Wisconsin – Wellspring, Inc. hiring Buildings and Groundskeeper

West Bend, Wisconsin

Position Description: Buildings and Groundskeeper at Wellspring Inc.

Wellspring Mission: “Wellspring Inc is a nonprofit Education and Retreat Center, as well as a Certified Organic Farm and CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) whose mission it is to inspire and teach people to grow, prepare and eat healthy food. In so doing, we transform food systems and build community.”

Groundskeeper Job Description

Ensure all buildings, facilities, and work spaces are well-maintained, structurally sound and secure, well-kept in appearance, and free of safety hazards; Ensure all outdoor areas, including improved and unimproved pathways, and any non-production land owned or rented by Wellspring, are well-maintained, well-kept in appearance, and free of safety hazards; Ensure that all vehicles, equipment, machinery, and tools are well-maintained and in good working order; Ensure all utility services, including electrical, HVAC, water, natural gas, and sewer are in proper working order and free of safety hazards.

Responsibilities including but not limited to:

  • Maintain buildings, facilities and workspaces
    • Clearing rain gutters
    • Painting as needed
    • Installing rain collection barrels in spring, storing them in fall
    • Regularly inspect buildings for safety and repairs
    • Repair or replace anything in the buildings that needs attention
    • Maintaining organization and cleanliness in the Shop
    • Process all garbage and recycling
  • Maintain outdoor areas
    • Mow all grassy areas: lawns, trails, labyrinth, and pathways
    • Manage the brush pile
    • Facilitate removal of any harmful insects or pest infestation
    • Process downed trees
    • Maintaining gravel driveway
  • Maintain all equipment, machinery, and tools
    • Clean and lubricate all electrical, mechanical equipment including mowers, saws, tractor and implements, farm truck, and hand tools
    • Replacing and adding new tools as needed
    • Restocking fuel tanks
    • Winterizing mowers, weed eater, tiller, saws; storing mower battery
    • Properly disposal of used grease, oil, and other hazardous fluids
  • Maintain all utility services
    • Fill water softeners with pellet salt
    • Clearing water lines for winter
  • Work collaboratively with Wellspring Staff
    • Coordinate maintenance and usage of shared space in collaboration with Conference Center Director, Farm Manager, and Education Director.
    • Coordinate timing and space usage related to any maintenance activities or projects to minimize impact on workshops or events.
    • Coordinate any work involving hospitality areas (house, hostel, barn loft) with the Conference Center Director to ensure minimal impact on guests.
    • Work collaboratively with all staff on large projects such as infrastructure development, large equipment purchases, and organization of shared spaces.
    • Provide assistance as requested during special events at Wellspring.
    • Provide assistance to guests and visitors as requested.
  • Communicate with Wellspring Board of Directors
    • Provide written reports on activities, objectives, and finances as requested.
    • Attend board meetings as requested

Qualifications:

  • Highschool Diploma/GED
  • 2+ years groundskeeping experience
  • Carpentry: 2+ years experience or certificate
  • Mechanical experience preferred
  • Must be reliable and have good time management skills

Schedule: Part time. Hours vary seasonally. 20-25/week hours during the growing season; 5-10 hours during the winter season.

Compensation: $10/hour. Access to surplus produce.

Governance: Groundskeeper is eligible to join the board of directors, upon nomination and pending vote of current members of the board.

To apply, applicants may submit their resume and letter of intention to roxanne@wellspringinc.org. We will then follow up with an application form, after which we will contact you for an interview.

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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.

Colorado – Smith Fork Ranch hiring Farmstead Gardener and Groundskeeper

 Crawford, Colorado

Position: Farmstead Gardener and Groundskeeper

Smith Fork Ranch provides luxurious guest accommodations in the rustic tradition, breathtaking views in every direction, highly acclaimed cuisine using our own organically grown vegetables, fruits, poultry and regional game, an award-winning wine cellar, outstanding fly fishing on miles of private waters, a stable of well-trained riding horses, expert guides for fishing, riding, hiking, sporting clays, mountain biking and other outdoor activities including a very active children’s program. Our passion and mission is to preserve and nurture the authentic western lifestyle and experience, and to share it with guests at Smith Fork Ranch here in our magnificent corner of the Colorado Rocky Mountains.

The groundskeeper/gardener at Smith Fork Ranch will report directly to the General Manager and work closely with both the Ranch Foreman and Executive Chef. This position consists of two different but related aspects of the Smith Fork Ranch experience. The cultivated grounds within the ranch compound and the farmstead garden are of equal importance to the guest experience. This position will be responsible for assigning tasks (such as mowing, weed removal, etc.) to the outdoor guides during the guest season. The management of our 1/3 acre farmstead garden and greenhouse before and during season to ensure our kitchen team is supplied with a proper harvest of fruits and vegetables is of the utmost importance.

GROUNDSKEEPING RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Plans and executes landscaping operations, maintains grounds and landscape of the Smith Fork Ranch property, including Hill House grounds and landscaping
  • Prepares terrain, applies fertilizers, seeding lawns, transplanting shrubs and plants as necessary, uses manual and power operated equipment
  • Locates and plants shrubs, trees, and flowers selected by property owner or those recommended for the particular landscape effect
  • Mows and trims lawns, using push mower or riding mower
  • Manages outdoor guides during the season to assist in mowing, weeding, and any other tasks that need attention on Smith Fork Ranch property
  • Maintain grounds using rakes, brooms, or hoses
  • Apply nutrients to trees, shrubs, or lawns as needed
  • Maintain sprinkler system to ensure accurate coverage with assistance of Ranch Foreman
  • Schedule maintenance of sprinkler system upon opening and closing of the season with assistance of the ranch foreman

 

FARMSTEAD GARDEN RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Collaborate with Executive Chef in ordering seeds for the season
  • Place orders for all gardening supplies/seeds in a timely manner after approved by GM
  • Start seeds in a timely manner for maximum production
  • Prepare the soil for planting
  • Maintain irrigation in the farmstead area
  • Control greenhouse temperature and production throughout the year
  • Keep the farmstead area clean, organized, and aesthetically pleasing to guests during the season
  • Be available for farmstead tours when needed throughout the season
  • Communicate with the Executive Chef regarding items for harvest
  • Properly wash and prepare items for kitchen
  • Ensure quality items are being harvested
  • Plant flowers in the garden or around the property for the use of the housekeeping and dining staff
  • Ensure the housekeeping and dining staff are aware of the flowers that are their responsibility and that they are properly watered throughout the season

REQUIREMENTS

  • Basic knowledge of water systems
  • Extensive knowledge and experience running a LARGE garden plot
  • Knowledge of harvest times and plant needs
  • At least 3 years gardening experience
  • Ability to grow and maintain an abundant garden at 7,200 feet
  • Physical strength
  • Ability to lift 50lbs. consecutively
  • Ability to get along with people and guests who often want a tour of the farmstead
  • Ability to work with the executive chef in planning meals around produce
  • Self starting/self managing qualifications
  • Available from March 1 through November 15

Compensation

Competitive salary based on ability and experience. Housing available, meals and share of employee tip pool.

Mail or Email application, cover letter, resume and photo to:

Smith Fork Ranch

Attn: General Manager

45362 Needle Rock Road

Crawford, CO 81415

Phone: 970-921-3454

Email: info@smithforkranch.com

 

Ironstone Farm hiring Director of Facilities

Andover, Massachusetts

Position: Director of Facilities

Reports to:  Director of Administration

FLSA Status:  Exempt

Posting Date:  September 1, 2015

Position Summary:  Manage the maintenance, continual improvement and growth of the Ironstone Farm properties. To ensure that all involved, human and animal, are confident in a safe environment, that all programs run smoothly and efficiently, and that the grounds and buildings are all always clean and aesthetically presentable for all occasions at all times. To work with the board of directors and administrative staff by regularly communicating facility needs and associated costs, budgeting, and preparing, maintaining and sharing short and long term plans for improvements needed to ensure the future of a sustainable and well run organization.

Essential Functions:

  1. Grounds Keeping – Ensure the following:
  • Fall/Spring clean-up
  • Lawn maintenance
  • Beautification (care of all flower beds, trimming, weeding, mulching, etc.)
  • Pond/stream oversight and maintenance
  • Fencing maintenance (paint, repair, daily monitoring)
  • Maintenance of roadways and parking areas, including trails
  • Maintenance of pedestrian walkways and waiting areas
  • Maintenance of safe riding areas including minimum of weekly raking of footing in rings
  • Preparation for events and special occasions
  • Regular watering of dusty areas
  • Awareness of and attention to outdoor program needs and activities
  • Assurance of effective outdoor lighting. Change timers at change of seasons.
  • Regular manure management to ensure a healthy environment including sale of compost and manure and/or regular removal of manure from the premises
  • Woodlot maintenance
  • Assurance of safe paddock and horse feeding areas
  • Assurance of safe outdoor sheds/containers for storage of feed and herd shelter
  • Awareness of and attention to needs of feeders and working students
  • Regular oversight and management of littering and continual trash pick-up
  • Awareness of and attention to farm security
  1. Building Management – (Large Arena, Therapy Arena, Main Barn, Welcome Center, Farmhouse, Arts and Education Center, Staff Residence) Ensure the following:
  • Paint and repair, inside and out, with regularly planned painting projects at appropriate times of the year
  • Assurance of proper and consistent lighting at all times
  • Maintenance of plumbing, electricity and electronics in all buildings
  • Management of buildings for weather, temperature changes and snow
  • Maintenance of heat and air conditioning as needed
  • Awareness of and attention to staff and programs needs within buildings
  • Preparation for special events and weekend programs
  • Maintenance of clean and aesthetically welcoming environment inside and outside of buildings
  • Regular attention to and maintenance of fire extinguishers, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, defibrillators, air conditioning and furnace filters and any other requirements for ensuring building, person and animal safety and comfort.
  • Regular cleaning, cobwebbing, raking and manure management of barns.
  • Regular raking of indoor riding areas and all dirt floors
  • Regular emptying of trash in all areas including all houses, work areas, inside and outside program delivery areas
  • Awareness and attention to building security

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