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.

 

Washington – Cloudview Farm hiring Educator/Market Gardener

Ephrata, Washington

Educator/ Market Gardener (full-time paid position)

Cloudview Farm offers a variety of on-farm experiences for student and community groups.  We are seeking an educator who can both maintain our current offerings and develop Cloudview Farms’ programming. The educator will also help with garden operations. To give visitors a more authentic experience the Educator/ Market Gardener should be familiar with the gardens and animals.

Most visitors are preschool-3rd graders that come for 90-minute field trips and choose between a six plant part lesson and a plant life-cycle curriculum. In 2016, we offered summer day camps for the first time and hope to expand our camps and programming when school is not in session. We also collaborate with an elementary school on a door-to-door school fundraiser selling carrots. As new groups approach us with unique goals we innovate to meet their needs. Also in 2016, first time visitors included culinary students from and area technical high school, wheelchair-bound patients from a physical rehabilitation center, and a professional teacher training academy.

Job responsibilities:

  • Support and maintain current garden education programming

    • Lead approximately 30 preschool-3rd grade student field trips in the spring and fall with groups of 10 to 60 students.

    • Organize and manage summer day camps

    • Host 10 to 15 8th grade students from Lakeside Middle School in Seattle for one week in the fall.

    • Emcee the Annual Fall Festival during the 1st Saturday in October.

  • Promote and expand garden education programming

  • Promote education programs through social media, website, and email announcements

  • Coordinate with other farm and garden staff to develop gardens and property that support programming

  • Give public presentations

  • Work in the garden to support the CSA and farmers’ market programs

    • Harvest, wash, and pack produce

    • Provide garden labor including weeding, mowing, cultivating, seeding, transplanting

    • Participate in CSA box deliveries

Skills and Experience:

  • At least 2 years outdoor education experience, management preferred

  • Farm or garden experience

Compensation:

  • $21,000-$24,000 starting salary depending on education and experience

  • Housing, utilities, trash, internet, and  farm food included

To learn more about Cloudview Farm visit www.cloudviewfarm.org.

To apply for this position, please send a cover letter and resume to cloudviewephrata@gmail.com.

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!

 

Washington – Songaia Garden hiring Garden Manager for Garden-to-Table Club

Bothell, Washington

Songaia Garden Manager

The Songaia Garden is supported by the Garden-to-Table Club, an activity within an intentional co-housing community in Bothell, Washington. Over the last 25 years it has evolved into an important focus of our work towards a sustainable future. Significant steps towards living lightly on the land have manifested through the development of organic, permaculture-based systems, which include food forests, our quarter acre main garden, and orchards. In 2016 we harvested over 5,000 pounds of organic produce. We educate interns and others in the principles and practical application of the permaculture method.

Mission of the Songaia Garden

To grow an abundance of vegetables, fruits and nuts to feed our community (via the Garden-to-Table Club) throughout the year. To act as a Permaculture teaching site and to involve and inspire the Greater Neighborhood and surrounding communities to participate in the wonder of growing food together and experiencing the joys of our unique community.

Position

Garden Manager for Garden-to-Table Club

Compensation

$15,000 per year.  This is a part-time contract position.  Therefore, the Garden Manager will arrange his or her hours as needed to supervise interns and volunteers during the growing season (approximately mid-April through mid-October) and to coordinate preparations for the upcoming season during the winter months.  Contract will be paid in two segments, $3000 for November-March and $12,000 for March-October.

Benefits: Free membership in Garden-To-Table Club, $500 educational allowanceContract positions do not pay into Social Security and L&I, or deduct income tax.

Duties

  • Coordinate Garden Activities.
  • Daily operations. Optimize food production and use of garden produce by Garden-to-Table Club members. Participate in and supervise all aspects of the day-to-day chores of permaculture fruit and vegetable production, including bed preparation, planting, managing invasive weeds, mulching, composting, and watering. Document yield and report annual yield to community.
  • Increase soil fertility. Utilize permaculture principals such as crop rotation, guild planting and various composting methods. Arrange for winter composting of food waste from Club meals.
  • Winter garden preparation. Coordinate the early preparation of the garden (primarily performed by the garden team) including the planning of crops, seed procurement, propagation, preparation and care of seedlings and transplants from greenhouse.
  • Manage orchards and food forest. Lead care for the large number of fruit trees. Includes planting, watering, disease control, fruit thinning, pruning, removal of dead or diseased trees, mulching and extensive harvesting. Teach food forest design, implement guilding as feasible, and coordinate ongoing maintenance, including management of invasive weeds.
  • Process harvest. Participate in and instruct volunteers and interns in the preservation of food for winter consumption. This may include canning, drying, fermenting and freezing.
  • Coordinate Volunteers and Intern Program
  • Community volunteers. Provide and encourage opportunities for our residential and extended Songaia community to participate in garden work. Examples include garden team projects, community-wide work parties, and harvest processing events. Reach out to surrounding community, volunteer organizations and schools. Support community members in developing garden related proposals according to their passions and interests. Examples might include food forests, chicken husbandry, and bee keeping.
  • Internship program. Recruit interested interns, including communication with the WWOOF (World-Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms) program and local colleges. Plan weekly meetings to develop priorities and discuss garden issues. Oversee day-to-day scheduling, instruction, supervision and guidance. Set priorities and assign interns for completion of those priorities. Provide evaluations and letters of recommendation. Supervise housing and community participation by interns.
  • Arrange for appropriate coursework and teach interns about organic gardening and permaculture through weekly classes, field trips and recommended reading. Serve as an educational resource for volunteers by providing expertise and support. Infuse all teaching with the principles of sustainability, land stewardship, climate change awareness and minimal disturbance of nature’s processes. Utilize and model permaculture principles in problem–solving.
  • Network with wider Permaculture community.  Attend the annual Permaculture Convergence and facilitate intern participation in the Convergence.
  • Administrative Duties
  • Manage budget. Approve expenditures from appropriate budget line items of Songaia Association and the Garden to Table Club. Obtain regular financial reports from the bookkeepers of these organizations. Report financial status at least quarterly.
  • Web-based communications. Post materials on Songaia garden web page, Facebook page, Meet-up or other relevant social media formats. Send appropriate email announcements to Songaia community, volunteers, and interns.
  • Garden Logistics. Handle all garden related logistics including facilitating infrastructure improvements (e.g. fencing) and repair, deliveries (e.g. manure, mulch). Coordinate the design and operation of irrigation systems.
  • Attend regular relevant committee meetings, as well as community-wide meetings, subcommittee meetings, Club meetings, and so forth as appropriate for the role of Garden Manager.

  

Skills

Knowledge of Permaculture gardening principles and techniques. Continue reading

New York – Royal Acres Farm hiring Seasonal Part Time Help

Middletown, New York
Royal Acres Farm– Hiring seasonal part time help
 
About us: We are a small family owned and operated Certified Naturally Grown farm, located in Middletown, NY. Our vegetables are marketed through a local farmer’s market and our CSA with over 100 members.
Job Description: We are looking for a responsible hard working person to work 20 to 35 hours a week starting on August 14th. Must have own transportation. Candidate must be hard working and motivated to learn. Duties include: weeding, hoeing, seeding, transplanting, picking, and washing vegetables.
Contact: To apply please send resume to kingj588@gmail.com