Massachusetts – Chestnut Hill Farm hiring Farm Apprentice

Southborough, Massachusetts

Farm Apprentice – Full Season

Chestnut Hill Farm 

 About The Organization:

The Trustees is an organization with a fascinating past and an exciting future. Our places are open to all and we thrive by involving as many people as possible in what we do. Founded in 1891, by a group of visionary volunteers, we preserve, for public use and enjoyment, properties of exceptional scenic, historic, and ecological value in Massachusetts and work to protect special places across the state. We have helped protect more than 50,000 acres, including 25,000+ acres on more than 100 reservations that are all open to the public. We are a nonprofit conservation organization funded and supported entirely by our visitors, supporters, volunteers, and more than 40,000 members.

 

Chestnut Hill Farm is a 4th year CSA farm on a beautiful gem-of-a-property outside of Framingham, MA. It is a myriad of crop fields, pastures, rolling hills and woods on 170 acres. Located in Southborough, MA the farm is only a few minutes from the commuter rail which gets you to Boston in under an hour; Hopkinton State Park with is glorious lake; and all the hustle and bustle of the growing towns of Westborough, Northborough and Marlborough.

As a farm, we are continuing to grow – breaking new ground and building systems from the ground up to support our active CSA and farm-store. Under the leadership of a dynamic and experienced grower, this season will provide a unique learning experience for apprentices, as you will be able to be a part of a growing farm operation still in its infancy. Our apprenticeship is a well-rounded experience for anyone interested in diverse farming opportunities.

 

Position Summary:
We are seeking people who are excited about sustainable farming and eager to take on the wide-range of responsibilities associated with running a physically demanding, fast-paced, public and busy production farm. This includes: assisting with all aspects of crop production, greenhouse work, field preparations and tillage, hand and tractor cultivation, transplanting, harvest and distribution and working with groups and volunteers. You will also be expected to participate in and help facilitate small and large farm events throughout the season from ‘Meet the Farmer’ to our Fall Festival!

 

Ideally, you are responsible, flexible and personable, and can be happy working as an integral part of a small farm crew. We are looking for people who can take on the physically demanding schedule, tasks, pace and inevitable challenges of the farm season with consistency and good humor. We need people who are ready each day to learn, take and give direction, be patient with themselves and others and are excited about working intensely with all types of people.

In addition to the above you must also:

  • Have at least two seasons of experience working on a production farm, (or other physically demanding work).
  • Comfortably and safely lift and carry 40 lbs.
  • Ability and interest to work long hours outside in any type of weather – wind, rain, heat, cold.
  • Valid driver’s license and clean (5 years!) driving record.
  • Pass a CORI background check.
  • Seasonally availability—Full Season start date of April 15th and end date of Oct 31st or Nov 15th.

 

Benefits and Salary:

Apprentices are paid hourly: $11/hr and should expect to work 40-55 hrs/week for the season (depending on start and end date). Apprentices also receive:

  • CSA vegetables
  • Optional participation in Eastern MA CRAFT workshops
  • Trainings on mechanized tillage and cultivation practices, farm planning and record-keeping, tractor and farm safety practices and basic equipment maintenance, food safety guidelines, and more.
  • A one year membership to the Trustees which gives you access to many exciting events at all of our fascinating properties across the state plus discounts on parking and camping.
  • Rental of On-Farm shared apprentice housing at a below market rate with utilities included in the Cottage. This is offered on a first come, first served basis for full-season employees only.

 

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to ctrager@thetrustees.org.

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Massachusetts – Appleton Farms hiring CSA Manager

Ipswich, Massachusetts
CSA Manager
Appleton Farms
Year-round, Full-time
The Trustees is an organization with a fascinating past and an exciting future. Our places are open to all and we thrive by involving as many people as possible in what we do. Founded in 1891, by a group of visionary volunteers, we preserve, for public use and enjoyment, properties of exceptional scenic, historic, and ecological value in Massachusetts and work to protect special places across the state. We have helped protect more than 60,000 acres, including 26,000+ acres on 116 reservations that are all open to the public. We are a nonprofit conservation organization funded and supported entirely by our visitors, supporters, volunteers, and more than 50,000 members.
Appleton Farms in Ipswich, MA is one of the oldest continuously operating farms in the United States and at 1,000 acres, one of the largest in Massachusetts.  Established in 1638 by a land grant to Samuel Appleton, it is now owned and operated by The Trustees. The CSA operation was founded on the farm in 2002 and currently includes 550 members. The purpose of the CSA is to continue the farm’s rich agricultural legacy, demonstrate an economically viable and sustainable agricultural model, and provide opportunities for the public to learn about local agriculture and food systems and to engage with Appleton Farms and with The Trustees. 
Position Summary:
The Trustees is seeking a CSA Manager to oversee the overall management responsibility for the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) operation and all vegetable production at Appleton Farms in Ipswich, MA. Responsibilities include crop production planning and management of fields, systems and infrastructure; staff hiring, training and supervision; budget planning, tracking and management; equipment procurement, operation and maintenance; CSA distribution; and member and community relations. The CSA Manager reports to the Vegetable & CSA Program Manager, and works closely with the General Manager of Appleton Farms and other non-CSA farm staff. The position is full time, year-round with a seasonally variable work schedule.
Specifically, the CSA Manager’s responsibilities include:
  • Oversee the production of crops on a commercial scale to meet the needs of a large CSA at a public-facing farm, generally following the organic standards (the farm is not certified organic but organic methods are utilized).
  • Care for and maintain farm fields, equipment, tools and infrastructure.
  • Supervise, recruit, train and manage CSA staff, modeling and ensuring best practices in field work, visitor engagement, food safety, and equipment safety.
  • Market and distribute CSA shares and manage shareholder relations and communications, including writing a regular newsletter or blog, hosting shareholder events, responding to shareholder questions and concerns, and hiring and managing share room staff as needed.
  • Prepare, oversee and manage operating and capital budget within Trustees financial systems and schedules.
  • Plan and manage all field work, from greenhouse seeding to harvesting.
  • Manage and care for a fleet of tractors & equipment; basic mechanic skills required.
  • Direct or manage special projects including fencing, irrigation, carpentry and other capital projects.
  • Work effectively and cooperatively with other Trustees staff.
  • Involve and manage volunteers, visitors, and the public in the CSA operation where appropriate.
  • Participate in the organization’s sustainability and ecology work, help promote membership, and support fundraising efforts of other Trustees staff.
  • Understand and educate CSA staff on the strategic goals of the organization as outlined in the Strategic Plan, Trustees 2017
  • Other duties as assigned with or without accommodation.

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Massachusetts – The Farm Institute hiring Education Manager

Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts

Education Manager

The Farm Institute
Martha’s Vineyard, MA
Year-round, Full-time
About The Organization:

The Trustees is an organization with a fascinating past and an exciting future. Our places are open to all and we thrive by involving as many people as possible in what we do. Founded in 1891, by a group of visionary volunteers, we preserve, for public use and enjoyment, properties of exceptional scenic, historic, and ecological value in Massachusetts and work to protect special places across the state. We have helped protect more than 50,000 acres, including 26,000+ acres on 116 reservations that are all open to the public. We are a nonprofit conservation organization funded and supported entirely by our visitors, supporters, volunteers, and more than 50,000 members.

Position Summary:

Here at The Trustees, we want everyone to enjoy our extraordinary places; we want people of all ages and backgrounds to get involved with them, be inspired by them, and love them as much as we do. As the Education Manager, you will have the opportunity to develop and manage The FARM Institute’s farm camp, inspiring and enrolling 60-100 children per week for 10 weeks.  The Education Manager will strive to grow participant numbers, season length and camp revenue in subsequent years, creating an engaging and positive camp experience.  The Education Manager manages the marketing, enrollment, curriculum, budget, and camper/parent relations with support from the Engagement Site Manager.  In addition, the EM is responsible for camp licensure, risk management, and well being of all campers while camp is in session, and recruits, hires, trains and manages all camp farm-based educators to the highest standards.

The EM reports to The FARM Institute General Manager and must work closely with all other employees of the farm staff and The Trustees. The position’s work schedule is variable, will include work on some weekends and holidays. The schedule is based on an average 5 day work week however it is expected that hours will be higher when camp is in session.

Essential Functions:

  • Direct the development and execution of FARM Camp as well as growth in subsequent years.
  • Recruit, hire, and train the best farm-based educators possible with support from other farm staff.
  • Employ best-practices and safety protocols in the development and execution of camp.
  • Work actively with the Marketing staff to get camp registration software up and running, a FARM camp web page built, and printed brochures effectively distributed.
  • Ensure accurate record keeping that meets management goals and camp licensure regulations.
  • Manage all administrative aspects to the camp including parent inquiries, health form collection, and camp licensure.
  • Support the farm’s efforts to reduce its carbon footprint by minimizing energy consumption wherever feasible.
  • Work closely with our Engagement Site Manager and Education Garden Manager to provide support for other farm programs, events, and tours when camp is not in session.  These include but are not limited to school groups, vacation week programs, family programs, and seasonal events.
  • Collaborate/network with other camps and farm camps associated with The Trustees and beyond to share best practices.
  • Other duties as assigned with or without accommodation.

 Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent years of experience.
  • 3 or more years of professional experience in outdoor, farm-based, or adventure education.
  • Experience teaching place-based, environmental education, especially in a farm environment.
  • Experience in program marketing, registration, staffing and budgeting.
  • Must have a thorough understanding of regulatory requirements for a Massachusetts summer camp, including an understanding of the specifics of running a camp on a farm.
  • Must have managerial experience, having directly managed staff including hiring, performance management, and evaluation.
  • The ability to develop experiential, inquiry-driven curriculum that draws on the unique identity of the place and the important mission of the organization.
  • The physical and mental wherewithal to teach outdoors, sometimes under difficult circumstances.
  • Must be familiar with farm animals and comfortable working with animals.
  • The EM must possess and display an appreciation for the rich agricultural history of The FARM Institute.
  • A positive attitude, team-oriented, flexible approach and a commitment to achieving the goals of The FARM Institute and The Trustees are a key part of the job.

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Massachusetts – Appleton Farms hiring Dairy & Livestock Technician

Dairy & Livestock Technician

Full-time, Seasonal (~20 Weeks)
Appleton Farms
Ipswich, MA

 About The Organization:

The Trustees is an organization with a fascinating past and an exciting future. Our places are open to all and we thrive by involving as many people as possible in what we do. Founded in 1891, by a group of visionary volunteers, we preserve, for public use and enjoyment, properties of exceptional scenic, historic, and ecological value in Massachusetts and work to protect special places across the state. We have helped protect more than 50,000 acres, including 25,000+ acres on 116 reservations that are all open to the public. We are a nonprofit conservation organization funded and supported entirely by our visitors, supporters, volunteers, and more than 50,000 members.

Founded in 1638, Appleton Farms is the oldest continuously operating farm in America.  In 1998, the Appleton family donated the 1,000-acre farm to The Trustees of Reservations, a leading land conservation organization in Massachusetts.  Now a flagship agricultural property for The Trustees, Appleton Farms is home to pasture-raised dairy and beef herds, a 650 share community-supported agriculture program, hundreds of acres of pastures and forest, and volunteer- and staff-led programs that educate the public about small scale, sustainable agriculture.

 Position Summary:

The Dairy and Livestock Technician (DLT) provides support for the grass-based Jersey and White Park dairy and beef operations at Appleton Farms, a 1000-acre farm in Ipswich, Massachusetts.  In addition to the livestock operation and related grazing pastures, the farm features hayfields, woods, wetlands, and a Community Supported Agriculture operation with more than 20 acres of crop lands.

Responsibilities include assisting with the management of the dairy and beef herds, facilities, equipment, pastures and infrastructure.  The DLT reports to the Dairy and Livestock Manager of Appleton Farms and works closely with other livestock program and farm staff.  The position’s work schedule is variable, includes weekends and holidays, and is based on an average 5-5½ day work week.

 Essential Functions:

  • Conduct timely milking, feeding and care of the dairy herd.
  • Conduct timely feeding, care and management of the beef herd, chicken flock, and any other livestock, as required.
  • Operate and clean all dairy and beef program equipment and facilities.
  • Help manage the grazing infrastructure including the pastures, water systems, travel lanes, and fencing.
  • Assist in the maintenance of all livestock program buildings, equipment and facilities.
  • Transport raw milk to a third-party milk processor and return and stock glass bottled milk to the farm for retail sales.
  • Support production and sales of dairy products produced by the farm, as needed.
  • Maintain a neat and clean appearance of the livestock program areas on the farm.
  • Assist with herd health and treatment programs.
  • Interact with volunteers and the general public, and participate in public programs, when necessary.
  • Monitor animal well-being and report conditions as necessary.
  • Provide assistance with hay production as needed.
  • Understand and support the Trustees organizational policies strategic goals.
  • Other duties as assigned with or without accommodation.

 Qualifications:

  • A degree or certificate in a livestock educational program is desirable.
  • At least two years of direct, hands-on experience in dairy and/or livestock management and care.
  • Experienced in the use and maintenance of farm and dairy equipment.
  • A positive attitude, willingness to be flexible and a commitment to achieving the goals of Appleton Farms is essential.
  • Required to be or to become a licensed milk handler, certified by the state to handle and transport raw milk.
  • Must be able to work a variable work schedule, which includes work on weekends and holidays.

 Other:

  • Must have valid driver’s license and pass a driving record check to drive Trustees vehicles.
  • Position based on an average work week of 5-5½ days.
  • Satisfactory criminal background check required.

 Benefits and Salary:

The Trustees offers competitive compensation, as well as the opportunity to be part of a dedicated team across the Commonwealth who love the outdoors and the distinctive charms of New England, and who believe in celebrating and protecting our special places, for everyone, forever.

APPLY NOW – Dairy & Livestock Technician

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In addition to being an Equal Opportunity Employer, The Trustees of Reservations aim to create a thriving, inclusive workplace that values each member of our team.  We aspire to reflect and effectively serve the residents and communities of Massachusetts who are at the core of our mission.

 

 

Powisset Farm hiring Farm Crew Members

Dover, MA

Farm Crew
Multiple Positions Available
Powisset Farm

About The Organization:

The Trustees is an organization with a fascinating past and an exciting future. Our places are open to all and we thrive by involving as many people as possible in what we do. Founded in 1891, by a group of visionary volunteers, we preserve, for public use and enjoyment, properties of exceptional scenic, historic, and ecological value in Massachusetts and work to protect special places across the state. We have helped protect more than 50,000 acres, including 25,000+ acres on more than 100 reservations that are all open to the public. We are a nonprofit conservation organization funded and supported entirely by our visitors, supporters, volunteers, and more than 40,000 members.

The Trustees Farms:

The Trustees farms have rich history in New England agricultural communities, from the oldest dairy farm to Amelia Peabody’s legendary farm, there are deep roots.   Rolling grasslands, grazing livestock, stone walls, and historic farm buildings are part of our pastoral landscape.  Today, our farms still retain their bucolic quality and have also become well known for their CSA (community supported agriculture) operations.  By purchasing a CSA share, members help to create community around our farms and their commitment to locally grown produce. They receive vegetables each week throughout the growing season, and participate in our pick-your-own crops as well, like fruits, flowers, and herbs.  In addition, our farms donate produce to local hunger relief partners each week in order to make sure that our produce reaches as many people as possible.  At The Trustees we are committed to growing our community by connecting people to food and the land on which it grows.  We host farm events, volunteer opportunities, grassroots workshops, farm tours, and work-for-share opportunities.

 Position Summary:

There are two positions available. Position one is Monday – Friday, 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM starting in July   and expected to end in late-October. Position two is Monday – Friday 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM starting in August and expected to end in late-October. An extended season may be available for either of these positions.

As a part time farm worker, the majority of your time will be spent weeding and harvesting, with occasional work on other projects such as planting, tomato twining or various field tasks.  Most of these activities require working on your hands and knees for hours, or in crouched positions that are sometimes uncomfortable.  The job requires strength to carry bins of harvested vegetables down long rows.  You will be required to work in rain or shine, and in the humid, hot days of summer.   You must also be able to be content doing repetitive tasks for several hours or days at a time.

This is not an educational position; this is a manual labor position.  We will, of course, teach you the basics of the work that you will be doing, whether it is weeding, thinning, harvesting, planting or any other project that comes up.  However, we will not formally teach you about crop planning or farm management and you will not be instructed on any of our tractors.  We will also be directing you with very specific tasks that will most likely not have too much room for interpretation.  In summary, it is a challenging job but also a very rewarding one, and can be an excellent fit for the right person!

Essential Functions:

  • Hand Weeding
  • Transplant seedlings to field
  • Harvest crops
  • Trellis tomatoes
  • Helping with special projects at the farm
  • Other duties as assigned with or without accommodation.

 Qualifications:

This position is great for someone who is a hard worker, excited to work outside for the summer, and who enjoys being in a community of people who are passionate about farming, food and the local organic movement.  We hope that you are a kind, fun, easy-going person.  We enjoy conversations in the fields, sudden bursts of song, high fives and coworkers with positive attitudes.  We are excited to expand our crew this season to include someone who thinks that they might be a great candidate for this farm and position.

The Trustees offers competitive compensation and the opportunity to be part of a dedicated team across the Commonwealth who love the outdoors, who love the distinctive charms of New England, and who believe in celebrating and protecting our special places, for everyone, forever.

APPLY NOW – Farm Crew

Click here to see all job opportunities at The Trustees of Reservations

In addition to being an Equal Opportunity Employer, The Trustees of Reservations aim to create a thriving, inclusive workplace that values each member of our team.  We aspire to reflect and effectively serve the residents and communities of Massachusetts who are at the core of our mission.

Chestnut Hill Farm hiring Farm Apprentice

Southborough, MA

Farm Apprenticeship-Late Season
Chestnut Hill Farm

About The Organization:

The Trustees is an organization with a fascinating past and an exciting future. Our places are open to all and we thrive by involving as many people as possible in what we do. Founded in 1891, by a group of visionary volunteers, we preserve, for public use and enjoyment, properties of exceptional scenic, historic, and ecological value in Massachusetts and work to protect special places across the state. We have helped protect more than 50,000 acres, including 26,000+ acres on 116 reservations that are all open to the public. We are a nonprofit conservation organization funded and supported entirely by our visitors, supporters, volunteers, and more than 50,000 members.

Our seasonal staff plays an integral role in ensuring that our visitors enjoy our extraordinary places.  Sandy beaches, wooded trails, cultural gardens, historic homes, community supported agriculture—there are many ways for visitors to discover and explore The Trustees, and just as many opportunities for seasonal employees to make each visitor’s experience special.

Position Summary:

Chestnut Hill Farm is in its 2nd year as a CSA farm on a myriad of crop fields, pastures, rolling hills and woods on 130 acres. Located in Southborough, MA the farm is only a few minutes from the commuter rail which gets you to Boston in under an hour; Hopkinton State Park with is glorious lake; and all the hustle and bustle of the growing towns of Westborough, Northborough and Marlborough.

Farming 12 acres of vegetables this year, we are continuing to grow- breaking new ground and building systems from the ground up to create a new community farm with an active CSA and farm store. Under the leadership of a dynamic and experienced grower, this season will provide a unique learning experience for apprentices, as you will be able to be a part of a growing farm operation still in its infancy. We have a small tree fruit orchard, a small flock of chickens and our farmer also has a small herd of charismatic dairy goats that rotationally graze around the farm. Our apprenticeship is a well-rounded experience for anyone interested in diverse farming opportunities.

Our summer season apprenticeship offers the unique opportunity for someone to jump into the farm world during the height of the season, and work for a few months until the end of the season. We are seeking people who are excited or interested in sustainable farming and eager to take on the physically demanding, fast-paced, public and busy production part of farming.  This includes: assisting with all aspects of crop production, greenhouse work, field preparations and tillage, hand and tractor cultivation, transplanting, harvest and distribution and working with groups and volunteers. You will also be expected to participate in and help facilitate small and large farm events throughout the season that are an exciting opportunity to learn about adding educational and engagement opportunities to a working farm.

Qualifications:

Ideally, you are responsible, flexible and personable, and can be happy working as an integral part of a small farm crew. We are looking for people who can take on the physically demanding schedule, tasks, pace and inevitable challenges of the farm season with consistency and good humor. We need people who are ready each day to learn, take and give direction, be patient with themselves and others and are excited about working intensely with all types of people.

In addition to the above you must also:

  • Have at least one season of experience working on a production farm, (or other physically demanding work).
  • Be able to comfortably and safely lift and carry 40 lbs.
  • Have the ability and interest to work long hours outside in any type of weather – wind, rain, heat, cold.
  • Have seasonal availability for the rest of the Summer Season – from now until Thanksgiving.
  • Have a satisfactory driving record and pass a driving check in order to operate Trustees vehicles (must be 18+ years old).

Benefits and Salary:

Apprentices are paid hourly: $10/hr and should expect to work 50-55 hrs/week for the remainder of the summer season, working less hours as the season winds down.  Apprentices also receive:

  • CSA vegetables
  • Optional participation in Eastern MA CRAFT workshops
  • Trainings on mechanized tillage and cultivation practices, farm planning and record-keeping, tractor and farm safety practices and basic equipment maintenance, food safety guidelines, and more.
  • The opportunity to be part of a dedicated team across the Commonwealth who love the outdoors, who love the distinctive charms of New England, and who believe in celebrating and protecting our special places, for everyone, forever.

We have a limited amount of on farm housing that is available for rent.

APPLY NOW – Chestnut Hill Farm Apprenticeship

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No phone calls please.

In addition to being an Equal Opportunity Employer, The Trustees of Reservations aim to create a thriving, inclusive workplace that values each member of our team.  We aspire to reflect and effectively serve the residents and communities of Massachusetts who are at the core of our mission.

Trustees of Reservations hiring Appleton Farms Cheese Maker

Ipswich, Massachusetts

Cheese Maker
Full-time
Appleton Farms
About The Organization:

The Trustees is an organization with a fascinating past and an exciting future. Our places are open to all and we thrive by involving as many people as possible in what we do. Founded in 1891, by a group of visionary volunteers, we preserve, for public use and enjoyment, properties of exceptional scenic, historic, and ecological value in Massachusetts and work to protect special places across the state. We have helped protect more than 50,000 acres, including 25,000+ acres on more than 100 reservations that are all open to the public. We are a nonprofit conservation organization funded and supported entirely by our visitors, supporters, volunteers, and more than 40,000 members.

Founded in 1638, Appleton Farms is the oldest continuously operating farm in America.  In 1998, the Appleton family donated the 1,000-acre farm to The Trustees of Reservations, a leading land conservation organization in Massachusetts.  Now a flagship agricultural property for The Trustees, Appleton Farms is home to pasture-raised dairy and beef herds, a 650 share community-supported agriculture program, hundreds of acres of pastures and forest, and volunteer- and staff-led programs that educate the public about small scale, sustainable agriculture.

Position Summary:

The Cheese Maker (CM) at Appleton Farms is a key member of the farm’s full-time staff.  The CM reports to the Property Superintendent and must work closely with other employees of the farm staff and The Trustees of Reservations. The position’s work schedule is variable, may include work on weekends and holidays, and is based on an average 5 day work week.

Essential Functions:

  • Assist in development and management of the annual cheese plant budget and operate within that budget.
  • Develop product recipes, as needed, and operate all processing equipment to pasteurize and produce dairy products from Appleton Farms raw milk.
  • Employ best-practices and procedures for the dairy to ensure regulatory compliance, food safety, employee safety, product quality, efficiency, and cost control.
  • Develop and ensure compliance with standard operating procedures (SOPs) for all aspects of the operation.
  • Supervise any part-time assistant cheese makers and volunteers.
  • Ensure accurate record keeping that meets management goals and regulations.
  • Cut, wrap, pack, label and prepare dairy products for sale and shipping.
  • Support TTOR efforts to make Appleton a carbon-neutral facility by minimizing energy consumption wherever feasible.
  • Work closely with our Engagement Manager and Farm Educator to provide support for farm programming and tours.
  • Collaborate/network with other value-added dairy operations, cheese makers and farms to share best practices.
  • Other duties as assigned with or without accommodation.

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