener

Woodinville, Washington

Production Farmer & Kitchen Gardener for The Herbfarm Restaurant

The  Herbfarm  is  a  one-of-a-kind  AAA  5-diamond-rated  restaurant  serving  9 course chef–selected menus for a  4-hour dining experience. The restaurant has had its own farm for 30 years and uses only locally sourced ingredients in its 20 different menu changes each year. It is America’s only 5-Diamond Restaurant north of San Francisco and west of Chicago.

Position:                Herbfarm Restaurant Production Farmer/Gardener, a full-time, year around position.
Start ASAP
Location:               The Herbfarm Restaurant and Farm in the Sammamish Valley, about 25 minutes northeast of Seattle, Washington
Gardens/Restaurant: 14590 NE 145th St, Woodinville, WA 98072
Supervisors:       The Herbfarm Chef and the General Manager
Phone: 425-485-5300      Email:    jobs@theherbfarm.com

Overview: Maintain the Herbfarm Restaurant’s 5-acre production farm that grows, harvests, & delivers high quality herbs, eggs, and produce to our restaurant. Animal care. Oversight of on-site display gardens. Oversee staff/volunteers. Computerized tracking of crops and harvested produce. Flexibility and willingness to work hard and sometimes long hours in all weather.

Details:

  • Creating and maintaining growing schedule for The Herbfarm farm based on the chef’s
  • Planting. Cultivating. Weeding. Harvesting to kitchen specifications. Transplanting. Seeding. Trellising. Irrigation.
  • Operating a tractor, walk-behind tractor, rototiller, and mulching
  • IPM and biological soil & plant management for sustainable techniques. Composting.
  • Occasional interaction with public when restaurant classes & events are at the farm or at educational events.
  • Care of apiary, pigs, chickens.
  • Oversee farm
  • Oversee, train, manage, keep happy: Assistant Farmer and small team of seasonal workers and volunteers.
  • Represent The Herbfarm in local community agricultural organizations and
  • Communicate consistently with the General Manager and The Herbfarm

Experience and Qualifications:

  • 2+ full growing seasons experience with row crop vegetables and culinary herbs (preferably in Western Washington or similar climate)
  • Creative skills to manage all aspects of mixed vegetable, fruit, flower, & herb production
  • A long term interest in farming & local food production
  • Good physical condition: able to lift 50# repeatedly with stamina &
  • Simple tinkerer/fixer with basic carpentry skills
  • Experience with small gas powered machinery, i.e. rototillers & mulching mowers
  • Experience driving tractors and using farm implements
  • Be self-directed and comfortable working alone AND be a team player reaching for shared goals
  • Strong communication skills—written and verbal
  • Experience managing growing and harvest data
  • Understanding of IPM, biological soil and plant management

Character Traits:

  • Works well with others and alone takes direction well
  • Self -starting, motivated
  • Dependable, timely
  • Takes pride in work well done Organized and tidy
  • Guest oriented
  • Cares for staff
  • Creative AND willing to take artistic direction Must be interested in food
  • Communicates well Trustworthy and honest Doesn’t give up easily

To    Apply:

Send resume and cover letter. Come by for a tour of restaurant and garden any day between 10 and 3. Direct emails to: jobs@theherbfarm.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Massachusetts – Land’s Sake hiring Fill In Summer Farm Educators

Weston, Massachusetts

Fill In Summer Farm Educators with Land’s Sake Farm

Seasonal, fill-in Employee – 40 hours/week for select weeks

Dates of Employment: Flexible, looking for week-long commitments in  July, and August 2018
Supervisor/Reports to: Education Manager

Organizational Overview:
Founded in 1980, Land’s Sake is a private, nonprofit corporation dedicated to responsible stewardship of suburban farmland and forests. By combining ecologically sound land management with experiential farm-based education, we provide a powerful model of how public open space can be effectively used and enjoyed by the community. We operate three interdependent branches: (1) sustainable land management and open space preservation, (2) farm-based education, and (3) a community farm. The education department serves our community through group/school programs, after school programs, adult education workshops and summer programs. Land’s Sake is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to creating a multicultural organization. We actively seek a diverse pool of candidates for all positions. To learn more about this unique nonprofit please visit: www.landssake.org

Farm and Forest

Farm and Forest is a farm and outdoor education program dedicated to building meaningful community and connections to the land for children in grades 1-4 in nine independent full-week sessions throughout the summer. The program runs from 8:30-3:30 and includes time for snack and lunch for the first eight weeks, and will run from 9:00-4:00 for the week of August 21. Daily activities include garden projects, arts and crafts, animal chores, tree climbing, games, harvesting produce to bring home, and exploring our natural landscape. This year, for the first time, Land’s Sake is piloting a second group of Farm & Forest, running parallel to the original sessions for select weeks .

Position Summary

Land’s Sake seeks a Lead Educator for our Farm and Forest summer program. The person in this position must be able to work for at least one week-long period in June, July, and/or August of 2018 and to attend staff training days during the week of June 18th. There will be the option for part-time hours the week of August 27. Working closely with the Education Manager, the Farm and Forest Educator will be responsible for planning and delivering high quality educational programming for up to 12 elementary school youth for week-long, full day summer programs. The Farm and Forest Educator will be provided with a consistent daily schedule and programming ideas, and will have opportunity to bring their passions and interest to the programming, choose activities and games, and design curriculum.

Successful candidates will be highly motivated, organized, great with teaching a range of ages, experienced in behavior management, and a team player. Previous farm or garden experience is a must as well as comfort working around a variety of animals including chickens, rabbits, sheep, and goats. Other helpful skills include experience cooking ability, carpentry skills, artistic ability, etc. This position will include the additional responsibilities of: assisting with Education Garden preparation and maintenance, assisting with livestock care, general branch and organizational development and other non-education related tasks. The Farm and Forest Educator works collaboratively with other staff to effectively manage the inherent risks of working on a farm, maintain our unique farm aesthetic, teach and follow best management practices for sustainable food production. Collaboration and effective communication between the other branches of the organization are vital for this job; along with all staff, the Farm and Forest Educator works diligently to carry out mission oriented goals and objectives.

Responsibilities:

Farm and Forest

  • Maintain responsibility for day to day function of Farm and Forest
    ● Coordinate program related logistics, specifically with adjunct educators, community partners/organizations and Land’s Sake staff
    ● Develop and implement mission-based curriculum
    ● Maintain responsibility for the physical and emotional safety and wellness of Farm and Forest
  • Manage behavior of Farm and Forest youth
  • Supervise and direct Farm and Forest Junior Leaders
    ● Communicate with parents as needed
    ● Write articles for the newsletter, blog posts, or social media updates as needed
    ● Gather weekly feedback from participants and families

Other Responsibilities
● Assist with management of the Education Garden
● Assist with the management of a variety of livestock
● Assist with other non-education related tasks as needed

Qualifications:
● College degree in education, horticulture, farming, environmental science, environmental education, etc required or related field required.

  • Teaching and/or youth leadership experience in a school or non-traditional setting with proven ability around youth safety, group management and discipline
    ● Experience in a leadership role at a camp, school, after school program, or other youth program
    ● The ability to multi-task and work independently
    ● Respectful, clear and patient interpersonal communication skill set that allows for collaborative work across departments
  • Strong written communication skills
    ● Professional character that is consistent, capable, self-directed, well organized, flexible, personable, and is able to maintain composure in a changing environment
    ● Access to a car and valid driver’s license
    ● Must be able to pass CORI check
    ● Current First Aid and CPR certification
    ● Basic computer and office skills including Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc
  • Knowledge of second language a plus

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Massachusetts – TerraCorps hiring AmeriCorps positions

Various Locations, Massachusetts

AmeriCorps Outreach Positions with TerraCorps- MA

TerraCorps is an innovative national service program helping communities conserve and secure land for the health and well-being of people and nature. This year we are looking for 36 new members to become part of the TerraCorps team! As a member you will join 35 other TerraCorps members to serve with nonprofit partner organizations across Massachusetts. Members may serve in one of four positions, two of which focus on community outreach and education.

Community Engagement Coordinators (CEC) build the long-term capacity of their service sites by developing culturally inclusive systems, programing, partnerships, and events. By collaborating with community groups, CEC’s demonstrate how the sustainable use and conservation of land can help address community needs related to education, public health, economic development, neighborhood revitalization, homelessness, poverty, hunger, and cultural decline. By helping a broader cross-section of people experience the benefits of open space, CECs build connections between land and people that increase public support for land access, revitalization, and conservation initiatives.

Youth Education Coordinators (YEC) build the long-term capacity of their service site by engaging youth in service learning, experiential education, and inquiry-based science and nature learning projects. They collaborate with schools, libraries, and youth groups on projects that connect you people to the natural world, improve science literacy, and encourage healthy lifestyles. By serving with youth in an outdoor learning environment, they reinforce the connection between people, nature, and community and foster an inclusive land stewardship ethic in future generations.

Members serve in full-time (38 hours/week) 11-month positions. These 1,700 hour AmeriCorps positions receive a living allowance, education award, and additional AmeriCorps benefits. The 2018-2019 program will run from 8/27/18 – 7/26/19. Application specifics, position descriptions, and information about organizations hosting TerraCorps members can be found at www.terracorps.org/become-a-member/. Applications will be accepted until all positions are filled. Interviews begin late-April, and we aim to fill all positions by mid-July.

AmeriCorps programs provide equal service opportunities. TerraCorps will recruit and select persons in all positions to ensure a diverse and inclusive climate without regard to any particular status. We encourage applications from individuals with disabilities and will provide reasonable accommodations for interviews and service upon request. TerraCorps is an AmeriCorps grant program contingent on federal funding through the Corporation of National and Community Service.

Massachusetts – DAISA Enterprises hiring Food System Associate

South Hadley, Massachusetts

Job Posting: Food Enterprises/ Food System Associate

About DAISA Enterprises, LLC

DAISA Enterprises is a growing consulting and tech development firm bringing entrepreneurial passion and agility to a diverse range of clients to support the realization of equitable food systems and vibrant communities.  Projects are at the nexus of food, culture, community, and economic development. DAISA specializes in innovative and community-based approaches to strategy consulting, program design and management, and impact evaluation. DAISA is addressing an exciting niche, and has been able to secure nationally significant projects with such clients as the Kresge Foundation, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation and Self-Help Credit Union, amongst others, and is launching innovative products and investments.

The Associate Position

This full-time position provides a unique opportunity to join a dynamic and impactful firm working with regional and national foundations, social enterprises, government agencies, and community-based non-profits to improve community health, and innovate new programs and technologies. This role requires prior direct experience with food systems projects and/or businesses, and a deep commitment to social justice and equitable community development.

The Associate will be immersed in exciting projects working with a small team of passionate colleagues and a number of diverse stakeholders, and will have an opportunity for growth in responsibilities. Tasks will vary and could include designing and executing research; data analysis and recommendations; developing and reviewing business plans; preparing and executing meetings, trainings and events; designing and conducting stakeholder surveys and interviews and more.

The successful candidate must have a commitment to comprehend and internalize the DAISA values and larger vision of the work and be able to manage and competently execute tasks, as well as to take a proactive and creative approach.   DAISA is innovating new approaches and initiatives in a challenging space – the Associate must be excited and comfortable being in an entrepreneurial environment and team.

Skills & Required Experience

  • A relevant graduate degree strongly preferred, i.e. MBA, MPPA, MPH, Food Systems
  • Experience with food systems projects and/or social impact businesses, business planning, and/or with research, analysis, field scan and participatory research
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, keen attention to detail, strong excel, data analysis skills
  • Self-motivated with proven ability to work effectively within a telecommuting environment/ remote team
  • A willing team player, problem solver, proactive and keen to contribute ideas, while also listening and responding to different stakeholders and feedback
  • Fluency with workplace technology – Office suite, Google suite, project management tools, social media
  • Some regional and national travel is required

Compensation

  • Salary commensurate with experience
  • High quality benefits package including health insurance, 401k savings plan, generous paid vacation, opportunity to participate in a profit sharing plan

TO APPLY – Please send resume and cover letter to holly@daisaenterprises.com. Deadline: July 31, 2018