Massachusetts – Newton Community Farm hiring Director of Education

Newton, Massachusetts

Director of Education, Newton Community Farm

The Newton Community Farm seeks a Director of Education (DoE) to manage all aspects of Youth, Family, and Adult Education and Engagement.  The DoE will develop and implement innovative curricula and programming to engage people of all ages in our community, oversee Education staff and volunteers, and manage the marketing, communications, and budget for our Education program.

The Newton Community Farm is a unique and picturesque working educational farm that has been continuously tilled over 300 years. It is a treasured part of the Newton landscape and community, and features a CSA program, farm stand, community events, and more.

A successful DoE will be an engaging, energetic individual with successful teaching or camp experience and a management background.   The DoE must be an enthusiastic self-starter who is passionate about the opportunities for growth in our programs.  The DoE will love environmental education, and enjoy working collaboratively with staff, volunteers, and the community at large.

careers@newtoncommunityfarm.org

newtoncommunityfarm.org

Massachusetts – Cavicchio Greenhouses hiring Section Grower

Sudbury, Massachusetts

Section Grower

As New England’s largest distributor and grower of annuals and perennials – operating ten acres of state-of-the-art greenhouse space year around. We are looking for a Section Grower to join our dynamic team. This role requires horticultural, pest and fertilizer knowledge, passion for producing top-end product, and a little bit of “coolness”. You’re comfortable getting dirty, you care about the environment, and you want to do good work.

Requirement: B.S. in Horticulture or equivalent.

Responsibilities:

  • Monitors annual and perennial crops for proper watering, fertilizer, and pests.
  • Nutrition management working in collaboration with the Head Grower.
  • Applies chemicals, fertilizers, and biologicals
  • Evaluates data to identify crop challenges.
  • Manipulates greenhouse temperature, humidity to control crop growth.

Bilingual (Spanish/English) skills a plus

Established in 1910, Cavicchio Greenhouses is a fourth-generation New England farm working more than 250 acres in Sudbury. As a horticultural grower and landscape distributor, we cultivate and supply an extensive variety of annuals and perennials, nursery stock, stone, masonry and landscape materials. With a hard-earned reputation for service, quality, selection and sustainability, we work with professionals and garden centers throughout the area to keep our region beautiful.

We offer competitive pay and a complete benefits package upon eligibility including insurance, paid time off and retirement savings. Due to the volume of candidates, only those requested to interview will be contacted.

Send all responses to: jobs@cavicchio.com

Massachusetts – Farm Aid hiring Farm Advocate

Cambridge, Massachusetts

JOB ANNOUNCEMENT

Farm Advocate

Farm Aid is looking for a full-time Farm Advocate to join our small staff in Cambridge, MA. Farm Aid is a national nonprofit organization working to build a vibrant, family farm-centered system of agriculture in America. Since 1985, Farm Aid has raised more than $50 million to support programs that help farmers thrive, expand the reach of the Good Food Movement, take action to change the dominant system of industrial agriculture and promote food from family farms.

Position Summary:

The Farm Advocate serves as Farm Aid’s primary farmer service provider, working one-on-one with farmers, primarily via the phone and email, to address their unique resource needs through quality referrals and emotional support. The Farm Advocate also guides strategic development and management of the Farm Advocate Link in order to expand the capacity of farm service providers nationwide. The Farm Advocate provides a listening ear and critical connection to farmers and rural communities on the ground, offering a key perspective in Farm Aid’s assessment of the needs of farmers nationwide and the availability of services to meet those needs. The Farm Advocate fills a valued and essential role at Farm Aid, interacting with a wide variety of farmers, farm organizations and service provides across the country.

Primary Responsibilities include:

Manage Farm Aid’s farmer services program, including: the 1-800 farmer hotline, farmhelp@farmaid.org email, Farm Aid’s online Farmer Resource Network (farmaid.org/ideas), farmer emergency grants and Farm Aid’s disaster response and relief efforts.

  • Develop and manage the Farm Advocate Link (farmaid.org/advocates), a national network devoted to recruiting, training and supporting a new generation of Farm Advocates, and serve as a key liaison to Farm Aid’s core partners on this program. Working with our partners, drive the Farm Advocate Link by developing Farm Advocate training programs, coordinating national trainings and developing new resources.
  • Engage in ongoing learning of farmer resource offerings, both governmental and nongovernmental, with a focus on beginning and socially disadvantaged farmers, crisis and disaster assistance, financial resources, legal support and mental health offerings. Translate into quality referrals for farmers and increased capacity of farmer service providers nationwide.
  • Monitor, evaluate and report the impact of Farm Aid’s farmer services programming.

Required Skills & Qualifications:

  • Minimum 3 years experience in the food and agriculture sector or the social services sector, working directly with farmers or individuals in need of support;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, particularly active listening; ability to demonstrate compassion for people dealing with challenging situations and to problem solve with them;
  • Demonstrated aptitude and/or experience in program development and implementation;
  • Ability to maintain effective working relationships with people from a wide and diverse range of backgrounds;
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain professional boundaries and handle confidential information;
  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment;
  • Experience in or demonstrated ability to document and track data and information;
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office required (Word, Excel);
  • Ability and willingness for periodic national travel.

Preferred Skills & Qualifications:

  • Experience working directly with farmers and rural communities;
  • Five or more years experience in relevant one-on-one case management in non-profit/social work setting and/or experience in community organizing that requires one-on-one engagement with people.;
  • Experience in program monitoring, evaluation and impact assessment;
  • Experience building partnerships and demonstrated group facilitation skills to guide vision to action and accomplish shared work;
  • Mental health and crisis training, agricultural mediation training or other trainings critical to effective farm advocacy;
  • Proficiency with FileMaker Pro or other CRM/database management system;
  • A sense of humor, integrity, and an optimistic outlook.

To Apply:

If you have these qualities and are interested, please apply by June 30, 2017. Early applications are strongly encouraged, as applications will be considered as they are received. Please submit a cover letter indicating where you learned of this opportunity and highlighting your experience and skills relevant to the listed qualifications, a current resume and a writing sample. Candidates invited to compete for the position may be asked to complete sample projects. Email to hiring@farmaid.org with “Farm Advocate” in the subject line. No calls please.

Farm Aid is an Equal Opportunity Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We encourage applications from people historically underrepresented in this work, including but not limited to people of color, people with disabilities, veterans, and LGBTQ individuals.

For more information about Farm Aid, please visit http://www.farmaid.org.

Massachusetts – NOFA/Mass hiring Corporate Sponsorship Director

Remote Opportunity

NOFA/Mass Corporate Sponsorship Director Job Description

May 12, 2017

 The Corporate Sponsorship Program Director is responsible for generating revenue annually by securing sponsorships, exhibitors and advertisers, and through other marketing and sales activities.

The Corporate Sponsorship Program Director:

  • Identifies, fosters, and secures relationships and partnerships with like-minded corporations, small businesses and non-profits to support NOFA/Mass programming.
  • Sells and manages:
    • Corporate Sponsorships;
    • Sponsorships for the Winter and Summer conferences;
    • Sponsorships for Grower Seminars;
    • Exhibit space for the Winter and Summer conferences and advertising for the Summer and Winter Conference Program Book;
    • Advertising for the online Organic Food Guide;
    • Advertising for the NOFA/Mass Newsletter.

Responsibilities include:

  •  Developing collaterals for the various sponsorship activities;
  • Marketing the Corporate Sponsorship Program and monitoring all the aspects involved with it;
  • Marketing and selling all revenue producing products, and collecting related payments for transmission to Central Office;
  • Working under the direct supervision of the Development Director and in collaboration with the Executive Director on all aspects of Corporate Marketing;
  • Developing new sponsorship products to stay current with trends in the market;
  • Employee must attend NOFA/Mass retreats and staff meetings, the winter and summer conferences, development department conference calls, and other staff responsibilities.
  • Employee must submit weekly staff reports to the Executive Director, participate in peer reviews of other centrally-hired NOFA/Mass staff and maintain monthly timesheets.

Qualifications include:

  • A strong commitment to and understanding of organic farming;
  • A track record of successful marketing and sales;
  • Experience working with non-profit organizations;
  • Excellent leadership skills as well as proficiency in working with others as a team;
  • Energetic and dynamic communication and work style that inspires colleagues, sponsors, and the wider NOFA/Mass community;
  • Strong ability to work independently with minimal

Salary/Remuneration

This position is a 25 – 30 hour per week job with a minimum starting rate of $18/hour.

Position Details

  • Employee must maintain a current NOFA/Mass membership.
  • Employee must provide appropriate basic office equipment to facilitate working from home.

We would prefer that this position also holds The Natural Farmer advertiser position but it is not a requirement.

 

Resume, cover letter, 3 references to kristin@nofamass.org

 

NOFA/Mass is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate in employment and contracting practices based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age or disability.

Massachusetts – Meadowbrook Farm hiring Farm Equipment Operator

East Longmeadow, Massachusetts

Farm Equipment Operator

Meadowbrook Farm is a wholesale and retail farm operation located in East Longmeadow, Massachusetts. Meadowbrook Farm raises 300 acres of vegetables including sweet corn, tomatoes, peppers, squash, pumpkins and more. Meadowbrook Farm’s retail location allows local customers to buy directly from the farm. Major items are greenhouse crops (hanging baskets, bedding plants, perennials, etc.), fresh fruits and vegetables and Christmas trees.

You can visit the farm online at www.meadowbrookfarmma.com.

We are currently seeking a full-time Farm Equipment Operator. Primary job responsibilities include operating, maintaining and repairing farm equipment, setting up irrigation delivering produce and other general farm duties. Applicants should have the flexibility to work in a variety of roles dependent on the season and needs of the farm. Prior farm experience and an interest in agriculture is desired. An opportunity for a management position exists at Meadowbrook Farm for a qualified candidate.

This is an hourly position and compensation is dependent on prior experience. Apply in person at 185 Meadowbrook Rd, East Longmeadow, MA, by calling 413-525-9080 or via email at mehmeadowbrook@gmail.com.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Operate farm equipment
  • Perform maintenance and repairs on farm equipment
  • Delivery of produce
  • Irrigation set-up
  • Variety of other farming tasks dependent on season

Required Skills:

  • Prior experience as an equipment operator
  • Prefer a candidate with previous farming, construction or agricultural experience
  • A valid driver’s license. CDL a plus.
  • Ability to work extended hours during peak season (May-September)

Massachusetts – Backyard Growers hiring Multiple Positions

Gloucester, Massachusetts

TerraCorps Positions with Backyard Growers:

Youth Education Coordinator 

Community Engagement Coordinator 

Backyard Growers is a grassroots nonprofit working to reshape Gloucester’s relationship with food. We provide resources and training to establish vegetable gardens at homes, housing communities, organizations, and schools. Since 2010, Backyard Growers has built over 150 raised bed gardens, serving hundreds of Gloucester residents. We serve 100% of public school students from preschool to 6th grade, providing true seed-to-fork experiences for Gloucester kids. In the end, we create life-long gardeners inspired by the power of growing one’s own food.

Backyard Growers will be the host site from two TerraCorps service members for the 2017-2018 service year- a Youth Education Coordinator and a Community Engagement Coordinator.  Please visit Backyard Growers website to learn more about our programs.

TerraCorps, formerly MassLIFT-AmeriCorps, is an innovative national service program helping communities conserve and secure land for the health and well-being of people and nature. This year we are looking for 36 members to serve in full-time, 11 month positions. Members will carry out capacity building projects; educate or train individuals; recruit, train, manage, and support community volunteers engaged in land-based activities; and identify new individuals and groups to participate in education, recreation, or service opportunities centered around land access and conservation. Members serve as: Land Stewardship Coordinator, Regional Conservation Coordinator, Youth Education Coordinator, or Community Engagement Coordinator.

These 17,000 hour AmeriCorps positions receive a living allowance, education award, and additional AmeriCorps benefits. The 2017-2018 program will run from 8/28/17 – 7/27/18.

Application specifics, position descriptions, and information about organizations hosting TerraCorps members can be found at terracorps.org.

Applications will be accepted until all positions are filled. Interviews begin mid-April, and we aim to fill all positions by the beginning of June.

AmeriCorps programs provide equal service opportunities. TerraCorps will recruit and select persons in all positions to ensure a diverse and inclusive climate without regard to any particular status. We encourage applications from individuals with disabilities and will provide reasonable accommodations for interviews and service upon request.

TerraCorps is a grant program of the Corporation for National and Community Service: nationalservice.gov.

Read the full descriptions here:

2017 BYG YEC Position Announcement

2017 BYG CEC Position Announcement

Massachusetts – The New Entry Sustainable Farming Project hiring Food Hub Operations Assistants and Drivers

Lowell, Massachusetts

The New Entry Sustainable Farming Project is hiring for two Food Hub Operations Assistant and Driver positions. Both positions are part time and seasonal (late May through late October)—one position is 30-40 hours per week and the other position is 15-20 hours per week.

This position will assist in operations of the World PEAS Food Hub, a local food aggregation facility in Lowell, MA. Responsibilities include assisting in operations and delivery of a 300 plus member, multi-farm Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program and as well as variety of wholesale accounts providing fresh, locally-grown fruits and vegetables to customers around the Boston area.

Follow links below for more details and to apply:

Food Hub Operations Assistant and Driver (30-40 hrs per week):

http://tsne.org/food-hub-operations-assistant-and-driver-new-entry-sustainable-farming-project-temporary-part-time

 

Food Hub Operations Assistant and Driver(15-20 hrs per week):

http://tsne.org/food-hub-operations-assistant-driver-new-entry-sustainable-farming-project-temporary-part-time-15-20