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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Connecticut – Common Ground hiring Interim Farm Manager

New Haven, Connecticut

INTERIM FARM MANAGER

Spring-Fall 2018

Organization Overview

Common Ground is a center for environmental learning and leadership in New Haven, Connecticut where a diverse community of children, young people, and adults cultivate habits of healthy living and sustainable environmental practice.  Farm meets forest meets city on Common Ground’s 20 acre campus at the base of West Rock Ridge. The site abuts the 1500 acre West Rock State Park, sharing hiking trails, wildlife, and diverse natural habitats with the surrounding forests.  Common Ground delivers three tightly knit programs on site and in the community.

  1. Common Ground’s college preparatory Charter High School uses the site and the City as an organizing principle of its curriculum which is guided by an ecological framework that recognizes the connection and interdependence of all living and non-living things.
  2. The Environmental Education Center receives more than 12,000 community members/year who participate in festivals, field trips, after-school programs, and other educational opportunities on site.
  3. Our Urban Farm is a key resource for both the high school and community programs, as well as for the greater New Haven community. It includes both production and educational gardens used to demonstrate and teach lessons in agriculture.

Common Ground has a commitment to examining the intersection of social, environmental, and food justice issues; how systems of oppression, including white privilege, impact the organization’s work; and how resistance to those systems can offer windows into a more sustainable society. For more information on Common Ground, see www.commongroundct.org.

Job Description

Common Ground ​is looking for an Interim Farm Manager. Our farm is a valuable resource for both the CG High School and Community Programs. It includes a ¾ acre production farm, greenhouse, four season high tunnels, compost operation and a variety of livestock. This is a full time, one season position, and offers the opportunity for someone with farm experience to build confidence running a small, sustainable, educational farm with a diversity of markets. The Interim Farm Manager will co-manage and train our Green Job Corps High School crews, adult seasonal interns, and Saturday Volunteers, in addition to supporting other school and community programming needs. Farm responsibilities include, greenhouse work, transplanting, weeding, bed preparation, harvesting, irrigation, pest and disease management, harvest and post harvest handling, animal care and record keeping.

At the end of the season (from August-October) you will be running the farm on your own (with support from farm interns, high school volunteers and our Farm Based Education Coordinator), and helping transition it from the Summer to the school year while our Farm Director is on maternity leave.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Farm

  • Manage farm tasks efficiently and thoroughly in accordance with the crop plan created by the Farm Director
  • Physical farm work including bed prep, direct seeding, transplanting, cultivation, pest and disease management, harvest, irrigation
  • Support record keeping for invoicing, season evaluation and board reports
  • Manage and work farm stands as needed
  • Coordinate compost production

Livestock

  • Care for livestock (turkeys, ducks, chickens, goat & sheep) including mucking, maintaining yards as safe educational spaces, water and feeding
  • Assist in the management of animals (order supplies as needed, research, communicate with veterinarians, etc..)
  • Schedule chore rotation

Markets

  • Co-Manage weekly Farm Stand
  • Coordinate small CSAs for staff and students
  • Managing sales to our HS Kitchen sales
  • Support our Spring Seedling Sale and run our small Fall Seedling Sale
  • Communicate and organize produce for restaurants participating in our large Common Ground Fundraiser- “Feast”

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Virginia – Allegheny Mountain Institute hiring Farm Manager

Staunton, Virginia

POSITION TITLE:  Allegheny Farm Manager (AFM)

MISSION:  Allegheny Mountain Institute (AMI) is a 501(c)3 educational nonprofit organization that cultivates healthy communities through food and education.

GENERAL DEFINITION AND PURPOSE OF WORK:

Reporting to the AMI Executive Director, the AFM is responsible for most operational aspects of the Allegheny Farm.

DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE POSITION:

The AFM is a full-time, exempt position at our Highland County Campus.  Work hours may fluctuate and are dependent on the time of year and organizational needs (preparation at the beginning of the season and end of season, for instance). Education of the broader community is a key component of Allegheny Mountain Institute, and a competitive applicant will have an interest in this area.  All of our work is rooted in organic, regenerative agricultural practices, so the AFM should have a deep philosophical and operational agreement with such methods.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS/ TASKS:

Agricultural / Animal

  • Responsible for the organic, sustainable management of all operational aspects of the AMI agricultural and meat production including:  plant propagation, cultivation, succession planting, pest and nutrient management, harvesting, processing, distribution, quality and quantity control, organic orchard management, and animal husbandry (including poultry, apiary operations, and future bovine, swine, caprine, ovine and dairy operations).
  • Develop, establish and maintain the nourishment and health of the soil food web of AMI gardens to promote the health and vitality of the food we produce.
  • Manage and directly supervise the Lead Gardener.
  • Manage greenhouse propagation of seeds and starts.
  • Manage and develop crop rotation for season extension in the high tunnels.
  • Orchard management, including the establishment, pest protection, and plant guild selection of orchard and berry crops.
  • Manage mulching and weed control, including procurement of input materials.
  • Maintain garden tools and equipment storage; keep inventory and maintenance records.
  • Develop and maintain livestock facility as needed including grazing systems, fence and gate moving and repair, and water management.
  • Develop, establish, maintain healthy pasture management, disease control, and animal rotation.
  • Perform grass cutting and weed eating around gardens and orchards.
  • Invasive weed (Autumn Olive, Thistle) eradication, coordinated with Allegheny Farm Caretaker.

Facilities & General Management

  • Provide regular garden set up and maintenance, including:
  • Irrigation systems.
    Inspections and managing repairs of all farm infrastructure; garden fences; rodent control.
    Plan and implement an efficient, working composting system for garden and orchard use.
    Provide regular operational farm maintenance, including:
  • Water system inspections; report to Allegheny Caretaker if issues arise.
    General overseeing of operational facilities, including inspections and managing repairs of buildings and farm infrastructure.
    Manage High Tunnel / Greenhouse integrity and heating/cooling and ventilation systems.
    Fixing items or overseeing repairs done by others.
    Maintain Farm vehicle and equipment maintenance records.   The Farm Caretaker will be responsible for maintaining vehicles and equipment while the Allegheny Farm Manager will maintain record keeping for farm vehicle and equipment maintenance.
  • Research equipment purchase and schedule delivery or pick up as needed.
  • Assist in heavy lifting/moving as needed.
  • Provide regular waste removal from the Allegheny Farm.
  • Ensure high standard of cleanliness, neatness and order on the Allegheny Farm.
  • Establish processes for upkeep of pantries, cold storage, root cellars, and feed rooms to ensure appropriate temperatures / humidities, and the vitality, safety and quantities of foodstuffs to meet requirements.
  • Establish best practices and processes for the Allegheny Farm record keeping systems.
  • Manage budget for Farm expenditures, including ordering, purchasing, and maintaining records.
  • Manage and mentor Fellows on farm-related work and educational opportunities during Phase I of the Fellowship.
  • Meet with AMI staff team, once per week to review and plan assignments. Work closely and collaboratively with the AMI Education Director to ensure proactive guidance and supervision of Phase I Fellows and the learning environment.
  • Work in collaboration with Allegheny Farm Caretaker on routine maintenance needs of farm and equipment and with the AMI Farm Operations Committee on big picture strategic plans and needs of Allegheny Farm.
  • Perform administrative tasks essential to the smooth operation of the farm.
  • Participate in Open Houses, public visits and educational outreach events as needed.

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Louisiana – Grow Dat Youth Farm hiring Executive Director

New Orleans, Louisiana

Organization: Grow Dat Youth Farm

Location: New Orleans, LA

Job: Executive Director

Grow Dat Youth Farm seeks an Executive Director with a demonstrated commitment to social justice and experience growing nonprofit organizations. Our next Executive Director will have experience building relationships across difference, and will align closely with Grow Dat’s organizational values of youth leadership, sustainability, inclusion and multiculturalism, food justice, love of land, and solidarity. Significant experience with youth leadership programming, fundraising, and senior nonprofit management is essential.

For more information regarding this position, including responsibilities and qualifications, please visit growdatyouthfarm.org/executive-search and view the Candidate Profile.

Interested applicants should submit their letter of interest and resume via email at search@growdatyouthfarm.org.

To ensure consideration, please submit your application by September 30, 2017.

Applications will be reviewed as they are received, and will be accepted until the position is filled. Please direct any questions, nominations, or applications to search@growdatyouthfarm.org or call (225) 769-2676 to speak with a search consultant directly.

Massachusetts – Farmers Inspired hiring Executive Director

Southampton, Massachusetts

POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT

Executive Director

farmers inspired is the membership and purpose of North American Farmers’ Direct Marketing Association, Inc. (NAFDMA). NAFDMA – farmers inspired was founded in 1986 and is a membership based trade association dedicated to providing endless peer-to-peer learning opportunities, connections and resources, for farmers who are passionate about the business of agritourism and farm direct marketing. farmers inspired includes innovative, resilient, and creative farmers, extension agents, industry suppliers, researchers, farmers’ market participants, government officials and other professionals who are part of the thriving farm direct marketing and agritourism industry in North America. farmers inspired helps develop fertile businesses that cultivate crops, raise livestock, grow, bake, prune, brew, produce, boil, propagate, ferment, preserve, mix, and sell products that add value for the community and advance the agrarian economy.

NAFDMA has exclusively retained Nonprofit HR to assist in its recruitment efforts for its next Executive Director. The position of Executive Director is a critical and visible position requiring strong business (financial, operations), and development experience and the ability to establish oneself as a thought leader in the agritourism and farm direct marketing industry locally, regionally, and nationally.

The Executive Director will work collaboratively with the Board of Directors to establish long-range goals, strategies, plans and policies; and participate in the development of a vision and strategic plan to guide the organization forward. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director is responsible for providing leadership and operational management for NAFDMA. The Executive Director provides inspiring direction to the Mission and Vision within the boundaries, prudence and principles established by the Board. The Executive Director has central responsibility to maintain a positive image for NAFDMA – farmers inspired and ensure effective liaison with members and partner organizations.

The Executive Director must have broad management experience in a non-profit setting, including program and project development, implementation, and evaluation; short- and long-term strategic planning; and budgetary oversight. The Executive Director must possess exceptional leadership presence and the required experience serving as a spokesperson for an organization and demonstrated understanding of how to leverage organizational visibility and credibility and brand recognition through the media and other public relations sources to drive capacity.

The Executive Director must understand the process of visioning, planning, organizing and implementing the association’s annual convention with the capacity to create a delivery plan and oversee volunteers, partners, outsourced contractors, and employees to coordinate all providers into a unified delivery team. The Executive Director must be an expert at financial management and oversight competencies and possess the ability to manage the public relations and business affairs of a nonprofit organization.

The successful candidate will have a bachelor’s degree in one of the following disciplines: Business Management, Organizational Effectiveness, Nonprofit Management, or related field and a minimum of 10 years of management experience of which at least 7 years should include experience successfully managing a nonprofit organization at a strategic and leadership level, or leading a business that has demonstrated growth and profitability. The position requires someone with proven success in building relationships among and working effectively with diverse groups, with a strong commitment to non-partisan competency. It is essential that S/he possess excellent written and oral communication skills, with considerable experience in writing and presenting information, particularly financial information to a variety of audiences. The position requires experience working remotely and managing a remote workforce.

For consideration, interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume. Your cover letter must address your experience and qualifications being sought. Send materials to: execsearch@nonprofithr.com ATTN: “NAFDMA Executive Director Search” in the subject line. Electronic submissions highly preferred. Interested individuals are encouraged to apply immediately. Please visit: www.farmersinspired.com for more information about the organization. To obtain further details about this opportunity, contact Myra T. Mathis, Executive Search Practice Leader at Nonprofit HR at (202) 785-2060.

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

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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