Massachusetts – Martha’s Vineyard Land Bank hiring Caretaker

The Martha’s Vineyard land bank is seeking a year-round part-time land caretaker / goatherd, which position includes occupancy of a house on a rent-in-lieu-of-wages basis.  Job description and employment agreement are available on the land bank website or via 508-627-7141.  Applications are due by Monday, October 30, 2017 at 3:00 pm at the land bank office at 167 Main Street in Edgartown.

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Massachusetts – Island Grown Schools hiring Full-Time Educator

Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts

Island Grown Schools, Martha’s Vineyard’s Farm-to-School program, is hiring a full-time educator for the 2017-18 school year.  This position works with grades K-12 at two local schools during the school year and facilitates our teen apprenticeship program during the summer months. If interested please send your resume, cover letter, and 2 references to kaila@igimv.org.

Massachusetts – Slip Away Farm hiring Field Crew Member

Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts

Slip Away Farm is a small-scale vegetable and flower farm located on Chappaquiddick Island on Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts. We are proud to be growing entirely on conservation lands, continuing a long history of agriculture on the Island. Our mission is to grow high-quality, organically produced vegetables and flowers while also building community for our island neighbors. We strive to maintain a financially, environmentally, and personally sustainable business.

We supply a 65-member vegetable CSA, a 30-member flower CSA, a weekend farm stand and a weekly farmer’s market booth at the West Tisbury market. We also sell produce and flowers wholesale to several Martha’s Vineyard businesses.

For the 2017 farm season, we are looking for a full time individual to join our field crew. This job is on average 40 hours a week Tuesday through Saturday June through late August or early September. Because we are a fairly small crew (only six of us at the most), this individual will experience all aspects of farming: seeding, weeding, harvesting, planting, pruning, etc. We want you to walk away from a season at Slip Away with a firm understanding of the methods used in small agriculture.

Requirements for this position include:

  • A valid drivers license
  • Ability to lift 50 pounds and willingness to work in all weather conditions.
  • A positive attitude, flexibility, eagerness to learn, and good team spirit.
  • Ability to work efficiently alone or with others.
  • Willingness to prepare crew lunch once a week.
  • Ability to find housing on Martha’s Vineyard or Chappy. This can be very challenging in the summer season.

An ideal candidate would also have the following characteristics, although these are not required: 

  • Prior farm or other outdoor work experience.
  • Experience or interest in working with flowers.

How to Apply: 

Send a current resume, list of three references (at least two work related, one may be a personal reference), and a short statement outlining your interest in this position and your agricultural or outdoor experience to Lily at slipawayfarm@gmail.com by March 15

Massachusetts – The Farm Institute hiring Education Manager

Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts

Education Manager

The Farm Institute
Martha’s Vineyard, MA
Year-round, Full-time
About The Organization:

The Trustees is an organization with a fascinating past and an exciting future. Our places are open to all and we thrive by involving as many people as possible in what we do. Founded in 1891, by a group of visionary volunteers, we preserve, for public use and enjoyment, properties of exceptional scenic, historic, and ecological value in Massachusetts and work to protect special places across the state. We have helped protect more than 50,000 acres, including 26,000+ acres on 116 reservations that are all open to the public. We are a nonprofit conservation organization funded and supported entirely by our visitors, supporters, volunteers, and more than 50,000 members.

Position Summary:

Here at The Trustees, we want everyone to enjoy our extraordinary places; we want people of all ages and backgrounds to get involved with them, be inspired by them, and love them as much as we do. As the Education Manager, you will have the opportunity to develop and manage The FARM Institute’s farm camp, inspiring and enrolling 60-100 children per week for 10 weeks.  The Education Manager will strive to grow participant numbers, season length and camp revenue in subsequent years, creating an engaging and positive camp experience.  The Education Manager manages the marketing, enrollment, curriculum, budget, and camper/parent relations with support from the Engagement Site Manager.  In addition, the EM is responsible for camp licensure, risk management, and well being of all campers while camp is in session, and recruits, hires, trains and manages all camp farm-based educators to the highest standards.

The EM reports to The FARM Institute General Manager and must work closely with all other employees of the farm staff and The Trustees. The position’s work schedule is variable, will include work on some weekends and holidays. The schedule is based on an average 5 day work week however it is expected that hours will be higher when camp is in session.

Essential Functions:

  • Direct the development and execution of FARM Camp as well as growth in subsequent years.
  • Recruit, hire, and train the best farm-based educators possible with support from other farm staff.
  • Employ best-practices and safety protocols in the development and execution of camp.
  • Work actively with the Marketing staff to get camp registration software up and running, a FARM camp web page built, and printed brochures effectively distributed.
  • Ensure accurate record keeping that meets management goals and camp licensure regulations.
  • Manage all administrative aspects to the camp including parent inquiries, health form collection, and camp licensure.
  • Support the farm’s efforts to reduce its carbon footprint by minimizing energy consumption wherever feasible.
  • Work closely with our Engagement Site Manager and Education Garden Manager to provide support for other farm programs, events, and tours when camp is not in session.  These include but are not limited to school groups, vacation week programs, family programs, and seasonal events.
  • Collaborate/network with other camps and farm camps associated with The Trustees and beyond to share best practices.
  • Other duties as assigned with or without accommodation.

 Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent years of experience.
  • 3 or more years of professional experience in outdoor, farm-based, or adventure education.
  • Experience teaching place-based, environmental education, especially in a farm environment.
  • Experience in program marketing, registration, staffing and budgeting.
  • Must have a thorough understanding of regulatory requirements for a Massachusetts summer camp, including an understanding of the specifics of running a camp on a farm.
  • Must have managerial experience, having directly managed staff including hiring, performance management, and evaluation.
  • The ability to develop experiential, inquiry-driven curriculum that draws on the unique identity of the place and the important mission of the organization.
  • The physical and mental wherewithal to teach outdoors, sometimes under difficult circumstances.
  • Must be familiar with farm animals and comfortable working with animals.
  • The EM must possess and display an appreciation for the rich agricultural history of The FARM Institute.
  • A positive attitude, team-oriented, flexible approach and a commitment to achieving the goals of The FARM Institute and The Trustees are a key part of the job.

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Island Grown Schools hiring Fellow

Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts

Island Grown Schools Fellow

Salary: $15,000 for 30 hrs/week

10-month position, 2-year commitment

Island Grown Schools Fellows are an important part of the work we do, bringing new energy, ideas, and insights to our program, while gaining on-the-job training as farm to school educators.  These positions have great growth potential within the organization.

Responsibilities:

The 2015-16 IGS Fellow will support programming at schools serving students in grades preK-8. The Fellow will work both independently and alongside members of the IGS core staff, assisting with and/or leading garden lessons, classroom lessons, farm field trips, and cafeteria activities. Fellows may also assist with chronicling IGS program activities through social media outreach, writing blog posts for our website, and with video and photography.

Fellows receive regular on-site support and feedback from IGS Staff Coordinator, and are given opportunities to attend professional development conferences and courses throughout the year.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Passion for creating a sustainable food system and commitment to the mission of IGS
  • Love of working with children
  • Ability to work professionally and responsibly in public school settings
  • Experience with teaching children in classroom and/or garden settings preferred
  • Experience with social media a plus

Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter to Kaila Allen-Posin @ kaila@islandgrown.org.

Island Grown Schools hiring K-12 Coordinator

Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts

Island Grown Schools Coordinator: K-12

Starting annual salary: $25,000 for 30 hrs/week

12-month position

The educator in this position will coordinate Island Grown Schools’ farm-to-school programming at the MV Regional High School, the Edgartown School, and in our year-round teen program, the Farm Project. The coordinator will reach students from kindergarten through 12th grade by facilitating garden lessons, classroom lessons, farm field trips and by maintaining a presence in the school cafeterias with a focus on our Harvest of the Month program.

Responsibilities:

  • Garden: Coordinate planting and maintenance of school garden throughout the year; create an accessible outdoor learning environment for multiple learning styles; engage school community in garden projects and encourage ownership of garden.
  • Classroom: Implement age appropriate curriculum for grades K-12 based on IGS units and learning goals; communicate with teachers to tie lessons into their curriculums; meet with teachers and IGS staff to continue to develop relevant curriculum connections.
  • Cafeteria/Harvest of the Month: Coordinate with IGS Harvest of the Month chef to schedule monthly tastings in the school cafeterias; communicate with the cafeteria directors regarding Harvest of the Month items featured in the school lunches; host Harvest of the Month raffles; incorporate Harvest of the Month lessons into your curriculum, and Harvest of the Month crops into the garden; collect data on student tastings and local food procurement.
  • Field Trips: Connect schools to local farms and farmers during relevant lessons/units; schedule field trips with schools and farmers; facilitate field trips when appropriate.
  • Farm Project: Manage the year-round IGS teen program; promote the Farm Project at both MVRHS and the MV Public Charter School and hire crew members; plan and implement curriculum and schedule farm visits; mentor students throughout the school year on individual and group projects.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Experience in garden or farm-based education
  • Ability to work professionally and responsibly in public school settings
  • Classroom management skills
  • Knowledge of age-appropriate content and capabilities
  • Time management and scheduling skills
  • Patience and strong listening skills
  • Positive attitude
  • Passion for creating a sustainable food system and commitment to the mission of IGS
  • Love of working with children
  • Experience with social media a plus

Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter  to Kaila Allen-Posin @ kaila@islandgrown.org.

Allen Farm Sheep and Wool Company hiring Farm Assistant

Chilmark, Massachusetts

The Allen Farm Sheep and Wool Company is currently seeking a farm assistant starting in spring 2014. The Allen Farm is located in Chilmark, on the island of Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts. The Allen-Posin family runs a diversified farm, practicing organic and biodynamic methods of agriculture, and raising a variety of livestock on 100 acres.

The Allen Farm seeks a skilled farm worker, or a couple, to assist in a wide range of jobs on the farm. These include managing livestock, repairing and constructing fences, operating farm machinery, garden maintenance, and assisting with daily needs of this 250-year-old farm.

This assistant must have experience working with livestock and operating machinery. Preference will go to an applicant with wood working skills, as well as experience with fence construction and engineering.

The Allen Farm will offer housing and full access to vegetable gardens on the property in exchange for full-time work, and opportunity for additional compensation.

For more information, or to apply, please contact Nathaniel and Kaila Allen-Posin, at kaila@islandgrown.org.

Feel free to visit the farm’s website, www.allenfarm.com for more information on the farm!