Wisconsin – Brix Cider hiring Cider Supply Chain Assistant

Barneveld, Wisconsin 

Now hiring!

Job Title:  Cider Supply Chain Assistant

Location:  Barneveld, WI (with work in surrounding rural areas)

Background

Brix Cider is a small but growing company making hard cider in Southwest, Wisconsin (see brixcider.com for more information).  We source local apples from family farms to make high quality, craft cider.  We are planning to expand our supply chain this fall harvest season to include several local orchards, and we are looking to hire two, part time Cider Supply Chain Assistants to assist with apple harvest, collection, transport, and pressing.  This is a great opportunity to get started with a new company in a growing local, craft cider industry.

Job Description

The Cider Supply Chain Assistant will travel to small orchards in Southwest, Wisconsin along with other members of the Brix Cider team to harvest apples.  Some of the orchards will be managed and easily accessible, while others will consist of clusters of wild or seedling apple trees on more challenging terrain.  The primary responsibilities of the Cider Supply Chain Assistant will be to pick apples, load them onto a truck, transport them back to our farm or processing facility, and assist with apple pressing.  What better way to spend the autumn than travelling to orchards and picking apples, right?

Schedule

The position is part-time (15-30 hours per week) Monday through Thursday, primarily in the mornings and afternoons.  Hours may vary based on picking conditions at each site.

The position runs from the end of August through late November.  For the right person, we may consider longer term, year-round employment in our new cider production facility and pub (scheduled to open in early 2018).

Pay

$12-$14 per hour depending on skills and experience

 Required Skills

  • Dependable, hard-working, friendly
  • Able to lift and carry 50 lb bushel boxes repetitively
  • Able to pull or push a harvest cart weighing approximately 200 pounds
  • Willing to work outdoors even in inclement weather
  • Comfortable working on a ladder with a harvest bag for extended periods of time
  • Works safely
  • Works efficiently
  • Works well with others

Desired Qualifications

 Interest in and/or knowledge of apples and cider

  • Experience working on farms or in similar environments
  • Experience in food processing and/or fermentation

 Other Requirements

  • The Cider Supply Chain Assistant will be responsible for his or her own transportation to our farm in Barneveld or to other orchards in the area

How to Apply

 Applications are due by August 15th, 2017.  The application should include:

  1. Cover letter
  2. Resume
  3. Contact information for 3 references, including: name, description of relationship, email, and phone number
  4. Also, when you contact us, please note what days and times you are available

Applications should be sent to Matt and Marie Raboin by email:  matt@brixcider.com and marie@brixcider.com

Wisconsin – Resilient Northern Habitats hiring Seed Field Manager

Amery, Wisconsin

Resilient Northern Habitats

Position: Seed Field Manager

Hours: 30+hr/week during growing season.  If interested there is other food hub work to create full-time and/or year-round job.

Location: Hungry Turtle Farm, Amery Wisconsins

Deadline: January 27th, 2017 (Open until filled)

Mission: Resilient Northern Habitats is a mission-driven non-profit based in Amery, WI. We strive to enhance whole natural systems through design, models and instruction. Protecting and increasing biodiversity is part of this mission and thus, our Seed Initiative seeks to grow, share, and train seed producers in our region. We are looking for a person who not only wants to be outside, grow annual vegetables and flowers, but would like to commit to seed production training with Seed Sages (consultants) and gain a priceless skill set that is in increasing demand in local food-sheds.

Job Overview: This position requires a strong background in annual agricultural production as well as a passion to increase regional agrobiodiversity. The Seed Field Manager is primarily responsible for coordinating and implementing annual seed production at the Hungry Turtle Farm with technical assistance and training from Seed Sages. For the 2017 season, the goals are to increase our seed production on-site and to begin training a Seed Field Manager for a long-term position.

Typical Physical Demands: This position requires typical physical demands for farm labor, such as walking, standing, reaching, stooping, squatting, lifting up to 50 lbs and working indoors and outdoors in cold, hot or wet conditions on uneven surfaces.

Key Requirements:

  • Supervision of seed farm space and field assistants and volunteers
  • Coordinate and cooperate with Seed Sages staff for weekly meetings and write monthly field reports
  • Maintain standards of seed production to ensure highest quality regional seed stocks
  • Increase soil fertility on farm by following an annual nutrient-cycling plan
  • Maintain seed farm infrastructure, heath and aesthetic beauty with the help of assistants and Seed Sages
  • Seed, supply and tool acquisition
  • Implement a weekly prepared planting and maintenance schedule
  • Insect and weed control, fertility monitoring and general field observation
  • Set-up and coordinate farm-to-restaurant weekly seed harvest schedule
  • Install and maintain irrigation if needed
  • Able to work in the field and office, including hard physical work
  • Great interpersonal skills
  • Willing and able to train one-on-one with Seed Sages for 3-year seed production certification

Qualifications

  • 2+ years farm management experience
    Bachelor’s Degree or the equivalent
    College level courses in Breeding, Soil Science, Horticulture/Agricultural Sciences, Land Management or other professional development that relates to farm/seed skills and management
    Experience in implementing various irrigation systems: drip, overhead, etc.
    Experience working in a team environment with proven leadership skills
    Demonstrated ability to work independently
    Demonstrated good organizational and record keeping skills
    Minimum of two years experience of full-season management
    Demonstrated farm planning experience and working knowledge of farm infrastructure
    Experience in using organic principles and practices
    Familiarity with seed production and seed saving
    Experience working with vegetables
    Ability to lift 30lbs
    Self-motivated, cooperative, and flexible
    Responsibly manage farm record keeping tasks and manage administrative tasks
    Must have current, valid driver’s license

Compensation

Compensation will be based on experience. Housing may be available on-site

To apply, please send a one-paragraph email that tells us why you are interested. Attach resume and cover letter in PDF form to the email as well. Send all materials to seedsages@gmail.com with “Seed Field Manager” in subject line.

Wisconsin – Stoney Acres hiring Vegetable Hired Hand

Athens, Wisconsin

Vegetable Hired Hand for 2017 and beyond.

Applications taken on a rolling basis until February 1st. Hiring on or before February 15th.

Stoney Acres is a diverse certified organic farm focusing on 135 member CSA, fresh market vegetables and a seasonal once a week farm to table pizza operation May-Oct. We also have animals including pigs, beef cows and egg laying chickens and produce maple syrup, wheat, small grains and hay. 90% of our work is manual labor related to vegetable production. Employees do work on occasion with animals, help make hay, and work on pizza night.

Our farm crew is made up of ourselves, 1 full time and 2 part-time employees, and several worker shares during each work day. You work closely with us in a family setting that includes a daily meal in our home, time around our three young children, CSA members, and our extended family. We are interested in hiring people interested in developing

skills in organic agricultural production who want a farm of their own, and/or people who want a short or long-term career in a hired hand role.
Our work is physically; and at times mentally demanding. We work hard and fast and love farming and we expect the same from employees. We are dedicated to paying a living wage and also offer additional benefits.

Hired Hand Position

Work Dates: March 1st-Thanksgiving (dates slightly negotiable). 40 Hours/week required, 48-50 hours a week desired. Limited off season work (December – February) available 1-2 days a week. Covering some winter markets and farm sitting work available
Major requirements/skills:  At least 1-2 seasons experience with vegetable production and/or farming desired; Comfortably carry and repetitively lift 50-60lbs (lift 80-100 lbs on occasion desired); Work in a range of weather conditions; Communicate clearly with us and other employees; Balance a fast pace with quality across tasks including vegetable harvest, cleaning, weeding etc.; Work in commercial kitchen and/or in customer service Friday nights for pizza night. Lead small farm crews on independent tasks; Help manage harvest schedule, CSA packshed, wholesale harvests, communication; help with planting and regular monitoring of vegetable crops, greenhouse planting and watering, irrigation. General familiarity with ripeness, harvest techniques, weeding/weeds, cover crops etc; clean driving record

Minor/occasional tasks: carpentry, fixing machinery, welding (experienced desired), making hay, fixing fence and moving animals. Carry out mechanical work e.g. tractor driving, cultivation, skidsteer operation, back up wagon/trailers; operate hand tools like drills, chain saws etc; Pizza night work includes food prep and customer service.

Opportunities for full-year employment through additional farm roles (managing wholesale accounts for a commission), your own land for other projects, mentoring and business development and much more. You can be as involved in learning from our farm as you like and we are happy to give you time to help develop your strengths.

The work week is as follows – Monday (7-5), Tuesday (7-5), Wednesday (7-6), Thursday (8-5) Friday (8-9). 1 hour unpaid mealtime/day. Friday night includes between 5-8 hours of pizza related food service and prep work.

Compensation: $13-$16/hour starting wage depending on experience with monthly raises based on performance (i.e. first month at $13, second month at $14, third month at $15). Estimate $23,000 for Nine month season plus tips on pizza night. Copious seconds vegetables, eggs and other farm goods like meat, maple syrup and grains on occasion. Farm lunch provided daily. Pizza dinner provided during pizza night Fridays. Housing provided for 2017 in our Sugar Shack (like a cabin with electricity but no running water. 3 sick days and 3 in season paid vacation days (advanced scheduling needed).

Send Resumes to:
info@stoneyacresfarm.net
or
Stoney Acres Farm
7002 Rangeline Rd
Athens, WI 54411

Wisconsin – Driftless Organics hiring Harvest Coordinator

Driftless Organics is a 60 acre organic vegetable farm located in SW Wisconsin. We are currently seeking a Harvest Coordinator for the 2017 season (and beyond) This position requires at least a year of prior experience working on a vegetable farm, preferably a CSA farm. 

We are looking for someone with excellent leadership and organizational skills who can help direct a crew of 4-8 people. In this position, you will be required to focus on maintaining high standards of quality and consistency, along with striving towards maximum efficiency. Position runs from the beginning of April until the end of December (and could very likely become a year-round position!).

To apply visit: http://driftlessorganics.com/resources/employment/

Wisconsin – The Biodynamic Association hiring Development Director

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Employment Opportunity: Development Director

The Biodynamic Association (BDA) awakens and enlivens co-creative relationships between humans and the earth, transforming the practice and culture of agriculture to renew the vitality of the earth, the integrity of our food, and the health and wholeness of our communities.

Biodynamics is a holistic, ecological and ethical approach to farming, gardening, food and nutrition. It is also a potent movement for new thought and practices in all aspects of life connected to food and agriculture.

The BDA strives to embody biodynamic principles in how we operate as an organization, and we have an agile, living approach to organizing our work. Drawing inspiration from Reinventing Organizations and Holacracy, our organization is structured into self-managing circles made up of a number of roles focused on different needs of the organization. Most BDA staff people are responsible for multiple roles. The structure of the circles and roles is designed to evolve over time to meet the changing needs and opportunities that the BDA encounters. For more on this approach, please see our forum, “Organizations as Living Organisms.”

Position Summary

We currently have an opening for a new person with strong skills in fundraising and development to join our staff team and fill the role of Development Director. Ideally, this person will work in our Milwaukee, WI office, but we may consider strong candidates wishing to work from home elsewhere.

The Development Director role is responsible for:

  • Designing and implementing plans, strategies and campaigns to increase and diversify BDA revenue streams in collaboration with other staff and board

  • Growing the number of foundations and major donors supporting the work of the BDA and the overall amount of foundation and major donor funding

  • Co-managing and building the BDA’s membership program, and increasing the number of members

  • Tracking and acknowledging grants, donations and pledges

  • Preparing and following up on asks to major donors, and maintaining major donor notes and data

  • Preparing grant proposals and grant reports, and monitoring deadlines and due dates

  • Convening and taking notes for fundraising committee meetings

Qualifications

Candidates who are a good fit for this role will demonstrate:

  • Passion and enthusiasm for raising money to transform the food system

  • Familiarity with sustainable agriculture organizations, foundations and donors

  • At least 5 years experience in fundraising, development, or a related field

  • A high degree of organization and ability to manage complex projects from start to finish

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, warmth and friendliness

  • Ability to consider big-picture strategy questions while maintaining attention to many details

  • Equal comfort with working independently and collaboratively

For this role we need someone who is enough of a visionary and enough of a practical implementer to be able to both create a plan and then implement it at the detail level with limited administrative support.

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Wisconsin – Orange Cat Community Farm hiring Multiple Positions

Lyndon Station, Wisconsin

Crew Leader Position

Orange Cat Community Farm
S1280B Cherry Ln
Lyndon Station, WI 53944
Laura Mortimore
(608) 963-4234

orangecatcommunityfarm@gmail.com

http://www.orangecatcommunityfarm.com

If interested in this position: please email a resume and cover letter describing why you are interested in working at Orange Cat Community Farm.

General Description: Orange Cat Community Farm is located in Sauk County, WI near Reedsburg and Wisconsin Dells. It is 1 hour from Madison and about 20 minutes from the Baraboo Hills, where there are beautiful hiking and recreational opportunities. The farm has been in operation since 2010. It is 22 acres with 2.5 acres of certified organic vegetables, including hoophouse production. The produce is marketed through a 150 member main season CSA as well as spring and fall CSA shares and a farmers’ market in Baraboo. The farm is owned and operated by Laura Mortimore, who gained a degree in horticulture and 5 years of organic vegetable farming experience before beginning a farm of her own.  Orange Cat Community Farm prides itself on producing high quality vegetables and creating a positive CSA experience for members. We are excited to add a hard-working, motivated individual to our team!

Position Starts: April 3rd, 2017

Position Ends: October 27th, 2017

Application Deadline: February 1st, 2017 or until position is filled

Skills Desired:

Orange Cat Community Farm is looking for an individual with at least one season’s experience working on an organic vegetable farm to help lead crews in the greenhouse, field and packing shed. This person should have the desire and motivation to take on responsibility and provide leadership to crew members.  A positive attitude, good communication skills and an understanding of efficient work methods are essential. You need to be able to do repetitive and physical labor, lifting up to 50 lbs and work in all weather conditions.

Pay: Starts at $9/hr with two reviews during the season.

Benefits: A spring and main season CSA share is provided.  Full time employees receive three paid days off.

Housing:  There is a room for rent in the farm house, but the crew leader is more than welcome to find off-farm housing.  The room at the farm includes a private bedroom with shared employee bathroom and living room. The kitchen is shared with the farmer. There is a huge deck on the house for everyone’s use.

Position Details:

Hours of expected work are 7:55am- 5pm, Monday through Friday with an hour lunch break. There will be times when circumstances require us to work later, but I’ll do my best to keep the schedule.  Employees are required to attend the Saturday farmers’ market on a rotating basis. Because we only attend the market in the spring and fall, you will be attending about three markets.

The farm has several worker shares that help out weekly, two full time interns and one crew leader.  At any given time there are usually 3-6 people working on a crew.  The crew leaders’ responsibilities include: provide direction to crew members, set an efficient work pace, maintain quality control

Although the daily regiment will change, over the season you will be involved in: greenhouse transplant production, transplanting, weeding, irrigation, harvest, post-harvest handling, hoophouse vegetable production, driving delivery routes, and the ins and outs of running a CSA with happy members.

Valid driver’s license is required.

At least one season’s experience working on an organic vegetable farm is required.

I am going to ask you to work hard. I am going to ask you to enjoy yourself. Best person for the job: someone who enjoys working hard!

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Wisconsin – Springside Cheese hiring Cheese Maker

Oconto Falls, Wisconsin

Springside Cheese is seeking an experienced artisan Cheese Maker to join our expanding family-owned and operated business located in beautiful Northeastern Wisconsin. This valued team member will continue the over 100-year tradition of producing our hand-made and award winning classic product line, in addition to assisting in the product development for our new and growing signature line. Ideal candidates will possess a passion for tradition production methods, raw and grass-based milk cheeses, and continuous professional growth through hands-on experience. A complete job description is available at www.springsidecheese.com/careeropportunities.html