Minnesota – Open Arms of Minnesota hiring Temporary Part-Time Farm Assistant

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Open Arms of Minnesota:

Temporary Part-Time Farm Assistant

Organizational Summary:

Open Arms of Minnesota (OAM) is a nonprofit that prepares and delivers healthy, nutritious food to people living with life-threatening illnesses. Our mission is to nourish body, mind and soul. In our state-of-the-art kitchen, OAM staff members and more than 6,000 volunteers create meals specifically designed for our clients’ nutritional needs. We use fresh and, whenever possible, organic ingredients, including produce from our own Open Farms gardens. Volunteers deliver the meals throughout the Twin Cities metro area to approximately 1,000 clients, caregivers and dependents each week, providing nourishment and hope for families dealing with life-threatening illnesses. There are no fees for any of Open Arms’ services. Open Arms is a volunteer-driven organization and is culturally unique in our high commitment to an excellent volunteer experience.

To learn more, visit www.openarmsmn.org

Position Overview:

This temporary part-time hourly position contributes to the fulfillment of Open Arms’ mission by assisting the farm coordinator with our urban farm operations and CSA program and building support for our Open Farms program. Additionally, this position is responsible for planting, harvesting, preparing, packaging and delivery of vegetables, as well as maintaining and developing communications and relationships with volunteers and donors of Open Arms. The person in this position must enjoy working closely with volunteers, as she/he will supervise and closely interface with hundreds of volunteers over the growing season. As with all OAM staff positions, this position is responsible for helping ensure volunteers and interns have an exemplary experience during all interactions with Open Arms, and is expected to consistently maintain a high level of customer service to all guests, clients and fellow team members.

Open Date:   March 1st, 2018                                Closing Date:  Until filled

Primary Job Responsibilities:

  • Assist farm coordinator with the following:
  • Daily farm operations including seeding, transplanting, weeding, harvesting, irrigating, maintenance and record keeping
    • Maintaining farm infrastructure, tools and equipment
    • Preparation for and management of volunteer groups, interns and individual volunteers
  • Lead volunteer groups at farm sites
  • Provides an outstanding environment and experience for all volunteers by
    • Regularly seeking out meaningful and positive interactions with volunteers
    • Ensuring volunteers have access to tasks and projects
    • Maintaining a positive, friendly and helpful attitude at all times
    • Setting an example to other staff by consistently providing high quality customer service, and modeling positive conflict resolution
  • Crop production
  • Pest and disease control
  • Operation of hand-tools and other farm equipment such as a rototiller and mower
  • Assist in outreach with the local community to build relationships and foster engagement
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Prior experience in farming and production
  • Prior experience with CSA, Farmers Market and Wholesale Markets
  • Good organizational skills and multi-tasked abilities
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Ability to troubleshoot and problem solve independently
  • Great organizational skills and ability to adapt quickly to the changing needs of the business
  • Excellent communications and human relations skills
  • Flexible and varied schedule
  • Positive and friendly attitude
  • High work ethic and demonstrated reliability
  • Ability to effectively lead, communicate and inspire groups of volunteers
  • Willingness and ability to learn new techniques and skills
  • Ability to work independently and as a team member
  • Valid MN driver’s license
  • Sensitivity to diversity and able to work respectfully with wide array of co-workers and members of the community
  • Ability to adhere to attendance and punctuality requirements, to meet time-sensitive client and business needs
  • Basic computer skills
  • A passion for the mission and values of Open Arms

Physical Requirements:

  • Able to effectively use standard garden tools
  • Able to work effectively in most weather conditions
  • Able to lift high volumes of supplies, vegetables or other materials up to 50lbs.
  • Able to stand, sit, walk, bend, stoop and twist. Requires full range of motion, manual dexterity and eye-hand coordination.  Requires corrected vision, full color vision, sense of smell and taste, and hearing to normal range.
  • Able to provide your own transportation to and from farm sites

Reports To: Farm Coordinator

Range: $15 per hour                                              Location:      2500 Bloomington Avenue S                                                                                                                     Minneapolis MN 55404

Hours: Average of 20 hours per week, varied and flexible schedule

To Apply:

Please send resume and cover letter detailing pertinent experience to:

    • Email:             jobs@openarmsmn.org
    • Fax:                612.872.0866
    • Mail:                2500 Bloomington Avenue S, Minneapolis MN 55404


This position is eligible for a benefits package, including medical/life/AD&D/STD/LTD insurance and personal time off (PTO).  An employee-paid dental plan is also available.

Open Arms of Minnesota is committed to hiring and fostering a diverse and inclusive workforce that leverages the skills and talents of all employees in our organization, regardless of race, gender, national origin, age, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, familial status, disability  or socioeconomic status. We encourage diverse candidates to apply for this position.

Equal Opportunity Employer                                                     


Wisconsin – Wellspring, Inc. hiring Buildings and Groundskeeper

West Bend, Wisconsin

Position Description: Buildings and Groundskeeper at Wellspring Inc.

Wellspring Mission: “Wellspring Inc is a nonprofit Education and Retreat Center, as well as a Certified Organic Farm and CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) whose mission it is to inspire and teach people to grow, prepare and eat healthy food. In so doing, we transform food systems and build community.”

Groundskeeper Job Description

Ensure all buildings, facilities, and work spaces are well-maintained, structurally sound and secure, well-kept in appearance, and free of safety hazards; Ensure all outdoor areas, including improved and unimproved pathways, and any non-production land owned or rented by Wellspring, are well-maintained, well-kept in appearance, and free of safety hazards; Ensure that all vehicles, equipment, machinery, and tools are well-maintained and in good working order; Ensure all utility services, including electrical, HVAC, water, natural gas, and sewer are in proper working order and free of safety hazards.

Responsibilities including but not limited to:

  • Maintain buildings, facilities and workspaces
    • Clearing rain gutters
    • Painting as needed
    • Installing rain collection barrels in spring, storing them in fall
    • Regularly inspect buildings for safety and repairs
    • Repair or replace anything in the buildings that needs attention
    • Maintaining organization and cleanliness in the Shop
    • Process all garbage and recycling
  • Maintain outdoor areas
    • Mow all grassy areas: lawns, trails, labyrinth, and pathways
    • Manage the brush pile
    • Facilitate removal of any harmful insects or pest infestation
    • Process downed trees
    • Maintaining gravel driveway
  • Maintain all equipment, machinery, and tools
    • Clean and lubricate all electrical, mechanical equipment including mowers, saws, tractor and implements, farm truck, and hand tools
    • Replacing and adding new tools as needed
    • Restocking fuel tanks
    • Winterizing mowers, weed eater, tiller, saws; storing mower battery
    • Properly disposal of used grease, oil, and other hazardous fluids
  • Maintain all utility services
    • Fill water softeners with pellet salt
    • Clearing water lines for winter
  • Work collaboratively with Wellspring Staff
    • Coordinate maintenance and usage of shared space in collaboration with Conference Center Director, Farm Manager, and Education Director.
    • Coordinate timing and space usage related to any maintenance activities or projects to minimize impact on workshops or events.
    • Coordinate any work involving hospitality areas (house, hostel, barn loft) with the Conference Center Director to ensure minimal impact on guests.
    • Work collaboratively with all staff on large projects such as infrastructure development, large equipment purchases, and organization of shared spaces.
    • Provide assistance as requested during special events at Wellspring.
    • Provide assistance to guests and visitors as requested.
  • Communicate with Wellspring Board of Directors
    • Provide written reports on activities, objectives, and finances as requested.
    • Attend board meetings as requested


  • Highschool Diploma/GED
  • 2+ years groundskeeping experience
  • Carpentry: 2+ years experience or certificate
  • Mechanical experience preferred
  • Must be reliable and have good time management skills

Schedule: Part time. Hours vary seasonally. 20-25/week hours during the growing season; 5-10 hours during the winter season.

Compensation: $10/hour. Access to surplus produce.

Governance: Groundskeeper is eligible to join the board of directors, upon nomination and pending vote of current members of the board.

To apply, applicants may submit their resume and letter of intention to roxanne@wellspringinc.org. We will then follow up with an application form, after which we will contact you for an interview.

Wisconsin – Wellspring, Inc. hiring Office Director

West Bend, Wisconsin

Position Description: Office Director at Wellspring, Inc.

Wellspring mission: “W​ellspring Inc is a Nonprofit Education and Retreat center, as well as a Certified Organic Farm and CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) whose mission it is to inspire and teach people to grow, prepare and eat healthy food. In so doing, we transform food systems and build community.”

Office Director mission: Oversee, document, and report the financial and administrative functions of Wellspring in order for the needs of the staff and the board to be met; facilitating open board/staff meetings; supporting the organization as a whole.

Office Director Responsibilities:

  • Organize and maintain organizational documents, files, and records
  • Assist in hiring process by providing, collecting, and organizing paperwork; completing background checks on prospective staff members; participating in interviews and decision making in cooperation with the Executive Committee for fulltime and part-time staff (not including farm interns).
  • Editorial assistance in budget writing
  • Oversee: grant writing, sponsorships, and loans
  • Assist with the coordination of special events and meetings, meeting facilitation
  • Maintain an up-to-date calendar of events, reports, grants, and deadlines
  • Maintain a database of updated contact information for board, staff, CSA members, restaurant accounts, markets, donors, and instructors
  • Organize and assist with documents for board reports
  • Assist with the promotion of CSA
  • Stock office supplies and insure the proper functioning of facilities
  • Perform bookkeeping functions, including (but not limited to): making deposits, paying bills, preparing and sending invoices, managing payroll, tracking expenditures, reconciling bank statements, maintaining ledgers, journals and charts of accounts.

In relation with the Board of Directors, the Office Director will:

  • Participate in open staff/board meetings
  • Provide clear and concise reports of finances, participate in designing financial goals, and budget updates
  • Eligible to join the board after 6 months of employment, by nomination and vote

In relation with the Staff, the Office Director will:

  • Collaborate with Education and Community Outreach (ECO) Director on grant writing, fundraising, and sponsorships
  • Provide editorial assistance for budget writing
  • Assist ECO Director with event registration, promotion, and facilitation when needed
  • Manage income reports for the farm and education programs
  • Partner with ECO Director and Farm Director to promote events, markets, and CSA
  • Perform payroll

Academic/Experiential Prerequisites:

  • At least 2 years experience with office administration, especially within a non-profit
  • Accounting experience preferred
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred
  • Graphic design experience preferred and website building
  • Excellent computer experience: GoogleDrive, DropBox, social media, website design, Quickbooks
  • Grant writing experience
  • Excellent communication, organization, prioritization, and follow-through

Schedule: Part-time, year round. 20-30 hours/week. Note: more hours may be needed during large events.


  • $13,500/yr salary plus annual retention bonus: $1,500
  • Included is on-farm shared housing (not required but preferred)
    • Utilities
    • Laundry access
    • Internet
    • Food staples provided throughout year
  • Access to Wellspring’s surplus produce


  • Once you join our team, if all goes well, there may be an option of going full-time.

To apply, applicants may submit their resume and letter of intention to roxanne@wellspringinc.org. We will then follow up with an application form, after which we will contact you for an interview.

Missouri – Red Ridge Farms hiring Multiple Positions

Odessa, Missouri


Red Ridge Farms is a four season 3 ½ acre certified organic production farm with a commercial (and gluten free) kitchen. On our farm we typically produce over 20,000 pounds of certified organic vegetables, herbs, fruits, and flowers. We grow about 70 crops annually, sell at farmers markets, wholesale, and through our CSA program. Our kitchen focuses on farm to table foods, as we strive to be part of the solution for local farmers striving to ‘scale up’. We are active members of the Kansas City Food Hub, helping to create wholesale solutions for farmers throughout Kansas City.

We are seeking reliable (full season commitment) individuals to work beginning in March or April. We are a host farm for the Growing Growers program if you are interested in a position as an apprenticeship. We have housing available for the right people.

Job Openings:

Sales and store manager: the right person in this job will increase sales to local customers through our farm store, create and manage an online store, write a weekly email to CSA members and customers, and conduct social media. This position could be incorporated with other kitchen, farm, and store needs to create a full-time position. The position requires attention to detail, an ability to collaborate with a diverse, hard-working team, excellent written and verbal communication skills, and proficiency in standard computer programs. Prior experience managing social media accounts and websites are a plus. We are hard-working and expect the same from qualified applicants.

Part-time (leading to full-time) experienced kitchen staff: Our kitchen prepares gluten free, made from scratch meals, bakery items, healthy snacks (paleo, keto, etc) and canned goods. We are seeking individuals who can create a wide range of foods while maintaining a level of cleanliness that exceeds health code standards. We pride ourselves on creating gluten free foods that don’t taste gluten free- just delicious. We make our own flour mixes with an emphasis on adding nutrition- not using filler. Looking for individuals who communicate well, provide excellent customer service (while 6 things are cooking in the oven), maintain safety standards, respect others,stay team-focused, and can listen and make changes on the ‘fly’. If you are this super-hero and know how to use a knife, please apply!

Full-Time Farm manager (must demonstrate experience, commitment, and ability to lead others- verifiable supervisory experience is preferred). This person will run (most) of the day to day operations of our farm. This will include: production, training and supervising other staff, harvest and market prep, attending farmers markets, and some record keeping. Ideal candidate will have knowledge and experience in several core areas of production, harvest, pack, and marketing. The ability to manage other, less experienced workers is essential to farm operations being accomplished smoothly.

Part-time laborers & interns (this is difficult work- those who demonstrate ability to work full time… can work full time- we have plenty to do, but we find most enjoy about 20-30 hours per week). Help with ‘all things on the farm’. Mostly hand work. Could include some on-farm construction for the right individual (erect high tunnel, light repair/remodeling) A lot of weeding, planting and picking. We will happily train and teach the right individuals.

Please note: farm work is hard work. We are looking for individuals who can maintain a positive attitude and enthusiasm for the job when weather conditions and the job are less than ‘ideal’ (weeding becomes monotonous, and you may work many of your hours alone).

Volunteers– we ask our volunteers commit to at least 4-6 hours in one shift per week. We prefer a longer shift (6 hours is ideal), as that allows for training. Volunteer opportunities exist in many areas- most, but not all, require manual labor. Depending on volunteer work chosen and hours offered, we are happy to exchange dedication for organic production training and a weekly share of the harvest.

Our farm and store are almost an hour east of downtown Kansas City, south of Odessa, Missouri.

Depending on skill and experience, pay is typically $9-$15/hour. These positions could become full-time, year round employment.

Send letter of interest/cover letter and resume to jaaazfarms@gmail.com.

The very important part: we do this because we are passionate about improving the local food culture. We love our customers and love their stories of health and success found through improved diet. But we also acknowledge that at times this is an impossibly difficult job. At times, this lifestyle is repetitive, boring, and physically and mentally draining. But we keep coming to work each day because we are fighting an important battle. We want to be a part of creating a sustainable future for this farm and others in the community. If you want to work really hard, be part of a dynamic community, and really push yourself to learn, please apply.

Missouri – Black Gold Farm hiring Farm Manager

Arbyrd, Missouri

Farm Manager – Black Gold Farms has a Farm Manager position available at its Arbyrd, MO location. Responsibilities include: Coordinating & leading employees; compiling records on the crops; procuring quality land; creating schedules for planting, crop input applications, irrigation, equipment readiness & harvesting; directing harvest operations, conducting off-season activities, and managing the farms budget.

Production agriculture & management experience is required. A bachelor’s degree in ag or related field is desired, as well as experience in equipment management, irrigation, basic agronomy, budgeting, record keeping & Microsoft software programs. Potato experience is not necessary.

Black Gold has an excellent benefits package, including health, dental, vision, life insurance, a company funded health savings account, short term disability, critical illness insurance, accident insurance, a 401(k) program with company match, paid time off, paid holidays, retirement bonus, and an incentive bonus. A company vehicle is also provided with this position. Relocation assistance may be provided if necessary.

Apply online at www.blackgoldfarms.com/employment.php or email resume to employment@blackgoldfarms.com

Wisconsin – DeForest Area Farmers’ Market hiring Market Manager

DeForest, Wisconsin

DeForest Area Farmers’ Market Manager

Reports To: Employment Category:
Parks and Natural Resources Supervisor Part Time


General Description:

This is a part-time position that will oversee the DeForest Area Farmers Market. This position is expected to work 400 hours per year. The position averages 11 hours/week for the 19 week market season plus limited additional hours during the off-season. Pay rate is $13.00/hour.

The Farmers Market is held every Tuesday from June 5 – October 16, 2018 from 3:00 to 6:00 PM. The Market Manager is expected to attend every market.  Market coordination hours may be performed at home.  Prompt responses to phone calls and emails are required; a Village issued cell phone and email address will be provided.

Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities:

Market Logistics & Vendor Coordination

  • Arrive at market grounds by 2:00 pm and stay through the entire market.
  • Set-up and take-down market information tent and signage. Maintain the market tent in a neat and professional manner.
  • Collect vendor fees and provide receipts.
  • Enforce rules including no solicitation and vendor product mix.
  • Plan monthly special events with variety of activities and within budget.
  • Maintain music calendar, pay musicians, keep in contact with musicians as needed.
  • Maintain schedule of weekly vendors – ensure a full and diverse market with limited empty spaces.
  • Maintain contact lists of vendors, non-profits and musicians.
  • Follow-up with vendor no-shows and enforce rules for missed, unexcused absences.
  • Decide whether to assign unused spots to vendors looking for a single day spot.
  • Resolve any issues that arise with individual vendors.
  • Update vendor attendance spreadsheet and maintain market map.
  • Send recruitment letter and vendor policies to existing and potential vendors.

Other Market Management

  • Be a welcoming face for the market for vendors and customers.
  • Work with committee and the Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources Department on developing budget and fundraising strategies.
  • Provide suggestions and feedback on ways to improve the market; proceeding as approved to enact changes.
  • As the main contact for all market emails and phone calls ensure all requests are answered promptly or referred to the appropriate person.
  • Conduct SNAP EBT sales at the market tent. Collect used SNAP EBT vouchers from vendors at the end of each market and prepare report for their reimbursement.


  • Maintain Facebook or other social media.
  • Assist in sponsor and volunteer recruitment and recognition.
  • Work with Village Public Relations on story ideas for market opening, special events, plus other articles.
  • Develop and implement strategies for reaching local civic and community organizations to encourage promotion of the market, special events and the value of local foods. Attend selected meetings to promote the market and sponsor opportunities.

Qualifications Needed:

  • Ability to follow oral and written instructions.
  • Well organized.
  • Ability to handle conflict in a professional manner and enforce market rules.
  • Ability to work independently and complete daily activities according to work schedule as assigned without immediate supervision.
  • Ability to interact with the public in a positive and courteous manner.
  • Must be self-motivated and responsible.
  • Ability to set-up market on your own, including pop-up tents and signs.
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license.
  • High school graduate or equivalent.

Working Conditions:

The Market is held outside under a variety of weather conditions.

FLSA: Non Exempt

This position description has been prepared to assist in defining job responsibilities, physical demands, working conditions, and skills needed. It is not intended as a complete list of job duties, responsibilities, and/or essential functions. This description is not intended to limit or modify the right of any supervisor to assign, direct, and control the work of employees under supervision. The Village retains and reserves any and all rights to change, modify, amend, add or delete, from any section of this document as it deems, in its judgment, to be proper.

Formal application, rating of education and experience; oral interview and reference check, job related tests may be required.

The Village of DeForest is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  In compliance with the American Disabilities Act, the Village will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective employees and incumbents to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.

For more details and information on how to apply, visit our website. 

Illinois – Ludwig Farmstead Creamery hiring Creamery Assistant

Fithian Illinois

Come work for the slow food movement for Ludwig Farmstead Creamery (“LFC”), a small artisan farmstead creamery located in Fithian Illinois. We make a variety of award-winning artisan raw cow’s milk cheeses in small batches on our 5th generation farm.  We are looking for a hard-working individual interested in joining our company. You will perform a variety of day-to-day activities including packaging, cheese-cutting, and other general duties, and eventually be trained to make our award winning artisan cheeses! No experience necessary, training is provided.


  • Possess a strong work ethic, Self-starter: looks for work, good initiative
  • Ability to interact positively with customers, peers and supervisors
  • Dependable, reliable and able to perform duties with minimal supervision
  • Be able to work as a team member, as well as independently.
  • The ideal candidate must have excellent communication skills, and a neat appearance
  • Full-time schedule-must be able to work flexible hours to include work availability for evenings and weekends
  • Must be able to stand the duration of the shift and perform routine tasks with minimal supervision
  • Must be physically able to perform job functions
  • Requires ability to follow written and verbal instructions and work independently
  • Must have basic computer skills
  • Must use safe food handling practices
  • Valid driver’s license with dependable transportation
  • Extremely organized and detail oriented
  • Maintains positive attitude – upbeat
  • Excellent follow through – gets job done

Job Duties

  • Keep supplies and equipment clean and organized
  • Complete paperwork
  • Use safe food handling practices and cut, package and keep cheese at specific and maintained temperature
  • Stand for long periods of time
  • Other duties and responsibilities as assigned
  • Must be willing to work indoors/outdoors in all kinds of weather.
  • Must be able to lift up to 50 lbs.
  • Work Hours may vary depending on shift.

If interested, please respond with your resume and contact information. Call 217-260-1953 and leave a brief message (including your contact info) to set up an appointment, or stop by our location and fill out an application.

Please send your resume to Norm at norms@nlex.com and Annette@ludwigfarmsteadcreamery.com


More information available at www.ludwigfarmsteadcreamery.com.