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)

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





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)
For questions regarding this position please contact Gene Ripley at

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.


  • 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 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
  5. No phone calls, please.  We will not consider incomplete applications.

Maine – Spear Spring Farm hiring Farm Labor

Warren, Maine

Spear Spring Farm, LLC                                                                                         1.31.18

Job Description – Farm Labor

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 at least two individuals to help us bring the farm back into production.  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, our buyer’s club, 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:  One position starts in late March and will help to get our greenhouse production up and running and one begins in mid-May through November 2018.  There may be 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 primary job responsibilities of our farm workers are:

  • Planting: seeds, seedlings, 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), some carpentry
  • Possible care of livestock
  • Pruning trees and orchard care
  • Whatever else needs doing

Hours:  The expectation is an average of 40 hours per week, with more work being required during peak season and less in the shoulder seasons.  Additional hours may be available in May/June and September/October should you desire to increase your hours.  Work hours are typically a 9-10 hour day at peak season between 6am and 6pm (somewhat flexible depending on what needs to get done) with a one-hour lunch break (bring your own) taken around midday.

Compensation:  Between $10-$15/hr depending on skills and experience, with incentives and bonuses available for hard work and a great attitude.  Housing in the form of a small “off-grid” bunkhouse (brand new!) will soon be available for the right person/people: with private bathroom (composting toilet and indoor shower) and solar electricity.  The bunkhouse sleeps two people so consider that if you want to stay on farm, you may end up with a roommate.  We are also open to the possibility of someone bringing a camper or tiny house to park on the land during 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.  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:  Some on site housing may be available for the right person/people.  We can discuss your housing needs.  Reasonable rentals are also available in the area year round.

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).  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.


  • 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:

  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 – Aldermere Farm hiring Herd Manager

Rockport, Maine

Herd Manager, Aldermere Farm

Aldermere Farm, a landmark of mid-coast Maine, is one of the world’s premier breeders of Belted Galloway cattle. The 136-acre farm is owned and managed by Maine Coast Heritage Trust, a statewide land conservation organization dedicated to protecting the scenic beauty, outdoor recreational opportunities, ecological diversity, and working landscapes of the Maine coast. The Trust maintains Aldermere as a working farm and educational center, helping visitors deepen their appreciation for land conservation and sustainable agriculture.


Under the direction of the General Manager, manages and supervises all cattle related functions of Aldermere Farm including feed and nutrition, breeding and calving and all records and inventories related to the cattle and stored forage. Will support the general manager with cattle and semen sales, youth and adult programming. Will work collaboratively with other farm staff to maintain the building structures, fence lines and forage production.


  • Will maintain or oversee all cattle database records and inventories for the farm.
  • Support the General Manager to determine Aldermere’s genetic and performance needs.
  • Manages plans for breeding, selling, and sourcing genetics to maintain Aldermere’s world class standing as well as to generate revenue.
  • Responsible for the herd’s health and must be aware of bovine health issues, monitor and detect problems early and treat effectively. Will monitor pregnancies and calving and possess the ability to undertake calving issues that arrive including assisting with births.
  • Must understand the nutrition needs of cattle of all ages and insure they are provided the correct forage, grain, and minerals as needed.
  • Budget responsibilities include items such as cattle purchases and grain, minerals, veterinary care, and programs.
  • Will be responsible for managing cattle on pasture land and feedlots.
  • Support the 4-H Club by creating a positive learning environment, support parents and volunteers to help manage events, finances and fundraising related to their activities. This includes local, regional and national venues. Must make sure that tasks performed by the 4-H members are done safely and efficiently.
  • Will lead our Farmhands youth program.
  • Will supervise assigned college interns or Apprentices each year in fulfilling the educational goals of the participants and using them to the best advantage in farm operations.
  • Will select and show a group of cattle each year to be shown at local, regional and national fairs and exhibitions to maintain Aldermere’s legacy as a worldwide premier herd of Belted Galloways.
  • Will interact on a regular basis with the public and must represent MCHT well at all times.
  • Will make sure that Aldermere staff and volunteers adhere to our high standards for animal welfare.
  • Will manage volunteers in many aspects of farm operations.
  • Will assist with and support other public/community events and farm programs.
  • Will work with the Farm Operations Manager to maintain the buildings and structures. Due to overlap with Farm Operations staff, will need to communicate and collaborate very well to ensure that cattle needs are met and to assist with other operation tasks as well.
  • Able to operate equipment including tractors (over 100 H.P.) and trucks and trailers with a commercial driver’s license (CDL) due to hauling cattle. If not held, must be able to pass CDL test.


Will supervise 4-H members, seasonal farm labor, Interns, Apprentices, and volunteers. Responsibilities will include involvement in interviewing and scheduling, training and development, scheduling, counseling and discipline, termination, evaluating performance, and other related roles.


On farm housing is required to fulfill the duties of this position, and CDL is required for hauling cattle.


Agricultural, education or business management degree will be helpful, but real life practical experience most necessary.


  • Excellent project management, organizational and problem solving skills.
  • Strong history of cattle management and their health care
  • Excellent Interpersonal oral communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently and part of a team.
  • Ability to promote and maintain positive public relations and to interact with a wide variety of people.
  • Ability to communicate clear expectations to staff and volunteers.
  • Ability to coordinate projects with peers in the organization collaboratively.
  • Computer skills necessary to create and maintain spreadsheets, databases
  • Understanding of light carpentry and simple mechanics
  • Commercial Driver’s License


Work both indoors and outdoors in all year around conditions. Work will require significant physical strength and endurance. Some significant care will need to be taken while working around potentially aggressive cattle and dangerous equipment. Will be required to work in every type of weather condition and at any point day or night. Must be able to lift hay bales up to 75 pounds and 50 pound bales on a repetitive basis for up to 8 hours.

Will be office time to create and maintain inventories and related records as well as phone and e-mail for customer contacts.

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 with “Herd Manager” in the subject line.  The deadline for submission of applications is March 5, 2018.

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.


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 – Bar Harbor Community Farm hiring Assistant Farm Manager

Bar Harbor, Maine

Bar Harbor Community Farm
115 Gilbert Farm Road
Bar Harbor, ME 04609
Assistant Farm Manager Job Description for Spring 2018

Bar Harbor Community Farm is hiring a full-time Assistant Farm Manager from May 1 through November 30, 2018 with the possibility of continued work on a part-time basis through the winter of 2018/2019.  For the right candidate this job may also lead to a potential partnership track including part ownership in the farm.

Who We Are –

Bar Harbor Community Farm is a MOFGA certified, organic farm located seven miles from downtown Bar Harbor, ME on a fifty-acre parcel of land and one leased field.   This is our ninth year of production.  We grow over forty varieties of vegetables on four acres of land.  Each year we have brought more land under production and have expanded our markets.  The core of our market is a 125-member summer CSA, a 60-member fall CSA and an island-wide wholesale business.

Our mission is to produce top-quality, nourishing food for the local community, to build rewarding relationships with neighbors and customers, to prove economic viability for this enterprise, and to have fun.

Our infrastructure includes two high tunnels for in-ground production of tomatoes, basil, cucumbers and other vegetables, a 50 hp Kubota tractor with implements a 30-foot seedling greenhouse and a barn fitted with photovoltaics which power all electrical operations on the farm.

Bar Harbor is located on Mount Desert Island, home of Acadia National Park. For anyone that enjoys biking, hiking, x-country skiing, sailing or kayaking, this is the place for you. With views of Cadillac Mountain from the farm, we are a short trip to Acadia. Free bus service is available on the island from the 3rd week of June until early October with a bus stop one half mile from the farm.

Job Responsibilities –

The individual hired for this position will work closely with two farm managers of Bar Harbor Community Farm. Our workday normally begins at 7:00 am.  We aim for an hour lunch break; but during extremely hot spells, we may break and then return later in the day when the temperature is cooler. This job is full time from May 1st to November 30th. During August, hours may increase to 50 hrs/wk.  If the individual is successful during the 2018 growing season, the job may be extended through the winter working part-time harvesting winter greens for our winter farmers market.

Spring work includes seeding, transplanting and watering in the seedling greenhouse, soil preparation work using both the Kubota tractor and hand tools, direct seeding in the field and transplanting into the field. Overseeing farm crew members and volunteers is also an aspect of this job.

Summer brings on the mulching, weed management, succession planting, irrigation, pest management and harvesting of crops. Once harvested, produce is transported to the washroom where it is cleaned, cooled and packed before delivery to our CSA market or wholesale market. Delivery occurs 2 days per week. Winter greenhouse production seeding begins in July and continues into early fall.

Other responsibilities include helping with loading and unloading deliveries, setting up for CSA distributions, equipment maintenance, hoop house construction, walk-behind tractor use, record keeping, maintaining orderly work spaces, keeping an eye out for improved efficiencies and perhaps most important, representing the farm to the public with an authentic enthusiasm for our customers.

Fall responsibilities include getting beds ready for winter, harvest, storage, winterizing, overwintering seeding and high tunnel management.

Compensation and Hours –

Compensation is between $12 and $14/hour depending on experience, plus housing.  Housing consists of  a sleeping cabin with access to a kitchen and bathroom with a shower in the barn. Wi-Fi is available in the barn.  The job is 40 hours/week during most of the season.  During peak work periods, you may be asked to work more than 40 hours. We work most holidays during the growing season. We do allow for long weekends off when we’re able to. We offer Workers Compensation.

Job Requirements –

  • Three years of small scale farming experience
  • The ability to lift 50 lbs repeatedly
  • The ability to work in all types of weather
  • Attention to detail and the ability to follow specific planting instructions
  • Ability to work as a team member and independently
  • Ability to squat or kneel for long periods of time
  • Ability to perform repetitive and monotonous tasks.

Preferred Skills –

  • An entrepreneurial  spirit
  • Basic carpentry skills
  • An eye for waste/time saving measures.
  • Social Media, Website Maintenance and photography skills
  • Excellent written communication skills for use in weekly farm newsletter
  • Cheerful demeanor
  • Ability to drive standard transmission
  • Willingness to drive a dump truck

Email cover letter and resume to Glenon and Rose at Please address the job requirements and preferred skills listed above. Provide three work related references complete with names, email addresses, phone numbers and job titles.

Feel free to check out our website and our facebook page  Questions about the position should be emailed to:

Maine – Ararat Farms hiring Assistant Grower

Lincolnville, Maine

Assistant Grower, Ararat Farms.

Ararat Farms is seeking an Assistant Grower for the 2018 season. Ararat Farms is an organic farm located in Lincolnville, Maine. The Farm grows a variety of different fruits and vegetables for restaurants and stores located in midcoast Maine and also sells at a weekly farmers market. The assistant grower will work closely with the manager in all aspects of production. This includes seeding, transplanting, cultivation, harvest and packing of vegetables. In addition to soil grown vegetables, Ararat Farms also grows a handful of different greens hydroponically. One year of farming experience is preferred. Experience with carpentry, tractors, and general maintenance is a plus. This position offers competitive pay and housing may be available for the right candidate. If Interested, please submit resumes to Evan at


Maine – Left Field Farm hiring Farm Crew

Bowdoinham, Maine

Farm Crew
Left Field Farm

About the Farm:

Left Field Farm is an eight acre organic veggie farm on the edge of Merrymeeting Bay in Bowdoinham, Maine. This is the farm’s 6th season of production growing a diverse mix of crops. We market our produce through a 150 member CSA program serving Bowdoinham and the Portland area and wholesale distribution to local restaurants and stores. For more information about the farm see the website at

Left Field Farm is seeking full-time farm hands for the 2018 season. We are looking to fill multiple positions:

Greenhouse Manager

A full-time position overseeing greenhouse and seedling production for the season. Employment begins in April (part-time in March available) and continues through October. This is a full-time position (approx. 40 hrs/wk). In spring the majority of time is spent seeding, potting up, watering, record keeping, and overseeing seedling production. In summer the majority of time is spent as part of the field crew with approximately 1/4 of your time managing the greenhouse production. This is a good opportunity for someone to take on significant responsibility, gain management experience, and continue to learn small scale farming of a diversity of crops. Must be well-organized and detail oriented. Previous farm experience required. 

Field Crew

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 if desired. This is a good opportunity for someone looking to continue to learn small scale farming of a diversity of crops and growing using high-tunnels for season extension. Previous farm experience preferred but not required.

Additionally there is the opportunity for someone in either position looking for year-round work to take on expansion of the farm’s shoulder season production.

The preferred applicants will have a strong work ethic, pay attention to details, be able to work quickly and well with a team, be willing to work alone at times, and be able to work under all kinds of weather conditions including rain, cold, sun, and breezy with partial clouds. A good sense of humor is always appreciated. Must be able to lift up to 50 lbs (about 1 basset hound). The job includes a range of field work including transplanting, field maintenance, harvesting, washing, packing, greenhouse work, and delivery. Pay is hourly (starting pay is $11/hr), plus all of the organic produce you can eat.

On-site housing is not available at this time.

To apply, please submit a letter of interest and a resume with two references by email to