Massachusetts – New Entry hiring Incubator Farm Site Coordinator

Dracut, Massachusetts

Incubator Farm Site Coordinator, New Entry Sustainable Farming Project (temporary, part-time)

Posted: Aug / 10 / 2017

ORGANIZATIONAL DESCRIPTION
New Entry Sustainable Farming Project’s (New Entry) mission is to improve our local and regional food systems by training the next generation of farmers to produce food that is sustainable, nutritious, and culturally appropriate and making this food accessible to individuals regardless of age, mobility, ethnicity, or socio-economic status. In doing this work, New Entry provides critical training, career development, and economic opportunity to new farmers. New Entry is a fiscally sponsored project of TSNE MissionWorks.

JOB SUMMARY
The Incubator Farm Sites are one of the cornerstones of the Farmer Training program at New Entry. After graduating from New Entry’s Farm Business Planning Course, participants have the option of leasing land for up to 3 years on the incubator farm. Many of the incubators choose to sell produce to New Entry’s Food Hub, among other markets.

The Incubator Farm Site Coordinator is an hourly (max of 18 hours/week), temporary position (August – mid-November) that will manage New Entry’s two incubator farm sites and equipment. Primary duties will include mowing, weed whacking, tillage, seeding and managing cover crop, basic equipment maintenance, organization of storage areas and tool sheds, and ensuring irrigation and electricity are functioning properly.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
Manage New Entry’s multiple incubator farm training sites using organic and sustainable production practices;
Conduct farm services, including land preparation/tillage, custom tractor work, the use/management of greenhouse, irrigation, cooling/storage, and other farm supplies and equipment in order to maximize impact of New Entry resources;
Maintain farm equipment and facilities, including tractors, grounds, other tillage equipment, greenhouses and irrigation systems in order to ensure continuity of incubator farm site operations;
Maintain farm grounds and field edges to keep field edges and common areas free of weeds or vegetative overgrowth;
Determine equipment and supply needs and make purchases and coordinate with contractors in order to ensure integrity of their work;
Maintain soil health of fallow plots through active cover cropping;
Perform other related duties as assigned.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS
Ability to lift up to 50 lbs.;
Ability to work outside in all weather conditions;
Ability to safely operate heavy machinery (45 hp and 65 hp tractors) and various PTO implements on small acreage and in tight spaces;
Ability to assess equipment maintenance needs and address promptly;
Ability to walk on uneven terrain;
Valid drivers’ license and clean motor vehicle record.

QUALIFICATIONS
Agricultural training and experience in multiple aspects of farming and farm enterprise is essential. Prior farm management/farm business ownership experience a plus;
Ability to safely operate and maintain farm equipment and machinery, including up to a 65 hp tractor with multiple PTO-driven implements;
Highly organized and good attention to detail;
Self-motivated and self- directed. Ability to work well within a rapidly-changing environment;
Access to reliable private transportation necessary;
Ability to work a flexible schedule, including some evenings and weekends.

SALARY
This position pays $15-18 per hour, commensurate with experience. Hours per week range from 8-18 hours. This position does not include benefits.

TO APPLY
We strongly encourage online applications.  Please attach your resume and cover letter.

Apply online here.

We also accept applications by mail or fax. Send to:

TSNE MissionWorks
Attn: Employment Manager
NonProfit Center
89 South Street
Boston, MA  02111

Or fax to: 617.896.9393.

As an EOE/AA employer, TSNE MissionWorks and New Entry will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identification, veteran, or disability status.

New Hampshire – Vernon Family Farm hiring Full Time Employee

Newfields, New Hampshire
Vernon Family Farm is hiring a FULL TIME employee. 

Hours:  40 hours per week

Compensation: $9-$10/hr depending on experience

Qualifications: A candidate must be:

– 18 years old or older

-able to lift 75lbs

-able to operate equipment

-able to work outside in all types of weather

-able to work Sunday-Thursday

-able to work independently with little supervision

Job description: 

Work includes both livestock and veggie chores and attending farmer’s markets.
 
To apply: Send cover letter explaining your interest in and qualifications for the position along with your resume to vernonfamilyfarm@gmail.com

Wisconsin – Brix Cider hiring Cider Supply Chain Assistant

Barneveld, Wisconsin 

Now hiring!

Job Title:  Cider Supply Chain Assistant

Location:  Barneveld, WI (with work in surrounding rural areas)

Background

Brix Cider is a small but growing company making hard cider in Southwest, Wisconsin (see brixcider.com for more information).  We source local apples from family farms to make high quality, craft cider.  We are planning to expand our supply chain this fall harvest season to include several local orchards, and we are looking to hire two, part time Cider Supply Chain Assistants to assist with apple harvest, collection, transport, and pressing.  This is a great opportunity to get started with a new company in a growing local, craft cider industry.

Job Description

The Cider Supply Chain Assistant will travel to small orchards in Southwest, Wisconsin along with other members of the Brix Cider team to harvest apples.  Some of the orchards will be managed and easily accessible, while others will consist of clusters of wild or seedling apple trees on more challenging terrain.  The primary responsibilities of the Cider Supply Chain Assistant will be to pick apples, load them onto a truck, transport them back to our farm or processing facility, and assist with apple pressing.  What better way to spend the autumn than travelling to orchards and picking apples, right?

Schedule

The position is part-time (15-30 hours per week) Monday through Thursday, primarily in the mornings and afternoons.  Hours may vary based on picking conditions at each site.

The position runs from the end of August through late November.  For the right person, we may consider longer term, year-round employment in our new cider production facility and pub (scheduled to open in early 2018).

Pay

$12-$14 per hour depending on skills and experience

 Required Skills

  • Dependable, hard-working, friendly
  • Able to lift and carry 50 lb bushel boxes repetitively
  • Able to pull or push a harvest cart weighing approximately 200 pounds
  • Willing to work outdoors even in inclement weather
  • Comfortable working on a ladder with a harvest bag for extended periods of time
  • Works safely
  • Works efficiently
  • Works well with others

Desired Qualifications

 Interest in and/or knowledge of apples and cider

  • Experience working on farms or in similar environments
  • Experience in food processing and/or fermentation

 Other Requirements

  • The Cider Supply Chain Assistant will be responsible for his or her own transportation to our farm in Barneveld or to other orchards in the area

How to Apply

 Applications are due by August 15th, 2017.  The application should include:

  1. Cover letter
  2. Resume
  3. Contact information for 3 references, including: name, description of relationship, email, and phone number
  4. Also, when you contact us, please note what days and times you are available

Applications should be sent to Matt and Marie Raboin by email:  matt@brixcider.com and marie@brixcider.com

Ohio – Gorman Heritage Farm hiring Livestock Assistant

Gorman Heritage Farm is a 122-acre working farm and outdoor education center, inviting visitors to explore and learn the history, methods and values of a working family farm in a natural setting.

Evendale, Ohio

Job Title: Livestock Assistant
Category: Part time, 30-35 hours/week. 30 day probationary period.
Classification: Non-Exempt
Reports to: Farm Manager
Pay Scale: $12 – $14/ hour, based on education and experience.

Purpose:
Working under the direction of the Farm Manager to care for livestock and poultry, grounds and building maintenance, and assist with management of Volunteers.

Job Responsibilities:
Daily correspondence with and oversight of Farmyard Volunteers
Help prepare Farmyard and Animals for education groups
Feeding, watering, cleaning, and pasture rotation for livestock and poultry
Take notes related to animal health, feeding, and pasture rotation, as well as volunteer tasks, education groups, etc.
Grounds maintenance including mowing, trimming and snow removal as needed
Other duties as assigned.

Education/Skills: Bachelor’s Degree preferred, High School Diploma/GED and relevant work experience required. Basic knowledge of animal care, livestock experience preferred. Good communications skills. Positive attitude. Passion for the mission of Gorman Heritage Farm.

Physical demands: This position requires very strenuous physical activities. Must be able to lift 50 pounds independently. The work is performed both indoors and outdoors in all kinds of weather.

Equipment operated: Tractors, truck with trailer, utility vehicles, zero turn mower, weed eater, hand tools, power tools, computer, printer/copier, and other equipment found in office, farm and teaching environment.

To apply: Send cover letter explaining your interest in and qualifications for the position along with your resume to tricia@gormanfarm.org.

Maine – Clovercrest Farm hiring Full-Time Employee

Charleston, Maine

Clovercrest Farm is a MOFGA-Certified organic dairy located in Charleston, ME. Our pastures, hay, and crop land span 500 acres. We milk 90 Jerseys and sell to Organic Valley. We use rotational grazing and feed a low-grain ration. If you have a strong work ethic, interest in grass-based dairying, and experience with equipment operation please consider applying for the position.

Timeframe:  We are seeking to hire a full-time year-round employee for a minimum of two years. We are Master Graziers through the Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship program and can offer DGA mentoring. Please see the DGA website for more information.

Work description:

  • Milking and dairy barn chores
  • Management of our rotational grazing program
  • Management of our winter feed program
  • Equipment operation- bucket loader, TMR mixing wagon, bale spear, in-line baleage wrapper, sickle bar mower, disc mower, manure spreader

Hours:  40-50 hours per week. Longer hours during forage season.

Compensation:  Hourly pay is commensurate with capability level.   Housing may be available.

Qualifications:

  • Livestock experience preferred
  • Equipment aptitude
  • Punctuality and reliability
  • Ability to work outdoors in all weather conditions
  • Attention to detail
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Ability to work independently and offer leadership

How to apply:

No phone calls, please.  We are accepting applications until the position is filled. Please e-mail  sjheyckme@gmail.com with a letter introducing yourself and your interests and capabilities. A job application will be required as well.

 

Washington – Cloudview Farm hiring Educator/Market Gardener

Ephrata, Washington

Educator/ Market Gardener (full-time paid position)

Cloudview Farm offers a variety of on-farm experiences for student and community groups.  We are seeking an educator who can both maintain our current offerings and develop Cloudview Farms’ programming. The educator will also help with garden operations. To give visitors a more authentic experience the Educator/ Market Gardener should be familiar with the gardens and animals.

Most visitors are preschool-3rd graders that come for 90-minute field trips and choose between a six plant part lesson and a plant life-cycle curriculum. In 2016, we offered summer day camps for the first time and hope to expand our camps and programming when school is not in session. We also collaborate with an elementary school on a door-to-door school fundraiser selling carrots. As new groups approach us with unique goals we innovate to meet their needs. Also in 2016, first time visitors included culinary students from and area technical high school, wheelchair-bound patients from a physical rehabilitation center, and a professional teacher training academy.

Job responsibilities:

  • Support and maintain current garden education programming

    • Lead approximately 30 preschool-3rd grade student field trips in the spring and fall with groups of 10 to 60 students.

    • Organize and manage summer day camps

    • Host 10 to 15 8th grade students from Lakeside Middle School in Seattle for one week in the fall.

    • Emcee the Annual Fall Festival during the 1st Saturday in October.

  • Promote and expand garden education programming

  • Promote education programs through social media, website, and email announcements

  • Coordinate with other farm and garden staff to develop gardens and property that support programming

  • Give public presentations

  • Work in the garden to support the CSA and farmers’ market programs

    • Harvest, wash, and pack produce

    • Provide garden labor including weeding, mowing, cultivating, seeding, transplanting

    • Participate in CSA box deliveries

Skills and Experience:

  • At least 2 years outdoor education experience, management preferred

  • Farm or garden experience

Compensation:

  • $21,000-$24,000 starting salary depending on education and experience

  • Housing, utilities, trash, internet, and  farm food included

To learn more about Cloudview Farm visit www.cloudviewfarm.org.

To apply for this position, please send a cover letter and resume to cloudviewephrata@gmail.com.

Washington – Cloudview Farm hiring Market Garden Farmer

Ephrata, Washington

Cloudview Farm produces a diverse weekly offering for the Ephrata Farmers’ Market and a ~50 member CSA program from the end of May until the end of October. We grow according to USDA organic standards.  We are currently managing 3 acres of garden in cover crops and growing cash crops on ~½ acre.

Job responsibilities:

  • Run a 50 member CSA program

  • Staff the Ephrata Farmers’ Market on Saturdays from May-October

  • Manage 1 to 2 farmworkers during weekly operations

  • Harvest, wash, and pack produce

  • Irrigate gardens and surrounding property

  • Repair and maintain irrigation system

  • Order seed and supplies

  • Plan for growing season and manage succession planting and crop calendar

  • Maintain disease and pest management practices

  • Follow USDA organic growing standards and keep records of seeding, planting, soil amendment, pest and disease control.

  • Manage greenhouse and high tunnel production

  • Manage CSA administration and write and distribute weekly newsletter

  • Manage produce marketing

  • Coordinate with other farm and education staff to develop gardens and property that support educational programming

  • Assist with educational programming that pertains specifically to organic gardening

Skills and experience:

  • At least 2 years farming experience, management preferred

  • Must have tractor experience (tilling, seeding, bed-making, mowing)

  • Must be able to use tools and machines (weed wacker, mower, flame weeders, seeders, power tools)

Compensation:

  • $21,000-$24,000 starting salary depending on education and experience

  • Housing, utilities, trash, internet, and farm food included

To learn more about Cloudview Farm visit www.cloudviewfarm.org.

To apply for this position, please send a cover letter and resume to cloudviewephrata@gmail.com.