Massachusetts – Land’s Sake Farm hiring Seasonal Employee

Weston, Massachusetts

Fill In Summer Farm Educators with Land’s Sake Farm

Seasonal, fill-in Employee – 40 hours/week for select weeks

Dates of Employment: Flexible, looking for week-long commitments in June, July, and August 2018

Staff training with part-time hours the week of June 18
Supervisor/Reports to: Education Manager

Organizational Overview:
Founded in 1980, Land’s Sake is a private, nonprofit corporation dedicated to responsible stewardship of suburban farmland and forests. By combining ecologically sound land management with experiential farm-based education, we provide a powerful model of how public open space can be effectively used and enjoyed by the community. We operate three interdependent branches: (1) sustainable land management and open space preservation, (2) farm-based education, and (3) a community farm. The education department serves our community through group/school programs, after school programs, adult education workshops and summer programs. Land’s Sake is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to creating a multicultural organization. We actively seek a diverse pool of candidates for all positions. To learn more about this unique nonprofit please visit: www.landssake.org.

Farm and Forest

Farm and Forest is a farm and outdoor education program dedicated to building meaningful community and connections to the land for children in grades 1-4 in nine independent full-week sessions throughout the summer. The program runs from 8:30-3:30 and includes time for snack and lunch for the first eight weeks, and will run from 9:00-4:00 for the week of August 21. Daily activities include garden projects, arts and crafts, animal chores, tree climbing, games, harvesting produce to bring home, and exploring our natural landscape. This year, for the first time, Land’s Sake is piloting a second group of Farm & Forest, running parallel to the original sessions for select weeks .

Position Summary

Land’s Sake seeks a Lead Educator for our Farm and Forest summer program. The person in this position must be able to work for at least one week-long period in June, July, and/or August of 2018 and to attend staff training days during the week of June 18th. There will be the option for part-time hours the week of August 27. Working closely with the Education Manager, the Farm and Forest Educator will be responsible for planning and delivering high quality educational programming for up to 12 elementary school youth for week-long, full day summer programs. The Farm and Forest Educator will be provided with a consistent daily schedule and programming ideas, and will have opportunity to bring their passions and interest to the programming, choose activities and games, and design curriculum.

Successful candidates will be highly motivated, organized, great with teaching a range of ages, experienced in behavior management, and a team player. Previous farm or garden experience is a must as well as comfort working around a variety of animals including chickens, rabbits, sheep, and goats. Other helpful skills include experience cooking ability, carpentry skills, artistic ability, etc. This position will include the additional responsibilities of: assisting with Education Garden preparation and maintenance, assisting with livestock care, general branch and organizational development and other non-education related tasks. The Farm and Forest 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 Farm and Forest Educator works diligently to carry out mission oriented goals and objectives.

Responsibilities:

Farm and Forest

  • Maintain responsibility for day to day function of Farm and Forest
    ● Coordinate program related logistics, specifically with adjunct educators, community partners/organizations and Land’s Sake staff
    ● Develop and implement mission-based curriculum
    ● Maintain responsibility for the physical and emotional safety and wellness of Farm and Forest
  • Manage behavior of Farm and Forest youth
  • Supervise and direct Farm and Forest Junior Leaders
    ● Communicate with parents as needed
    ● Write articles for the newsletter, blog posts, or social media updates as needed
    ● Gather weekly feedback from participants and families

Other Responsibilities
● Assist with management of the Education Garden
● Assist with the management of a variety of livestock
● Assist with other non-education related tasks as needed

Qualifications:
● College degree in education, horticulture, farming, environmental science, environmental education, etc required or related field required.

  • 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 a leadership role at a camp, school, after school program, or other youth program
    ● The ability to multi-task and work independently
    ● Respectful, clear and patient interpersonal communication skill set that allows for collaborative work across departments
  • Strong written communication skills
    ● Professional character that is consistent, capable, self-directed, well organized, flexible, personable, and is able to maintain composure in a changing environment
    ● 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
  • Knowledge of second language a plus

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:
● Training/Program Planning: Week of June 18th, flexible hours with mandatory full-day training on June 18th and 19th
● Programming: must be available for week-long commitments from 8:00-4:00, Monday-Friday in the months of June and/or July and/or August 2018
● Cleanup & Debrief: Flexible hours the week of August 27

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

  • If you work six or more hours in a day, you are entitled to a paid 10 minute break for each four hours worked, and a paid meal period of 30 minutes. You may elect to take both breaks together for a longer lunch break.
  • Paid sick time, in accordance with Massachusetts law.

Equal Opportunity Policy:
Diversity and inclusion is an ongoing organizational practice and a core value of Land’s Sake with the goal of having culturally competent services, materials, resources and programs. Our hiring practices are informed by an appreciation of the strengths offered by differing cultures, races, religions, ethnicities, classes, sexual orientation, physical capacities, and age groups. Land’s Sake offers benefits including medical insurance, generous vacation, access to professional development and local organic food. Land’s Sake is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to creating a multicultural organization. We actively seek a diverse pool of candidates for all positions.

To Apply:
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, Deadline: June 1st, 2018

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Massachusetts – Dead Branch Farms hiring Farm Intern

Chesterfield, Massachusetts

Farm Intern/Farm Apprentice — Dead Branch Farms

Program Summary:

Dead Branch Farms is a new farm currently being developed in Chesterfield Massachusetts. We are actively in production of vegetables and flowers and are looking to hire two Farm Interns/Apprentices for our upcoming busy season.

This is an exciting educational opportunity for the right candidates, as there are unique opportunities to learn the about design & development of new farm spaces, as well as marketing and business development strategies.

This is a part-time position, Tuesday through Friday from  8-3, and will include lunch. Farm Interns will participate in projects under the direction of the Assistant Farm Manager and Farm Director.

Weekly educational sessions and check-ins will be offered as part of this program.  This Farm Internship/Apprenticeship program is a hands-on educational experience designed to motivate those interested in Agricultural Professions, and its purpose is to give you fundamental experience and guidance; aiming to build confidence in carrying out entry-level farm positions.

Program Highlights:

-Greenhouse Propagation and Production

-Growing Techniques including: Planting, Harvesting, Weeding, Irrigating, Pest Management, and Soil Amendment applications.

-Farm Design and Planning

-Production Techniques for this cooler Zone 5b climate

-Land Stewardship and long term Site Planning

*There will also be opportunity to assist at our weekday farm stand in Northampton Wednesday-Friday.

Minimum Requirements:

-Ability to lift 50lbs regularly

-Valid drivers license

-Genuine interest in Farming and Agricultural related issues

The Program will run from June through October. Participants will be paid a stipend of $500.00 a month. Couples encouraged to apply!

Please submit a brief cover letter describing your interest in farming, and a resume detailing employment and post-secondary schooling to ryan@lonepinestudio.org

Massachusetts – Dead Branch Farms hiring Assistant Manager

 Chesterfield, Massachusetts

Assistant Manager – Dead Branch Farms

Position Summary:

Dead Branch Farms is a new farm currently being developed in Chesterfield Massachusetts. We are actively in production of vegetables and flowers and are looking to hire an Assistant Manager for our upcoming busy season. This is an exciting opportunity for the right candidate as there are unique opportunities creating new farm spaces, and shaping our vision and direction.  This is a part-time position, Tuesday through Friday, with flexibility. We’re looking for someone able to commit 25-30hrs a week, and be available from 8-3.  The Assistant Manager will coordinate with the Farm Director, lead two interns, and will assist in overseeing: Greenhouse Propagation & Production, Field Maintenance; including Planting, Harvesting, Weeding, Irrigating, Pest Management, and Soil Amendment Applications. There will also be an opportunity to  manage our weekday farm stand in Northampton, Wednesday-Friday. The position will run from June through October. Compensation based on experience.

Essential Duties And Responsibilities:

-Seeding and planting of successions

-Record keeping, and recording of field operations

-Keeping track of inventory and coordinating plantings and field operations with Farm Director

-Coordinating Irrigation schedules, and operation of Irrigation Systems

-Assisting in planning, cultivation and development of farm spaces

-Directing Interns and assignment of daily tasks

-Deployment of season extension structures, familiarity with row covers/low-tunnel type systems

-Assist in farmers market sales and set up

Preferred Experience:

-Minimum of 1 season working with an organic farm, and familiarity with production techniques

-A clear understanding of the rigor and discipline demanded of Farmers & good sense of humor

-Experience in Service Industry or within fast paced environments a plus

-Experience in Creative and Design fields a plus

-Ability to communicate effectively, and lead in a team environment, and be efficient independently

-Comfortable with field operations and strenuous tasks for extended periods; early morning; in the sun & heat; dust & dirt

-Familiarity with farm equipment and BCS walk-behind tractors

-Familiarity with line trimmers (weed whackers)

-Excellent Customer Service ability

Additional Requirements:

-Ability to lift fifty pounds regularly

-Valid Drivers License

Please send a cover letter describing why you’d be a good candidate, and a resume describing your professional experience to ryan@lonepinestudio.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Massachusetts – Medway Community Farm hiring Assistant Grower

Medway, Massachusetts

Assistant Grower Position at Medway Community Farm

Farm Description:
Medway Community Farm Inc. is a non-profit farm on town land in Medway, Massachusetts with 6 acres in vegetable production spread over three close range sites. MCF uses non-certified organic methods, to manage a diverse vegetable operation that produces food for a CSA program, an on-site farm stand, local farmers markets, wholesale accounts, and local food pantry donation. We offer a variety of education programs, community events, and volunteer opportunities for the public.

We’re seeking another motivated Assistant Grower.

Position Duration:
Mid-March/April – October/November depending on availability. The weekly grind, 7am – 4pm (schedule will vary slightly seasonally) with a 10:00am paid union coffee break, a 1 hour unpaid lunch.

Responsibilities:
The assistant grower will work closely with the Farm Manager and Assistant Farm Manager, assisting in all aspects of vegetable production including greenhouse management, planting, cultivation, irrigation management, harvest, washing, packing and direct sales. We are looking for someone who enjoy fast paced, efficient work and are eager to learn how to be even faster and even more efficient.  The right candidate should be easy going, passionate, work well alone and with a group, and good communicators. Candidates must be able to safely lift and carry 50 lbs., have a valid driver’s license, and the ability and interest to work long hours outside in any type of weather. Applicants should also be excited about working with community members of all backgrounds and ages to promote the farm’s mission. We strive to balance the high demands on our operations while integrating education, volunteerism and activism, and taking time to enjoy what we do.

Our assistant growers have the opportunity to take on more responsibilities as well, helping to guide the overall workings of the farm. A variety of roles exist to plug into including greenhouse growing, wholesale selling, farmers markets, etc. Besides the qualities listed above, ideally, grower candidates will have worked on a farm for a season or two already and having any previous experience as a teacher, outdoor educator, community organizer or other relevant positions is a plus, but not necessary.

Compensation is commensurate with experience, and includes produce from the farm, participation in EMass CRAFT, hands on training sessions, discounts in the farmstand, and eggs from our chickens. Currently there is no housing available, but we are willing to work with the right candidates to find housing solutions in our community.

If you’re interested in working with a community farm dedicated to education and its local and greater communities, we’d love to hear from you!  Please send a cover letter and resume to Seth Terramane at seth.terramane@medwaycommunityfarm.org

Medway Community Farm is an equal opportunity employer.
MCF Mission: To maintain a place that enhances Medway’s rural character, fosters community spirit and encourages “learning from the land” by providing locally grown food, volunteer experiences, educational programs and public events.

 

Massachusetts – Land’s Sake Farm hiring Farmyard Educator

Weston, Massachusetts

Farmyard Educator with Land’s Sake Farm
Seasonal, Part-Time, At-will employee

Dates of Employment: June 9 – October 20
Supervisor/Reports to: Education Manager

Organizational Overview:
Founded in 1980, Land’s Sake is a private, nonprofit corporation dedicated to responsible stewardship of suburban farmland and forests. By combining ecologically sound land management with experiential farm-based education, we provide a powerful model of how public open space can be effectively used and enjoyed by the community. We operate three interdependent branches: (1) sustainable land
management and open space preservation, (2) farm-based education, and (3) a community farm. The education department serves our community through group/school programs, after school programs, adult education workshops and summer programs. Land’s Sake is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to creating a multicultural organization. We actively seek a diverse pool of candidates for all positions. To learn more about this unique nonprofit please visit: www.landssake.org.

Open Farmyard

Open Farmyard is a free, drop-in program for young children and caregivers. The target age range is for youth 3-7 years old, though all ages are welcome. This program runs on Thursday afternoons from 3:00-5:00 and on Saturday mornings from 11:00-1:00 from June through October. Open Farmyard engages young children in life on their farm. Activities include tasting food from the garden, planting seeds, caring for the garden, visiting farm animals, nature crafts, storytime, and other seasonal activities.

Position Summary:

The Farmyard Educator’s primary goal is to deliver high quality Open Farmyard programs.
With support from the Education Manager, the Farmyard Educator is responsible for implementing the unique Open Farmyard program. This position will include the additional responsibilities of: assisting with garden maintenance, assisting with livestock care, general branch and organizational development and other non-education related tasks. The Farmyard 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 Farmyard Educator works diligently to carry out mission oriented goals and objectives.

Responsibilities:
Open Farmyard:
● Coordinate program related logistics, specifically with adjunct educators, community partners/organizations and Land’s Sake staff
● Develop and implement mission-based curriculum
● Lead the Open Farmyard program
● Communicate with parents as needed
● Write articles for the newsletter, blog posts, or social media updates as needed

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

Qualifications:
● 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
● 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
● 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:
● Training/Program Planning: Thursday, June 7
● Programming: 10:15 am – 1:30 pm., Saturdays June 9-October 20

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

  • Paid sick time in accordance with MA law

Equal Opportunity Policy:
Land’s Sake is seeking to hire a staff that represents the racial and ethnic diversity
of its constituents. Diversity and inclusion is an ongoing organizational practice
and a core value of Land’s Sake with the goal of having culturally competent
services, materials, resources and programs. Our hiring practices are informed
by an appreciation of the strengths offered by differing cultures, races, religions,
ethnicities, classes, sexual orientation, physical capacities, and age groups. Land’s
Sake offers benefits including medical insurance, generous vacation, access to
professional development and local organic food.
Land’s Sake is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to creating a
multicultural organization. We actively seek a diverse pool of candidates for all
positions.

To Apply:
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, Deadline: March 31st, 2018

Massachusetts – Siena Farms hiring Apprentices

Sudbury, Massachusetts

2018 Apprenticeship at Siena Farms

We are seeking hard-working, committed, positive individuals who are motivated by a career interest in sustainable agriculture to join our 2018 team. Our apprentices participate in many of the farm’s daily operations, including facets of production, harvest, and retail. This traditional, hands-on apprenticeship provides the opportunity to be an integral, productive part of our fast-paced, for-profit farm. Apprentices gain knowledge, farming skills, and professional work-experience to help them prepare for the next steps in their farming careers.

The apprentice position is seasonal, with flexible start and end dates between April and December. Hours range from 50-60 hours per week, (10-12 hour days, 5 days per week). Applicants should be prepared to lift upwards of 50lbs repeatedly and work in all weather conditions.  Previous farming experience is preferred but not required. Compensation includes hourly wage and farm vegetables.  We do not offer on-farm housing.

Responsibilities

Production

  • Planting, including greenhouse propagation and mechanical transplanting
  • Cultivation/weed-control by hand and hoe
  • Field work such as trellising, pruning, fencing, and thinning

Harvest

  • Daily harvest of our 100+ varieties of vegetables, fresh herbs, and sunflowers
  • Post-harvest handling, including washing, packing, and distribution

Sales & Distribution

  • Preparation and packing of wholesale orders for restaurant deliveries
  • Preparation and packing of CSA shares for pickup and distribution
  • Sales and customer service at our Boston farmers’ markets
  • Participation in farm events such as farm tours and volunteer days

Practical Training Sessions

  • Participation in bi-weekly EMass CRAFT farm tours
  • Orientation to core farming topics and systems, including crop-planning, field-planning, marketing, soil fertility, pest and disease management, irrigation, and farm equipment
  • Group field walks with Farmer Chris and farm managers to learn from the fields and crops themselves

Our Apprentices, like all of our employees, are held to high standards for organization, communication, positive attitude, respect and kindness for coworkers, work quality, and professional agricultural work ethic and schedule.

To Apply

Please email a letter of interest and a resumé to jobs@sienafarms.com. We look forward to hearing from you!

 

Massachusetts – Siena Farms hiring Assistant Grower

Sudbury, Massachusetts

2018 Assistant Grower at Siena Farms

We are a seeking hard-working, committed, talented individual motivated by a career interest in sustainable agriculture to join our 2018 team as an Assistant Grower. Our Assistant Grower is a core member of the crop production team on our 50-acre vegetable farm.  S/he works closely with our Farm Managers to carefully and efficiently grow and harvest our crops, and assist with the training of our seasonal apprentices.

Our Assistant Grower is a seasonal, full-time position, April to December, with an opportunity to evolve into a year-round position.  Hours range from 50-60 hours per week (10-12 hour days, 5 days per week).  Two seasons’ previous farming experience is required, with at least one of those seasons having included substantial equipment operation. Compensation includes hourly wage and farm vegetables.  We do not offer on-farm housing.

Responsibilities

Production

  • Tractor work such as plowing, harrowing, bed-forming, transplanting, mulching, cultivating, mowing, fertilizer spreading, compost spreading, bed lifting, cover cropping, spraying and seeding
  • Field work such as trellising, pruning, fencing, hand-weeding, hoeing, irrigation
  • Participation in weekly production team field tours and staff meetings
  • Greenhouse propagation
  • Repair and maintenance of equipment, buildings, and other infrastructure
  • Participation and leadership in general farm upkeep, cleanliness, safety and organization of indoor and outdoor spaces

Harvest and Post-Harvest

  • Harvest and post-harvest handling, packing, and distribution
  • Sales and customer services at our Boston farmers’ markets, as needed
  • Participation in farm events such as our farm tours and volunteer days

Training

  • Assisting managers in the training of our seasonal apprentices

Our Assistant Grower, like all of our employees, are held to high standards for organization, communication, positive attitude, respect and kindness for coworkers, work quality, and professional agricultural work ethic and schedule.

To Apply

Please email a letter of interest and a resumé to jobs@sienafarms.com. We look forward to hearing from you!