Wisconsin – Wellspring, Inc. hiring Buildings and Groundskeeper

West Bend, Wisconsin

Position Description: Buildings and Groundskeeper at Wellspring Inc.

Wellspring Mission: “Wellspring Inc is a nonprofit Education and Retreat Center, as well as a Certified Organic Farm and CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) whose mission it is to inspire and teach people to grow, prepare and eat healthy food. In so doing, we transform food systems and build community.”

Groundskeeper Job Description

Ensure all buildings, facilities, and work spaces are well-maintained, structurally sound and secure, well-kept in appearance, and free of safety hazards; Ensure all outdoor areas, including improved and unimproved pathways, and any non-production land owned or rented by Wellspring, are well-maintained, well-kept in appearance, and free of safety hazards; Ensure that all vehicles, equipment, machinery, and tools are well-maintained and in good working order; Ensure all utility services, including electrical, HVAC, water, natural gas, and sewer are in proper working order and free of safety hazards.

Responsibilities including but not limited to:

  • Maintain buildings, facilities and workspaces
    • Clearing rain gutters
    • Painting as needed
    • Installing rain collection barrels in spring, storing them in fall
    • Regularly inspect buildings for safety and repairs
    • Repair or replace anything in the buildings that needs attention
    • Maintaining organization and cleanliness in the Shop
    • Process all garbage and recycling
  • Maintain outdoor areas
    • Mow all grassy areas: lawns, trails, labyrinth, and pathways
    • Manage the brush pile
    • Facilitate removal of any harmful insects or pest infestation
    • Process downed trees
    • Maintaining gravel driveway
  • Maintain all equipment, machinery, and tools
    • Clean and lubricate all electrical, mechanical equipment including mowers, saws, tractor and implements, farm truck, and hand tools
    • Replacing and adding new tools as needed
    • Restocking fuel tanks
    • Winterizing mowers, weed eater, tiller, saws; storing mower battery
    • Properly disposal of used grease, oil, and other hazardous fluids
  • Maintain all utility services
    • Fill water softeners with pellet salt
    • Clearing water lines for winter
  • Work collaboratively with Wellspring Staff
    • Coordinate maintenance and usage of shared space in collaboration with Conference Center Director, Farm Manager, and Education Director.
    • Coordinate timing and space usage related to any maintenance activities or projects to minimize impact on workshops or events.
    • Coordinate any work involving hospitality areas (house, hostel, barn loft) with the Conference Center Director to ensure minimal impact on guests.
    • Work collaboratively with all staff on large projects such as infrastructure development, large equipment purchases, and organization of shared spaces.
    • Provide assistance as requested during special events at Wellspring.
    • Provide assistance to guests and visitors as requested.
  • Communicate with Wellspring Board of Directors
    • Provide written reports on activities, objectives, and finances as requested.
    • Attend board meetings as requested


  • Highschool Diploma/GED
  • 2+ years groundskeeping experience
  • Carpentry: 2+ years experience or certificate
  • Mechanical experience preferred
  • Must be reliable and have good time management skills

Schedule: Part time. Hours vary seasonally. 20-25/week hours during the growing season; 5-10 hours during the winter season.

Compensation: $10/hour. Access to surplus produce.

Governance: Groundskeeper is eligible to join the board of directors, upon nomination and pending vote of current members of the board.

To apply, applicants may submit their resume and letter of intention to roxanne@wellspringinc.org. We will then follow up with an application form, after which we will contact you for an interview.


Wisconsin – Wellspring, Inc. hiring Office Director

West Bend, Wisconsin

Position Description: Office Director at Wellspring, Inc.

Wellspring mission: “W​ellspring Inc is a Nonprofit Education and Retreat center, as well as a Certified Organic Farm and CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) whose mission it is to inspire and teach people to grow, prepare and eat healthy food. In so doing, we transform food systems and build community.”

Office Director mission: Oversee, document, and report the financial and administrative functions of Wellspring in order for the needs of the staff and the board to be met; facilitating open board/staff meetings; supporting the organization as a whole.

Office Director Responsibilities:

  • Organize and maintain organizational documents, files, and records
  • Assist in hiring process by providing, collecting, and organizing paperwork; completing background checks on prospective staff members; participating in interviews and decision making in cooperation with the Executive Committee for fulltime and part-time staff (not including farm interns).
  • Editorial assistance in budget writing
  • Oversee: grant writing, sponsorships, and loans
  • Assist with the coordination of special events and meetings, meeting facilitation
  • Maintain an up-to-date calendar of events, reports, grants, and deadlines
  • Maintain a database of updated contact information for board, staff, CSA members, restaurant accounts, markets, donors, and instructors
  • Organize and assist with documents for board reports
  • Assist with the promotion of CSA
  • Stock office supplies and insure the proper functioning of facilities
  • Perform bookkeeping functions, including (but not limited to): making deposits, paying bills, preparing and sending invoices, managing payroll, tracking expenditures, reconciling bank statements, maintaining ledgers, journals and charts of accounts.

In relation with the Board of Directors, the Office Director will:

  • Participate in open staff/board meetings
  • Provide clear and concise reports of finances, participate in designing financial goals, and budget updates
  • Eligible to join the board after 6 months of employment, by nomination and vote

In relation with the Staff, the Office Director will:

  • Collaborate with Education and Community Outreach (ECO) Director on grant writing, fundraising, and sponsorships
  • Provide editorial assistance for budget writing
  • Assist ECO Director with event registration, promotion, and facilitation when needed
  • Manage income reports for the farm and education programs
  • Partner with ECO Director and Farm Director to promote events, markets, and CSA
  • Perform payroll

Academic/Experiential Prerequisites:

  • At least 2 years experience with office administration, especially within a non-profit
  • Accounting experience preferred
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred
  • Graphic design experience preferred and website building
  • Excellent computer experience: GoogleDrive, DropBox, social media, website design, Quickbooks
  • Grant writing experience
  • Excellent communication, organization, prioritization, and follow-through

Schedule: Part-time, year round. 20-30 hours/week. Note: more hours may be needed during large events.


  • $13,500/yr salary plus annual retention bonus: $1,500
  • Included is on-farm shared housing (not required but preferred)
    • Utilities
    • Laundry access
    • Internet
    • Food staples provided throughout year
  • Access to Wellspring’s surplus produce


  • Once you join our team, if all goes well, there may be an option of going full-time.

To apply, applicants may submit their resume and letter of intention to roxanne@wellspringinc.org. We will then follow up with an application form, after which we will contact you for an interview.

Wisconsin – DeForest Area Farmers’ Market hiring Market Manager

DeForest, Wisconsin

DeForest Area Farmers’ Market Manager

Reports To: Employment Category:
Parks and Natural Resources Supervisor Part Time


General Description:

This is a part-time position that will oversee the DeForest Area Farmers Market. This position is expected to work 400 hours per year. The position averages 11 hours/week for the 19 week market season plus limited additional hours during the off-season. Pay rate is $13.00/hour.

The Farmers Market is held every Tuesday from June 5 – October 16, 2018 from 3:00 to 6:00 PM. The Market Manager is expected to attend every market.  Market coordination hours may be performed at home.  Prompt responses to phone calls and emails are required; a Village issued cell phone and email address will be provided.

Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities:

Market Logistics & Vendor Coordination

  • Arrive at market grounds by 2:00 pm and stay through the entire market.
  • Set-up and take-down market information tent and signage. Maintain the market tent in a neat and professional manner.
  • Collect vendor fees and provide receipts.
  • Enforce rules including no solicitation and vendor product mix.
  • Plan monthly special events with variety of activities and within budget.
  • Maintain music calendar, pay musicians, keep in contact with musicians as needed.
  • Maintain schedule of weekly vendors – ensure a full and diverse market with limited empty spaces.
  • Maintain contact lists of vendors, non-profits and musicians.
  • Follow-up with vendor no-shows and enforce rules for missed, unexcused absences.
  • Decide whether to assign unused spots to vendors looking for a single day spot.
  • Resolve any issues that arise with individual vendors.
  • Update vendor attendance spreadsheet and maintain market map.
  • Send recruitment letter and vendor policies to existing and potential vendors.

Other Market Management

  • Be a welcoming face for the market for vendors and customers.
  • Work with committee and the Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources Department on developing budget and fundraising strategies.
  • Provide suggestions and feedback on ways to improve the market; proceeding as approved to enact changes.
  • As the main contact for all market emails and phone calls ensure all requests are answered promptly or referred to the appropriate person.
  • Conduct SNAP EBT sales at the market tent. Collect used SNAP EBT vouchers from vendors at the end of each market and prepare report for their reimbursement.


  • Maintain Facebook or other social media.
  • Assist in sponsor and volunteer recruitment and recognition.
  • Work with Village Public Relations on story ideas for market opening, special events, plus other articles.
  • Develop and implement strategies for reaching local civic and community organizations to encourage promotion of the market, special events and the value of local foods. Attend selected meetings to promote the market and sponsor opportunities.

Qualifications Needed:

  • Ability to follow oral and written instructions.
  • Well organized.
  • Ability to handle conflict in a professional manner and enforce market rules.
  • Ability to work independently and complete daily activities according to work schedule as assigned without immediate supervision.
  • Ability to interact with the public in a positive and courteous manner.
  • Must be self-motivated and responsible.
  • Ability to set-up market on your own, including pop-up tents and signs.
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license.
  • High school graduate or equivalent.

Working Conditions:

The Market is held outside under a variety of weather conditions.

FLSA: Non Exempt

This position description has been prepared to assist in defining job responsibilities, physical demands, working conditions, and skills needed. It is not intended as a complete list of job duties, responsibilities, and/or essential functions. This description is not intended to limit or modify the right of any supervisor to assign, direct, and control the work of employees under supervision. The Village retains and reserves any and all rights to change, modify, amend, add or delete, from any section of this document as it deems, in its judgment, to be proper.

Formal application, rating of education and experience; oral interview and reference check, job related tests may be required.

The Village of DeForest is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  In compliance with the American Disabilities Act, the Village will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective employees and incumbents to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.

For more details and information on how to apply, visit our website. 

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)


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?


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).


$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


  • 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 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:
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/