Land’s Sake Farm hiring Multiple Positions

Weston, Massachusetts

Land’s Sake 2016 Farmstand Assistant Manager

Land’s Sake is a nonprofit farm located in Weston, MA that strives to connect individuals to the land to build community and inspire lifelong stewardship. The seasonal Farmstand serves as the hub of the farm from June to October, and each year we assemble an awesome team to sell our vegetables, guide and educate our community, occasionally battle chipmunks, and have a lot of fun doing it.

A successful Farmstand Assistant Manager will possess an interest in sustainable agriculture, local food systems, and/or cooking. They will be efficient and detail oriented in their work. They will also be able to take directions and lead their work independently equally well. As a point of contact for Land’s Sake, Farmstand staff are trained about the farm’s many offerings, in order to communicate with customers as to how they can become involved with activities within the organization. Great customer service skills, an ability to work quickly and efficiently, and a good sense of humor are vital this position.

Responsibilities:

  • Set up and breakdown Farmstand each day, including produce displays
  • Maintain produce quality throughout the day (i.e. temperature control, hydration)
  • Learn produce varieties, growing standards and farmstand products and be able to communicate information to customers as necessary
  • Operate cash register and scales and occasionally share cash counting duties
  • Conduct product pickup runs, using one of the farm trucks
  • Supervise and assist junior staff members
  • Undertake special projects including signage, beautification, etc
  • Assist the Farmstand Manager as needed

Qualifications:

  • Personable customer service skills
  • Cash handling experience
  • Be willing and able to work in all weather conditions, stand for long periods of time, and bend and lift up to 50 pounds

Employment Dates:

  • June 4 to October 30, with some training required prior to June 4
  • Farmstand hours are 11am to 7pm Tuesday through Friday, 11am to 4pm Saturday and Sunday. Weekend availability is a must, and flexible schedules will be considered
  • 20-30 hours per week are required for this position
  • A shorter commitment is available to qualified students

Compensation:

  • Dependent on experience
  • As much free produce as you can eat
  • Discount on other products sold at the Farmstand

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to jobs@landssake.org

Land’s Sake 2016 Assistant Growers

For the 2016 season, Land’s Sake Farm in Weston, MA, is looking for two positive, dependable, and hard-working Assistant Growers. These full-time positions will run from around the beginning of April through the end of October.

Land’s Sake is a nonprofit dedicated to building meaningful connections between people, the food they eat, and the land; programs include environmental, food donation programs, and sustainable land management. Assistant Growers will work closely with the farmers to operate a busy and complex community farm operation. We grow for a 300 member CSA program, a very busy farmstand, and a hunger relief contract with the town of Weston. We also occasionally work with volunteers and children in education programs. We strive to make Land’s Sake a welcoming, community-centered farm for all involved, including customers, shareholders, children, volunteers, and staff.

Responsibilities include:

  • Field work, such as harvesting, planting, and weeding

  • Miscellaneous tasks, such as tomato staking and tying, fencing, and irrigation

  • Greenhouse tasks, such as seeding, watering, and potting on

  • Tractor work, primarily using small cultivation tractors

  • Ability to lead projects and tasks as needed

  • Closing the CSA pickup on a rotating basis (schedule TBD)

Applicants should be enthusiastic about learning, communication, having fun and working hard. AG’s are expected to work quickly while maintaining attention to detail. Working efficiently independently and with a team are equally important. AG’s can expect to work long hours in all weather conditions; a positive attitude and good sense of humor are essential to this position.

Our schedule is Monday through Friday until Memorial Day weekend, when it switches to Tuesday through Saturday for the rest of the season. The work day starts at 7 AM sharp and goes through about 5 PM with an hour break for lunch, though work hours are shorter in the beginning of the season. There may be occasional exceptions to end times when we need to complete work before a weather event, and there may be times when we cancel work due to inclement weather. Applicants need to be available to work for the entire season.

Compensation includes:

  • $12/hr, with paid lunch

  • Free produce from farm and discounts on farmstand goods

  • Partial reimbursement for cell phone use

  • Five paid days off

Qualifications include a sincere interest in vegetable production, a valid driver’s license and clean driving record, reliable transportation, the ability to lift 50 lbs repeatedly, and the ability to work for long periods of time in all weather conditions. Previous farm experience is strongly preferred, but not required.

To apply, please send a cover letter and your resume to erik@landssake.org.

Applicants will be contacted starting the week of January 25.

Positions open until filled.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions that you might have

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