Washington – Nash’s Organic Produce hiring Livestock Husbandry Assistant

Sequim, Washington

Livestock Husbandry Assistant Position at Nash’s Organic Produce in Washington State

Nash’s Organic Produce is located in Sequim, WA on the Olympic Peninsula. We are a diverse operation currently farming 600 acres consisting of vegetables, berries, orchard, seed crops, grains, hogs, poultry and hay. We attend farmers markets on the Peninsula as well as each Seattle market and sell to a number of wholesale accounts. We also operate a Farm Store where we sell local and organic groceries.

Nash’s is currently hiring a Livestock Husbandry Assistant to work with the Livestock Manager to care for pastured hogs and laying hens raised on Nash’s organic feed. We are in need of more hands as we expand the livestock operation.

Essential Function/Responsibilities

  • Shares accountability for providing livestock with free-choice food and water
  • Keeps feeding stations stocked, maintains supply of ground feed and grinds feed
  • Building, removing and maintaining 3-strand electric polywire fencing
  • Assists with maintaining herd/flock health and observing livestock behavior
  • Assists with weaning, castration, deworming and providing medical care to livestock
  • Assists with loading livestock and transporting to USDA slaughterhouse, as well as facilitating on-farm custom processing
  • Participates in planning and execution of livestock housing and feeding station improvements, as requested
  • After completing training, works independently some days each week so that Livestock Manager can work part-time in greenhouses
  • Performs other tasks and duties as assigned. Including but not limited to: collecting eggs, cleaning chicken coops and assisting all coworkers as needed

Qualifications:

  • Requires schedule flexibility, including mornings, nights, weekends and holidays
  • 1 year experience working with livestock
  • Ability to work quickly and efficiently to complete tasks in a timely manner
  • Ability to prioritize, take initiative and handle multiple tasks while being held accountable for work within the livestock department
  • Ability to receive direction, ask for help/clarity
  • Ability to work independently
  • Detailed oriented, organized and thorough
  • Ability to effectively communicate and interact with customers and other staff members in a positive manner

Physical Requirements:

Ability to repetitively lift and move up to 60 lbs. on uneven and sometimes muddy surfaces. Ability to stand, walk, bend, crouch, climb and reach during majority of shift.  Ability to safely use and operate tools and equipment such as forklifts, tractors, roto-mill and other equipment.

Compensation:

This is a full time, year-round position, starting at $11/hr. Employees also receive a 15% discount at the Farm Store, can harvest from the fields or take what is left over from farmers markets. Our roughly 35 employees also get together every Friday for Farm Lunch.

To Apply:

Visit nashsorganicproduce.com and submit

  • Livestock Husbandry Assistant application
  • Resume
  • Cover Letter

to Andrea LaPlante, Livestock Manager at alaplante.f12@warren-wilson.edu

 

 

 

 

 

Hawai’i – HIP Agriculture hiring Communications Coordinator

Kohala, Hawai’i

COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR

COMPANY DESCRIPTION

HIP Agriculture is a working farm and educational center located in North Kohala, Hawai’i. Our mission is to practice and teach ecologically conscious agriculture, empowering individuals and communities to cultivate alternative systems of living that restore human and environmental health. At our main campus, Halawa Farm, we cultivate a diverse collection of native Hawai’ian and Polynesian plants, tropical fruit orchards, perennial vegetable and medicine crops, and a market garden where we grow food for our community and local farmers market. We practice permaculture and regenerative agriculture farming techniques, and raise small scale poultry, livestock and bees.

The farm is the base of operations for our nonprofit educational organization, the Hawai’i Institute of Pacific Agriculture, which is the home of our K-12 youth programs, residential farmer trainings, and community events and workshops. We have been offering educational programs at Halawa Farm since late 2011. During this time, we have grown from a small volunteer-ran project into a high-functioning farm and institute with a team of about a dozen staff, volunteers and students that live and work on the farm throughout the year, managing daily operations and supporting programs. We are active members of our island community, and provide on-going consultation and mentorship for a number of local food, education and permaculture projects. Learn more about us online at hipagriculture.org, Facebook (Hawai’i Institute of Pacific Agriculture – HIP Agriculture) or Instagram (@hipagriculture).JOB DESCRIPTIONAloha! HIP Agriculture is seeking a creative, tech savvy individual to join our team. Our Communications Coordinator helps to manage all of our online communication platforms including social media, website, blog, newsletter, and outreach campaigns. We are looking for someone with photography/video skills that will help us capture the story of our work and get it out into the world. This is a great opportunity for the right person – you will be working with a supportive team, living in a beautiful place, eating farm fresh food, and engaging in meaningful work. Our 10 acre farm we is surrounded by nature, animals, and plant life, and provides a rich environment for a visual artist to find inspiration.

Primary Responsibilities include:

  • Creating content (images/video/writing) for social media
  • Maintaining social media accounts and engaging with followers
  • Brainstorming content and marketing ideas
  • Coordinating online campaigns to promote farm and educational programs
  • Keeping online communications updated (website, blog, newsletters)

This position is 25-30 hours/week, and in exchange we provide: 

  • Private housing accommodations
  • Access to 1000 sq. ft. shared kitchen and study space
  • Shared hot/cold showers, composting toilets and washing machine on site
  • Community food supplies (vegetables and fruit harvested from land, bulk grains and legumes)
  • Walking distance to nearby swimming and surfing spots
  • Access to HIP Ag libraries, educational events, etc
  • $100 weekly stipend 

We ask that community members participate in 2-5 hours/week of community activities (maintaining shared spaces, work plan meetings, potluck dinners, educational activities). This varies throughout the year.

We have many exciting projects on the horizon for 2017, and we are looking for people who can make a commitment of 1 year or longer, to help us bring these projects to fruition. The Communications Coordinator will play an important role in getting out the message about our work and helping us build our membership base. We are looking for someone who is passionate about creating change, and will be a positive and responsible addition to our existing team.

HOW TO APPLY

If you are interested in working with us, please send a note to opportunities@hipagriculture.org and tell us a little about yourself, your experience in the areas above, and why you’d like to work with HIP Ag  (if possible include links to online examples of your photography/writing or social media projects). And please include a photo, it helps to put a face with the name. Mahalo!

Online: hipagriculture.org/jobs

Hawai’i – Hawai’i Institute of Pacific Agriculture hiring Garden Manager

Kohala, Hawai’i

Garden Manager

The Hawai’i Institute of Pacific Agriculture farm is located along the beautiful, historic coast of North Kohala, on the Big Island of Hawai’i. Our main campus, Halawa Farm, is a 7-acre living and learning environment where we cultivate a diverse collection of native Hawai’ian and Polynesian plants, tropical fruit orchards and perennial vegetable crops, in addition to raising small scale poultry and livestock. The farm is the base of operations for our residential farmer training programs and educational workshops, and provides a steady supply of food and medicine to those on the land as well as our local farmers market.

JOB DESCRIPTION

We are seeking an individual or couple to support our market farm operations. The ideal candidate(s) will have experience in high production vegetable farming and be comfortable working in a dynamic outdoor environment.

Daily responsibilities will vary depending on the needs of the farm, and may include bed prep, seeding, planting, watering, harvesting, processing/packing, nursery work, land maintenance, as well as providing support for our local farmers markets.

We have many exciting projects on the horizon for 2017, and we are looking for people who can make a commitment of 1 year or longer, to help us bring these projects to fruition. The market farmer position will play a key role in developing our market garden, and contributing to the daily flow and productivity of the farm. We are looking for someone who is passionate about creating change, and will be a positive and responsible addition to our existing team.

The position is 35 hours/week, and in exchange we provide:
– Housing accommodations in a private hale
– Access to 1000 sq. ft. shared kitchen and study space
– Shared hot/cold showers, composting toilets and washing machine on site
– Community food supplies (vegetables and fruit harvested from land, bulk grains and legumes)
– Walking distance to nearby swimming and surfing spots
– Access to HIP Ag libraries, educational events, etc.
– Monthly stipend of $500

We also ask that community members participate in 2-5 hours/week of community activities (maintaining shared spaces, work plan meetings, potluck dinners, educational activities). This varies throughout the year.

 
HOW TO APPLY
If you are interested in working with us, please send a note to opportunities@hipagriculture.org and tell us a little about yourself, your experience in the areas above, and why you’d like to work with HIP Ag. Please include a photo, it helps to put a face with the name.
Mahalo!

California – Paradise Valley Produce hiring Multiple Positions

Bolinas, California

Paradise Valley Produce is a small scale organic row crop farm in Bolinas, CA that has been in operation for about 40 years. We use new and traditional bio intensive practices to cultivate the highest quality produce with a focus on soil health and microbial life.

Job description:

We have two positions available for seasonal employees with experience in farming, a strong work ethic and a desire to learn. The first is from July-December and the other is July-September. At Paradise Valley you will be involved with all aspects of the farm, from seeding, weeding, transplanting, building, harvesting, farmer’s markets, deliveries, etc. Farm days can be long and hard but often rewarding. We need those who join our team to have an open mind and a passion for their work. Every farm is different and Paradise Valley is especially unique in its practices, location and experience.

Paradise Valley Produce provides basic housing with a shared kitchen, bathroom, and shower. Food produced at the farm is free for consumption and the local town is 2 miles away.

Interns or employees will be involved in all aspects of growing. Starting seed, transplanting, weeding, watering, harvesting, and selling  at markets. Making microbial brews, plant extracts, compost and compost tea’s. Enjoying the food we grow and the place we live and the people we share it with.  We work five and a half days a week alternating markets on the weekends. Please send us a cover letter and a resume to paradisevalleyproduce210@gmail.com. You can also see our website www.pvpfarm.com for more information.

Utah – Green Urban Lunch Box hiring FruitShare Coordinator

Salt Lake City, Utah

Our Mission at the Green Urban Lunch Box (GULB) is to empower people to engage in local food production by using the resources available in their community. We do so by connecting people to a creative network of spaces and opportunities. GULB runs 4 main programs: FruitShare, Back-Farms, the Small Farm Initiative, and the Mobile Market.

The FruitShare program maintains and harvests the unused fruit trees along the Wasatch Front. In 2018, this program’s goal is to harvest harvested 90,000 pounds of fruit that would have otherwise gone to waste. The FruitShare Coordinator, with the support of GULB staff, americorps, interns and volunteers, works to improve efficiency, relationships, and statistics for this program each year. This is a full time, year round, salaried position.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Provide supervision, inspiration, and support to staff, americorps, interns and volunteers within this program

  • Hiring and training various positions

  • Communicate, educate, resolve conflicts, and deepen relationships with homeowners

  • Ensure all data collection is accurate, up to date and input into the system

  • Advertising, sales, oversight, and execution of tree care services and internally raised revenue

  • Arranging partnerships, payments/details (if necessary), and carrying out drop offs for excess fruit

  • Continual work with support team to increase sustainability, efficiency, and growth

  • Evaluate and troubleshoot on a regular basis

Seasonal Responsibilities:

  • January – March (~40 hrs/wk)

    • Pruning the trees and removing branches

    • Advertising/promoting, collecting/recording payments, tracking notes and records

  • April (~30 hrs/wk)

    • Brewing and spraying compost tea

    • Advertising/promoting, collecting/recording payments, tracking notes and records

    • Thinning apricots

  • May- June (~50 hrs/wk)

    • Thinning apricots, peaches, nectarines, apples and pears

    • Data collection and input

    • Training new staff, americorps, and volunteers

    • Preparation for harvest season

  • June-October (~50 hrs/wk – ~40 hrs/wk)

    • Scout/Harvest

    • Training team on harvest protocol

    • Data collection and input

  • November – December (~20 hrs/wk – ~10 hrs/wk)

    • Reflect, evaluate, and prepare for the upcoming season

    • Assist Executive and Development Director in locating and applying for upcoming grants

Qualifications:

The FruitShare Coordinator will be committed to the Green Urban Lunch Box’s mission. All candidates should have proven leadership and relationship management experience.

  • 2 years experience in nonprofits, urban agriculture, or related field

  • Strong marketing, public relations and conflict resolution experience with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders and cultures

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills

  • Proficient computer skills

    • (Google Drive, Gmail, and Google Calendar are a must, Salesforce and other web based apps are a huge plus)

  • Motivated self starter who will work collaboratively with a team

  • Willing to work outside in ALL weather conditions (while motivating others to do so as well)

  • Valid Drivers License

  • Ability to lift and carry 50+ pounds, bend over, and climb trees/ladders regularly

Please email Shawn@gulb.org to apply

Hawai’i – Halawa Farm hiring Living Farm Interns

North Kohala, Hawai’i
Living Farm Internship
The Hawai’i Institute of Pacific Agriculture farm is located along the beautiful, historic coast of North Kohala, on the Big Island of Hawai’i. Our main campus, Halawa Farm, is a 7-acre living and learning environment where we cultivate a diverse collection of native Hawai’ian and Polynesian plants, tropical fruit orchards and perennial vegetable crops, in addition to raising small scale poultry and livestock. The farm is the base of operations for our residential farmer training programs and educational workshops, and provides a steady supply of food and medicine to those on the land as well as our local farmers market.

Our residential farmer training program includes our Living Farm Internship which is held in Spring and Fall, and is held on our main campus, Halawa Farm, on the beautiful King Kamehameha lands of Kapaau, Hawaii. This 7-acre permaculture homestead serves as working farm, educational siteand home to staff, apprentices and interns throughout the year. While living and learning with us, students explore a variety of topics related to sustainable agriculture, homestead farming, permaculture, agroforestry, soil fertility, plant medicine, nutrition, beekeeping, animals, mycology, community living, Hawai’ian arts and culture, and much more.


Dates:
Fall 2017 ~ August 17-September 30
Spring 2018 ~ March 29-April 28

Visit our website for more info: http://www.hipagriculture.org/education/internship

Washington – Center for Natural Lands Management hiring Seed Production Technician

Rochester, Washington

Field Crew Member (Seed Production Technician)

Center for Natural Lands Management, Seed Production Farm

For immediate hire! 

BACKGROUND

The Center for Natural Lands Management (CNLM) is a nonprofit 501(3)(c) organization, created in 1990, whose mission is the perpetual stewardship of natural and created conservation lands, sensitive species, and their resident ecosystems. Stewardship activities are currently divided between California and Washington. In the State of Washington, CNLM’s South Puget Sound Program focuses on conservation of one of the rarest ecosystems in the United States, the prairie and oak woodlands of Cascadia, especially those lands and habitats within the South Sound Region. In that Region, the Program aims to protect, restore habitats, and support recovery of rare species that are candidates for federal listing.

CNLM’s Seed Production/Nursery team produces native seed with the goal of filling the seed needs of our restoration partners throughout Washington and Oregon.  We produce seed of nearly 100 native plant species (including rare and endangered species) on 4 production sites, totaling 19 acres.

JOB DESCRIPTION

The Field Crew Member (Seed Production Technician) will have the opportunity to step into an exciting and unique agricultural system that has grown significantly over the past few years.   We are looking for candidates with a positive attitude who are motivated, communicative, and hardworking and ready to jump in.  Ideal candidates have experience in an agriculture, nursery, or conservation capacity.  This person will join a diverse crew in performing tasks which include, but are not limited to weeding, harvesting seed, transplanting.  Must be comfortable doing repetitive tasks over prolonged periods of time, adhering to proper tool use and body mechanics.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to do repetitive tasks over prolonged periods of time
  • Detail-oriented
  • Ability to ask for direction as needed
  • Comfortable working with minimal direct supervision
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and willingness to work with a diverse group of people
  • Positive attitude in all types of weather
  • Sense of humor
  • Willingness to use herbicide as needed (minimally)

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Farm experience and/or seed production experience
  • Experience operating tractors and/or other farm machinery
  • Knowledge of Washington native plant species

EMPLOYMENT DETAILS

  • Position to begin immediately.
  • Season duration: 4 months
  • Working Hours: This is an hourly position, generally Monday-Friday from 8-4:30.  No more than 40 hours/week.
  • Compensation: $15 – 16.50 DOE plus benefits.  Benefits include medical/dental/vision insurance; paid holidays; vacation and sick time accrual.

TO APPLY

Hiring immediately.  Applications accepted until position is filled.  Contact for official position description.

Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and three references.  For consideration, submit application materials to: careers-nursery@cnlm.org

Questions? Contact Kathryn Donovan, Seed Production Project Manager,kdonovan@cnlm.org