Connecticut – Fort Hill Farm hiring Apprentices

New Milford, Connecticut

Fort Hill Farm is a 20-acre farm in the hills of northwestern Connecticut producing certified organic vegetables, herbs, and flowers. Our markets include a 300 share CSA, three farmers markets, and wholesale accounts.   The farm is leased from Sunny Valley Preserve, a project of The Nature Conservancy, which consists of nine farms and bordering woodlands.  The farm cultivates about 12 acres of vegetable and cover crops.  In addition, we have four greenhouses and a large high tunnel for production of transplants and in-soil tomato production.  The farm is certified organic, and uses a broad range of biological farming approaches, such as extensive use of cover crops and on-farm composting.  We use machinery for most tillage and many planting, cultivating, and harvesting operations and train apprentices in the use of this equipment.  The farm is located near town, with quick access to many great hiking and canoeing opportunities in northwestern Connecticut.

Three full-season apprenticeships are available at the farm each growing season, from the last Monday in March through the Friday before Thanksgiving.  Winter work is often available.  Applications are accepted year round, fall is a great time to apply.  Apprentices participate in all aspects of crop production, including planting, cultivating, harvesting, market sales, and CSA distribution.  Practical training in organic crop and overall farm management is offered, as well as training in tractor operation and maintenance.  Our goal is to give apprentices the opportunity to learn the skills they will need to manage their own farm. In addition, Fort Hill Farm is a member of CRAFT of Western Connecticut.  Apprentices will have the opportunity for monthly visits to area farms to tour the farm and hear about that farmer’s area of expertise (see https://westernctcraft.weebly.com for more info).

Apprentices who complete a growing season at Fort Hill Farm may apply for a Grower position on the farm for a second season.  Growers take on higher-level farm management tasks such as managing work crews, harvests, greenhouse production, and farmers markets, as well as more skilled farm operations, such as seeding and spraying.

Previous farm experience is helpful but not essential.  We suggest applicants work or volunteer on a production farm for at least one month before applying for a full-season apprenticeship, preferably over the summer months.  The position requires a desire and ability to do outdoor, physical work in all kinds of weather, a sincere interest in farming, and a drive to learn more about it.

Work schedule varies over the season, generally five and a half days a week, 45 to 50 hours per week in peak season.  Work weeks are shorter in early spring and late fall.

Apprentices are paid an hourly wage of $10.50 per hour for farm labor and on the job training.  We pay overtime for hours worked over 40 per week.  Craft visits and other on-farm educational opportunities are not paid.  Apprentices can choose to live next door to the farm at an affordable rent, or search for their own housing.  Apprentices completing the full season earn a minimum $500 year-end bonus.

To apply, please send a resume and a letter of intent to Paul Bucciaglia and Rebecca Batchie, Fort Hill Farm, 18 Fort Hill Rd., New Milford, CT 06776, or email to forthillfarm@gmail.com.

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Michigan – Tamarack Camps hiring Farber Farm Manager

Ortonville, Michigan

POSITION DESCRIPTION

Position:         Tamarack Camps, Farber Farm Manager                            
Reports To:     Camp Maas Associate Director

Tamarack Camps, established by the Fresh Air Society, builds a vibrant community by providing enriching Jewish camping experiences for children and families, respectful of financial ability.

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Position Summary & Accountabilities:

New Farm Development

The Farber Farm Manager (FFM) is a new position at Tamarack Camps. We are looking for a farm manager who will help lead in the construction, management and programming of the Farber Farm.  The FFM will be an integral member of the planning team to fully establish agricultural and educational operations on our new site. The FFM will work very closely with staff and lay leadership, under the direct supervision of the Camp Maas Associate Director.

Specific farm development objectives include:

  • Develop soil building, including irrigation, tilling and chiseling, as well as planting and managing of a cover crop in the main farm fields and orchard.
  • Provide leadership in finalizing the development of the design for beds, irrigation, paths, and plantings of main farm fields and orchard.
  • Manage increasing areas of production as they are planted.
  • Participate in planning of landscaped areas of the site and implement planting of edibles, natives, and other perennials – in specific planting beds, along paths and edges, and exterior of the site.
  • Finalize and implement plans, infrastructure/mechanics, and routines for future animal care.
  • Provide leadership to develop an overarching vision incorporating Tamarack Camps’ core values and mission to its new agricultural operations.
  • Develop a vision and plan for composting and nutrient cycling on the site, including all organic waste generated on site and considering use of organic waste from nearby sources, (i.e., kitchen).
  • Complete interior of propagation greenhouse and propagate for spring planting.
  • Collaborate with new Farm Educator on crop plans and timeline to deliver curriculum for Campers in summer of 2018, as well as for Outdoor Ed.

Farm Management

The FFM is responsible for the operation of the Farber Farm in accordance with best science-based practices in organic growing methods. The expectation is that the farm will be designed and managed to optimize efficient food production, effective education and training, and resource conservation. Responsibilities cover all aspects of production (including propagation), orchards, composting, pest management, irrigation, and animal husbandry (eventually goats, bees, chickens). The crop plan (annuals, orchard, edibles across the farm) should be oriented to serve the Farm’s camp community, the wider Metro Detroit Jewish and general communities.

The FFM is responsible for maintenance of all planted areas of the Farber Farm and adjacent sites, including those areas that do not produce food. This includes irrigation, pruning, weeding, pest-management, mulching, and anything else required to maintain the health and beauty of the planted areas, which may include: farm field beds, orchard installation and maintenance, the nearby Sensory Garden, as well as the large, uncultivated field. The FFM will work with the Camp Maas Associate Director to ensure proper coordination of activities and staff management around the site.

Facilities

The FFM is responsible for overall farm maintenance (with support as needed from the Camp’s Facilities Manager) as well as cleanliness and maintenance of all farm tools and the production, growing, processing, storage, and other areas used by and managed by the farm team. The FFM will also work with the agency CFO to create and manage the farm budget.

The FFM will be responsible for building his/her team, e.g., identifying the work of seasonal farm woofers/fellows, Farm Apprentice/Assistant; (these are currently un-funded positions, but based on the vision, may be added). The FFM is also responsible for collaborative planning and ongoing work with the Farm Educator.

The FFM is responsible for taking a continual improvement approach to farm operations protocols, systems, and procedures as well as instructional materials, while maintaining appropriate continuity and predictability with the camp program staff, farm workers, and other staff.

Youth, Family, and Public Programs

The FFM also works with Tamarack Camps Adventure & Retreat Center to ensure that camp and other year-round visitors to the farm are integrated into the farm in meaningful, productive, and educational ways. The FFM is responsible for supporting the Farm Educator in identifying appropriate farm tasks for students, campers, and adults during various year-round programs.

Additional Roles and Responsibilities

The FFM may be occasionally asked to work in areas outside of the responsibilities described above. This is a start up farm, so flexibility, working with team members and lay leaders, and thinking “outside the box” is essential.  The FFM participates in weekly staff meetings and other organization-wide meetings and processes, and performs administrative tasks essential to the smooth operation of the farm.

Qualifications, Experience, and Education:

Three to five years prior experience in farming and farm management required. BA or associate degree in farming agriculture related field preferred.

Salary, Benefits, Schedule:

Full-time annual salary of $45,000-$50,000 (based on experience), plus year-round housing.

The FFM will also receive all benefits as described for year-round employees of Tamarack Camps.

If interested, please contact Sean Morgan, Associate Director at smorgan@tamarackcamps.com or 216-952-9033

California – BYA hiring Environmental Training Center Urban Agriculture Educator

Berkeley, California

BYA
Job Description
*Non-Exempt Position*
Environmental Training Center (ETC) Urban Agriculture Educator

AGENCY DESCRIPTION:
BYA’s holistic services are designed to shift so-called “individuals at-risk” into
“individuals with promise” by utilizing a continuum of care approach that emphasizes 3
core areas: Education, Health and Well-Being, and Economic Self-Sufficiency. To do this
work, we create teams of diverse professionals from the fields of education, mental
health, workforce development, and recreation that work collaboratively to meet the
psycho-social, emotional, and economic needs of those most vulnerable in our
community. We meet individuals where they are and build upon any gift, talent or ability
that they possess. We inspire them to reach their full potential with staff who act as
coaches and mentors that help individuals captain their own ships.

AGENCY VALUES:
We believe in diversity and in delivering holistic services in a culturally competent and
appropriate manner to improve the lives of children, youth, and families. We work to
give voice to the voiceless and to defend the poor. We work to change the educational
system, juvenile justice system, foster care system, and health care system in order to
give individuals and their families’ opportunities to reach their full potential and to
control their own lives and destinies. Our desire is to help children, youth, and families to enjoy their lives to the fullest while empowering the next generation and repairing the
damage done to our multiple populations by the political, educational, and economic
system. Ultimately, we assist those most vulnerable to live out their best lives. We seek
team members who share these values and beliefs.

GENERAL FUNCTION:
Under the general supervision of the Associate Director and/or his/her designees and the
direct supervision of the Environmental Training Center’s Program Coordinator or
his/her designee, the BYA Environmental Training Center’s Urban Agriculture Educator
serves an important function by helping maintain BYA’s quarter-acre community orchard and half-acre market garden and by training and supervising youth and young-adult Urban Farming Interns in agricultural skills and food justice principles. The ETC Urban Agriculture Educator also works with groups of younger students in the BYA Orchard.
Additionally, the ETC Urban Agriculture Educator builds beneficial relationships
between BYA and community organizations for outreach and fundraising purposes.

RESPONSIBILITIES
PROGRAM FACILITATION:
● Develops curricula and facilitates youth programming in production farming,
edible forestry, food justice, and seasonal culinary arts.
● Create a safe, caring, and structured atmosphere for youth in the BYA Urban
Farming Internship program. Uses an inquiry-based youth empowerment
framework, in which youth feel valued, physically and emotionally respected,
engaged in their community, and excited to participate.
● Coaches youth interns in building career and college readiness skills including
punctuality, accountability, taking initiative, strong work ethic, following
directives, constructive communication and attitude, and respectful teamwork.
● Ensures that youth interns maintain at least a 2.5 Grade Point Average and attend
Study sessions, including credit recovery sessions and/or high school diploma
completion workshops.
● Ensures that youth interns’ timesheets, reviews, and ongoing feedback are
completed as needed. Assists in addressing supervision issues as needed,
including excess tardiness, absenteeism, and performance or behavioral issues
during youth’s internship. Provides positive feedback to interns in a timely
manner.
● Supervises, trains, and engages individual and group volunteers in BYA Urban
Farm activities on a weekly basis.
● Performs other duties as necessary or as requested by your supervisor.

URBAN FARM MAINTENANCE:
● Designs and maintains a community orchard management plan.
● Helps maintain both the community orchard and market garden sites in
collaboration with other ETC Staff and youth interns, including developing
seasonal planting and maintenance schedules, fruit tree pruning, feeding,
mulching, watering, harvesting and pest management, maintaining compost piles
and worm bins, rotating row crops, greenhouse propagation, maintaining and
improving irrigation systems, and implementing organic ecological design
principles.
● Harvests fresh produce for monthly Open Garden Farm Stands, BYA Food Give
Away, Parent Association dinners and BYA events with other ETC Staff and ETC
youth interns.
● Helps to maintain all farming-related equipment, ensuring that tools and
equipment are used properly and remain in good working condition.
● Coordinates with other ETC Staff to plan Urban Farm tasks on a daily, weekly,
and seasonal basis.
COORDINATION OF YOUTH GROUPS IN THE BYA ORCHARD:
● Communicates with BYA’s Extended Care Program Coordinator regarding the
schedule of the Extended Care Students’ weekly activities in the Orchard. Designs
and supervises weekly programming for BYA after school youth, ages K-8th
grade.
● Coordinates orchard rental partnerships including naturalist-based children’s
centers. On an as-needed basis, writes and updates Memorandums of
Understandings between BYA and relevant organizations, and collects payment
for use of the Orchard when applicable.

COMMUNITY OUTREACH AND FUNDING REQUESTS:
● Contacts and coordinates with local organizations relevant to the ETC program in
order to increase enrollment, solicit donations, recruit volunteers, organize
workshops or field trips for interns, or collaborate on projects.
All employees are required to contribute positively to the workplace.

EDUCATION/REQUIREMENTS:
● B.A. in environmental education or related field from a four-year college or
university or equivalent experience and 2 years of experience working with an
urban farm education, forestry education, or similar project.
● Must have excellent organizational and coordination abilities as well as
interpersonal and communications skills.
● Must be able to work with youth from diverse backgrounds. Must have
experience working in communities of color.
● Enthusiastic about community-based youth work; strong interest in implementing
food justice activities for teens and young adults.
● Ability to respectfully supervise and manage 8-10 youth and young adults ages
14-24 with consistent employment agreements and consequences.
● Arboriculture experience working with stone fruit, citrus, and pome.

WORK-SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS:
Ability to lift up to 50 pounds and participate in the physical needs of arboriculture and
horticulture.

OTHER REQUIREMENTS:
-Must be insurable under BYA’s coverage to operate BYA vehicles
-Valid California Driver’s License or State Identification
-Proof of ability to work in the US
-First Aid Certificate
-CPR Training
-Background Check through GoodHire
-Transcripts of most advanced degree program

HOURS:
30 hours per week; Some Saturday work sessions. Potential for growth based on funding.

BENEFITS:
● Health Benefits up to $250 per month for the employee when working 30 hours or
more
● Sick Leave Benefits when working more than 30 hours per week as well as sick
leave pursuant to the California Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of
2014
● Dental and Vision available at group rate and paid by employee
● AFLAC Disability and Long-Term Disability insurance plan available at
employee cost
● 403 (b) Retirement plan; no Employer match

COMPENSATION:
$18-20 hourly dependent on experience
Health benefits/Sick Leave when working 30hrs or more per week
APPLICATION: E-mail cover letter, resume, and 3 references to
ssilverman@byaonline.org with the Subject Line: ETC Urban Agriculture Educator
or fax to 510-849-1421. No phone calls please.
Application deadline October 20, 2017

Massachusetts – Martha’s Vineyard Land Bank hiring Caretaker

The Martha’s Vineyard land bank is seeking a year-round part-time land caretaker / goatherd, which position includes occupancy of a house on a rent-in-lieu-of-wages basis.  Job description and employment agreement are available on the land bank website or via 508-627-7141.  Applications are due by Monday, October 30, 2017 at 3:00 pm at the land bank office at 167 Main Street in Edgartown.

California – BYA hiring Urban Agriculture Educator

Berkeley, California

BYA
Job Description
*Non-Exempt Position*
Environmental Training Center (ETC) Urban Agriculture Educator

AGENCY DESCRIPTION:
BYA’s holistic services are designed to shift so-called “individuals at-risk” into individuals
with promise” by utilizing a continuum of care approach that emphasizes 3 core areas: Education, Health and Well-Being, and Economic Self-Sufficiency. To do this work, we create teams of diverse professionals from the fields of education, mental health, workforce development, and recreation that work collaboratively to meet the psycho-social, emotional, and economic needs of those most vulnerable in our community. We meet individuals where they are and build upon any gift, talent or ability that they possess. We inspire them to reach their full potential with staff who act as coaches and mentors that help individuals captain their own ships.

AGENCY VALUES:
We believe in diversity and in delivering holistic services in a culturally competent and
appropriate manner to improve the lives of children, youth, and families. We work to give voice to the voiceless and to defend the poor. We work to change the educational system, juvenile justice system, foster care system, and health care system in order to give individuals and their families’ opportunities to reach their full potential and to control their own lives and destinies. Our desire is to help children, youth, and families to enjoy their lives to the fullest while empowering the next generation and repairing the damage done to our multiple populations by the political, educational, and economic system. Ultimately, we assist those most vulnerable to live out their best lives. We seek team members who share these values and beliefs.

GENERAL FUNCTION:
Under the general supervision of the Associate Director and/or his/her designees and the direct supervision of the Environmental Training Center’s Program Coordinator or his/her designee, the BYA Environmental Training Center’s Urban Agriculture Educator serves an important function by helping maintain BYA’s quarter-acre community orchard and half-acre market garden and by training and supervising youth and young-adult Urban Farming Interns in agricultural skills and food justice principles. The ETC Urban Agriculture Educator also works with groups of younger students in the BYA Orchard.

Additionally, the ETC Urban Agriculture Educator builds beneficial relationships between BYA and community organizations for outreach and fundraising purposes.

RESPONSIBILITIES PROGRAM FACILITATION:
● Develops curricula and facilitates youth programming in production farming,
edible forestry, food justice, and seasonal culinary arts.

● Create a safe, caring, and structured atmosphere for youth in the BYA Urban Farming Internship program. Uses an inquiry-based youth empowerment framework, in which youth feel valued, physically and emotionally respected,engaged in their community, and excited to participate.

● Coaches youth interns in building career and college readiness skills including punctuality, accountability, taking initiative, strong work ethic, following directives, constructive communication and attitude, and respectful teamwork.

● Ensures that youth interns maintain at least a 2.5 Grade Point Average and attend Study sessions, including credit recovery sessions and/or high school diploma completion workshops.

● Ensures that youth interns’ timesheets, reviews, and ongoing feedback are completed as needed. Assists in addressing supervision issues as needed, including excess tardiness, absenteeism, and performance or behavioral issues during youth’s internship. Provides positive feedback to interns in a timely manner.

● Supervises, trains, and engages individual and group volunteers in BYA Urban Farm activities on a weekly basis.

● Performs other duties as necessary or as requested by your supervisor.

URBAN FARM MAINTENANCE:
● Designs and maintains a community orchard management plan.

● Helps maintain both the community orchard and market garden sites in collaboration with other ETC Staff and youth interns, including developing seasonal planting and maintenance schedules, fruit tree pruning, feeding, mulching, watering, harvesting and pest management, maintaining compost piles and worm bins, rotating row crops, greenhouse propagation, maintaining and improving irrigation systems, and implementing organic ecological design principles.

● Harvests fresh produce for monthly Open Garden Farm Stands, BYA Food Give Away, Parent Association dinners and BYA events with other ETC Staff and ETC youth interns.

● Helps to maintain all farming-related equipment, ensuring that tools and equipment are used properly and remain in good working condition.

● Coordinates with other ETC Staff to plan Urban Farm tasks on a daily, weekly, and seasonal basis.

COORDINATION OF YOUTH GROUPS IN THE BYA ORCHARD:
● Communicates with BYA’s Extended Care Program Coordinator regarding the schedule of the Extended Care Students’ weekly activities in the Orchard. Designs and supervises weekly programming for BYA after school youth, ages K-8th grade.

● Coordinates orchard rental partnerships including naturalist-based children’s centers. On an as-needed basis, writes and updates Memorandums of Understandings between BYA and relevant organizations, and collects payment for use of the Orchard when applicable.

COMMUNITY OUTREACH AND FUNDING REQUESTS:
● Contacts and coordinates with local organizations relevant to the ETC program in order to increase enrollment, solicit donations, recruit volunteers, organize workshops or field trips for interns, or collaborate on projects.

All employees are required to contribute positively to the workplace.

EDUCATION/REQUIREMENTS:
● B.A. in environmental education or related field from a four-year college or university or equivalent experience and 2 years of experience working with an urban farm education, forestry education, or similar project.

● Must have excellent organizational and coordination abilities as well as interpersonal and communications skills.

● Must be able to work with youth from diverse backgrounds. Must have experience working in communities of color.

● Enthusiastic about community-based youth work; strong interest in implementing food justice activities for teens and young adults.

● Ability to respectfully supervise and manage 8-10 youth and young adults ages 14-24 with consistent employment agreements and consequences.

● Arboriculture experience working with stone fruit, citrus, and pome.

WORK-SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS:
Ability to lift up to 50 pounds and participate in the physical needs of arboriculture and
horticulture.

OTHER REQUIREMENTS:
-Must be insurable under BYA’s coverage to operate BYA vehicles
-Valid California Driver’s License or State Identification
-Proof of ability to work in the US
-First Aid Certificate
-CPR Training
-Background Check through GoodHire
-Transcripts of most advanced degree program

HOURS:
30 hours per week; Some Saturday work sessions. Potential for growth based on funding.

BENEFITS:
● Health Benefits up to $250 per month for the employee when working 30 hours or more
● Sick Leave Benefits when working more than 30 hours per week as well as sick leave pursuant to the California Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014
● Dental and Vision available at group rate and paid by employee
● AFLAC Disability and Long-Term Disability insurance plan available at employee cost

● 403 (b) Retirement plan; no Employer match

COMPENSATION:
$18-20 hourly dependent on experience
Health benefits/Sick Leave when working 30hrs or more per week
APPLICATION: E-mail cover letter, resume, and 3 references to ssilverman@byaonline.org with the
Subject Line: ETC Urban Agriculture Educator or fax to 510-849-1421. No phone calls please.
Application deadline October 20, 2017

Massachusetts – Grow Food Northampton hiring Community Engagement Coordinator

Northampton, Massachusetts

Community Engagement Coordinator with Grow Food Northampton  (AmeriCorps Position)

TerraCorps, a national service organization located in MA, is looking for a Community Engagement Coordinator (CEC) to service with Grow Food Northampton for the coming service year (October 9th , 2017- July 27th, 2018). The CEC will help to develop Grow Food Northampton’s portfolio of public educational and engagement events and refine and implement the overall communications plan to reach potential program participants, event attendees, and general audiences. The CEC will also assist with program evaluation and re-design to increase effective communication and ensure that those who could benefit from programs and events, and the conserved land that Grow Food Northampton steward, are aware of the opportunities to do so. Applicants must have: A strong interest in serving diverse program participants, volunteers, and audiences; Comfort presenting in front of groups; Strong writing, communication, and networking skills; ability to organize and able to balance multiple tasks; Able to serve both independently and as a member of a team; Familiarity with and ability to quickly learn a variety of computer systems. TerraCorps members will receive a living stipend, education award, and additional AmeriCorps benefits. As a program of AmeriCorps, TerraCorps applicants must also meet the following AmeriCorps requirements: A US citizen, US national, Lawful Permanent Resident Alien of the U.S. and/or tribal member; At least 18 years old; A minimum of a high school diploma or GED; No more than three previous terms as an AmeriCorps member; Pass a criminal history background check, including an FBI check. For more information about the position, visit our website (https://terracorps.org/become-a-member/) or reach out directly to Hanna Mogensen (mogensen@mountgrace.org).