Massachusetts – New Entry hiring Incubator Farm Site Coordinator

Dracut, Massachusetts

Incubator Farm Site Coordinator, New Entry Sustainable Farming Project (temporary, part-time)

Posted: Aug / 10 / 2017

ORGANIZATIONAL DESCRIPTION
New Entry Sustainable Farming Project’s (New Entry) mission is to improve our local and regional food systems by training the next generation of farmers to produce food that is sustainable, nutritious, and culturally appropriate and making this food accessible to individuals regardless of age, mobility, ethnicity, or socio-economic status. In doing this work, New Entry provides critical training, career development, and economic opportunity to new farmers. New Entry is a fiscally sponsored project of TSNE MissionWorks.

JOB SUMMARY
The Incubator Farm Sites are one of the cornerstones of the Farmer Training program at New Entry. After graduating from New Entry’s Farm Business Planning Course, participants have the option of leasing land for up to 3 years on the incubator farm. Many of the incubators choose to sell produce to New Entry’s Food Hub, among other markets.

The Incubator Farm Site Coordinator is an hourly (max of 18 hours/week), temporary position (August – mid-November) that will manage New Entry’s two incubator farm sites and equipment. Primary duties will include mowing, weed whacking, tillage, seeding and managing cover crop, basic equipment maintenance, organization of storage areas and tool sheds, and ensuring irrigation and electricity are functioning properly.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
Manage New Entry’s multiple incubator farm training sites using organic and sustainable production practices;
Conduct farm services, including land preparation/tillage, custom tractor work, the use/management of greenhouse, irrigation, cooling/storage, and other farm supplies and equipment in order to maximize impact of New Entry resources;
Maintain farm equipment and facilities, including tractors, grounds, other tillage equipment, greenhouses and irrigation systems in order to ensure continuity of incubator farm site operations;
Maintain farm grounds and field edges to keep field edges and common areas free of weeds or vegetative overgrowth;
Determine equipment and supply needs and make purchases and coordinate with contractors in order to ensure integrity of their work;
Maintain soil health of fallow plots through active cover cropping;
Perform other related duties as assigned.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS
Ability to lift up to 50 lbs.;
Ability to work outside in all weather conditions;
Ability to safely operate heavy machinery (45 hp and 65 hp tractors) and various PTO implements on small acreage and in tight spaces;
Ability to assess equipment maintenance needs and address promptly;
Ability to walk on uneven terrain;
Valid drivers’ license and clean motor vehicle record.

QUALIFICATIONS
Agricultural training and experience in multiple aspects of farming and farm enterprise is essential. Prior farm management/farm business ownership experience a plus;
Ability to safely operate and maintain farm equipment and machinery, including up to a 65 hp tractor with multiple PTO-driven implements;
Highly organized and good attention to detail;
Self-motivated and self- directed. Ability to work well within a rapidly-changing environment;
Access to reliable private transportation necessary;
Ability to work a flexible schedule, including some evenings and weekends.

SALARY
This position pays $15-18 per hour, commensurate with experience. Hours per week range from 8-18 hours. This position does not include benefits.

TO APPLY
We strongly encourage online applications.  Please attach your resume and cover letter.

Apply online here.

We also accept applications by mail or fax. Send to:

TSNE MissionWorks
Attn: Employment Manager
NonProfit Center
89 South Street
Boston, MA  02111

Or fax to: 617.896.9393.

As an EOE/AA employer, TSNE MissionWorks and New Entry will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identification, veteran, or disability status.

Massachusetts – Land’s Sake Farm hiring Green Power Assistant Educator

Weston, Massachusetts

Green Power Assistant Educator

Temporary, Full-Time, At-will employee

Dates of Employment: August 7th -August 25th
Supervisor/Reports to: Education Coordinator

Green Power

The Green Power program engages youth entering grades 6-9 and offers seven independent weeks of full day sessions through the summer.  This program is a local food immersion program focused on all aspects of food… growing, planting, cultivating, harvesting, distributing, and eating.  Students participate in growing the Junior Farmer field, go on local agriculture field trips, participate in livestock management, learn about the hunger relief organizations Land’s Sake partners with, and cook a community meal with a chef.

Position Summary:

The Green Power Assistant Educator’s primary goal is to deliver high quality summer programs.

With support from the Education Coordinator, the Green Power Assistant Educator is responsible for implementing the unique Green Power program. This position will include the additional responsibilities of: assisting with Junior Farmer Field preparation and maintenance, assisting with livestock care, general branch and organizational development and other non-education related tasks. The Green Power Assistant Educator works collaboratively with other staff to effectively manage the inherent risks of working on a farm, maintain our unique farm aesthetic, teach and follow best management practices for sustainable food production. Collaboration and effective communication between the other branches of the organization are vital for this job; along with all staff, the Green Power Assistant Educator works diligently to carry out mission oriented goals and objectives.

Responsibilities:
Green Power:
● Coordinate program related logistics, specifically with adjunct educators, community partners/organizations and Land’s Sake staff
● Implement mission-based curriculum
● Lead the Green Power Program with the Education Coordinator
● Communicate with parents as needed
● Write articles for the newsletter, blog posts, or social media updates as needed
● Gather weekly feedback from participants and parents

Other Responsibilities:
● Assist with management of the Junior Farmer Field
● Assist with the management of a variety of livestock
● Assist with other non-education related tasks as needed

Qualifications:
● Applicant must have at least one year of college experience
● Teaching and/or youth leadership experience in a school or non-traditional setting with proven ability around youth safety, group management and discipline
● Experience in leadership role at a camp, after school program, or other youth program
● At least one full season’s experience of farm work or experience in garden planning/management
● Experience with management of a variety of livestock
● The ability to multi-task and work independently
● Respectful, clear and patient interpersonal communication skill set that allows for collaborative work across departments
● Professional character that is consistent, capable, self-directed, well organized, flexible, personable, and is able to maintain composure in a changing environment
● Comfortable with public speaking and networking
● Access to a car and valid driver’s license
● Must be able to pass CORI check
● Current First Aid and CPR certification
● Basic computer and office skills including Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc

Essential Functions:
● Must be able to maintain visual and auditory awareness of a group
● Must be able to negotiate various types of terrain on the farm and in the
forest
● Must be able to communicate (both written and verbal) clearly and effectively
with staff, participants, and other constituents
● Must be able to lift and carry up to fifty pounds

Employment dates:
● Programming: 8:00am-4:00pm, August 7th – August 18th

  • Week of August 21 – 25: Flexible schedule, 10 – 30 hours depending on interest

Salary & Benefits:
● Salary: $12/hour
● Professional development opportunities including trainings in areas of job
related interests
● Organic produce and flowers grown on the farm

To Apply:
Please apply ASAP, as we are looking for someone to start August 7th. Please email a resume and cover letter, detailing how your skills and experience meet the qualifications of the position and stating how you heard about this opportunity to education@landssake.org

 

Massachusetts – Land’s Sake Farm hiring Fall Field Crew

Weston, Massachusetts

2017 FIELD CREW JOB DESCRIPTION

LAND’S SAKE FARM

WESTON, MASSACHUSETTS

Land’s Sake in Weston, MA is looking for an enthusiastic, dependable, hard-working, and dynamic person to join our field crew for the remainder of the season. This is a full-time position that will run from around mid August through the end of October.

Land’s Sake is a nonprofit dedicated to building meaningful connections between people, the food they eat, and the land; programs include environmental, food donation programs, and sustainable land management. Field Crew members will work closely with the farmers to operate a busy and complex community farm operation. We grow for a 300 member CSA program, a very busy farmstand, and a hunger relief contract with the town of Weston. We also occasionally work with volunteers and children in education programs. We strive to make Land’s Sake a welcoming, community-centered farm for all involved, including customers, shareholders, children, volunteers, and staff.

Responsibilities include:

  • Field work, such as harvesting, planting, and weeding
  • Miscellaneous tasks, including fencing, and irrigation
  • Various fall cleanup jobs

Applicants should be enthusiastic about learning, communication, having fun and working hard. Field crew members are expected to work quickly while maintaining attention to detail. Working efficiently, independently, and with a team are equally important. Field crew can expect to work long hours in all weather conditions; a positive attitude and good sense of humor are essential to this position.

The work day starts at 7 AM sharp and goes through about 5 PM with an hour break for lunch. There may be occasional exceptions to end times when we need to complete work before a weather event, and there may be times when we cancel work due to inclement weather. Hours will be reduced in October as the days get shorter.

Compensation includes:

  • $12.50/hr
  • Free produce from farm and discounts on farmstand goods

Qualifications include a sincere interest in vegetable production, a valid driver’s license and clean driving record, reliable transportation, the ability to lift 50 lbs repeatedly, and the ability to work for long periods of time in all weather conditions. Previous farm experience is strongly preferred, but not required.

To apply, please send a cover letter and your resume to erik@landssake.org.

Position open until filled.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions that you might have!

 

Massachusetts – Land’s Sake hiring Farm Stand Staff

Weston, Massachusetts

Land’s Sake 2017 Farm Stand Staff

Land’s Sake is a nonprofit farm located in Weston, MA that strives to connect individuals to the land to build community and inspire lifelong stewardship. The seasonal Farmstand serves as the hub of the farm, and each year we assemble an awesome team to sell our vegetables, local products, guide and educate our community, occasionally battle chipmunks, and have a lot of fun doing it.

Successful Farmstand Staff will possess an interest in sustainable agriculture, local food systems, and cooking. As a point of contact for Land’s Sake, Farmstand staff are trained about the farm’s many offerings. Great customer service skills, an ability to work quickly and efficiently, and a good sense of humor are vital this position.

Responsibilities:

  • Set up and breakdown Farmstand each day, including produce displays
  • Maintain produce quality throughout the day (i.e. temperature control, hydration)
  • Learn produce varieties, growing standards and farmstand products and be able to communicate information to customers as necessary
  • Operate cash register and scales, answer questions, and bring awareness to additional farm programming as appropriate

Qualifications:

  • Personable customer service skills
  • Cash handling experience
  • Ability to use an Ipad for transactions
  • Experience with Google Sheets/Excel
  • Be willing and able to work in all weather conditions, stand for long periods of time, and bend and lift up to 50 pounds
  • Valid Driver’s License

Employment Dates:

  • August 15 to October 30, with some training required prior to August 15
  • Farmstand hours are 11am to 7pm Tuesday through Friday, 11am to 4pm Saturday and Sunday. Weekend availability is a must, and flexible schedules will be considered

Compensation:

  • $11 to $12.50 per hour, dependent on experience
  • As much free produce as you can eat
  • Discount on other products sold at the Farmstand

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to deena@landssake.org

 

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.