Connecticut – Common Ground hiring Interim Farm Manager

New Haven, Connecticut


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

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.



  • 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


  • 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


  • 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.


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


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.


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 and view the Candidate Profile.

Interested applicants should submit their letter of interest and resume via email at

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 or call (225) 769-2676 to speak with a search consultant directly.

Massachusetts – Farmers Inspired hiring Executive Director

Southampton, Massachusetts


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: ATTN: “NAFDMA Executive Director Search” in the subject line. Electronic submissions highly preferred. Interested individuals are encouraged to apply immediately. Please visit: 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.

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

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:

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New York – Sky High Farm hiring Interns

Pine Plains, New York

Sky High Farm
675 Hall Hill Rd, Pine Plains, NY 12567

Contact: Samuel Rose, Farm Manager
Phone: 518-398-1116
Website: http://www.

General Description: Sky High Farm is a mission-driven non-profit organization that is committed to addressing food security and nutrition by improving access to nutritious food for New Yorkers living in underserved communities.  The farm sustainably grows organic fruits and vegetables and raises livestock exclusively for the purpose of donation.  We are a small, diverse operation entering our fifth season.

All produce harvested and livestock slaughtered through this initiative is donated to food banks, soup kitchens, and food pantries in the region.  Our focus is on producing the highest quality food for a population that might not normally have access to it.  This means our efforts are as much directed toward quality as quantity.  We use all organic inputs in our crop production, and raise grass-based steer and lamb, as well as pasture-raised pork, chicken and eggs. To date we have donated more than 36,000 meals to those in need.

The farm is 40 acres, with 2 acres dedicated to vegetable production and 25 to pasture.  We cultivate a variety of vegetables using organic inputs and raise grass-fed beef, lamb, hogs, and chicken on a rotational grazing system.  We are located in Columbia County, New York, nestled in the bucolic rolling hills of the Hudson Valley.

Number of Interns: 4

2 Internship Positions: April 17, 2017 thru October 13, 2017
2 Internship Positions:  May 29, 2017 thru August 18, 2017
Application Deadline: February 24, 2017
Minimum Length of Stay: Entire season’s dates as stated above

Skills Desired: Farming experience is not required, however you must be enthusiastic about participating in all farm related activities and performing demanding physical labor in the outdoors during different types of weather.  Interns should be excited to learn new skills and be prepared to both take on individual tasks and work alongside colleagues in a team.  Most of all, they should look forward to having a positive and personally rewarding season and come with the goal of making the most of this opportunity.

Educational Opportunities:  Interns will progressively gain insight and experiential knowledge of the steps that go into farming and the processes required to successfully complete their execution.  Instructional lessons will compliment practical in field experience.

Sky High Farm is an active member of Mid-Hudson CRAFT (Collaborative Regional Alliance For Farmer Training).  Interns will gain exposure to alternative agricultural methods during site visits and have networking opportunities with regional farmers and apprentices.

Stipend:  Interns are given a stipend of $360 per week (pre-tax).  Housing and workman’s compensation are provided.

Meals: Interns are responsible for their own meals, and are welcome to any excess produce from our farm when available.

Housing:  On farm dorm-style lodging is available at no charge. Interns will have access to their own sectioned-off sleeping areas and share a common living and cooking space.  Internet is provided.  There is a washer and dryer on the premises.   Interns should be prepared to live and work closely with their colleagues.
Preferred method Of Contact: Email, sam@

Internship Details: We work 40 hours per week, Monday through Friday beginning at 7:30AM.  Weekends are free, but due to livestock and greenhouse responsibilities, interns should be prepared to work occasional weekends on a rotating schedule and take the following Monday and Tuesday off.

The workload will be varied, consisting of livestock, vegetable production, and administrative tasks.

Animal management activities include:

  • Feeding and watering animals
  • Collecting and packing eggs
  • Cleaning animal stalls
  • Moving electric fencing

Vegetable production activities include:

  • Planting and watering in the greenhouse
  • Weeding
  • Transplanting starts
  • Spreading compost
  • Harvesting
  • Cleaning and packing produce for donation

Interns may also be asked to make local deliveries of produce to food pantries, or make pickups of processed meat from the slaughterhouse in our farm vehicle.

By nature, farm work is physically and mentally demanding.  Applicants should be excited about getting their hands dirty and immersing themselves in the work.  Weather can be unpredictable, some days are hot and dry, and others are cold and rainy, nevertheless all duties must be completed.  That said, we want to work as intelligently as possible.  Many tasks we will do in a group to lighten the load, support each other, and create a positive and nurturing work culture.

During downtime there are plenty of agricultural and nature-based activities close by, including hiking, biking, swimming, historical sites, and horseback riding.

To apply for this position:

Please send 1) letter of interest, 2) resume, and 3) three references with contact info who can comment on your professional experience by February 24th, 2017.  In your letter please include:

  • Any relevant experience
  • Why you are interested in Sky High, our mission and this farming opportunity
  • Your availability to begin work

Application materials should be sent via email,