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!

Maine – Ripley Farm hiring Farm Worker

Dover-Foxcroft, Maine

2017 Organic Vegetable Farm Worker Job Description

Website: www.ripleyorganicfarm.com

Ripley Farm is a five acre MOFGA Certified Organic vegetable farm located in Dover-Foxcroft, Maine.  We cultivate a wide diversity of vegetables, flowers, perennials, and herbs, which we sell primarily through our 100+ member summer CSA, our 40+ member Winter CSA, and wholesale accounts.  We place a special emphasis on growing, delivering, and eating the best quality vegetables and would love for you to join our team.  If you are interested in working hard, eating well, and producing healthy food, this is the job for you!

Timeframe:  We are seeking to hire part time or full time seasonal employees from mid-June through early November 2017.  There is potential for continuing part time work through the winter months starting in December.

Work description:  We are a small family-run farm.  Our employees are important to our success and work closely with the owners to complete daily tasks.  The primary job responsibilities of our farm workers are:

  • Harvesting vegetables by hand
  • Washing and packing vegetables for sale
  • Weeding by hand and with hand tools
  • Hand transplanting of seedlings into the field
  • Possible delivery of vegetables
  • Possible tractor work

Hours:  We are hiring for up to 40 hours per week.  Additional hours may be available in late September through the end of October should you desire to increase.  Work hours are 7am to 4pm with a one hour unpaid lunch (bring your own) taken around midday.

Compensation:  Hourly pay is commensurate with experience level.   Employees are encouraged to take home any second-quality vegetables that cannot be sold.

Qualifications:

  • Farming or comparable manual labor experience preferred
  • Tractor experience a plus
  • Punctuality and reliability
  • 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

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 Ripley Farm, please email Gene at ripleyfarm @ gmail . com the following items:

  1. A one-page letter introducing yourself and describing your availability (which days of the week you are able to work) and why you want the farm worker job at Ripley 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.

Maine – Grants Farm hiring Farm Manager

Saco, Maine

Farm Manager Position

Grants Farm is a large commercial vegetable farm located in Saco, Maine. Our 30+ years of operation has made Grants Farm one of the leading farms in southern Maine. While sweet corn and green beans are our major crop we do have 1100 high bush blueberries and the possibility of space for other crops and expansion.

Join Our Team

We are hiring a full-time, seasonal Farm Manager. In this role you will play a variety of key roles throughout the season raising our sweet corn and green beans, running irrigation, assisting with produce harvest and being a back-up manager for the packing shed. This role is a very handson manager role where you may be leading a crew of labor one day and operating equipment the next.

This position is for you if;

You have a passion for agriculture and 5 years of farming experience You are comfortable both leading a team and working independently You would enjoy working in a healthy atmosphere and share the same core values of Grants Farm: Quality, Teamwork, Courage, Achievement, Honesty, & Happiness You are comfortable working the long hours during peak seasons (12+ hours a day, 7 days a week during harvest)

The Duties include but are not limited to;

Assist in managing the planting of row crops and other vegetable crops. Assist in daily crop care decisions. Help scout row crops and vegetable crops for crop problems. Manage laborers during certain tasks throughout the season. Assist in keeping accurate field records. Assist in managing the harvest of row crops and vegetable crops. Help create annual crop plans. Operate and maintain farm equipment.

Qualifications

  • Minimum of 5 years of on farm experience
  • Associate’s degree or bachelor’s degree in related field preferred
  • FISMA Food Safety Experience
  • Crop Pest, Nutrient and Fertility management experience
  • Pesticide Applicators license and CDL required
  • Mechanical abilities
  • Great attitude is highly valued
  • Must be a self-motivated individual who is willing to learn

Competitive salary and profit share opportunities offered

Applicants are asked to send a letter of interest and a resume that addresses the above qualifications to grantsfarm@outlook.com with attention to:FARM MANAGEMENT POSITION

Maine – Point Lookout Resort hiring Assistant Farmer

Location : Point Lookout Resort Northport, ME

www.visitpointlookout.com

Job Description: Point Lookout Assistant Farmer

Job Summary:  A year round (or Seasonal) Assistant Farmer position will work alongside and under the direction of the Farm Manager.  Responsibilities include all aspects of general growing  operations of a certified organic farm, including compliance of work and food safety regulations.

The Farm at athenahealth Point Lookout is nestled among 387 acres of our Coastal Mountain Retreat and is a diverse operation that provides:

  • Certified, Organic  Produce and farm fresh eggs  to our  busy catering kitchen and café
  • Educational programming and participation days for our parent company and other clients
  • Farm Dinners and Open House events  for both the public and private clients
  • Enhancements to  the stay of all guests at our Midcoast Mountain Retreat
  • A welcoming  farm experience for all visitors

Our growing space is comprised of{ 3} 30’x48’ mobile high tunnels, {1}  30’x48’ propagation house , 1 acre of cultivated herbs, flowers, and vegetables, and small scale plantings of fruits and berries.   The Farm has, but is not limited to,  4 resident rescue goats, 30-40 laying hens, a few snail and slug eating laying ducks, and 2 Italian Honey Bee colonies.

Requirements and Responsibilities:

  • Previous certified organic or sustainable  growing experience with a good understanding of soil structure, plant health, disease and pest identification and remedy, drip irrigation systems,  and  passion for growing beautiful food.
  • Experience in high tunnel production and maintenance.
  • Daily care of farm animals and fowl.
  • Safe and efficient operation of small farm machinery and tools.  Mostly hand and manual tools used.
  • Meet the physical demands required to successfully perform the essential functions of the job such as: walking, standing, running, pushing, pulling, bending, stretching, stooping , carrying, and lifting   50 lbs. minimum. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Work quickly, efficiently, and repetitively in all weather conditions.
  • Experience or interest in no-till farming, hugelkultur, carbon sequestration, or other innovative techniques.
  • Ability to confidently lead and facilitate educational programs alongside Farm Manager for our parent company and other clients.
  • Participate in Farm events, both public and private.
  • Have excellent verbal and written communication skills with the public, farm team, guests, and others throughout the mountain.
  • Must be able to keep a clean and tidy work area and surroundings.

The Assistant Farmer will be expected to follow direction, work independently and carefully, be pleasant to all guests, be observant about surroundings, be resourceful and efficient, be diligent about the care and appearance of our farm and mountain,   and be available and dependable to meet  the needs of the farm, including weekend, night and possible holiday shifts.

Hourly wage based on experience, Accepting Applications Immediately until position is filled. Please review  www.visitpointlookout.com to better acquaint yourself with our property.

To Apply  : Email a cover letter and resume, including 3 references familiar with your previous agricultural experience to:  hr@visitpointlookout.com, schristie@visitpointlookout.com