Pennsylvania – Carversville Farm Foundation hiring Apprentices

Mechanicsville, Pennsylvania

Carversville Farm Foundation is now accepting applications for its 2018 seasonal apprenticeship program. CFF is a certified Organic, non-profit farm that combines ecological regeneration and agricultural production to serve our environment as well as our community. Positions are focused on a specific area of the farm including Vegetables, Livestock, Dairy/Cheesemaking, and Field Crops/Hay production. For details and instructions on how to apply please visit http://carversvillefarm.org/#careers

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Massachusetts – The Food Project hiring Multiple Positions

Lincoln, Massachusetts
The Food Project is hiring for five full-time, farm-based, seasonal positions in Lincoln, MA (20 miles outside of Boston).
 

Farm Worker – Lincoln, MA – The Food Project

The Food Project is seeking two Farm Workers for the 2018 growing season, from May 14 through August 24.
Applicants for this position should have high energy for and interest in sustainable agriculture and youth development, as well as a commitment to teamwork. They should also have creative energy for making a difference in the world and a passion for the vision of The Food Project. The Farm Worker will work on The Food Project’s 30-acre farm in Lincoln, MA, growing and distributing produce through our CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program and Farmers’ Markets in Boston, and to local hunger relief organizations.
Qualifications – Willing to work in variable weather conditions. – Hand weeding and vegetable harvesting – Experience organizing groups safely and productively. – Experience working in a fast-paced work environment. – Dependable, responsible, independent, and open to learning. – Willing to work a flexible schedule. Days and hours worked may vary within the season Responsibilities – Farm Work: Harvesting, transplanting, weeding, seeding, washing produce, packing produce – Leading and teaching volunteer groups – Assisting youth crews in their field work during July and August – Maintaining orderly site for all visitors Compensation
This is a full-time, seasonal position from May 14 – August 24, 2018. Hourly wage is $12 per hour for 40 hours of work per week, plus a transportation stipend for daily travel to and from the farm (specific amount depends on each employee’s actual costs). Includes worker’s compensation.
Recruitment Process – We will review all submissions, identify viable candidates and contact ONLY those individuals selected to continue in the search process. The position will be filled when the desired candidate is found.
Please send resume and cover letter via email to: jobs@thefoodproject.org. In the subject line, write your name and the position for which you are applying, eg: “Jordan Smith – Lincoln Farm Worker”. The Food Project is an Equal Opportunity Employer that is committed to creating a multicultural organization. We actively seek a diverse pool of candidates for this position. More at http://thefoodproject.org/get-involved/work-here
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Grower’s Assistant – Lincoln, MA – The Food Project
The Food Project is seeking a Grower’s Assistant for the 2018 growing season, from April 2nd through November 2nd. Applicants for this position should have high energy for and interest in sustainable agriculture and youth development, as well as a commitment to teamwork. They should also have creative energy for making a difference in the world and a passion for the vision of The Food Project. The Grower’s Assistant will work on TheFood Project’s 30-acre farm in Lincoln, MA, growing and distributing produce through our CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program and Farmers’ Markets in Boston, and to local hunger relief organizations.
Primary Responsibilities – April – May – Farm Work: Harvesting, transplanting, weeding, seeding, washing produce, packing produce – Leading and teaching volunteer groups June – September – Deliver produce in thegreater Boston area – Assist youth crews in daily field operations – Farm Work: Harvesting, transplanting, weeding, seeding, washing produce, packing produce September – October – Farm Work: Harvesting, transplanting, weeding, seeding, washing produce, packing produce – Leading and teaching volunteer groups – Preparing farm for winter season Qualifications • Experience in organic crop production/agriculture • 21+ years of age with a valid driver’s license in good standing (required for use of TFP vehicles) • Experience organizing groups safely and productively • Ability to perform demanding physical labor, and lift 50 lbs • Ability to work in a team as well as independently • Dependable, flexible, organized, on time, and a sense of humor • Experience driving large vehicles or willingness to be trained • Experience with/interest in farm equipment (preferred) • Willingness to work a flexible work schedule, days of the week and hours worked vary with the season.

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Massachusetts – Next Barn Over hiring Full Time Crew Members

Hadley, Massachusetts

Hiring: Two Full Time Crew Members – Next Barn Over Farm

Next Barn Over is a 40-acre, organic vegetable farm in Hadley, MA. We grow for our 500 member CSA and several local wholesale customers. Field crew positions run from April to December 2018, 45-50 hours per week. Crew are involved in various aspects of crop production from greenhouse, to field, to washroom, and delivery responsibilities. This includes but is not limited to transplant production, transplanting by machine and by hand, hoeing, hand weeding, managing row cover, harvesting, and operating farm vehicles. This employee will also assist the washroom manager with washing, processing, and packing all farm produce; and will make local and regional deliveries. Valid drivers license and competent driving skills are required, along with the ability to repeatedly lift 50 lbs. Pay starts at $11/hour and is commensurate with experience. Applicants please send resume and references to info@nextbarnover.com

Massachusetts – Medway Community Farm hiring Farm Manager

Medway, Massachusetts

Medway Community Farm began with a vision of healthy local food, community connections, and food education. MCF is a not-for-profit section 501(c)3 organization, cultivating 6+ acres of Town of Medway land on three fields. Through the generosity of our community in support of our events, purchases at our farm stand, and participation in our three seasons of CSA shares program, our mission is sustained and our community expands.

Mission: To maintain a place that enhances Medway’s rural character, fosters community spirit and encourages “learning from the land” by providing locally grown food, volunteer experiences, educational programming, and public events. http://medwaycommunityfarm.org/

Medway Community Farm – Farm Manager Position, Medway MA

The Farm Manager is responsible for overseeing all aspects of production, developing, and executing the Farm Operations Plan. The Farm Manager provides leadership to Assistant Farm Manager, Growers, and seasonal farm staff, maintaining a safe and welcoming environment for the team and community. The Farm Manager is a steward to the land and facilities, fostering a productive farm that nurtures the surrounding ecosystem and the people who work at and visit the site. The Farm Manager works with the Education Coordinator on education programs and outreach as well as identifying and implementing opportunities to serve the local community, aligned with the Medway Community Farm Mission and Goals, in coordination with the Board of Directors.

Full time 1-year contract offering competitive salary, Vacation/Holiday Time off, Health Insurance Stipend, and on-site housing (reduced rent).


Key Responsibilities

  • Responsible for farm operations including yield, production schedules, equipment, and employee supervision.
  • Supervises and participates in daily farm operations that include: machinery operation, soil preparation, planting, irrigation, cultivating, harvesting, and storing of hay and other forage crops.
  • Recruit, hire, and directly manage seasonal field staff.
  • Organizes, schedules, assigns, and reviews the work of assigned farm employees.
  • Develops and implements safe work methods and procedures of all phases of farm operations and ensure compliance with all related safety regulations, including review of facilities and equipment.
  • Conducts orientation and training sessions for farm workers, students, and volunteers at the farm.
  • Perform basic maintenance and improvements on farm infrastructure, facilities, and equipment.
  • Assist field crew in planting, weeding, pruning, and harvesting crops, and fill in as needed.
  • Provide animal care, including safe environments for community visits and education programming.
  • Develops long-term and short-term plans for the farm operations and CSA plans and recommends changes and improvements in farm operations, staffing, facilities, and equipment.
  • Contribute to the farm business planning by providing expertise on farm enterprises including cropping systems, varieties, volumes, inputs, and capital investments
  • Implements currently developed annual budget and makes requisitions for supplies and equipment as needed, and prepares succeeding year’s plan.
  • Maintains records on farm activities, production, and budget expenditures and provides fiscal reports, working with Board Treasurer on a regular basis.
  • Support overall operations as a member of the farm leadership team through active participation in meetings, reports, proactive communication, and collaboration with the Board of D
  • Partners where appropriate with Education Coordinator on student activities as part of their educational program.
  • Coordinates the use of farm facilities for special events, tours, and film crews.
  • Develops and maintains strong relationships with shareholders, vendors, and the community.
  • Performs related duties as assigned.

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North Carolina – TRACTOR Food and Farms hiring Farm Manager

TRACTOR Food and Farms

Location: Burnsville, NC

Position Description: Farm Manager

Classification: Full Time / Salaried

Reports to: Director

Posting Date: 11/22/17

Closing Date: 12/13/15

Summary:

  • The Farm Manager is responsible coordinating with individual growers during all stages of vegetable and fruit production on the farmland managed by TRACTOR as well as working with growers who are on their own land and sell their products through TRACTOR.

Principle Responsibilities:

  • Maintain all records in order to maintain Good Agricultural Practice certification for Bowditch Bottoms Farm and future farm properties
  • Will oversee Bowditch Bottoms Farm, which has 20 acres of land in production
  • Work on a plan for planting perennial crops including blackberries
  • Will recruit new growers both to sell through TRACTOR and to grow on TRACTOR lands and offer technical assistance if needed
  • Will be involved with getting any new tracts of land up into production for row crops
  • Responsible for maintenance of irrigation equipment and shared-use equipment
  • Manage shared-use equipment and maintain accurate logs of when equipment was used and note the condition that is was rented and returned
  • Assisting growers identify and control stress from weeds, pests, diseases, and drought
  • Training on post-harvest handling and proper use of equipment/implements
  • Will be involved in production planning and forecasting estimates
  • Assist with receiving, grading, and packaging of products
  • Grant writing for farm related funding such as soil and water conservation projects and new equipment
  • Posting to social media platforms with farm activities and produce related updates

Duties to include:

  • Work with team and growers to forecast availability list throughout the season
  • Create and maintain relationships with growers
  • Represent TRACTOR at community events

Authorities:

  • Post to all social media platforms
  • Suggest new items for growers to plant
  • Purchase farm equipment

Competencies:

  • Knowledge about product (varieties, flavor, applications, demand, pricing, seasonality)
  • Knowledge of a wide range of growing practice
  • Tractor skills, including a three-point hitch and farm implements
  • Excellent people management skills
  • Effective public speaker
  • Experience with social media
  • Adaptable to working outdoors in extreme weather conditions such as heat, humidity, and freezing temperatures
  • Able to operate in a fast-paced and changing environment
  • Strong analytical, written, and verbal reasoning skills
  • Excellent computer skills and the ability to pick up on new systems and software
  • Self-directed with good organizational skill and attention to detail
  • Respect for others’ unique personalities

Supervises:

  • Interns where applicable

Work Environment:

The job operates in a professional office environment, in a warehouse, and on a farm. This role routinely uses technology equipment such as computers, printers, and label makers. Additionally, this position works within the community to attend meetings, lunches, dinners, and events.

Physical Demands:

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. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, sit, use hands, and climb stairs. The employee must lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.

Travel

Day trips and potential overnight conferences

Required Education and Experience

Farming experience is highly desired

Preferred Education and Experience

Experience in restaurant/produce industry.  Experience with Microsoft Office products. Experience with the operation and maintenance of tractors, irrigation systems, plasticulture, and three point hitch equipment. Pesticide license preferred, but can obtain after start date.

Additional Eligibility Qualifications

Clean driving record

Other Duties

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice. Other duties may be required in the job as requested by the Supervisor.

How To Apply:

Please send a resume and cover letter by 12/13/17 with subject  “TRACTOR Farm Manager Position” to robin.smith@tractorfoodandfarms.com  If you have questions, please call  828-536-0126.

 

Virginia – Project Grows hiring Food Access Coordinator

Augusta County, Virginia

PROJECT GROWS

FOOD ACCESS COORDINATOR

SUPERVISOR: FARM MANAGER

Project GROWS (PG) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit educational farm with a mission to improve the overall health of children and youth in Staunton, Waynesboro, and Augusta County, Virginia. We cultivate health by connecting children to nutritious food through 1) hands-on, gardenbased education and 2) access to nutritious local food. Project GROWS
cultivates 4 acres of mixed vegetables and perennial fruit on our farm in Augusta County, Virginia where we grow 25,000 pounds of food each year. We serve over 3,000 local youth each year with gardening, nutrition, and cooking education, and partner with 22 local agencies on food programs including field trips, summer camps, and farm to school tastings.

General Statement of Responsibilities

The Food Access Coordinator (FAC) will work closely with all members of the PG team including the PG Executive Director, Farm Manager, Farm Assistant, and Education Manager.
The FAC will primarily be responsible for 3 core areas of food access programming:
 Farmer’s markets: management, planning, promotion, fundraising, programs, and oversight (North Augusta Farmer’s Market, Waynesboro Farmer’s Market, Youth-Run Farm Stand in partnership with the Boys & Girls Club, Health Department WIC (women and infant children) market)
 Farm sales & donations: (develop relationships with partner organizations such as the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank and cafeteria managers at local public schools, assist with CSA member promotion and relationship management, establish wholesale partners, develop systems to record data)
 Community outreach & marketing – volunteer appreciation events, and summer volunteer night series, community garden work days, working with community partners on off-site garden development.
Other Job Responsibilities Include:
 Develop systems for tracking quantitative and qualitative data in order to accurately measure the impact of food access programs in the community and be able to relay that information via grant reports
 Work closely with community partners to develop additional food access programming in the community
 Chair a Food Access Program committee of the board
 Participate in farm tasks, garden education, special events, volunteer management, and administrative tasks as needed.
 Assist in leading farm tours and occasional workshops as well as willingness to speak at conferences, and to donor groups and other community groups.
The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications and experience:
 Most importantly, Project GROWS seeks a flexible individual who is willing to take part in all PG responsibilities and be part of a dynamic team
 Excellent communication and leadership skills, and ability to work well with variety of customers, vendors, and community members including youth from diverse backgrounds
 A minimum of 2 years nonprofit or related work experience
 Detail-oriented with considerable attention to customer service, and timely communication
 A track record of success working in a cooperative team environment requiring a high level of planning, communication, and documentation
 A desire to improve our local food system, work to understand the underlying causes of barriers to food access in our community, and come up with creative solutions as part of a team
 Strong work ethic with a willingness to learn and work efficiently, as well as able to follow direction

Physical Attributes and/or Environmental Issues
The position is very much a “textured” position requiring of the Food Access Coordinator to be both comfortable in an outdoor setting gardening, comfortable working  independently in an office setting, as well as comfortable providing instruction and/or workshops to youth and adults on and off-site.
Other Requirements:
 Cell phone communication
 Frequent computer and internet access
 Reliable transportation
 A valid driver’s license
 Ability to lift up to 50 pounds
 Criminal background checks will be required for final applicants

Compensation
This is a paid position starting at $15-$18 an hour negotiable based on experience.
This is a year-round, 30 hr/wk position. Benefits include paid time off and a share of farm produce. Applicants must be available to work most Saturdays during the farmer’s market season (May to September).

TO APPLY
Please send a resume, cover letter, and 2 references to Jenna Clarke, Executive Director, at jenna@projectgrows.org.

Massachusetts – Wright-Locke Farm hiring Education Director

 Winchester, Massachusetts

Wright-Locke Farm (www.WLFarm.org)

Education Director – Position Description

Wright-Locke Farm is now hiring an Education Director to develop, manage, and facilitate youth and adult education programs. This person will have primary responsibility for all aspects of the farm’s educational programs and will report to the farm’s Executive Director. The Education Director is a full-time, year-round salaried position. Compensation will be based on experience.

Wright-Locke Farm is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 community farm located in Winchester, MA. The farm grows certified organic produce and flowers, raises small animals, offers a wide variety of farm-based educational programs, and hosts public and private events on its historic farmstead. The farm has a rich history, having been continuously farmed since 1638. Today, it’s operated by paid staff and many dedicated volunteers.

The Education Director’s responsibilities include managing all aspects of the farm’s educational programs. More specifically, the Education Director is responsible for:

Developing education programs

  • Planning and creating schedules and curricula for both youth and adult programs
  • Finding, hiring and coordinating with adult education program hosts (includes coordinating program plans and supplies needed, determining appropriate compensation for service, and handling scheduling and fees associated with kitchen rentals and permits as necessary)
  • Community outreach to expand the number of children, teens, and adults partaking in the farm’s educational offerings, including coordinating future farm visits and enrichment programs
  • Creating and maintaining community partnerships, including coordinating partner programs both on and off the farm
  • Researching and planning for future programs

Managing education programs

  • Hiring, training, and managing all education staff including the Assistant Education Director and Seasonal Educators who lead/colead seasonal youth programs
  • Recruiting and coordinating volunteers to assist staff during youth education programs
  • Purchasing durable and nondurable supplies as necessary
  • Organizing and cleaning program and work areas as well as supplies/tools
  • Managing the farm’s two youth education gardens
    • Planning for each growing season
    • Purchasing seeds/seedlings
    • Planting (includes starting seedlings in the greenhouse, direct seeding, and transplanting)
    • Maintaining both gardens throughout the spring, summer, and fall seasons
    • Harvesting outside of programs if necessary

Facilitating education programs

  • Leading a significant number of seasonal youth programs during the spring, summer, and fall
  • Leading both youth and adult educational farm visits that may include a hands-on volunteer component when desired and appropriate
  • Leading off-site youth and adult enrichment programs
  • Leading a significant number of seasonal adult programs during the spring, summer, and fall
  • Assisting hired hosts before, during, and after adult education programs (includes setting up, welcoming/checking in participants, collecting payments, and cleaning up)

Administrative functions related to education programs

  • Marketing youth and adult programs (both print and web-based)
  • Marketing education jobs (web-based)
  • Updating farm education-specific webpages on WLFarm.org
    • Updating webpage content through WordPress
    • Creating and updating program registration functions through CiviCRM
  • Database management related to youth and adult program registration through CiviCRM (includes collecting and recording payments for programs)
  • Education-related correspondence (email, phone, etc) and managing customer relations with care to maintain positive relationships with parents of children attending youth programs, participants of adult programs, and groups partaking in on-farm and off-site programs
  • Grant writing and submitting annual reports as necessary
  • Annual education budget evaluation and planning
  • Attending farm staff meetings

Candidates for the Education Director position should:

  • Have significant experience working with children in an educational program capacity;  developing, managing, and/or facilitating educational programs related to agriculture/gardening, seasonal cooking/healthy eating, the environment, and/or related subjects are strongly preferred
  • Have a strong desire to create and teach youth and adult curricula related to sustainable small-scale agriculture, healthy seasonal cooking, and related subjects
  • Be passionate about working with children of ages 4 – 14 in an organic farm setting
  • Have significant experience working with adults in an educational program capacity; developing, managing, and/or facilitating educational programs related to agriculture/gardening, seasonal cooking/healthy eating, the environment, and/or related subjects are strongly preferred
  • Have significant experience managing teen and/or adult volunteers; experience managing volunteers in a youth education program capacity is preferred
  • Be very organized, detail-oriented, and able to efficiently multitask
  • Have a positive attitude, be a strong and dedicated leader, and be able to adapt to changing environments and circumstances
  • Be extremely comfortable working outdoors- rain or shine!
  • Be comfortable utilizing and maintaining shared work areas
  • Be comfortable with public speaking
  • Be comfortable cooking with both kids and adults and teaching culinary skills
  • Be comfortable gardening with kids
  • Be comfortable working with/handling farm animals (no experience required)
  • Be able to lift 50 lbs and spend a significant amount of time standing/walking
  • Have reliable housing and transportation
  • Have reliable technology (laptop, cell phone) necessary for the job
  • Have a willingness to travel for off-site programs when necessary (includes using one’s own vehicle for such programs)
  • Pending emergencies and excused absences, the Education Director must be able to commit to working full-time at the farm during the program season (this includes some weekends and weeknights); there is some flexibility in on-site work outside of the program season (the program season is currently March – early November)

If you are interested in the Education Director position, please send a resume and cover letter to Executive Director Archie McIntyre at amcintyre@wlfarm.org as soon as possible. Please include 2 – 3 references (professional references preferred) on your resume or cover letter. Interviews will be scheduled December 2017 – January 2018 or until the position is filled.

If you have questions concerning the position description that you would like answered before submitting a resume and cover letter, please also send them to Executive Director Archie McIntyre at amcintyre@wlfarm.org.