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

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Maine – Northern Tilth hiring Field Technician

Belfast, Maine

Job Description for Northern Tilth Field Technician

March 1, 2017

Our environmental consulting company is looking for a full-time field technician to join our busy nutrient management team.  The ideal candidate for this position is as comfortable working long days outside in the field as they are in front of a computer using Excel, Word, and ArcMap.  We are looking for a creative problem-solver with solid project management skills, including the ability to monitor the progress of the various parts of each project in which they are involved, anticipate road-blocks and complete plans on time.  An interest in sustainable agriculture, background knowledge of livestock-based agriculture and/or farming experience is a plus. Course work in soil science and chemistry is also preferred.

Examples of Technician responsibilities:

  • Carry out field work including soil sampling and identification of sensitive water features in and around farms and agricultural fields
  • Use GIS (ArcMap) for data entry, analysis, and mapping
  • Work with farmers to identify areas for improvement in many aspects of nutrient management, including prevention of nutrient loss in and around the farmstead and environmentally responsible distribution of nutrients to farmland
  • Use data to create nutrient budgets and nutrient allocation plans for farms
  • Manage the creation of Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plans that incorporate a detailed analysis of a farm’s natural resource concerns with the engineering & nutrient management recommendations needed to address those concerns

Required Skills:

  • Confidence in working with Microsoft Excel and Word
  • Familiarity with ArcMap software
  • High level of physical stamina for full work days of soil sampling
  • Ability to communicate openly & effectively and develop positive relationships with clients
  • Comfortable working collaboratively with others in a close-knit office environment
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Ability to prioritize effectively and juggle multiple aspects of a project to meet deadlines

Benefits include flexible work hours and paid holidays.

We are really interested in hiring someone who has a background in working on dairy or livestock farms, in addition to meeting the qualifications posted in the job description.

Northern Tilth is a small business in Belfast, Maine created and owned by soil scientist Andrew Carpenter.  We provide organic waste recycling technical consulting services to municipalities, solid waste agencies, recycling companies and others in addition to creating nutrient management plans for farms.  For more information about our company, please visit www.northerntilth.com.

Please contact Andrew Carpenter by phone or email (207-338-5500, andrew@northerntilth.com) for further information.

 

Maine – Black Kettle Farm hiring Assistant Grower

Lyman, Maine
Certified Organic Vegetable Farm in Search of an Assistant Grower.  April-October.  Monthly Stipend and Housing Provided.
 
The Assistant Grower position at Black Kettle Farm is step up from an apprenticeship, and is an opportunity to delve deeper into organic agriculture as a career path.  Assistant Growers will be delegated certain essential responsibilities and the job is ideal for folks with previous experience who want to increase their practical skills, develop greater confidence in growing and actively contribute to a successful and vibrant farm business.   Assistant Growers will work closely with the Farm Manager in all aspects of production for over 30 different vegetables from seed to harvest to sale, and will also have opportunities to manage specific elements of the farm, such as the seedling greenhouse, pig care, record keeping, produce packing and donations.

ABOUT THE FARM

Black Kettle Farm is a 4.5 acre diverse, Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) certified organic vegetable farm in Southern Maine, with a strong focus on it’s CSA, and also supplies produce for farmers€™ market and restaurant accounts. The farm practices season extension in 2 high tunnels, raises pigs on pasture, and participates in a Low Income Senior CSA Share program and actively donates to the local food pantry. Black Kettle strives to produce beautiful vegetables, give back to our soil, feed friends, share food and create a space rich with gratitude and appreciation for the abundance that the farm provides. 
The Black Kettle Crew consists of Laura, farm owner/manager, 2 Assistant Growers, 1-2 part time employees and several work-trade CSA members.  There is currently one Assistant Grower position available.
Check out  – www.blackkettlefarm.com and find the farm on Facebook.
 
EXPECTATIONS
The Assistant Grower positions are mid-April-October 2017, with potential to extend later into the fall and into subsequent seasons.  Exact start and end dates are flexible, but applicants must commit to the full season. We work Monday-Friday, from 7:00 AM-5:00 PM (6:30 AM on harvest days) with an hour break for lunch. Saturday animal, greenhouse and farmers market chores are shared amongst the crew on a rotational basis.  All crew members are expected to be on-time and mentally present, with the expectation that they are invested in their work on the farm and focus on the tasks at hand.  Black Kettle is an open, communicative atmosphere and 
questions are highly encouraged when clarification is necessary.
 
Assistant Growers will be a part of all tasks on the farm, such as:
Greenhouse seeding
Frield Transplanting
Drip Irrigation
Animal Care (pigs!)
Direct marketing though CSA and Farmers’ Market
Field Cultivation
Pest and Disease ID and management
Season extension in High Tunnels
Harvesting for CSA, market and wholesale accounts
 
Assistant Growers will develop expertise through practical experience in the field, with additional exposure to crop planning, nutrient management, tractor skills and CSA management.  

We also grow Fresh Ginger in a high tunnel and collaborate with a local, organic mushroom farm.

COMPENSATION
Compensation includes monthly stipend ranging from $1000-$1400 depending on experience, and on-farm housing in rustic, yet charming off-the-grid accommodations, as well as all you veggies you can eat and staple dry goods like eggs, rice, beans, oil etc.

HOUSING
The full-time farm crew lives in the back meadow of the farm, which is quiet and private. Each crew member has their own camper for living and cooking and there is also a yurt, which serves as a community space in the meadow, with a sofa, wood burning stove, solar panel and additional cooking space. There is also a fire pit, hammocks, a super clean outhouse and an outdoor deck overlooking the veggie fields. There is no electricity or running water in the meadow. Crew members shower in the farm house and use the staff fridge in the barn. The crew shares 2 lunches a week in the farm house, other wise, folks are on their own for meals.

NO pets of any kind or kids.  Please do not ask.
It is highly recommended to have a reliable vehicle for the season.
The farm is situated 45 minutes from Portland, Maine to the north and 45 minutes to Portsmouth, NH to the south. It is 25 minutes to the coast and just over an hour to the White Mountains. The farm is also close to a small bulk food store, a large “conventional” grocery store, a local bar/restaurant, a library and a coffee shop, as well as other, similar organic vegetable farms.    There is a beautiful lake right down the road, perfect for a bike ride and a dip after work.
TO APPLY
Please submit a farm focused resume, via email,  highlighting previous experience in agriculture or physical, outdoor labor, along with a cover letter stating expressing your interest in the Assistant Grower position at Black Kettle, specific goals that you have for the season and why you think that you are a good fit for the job.  Other desirable skills on the farm include, experience with carpentry, basic mechanics, painting, food preservation, customer-service, and marketing.
Be sure to check out the farm website, www.blackkettlefarm.com, before applying.

Maine – Left Field Farm hiring Multiple Positions

Bowdoinham, Maine
1.
Farm Crew

Left Field Farm
Bowdoinham, ME
Left Field Farm in Bowdoinham, Maine, is seeking full-time farm hands for the 2017 season. Employment begins in May and continues through October (approx. 40 hrs/wk). There is some potential for schedule flexibility, as well as continued part-time work beyond October. This is a good opportunity for someone looking to learn small scale farming of a diversity of crops, and growing using high-tunnels for season extension.
We are an eight acre organic veggie farm on the edge of Merrymeeting Bay in Bowdoinham, Maine. This is the farm’s fifth season of production growing a diverse mix of crops. We market our produce through a CSA program serving Bowdoinham and the Portland area and wholesale distribution to local restaurants and stores.
The preferred applicant will have a strong work ethic, pay attention to details, be able to work quickly, work well with a team, be willing to work alone at times, and be able to work under all kinds of weather conditions with only mumbled complaints. A good sense of humor is always appreciated. Previous farm experience a plus but not necessary. The job includes a range of field work including transplanting, field maintenance, harvesting, washing, packing, and greenhouse work. Pay is hourly and commensurate with experience (starting pay is $11/hr), plus all of organic produce you can eat.
To apply, please submit a letter of interest and a resume with two references by email to sean@leftfieldmaine.com.
2.
Assistant Farm Manager
Left Field Farm

Bowdoinham, ME
Left Field Farm in Bowdoinham, Maine, is seeking a full-time assistant farm manager for the 2017 season. Employment begins in April and continues through the end of the year. This is a full-time position (approx. 50 hrs/wk in summer; 30 hrs/wk in winter) with the potential for the position to continue after the season (with six weeks unpaid vacation time in winter). This is a good opportunity for someone to take on greater responsibility, gain management experience, and continue to learn small scale farming of a diversity of crops.
We are an eight acre organic veggie farm on the edge of Merrymeeting Bay in Bowdoinham, Maine. This is the farm’s fifth season of production growing a diverse mix of crops. We market our produce through a CSA program serving Bowdoinham and the Portland area and wholesale distribution to local restaurants and stores.
The preferred applicant will have a strong work ethic, pay attention to details, be able to work quickly, work well with a team, be willing to work alone at times, and be able to work under all kinds of weather conditions. A good sense of humor is always appreciated. At least two seasons of farm production experience required. Experience with a CSA program and greenhouse production a plus. The job covers a range of field work including transplanting, field maintenance, harvesting, washing, packing, and greenhouse work; particular responsibilities include greenhouse production management and account orders management. Pay is hourly and commensurate with experience (starting at $13/hr), plus all of organic produce you can eat.
To apply, please submit a letter of interest and a resume with two references by email to sean@leftfieldmaine.com.

Maine – Bumbleroot Organic Farm hiring Farm Hand

Windham, Maine
Bumbleroot Organic Farm 
Bumbleroot is hiring a full-time farm hand and a part-time flower assistant for the 2017 season.
Farm Hand (Full Time)
40 hours a week, May – September
Job Description:
Assistance with all daily activies on the farm including (but not limited to) seeding, transplanting, weeding, harvesting, setting up irrigation, and washing and packing vegetables. Time will be spent in the greenhouse and the field, with potential for farmers’ market shifts. Work is fast-paced and physically demanding.
Requirements:
Ideal candidate has at least one year of farming experience on a commercial farm, and must be able to lift 50lbs. and be on your feet for 6 hours straight. We are looking for someone with a strong work ethic and a positive attitude, excellent listening and communication skills, and ability to work under stress in a team setting. We do not offer housing so reliable transportation to and from the farm is necessary (we are located 20 minutes from downtown Portland).
Work Environment & Schedule:
The job will be 8 hours a day, 5 days a week with a one hour unpaid lunch break. Start times are early on harvest days (6am), and we work rain or shine. Bumbleroot’s daily field operation is managed by three of Bumbleroot’s owners with whom you will work closely.
 
Flower Assistant (Part Time) 
12-15 hours a week (two days per week), June – September
Job Description:
The focus of the position will be extensive flower and herb harvest twice weekly (Tuesdays and Fridays), followed by arranging mixed bouquets for our flower CSA and farmers’ markets. Responsibilities will include some planting, weeding and trellising in addition to flower harvest, and there is potential for added farmers market shifts.
Requirements:
We are looking for someone with experience working on a commercial farm and basic knowledge of flowers or a strong interest in learning about flower farming. Experience with floral design and arranging mixed bouquets is preferred. Must be able to lift/carry heavy buckets of water and flowers and to be on your feet for 6 hours straight.
Work Environment & Schedule:
The Flower Assistant’s work schedule will be Tuesdays and Friday mornings. We will spend 4-5 hours harvesting in the field followed by 2-3 hours making bouquets indoors, with an unpaid 30 minute lunch break. Harvest is early and efficient as we are trying to beat the heat and the high midday sun. You will work alongside Melissa, our flower manager.
Please check out our website for more details, and to apply for either position, please email us at bumblerootorganicfarm@gmail.com with a resume and cover letter explaining why you’d like to join the Bumbleroot team. Thank you!

Maine – Wild Folk Farm hiring Multiple Positions

Benton, Maine

Wild Folk Farm is Hiring!

We are looking to bring on 4-6 people to join the Wild Folk team this growing season.  These positions range from apprentices to salaried manager/s, and perhaps a few part time folks. We are open to different work arrangements, and have multiple models in the works, so most importantly, get in touch if you are interested and we can chat.

Most of the farm crew (apprentices and part time) will come on incrementally from the end of March through the beginning of May and work through into the fall (with some folks doing shorter stints in between). There will be four season housing for folks involved in 2018.

Visit http://www.wildfolkfarm.com/application-1/ to apply to any of the below

Winter Help

Currently we are hiring one person to start soon for winter help.  Depending on the person, this position would then lead into the educator, manger, or an apprentice position. This position would be part time and include shared responsibility for:

  • Rice Sales and Marketing
  • Rice Processing
  • Forestry Help
  • CSA Marketing
  • Grant Writing & Education Planning (Seed education position)
  • Seedling care
  • 2017 planning and design

Below are decriptions for the Farm Harvest and Market Manager, Apprentice and Educator Positions.  More information on work expectations and environment can be found here.

Harvest and Markets,Manager

For a young farm, Wild Folk has grown by leaps and bounds the past few years.  One of the biggest priorities for us now is the find longer term collaborators that can help us grow and expand our farm and its projects well into the future.   Therefore while we understand it takes a season or two to determine if people and the farm are a great fit, we will be giving preferential treatment to applicants with at least long term interest in mind.

Ideally, this manager position will start in the upcoming weeks. We can offer room and board and a small stipend until Mid March, when salaried/hourly pay will kick in.  The earlier one starts, the more ownership and planning they can be a part of for the season, as well as increased potential for grant funding and designing their own projects.  We want individuals that have a desire and drive to help us build the farm; its beds, its markets, its perennial and long term vision, its living and social systems, and its revenues.

From Mid-March through November this management position will be salaried with between 35-50 hours of work expected each week.  There is also the potential for a bonus based on how much we can generate as a farm (profits beyond a certain point will be redistributed).   Continue reading

Maine – Green Spark Farm hiring Full Time Employees

Cape Elizabeth, Maine

Green Spark Organic Vegetable Farm Seeking Full Time Employees for 2017

www.greensparkfarm.com

www.facebook.com/Greensparkfarm

Green Spark Farm produces vegetables year-round, and cut flowers, garden seedlings, and herbs in season in coastal Cape Elizabeth, Maine. We grow rare and uniquely flavorful and colorful produce. We employ between five and eight employees on the farm from April to November, and one person year-round. We produce beautiful vegetables for the Greater Portland community, selling through our on-farm stand, CSA, restaurants, and at the Portland Farmer’s Market in Summer and Winter. All our farm products are certified organic by MOFGA Certification Services, LLC.

What we are looking for: We are looking to hire employees who are able to commit to a full time work schedule for the main season from April to November. There is opportunity for one person to stay on year round and work with us producing winter greens and prepping storage crops for market through the winter.

Hours: The hours at Green Spark Farm are consistently 40-50 hrs a week.  We work 8.5 to 10 hours a day, depending on the season. There is opportunity for more hours.

Work: There are many types of work on our farm. Primarily work days are filled with harvesting, washing and packing vegetables for market, potting-up seedlings, planting, weeding, and construction projects.  All of these tasks require focus to ensure efficiency for the farm’s viability. Please be prepared for fast physical labor in any weather.

Pay: We pay $12/hour starting wage with an August and September bonus as well. We take a half-hour unpaid lunch break. There is no housing on the farm.

We want you to come away from your time at Green Spark with more farming knowledge than when you started. If you have questions or special interests, please communicate them to us. We are willing to share everything we know about running a farm business with those serious about farming as a career.

To Apply: Please email with your resume and brief letter of interest with three references to maryellenchadd@gmail.com. We require on-farm working interview before hire. While farming experience isn’t necessary, we prioritize applicants with the following experience: commercial agricultural experience or equivalent physical labor in construction, carpentry, landscaping, trails crew, etc.