Massachusetts – Natural Resources Trust of Easton hiring Caretaker and Property Worker

Easton, Massachusetts

Part Time Year Round Animal Caretaker and Property Worker

Do you enjoy working outdoors? Do you want to make a difference to a leading environmental organization? This opportunity may be for you.

The Natural Resources Trust of Easton is currently accepting applications for a part time, year round animal caregiver and property worker for the NRT of Easton’s Sheep Pasture property. This position requires a wide variety of tasks, including, but not limited to: daily care, cleaning, and feeding of agricultural animals, operation of property maintenance equipment (hand tools and power tools, as required), operation of agricultural equipment, grounds keeping, and all other tasks as assigned. Hours of employment vary seasonally in accordance with the needs of the Trust, but position is year round, including winter.

The successful candidate will be responsible for independently completing a variety of outdoor tasks in all weather conditions. The ability to work well as part of a small team is required, and willingness to learn new tasks is essential. Position entails majority of time spent outdoors, with moderate physical labor required daily, sometimes on unimproved grounds or trails. The position works under the direction of the property manager and the executive director.

Qualifications:

Candidates must be at least 18 years old and have previous experience with farm or outdoor/grounds keeping tasks and equipment, as well as an interest in learning new skills. Willingness to work in direct contact with large and small animals is required; previous work with horses, cows, sheep, or other large animals desired. Experience in building maintenance/light construction is encouraged. Must be able to work in all outdoor conditions independently and lift objects 50 pounds safely. Must have the ability to participate in all tasks in accordance with safety requirements and procedures of the Trust.

The ability to work independently is essential, as is a willingness to work with others on a small staff. This position requires some interaction with the public on behalf of the Trust. Weekends and holidays are required as part of this position and flexibility with scheduling to meet the needs of the Trust is also required. Reliable personal transportation is required, as is a valid MA license; must live within accessible commuting distance to Easton, MA.

All employees and candidates are required to successfully complete background checks in accordance with NRT policies.

To apply please send cover letter, resume, contact information for three professional references, and transcripts (if applicable) to jcummings.nrt@gmail.com. Please include “2018 PT Animal/Property Application” in subject line and submit required documents as attachments. Printed application materials can be mailed to:

  1. Cummings, NRT of Easton, PO Box 188, N. Easton, MA 02356

Rolling review of applications will begin starting January 18, 2018 and will continue on an ongoing basis until position is filled. Incomplete application materials that are missing the information above will not be considered.

No phone calls, please. Local candidates encouraged.

For more information about NRT of Easton and Sheep Pasture, visit online at www.nrtofeaston.org.

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Virginia – Weathertop Farm hiring Apprentices

Floyd County, Virginia

Overview:

Weathertop Farm is a small 62-acre family-owned and operated farm located in scenic Floyd County, VA.  We are located  just a few miles from the Blue Ridge Parkway, and 14 miles from the town of Floyd, renowned for a thriving artist, music, and local food scene.

We are dedicated to holistic regenerative agriculture through multi-species rotational grazing and intensive management. No antibiotics or hormones are used, and all livestock eat from pasture that is free of pesticides, herbicides, and synthetic fertilizers. Our diverse business includes raising and selling pastured chickens, eggs, pigs, turkeys, ducks, rabbits and lamb.

Weathertop Farm accepts 2-3 apprentices each year for the duration of our May – November season. We’re looking for folks interested and passionate about preserving sustainable agriculture systems within our local food-shed communities. Apprentices must be ready to work hard doing manual labor in all kinds of weather. We expect apprentices to put in approximately 40-50 hours a week on average, sometimes more, sometimes less, depending on the season & farm schedule. You can expect to work alongside the farmers for some tasks, and independently for others.

What we expect of you:
no previous farming experience necessary, but these are qualities we’re looking for:
-a positive attitude
-willingness to try new things
-enthusiasm & flexibility
-commitment
-personal initiative
-cooperation for working with others
-ability to follow directions
-ability to do manual labor

-ability to repeatedly handle & lift 50 lb feed sacks.

-basic carpentry or mechanical skills are a plus but not required
-good people-person, comfortable in a sales setting interacting with customers.
-no smoking, no drugs

-not being distracted by personal technology (cell phone, etc) during the workday.
-Commitment to the whole season from April through mid-Dec.

-Having your own vehicle is a plus, though not required (no public transportation available)

Our farm encompasses a diverse multi-generational community of family, friends, neighbors & visitors, from grandparents down to young children, all of whom participate with the farm at various times and in varying degrees, so patience, flexibility and understanding are a must. We care a great deal about our farm community and value diversity and equality and welcome anyone who is kind and conscientious to join our team. Couples welcome!

  • Work will include but is not limited to:
    Daily care of animals (morning & afternoon)
  • Collecting & cleaning eggs
  • Daily portable-fence moving
  • Daily pasture-pen moving
  • Handling animal feed in 50-lb sacks on a daily basis
  • On-farm poultry processing (on average once-twice/week)
  • Occasional building projects
  • Deliveries
  • Farmers markets
  • On-farm sales

For a more detailed description of daily chores and the work involved see here

What you can expect from us:

To learn about the nitty-gritty details of raising animals first-hand, and what the daily work is like on a farm as well as the bigger picture of how we plan for the year and how a pasture-based system operates. You can expect a lot of time from us for conversations about farming and related issues, and ample opportunity to ask whatever questions you have.  Through this experience you can gain an understanding of the daily ups and downs and ins and outs of a farming season, and because of the diverse range of tasks we require help with (from raising animals to butchering to sales & marketing) we hope you would gain an understanding of how the diverse multi-species grazing operation of our farm is integrated into one business and functions as a whole. When possible we will do our best to cater to individual preference and teach you more about whatever interests you the most.

Housing provided:

Private 2-bedroom attic apartment with full kitchen & bath (including composting toilet), heating & wifi. Furnished with the basics.  All utilities included. To be shared by 2-3 apprentices.

Meals:

We welcome apprentices to join us for lunch daily, and sometimes for dinner, too, other meals you will be responsible for yourself.  You will have access to food that is grown on the farm.

Stipend:  $600/month.
Day(s) off:  alternating Saturdays/Sundays off, and occasional weekday afternoons.

Several vacation days allowed, but must be planned around farm schedule.
Opportunities for education:
-Access to our farm books along with some recommended reading assignments.

-Opportunity to learn all about pasture rotational grazing
-Opportunity to learn poultry processing as well as marketing and sales
-Chances to visit with other farms and alternative food systems in Floyd

-Possible occasional workshops in the area

-Possibility for part-time winter work after spending one season here. This could also include a trip to a winter farming conference.

-If things go well there may be potential for full-time employment, only after you’ve spent a full season with us.

Opportunities for recreation & entertainment
-Meet other apprentices in Floyd to socialize & network with them
-The nearby town of Floyd has a thriving food, music & arts scene
-Proximity to the Blue Ridge Parkway offers lots of options for hiking & camping
-Nearby Blacksburg, home of Virginia Tech, is a great college town with lots going on

-Nearby Roanoke is an up & coming city with a broad range of offerings.

Application process:
-Please read through all relevant information here as well as on our website (weathertopfarm.com) so you are familiar with our farm and what is involved in the apprenticeship.

-In addition to the written application, whenever possible, we will require an in-person visit, (which could be an overnight or weekend stay if needed).  If not possible then we require a Skype interview.

-Please contact us at info@weathertopfarm.com with any questions.

Downloard Apprentice Application in pdf

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Kalamazoo Nature Center hiring Farm Education Intern

Kalamazoo, Michigan

Title:                            Farm Education Intern

Supervisor:                  Farm Education Coordinator

Prepared By:               Carrie Cohen, Farm Education Coordinator

Date Prepared:            January 31, 2013

The Kalamazoo Nature Center is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to inspire people to care for the environment by providing experiences that lead them to understand their connection to the natural world.

Summary of Position: 

The Farm Education Intern is a seasonal, full time position from mid-May through middle of August.  The intern will be working with professional educators while they teach programs for preschool, kindergarten, school-aged and family audiences at the Kalamazoo Nature Center, (KNC).   Program topics are focused on farming, and benefits of healthy local food; includes working with our farm animals.  This position offers field work in the educational garden, helping to maintain the space conducive for education. The Farm Education Intern will gain hands-on farming experience, enjoy rich learning opportunities and gain a variety of teaching techniques and ideas. The intern will also gain experience in taking care of our farm animals.  In addition to assisting with school and public programs, CSA programs, and farm camp programs, the farm intern may prepare teaching materials and contribute their own creative ideas to programs.  We are hiring for 1 position.  This is an outdoor job that requires the ability to work in all natural conditions that do not threaten safety.  The Farm Education Intern reports to the Farm Education Coordinator of the Kalamazoo Nature Center and works closely with all KNC staff.

Duties:

  • Creatively plan and assist OR lead garden, nature based, and healthy food programs at the educational garden and/or market barn.
  • Assist with teaching preschool, kindergarten and school aged classes visiting DeLano Farms
  • Develop and present public programs for families, CSA members, and campers
  • Develop and maintain teaching materials
  • Work with garden volunteers Continue reading

Kalamazoo Nature Center hiring Farm Animal Educator

Kalamazoo, Michigan

Title:                            Farm Animal Educator

Supervisor:                  Carrie Cohen, Farm Education Coordinator

Prepared By:               Carrie Cohen

Date Prepared:            1/30/2013

The Kalamazoo Nature Center is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to inspire people to care for the environment by providing experiences that lead them to understand their connection to the natural world.

Summary of Position:

The Farm Animal Educator is a seasonal, part-time (25 – 40 hours/week) position from Mid-April through Labor Day responsible for teaching programs for preschool, kindergarten and family audiences and caring for farm animals at the Kalamazoo Nature Center (KNC). This position provides excellent experience for individuals who are majoring in education, recreation or environmental studies. Farm Animal Educators work with professional educators and directors, will gain hands-on animal care experience, enjoy rich learning opportunities and gain a variety of teaching techniques and ideas. Credit may be available through a college or university. In addition to leading school and public programs, barnyard educators prepare teaching materials and contribute their own creative ideas to programs. We are hiring for 2 positions.

Duties:

  • Teach preschool and kindergarten classes visiting KNC’s barnyard
  • Develop and present public programs for families
  • Provide care (feeding, watering, grooming and clean-up) of animals
  • Maintain animal care records
  • Develop and maintain teaching materials Continue reading