Maine – Spear Spring Farm hiring Field Manager

Warren, Maine

Spear Spring Farm, LLC                                                                                        May 2018

Field Manager Job Description

Spear Spring Farm is an historic 150-acre diversified farm dating back to 1736, located in Warren, Maine.  The farm has been vacant for a few years and we are seeking an experienced field manager for 2018 to help us bring the farm back into production.  A small bunkhouse (brand new!) may be available for the right person if housing is needed.

Spear Spring Farm is committed to “organic practices”.  We are not a certified organic farm at this time, but we farm in harmony with the land and using organic methods.  We will be planting a wide diversity of vegetables, flowers, perennials, and herbs, which we expect to sell primarily through our on site farm store, CSA, and wholesale accounts.  We may also choose to add livestock and other farm activities down the road.  We place a special emphasis on building soil health and sustainable ecosystems that are efficient and in harmony with the land and would love for someone with a passion for sustainable agriculture and out of the box thinking to join our team.  Since we are rebuilding, this is a great opportunity to see and participate in the shaping of a sustainable and profitable farm.  If you want to work hard, eat well, love your job, and have fun doing it, then join us at Spear Spring Farm!

Timeframe:  We are seeking to a field manager and two full time employees from early March through late November 2018.  There may be the potential for continuing part-time work through the winter months.

Work description: Spear Spring Farm is a new endeavor to restore an historic farm and bring it back to beauty and full production.  The field manager will work closely with the President of the farm business to implement and manage the production schedule and complete weekly goals, managing the farm staff and activities in an efficient and professional manner.  The primary job responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

  • Overseeing all farm labor – training and scheduling, ensuring safety protocols are met, working alongside your team to ensure efficient use of time and resources, teaching wherever possible and creating a happy, hardworking farm environment that values our employees’ input and unique experience
  • Planting seeds, seedlings and vegetables/shrubs/trees
  • Managing the greenhouse
  • Weeding, fertilizing, maintaining fields and growing areas
  • Helping to restore the farm (Store, Fields, Workshop, Roads, Etc.)
  • Harvesting vegetables by hand
  • Washing and packing vegetables for sale
  • Possible delivery of vegetables
  • Manning the farm store
  • Tractor work
  • Possible maintenance work, such as painting, building stone walls, landscaping, cleaning grounds (buildings, fields)
  • Possible care of livestock
  • Pruning trees and orchard care

Hours:  We are hiring for up to 40 hours per week.  Additional hours may be available in May/June and September/October should you desire to increase your hours.  Work hours are between 7am and 7pm (somewhat flexible depending on what needs to get done) with a one-hour lunch (bring your own) taken around midday.

Compensation:  The Field Manager will receive $15/hour.  If housing is required then wages will be negotiated depending on the housing agreement.  Surplus and/or second quality produce may be available to farm employees free of charge, depending on the harvest.  Other perks and incentives for hard work and a great attitude are offered throughout the season.

Location: Warren is only 15 minutes from the ocean and the neighboring towns of Rockland and Damariscotta (great food, theaters, museums, and a vibrant local community), and only 25 minutes to Camden/Rockport.  The farm boasts sweeping views of fields and the Camden Hills in the distance, 3 ponds, frontage on the St. George River and ample woods.  We have a nesting pair of Barred Owls in the back fields and a nearby lake with beach that’s accessible by a short walk.  There is a vibrant local food community, along with many area activities and festivals that make the MidCoast of Maine a great place to live and work!

Housing:  On site housing may be available in the form of a small 12’ x 24’ bunkhouse with private bathroom and electricity.  Housing is provided as part of employee compensation.

Pets: Well-trained, friendly pets are welcome with prior approval and at the owner’s discretion.  There are already two dogs on site at the farm.   Well-behaved dogs must be under owner’s voice control, get along with all people (including children) and our dogs.  Spear Spring Farm is located on Rt. 1 in Warren – a busy road, where the speed limit is 55 and visitors to the farm pull through to visit the farm store.  The road hazard is real and the safety of your pet is entirely your responsibility.

Qualifications:

  • Farming and manual labor experience preferred
  • Tractor experience a plus
  • Punctuality, honesty, reliability are required!
  • Ability to work outdoors in all weather conditions
  • Attention to detail
  • Stamina to maintain fast and accurate working pace all day
  • Ability to lift 50 lbs.
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Reliable transportation
  • Positive outlook and good sense of humor

How to apply:

No phone calls, please.  We are accepting applications until the positions are filled and will only consider complete applications.  If you are interested in working at Spear Spring Farm, please e-mail the following items to:  jamien.richardson@gmail.com

  1. A one-page letter introducing yourself, describing your farm related experience, your availability (which days of the week you are able to work) and why you want to work at Spear Spring Farm…
  2. A list of recent/relevant work history (or a resume) including names of previous employers, duration worked, and primary job responsibilities
  3. Three work-related references with job title and contact information

We will respond to all completed applications that are received.

 

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Maine – Springdale Farm hiring Assistant Herdsman

Waldo, Maine

Springdale Farm

207-272-5492

sprindalejerseys@gmail.com

Assistant Herdsman/Assistant Grazing Manager

Springdale Farm is a fourth generation family dairy farm in Waldo, Maine.  We milk 125 registered Jersey and Guernsey cows, raise beef, veal and pork for local markets and have a small creamery.  We have been rotationally grazing our dairy herd since the early 1970’s and it is the cornerstone of our farm.  We are looking for a motivated individual to help continue to improve and expand our grazing system and perform some general herdsman duties.

Responsibilities include:

Aid in all aspects of rotational grazing on 125 cow dairy herd, 40 dry cows and 30 breeding age heifers.  Tasks may include:

  • All aspects of planning and implementation of permanent, semi-permanent and temporary fencing including barbed wire, steel wire and polywire
    • Upkeep of old fences
    • Maintaining and monitoring electricity
    • Moving polywire
    • Aiding in daily rotation of two milking herds
    • Aiding appropriate rotation of dry cow herd
    • Developing rotational system for breeding age heifers
  • Monitoring grazing conditions on a daily and sometimes hourly basis
  • Clipping pastures
  • Maintaining stationary and mobile water supplies
  • Re-seeding pastures

Herdsman duties:

  • Herd vaccination program
  • Calf and heifer management
  • Milk quality management
    • Monitor for and treat mastitis
    • Monitor general herd health
    • Monitor milking parlor and milk house maintenance

Position would ideally evolve into a management role based on the needs of the farm and strengths of the individual.  Pay depends on experience.  Housing available.

Maine – Pietree Orchard hiring Orchardist

Sweden, Maine

Orchardist, Assistant (Full Time) 

Pietree Orchard, Western Maine – Oxford County, Sweden, ME.   

Hourly Wage: $15-18/hour, commensurate with formal education & experience.  Health insurance, 2 weeks vacation and independent housing is supplied.   

Description:

Full-time, 40-55 hours per week, according to season. Monday – Friday work schedule is expected, with additional evening and/or weekend work required at times.  The Assistant Orchardist will be responsible for, with the guidance of the Orchardist, maintaining and expanding our farm’s 15 acres of tree fruit production.  We bring 60 varieties of apples (some heritage) and other tree fruit to our market to sell.  The orchard uses IPM production for our trees which range from standard sized to high density fruiting walls.  The Orchardist is eager to share his extensive knowledge of over 30 years of apple growing throughout the North East and will provide on-the-job training for this position.  We are seeking a person who is interested in joining us to learn the art and science of apple growing and then to take on the Head Orchardist role as he retires in 8-10 years.

Pietree Orchard is a 400 acre vibrant, diverse farm, whose primary location is in Sweden, ME – on a ridge in the foothills of New Hampshire’s White Mountains.  The McSherry family established this orchard in the mid 1930s and we purchased it in 2008. Our focus is to continue to grow great local food and help strengthen our local community.  Today, across three farm locations, we focus on tree fruit, vegetables, maple syrup, hay and baked goods and are expanding into new crops and farm fresh products each year.  This position will be based at the main farm located in Sweden, Maine.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

This position, with the guidance and direction of the Orchardist, will be involved in:

  • pruning
  • planting and orchard layout
  • tree training
  • fruit thinning
  • fruit harvest, recordkeeping and storing
  • various orchard management tasks
  • assisting in supervision of seasonal help
  • working with field crew when needed
  • assisting in set up and maintenance of equipment, including sprayers.

Knowledge and Skill Qualifications:

This position requires:

  • Associate’s degree in horticulture, agriculture or a closely related field
  • Internship or one year of work experience in horticulture or a related field.
  • Ability to work independently and manage multiple tasks in an autonomous work environment as well as work effectively as part of a team.
  • Ability to travel both in and out-of-state, requiring a valid driver’s license.
  • Participation in state and regional conferences and continuing education events.
  • Ability to routinely lift 30 to 50 pounds.
  • Completion of Agricultural Basic Pesticide Applicator license within a year after hire.
  • Comply with food safety requirements.
  • To develop and maintain professional relationships that reflect courtesy, civility, and mutual respect.
  • Ability to communicate effectively using oral, written and electronic methods.

 This position prefers:

  • Bachelor’s degree in horticulture, agriculture or a closely related field and three years of work experience in horticulture or a related field.
  • Knowledge of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) in tree fruit production.

Schedule for Evaluation:  With Orchardist, in the initial six months of employment then annually thereafter.

Please submit cover letter, resume and three professional references by May 18, 2018 to Cathryn Kloetzli at cathrynkloetzli@pietree-orchard.com.  We will continue to accept applications until an exceptional candidate is found.  We hope to have the successful candidate start their career with us by July 2018.

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.

Maine – Maine Coast Waldorf School hiring Kitchen Manager/Chef

Freeport, Maine

Seeking a Kitchen Manager/Chef

Maine Coast Waldorf School seeks a Kitchen Manager/Chef. This position will independently manage and operate MCWS’s new commercial kitchen at 57 Desert Road, Freeport. The Kitchen Manager/Chef will provide food services for the MCWS community, including but not exclusive to lunch and snacks, before and during school days. In exchange, they may use the licensed, commercial kitchen space any time it isn’t reserved for a class culinary activity or scheduled event. They are free to develop take-home or other food service options for our school community and, if desired, create food products for their business’s off-site sales. A modest monthly fee will be charged to cover a portion of the overhead directly related to the Kitchen.

  • The Kitchen Manager/Chef will provide delicious, healthy, reasonably priced food options, using fresh, local, organic ingredients whenever possible, for an estimated 40-60 students and faculty.
  • The Kitchen Manager/Chef will foster an environment that is welcoming, inspiring, and fully integrated into the life of the school.

Requirements for this Position:

  • ServSafe Manager certified
  • Proof of liability insurance
  • Adequate culinary and food handling training, acquired on the job or through a certified culinary school
  • Experience managing the finances of a food business

Founded in 1984, Maine Coast Waldorf School serves over 260 children from parent/toddler through high school.  We are an accredited Waldorf program with more than 35 full-time faculty members, 6 classroom buildings, and permaculture-designed gardens on a 75-acre campus. The new 284 sq. ft. commercial kitchen and adjacent 751 sq. ft. sunny café were recently completed to accommodate the school’s vision for incorporating more food programming and services.  The kitchen is equipped with new stainless appliances, including secure storage areas.

To Apply:  Please send a letter of introduction, your resume, a brief biography, and three letters of recommendation to jobs@mainecoastwaldorf.org.

Maine – Ripley Farm hiring Assistant Farmer

Dover-Foxcroft, Maine

Assistant Farmer at Ripley Farm

Immediate Availability

Located in Dover-Foxcroft, Maine (40 miles west of Bangor, Maine)

http://www.ripleyorganicfarm.com

http://www.facebook.com/RipleyFarm

Make an impact.  Get an education.  Get paid.

A year round job where you are truly valuable to the success of the farm.

We know what it feels like to be sent to harvest more bunches of chard from the same hopeless patch – again.  We’ve been there.  We were apprentices, too.  We’re here to offer you a different road to take.

Imagine a farming job where…

  • You can make an impact every day
  • Your input is valued and listened to every time
  • You get your questions answered about “why?”
  • And you get paid.

We need someone like you, someone who cares about their role on the farm, to help us grow and meet our goals.

We started out as a very small farm run by a young couple with a dream and a little land.  From our humble beginning of 16 CSA members, ten years later we have now grown to 5 acres of vegetables feeding a 150 member Summer CSA and 50 member Winter CSA thanks to the support of our rural community.

Entering our second decade of farming, we find ourselves in an exciting stage of the business.  We are upgrading our farm systems and making infrastructure, marketing, and production changes that promise to improve the sustainability of our family farm.

You could be a big part in making this happen.

“Working for and with Ripley Farm owners, Gene and Mary Margaret, was by far my best farming experience to date.  Their attention to detail, fun loving sense of humor, work ethic, and ability to both teach and to listen is something that really inspired me as a person and a farmer.  While I was there, they included me in everything, and made me feel like an extremely valuable member of Ripley Farm.  Other farms I worked on never quite included me on all the little details that really pull a farm together, but the Ripley’s really made an effort to do just that.  I can confidently say they are some of the best farmers, teachers, and friends I know.”    Carmen Allen, Assistant Farmer 2015-17

What the Assistant Farmer job looks like:

  • Year round work – so you can see the backend of farming like you’ve always wanted.
  • Involvement and input into all parts of production from planting to harvesting – so you can make real impact while building your skills.
  • Training in specialized equipment and techniques – so you can increase your proficiency in small scale market farming.
  • Small farm environment – so you won’t be stuck picking beans by yourself all day.
  • Collaboration with a small team of enthusiastic farmers – so you don’t feel like you are the only one who cares.
  • High quality standards and Certified Organic – so you can be proud of what you produce.
  • Insight into decision making process and recordkeeping system – so you can learn more and take on more responsibility.
  • Participation in infrastructure and efficiency projects – so you can meaningfully contribute to the growth and improvement of the farm.
  • Hourly pay rate commensurate with experience – so you can pursue your passion without going broke.
  • Regular check-ins – so you can get and give feedback on your experience.
  • Annual performance review – so you can get a raise based on your hard work.

Free bonuses that come with the job:

  • Training in Holistic Management and Holistic Financial Planning – so you can get real life experience with this important farm management tool.
  • Free access to our Farmer Training Library – so you can fuel your interest with knowledge on your time off.
  • Unlimited free organic veggies from the farm – so you can eat like royalty.

“I’ve already learned more about the business side of farming in my first three weeks here than I did in two years of farming at my previous job.”  Robert Segerson, current Assistant Farm Manager

You’ve fallen in love with farming.  You can get another seasonal farmhand job where they don’t care about you.  Or you can take your passion seriously.  Make it into something real.

You’re standing at the crossroads.  To the left is the same rough rocky road you’ve been traveling.  To the right is the road fewer people will choose.  This road is not harder.  It’s different.   Choosing the right road makes all the difference.  We’re hoping you’ll choose the right road and apply today.

To apply:

  1. Write a cover letter that explains what spoke to you about this job, why it is the right road for you, and when you could start.
  2. Put together a list of your three best references, tell us who they are, and how to get a hold of them.
  3. Attach the two above items PLUS your resume and send it to Gene at ripleyfarm@gmail.com.

 

 

 

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)
Website: http://www.ripleyorganicfarm.com
Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/RipleyFarm
For questions regarding this position please contact Gene Ripley at ripleyfarm@gmail.com.

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.

Experience:

  • 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 ripleyfarm@gmail.com 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 ripleyfarm@gmail.com.
  5. No phone calls, please.  We will not consider incomplete applications.