Colorado – City of Denver hiring Urban Homesteading Instructor


Denver, Colorado

The secret is out: Denver is the nation’s top place to live, work, and play. Being the best place to live isn’t easy; maintaining such a reputation means we need the best people working for the residents of Denver. People who want to make a difference; people who want to give back; people who want to be at the heart of this city and have a hand in creating our future. When you join us, you will employ your unique skills to do important and meaningful work critical to the success of both your organization and the city as a whole. Be a part of the city that you love. #WhereDenverWorks­­

Denver Parks & Recreation offers Arts & Culture programming throughout the year at many of our 27 recreation centers. We offer a wide variety of classes in areas such as: fine arts, pottery, ceramics, sewing, music, dance, creative writing and a wide range of crafts and creative early childhood programming (18 month – 5 year olds) and cultural programs. The classes typically consist of around 4 to 12 participants broken into four general sessions and each class typically runs for a pre-determined number of weeks.


We are looking for an Urban Homesteading Instructor who is passionate about DIY’ing and is well versed in old-fashioned living arts.  We are looking for an individual who is eager to bring their passion and expertise to the table and provide instruction for our increasingly popular Urban Homestead Class series.

The Urban Homesteading Instructor:

  • Organizes, leads and teaches weekly Urban Homesteading Classes on a variety of subjects that may include:
    • Composting and growing organic foods
    • Raising creatures such as chickens, goats, rabbits, and bees
    • Fermenting and preserving foods
    • Making foods from scratch such as bread, cheese, butter, and/or kombucha
    • Making candles, bath products (such as soap), and natural cleaning products
    • Resourcing, recycling, and repairing household items
    • Reselling homemade goods and products
  • Develops curriculum or instructional plans for each program session
  • Set ups and takes down necessary equipment prior to and after classes and including cleaning and organizing
  • Provides safe and supportive learning environment for all participants
  • Works closing with Arts & Culture Program Coordinator to manage, plan, and prepare for each class including acquiring necessary supplies  and equipment
  • Performs other related duties as assigned or requested

The Urban Homesteading classes will be taught at Barnum Recreation Center, 360 Hooker Street


Our ideal candidate:

  • Will be passionate about instructing others in the old-fashioned living arts
  • Will be well-versed in the above mentioned class topics
  • Will have previous teaching or instructing experience in the above mentioned class topics
  • Will be able to work closely in collaboration with and under the instruction of the Arts & Culture Program Coordinator
  • Will be available to teach in the evenings on a consistent basis

Please apply on our website at




Connecticut – Common Ground hiring Urban Farm Interns

New Haven, Connecticut

Now Accepting Applications for our Urban Farming Internship, 2018 Season

Common Ground is home to a charter high school and a non-profit urban farm and environmental education center. The site includes 20 acres of forested hiking trails, wildlife and diverse natural habitats, and a working farm that includes production and education gardens and a variety of farm animals. Common Ground’s mission is to cultivate habits of healthy living and sustainable environmental practice among a diverse community of children, young people, and adults.

Working on the One-Acre Urban Farm

Common Ground (CG) grows nearly 10,000 lbs of fresh produce annually, including vegetables, fruits, herbs, and flowers. We also raise broiler and laying hens, ducks, sheep and a goat. Farm products go to our Cafeteria, onsite farm stand, Spring and Fall CG Family CSA, the CG/Cityseed Mobile Market, and local restaurants. Farm work will be done with the Farm Director and Assistant Farm Manager, caring for the farm through the growing season. You will gain experience in all aspects of planting, growing, and maintaining a diversified sustainable vegetable operation, and small scale livestock management. Specific farm tasks may include planting, weeding, watering, harvesting, preparing for market, maintaining irrigation, keeping crop records, caring for farm animals and a variety of other tasks.

Several summer programs for children ages 4 – 18 take place on the farm. Apprentices do not have daily responsibilities for working with these programs, but must be mature and a good role model for all children on the farm. Apprentices may sometimes work with small groups of teenagers who are employed by Common Ground. Interns may also run an on-site farm stand and assist with additional markets and farm events as needed.  Depending on the interest and skills of the intern, there may be opportunities to help with off-site mobile farm stands and/or help host weekend educational events on the farm.

Skills and Experience

  • An interest in food security/food justice, urban agriculture and the local food economy.
  • Willingness and ability to work hard, physically in all weather. Previous garden experience is not necessary.
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills with people of all ages and a good sense of humor.
  • Ability to learn, to ask questions, and also take initiative, to work both with and without direct supervision.
  • Demonstrated commitment, reliability, punctuality, and responsible behavior at previous jobs.
  • Maturity, and the willingness to be a positive role-model to young people working on the farm.
  • 18 years or older

Apprenticeship Logistics and Details

Seasonal availability and duration:

  • There are two apprenticeship spots available from the end of May-Mid August.
  • There is one apprenticeship spot available from the end of May through November.
  • Hours will be around 20 per week.

Compensation: Apprentices receive compensation based on minimum wage, a share of the harvest, farm field trips and other learning opportunities.

Housing: Housing is not provided.

Transportation: Parking is available on-site, as are bicycle racks. We have a bus-stop on site (take the B1 bus from the New Haven Green), and we are walking distance from New Haven’s Westville neighborhood.

To Apply: Send a cover letter addressing your interest in this position and your resume by May 1st, 2018. Send to the Farm Manager at or mail to Attn: Farm Manager, 358 Springside Ave. New Haven CT 06515. Questions? Call 203.389.4333 ext. 1217

Maine – Ripley Farm hiring Farm Crew Member

Dover-Foxcroft, Maine

Farm Crew Member
Ripley Farm – Dover-Foxcroft, Maine
Location: Dover-Foxcroft, Maine (40 miles west of Bangor, Maine)
For questions regarding this position please contact Gene Ripley at

Job Summary:

The Ripley Farm crew is efficiently growing five-acres of MOFGA Certified Organic vegetables using hand tools and tractors.  The crew understands how important quality vegetables are to customer satisfaction and is passionate about our CSA program’s ability to help.

When growing, crew members are focused on producing healthy crops efficiently and competently.  When ready to harvest, they use the discerning eye of the customer to bring in beautiful vegetables.  Members of our crew must be able to pack a CSA box with confidence.

Ripley Farm Core Values:

At Ripley Farm we are passionate about growing great vegetables and believe the CSA model is the best way to connect people to more and better vegetables.  We believe beautiful produce tastes better.  We love our soil.  We think working fast is fun.  We understand good communication to be the key to team success.  We are always learning and expanding our contribution.  We compete against our best efforts and believe the sky is the limit.

Caught the farming bug and want a year-round position with potential for growth and impact?  Read on.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Prepare ground, plant and cultivate crops
  • Propagate seedlings for transplanting to fields
  • Harvest, wash and pack crops for sale
  • Deliver products to customers
  • Record field and harvest activities
  • Maintain equipment and facilities
  • Build new infrastructure

Compensation and Hours:  $11.00-$12.00 per hour starting rate, commensurate with experience and qualifications.  The job runs full-time 40 hours per week during spring, summer, and fall from late-April until Thanksgiving.  Half-time hours during the winter months of December through April.

  • We offer Workers Compensation.
  • Free organic vegetables from our farm.
  • The successful candidate will have the opportunity to continually develop their knowledge, skills and abilities in small-scale organic farming. We will hold an annual performance review with an opportunity for pay raise and increased responsibility based on the results.

Note: Thanks to farming here for nearly 10 years, we have a strong network of friends and customers in the Dover-Foxcroft area.  We are happy to use our contacts to help you find affordable housing within 15 miles of the farm.


  • No prior farming experience is required
  • one year of small-scale vegetable farming experience strongly preferred

Experience with any of the following relevant skills is a plus: machinery/tractor operation and maintenance, basic carpentry, plumbing, electrical, welding, etc.

The Successful Candidate will…

  • Have the ability to use and maintain small-scale agricultural tools, equipment and machinery;
  • Exercise good judgment and demonstrate initiative and active engagement in the work;
  • Work well independently and in team environment;
  • Demonstrate excellent reliability and punctuality;
  • Demonstrate the ability to prioritize and organize details;
  • Possess excellent written and oral communication skills and mathematical skills.

Position Special Requirements

  1. Must possess a valid class C driver’s license, a clean driving record, and have reliable transportation.
  2. Must be able to competently operate a vehicle with standard transmission.

Physical Demands

Farming is physically rewarding and challenging work.  We care about our employees’ safety and well being and have developed the following information to reflect the reality of the job’s expectations.  With or without reasonable accommodation, the successful candidate must be able to work in all weather conditions including extreme heat, sun, cold, rain, snow, wind, and with many biting insects around to:

  • Maintain a fast and accurate working pace all day;
  • Move objects up to 50 pounds repeatedly;
  • Spend long hours squatting or kneeling;
  • Perform repetitive and monotonous tasks.

How to Apply:

We are accepting applications until the position is filled.  Applicants must be able to appear for a working interview on the farm. Please send completed applications to Gene at with the following items:

  1. A cover letter addressing why you are a good fit for the job
  2. A resume that must include the names of previous employers, duration worked,  previous job titles, and primary responsibilities
  3. Three work-related references with job title and contact information
  4. For questions regarding this position please contact Gene Ripley at
  5. No phone calls, please.  We will not consider incomplete applications.

Connecticut – Anderson Acres Farm hiring Flower Farm Field Crew

Kent, Connecticut

Connecticut – Flower Farm Field Crew



Crew work at Anderson Acres Farm is for the tough, diligent, and creative. We are looking for like-minded people to jump in for the summer on a full or part time basis. If you enjoy working with your hands, getting out into the sun and soil, and learning about how to grow fresh, beautiful flowers, then this could be a great fit for you. Join our small team and work on a lovely 200-acre property just behind Lake Waramaug where we produce specialty cut flowers.

Daily duties can include but are not limited to: seeding, planting, pruning, weeding, bed prep, flower harvest, bouquet packaging, and deliveries. We are especially in need of folks who are interested in and/or have experience working with flowers or vegetables. If you enjoy plants and have a flair for design, we want you on our team!


Previous work experience, trade or farm background preferred

A good work ethic and positive attitude

Comfortable working around dogs, cats, and chickens

Means of transportation and valid driver’s license

Ability to repeatedly lift 50lbs and general physical stamina

Compensation is $12-14/hr, depending on experience, as well as plenty of flowers, vegetables, and eggs to take home. We are currently looking for someone who could work 20-25 hours/week starting in late April. Learn more about the farm at Please send a cover letter and resume to

Washington DC – 4P Foods hiring Local Food Sales Advocate

Washington, DC

4P Foods is a Benefit Corporation located in the Washington, DC-area. As a mission-driven company, our goal is one of duality:  First, we aim to help small farm families earn a living wage by giving them access to the growing demand for good, regional, ethically sourced, sustainably produced food.  Second, we focus our business model on increasing access for all people to the nutrient dense, healthy foods that our farmers are producing. 4P Foods strives every day to be part of the movement that is working hard to create a more equitable food system.

4P Foods believes in a future where nourishing, sustainable, and delicious food is not a privilege but a right. We help our customers to live their values by knowing that their food dollars are being spent to help support our farmers, our planet, and the communities we live in.

Position Summary:

Local Food Sales Advocate

4P Foods has an immediate opening for a sales team member to help grow our expanding member base throughout the Washington, DC region. Because our farmers rely on us to be their advocates while they do what they do best – grow awesome food – our team members are committed to a future anchored by equitable food systems.

The primary focus of this position will be to generate new relationships with commercial businesses that are interested in their employees’ health and wellness. Lead generation will be an important aspect of this position in researching local market segments, finding and calling prospects, and scheduling appointments for the 4P Foods sales team. We are a small but growing team, so we are looking for someone who has a proactive attitude, creative energy, and an ability to present new ideas to the team.

Ideal candidates should have experience in a B2B sales position, with a familiarity with outbound calling, telemarketing and/or other outside sales phone-based efforts. As a 4P Foods sales advocate, you must be highly motivated with a strong work ethic and exceptional people skills. Because you are an advocate for our family farms, you should have a passion for combining honest sales, a love of great food, a soft spot for farmers, and an appreciation for corny food puns. Bottom line, you enjoy the fact that your work will help make your community a better place in the world.


  • Generate leads by identifying commercial companies in set delivery regions that are looking for creative offerings for their Health & Wellness efforts

  • Perform outbound calls to introduce 4P Foods and qualify leads

  • Schedule appointments for the outside sales team with committed leads

  • Achieve or exceed monthly sales metrics and revenue targets

  • Regularly attend and eventually lead networking events


  • At least 1 year of proven and successful outside sales experience

  • Strong phone presence and experience making dozens of sales calls per day

  • Solid understanding and execution of basic sales methods and techniques

  • Able to interact with potential customers both on the phones and in person

  • Ability to multi-task, prioritize and manage your time effectively.

  • Has the skills to work independently and make good decisions without oversight

  • Experience with food or grocery industries is a plus

  • Knowledge of is helpful


  • Entrepreneurial spirit

  • Motivated by a sense of purpose

  • Flexible to the dynamic changing needs of a start-up company

  • Sense of humor and love of good food


Commensurate with experience, softened by the fact that we are a scrappy startup trying to make the world (and our food systems) better.

Please send your resume and cover letter to

Oregon – Schoolyard Farms hiring Farm Assistant

Milwaukie, Oregon
Schoolyard Farms (SYF) is a nonprofit that creates healthier communities by teaching about and growing food on underused schoolyards. Since it was founded in 2012, we have reach thousands of kids each year through our various programs, increasing the likelihood that they’ll grow up to be healthy adults. We have a total of 1.5 acres in production at 2 schools, where 1,100 kids received hands-on garden lessons. We’ve grown 6,000 pounds of produce harvested for the community each year. Our two farm sites are at Candy Lane Elementary, our one-acre pilot farm where we host our summer camp, and at New Urban High School, our half-acre farm. We harvest produce from the farms for our 85 member CSA, the Milwaukie Farmers Market, and our partner schools. Both farms are located in Milwaukie, OR–a quick drive from downtown Portland.
Farm Assistant Position:
The farm assistant will participate in all aspects of running a small-scale production farm. Schoolyard Farms grows over 40 different annual and perennial fruits and vegetables. Our ideal candidate has a background in farming, and a passion for outdoor education. This position is hands-on, and can be physically rigorous. The farm assistant will work primarily with the farm manager, and is an integral part to the Schoolyard Farms community, working alongside garden educators, summer camp participants, students, and volunteers. We’re willing to train the right person.
Time Commitment:
  • April – October 2018, 20 hours per week with 30 minute lunch breaks
  • Sunday 8-3PM, Tuesday 8-4PM, Wednesday 8-2:30PM (some flexibility may be available for the right candidate)
  • Field work: Schoolyard Farms does most of their farming by hand. This includes seeding, planting, weeding, harvesting, bed preparations, watering, trellising
  • Wash/pack on harvest days (Tuesdays & Wednesdays)
  • Delivering farm shares Tuesdays to three drop sites in inner SE Portland
  • Running Farmers Market stand on Sundays at the Milwaukie Sunday Market
  • Working with youth from Candy Lane Elementary and New Urban High School
  • Must pass a criminal background check
  • Farm assistant must have reliable vehicle they are willing to use for farm deliveries and farmers market. Mileage will be compensated.
  • Physical fitness and ability to lift 50 lbs.
  • Positive, can-do attitude
  • Self-motivated: farm work requires physical and mental endurance, and farm days are spent outside in any weather
  • Flexible: Farm work is dynamic, farm assistant must be able to shift gears quickly and efficiently
  • Collaborative: farm assistant must be comfortable working as a team
Preferred Qualifications:
  • At least one year farming experience
  • Experience working with children elementary to high school age
  • $12/hr
  • Hands-on training in small-scale, sustainable farming practices
How to Apply:
Please submit a resume and cover letter answering the following questions: (1) Why do you want to work at Schoolyard Farms? (2) What prior experience do you have with farming and/or gardening? (3) What experience do you have with physical work? (4) What three attributes would co-workers, family and friends all agree that you possess? to Schoolyard Farms’ Farm Manager, Annika La Fave, at by 5:00pm on Sunday, March 18, 2018.
Schoolyard Farms provides equal employment opportunity for all persons regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, marital status, political affiliation, affectional orientation or gender identity, status with regard to public assistance, disability, sex, or age.

Vermont – Salvation Farms hiring Vermont Commodity Program Manager

Winsooki, Vermont

Organization: Salvation Farms

Position Title: Vermont Commodity Program Manager

Supervisor: Executive Director

Employee Status: Full Time, Exempt

Starting Annual Salary: $37,000

Primary Location: Winooski, VT

To Apply: Email cover letter and resume to Theresa Snow, Executive Director, at

Program Summary

Salvation Farms’ Vermont Commodity Program operates Vermont’s first surplus crop food hub. The food hub aggregates approximately 5,000 pounds per week of “un-marketable” crops from farms across the state. From the food hub, crops are distributed to charitable and institutional food sites.

The Vermont Commodity Program operates through a workforce development training program. Enrolled trainees clean, quality assess, case-pack, and minimally process surplus crops while gaining job readiness skills and exposure to potential employers. Volunteers also help the Vermont Commodity Program meet its production goals.

This is the first operation of its kind in the nation.

Position Summary

The Vermont Commodity Manager is responsible for maintaining the Vermont Commodity Program operations, related training program, and partnerships. This position ensures Good Manufacturing Practices and Standard Operating Procedures are created and followed by all who enter the food hub. Food safety, product quality, and operational sophistication, safety, and efficiency are upheld by this staff person. The Manager is responsible for administering and supporting training in a safe working and learning environment for individuals with barriers to employment, i.e. ex-incarcerated, out-of-school youth, those in recovery, etc. The Manager fills a vital role in supporting the growth and evolution of this program.

Primary Duties (include but are not limited to)

  • Ensure workplace and food safety, quality controls, and compliance with standard operating procedures
  • Manage production, product sourcing/marketing to farmers, transportation logistics, product development (raw packing and minimal processing), end-product marketing, product distribution and sales, and traceability
  • Oversee pack-room activities, engage in produce cleaning, packing, and processing alongside trainees and volunteers
  • Oversee daily activities of trainees with particular focus on operational training, work, and field trips
  • Engage in trainee recruitment, enrollment, orientation, operational training, conflict management and developing pathways to employment
  • Collaborate with co-workers, partners, and trainee caseworkers/support service agencies
  • Maintain product inventory, supplies, crew productivity, and associated tracking systems
  • Measure program impact and outcomes; generate periodic reports
  • Manage facility and equipment upkeep; maintain service records
  • Manage sub-lease and facility shared use arrangements
  • Manage volunteers and interns
  • Supervise AmeriCorps VISTA member
  • Collaborate with staff, AmeriCorps VISTA, and partners to:
  • improve operations; i.e. refine production line elements, establish new distribution avenues, etc.
  • administer training; aid in refining the workforce development program
  • Engage in some elements of program and product marketing material creation, community outreach, partner meetings, program expansion, capacity building, budget building, fundraising, and strategic planning


  • Highly organized, efficient, and pragmatic
  • Operations and/or food manufacturing experience; writing, refining, implementing SOPs
  • Demonstrated success training, managing, and working in teams
  • A desire to support workforce development and skill building initiatives for individuals in transition
  • Able to work in partnership with staff and communicate effectively with diverse groups of people
  • Ability to work independently, a self-starter with effective time management skills
  • Ability to coordinate priorities and exercise appropriate judgment and discretion
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent record keeping skills, computer and data entry skills
  • A passion for local agriculture, resource management, and social justice
  • A valid driver’s license
  • Ability to lift 50 pounds
  • Available to work some nights and weekends

Benefits & Work Environment

  • Paid time off and holidays
  • Health insurance available (Employer covers 75% of premium)
  • Access to training and professional development opportunities
  • This position is based in Salvation Farms’ Winooski Facility – some travel will be required
  • Mileage is reimbursed at $.40/mile for all approved work travel