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

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.

 

Connecticut – Community Farm of Simbury hiring Farm Manager

Simsbury, Connecticut

We are seeking a new Farm Manager for the Community Farm of Simsbury, a certified organic farm. The Community Farm of Simsbury is a small nonprofit Educational and Food Pantry Garden and CSA farm in Simsbury, CT. Located about 40 miles above Hartford, the land has changed from its historic use as the old town poor farm and dairy and is now a production farm that provides healthy fresh organic produce a CSA and local food access programs.  The farm’s seventy seven acres of pastures, fields, and woods are bisected by a creek and abuts the Farmington River, with most of the growing area in the fertile creek bottom land. A small number of livestock are kept for use in the Educational Programs. There is one unheated hoop house with plans to install two more in 2017 and a heated greenhouse for transplants. We are in the process of adding on to our infrastructure to begin 4-season growing beginning in 2017.

In addition to a production farm, the Community Farm is also an educational farm. We offer a variety of learning experiences from classes to internships to work shares to incubator farms for those interested in discovering or deepening their understanding of how to grow food, using organic and sustainable growing practices. Our students include local volunteers, the beginning backyard gardener, and the experienced farmer wanting to learn more, school children out on a field trip or kids spending a week on the farm during Summer Camp.

Our mission is to help members of our community meet their most basic needs through food, clothing, housewares, linens and furniture, we enable them to focus on putting their lives back in order and attaining financial independence. On the farm, we focus on helping others to create a more sustainable lifestyle for themselves, their families and their communities. We are a Certified Organic farm, as this grass-roots organization best fits our philosophies and goals as a small-scale producer selling locally and directly to our customers.

Please have interested candidates contact Susan Pribyson, spribyson@giftsoflovect.org860-250-0230

Vermont – Cate Hill Orchard hiring Farm Interns

Greensboro, Vermont.

Cate Hill Orchard, a sheep dairy and organic apple orchard, is seeking two farm interns for our upcoming busy fall season.

Apple Picker/Shepherd/Farm Helper, August 15-October 15 2017, starting stipend $150/week plus room and board,  Join our fall crew!  Main job will be picking and sorting apples, but you will also help out with sheep chores (milking, pasture work, rotational grazing); vegetable garden and harvest; berry picking; cider making; farmers markets; wood stacking; honey extracting; and more.     Located in the beautiful and remote Northeast Kingdom, we are a small, diverse permaculture/organic family farm, with a 5 acre apple orchard; a small sheep dairy; and an apiary .  40 hours a week.    Housing is a bedroom in our farmhouse, possibly to be shared with another farm worker.  Most meals will be prepared and eaten together.  Heavy lifting required– a bushel of apples weighs about 40 lbs.

To apply, please send a letter of interest ASAP to: maria@catehillorchard.com.  For more info on our farm, and more detailed job description, see our website catehillorchard.com.  Thanks!

Massachusetts – Land’s Sake Farm hiring Green Power Assistant Educator

Weston, Massachusetts

Green Power Assistant Educator

Temporary, Full-Time, At-will employee

Dates of Employment: August 7th -August 25th
Supervisor/Reports to: Education Coordinator

Green Power

The Green Power program engages youth entering grades 6-9 and offers seven independent weeks of full day sessions through the summer.  This program is a local food immersion program focused on all aspects of food… growing, planting, cultivating, harvesting, distributing, and eating.  Students participate in growing the Junior Farmer field, go on local agriculture field trips, participate in livestock management, learn about the hunger relief organizations Land’s Sake partners with, and cook a community meal with a chef.

Position Summary:

The Green Power Assistant Educator’s primary goal is to deliver high quality summer programs.

With support from the Education Coordinator, the Green Power Assistant Educator is responsible for implementing the unique Green Power program. This position will include the additional responsibilities of: assisting with Junior Farmer Field preparation and maintenance, assisting with livestock care, general branch and organizational development and other non-education related tasks. The Green Power Assistant Educator works collaboratively with other staff to effectively manage the inherent risks of working on a farm, maintain our unique farm aesthetic, teach and follow best management practices for sustainable food production. Collaboration and effective communication between the other branches of the organization are vital for this job; along with all staff, the Green Power Assistant Educator works diligently to carry out mission oriented goals and objectives.

Responsibilities:
Green Power:
● Coordinate program related logistics, specifically with adjunct educators, community partners/organizations and Land’s Sake staff
● Implement mission-based curriculum
● Lead the Green Power Program with the Education Coordinator
● Communicate with parents as needed
● Write articles for the newsletter, blog posts, or social media updates as needed
● Gather weekly feedback from participants and parents

Other Responsibilities:
● Assist with management of the Junior Farmer Field
● Assist with the management of a variety of livestock
● Assist with other non-education related tasks as needed

Qualifications:
● Applicant must have at least one year of college experience
● Teaching and/or youth leadership experience in a school or non-traditional setting with proven ability around youth safety, group management and discipline
● Experience in leadership role at a camp, after school program, or other youth program
● At least one full season’s experience of farm work or experience in garden planning/management
● Experience with management of a variety of livestock
● The ability to multi-task and work independently
● Respectful, clear and patient interpersonal communication skill set that allows for collaborative work across departments
● Professional character that is consistent, capable, self-directed, well organized, flexible, personable, and is able to maintain composure in a changing environment
● Comfortable with public speaking and networking
● Access to a car and valid driver’s license
● Must be able to pass CORI check
● Current First Aid and CPR certification
● Basic computer and office skills including Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc

Essential Functions:
● Must be able to maintain visual and auditory awareness of a group
● Must be able to negotiate various types of terrain on the farm and in the
forest
● Must be able to communicate (both written and verbal) clearly and effectively
with staff, participants, and other constituents
● Must be able to lift and carry up to fifty pounds

Employment dates:
● Programming: 8:00am-4:00pm, August 7th – August 18th

  • Week of August 21 – 25: Flexible schedule, 10 – 30 hours depending on interest

Salary & Benefits:
● Salary: $12/hour
● Professional development opportunities including trainings in areas of job
related interests
● Organic produce and flowers grown on the farm

To Apply:
Please apply ASAP, as we are looking for someone to start August 7th. Please email a resume and cover letter, detailing how your skills and experience meet the qualifications of the position and stating how you heard about this opportunity to education@landssake.org

 

Massachusetts – Land’s Sake Farm hiring Fall Field Crew

Weston, Massachusetts

2017 FIELD CREW JOB DESCRIPTION

LAND’S SAKE FARM

WESTON, MASSACHUSETTS

Land’s Sake in Weston, MA is looking for an enthusiastic, dependable, hard-working, and dynamic person to join our field crew for the remainder of the season. This is a full-time position that will run from around mid August through the end of October.

Land’s Sake is a nonprofit dedicated to building meaningful connections between people, the food they eat, and the land; programs include environmental, food donation programs, and sustainable land management. Field Crew members will work closely with the farmers to operate a busy and complex community farm operation. We grow for a 300 member CSA program, a very busy farmstand, and a hunger relief contract with the town of Weston. We also occasionally work with volunteers and children in education programs. We strive to make Land’s Sake a welcoming, community-centered farm for all involved, including customers, shareholders, children, volunteers, and staff.

Responsibilities include:

  • Field work, such as harvesting, planting, and weeding
  • Miscellaneous tasks, including fencing, and irrigation
  • Various fall cleanup jobs

Applicants should be enthusiastic about learning, communication, having fun and working hard. Field crew members are expected to work quickly while maintaining attention to detail. Working efficiently, independently, and with a team are equally important. Field crew can expect to work long hours in all weather conditions; a positive attitude and good sense of humor are essential to this position.

The work day starts at 7 AM sharp and goes through about 5 PM with an hour break for lunch. There may be occasional exceptions to end times when we need to complete work before a weather event, and there may be times when we cancel work due to inclement weather. Hours will be reduced in October as the days get shorter.

Compensation includes:

  • $12.50/hr
  • Free produce from farm and discounts on farmstand goods

Qualifications include a sincere interest in vegetable production, a valid driver’s license and clean driving record, reliable transportation, the ability to lift 50 lbs repeatedly, and the ability to work for long periods of time in all weather conditions. Previous farm experience is strongly preferred, but not required.

To apply, please send a cover letter and your resume to erik@landssake.org.

Position open until filled.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions that you might have!