Massachusetts – Newton Community Farm hiring Director of Education

Newton, Massachusetts

Director of Education, Newton Community Farm

The Newton Community Farm seeks a Director of Education (DoE) to manage all aspects of Youth, Family, and Adult Education and Engagement.  The DoE will develop and implement innovative curricula and programming to engage people of all ages in our community, oversee Education staff and volunteers, and manage the marketing, communications, and budget for our Education program.

The Newton Community Farm is a unique and picturesque working educational farm that has been continuously tilled over 300 years. It is a treasured part of the Newton landscape and community, and features a CSA program, farm stand, community events, and more.

A successful DoE will be an engaging, energetic individual with successful teaching or camp experience and a management background.   The DoE must be an enthusiastic self-starter who is passionate about the opportunities for growth in our programs.  The DoE will love environmental education, and enjoy working collaboratively with staff, volunteers, and the community at large.

careers@newtoncommunityfarm.org

newtoncommunityfarm.org

Vermont – Kiss the Cow Farm hiring Organic Farm/Ice Cream Apprentice

Barnard, Vermont

Job Title: Organic Farm/Ice Cream Apprentice

Internship Starts: 07-01-2017
Internship Ends: 11-01-2017
Number of Interns: 2
General Description: Kiss the Cow Farm is an organic, grass-based dairy selling farmstead ice cream and raw milk from our small herd of Jersey cows. We also raise and sell pastured eggs, broilers, ducks, and turkeys. In our spare time we make several hundred round bales every summer.

Skills Desired: You need to have a positive-can-do attitude, be self-motivated, hard-working, inquisitive, and a good communicator. If you have the courage to try things and you smile at bad jokes in spite of yourself, then you will probably fit in. This is a learning experience: you need to want to learn. You will need to be reasonably fit and able to lift 50 lbs regularly. You should also be able to work outside in all weather conditions from rain to mid-summer heat. Please no smoking, drug use, excessive alcohol consumption, or pets. A valid drivers’s license is required.

Educational Opportunities: Days are physically demanding with hard work and long hours filled with chores, projects, customers and laughter! We take plenty of breaks, chatting, reading, and catching some vitamin D sunrays. Our standards are high and necessarily so as we are entrusting you to prepare dairy and poultry products for safe human consumption. Please consider this commitment before applying. However, we find the work enjoyable, lots of interesting folks to chat with, tons of things to laugh and giggle about, and very entertaining and often cute animals to distract us. This is really your experience, not ours. While working closely with us some of the time, you will also have independent responsibilities. So let us know what you want to learn, what you want to be able to competently do when you move on. We’ll try to incorporate your goals into the experience you have with us.

We share a 500 acre, historic farm with other ag enterprises (veggies, beef cows, hard cider). Crews from all the farms share a weekly lunch together. Lots of farming activity and other younger and older, like-minded people to interact with. Near Silver Lake State Park and lots of hiking trails. And we co-host a weekly farmers’ market with local vendors, awesome bands, tacos, hard cider, kombucha & ice cream for a few hundred people. It’s a very cool time. This is a typical, rural Vermont experience. Life’s great here. Come experience it yourself!

Housing: There are bedrooms upstairs in the farm house. Or you could choose to live in your tent anywhere on the surrounding several hundred acres of woodland and eat what you can forage, but hey, it’s your choice! We’ve also retrofitted the sugar house into a 1-2 person residence.

Meals: As for room & board, well basically you become a member of the farmily! You have your own fully equipped, outside kitchen, dining area and shower. Basic ingredients as well as veggies & diary are provided, as is a weekly food allowance. Laundry, another shower and kitchen are also available in the main house. While not vegetarians ourselves, we love veggies and there are plenty in the summer and fall!

Stipend: Absolutely! Plus room & board. Plus unending learning opportunities from professional educators. Plus responsibility & practice so you can confidently do this on your own which is, of course, the whole point of an internship….

Internship Details: This is an immersion experience. You will be part of a small, (currently) all-woman team making decisions and managing the farm on a day-to-day basis. You will experience first-hand what it takes to run a diverse, organic farm. Apprenticeships are not easy as the hours are long and the work is physical. However, there is no better way to learn the craft of small-scale agriculture than to roll up your sleeves and do it. The primary goal of our apprenticeship program is to teach you what you need to know and give you plenty of practice and the confidence to pursue your own farm dream.

Our internships focus on three areas, dairy herd management, pastured poultry management and ice cream making. Depending on your interest, you may focus on one area, but will still be involved in all aspects of managing a small, grass-based farm, including: milking, feeding, moving animals to new pastures, the installation and maintenance of fence and water systems, calf care, herd health and nutrition, safety, dairy protocols and processes. You’ll be raising poultry from day-old chicks, feeding, watering, moving field pens, tracking batches, processing, packaging, and delivering to customers. You will not only learn to make ice cream, but help us create the processes for this new adventure. You will participate at farmers markets and enterprise brainstorming, assist with marketing, cleaning, repairs, maintenance, and construction projects.

About the Hosts: Both Lisa and Randy are educators with master’s degrees in education. Most learning is experiential and one-on-one, plus what topics and questions come out of dairy conversations. We typically teach by example.

Our farm journey is still a surprise to us. It all started years ago with 6 chickens. We’ve now 450 layer hens, several hundred meat birds, and a dozen or so cows. So basically, it’s out of control! Thank God we love this life, the land, our animals and friends. Why do we do this? Easy peasy: we want to grow good food for our friends and neighbors, teach something meaningful to others, and leave things in better shape than when we found them.

Contact Info: Email –  kissthecowfarm@gmail.com

Phone – 802-763-3921

Web – www.kissthecowfarm.com

Washington – Nash’s Organic Produce hiring Livestock Husbandry Assistant

Sequim, Washington

Livestock Husbandry Assistant Position at Nash’s Organic Produce in Washington State

Nash’s Organic Produce is located in Sequim, WA on the Olympic Peninsula. We are a diverse operation currently farming 600 acres consisting of vegetables, berries, orchard, seed crops, grains, hogs, poultry and hay. We attend farmers markets on the Peninsula as well as each Seattle market and sell to a number of wholesale accounts. We also operate a Farm Store where we sell local and organic groceries.

Nash’s is currently hiring a Livestock Husbandry Assistant to work with the Livestock Manager to care for pastured hogs and laying hens raised on Nash’s organic feed. We are in need of more hands as we expand the livestock operation.

Essential Function/Responsibilities

  • Shares accountability for providing livestock with free-choice food and water
  • Keeps feeding stations stocked, maintains supply of ground feed and grinds feed
  • Building, removing and maintaining 3-strand electric polywire fencing
  • Assists with maintaining herd/flock health and observing livestock behavior
  • Assists with weaning, castration, deworming and providing medical care to livestock
  • Assists with loading livestock and transporting to USDA slaughterhouse, as well as facilitating on-farm custom processing
  • Participates in planning and execution of livestock housing and feeding station improvements, as requested
  • After completing training, works independently some days each week so that Livestock Manager can work part-time in greenhouses
  • Performs other tasks and duties as assigned. Including but not limited to: collecting eggs, cleaning chicken coops and assisting all coworkers as needed

Qualifications:

  • Requires schedule flexibility, including mornings, nights, weekends and holidays
  • 1 year experience working with livestock
  • Ability to work quickly and efficiently to complete tasks in a timely manner
  • Ability to prioritize, take initiative and handle multiple tasks while being held accountable for work within the livestock department
  • Ability to receive direction, ask for help/clarity
  • Ability to work independently
  • Detailed oriented, organized and thorough
  • Ability to effectively communicate and interact with customers and other staff members in a positive manner

Physical Requirements:

Ability to repetitively lift and move up to 60 lbs. on uneven and sometimes muddy surfaces. Ability to stand, walk, bend, crouch, climb and reach during majority of shift.  Ability to safely use and operate tools and equipment such as forklifts, tractors, roto-mill and other equipment.

Compensation:

This is a full time, year-round position, starting at $11/hr. Employees also receive a 15% discount at the Farm Store, can harvest from the fields or take what is left over from farmers markets. Our roughly 35 employees also get together every Friday for Farm Lunch.

To Apply:

Visit nashsorganicproduce.com and submit

  • Livestock Husbandry Assistant application
  • Resume
  • Cover Letter

to Andrea LaPlante, Livestock Manager at alaplante.f12@warren-wilson.edu

 

 

 

 

 

New Hampshire – Tom Ten Farm and Sanctuary hiring Part-Time Help

Haverhill, New Hampshire

Farm and Sanctuary Help Needed

Newly relocated, up and coming non-profit in Haverhill, NH seeking part-time help to assist with day-to-day operations, including but not limited to, feeding, watering, picking, grounds keeping, fencing and basic handyman duties. Must be no drama, honest, reliable, diligent and comfortable working independently and/or with others. We are seeking a positive, mature, motivated and flexible individual who takes pride in their work, pays attention to detail and is not only at ease, but truly enjoys working with a variety of animals. Job requires all applicants be physically fit, capable of working through inclement weather, safety conscious and have a realistic understanding and appreciation for all that farm employment entails with a growing organization.

This is a year round position with long-term potential. Both full time and possible live-in opportunity available for the right person in the months ahead. Compensation and hours negotiable based on expereince and comittment. Must be over 18 and have a valid drivers license and reliable transportation.  References and cori check required.

Please contact Jen with your interest at 617-331-8435 or via tomtenfarmandsanctuary@gmail.com

New Jersey – Marchese Farm hiring Multiple Positions

Princeton, New Jersey

As a small family farm located near Princeton, New Jersey, Marchese Farm is in the process of receiving their organic certification, growing over 100 varieties of veggies on 19 acres. This year the farm is branching out into the cold-pressed juice world, offering a variety of seasonal juices that change with available produce. They currently sell produce to nine weekly farmers markets, restaurants, brick-and-mortar retail locations, and local food distributors. Now seeking individuals who want to learn about sustainable farming, wholesale, retail, and farmers markets, with positions available immediately through early November.

About the positions:

JUICING AND PRODUCE HELPER (Hopewell NJ)
compensation: Pay is commensurate with experience.
employment type: full-time

This position is for a full time person to help with our cold-pressed juice production, and to help with the preparation of freshly picked produce for wholesale and retail outlets. We are looking for someone who can be on time in the mornings and work independently on a busy family farm. You will be working in a climate controlled purpose built barn so no need to worry about the Jersey summer heat. The facilities are well maintained and new with all the necessary tools and equipment at your disposal. Currently we are juicing twice a week, we may increase this to three depending on our demand. The days and times we are not juicing we are harvesting and need the produce washed, prepped and packed into our walk-in coolers in an organized and timely manner. You will need to be able to lift at least 40lbs to do this effectively. There is a break-room and bathroom close at hand and plenty of produce to take home at the end of the day.

We are willing to train for this position so don’t worry if you have no experience in these tasks. We only ask that you have good availability during the week and that you are punctual and reliable. We are not looking for weekend availability with the position.

 FARMERS MARKET LEAD (Up to 1 hour from 08525)
compensation: Pay is commensurate with experience.
employment type: full-timeWe are in immediate need of a farmers market lead person to help with some of our 9 weekly farmers markets. This is a full time position starting NOW. We need someone who will be able to come to our farm on time, pick up the supplies and produce, go to the markets with additional staff provided by us, and return back to the farm at the end of the day. Some markets are long, 12-6, some are short 8-12. Please contact me with your resume and availability. We are willing to take a part time person with the right availability although we would prefer someone full time to take most of the markets on. We are flexible with days off, but would prefer someone who could work on Saturdays. The market vehicle will be provided for your use to and from the markets, and there will be plenty of produce and cold pressed juice for you to take home. We are a very busy small family farm and are looking for a dependable person to help us out. If you have never worked a farmers market before, we may consider training for the right individual.

You can view our Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/marchesefarm/?hl=en

Hawai’i – Hawai’i Institute of Pacific Agriculture hiring Garden Manager

Kohala, Hawai’i

Garden Manager

The Hawai’i Institute of Pacific Agriculture farm is located along the beautiful, historic coast of North Kohala, on the Big Island of Hawai’i. Our main campus, Halawa Farm, is a 7-acre living and learning environment where we cultivate a diverse collection of native Hawai’ian and Polynesian plants, tropical fruit orchards and perennial vegetable crops, in addition to raising small scale poultry and livestock. The farm is the base of operations for our residential farmer training programs and educational workshops, and provides a steady supply of food and medicine to those on the land as well as our local farmers market.

JOB DESCRIPTION

We are seeking an individual or couple to support our market farm operations. The ideal candidate(s) will have experience in high production vegetable farming and be comfortable working in a dynamic outdoor environment.

Daily responsibilities will vary depending on the needs of the farm, and may include bed prep, seeding, planting, watering, harvesting, processing/packing, nursery work, land maintenance, as well as providing support for our local farmers markets.

We have many exciting projects on the horizon for 2017, and we are looking for people who can make a commitment of 1 year or longer, to help us bring these projects to fruition. The market farmer position will play a key role in developing our market garden, and contributing to the daily flow and productivity of the farm. We are looking for someone who is passionate about creating change, and will be a positive and responsible addition to our existing team.

The position is 35 hours/week, and in exchange we provide:
– Housing accommodations in a private hale
– Access to 1000 sq. ft. shared kitchen and study space
– Shared hot/cold showers, composting toilets and washing machine on site
– Community food supplies (vegetables and fruit harvested from land, bulk grains and legumes)
– Walking distance to nearby swimming and surfing spots
– Access to HIP Ag libraries, educational events, etc.
– Monthly stipend of $500

We also ask that community members participate in 2-5 hours/week of community activities (maintaining shared spaces, work plan meetings, potluck dinners, educational activities). This varies throughout the year.

 
HOW TO APPLY
If you are interested in working with us, please send a note to opportunities@hipagriculture.org and tell us a little about yourself, your experience in the areas above, and why you’d like to work with HIP Ag. Please include a photo, it helps to put a face with the name.
Mahalo!

New York – The Center for Discovery hiring Cheese Maker

Sullivan County, New York

An introduction to The Center for Discovery

We are The Center for Discovery, a world renowned agency providing educational and vocational services for children and adults with varying levels of disabilities such as autism and medical frailties.  We offer a broad range of programs inclusive of education, residential and day habilitation activities staffed by a workforce of just over 1500 employees. The Center is committed to meeting the educational needs of each and every child in its care. This is achieved by thoughtful and individually tailored programs, the involvement of families, and the integration of The Center’s state-of-the-art medical services.

The pediatric program serves both active and multiply disabled young people 5 – 21 years old, including over one hundred day students and school-aged children from outside The Center for whom there is no comparable program.

The education program has one track for ambulatory and autistic young people; another for those with significant physical disabilities. Parents remain actively involved in the design of their child’s program as it evolves along with the child. A team made up of a certified special educator and two and a half para-professionals leads each class, and a class size of six or fewer children ensures that each child receives the individual attention they need.

The Center’s growing reputation and an emphasis on staff development and training has enabled it to attract talented individuals from all over the United States and beyond. Affiliations with centers of excellence such as Columbia University’s Department of Special Education help make working at the Center a constantly enriching experience.

Our Center operates three (3) large, certified organic (Demeter certified biodynamic), farm sites.   Livestock and vegetables are the primary products.  We have recently acquired a flock of young goats from which we hope to, futuristically, produce cheese.  Therein lays the purpose of this letter.  We are in need of a Cheese Maker.

Employment Opportunities

Opportunities for advanced training, continuing education, scholarships and tuition assistance allow staff to grow in their careers at The Center. Comprehensive benefits, staff wellness programs, day care and some housing opportunities support a high quality of life.

Cheesemaker Wanted for New Goat Dairy

A fantastic full time, year round opportunity for an experienced cheesemaker to join our team at Thanksgiving Farm at The Center for Discovery in Sullivan County, New York. We are a certified organic and Demeter certified biodynamic farm in the foothills of the Catskills. The ideal candidate will have experience in all aspects of cheese making and be responsible for our entire goat dairy program. Looking for someone with great energy and enthusiasm for making high quality products. We provide all of the infrastructure – you just make fabulous cheese! Housing will be provided. Benefits include health and dental insurance, 401K, onsite gym, and many more. We are located in scenic Sullivan County, New York; 1.5 hours north of New York City in the foothills of the Catskill Mountains.

Full-time. Salary: up to $60,000.00 per year DOE.  Job Location: Monticello, NY. Required education: High school or equivalent. Required experience: Cheese making at least 3-5 years. Proven track record of managing 30 goats.

To apply please email swallcarty@tcfd.org