Maine – Ararat Farms hiring Farm Manager

Lincolnville, Maine

Ararat Farms is currently hiring for a Farm manager/ field crew manager for upcoming season and winter planning. Must be experienced, knowledgeable and hard working. offering competitive pay and accommodations including five-star living quarters contact acorliss@araratfarms.com or 207-356-7598 to inquire.

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Maine – Crystal Spring Farm hiring Assistant Manager

Brunswick, Maine
Crystal Spring Farm is seeking full-time Assistant Manager for 2018.
Crystal Spring is certified organic family farm in Brunswick Maine growing produce for our community for over 15 years. The 195 acre farm grows 15 acres of vegetables, 72 acres of wild blueberries, 60 acres of hay/baleage and a dozen pigs. We grow 10 months of the year and market through our on-farm CSA, delivered shares and wholesale accounts. The farm prides itself on our high quality and diverse offering of crops. Each season’s success rests upon the work of the crew, extensive planning/organization and using machinery to help us work quickly while saving wear and tear on our bodies. Working side by side, we share the knowledge that makes a successful season while having a good time doing it.
An assistant manager will be involved, at least to some extent, with all aspects of our farming operation but will take a leadership role in field crew management including harvest, mechanical transplanting and weed control with opportunities to be involved in field preparation, field and greenhouse seeding, blueberry production, seasonal rotations, cover cropping and crop planning.
All crew members are encouraged to participate in MOFGA and Maine cooperative extension field events and seminars during the season as our work schedule permits to enhance their education on the farm. Year end conference fees and lodging expenses are covered by the farm for continuing employees.
The assistant manager will work 5 days a week and every other Saturday March-November with part-time hours available Dec-Feb.
Qualifications:
  • At least two full seasons of vegetable farm production experience with demonstrated tractor/implement experience and reference(s).
  • A valid driver’s license and a clean driving record.
  • Strong organizational skills, with particular attention to details and efficiencies.
  • Demonstrated physical strength and motivation to maintain focus for the season.
  • Good interpersonal skills, clear communication style and a sense of humor.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team. As a crew leader, the assistant manager will be guiding apprentices and hourly employees while communicating with the farmer to organize the operation as a whole.
  • This position is best suited for a self-motivated person who wants to pursue a career in farming.
Time frame and Compensation:
Flexible start date February- early March  preferred. This position goes through the third week of November. Option available to work part-time through the winter after one season.
We offer $12-$15/hr. plus a week of paid vacation.
To apply send a cover letter, resume and references by email: seth@crystalspringcsa.com

Maine – Maine Coast Heritage Trust hiring General Manager for Aldermere Farm

Rockport, Maine

MAINE COAST HERITAGE TRUST

 GENERAL MANAGER, ALDERMERE FARM/ERICKSON FIELDS

Maine Coast Heritage Trust is looking for a general manager for Aldermere Farm and Erickson Fields in Rockport, Maine.  We need a person who is passionate about community conservation and agriculture. The manager supervises a professional staff, and must have hands on farming experience, as well as budgeting, communications, community engagement and excellent people management skills.  This is a job for someone who wants to jump in, become engaged, and support the work of the Farm, and of Maine Coast Heritage Trust.

GENERAL SUMMARY:

Under the general supervision of the Director of Stewardship, and working with a professional staff, both at the Farm and throughout Maine Coast Heritage Trust, manages all aspects of operations and programming for Aldermere Farm and Erickson Fields.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

  • Manages the land and resources of Aldermere Farm and Erickson Fields, including maintaining the Farm’s blue ribbon herd of cattle and its many buildings and performing tasks such as haying, wood cutting, snow removal, shingling, and other light carpentry on a seasonal or year-round basis.
  • Supervises management staff at Aldermere Farm and Erickson Fields.
  • Develops and implements programs and projects that further MCHT’s mission and meet community objectives. Identifies and creates programs related to agriculture, community well-being, etc.
  • Markets and sells cattle, beef, semen, hay, vegetables and farm equipment.
  • Develops and manages a budget of over $785,000 for Aldermere Farm and Erickson Fields. Approves most expenditures and participates in fundraising efforts.
  • Establishes and maintains effective public, consumer, and customer relations. Establishes and maintains MCHT’s presence in the community and strives to build community good will and respect for the Trust whenever possible.
  • Hires, trains, and supervises all Farm staff to ensure that responsibilities are carried out in an effective and timely manner. Assigns work and reviews performance.
  • Performs special projects and other related duties as required, directed, or as the situation dictates.
  • Long work days, including night and weekend work, are expected.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITY:

Supervises the staff at Aldermere Farm and at Erickson Fields.  Supervisory responsibilities include interviewing and selection, training and development, adherence to safe working practices, scheduling, counseling, discipline, termination, evaluating performance, and recommending pay increases.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:

Bachelor’s Degree in a related field with seven to ten years of experience in farming and operations management and communications. Master’s Degree helpful.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Ability to promote and maintain positive public relations and to interact with a wide variety of people.
  • Working knowledge of and on the ground experience with farm operations, budget development and administration and small business functions. Cattle breeding experience is very important.
  • Strong planning, organizational, and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to effectively oversee and supervise staff and operations.
  • Excellent interpersonal and oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
  • Ability to effectively operate computers and assigned software.
  • Physical ability sufficient to perform required tasks, including farm work (haying, tractor operation, cattle management).

WORKING CONDITIONS AND PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

Some work is performed in an office environment in an old house on the Farm which may be cool in the winter. Operates computer, printer, projector and other office equipment.

Land and resource management is performed outdoors in all weather conditions and requires frequent walking, climbing, bending, and lifting.  Operates tractor, wood splitter, truck, and other equipment, and handles cattle, hay, etc. Ability to lift hay bales weighing up to 75 pounds and bales averaging 50 pounds on a repetitive basis. Able to operate a chainsaw to fell trees. Will be required to work with cattle and an aggressive bull possibly weighing 2000 pounds. May be called in at any time of day/night for farm emergencies.

REQUIREMENT:  To fulfill the duties of this position, on-farm housing is provided and acceptance is required.

This is a permanent, full-time position with a benefits package including health insurance, vacation time, and retirement.

TO APPLY: Send cover letter and resume to search@mcht.org with “General Manager” in the subject line.

DEADLINE TO APPLY: October 14, 2017

Please visit http://www.aldermere.org to learn more about the farm and http://www.mcht.org to learn more about Maine Coast Heritage Trust.

 

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to do this job.  The above is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required.  The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.

This job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee, and is subject to change by the employer, as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.

External and internal applicants, as well as position incumbents who become disabled as defined under the Americans With Disabilities Act, must be able to perform the essential job functions (as listed) either unaided or with the assistance of a reasonable accommodation to be determined by management on a case by case basis

Maine Coast Heritage Trust values diversity and we are an Equal Opportunity Employer

 

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.

 

Maine – Broad Arrow Farm hiring Multiple Positions

Bristol, Maine
LIVESTOCK MANAGER

Broad Arrow Farm seeks a livestock manager to join a team farming on the Pemaquid Peninsula in Bristol, Maine. The position requires at least five years’ practical experience and a passion for the land and its resources. The candidate must have some fluency with livestock husbandry and the ability to work and communicate efficiently.
The Livestock Manager is a critical team-member in the development of the farm. Manager responsibilities include all aspects of animal husbandry and resource management. Livestock populations are hogs, sheep and poultry, including a woods-based farrow-to-finish hog operation with a herd of Large Black X Old Spots.  Access to all necessary equipment and resources will be provided.
The Broad Arrow Farm Project consists of 160 acres of forest, 7 acres of grass pasture and a gravel yard, presently covering two properties with multiple points of access. While the hog operation is the foundational economic enterprise, there are plants focused operations on the farm and in the gardens, with the two operations often merging through water, soil and crop management.  Good communication skills will be required when the operations overlap.
Broad Arrow Farm would consider a farm couple or family with multiple members interested in employment. Compensation commensurate with experience. Package includes housing and health care insurance.
LABOR
Broad Arrow Farm in Bristol, seeks farm labor offering competitive wages relative to experience.
The candidates must have interest in animal husbandry and or horticulture, be able to work well both independently and in a group setting as well as be a competent machine and chainsaw operator.
Farm duties include but are not limited to: Feeding and watering of livestock, planting, pruning and cultivation of plant stock, landscape maintenance, fence construction and maintenance, crop harvest and forestry.
The labor positions are under the direction of project management.
Full and part time work available to suite the right candidates.

Maine – Spear Spring Farm hiring Farm Workers

Warren, Maine

Spear Spring Farm, LLC                                                                                        4.12.17

Farm Labor Job Description

Spear Spring Farm is an historic 150-acre “organic practice” diversified farm dating back to 1736, located in Warren, Maine.  The farm has been vacant for a few years and we are seeking a couple or two individuals to help us bring the farm back into production.  A small bunkhouse (brand new!) will soon be available with private bathroom and electricity.  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 growing practices that are efficient and in harmony with the land and would love for people 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 hire two full time employees from mid-May through November 2017.  There may be potential for continuing part time work through the winter months, although likely without housing as our bunkhouse will not be winterized (low cost housing is generally available locally in 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.  Our employees are important to our success and will work closely with the resident farm manager to complete daily tasks.  The primary job responsibilities of our farm workers are:

  • Planting seeds, seedlings and vegetables/shrubs/trees
  • 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 5pm (somewhat flexible depending on what needs to get done) with a one-hour lunch (bring your own) taken around midday.

Compensation:  Employees will receive a $1,200 stipend per month for full time work, and a $250 credit per month towards farm products or to use within the farm store to purchase food or other products as desired to offset living costs.  Second quality produce may be available to farm employees free of charge, depending on the harvest.

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 mountains 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 is provided in the form of a small 12’ x 24’ bunkhouse with private bathroom and electricity.  Housing is provided free of charge as part of employee compensation.  Electricity and Internet will be at your cost.

Pets: Well-trained, friendly pets are welcome with prior approval and at the owner’s discretion.  There are two dogs on site at the farm (the manager’s all the time and the owners’ dog visits frequently).   Well-behaved pets are welcome as long as they get along with 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 must be 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.

 

Maine – Two Farmers Farm hiring Farm Crew Member

Scarborough, Maine

We have an immediate opening for a Farm Crew member. Ideal candidate will be able to start work before May 22.

Overview: Two Farmers Farm is a certified Organic four-season vegetable farm located on a historic farmstead in Scarborough, Maine. We’re a small team of hardworking farmers using high-production systems, mechanization, and season-extension to grow over 30 different crops for local farmers’ markets, grocers, chefs and distributors.

We strive to exemplify the potential for farmers to maintain a high quality of life while achieving excellent land stewardship, equitably supporting our employees, preserving rural heritage, and furthering the movement for a more sustainable food system.

Who we are: Our team is made up of owners Kelsey and Dominic, 2-3 full-time crew members, and 2+ part-time workers.

Job description: Farm Crew members are highly skilled workers who carry real responsibility and are actively engaged in improving the farm. Crew members participate in most aspects of sowing, planting, growing, harvesting, and packing produce. Crew members also help with day-to-day farm upkeep such as mowing, crate washing, and handling OMRI-approved substances.  Some crew members also work at our farmers’ market stands and/or deliver to our wholesale accounts.

During the summer, harvesting is a top priority for the farm crew. We harvest vegetables on most days, with Tuesdays and Fridays being the busiest days as we prep for our Wednesday and Saturday farmers’ markets and deliveries. Nearly all of this work is done by hand.

Kelsey & Dominic are the owners and day-to-day managers of the farm. They develop daily work plans for the crew, oversee all aspects of the farm, and often work alongside the farm crew.

Crew members will also work independently. Successful crew members are assertive communicators, comfortable asking questions, and receptive to feedback. Crew members take on more responsibility based on skills development and level of commitment to the farm.

Schedule: We strive to maintain a reasonable and consistent work schedule that averages 40 hours/week year-round. From May through October we work 7am-5pm M-F; hours reduce to 24-40 hours/week during the rest of the year.  Please refer to our Farm Crew Handbook for the complete 2017 schedule.

Qualifications:

  • No farming experience required

  • Outdoor physical labor experience is strongly preferred.

  • Must commit to working until Thanksgiving 2017. Year-round employment is available to the right candidate.

  • Must be able to accommodate the seasonally-adjusted schedule, outlined in the Farm Crew Handbook.

  • Successful farm crew members will be proactive, detail-oriented, tireless workers, who have an eagerness to learn, a belief in local food systems, and a positive attitude.

  • Valid driver’s license, clean driving record.

  • Women, minorities and LGBTQ individuals are encouraged to apply.

Compensation:

  • Paid hourly, $12/hour to start.

  • Seasonal performance bonus(es) awarded as earned.

  • Housing is not provided.

To apply:

  • On-farm working interview is required.

We look forward to hearing from you!