Massachusetts – Martha’s Vineyard Land Bank hiring Caretaker

The Martha’s Vineyard land bank is seeking a year-round part-time land caretaker / goatherd, which position includes occupancy of a house on a rent-in-lieu-of-wages basis.  Job description and employment agreement are available on the land bank website or via 508-627-7141.  Applications are due by Monday, October 30, 2017 at 3:00 pm at the land bank office at 167 Main Street in Edgartown.

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Massachusetts – Grow Food Northampton hiring Community Engagement Coordinator

Northampton, Massachusetts

Community Engagement Coordinator with Grow Food Northampton  (AmeriCorps Position)

TerraCorps, a national service organization located in MA, is looking for a Community Engagement Coordinator (CEC) to service with Grow Food Northampton for the coming service year (October 9th , 2017- July 27th, 2018). The CEC will help to develop Grow Food Northampton’s portfolio of public educational and engagement events and refine and implement the overall communications plan to reach potential program participants, event attendees, and general audiences. The CEC will also assist with program evaluation and re-design to increase effective communication and ensure that those who could benefit from programs and events, and the conserved land that Grow Food Northampton steward, are aware of the opportunities to do so. Applicants must have: A strong interest in serving diverse program participants, volunteers, and audiences; Comfort presenting in front of groups; Strong writing, communication, and networking skills; ability to organize and able to balance multiple tasks; Able to serve both independently and as a member of a team; Familiarity with and ability to quickly learn a variety of computer systems. TerraCorps members will receive a living stipend, education award, and additional AmeriCorps benefits. As a program of AmeriCorps, TerraCorps applicants must also meet the following AmeriCorps requirements: A US citizen, US national, Lawful Permanent Resident Alien of the U.S. and/or tribal member; At least 18 years old; A minimum of a high school diploma or GED; No more than three previous terms as an AmeriCorps member; Pass a criminal history background check, including an FBI check. For more information about the position, visit our website (https://terracorps.org/become-a-member/) or reach out directly to Hanna Mogensen (mogensen@mountgrace.org).

Arkansas or Massachusetts – Heifer USA hiring Apprentices

Perryville, Arkansas or Rutland, Massachusetts

LIVESTOCK/GARDEN APPRENTICE

Heifer USA invites applicants to be part of the inaugural apprentice program at Heifer Ranch in Perryville, Arkansas and at Heifer Farm in Rutland, Massachusetts. Participants agree to a one-year commitment, with the possibility of extension. This program will offer hands-on agricultural experience in both market gardening and livestock production.

The goal of the apprenticeship program is to provide education, mentorship and technical assistance to foster the development and capacity of new and beginning farmers to launch their successful farm enterprises. We will select four apprentices at each site who will experience hands-on technical training in sustainable agriculture, pasture-based poultry and livestock production, organic market gardening, value added production and food safety. Field experience will be complemented with trainings covering business planning, record keeping, marketing and relevant legal and tax topics.

At both sites, apprentices will benefit from connections to established, successful farms, farmer-to-farmer technical assistance, fully-furnished housing on-site, and a monthly stipend to cover living expenses. This is an opportunity to help Heifer USA shape this program, and we hope you join us in the journey.

APPLY

Please contact us at heiferusa@heifer.org or call 1-855-3HEIFER option 4. Heifer USA is proud to use sustainable agriculture and food system work as tools for promoting social justice. We are intentionally inclusive of limited resource and socially disadvantaged communities and individuals.

Heifer USA works with small-scale farmers to help them transform their communities. Farms become strong, community-focused businesses that support their families and spark economic growth in rural America. With hands-on learning and access to livestock and horticulture experts, we teach farmers how to grow their sustainable farm enterprise while caring for the Earth. We invite the public to join the work that directly aids our project at Heifer Farm and Heifer Ranch.

Massachusetts – Rein in a Dream hiring Multiple Positions

Lancaster, Massachusetts
STABLE MANAGER

Candidate must have significant experience in equine and stable management along with training and conditioning skills to oversee the physical and mental health of the herd.
Responsibilities include but not limited to;

*         Supervision and management of staff,
*         Direct care of horses and small farm animals.
*         Schedule and assist equine professionals, maintain inventories, etc.

Qualifications:

* Requires 10 years of experience working in the equestrian field with a focus on management, training and conditioning horses.
* Formal training such as Equine Science and Management, Certified Horsemanship Associated, Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International and/or Natural Horsemanship, Pony Club, 4-H.
*  Strong Communication skills and computer skills
* Ability to work in a fast paced environment and multi-task
* Requires strength and stamina to work in inclement weather and lift 50 pounds
* Strong work ethic
* Requires compassion to work in a program that serves children and adults with special needs.

Reports to Director of Therapeutic Riding Program
Interested candidates contact Cherie Ansin, Program Director: cansin@perkinschool.org

SENIOR STABLE OPERATIONS AND LESSON SUPPORT STAFF
This is a position that requires experience and compassion. We seek someone who loves working with animals and children. The Senior Stable Operations Employee provides daily care to the horses and small farm animals at our program for children with a spectrum of special needs. Duties include assisting the riding instructor during lessons as a horse handler or side-walker.

We seek candidates with 5 years’ experience caring for horses in an equine facility, strong horse handling skills, ability to identify illness in animals and the skill to administer minor medical care. The position requires a strong work ethic and ability to self-direct as well as be part of our team. Please be aware that physical strength, stamina and ability to work in inclement weather conditions are essential. Experience operating small farm equipment would be a big plus.

Shift 1
Sunday-Thursday 4pm-9pm
Requires some flexibility to meet the needs of the program

Shift 2
Thursday 4pm-9pm, Friday 9am-3pm and Saturday 8am-4pm Requires some flexibility to meet the needs of the program

Hours……… Part-Time. 20 Hours per week. Additional hours available Type……… Permanent
Year-Round
Time……… Accrued sick and personal time Experience… Mid-level; 5+ years
Report to….. Program Director Cherie Ansin Contact……. 978.368.4804
Responsibilities
This position is responsible for providing daily care to the horses and small animals. Duties also include providing support to the riding instructor pre, post, and during lessons. May include assistance conditioning horses.
Duties
• Conduct morning and, or evening feeding of horses in accordance with the posted menu.
• Turn out horses in accordance with procedure, schedule and paddock designation as established by the Director.
• Clean out stalls in accordance with technique and procedure established by Director.
• Maintain aisleways, tack room, offices and storage areas to free from debris, dust and trash.
• Maintain cleanliness and appearance of the barn, outside paddocks, riding rings and
surrounding exterior grounds.
• Receive and stack barn supplies such as grain, supplements, tack and horse maintenance items.
• Perform daily visual inspection of each horse, looking for anomalies. Record and report any concerns to the Director.
• Provide basic medical care to horses and small animals as required.
• Assist riding instructors with grooming and tacking horses as needed for riding lessons.
• Provide lesson support to riding instructors during assigned lessons as a leader or
side-walker.
• Assist with the conditioning of horses under the direction of the Lead Riding Instructor, and or Barn Manager.
• Monthly supervisory meetings with the Director.
• Attend staff meetings and trainings.
• Other reasonable duties as assigned by the Director.
QUALIFICATIONS:

Must be:
– 18 years or older.
– Experienced working at an equine facility.
– Experienced working with horses and small animals for more than five years.
– Interested in working with children with special needs.
– Proficient providing minor medical care to equines and small animals.

Must have:
– A strong work ethic.
– Ability to be self-directed as well as cooperative.
– Ability to perform duties requiring physical strength and stamina.

Maine – Maine Coast Heritage Trust hiring General Manager for Aldermere Farm

Rockport, Maine

MAINE COAST HERITAGE TRUST

 GENERAL MANAGER, ALDERMERE FARM/ERICKSON FIELDS

Maine Coast Heritage Trust is looking for a general manager for Aldermere Farm and Erickson Fields in Rockport, Maine.  We need a person who is passionate about community conservation and agriculture. The manager supervises a professional staff, and must have hands on farming experience, as well as budgeting, communications, community engagement and excellent people management skills.  This is a job for someone who wants to jump in, become engaged, and support the work of the Farm, and of Maine Coast Heritage Trust.

GENERAL SUMMARY:

Under the general supervision of the Director of Stewardship, and working with a professional staff, both at the Farm and throughout Maine Coast Heritage Trust, manages all aspects of operations and programming for Aldermere Farm and Erickson Fields.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

  • Manages the land and resources of Aldermere Farm and Erickson Fields, including maintaining the Farm’s blue ribbon herd of cattle and its many buildings and performing tasks such as haying, wood cutting, snow removal, shingling, and other light carpentry on a seasonal or year-round basis.
  • Supervises management staff at Aldermere Farm and Erickson Fields.
  • Develops and implements programs and projects that further MCHT’s mission and meet community objectives. Identifies and creates programs related to agriculture, community well-being, etc.
  • Markets and sells cattle, beef, semen, hay, vegetables and farm equipment.
  • Develops and manages a budget of over $785,000 for Aldermere Farm and Erickson Fields. Approves most expenditures and participates in fundraising efforts.
  • Establishes and maintains effective public, consumer, and customer relations. Establishes and maintains MCHT’s presence in the community and strives to build community good will and respect for the Trust whenever possible.
  • Hires, trains, and supervises all Farm staff to ensure that responsibilities are carried out in an effective and timely manner. Assigns work and reviews performance.
  • Performs special projects and other related duties as required, directed, or as the situation dictates.
  • Long work days, including night and weekend work, are expected.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITY:

Supervises the staff at Aldermere Farm and at Erickson Fields.  Supervisory responsibilities include interviewing and selection, training and development, adherence to safe working practices, scheduling, counseling, discipline, termination, evaluating performance, and recommending pay increases.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:

Bachelor’s Degree in a related field with seven to ten years of experience in farming and operations management and communications. Master’s Degree helpful.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Ability to promote and maintain positive public relations and to interact with a wide variety of people.
  • Working knowledge of and on the ground experience with farm operations, budget development and administration and small business functions. Cattle breeding experience is very important.
  • Strong planning, organizational, and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to effectively oversee and supervise staff and operations.
  • Excellent interpersonal and oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
  • Ability to effectively operate computers and assigned software.
  • Physical ability sufficient to perform required tasks, including farm work (haying, tractor operation, cattle management).

WORKING CONDITIONS AND PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

Some work is performed in an office environment in an old house on the Farm which may be cool in the winter. Operates computer, printer, projector and other office equipment.

Land and resource management is performed outdoors in all weather conditions and requires frequent walking, climbing, bending, and lifting.  Operates tractor, wood splitter, truck, and other equipment, and handles cattle, hay, etc. Ability to lift hay bales weighing up to 75 pounds and bales averaging 50 pounds on a repetitive basis. Able to operate a chainsaw to fell trees. Will be required to work with cattle and an aggressive bull possibly weighing 2000 pounds. May be called in at any time of day/night for farm emergencies.

REQUIREMENT:  To fulfill the duties of this position, on-farm housing is provided and acceptance is required.

This is a permanent, full-time position with a benefits package including health insurance, vacation time, and retirement.

TO APPLY: Send cover letter and resume to search@mcht.org with “General Manager” in the subject line.

DEADLINE TO APPLY: October 14, 2017

Please visit http://www.aldermere.org to learn more about the farm and http://www.mcht.org to learn more about Maine Coast Heritage Trust.

 

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to do this job.  The above is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required.  The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.

This job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee, and is subject to change by the employer, as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.

External and internal applicants, as well as position incumbents who become disabled as defined under the Americans With Disabilities Act, must be able to perform the essential job functions (as listed) either unaided or with the assistance of a reasonable accommodation to be determined by management on a case by case basis

Maine Coast Heritage Trust values diversity and we are an Equal Opportunity Employer

 

Massachusetts – Farmers Inspired hiring Executive Director

Southampton, Massachusetts

POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT

Executive Director

farmers inspired is the membership and purpose of North American Farmers’ Direct Marketing Association, Inc. (NAFDMA). NAFDMA – farmers inspired was founded in 1986 and is a membership based trade association dedicated to providing endless peer-to-peer learning opportunities, connections and resources, for farmers who are passionate about the business of agritourism and farm direct marketing. farmers inspired includes innovative, resilient, and creative farmers, extension agents, industry suppliers, researchers, farmers’ market participants, government officials and other professionals who are part of the thriving farm direct marketing and agritourism industry in North America. farmers inspired helps develop fertile businesses that cultivate crops, raise livestock, grow, bake, prune, brew, produce, boil, propagate, ferment, preserve, mix, and sell products that add value for the community and advance the agrarian economy.

NAFDMA has exclusively retained Nonprofit HR to assist in its recruitment efforts for its next Executive Director. The position of Executive Director is a critical and visible position requiring strong business (financial, operations), and development experience and the ability to establish oneself as a thought leader in the agritourism and farm direct marketing industry locally, regionally, and nationally.

The Executive Director will work collaboratively with the Board of Directors to establish long-range goals, strategies, plans and policies; and participate in the development of a vision and strategic plan to guide the organization forward. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director is responsible for providing leadership and operational management for NAFDMA. The Executive Director provides inspiring direction to the Mission and Vision within the boundaries, prudence and principles established by the Board. The Executive Director has central responsibility to maintain a positive image for NAFDMA – farmers inspired and ensure effective liaison with members and partner organizations.

The Executive Director must have broad management experience in a non-profit setting, including program and project development, implementation, and evaluation; short- and long-term strategic planning; and budgetary oversight. The Executive Director must possess exceptional leadership presence and the required experience serving as a spokesperson for an organization and demonstrated understanding of how to leverage organizational visibility and credibility and brand recognition through the media and other public relations sources to drive capacity.

The Executive Director must understand the process of visioning, planning, organizing and implementing the association’s annual convention with the capacity to create a delivery plan and oversee volunteers, partners, outsourced contractors, and employees to coordinate all providers into a unified delivery team. The Executive Director must be an expert at financial management and oversight competencies and possess the ability to manage the public relations and business affairs of a nonprofit organization.

The successful candidate will have a bachelor’s degree in one of the following disciplines: Business Management, Organizational Effectiveness, Nonprofit Management, or related field and a minimum of 10 years of management experience of which at least 7 years should include experience successfully managing a nonprofit organization at a strategic and leadership level, or leading a business that has demonstrated growth and profitability. The position requires someone with proven success in building relationships among and working effectively with diverse groups, with a strong commitment to non-partisan competency. It is essential that S/he possess excellent written and oral communication skills, with considerable experience in writing and presenting information, particularly financial information to a variety of audiences. The position requires experience working remotely and managing a remote workforce.

For consideration, interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume. Your cover letter must address your experience and qualifications being sought. Send materials to: execsearch@nonprofithr.com ATTN: “NAFDMA Executive Director Search” in the subject line. Electronic submissions highly preferred. Interested individuals are encouraged to apply immediately. Please visit: www.farmersinspired.com for more information about the organization. To obtain further details about this opportunity, contact Myra T. Mathis, Executive Search Practice Leader at Nonprofit HR at (202) 785-2060.

New Hampshire – Heron Pond Farm hiring Farm Hand

South Hampton, New Hampshire

Heron Pond Farm

We grow vegetables, small fruits and cut flowers on 55 acres of crop land along the Powow River in South Hampton, NH. Our produce is marketed through our farm stand in South Hampton, farmers markets in several locations, CSA and wholesale. We’ve been farming here for almost 20 years, on the site of a longstanding farm. We love our work and are happy to share our knowledge with curious minds.

We are currently hiring for several full time seasonal openings on our harvest crew. We are busy until Thanksgiving bringing in storage crops and other cold hardy vegetables. Harvest work can be dirty and does require the ability to lift baskets of produce weighing 50 pounds multiple times a day. Besides harvest, other duties include washing vegetables and occasional planting. Driver’s license required, as we use farm vehicles throughout the day.

Starting hourly wage is $10.50 to $12 depending upon experience. Year round work possible for the right candidate. Apply by contacting Greg Balog, greg@heronpondfarm.com.