Mexico – Permaculture Farm hiring Manager

Permaculture Management Position at Playa Viva, Juluchuca, Guerrero, Mexico

Job Title:

Permaculture Management Position Juluchuca, Guerrero, Mexico

Employment Type:

Full-Time

Job Description:

Salary ~ negotiable based on skill & experience

Caretaker’s cottage, amenities & utilities provided, meals provided at hotel during work days.

Location ~ Juluchuca, Guerrero, Mexico – south of Zihuatanejo, Ixtapa area. Start Date ~ April 1, 2018

Playa Viva has a permaculture specialist position opening for a couple or individual with professional experience, who can demonstrate a strong work ethic, proactive communication skills and an enthusiastic focus on the long-term health and productivity of the local ecosystem.

The Core Values of Playa Viva are:

  • Promote Cleaner and More Abundant Water and Energy
  • Promote Biodiversity
  • Promote Transformation Experiences
  • Create “Meaningful” Community
  • Create a Living Legacy

As the permaculture specialist at Playa Viva, your long-term goals at Playa Viva are to:

  • Regenerate the landscape based on core values above
  • Create trails and paths to engage the guests in the landscape including update of trail markers, trail guide/printed materials and other mechanisms for guest engagement
  • Promote permaculture practices within the local community creating a connection between Playa Viva and the local community
  • Restore the mangroves and the lagoon system
  • Work with the farm production team to promote healthy soils and food production for the hotel, local ecosystem and export
  • Promote the healthy engagement of farm animals into the landscape and for consumption in the hotel (eggs, chicken, shellfish, fish, milk, etc.)
  • Manage nursery and gardens around zone zero (hotel)
  • Manage all roads, trails and paths
  • Maintain erosion control measures
  • Manage water systems (in conjunction with maintenance team) including black water treatment systems, grey water, well water, water storage and filtration, flood control, etc.
  • Work on regular drone mapping of site and adding content (photos and videos to map)
  • Work with invited biologists and other scientists related to flora and fauna

Fluency in Spanish is a must to engage with Playa Viva permaculture team and community. Fluency in English as well in engaging with guests and volunteers.

You will work in conjunction with Playa Viva General Manager, Playa Viva Farm

Production Team and Playa Viva chefs related to improving the farm to table program at Playa Viva. This does not mean that all food in kitchen will come from Playa Viva but the kitchen will eventually have a direct relationship with every food item on the plate when served.  You will work with Social and Environmental Officer in the recruitment, screening, training, onboarding and managing permaculture volunteers.  You will participate in monthly management team calls/meetings and provide monthly reports to Executive Team with progress on your goals. You will also participate in an annual review and present an annual report on your progress to be shared with the broader community.  You will participate in social media and blog content creation.

Playa Viva property is made up of 200 acres (86 hectares) with close to a mile of beachfront (1.3km). The property was a  collection of coconut, mango and tamarind groves that had not been worked for 15 years since it was taken over in 2006.  A permaculture specialist has been visiting the property approximately 9-10 times per year and working with local team. You will meet with this permaculture person to understand how the land has been transformed over the last 10 years and work to develop a plan for the next 10 years.  Property is marked by several key zones. Zone 0 where hotel is located, the oceanfront/beach/dunes, mangrove/estuary/lagoons, historical groves, land that has been restoring on its own, land that has been restored via planting of native species and farmland/roads/trails.

Only serious inquiries please

This is not a property rental situation 4+ references required

Education & Experience:

Must have 10+ years education and experience in Permaculture practices, organic farming, regenerative land stewardship and people management.

Application Instructions:

For more information please contact us ONLY via email at:

info@playaviva.com

DO NOT CALL – Send email with “PERMACULTURE JOB” in Subject line along with your cover letter and resume, including any links to your website, blog, Instagram or other online media showing samples of your work.

More about Playa Viva at http://www.PlayaViva.com

 

Job Categories:

Farming/Agriculture/Permaculture

 

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Massachusetts – University of Massachusetts hiring Sustainability Coordinator of Campus Gardens

Amherst, Massachusetts

Title: Sustainability Coordinator of Campus Gardens

Location: University of Massachusetts – Amherst, MA

We are excited to announce that the UMass Amherst Permaculture Initiative seeks a highly passionate, thoughtful and skilled individual who embodies holistic sustainability and shows a demonstrated commitment to social justice to fill the Sustainability Coordinator of Campus Gardens position. If you are experienced in regenerative agriculture, enjoy working with diverse groups, and are passionate about facilitating transformational learning, apply today!

This full-time, benefited position serves as a key role in the UMass Amherst Auxiliary Sustainability Department, whose mission is to work collaboratively with diverse stakeholders to increase the sustainability of our campus foodservices’ facilities and operations. We leverage resources, visibility, and leadership to propel the campus sustainability movement at UMass and beyond.

The Initiative: A unique and cutting-edge sustainability program, UMass Amherst Permaculture provides empowering hands-on education and leadership training, community engagement, and fresh, local, organic produce to the UMass campus. Founded in 2010, the initiative builds and maintains highly productive, highly educational edible gardens right on campus. The gardens are designed using permaculture principles and are installed by students, staff, and volunteers.

UMass Permaculture serves as an international model, which has inspired permaculture projects at campuses across the world. It has received global recognition and numerous accolades, quickly becoming the most widely recognized campus permaculture initiative in the country. In 2012, the initiative was honored by President Obama as first place winners of the White House Campus Champions of Change Challenge.

The Position: The Sustainability Coordinator of Campus Gardens will oversee the educational programming, community outreach, care and operation of current gardens, and development of new gardens when space is available for the UMass Amherst Permaculture Initiative. In doing so, the Sustainability Coordinator of Campus Gardens provides students, faculty, staff and community members with unique opportunities to make meaningful connections to their food, the earth, and each other.

The ideal candidate for this exciting and challenging position would possess extensive knowledge and experience in both production and regenerative agriculture, excellent problem solving skills, and the ability to develop successful programming in an academic setting.

Duties and Responsibilities include:

  1. Oversees and coordinates care and operation of campus permaculture gardens. Develops and implements new permaculture gardens.
  2. Teaches a two-session, one credit, hands on course (STOCKSCH 198P) in which students learn about permaculture basics while maintaining on-campus gardens in both the Fall & Spring Semesters.
  3. Supervises Departmental Assistants, student employees, and interns.
  4. Performs planning, community outreach, and program development for the UMass Permaculture Initiative.
  5. Performs marketing, communications, and public relations of the UMass Permaculture Initiative including web design, social media, posters/flyers, press releases, newsletters, brochures, etc.
  6. Supervises the weekly, seasonal UMass Student Farmers Market.
  7. Coordinates with faculty on interdepartmental research efforts in campus permaculture gardens.
  8. Conducts presentations and tours.
  9. Devises and organizes educational workshops and events.
  10. Holds open forums where students, faculty and staff may present ideas, comments or questions about environmental sustainability at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
  11. Acts as a consultant to other universities and institutions by responding to inquiries regarding permaculture, garden design and sustainability.
  12. Collects and analyzes garden data.
  13. Coordinates and distributes garden produce to residential and retail dining operations.
  14. Collaborates with university chefs (Chef de Cuisine) on sustainable menu development and best uses for garden produce.
  15. Performs other Auxiliary Services sustainability duties as assigned

Requirements:

  1. Knowledge of sustainability issues, regenerative agriculture, and best practices.
  2. Ability to develop and execute new programs within an academic setting.
  3. Problem solving skills.
  4. Excellent oral and written communication skills
  5. Skill in application of the principles and practices of effective supervision
  6. Excellent team-building, relationship-building, and networking skills
  7. Ability to build and sustain excellent working relationships.
  8. Ability to lift 25 lbs.
  9. Permaculture Design Certificate preferred

Apply online here. For more information, please contact info@umasspermaculture.com.

Washington – Heartsong hiring Permaculture Apprentices

Spokane, Washington
Permaculture Apprenticeship Opportunity in Eastern Washington
Heartsong is a beautiful, 8 1/2-acre former retreat center nestled in a forest-ringed meadow just 20 miles northwest of Spokane, Washington. The owners are accepting applications for apprenticeship positions for the 2018 growing season which will begin in April and last through October, 2018. Applicants may apply for one or more one- to three-month periods during the season. The Heartsong families seek motivated, neophyte permaculturists willing to commit to 4 hours of work and study, five days per week. Room and board provided in exchange. One apprentice will be invited per period. All periods will be filled in advance of the season.
For more details and to fill out an application, please go to:
Plans for 2018: The apprentice will work and study under the guidance of Heartsong’s caretaker who is a certified permaculture designer. The caretaker and apprentice will be tasked with implementing an ever-evolving work plan, including enhancing and maintaining the 8000 sq. ft. polyculture garden (including weekly harvests and distributions), maintaining a flock of laying hens, tending the goat herd, re-establishing a honeybee colony, seed saving, woody plant propagation, food preserving, developing a pasture management plan and continuing with planting the food forest. In addition, other general site maintenance, upkeep and improvements will also be included in the work plan as determined from time to time.

Panama – Organic Farm hiring Permaculture Farmer

Los Santos Province, Panama

Looking for a permaculture/organic farming expert (or preferably couple) to manage a small organic farm project on the Azuero Peninsula in the Los Santos Province of Panama. The farm currently sits on 2 hectares (approximately 5 acres) and includes several varieties of fruit trees and raised vegetable beds. The farm itself is approximately a 10-15 minute drive from Playa Venao, one of Panama’s premier surfing beaches, and is surrounded by several amazing beaches, rainforests, and waterfalls. The farm includes:

Small one bedroom managers house: Off-grid solar home with amazing views of the Pacific Ocean from the front porch. Home is fully furnished and includes a kitchen, full bath, ceiling fans, refrigerator, and bedroom furniture.

Shipping container home: The property also includes a just completed custom designed shipping container home with a full bath, kitchen, and pull down Murphy Bed.

Storage Shed (“Deposito): The storage shed includes several farm implements, passive solar hot water system, and seed starting area.

Water/Irrigation system: Plentiful, year-round and potable well water. The well runs on a solar pump and is used both for the water to the homes and for several storage tanks that service the irrigation system for the vegetable beds and orchard.  The irrigation system is installed and furnishes all vegetable beds, and also includes a grey water system that runs from the house to the fruit orchard.

Fruit Orchard: 25-30 trees including mango, guanabana, cacao, Suriname Cherry, star fruit, maracuya, lime, tangerine, guava, avocado, pineapple and several others

Vegetable Beds: Property includes several above ground vegetable beds. My business partner and previous manager estimates that he was getting approximately 30-40% of his diet from food grown on the farm.

Access to the property: Access to the property is a dirt road that is well maintained, although can become muddy during the rainy season.

The bottom line is that this is a really unique property and farming opportunity for a hearty individual or couple interested in off-grid, sustainable living. The views from the property are spectacular and the location includes some of the best surfing, hiking, and outdoor activities in Panama. The area is also extremely popular with an international crowd of hikers, vacationers and surfers from all over the world.

The ideal candidate/s will have experience managing an organic farm or with a strong permaculture orientation. Knowledge of solar systems (inverters, panels, pumps) also a plus, although we can train on the care and maintenance of the systems.

For the right candidate/s, we will offer free room and board in exchange for managing the farm. Candidates who can develop commercial opportunities for the produce grown are free to keep any profits. There are several restaurants in the Playa Venao area that are in need of good, locally grown produce.

We will also pay a stipend of $500 per month to the farm manager. An additional income opportunity may be managing rentals through AirBnB at the container home or main farmhouse, which I am willing to explore.

* Farm manager responsibilities will include:

* Upkeep, maintenance and care of the solar system, irrigation, pumps

* Upkeep and maintenance of the farmhouse and container home

* A commitment to farm the property using organic/permaculture best practices and maintain the orchards and beds in good condition.

If you are interested in this profoundly unique farming experience in one of the most beautiful areas of Panama’s Pacific Coast, please email me at testerads@gmail.com.

Bee Love Farms hiring Farm Worker

Coloma, California

Bee Love Farms has an opening for a person with experience in permaculture, farming and composting to take on a role as farm manager or care taker/Permaculture specialist and this could be either a trade or a paid position.

The main tasks would include:

  • keeping farm facility and classroom ready for Nonprofit eco science programs for 4th and 5th grade students (they arrive with naturalists that facilitate their program on our facility)
  • composting kitchen scraps from our cafe
  • making compost tea
  • caring for the chickens
  • caring for the worms
  • caring for the bees
  • maintaining the learning garden, food forest and market garden
  • planting seeds directly and in green house
  • harvest and delivery to our cafe
  • helping to develop a medicinal tea garden
  • organize schedule and train WWOOFers or farm staff when we have additional seasonal help.
  • possibly teaching workshops if the experience level was there (this would be a paid set fee or split of participants)

We offer seasonal workshops in Flower Essences, bee keeping, nutrition and Permaculture, composting, worm farms and other soil topics. These are usually open to WWOOFers or staff at no charge or a discounted price.

Please email resume to: brigette@beelovefarms.com

Virginia – Hawk’s Journey Farm hiring Assistant Cattle Manager

Nelson County, Virginia

Assistant Cattle Manager

At Hawk’s Journey Farm, we combine Biological farming, Restoration Agriculture, Permaculture and Holistic Management to raise livestock, perennial food and herbs, and annual crops. We build the things we learn into training programs through our outreach and education company Simple Soil Solutions.  Our mission is to heal ourselves and our community, starting with the soil.  We are located in Gladstone, VA and border the James River. For more info about us:  Please check our websites at http://simplesoilsolutions.com/ and http://abc-beef.com, and our videos on VIMEO and YouTube

We are building our core team for the long run, and need a full-time person (40 – 50 hrs/wk) to work mostly with our grass fed beef cattle operation, under the direction of the Cattle Herd Manager and farm owner. We pay a living wage, invest in amazing training opportunities, and offer many other benefits as well.

We are seeking a full-time, healthy, hardworking, detail oriented person who knows they want to work with regenerative and holistic cattle operation as a life path.  We do have openings for internships, but for this position we are looking for a long term team member.

Are you generally happy and positive?  Do you have a passion for soil building and rebuilding our earth and communities from the ground up?  We believe in the power of intention and the law of attraction.  We work as a team with a lot of openness and trust, and willingness to take accountability for our own feelings and choices.  We believe that working on ourselves is the foundation for societal change.  We want to share deeply on our unique paths of personal transformation as we mirror ways we can help each other grow.  

Think of this position as joining a loving, healthy family.  We support each other when we are down, and are honest with each other even when it hurts.  We believe in positive change from both joyful and painful experiences.  We want to FEEL and TUNE IN to our emotions fully and learn the messages underneath them, for we see that there is gold beneath the challenges that teaches us about our spiritual growth.

Job tasks would include but are not limited to:

  • Setting up, taking down temporary electrical fence daily or several times daily (lots of walking on hills and in tall vegetation in all types of weather, year round)
  • Practicing low stress cattle handling techniques
  • Feeding hay, free choice cafeteria style minerals, and other supplements, and natural treatments such as essential oils
  • Cleaning water troughs daily
  • Participating in on-farm research
  • Making daily observations and writing log records to document what the cattle are eating (grass, hay, minerals, etc.), what treatments were applied, cattle health & habits, grazing plan, and others as season and animal health dictates
  • Pushing out round bales by hand (with assistance when needed)
  • Loading/unloading hay (square bales) by hand
  • Fence building/repair
  • Operating farm equipment, vehicles and trailers
  • Awareness/Mindfulness work with animals

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Hawai’i – Halawa Farm hiring Living Farm Interns

North Kohala, Hawai’i
Living Farm Internship
The Hawai’i Institute of Pacific Agriculture farm is located along the beautiful, historic coast of North Kohala, on the Big Island of Hawai’i. Our main campus, Halawa Farm, is a 7-acre living and learning environment where we cultivate a diverse collection of native Hawai’ian and Polynesian plants, tropical fruit orchards and perennial vegetable crops, in addition to raising small scale poultry and livestock. The farm is the base of operations for our residential farmer training programs and educational workshops, and provides a steady supply of food and medicine to those on the land as well as our local farmers market.

Our residential farmer training program includes our Living Farm Internship which is held in Spring and Fall, and is held on our main campus, Halawa Farm, on the beautiful King Kamehameha lands of Kapaau, Hawaii. This 7-acre permaculture homestead serves as working farm, educational siteand home to staff, apprentices and interns throughout the year. While living and learning with us, students explore a variety of topics related to sustainable agriculture, homestead farming, permaculture, agroforestry, soil fertility, plant medicine, nutrition, beekeeping, animals, mycology, community living, Hawai’ian arts and culture, and much more.


Dates:
Fall 2017 ~ August 17-September 30
Spring 2018 ~ March 29-April 28

Visit our website for more info: http://www.hipagriculture.org/education/internship