Italy – Hortulanus hiring Farmer/Bee Keeper

Biodynamic farm manager / beekeeper:

Hortulanus  is a certified organic farm with biodynamic applications situated in the South of Tuscany (close to Montalcino). We have three hectares of century-old olive trees (about three thousand trees), and produce a world-renowned, award-winning oil. We are in the process of creating a bee sanctuary, which will include the creation of a heirloom fruit trees orchard and meadows of wildflowers. We want to dedicate a part of Hortulanus  to the improvement of the live of bees through education, charity, and courses.

Hortulanus is looking for an organic dynamic farmer/beekeeper to take care of the small holding vegetable- herbal gardens, bees, chicken, sheep and olive trees. Moreover, this farmer should have a business mind to help in the making of products involving honey (ex: soaps, candles, etc.) and olive oil, as well as have the capability to be a leader who can instruct other workers / wwoofers. This will include groups of workers / wwoofers during the harvests, and one or two workers / wwoofers during the rest of the year.

We are looking for someone who is:
Willing to undertake a business in the world of honey and olive oil
All-year worker with flexible hours
Deep understanding of bees and beekeeping
Able to work with medicinal herbs and plants
Able to create (in coordination with us) and give courses in beekeeping, health benefits of bee products, organic gardening, and self-sufficiency
Able to give tours about the working ethos of Hortulanus
Able to prepare soil, planting, harvesting, and coordinating with scientists
Able to make a small production out of the products harvested.

www.hortulanus.it

We will respond to emails with an attached resume and a cover letter stating what you’ll bring to the team.
Interviews will begin June 2, 2018

Shifra Steinberg
humminghoneytuscany@gmail.com

Advertisements

Mexico – Permaculture Farm hiring Manager

Permaculture Management Position at Playa Viva, Juluchuca, Guerrero, Mexico

Job Title:

Permaculture Management Position Juluchuca, Guerrero, Mexico

Employment Type:

Full-Time

Job Description:

Salary ~ negotiable based on skill & experience

Caretaker’s cottage, amenities & utilities provided, meals provided at hotel during work days.

Location ~ Juluchuca, Guerrero, Mexico – south of Zihuatanejo, Ixtapa area. Start Date ~ April 1, 2018

Playa Viva has a permaculture specialist position opening for a couple or individual with professional experience, who can demonstrate a strong work ethic, proactive communication skills and an enthusiastic focus on the long-term health and productivity of the local ecosystem.

The Core Values of Playa Viva are:

  • Promote Cleaner and More Abundant Water and Energy
  • Promote Biodiversity
  • Promote Transformation Experiences
  • Create “Meaningful” Community
  • Create a Living Legacy

As the permaculture specialist at Playa Viva, your long-term goals at Playa Viva are to:

  • Regenerate the landscape based on core values above
  • Create trails and paths to engage the guests in the landscape including update of trail markers, trail guide/printed materials and other mechanisms for guest engagement
  • Promote permaculture practices within the local community creating a connection between Playa Viva and the local community
  • Restore the mangroves and the lagoon system
  • Work with the farm production team to promote healthy soils and food production for the hotel, local ecosystem and export
  • Promote the healthy engagement of farm animals into the landscape and for consumption in the hotel (eggs, chicken, shellfish, fish, milk, etc.)
  • Manage nursery and gardens around zone zero (hotel)
  • Manage all roads, trails and paths
  • Maintain erosion control measures
  • Manage water systems (in conjunction with maintenance team) including black water treatment systems, grey water, well water, water storage and filtration, flood control, etc.
  • Work on regular drone mapping of site and adding content (photos and videos to map)
  • Work with invited biologists and other scientists related to flora and fauna

Fluency in Spanish is a must to engage with Playa Viva permaculture team and community. Fluency in English as well in engaging with guests and volunteers.

You will work in conjunction with Playa Viva General Manager, Playa Viva Farm

Production Team and Playa Viva chefs related to improving the farm to table program at Playa Viva. This does not mean that all food in kitchen will come from Playa Viva but the kitchen will eventually have a direct relationship with every food item on the plate when served.  You will work with Social and Environmental Officer in the recruitment, screening, training, onboarding and managing permaculture volunteers.  You will participate in monthly management team calls/meetings and provide monthly reports to Executive Team with progress on your goals. You will also participate in an annual review and present an annual report on your progress to be shared with the broader community.  You will participate in social media and blog content creation.

Playa Viva property is made up of 200 acres (86 hectares) with close to a mile of beachfront (1.3km). The property was a  collection of coconut, mango and tamarind groves that had not been worked for 15 years since it was taken over in 2006.  A permaculture specialist has been visiting the property approximately 9-10 times per year and working with local team. You will meet with this permaculture person to understand how the land has been transformed over the last 10 years and work to develop a plan for the next 10 years.  Property is marked by several key zones. Zone 0 where hotel is located, the oceanfront/beach/dunes, mangrove/estuary/lagoons, historical groves, land that has been restoring on its own, land that has been restored via planting of native species and farmland/roads/trails.

Only serious inquiries please

This is not a property rental situation 4+ references required

Education & Experience:

Must have 10+ years education and experience in Permaculture practices, organic farming, regenerative land stewardship and people management.

Application Instructions:

For more information please contact us ONLY via email at:

info@playaviva.com

DO NOT CALL – Send email with “PERMACULTURE JOB” in Subject line along with your cover letter and resume, including any links to your website, blog, Instagram or other online media showing samples of your work.

More about Playa Viva at http://www.PlayaViva.com

 

Job Categories:

Farming/Agriculture/Permaculture

 

Panama – Organic Farm hiring Permaculture Farmer

Los Santos Province, Panama

Looking for a permaculture/organic farming expert (or preferably couple) to manage a small organic farm project on the Azuero Peninsula in the Los Santos Province of Panama. The farm currently sits on 2 hectares (approximately 5 acres) and includes several varieties of fruit trees and raised vegetable beds. The farm itself is approximately a 10-15 minute drive from Playa Venao, one of Panama’s premier surfing beaches, and is surrounded by several amazing beaches, rainforests, and waterfalls. The farm includes:

Small one bedroom managers house: Off-grid solar home with amazing views of the Pacific Ocean from the front porch. Home is fully furnished and includes a kitchen, full bath, ceiling fans, refrigerator, and bedroom furniture.

Shipping container home: The property also includes a just completed custom designed shipping container home with a full bath, kitchen, and pull down Murphy Bed.

Storage Shed (“Deposito): The storage shed includes several farm implements, passive solar hot water system, and seed starting area.

Water/Irrigation system: Plentiful, year-round and potable well water. The well runs on a solar pump and is used both for the water to the homes and for several storage tanks that service the irrigation system for the vegetable beds and orchard.  The irrigation system is installed and furnishes all vegetable beds, and also includes a grey water system that runs from the house to the fruit orchard.

Fruit Orchard: 25-30 trees including mango, guanabana, cacao, Suriname Cherry, star fruit, maracuya, lime, tangerine, guava, avocado, pineapple and several others

Vegetable Beds: Property includes several above ground vegetable beds. My business partner and previous manager estimates that he was getting approximately 30-40% of his diet from food grown on the farm.

Access to the property: Access to the property is a dirt road that is well maintained, although can become muddy during the rainy season.

The bottom line is that this is a really unique property and farming opportunity for a hearty individual or couple interested in off-grid, sustainable living. The views from the property are spectacular and the location includes some of the best surfing, hiking, and outdoor activities in Panama. The area is also extremely popular with an international crowd of hikers, vacationers and surfers from all over the world.

The ideal candidate/s will have experience managing an organic farm or with a strong permaculture orientation. Knowledge of solar systems (inverters, panels, pumps) also a plus, although we can train on the care and maintenance of the systems.

For the right candidate/s, we will offer free room and board in exchange for managing the farm. Candidates who can develop commercial opportunities for the produce grown are free to keep any profits. There are several restaurants in the Playa Venao area that are in need of good, locally grown produce.

We will also pay a stipend of $500 per month to the farm manager. An additional income opportunity may be managing rentals through AirBnB at the container home or main farmhouse, which I am willing to explore.

* Farm manager responsibilities will include:

* Upkeep, maintenance and care of the solar system, irrigation, pumps

* Upkeep and maintenance of the farmhouse and container home

* A commitment to farm the property using organic/permaculture best practices and maintain the orchards and beds in good condition.

If you are interested in this profoundly unique farming experience in one of the most beautiful areas of Panama’s Pacific Coast, please email me at testerads@gmail.com.

England – Old Plaw Hatch Farm hiring Financial Manager

Sussex, England

Farm Financial Manager – Sharpthorne, East Grinstead

This role is key to the success and growth of the farm by liaising with all five enterprises that are based within the farm.  Working as part of the management team, this position is responsible for coordinating the finances of the farm, supervising the administration team and ensuring that all aspects of the farm are working in collaboration to ensure the success and growth of the business.    It is anticipated that the post-holder will become a director of the farm in the future.

Ideally you will have had previous experience of working  in financial management, business, administrative support, and of course an understanding of a Biodynamic Farm.

This job allows you to make a difference, as you will be part of a team and a community that is committed to farming in a biodynamic way that serves the community; a way of life rather than just a job!

Who we are

Old Plaw Hatch Farm is a 200 acre farm on the edge of the Ashdown Forest near Sharpthorne. It has been a biodynamic farm for over 30 years and is owned by a charitable trust. As tenant farmers our aim is to provide as wide a range of produce as possible, principally to the local community. Our prices reflect the true cost of food production allowing for re-investment towards the sustainability of the farm. We are a mixed farm with a dairy herd providing raw milk, cheeses, yoghurts and cream. We also keep some sheep, pigs and laying hens and meat is processed through our butchery. A garden of 12 acres provides a range of seasonally available fruit and vegetables. Most of this produce is sold through our farm shop with a little being sold through other local outlets.

The farm employs approximately 25 people, some of whom live on site, as well as hosting volunteers.  The farm land and buildings are owned by St Anthony’s Trust and the farm business is owned by Tablehurst and Plaw Hatch Community Farm, a community-owned co-operative.  The farm comprises five enterprises; the shop, garden, farm (husbandry and arable), dairy and butchery.  The managers of these enterprises form the Management Team, which runs the operations of the farm.

Our Values Statement

“We at Old Plaw Hatch Farm employ a biodynamic agricultural approach that values sustainable husbandry of the land and responsible and loving welfare of the animals. We value the people who contribute to the farm’s day to day activities and seek to create a working environment that honours integrity, peace, happiness, honesty, personal responsibility, passion, love, authenticity, freedom and balance, and which celebrates the beauty of the farm’s natural environment.

We embrace challenges. We highly value our connection to the local community, of which we are all also individual parts, and strive to operate a farm business that is a transparent example of ethical and sustainable agriculture on every level, offering on living display the full cycle of food production. We seek to provide a working farm environment which honours learning, teaching, and personal and community growth and development. We operate an ethical financial approach which is in harmony with our values. We see ourselves as stewards of the farm, embodying man’s sacred relationship to the land, creating a legacy of richness at every level for future generations.”

The role

The key duties are outlined below:

  • Oversee and manage the administration team.
  • Manage the financial and report aspects of the farm to include; preparing and interpreting financial reports, liaising with external accountants, maintaining adherence to financial regulations and legislation.
  • Oversee day to day financial operations such as payroll, invoicing, purchasing, banking etc.
  • Negotiate contracts for utilities, insurance, rates, waste management etc. and submit grant applications.
  • Oversee marketing/promotional material.
  • Liaise with and provide information for stakeholders.
  • Work with enterprise managers to identify areas for improvement and assist where necessary in implementing new processes
  • Provide full and comprehensive administrative support to the farm enterprises and management as appropriate, including managing the office and responding to enquiries.
  • Work to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements.

The person

This role requires the person to be an excellent proven manager, who has strong communication, negotiation and collaboration skills with an inclusive style.  Sharing our values and striving for improvement in embodying them on a day to day basis is essential for this role.

The successful candidate must be approachable, organised, motivated and a team player with flexibility and the capability to solve problems and work as an enthusiastic member of the management team.

This post necessitates a very high level of numeracy and literacy skills, financial management experience as well as a sound understanding of computer packages to manage the everyday needs of the farm.

You must have good time management and have the ability to prioritise with the ability to see the big picture as well as excellent attention to detail due to the variety of the role.

Next steps

Interested?  Please send your CV and a covering letter to recruitment@sussexhr.co.uk

Hours and salary will be discussed at interview.

Closing Date 28th July 2017

Continue reading

Rwanda – Gardens for Health hiring Farm Fellow

Ndera, Rwanda

Fellowship Opportunity: Farm Fellow

Gardens for Health is seeking a dynamic and forward-thinking recent graduate to join our Agriculture Team in Ndera, Rwanda. Our Farm Fellow will provide thought leadership, and day-to-day management support on our 5-acre farm in Ndera, Rwanda.

Who We Are


We are a growing non-profit organization whose innovative approach works to bridge the gap between health and agriculture. We are based in Rwanda, with an office in Boston, and our core program works to integrate agricultural support and comprehensive health education into the clinical treatment of malnutrition. We currently work in partnership with 18 health centers in two districts of Rwanda. This year, we are working directly with 2,160 families – providing them with the seeds, knowledge, and support to help prevent and overcome chronic malnutrition.

As we grow our impact, our work is grounded in collaboration with, and a commitment to, the families and communities with whom we partner. Nowhere is this commitment more evident than on our demonstration and innovation farm. In many ways, our farm has been the heart and soul of our work; it is our head office and training site, source of many inputs for our community lunch program and health center program, in addition to various revenue generating initiatives and a “living laboratory” where we are able to grow inputs for our seed package and the accompanying agriculture education we provide to families in order to ensure that we are setting them up for long-term success.

Our Opportunity for You


In April 2015 we purchased our land, and with this new purchase comes an opportunity to think strategically about the role our farm can play now, and into the future. As we strive to balance research, food production for our community lunch program, multiplication of inputs for our home garden package, and space for training and staff development, our farm planning process has become a central focus of our agriculture team.

We are looking for a recent graduate who is an experienced and passionate farmer to work alongside our Farm Manager to think strategically about ways to use our land to advance our mission while serving our community.

As our Farm Fellow you will have the opportunity to do the following:

  • Contribute to the development and implementation of our farm plan, in the short and long term. Think creatively and strategically about how the farm can contribute to and offset the costs of the various programs it supports (Community Lunch, Health Center Program)
  • Propose new ideas for the use of the land to advance our mission and contribute to our organizational knowledge
  • Work with our Agriculture team to design and oversee the implementation of agronomic trials on our farm and play a lead role in data collection
  • Track and analyze farm data to make data driven cropping and planting decisions
  • Manage day-to-day farm activities such as planting, weeding, harvesting, coppicing and integrated pest management
  • Learn and experience how a farm functions in tropical Africa, and work with native crops and trees, pests, growing schedules and daily farm dilemmas that differ from a traditional for-profit temperate climate farm
  • Design and execute a plan to increase monetization of certain outputs on the farm and establish retail and wholesale relationships
  • Work closely with US Operations Manager to synthesize and present data related to the farm to support grant writing and reporting processes as well as social media and dialogue with donors

Are You the Right Fit?


  • Vision: You share our belief that growing healthy food can and should be a part of healthcare.
  • Relevant Work Experience: You have meaningful work experience in agriculture, including experience working on and/or managing a farm. Experience working in sub-Saharan Africa and/or experience with formal research methodology is a plus.
  • Social and Emotional Intelligence: You have a demonstrated ability to work with others across cultures and backgrounds with respect and collegiality.
  • Sense of Adventure: You are ready to spend 12 months living and working on a farm in Rwanda, and understand that electricity, hot water, and internet access will all fail at some point during your tenure.
  • Alignment with our Core Values: Your work style is grounded in a sense of collaboration and mutual respect, and you operate from a place of compassion and empathy for your colleagues and with the families we serve.
  • Flexibility: You know how to roll with the punches, and can find the positive in even the most challenging situations
  • 
Education: You are a recent graduate with a degree in Agriculture, or a related field
  • 
Language acquisition: You have demonstrated experience for acquiring new languages. French and/or Kinyarwanda is a plus.

Your Location: You will be based in Ndera, Rwanda, about 30 minutes outside of the capital city of Kigali. You will be living on the farm full-time, and will be one of the few staff members (including security) who will be present in the overnight hours.

What we will provide: 
This a 12-month fellowship opportunity we will provide housing on our farm, daily lunch, and all the fresh produce you can harvest. Please note that relocation costs will not be covered.

If you are ready to apply
: Send your resume and cover letter to careers@gardensforhealth.org with the subject line: “Farm Fellow.” In your letter, tell us why you are the right fit for this role. If we are interested, we will respond within 2 weeks to set up an initial phone interview. We will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis, so we encourage you to apply as soon as possible. The farm fellow will need to be in Rwanda to begin working by July 10th, 2017.

We look forward to meeting you!

 

Panama – Kalu Yala Institute hiring Kitchen Manager and Head Chef

Kitchen Manager and Head Chef
Kalu Yala Institute

Panama
Start date May 1st, 2017 
Contact: Melissa Mazurkewicz, melissa.mazurkewicz@kaluyala.com

You have a passion for nutritious food and organization. You enjoy finding local producers that can provide a regular supply of fresh, healthy food in order to feed up to 200 people a day. You are an organizer and can plan 30 days in advance. You enjoy collaborating with chefs as well as spending time creating and updating spreadsheets. You promote creative expression of yourself and others via culinary arts in a mentorship role. You love working in an outdoor kitchen. You can delegate and empower others on your team. You know how to manage a budget and keep track of finances.

As Kalu Yala Kitchen Manager and Executive Chef you will manage our public house style on-site kitchen while attempting to be Zero Waste and source ingredients as local and seasonal as possible. You will carry out the vision and mission of our previous Executive Chef by operating a arts style kitchen, utilizing the creativity and skills of each kitchen team member.  At our off-the-grid location, you will make sure everyone is well fed, food is delivered on time and in the right quantity, and that the kitchen is kept meticulously clean and organized.

You will work Monday through Friday and coordinate that food is set up for the weekends. You will work with your supervisor to set goals and track them throughout the semester.

PREFERRED SKILLS

  • Spanish speaker

  • Wilderness First Responder or other medical training

  • CPR certified

  • Manual vehicle/4×4 experience

  • Flexible and resilient

  • Experience living in community

REQUIREMENTS

  1. 3-5 years working in a commercial kitchen with kitchen management experience or degree related to culinary arts with relevant experience

  2. Strong planner who enjoys organization

  3. Group leadership and managerial skills

  4. Experience cooking for large groups

  5. Conversational Spanish

  6. Excited to connect to members of the local community

  7. Desire to help fulfill the vision of Kalu Yala, expressed here: www.kaluyala.com

  8. Looking forward to living in a comfortable camp in the Panamanian jungle

BENEFITS

  • $2,000 per month in salary, which is actually quite significant in Panama’s jungles

  • Bonus based on performance review

  • Room + Board in our tropical wilderness camp

  • 6 weeks paid vacation, accrued semesterly

Mariri Jungle Lodge hiring Domestic Guru

Brazil

Hi everyone! Hope you are all good and enjoying life, or finding your strength if you are going through tough moments.

Im writing to you all to see if anyone is interested in this job offer or might know someone who is.

At the moment im living in a jungle lodge in the center of Brazil. It’s a healing center, 13 km into the jungle from the nearest town called Alto Paraiso de Goias.

Surrounded by a portal, with the land full of quartz, a natural water spring (from where we take the water we drink, bath, and swim, WATER FROM FIRST HAND! Amazing to have this quality of life J ) Jungle all around, a family of 30 monkeys, agrofloresta, many birds and all sorts of animals! The land is turning into an reserve area!we are doing our best to make that happen so we can protect the jungle and its wildlife for ever ❤

This house in the middle of the jungle, also works as an Airbnb. We have some rooms to rent out, a bamboo chalet and 2 tree houses. One at 25mts and and the other one at 10 mts! With stunning views from the cerrado ❤

We have permacultural gardens and agrofloresta going on as well!

We receive guests, but we are trying to focus more on retreats of all sorts. Yoga, meditation, dance, art, healing therapies and medicines.

We are also receiving volunteers and woofers from all around the world, which gives an interesting and fun diversity of people.

Mariri Jungle Lodge also works as an art residency, so again, artists from all over come to use this space as a location for their selfdirected projects.

Have a look in the website so u can a have a feel of what the place is about. And pics don’t even show the real beauty of it!

www.maririjunglelodge.com

We are looking for a person which we call our Domestic Guru. This position is available to start ASAP.

Its basically a cleaning position, of the house and rooms for rent. Together with feeding our pets, birds and taking care of the garden

We are looking for someone from our tribe. Who has interest in permaculture, agroflorestry, conscious, nature lover, willing to have a change of life or continue with it if you are already on that path

This space gives you the chance to live IN NATURE, to breath pure air , drink pure water. Learn from agroflorestry and permaculture, be in contact with travelers and artisit from all over the world. Have a sauna session once in a while after a long day of work. Swimming in pure water. Making yoga, and free time for you to develop your own projects.

So if you are interested or know someone who might be pleaaaaaaaase pass this on!!!

This position would be a long term job, minimum of 6 months, preferably 1 year.

Here is the job description

We are looking for a long term cleaner, our Domestic Guru

This position will be as a work exchange plus a Brazilian salary.

 

This role includes cooking, cleaning, washing, juicing, preparing the property and accommodation spaces for guests and generally ensuring the property maintains it’s fresh, clean, creative, and unique vibe.

May also include some planting and caring for our veggie and herb garden.

Practical support with retreats and general assistance for the project coordinators.

Best suited to someone with an open and flexible attitude. Preferably a driver and should speak English. If Portuguese spoken big plus…willing to learn the local language.

 

Both positions may also be required to help host and manage WWOOFERS (Willing Workers on Organic Farms) and visitors/guests to the property in the absence of the main coordinators.

 

Additional Requirements

-We require you to be available and willing to stay on the land to provide the owner with the flexibility to be away for periods of time and trust that the property is taken care of in her absence.

 

Additional Comments

– We are looking for like-minded people with an open, flexible, down to earth attitude and approach to life. We are therefore open to accepting applicants wanting to contribute to the creative, spiritual, wellness-related activities taking place on the property under the proviso that it does not interfere with their regular tasks.

CONDITIONS

–          Minimum commitment of 6 months, with a preference for applications willing to come for 12 months or longer.

–          1 month trial as a normal volunteer to get a feel for each other

–          44 hours per week, usually spread in 5 8hs days and one 1/2 day. Most of the times the days off are during week days, as we usually have guests during weekends

You can choose to take one day of a week or four days off a month to explore the surrounding area.

We ask for flexibility during times where the owner is absent from the property and suggest that you discuss any plans for taking extended time (more than one day) away from the property with the owner

–          On site accommodation and help with transport to town for food shopping will be provided

–          A basic allowance for food and other expenses, which will be discussed upon receipt of your application remembering that we are a poor town in the centre of Brazil and wages here are very low so we need to be aware of this. The main interest should lie in an increased quality of life and an opening for a long-term partnership sharing abundance that we manage to create together.

–          Wireless Internet access is available and there are hot water showers

–          The local town offers plenty of amenities – restaurants, shops, internet cafes, laundry etc. but you would need your own car to come and go from the house or you can use local taxis/moto taxis.

–          Clean drinking water provided from the untouched waters of the mountains

–          Access to our stunning large rock mineral water pool, yoga temple and traditional Finnish sauna.

–          Due to our focus on being eco-friendly and sustainable, living conditions may be considered simple, but comfortable. You will use dry toilets, which we consider a more evolved way of dealing with our own “organic matter”.

 

 

If you are willing to apply for this position or have any questions please send as an email to info@maririjunglelodge.com

 

Thank you everyone for taking the time to read this and share it!

 

Blessings of love light and abundance for you all

 

 

Annie and Marianne