Maine – MOFGA hiring Low Impact Forestry Coordinator

Maine

MOFGA LOW IMPACT FORESTRY COORDINATOR

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Primary Responsibilities: supporting MOFGA’s Low Impact Forestry Program (LIF) activities and its network; helping to expand the scope and capacity of MOFGA’s LIF Program.

Supervisor: Educational Programs Director

Work Week: This is a year round position, requiring 20 hours of work per week (1040 hours per year). Exact schedule will be determined by LIF program needs and work plan, in consultation with the Educational Programs Director. Great flexibility is necessary as more time will be needed surrounding workshops and events and will frequently require evening and weekend hours.

Position: The position is non-exempt under the Federal Fair Labor Standards Act. The employee in this position is eligible for overtime pay, however work hours are limited on a weekly basis, and it is unlikely that the employee will ever work overtime hours.

Required Abilities and Knowledge:

  • Ability to work well independently as well as with staff, volunteers and the public
  • Effective management and organizational skills including experience managing volunteers and participants of various ages and abilities
  • Strong oral and written communication skills including understanding of and ability to work with various forms of communication media
  • Ability to work effectively within a non-profit structure
  • Understanding and commitment to the mission and vision of MOFGA and the LIF program
  • Ability to manage many short- and long-term projects simultaneously
  • Demonstrable leadership experience
  • Understanding of current and historical practices in forestry, the commercial forest industry and the extraction of forest products
  • Ability to think critically and creatively around current forestry practices, the forest products industry and their relationship to ecosystems and human communities
  • Physical ability to traverse a forest in all seasons and all weather conditions
  • Access to a personal vehicle and ability to travel long distances for meetings and program activities

Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate between LIF Committee initiatives and MOFGA staff, including:
    • Facilitate event planning and implementation with Events Coordinator
    • Coordinate LIF press releases, announcements, mailings, new media and website activities with MOFGA Communications Director
    • Engage with other MOFGA program areas to develop collaborative programs, coordinate activities and represent LIF
    • Facilitate relationships and partnerships with other organizations
  • Perform outreach with other private and public organizations to support LIF offerings
  • Communicate with MOFGA membership regarding LIF activities and practices, including:
    • Serve as primary contact for MOFGA membership with forestry concerns
    • Manage content for LIF column in quarterly MOF&G
    • Serve as primary staff liaison to the LIF Program Steering Committee
    • Report regular program updates to Educational Programs Director as needed for reporting, program development and updating the Board of Directors
  • Work with MOFGA Education and Development Departments to secure funding for LIF activities
  • Assist in the planning of capital improvements, maintenance, and special projects on the MOFGA grounds relevant to LIF
  • Carry out the responsibilities listed above in accordance with the mission, vision and values of the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association

Candidates for the position should submit applications, including a cover letter, resume, and three professional references to: lifhiringcommittee@mofga.org. The committee is currently reviewing applications and will begin interviews May 2, 2018.

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California – Coastal Roots Farm hiring Food Forest Community Farmer

Encinitas, California 

Job Description: Community Farmer

Temporary, Part‐Time, Nonexempt Position

 Position:     Community Farmer (Food Forest)

Status:                 Temporary, Part‐Time, Non‐Exempt

Hours:                  Up to 16 hours per week, Sunday through Monday

Reports to:         Food Forest Coordinator

Position Overview

Coastal Roots Farm is seeking temporary, part‐time Food Forest Community Farmers to support the development and maintenance of our food forest and vineyard. Community Farmers will work to support the Food Forest Coordinator in perennial plant care; infrastructure improvement and maintenance; nursery care and development; volunteer programming; data collection; and general tasks as needed. This position require a good eye for noticing both details and patterns in the food forest, ability to prioritize a wide range of tasks and good interpersonal communication skills. Our Food Forest is just over a year old and is home to over 1,400 Mediterranean and sub‐tropical plants. The Vineyard, bearing three varieties of grapes, is entering its fourth year of growth and first year of harvest.

 About Coastal Roots Farm

Coastal Roots Farm is a nonprofit community farm and education center that nourishes connections—to ourselves, our neighbors, and the land. Inspired by Jewish wisdom and centuries‐old agricultural traditions, Coastal Roots Farm practices biodynamic farming and shares their harvest with communities that lack access to healthy food. Their goal is to become a model for community farming and creative Jewish expression, both at home in Encinitas, California, and around the world.

The farm consists of approximately 20 acres of mixed gardens, orchards, food forest, animal pastures, compost, vineyard, barns, greenhouses and farmhouses all in various stages of development. Over 50% of the food grown at Coastal Roots Farm is donated to food and nutrition insecure families in our community through a pay‐what‐you‐can farmstand, pop‐up markets and direct donations to local hunger relief organizations. The farm also distributes food through a CSA (community supported agriculture) program and to select local restaurants and grocery stores.

As a center for education and community connection, Coastal Roots Farm offers hands‐on learning about farming, gardening and environmental stewardship for people of all ages and backgrounds and hosts gatherings where the community can get to know each other, eat healthy food, connect to the earth and celebrate together.

Coastal Roots Farm was incubated by the Leichtag Foundation and was recently spun off as an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that is funded through a diverse revenue mix, including philanthropic partners and social enterprise.

About the Leichtag Foundation

The Leichtag Foundation (“Foundation”) is a private independent foundation located in Encinitas, California, with a strong interest in advancing the North County coastal region of San Diego where our founders Lee and Toni Leichtag, of blessed memory, lived and worked. The Leichtag Foundation also supports programs in Jerusalem, Israel. The Foundation currently holds approximately $134 million in assets and has granted about $100 million since its inception in 1991—more than half of this since becoming independent in 2008. The Foundation focuses its philanthropy on combating poverty and increasing self‐sufficiency for residents of coastal North County; supporting and inspiring vibrant Jewish life in coastal North County; stimulating renewal, service, and social activism in Jerusalem, Israel; and building strong connections and relationships between San Diego and Israel.

In 2012, the Leichtag Foundation purchased the former Paul Ecke Ranch in Encinitas, California. The Foundation’s goal for this 67.5‐acre agricultural property, now known as Leichtag Commons, is to create a physical platform for the advancement of the strategies listed above and a cultural and community resource for the San Diego region. With breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean, a network of

greenhouses, barns and other structures, and easy access to the public, the Ranch is situated in an ideal North County location.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The essential functions include, but are limited to,  the following:

Infrastructure:

  • Install irrigation updates and repair as needed
  • Maintain earthworks

Food Forest and Vineyard Maintenance:

  • Care for existing trees, vines, and understory
  • Spread mulch
  • Weed
  • Plant
  • Prune trees, vines, and understory as needed
  • Apply organic pesticide
  • Apply compost tea fertilizer
  • Work on pest control

Nursery Development and Maintenance:

  • Propagate from seed, bulb, or cuttings  Care for young plants

Programming:

  • Assist with annual Food Forest Festival
  • Lead volunteer groups, as well as support coordination and logistics, as needed

 Data Collection:

  • Label new trees
  • Assist with taking general measurements
  • Assist with photography

 Other:

  • Operate tractor and bobcat with various implements
  • Maintain an organized tool shed
  • Provide reports to the Food Forest Coordinator on project summaries, as requested
  • Follow safe work environment practices
  • Other duties, as assigned by supervisor, to support the development and maintenance of the entire farm including the vegetable production fields and animal pastures

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Massachusetts – Land’s Sake Farm hiring Multiple Positions

Weston, Massachusetts

Land’s Sake combines ecologically-sound land management practices with hands-on environmental education to model how public open space can be used and enjoyed by the community. A 501c3 nonprofit corporation, we run a public farm, host educational programming for all ages, maintain the town forest for recreational and production uses, and care for both public conservation and private land.

Our efforts are centered on three themes:
-Environmental Education
-Sustainable Land Management
-Community-Building and Caretaking

Bringing people onto the land as visitors to our farm, as volunteers or youth workers, and through our active educational programs, we directly connect people to their local ecology. Our work uncovers the intrinsic value of the land around us and the importance of treating the land with respect.

Land’s Sake is currently hiring 3 Positions:

Land’s Sake hiring Seasonal Forestry Assistant

Weston, Massachusetts

Land’s Sake – Seasonal Forestry Assistant

Land’s Sake is seeking a qualified applicant to fill a seasonal Forestry Assistant position. The position will average approximately 25-35 hours per week from January to April 2016. Actual weekly hours will depend on weather and scheduling.

The Forestry Assistant will primarily be working on firewood production and maple sugaring. Applicants must have experience safely using a chainsaw and with bucking. Experience with low impact forestry equipment such as a farm tractor, cable winch, log splitter, etc is a plus. with maple sugar production welcome but not necessary in this position. All applicants must be able to pass a background check, as this position may involve working with children.  Please note that this job is physically demanding, and requires full days of manual labor outside in all weather.

TYPICAL DUTIES

  • In cooperation with the town of Weston’s Conservation Commission, sustainably harvest firewood as a form of forest stand improvement.
  • Under the direction of the program manager, work to buck and limb trees, then split and stack approximately 40-50 cords of firewood over the course of the season.
  • Maintain a clean work site by cutting down slash, removing debris from trails, keeping an eye towards the overall aesthetics of the forest.
  • Maintain and properly store equipment, including minor repairs as needed.
  • Assist in production of maple syrup
    • Tap sugar maples and hang sap collection buckets on 300-400 trees at beginning of season, and remove, clean and store buckets at the end of season
    •  Help to collect sap from buckets during sap runs, use wood-fired evaporator to boil sap, and bottle syrup
  • Maintain and care for all forestry and maple sugaring equipment through regular cleaning, tuning, etc.
  • Support Education program field trips and visits to sugar house
  • Assist in planning and hosting community outreach events such as informational site walks, volunteer work days, sugaring-off festival, etc.

Compensation is hourly at a rate commensurate with skills and experience.  Temporary seasonal rental housing may also be available.

If interested, please send a resume, cover letter, and salary history to jobs@landssake.org. Applications will be considered as they are received – this position will remain open until filled. Land’s Sake is an equal opportunity employer.

Land’s Sake farm hiring Stewardship Assistant

Weston, Massachusetts

Land’s Sake is seeking a part-time, seasonal employee to assist with our sustainable land management and stewardship branch. This position will run from the end of May until August with possible work extension into the fall and consist of up to 20 hours of work per week. This job consists primarily of:

–Mowing of fields and trails using a commercial-grade riding mower or farm tractor with mowing deck

–Supporting off-season Forestry Department activities including pruning Christmas trees, preparing for maple syrup production, maintaining firewood stacks, etc.

–Various other stewardship tasks including but not limited to; clearing/moving brush, removing invasive species, maintaining an aesthetic landscape at the main farm and office, and assisting with various jobs around the farm.

Qualifications:

–Experience using equipment such as riding mowers, brush mowers, weed whackers, etc. and experience towing a trailer

–Able to work independently for long days while doing physically demanding work in potentially inclement weather

–High commitment to safety and careful attention to quality

–Able to pass a criminal background test and have a valid driver’s license

Essential skills and abilities:

–Ability to lift and carry up to 35 pounds at a time over uneven terrain
–Ability to work outdoors in all conditions
–Compensation is $10-12 per hour commensurate with experience, as well as free produce from our farm stand.

Other Helpful Skills:

–Experience using a tractor and/or chainsaw
–Knowledge of small engine maintenance and repair

To apply, please email the Forest and Stewardship coordinator at aaron@landssake.org. Please provide three work references, a resume and a short cover letter explaining why you are interested in the position and any related experiences. We will be hiring until position is filled.

Land’s Sake is an equal opportunity employer, and people of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.