Category Archives: Work and Internships

Jobs at Riverland Farm – Sunderland, MA

Farm help wanted. Riverland Farm is a 28 acre certified organic vegetable operation on the Connecticut River in Sunderland, MA.  We grow for a 450 member on farm CSA, a 100 member off farm CSA, 2 extended season CSA programs in the Boston area and CT, and wholesale accounts.

Prior farm experience preferred but not required.  We are especially interested in applicants that are considering pursuing farming as a career.  Applicant should be capable Continue reading Jobs at Riverland Farm – Sunderland, MA

Manager wanted for the Amherst Wednesday Farmers Market

Wednesday Market at Kendrick Park     ***starting immediately***

Overview:
Wednesday Market at Kendrick Park is hiring a Market Manager. Qualified individuals should send a cover letter and resume with references to kendrickparkmarket@gmail.com.
The position starts as soon as possible, as there is immediate work to be done in organizing this year’s market.

The Farmers’ Market manager is responsible for the daily operations of the Wednesday Market at Kendrick Park beginning on May 16th through October 17th. Non-market hours are also required for marketing and other administrative duties. Attendance at every market and all general market meetings is required.

The market manager is the “go-to” person for vendors and customers during market hours and is the representative on site. The job requires personal confidence and the ability to communicate with a variety of people. The market manager serves as liaison with and between all parties served by the market, helping promote the market and keeping accurate weekly records of market activities (listed below). The manager understands both the vendors’ and the customers’ needs and implements strategies to meet those needs with the help of the market president and committee.  The manager is required to be on-site at the market and be available to vendors and consumers for the duration of the vendors’ market day (1:30pm-7pm)

General Requirements:
The market manager has a strong knowledge and understanding of local agriculture, food, community, and the marketing skills to promote the Wednesday Market. The manager is reliable, friendly, self- motivated and efficient.  The manager is literate in social media tools such as email list servers and facebook.  The manager must be available for phone and email contact with vendors throughout the duration of their employment. The manager must be able to work outdoors in all weather, and safely lift and carry 50 pounds. The position requires the ability to work independently as well as interdependently with vendors and other related connections.

Primary Responsibilities:
The manager enforces the rules of the market.

The manager arrives at Kendrick Park at 1:30pm in order to set up signage around downtown Amherst, reserve parking spots alongside Kendrick Park, and set up the official market/EBT stand. The manager stays until 7pm to put everything away. The manager is responsible for the transport and storing of all market related materials such as signs and the official market tent.

The manager is responsible for writing and emailing a weekly blog post/newsletter to customers and vendors, as well as providing the vendors with information about market events.

The manager is responsible for keeping an up-to-date market vendor map and accurate weekly records of the market.  These weekly records include:
Vendor attendance
Guest/part time vendor attendance and payment
Town events
Weather
SNAP/EBT totals
Music/Entertainment

The manager is responsible for safely directing “loading in” and “loading out” operations, ensures safety and cleanliness of the site before, during and at the conclusion of each market, including making sure vendor vehicles are appropriately parked and tents are secured.

The manager establishes a consistent space to set-up and operate the market manager’s tent. Operation of the market manager’s tent includes:

Displaying and distributing educational materials

Collecting consumer’s contact information

Displaying and selling any Wednesday Market merchandise

The manager possess the ability to contact all farms via phone or internet in the event special circumstances arise, as well as the ability to receive messages from vendors as to their attendance. It is the vendor’s responsibility to notify the market manager the night before if they will not be attending, and the managers responsibility to fill the spot with a guest/part time vendor from a list determined by the committee.

The manager will see to the proper running of the SNAP/EBT system

The manager will manage any volunteers/interns who may be involved with the market.

The manager picks up market mail from the market P.O. Box at the Amherst Post Office and is responsible for reading and answering emails in the market gmail account.

The manager is responsible for advertising and publicity.

The manager will coordinate market related finances, banking, taxes, and insurance.

Hours of Employment and Compensation
This is a part-time, seasonal position and requires the management of market operations from 2pm to 7pm on Wednesdays from May through October, plus any additional hours per week on non-market days and in the off season required to accomplish the goals of the market. Compensation: $200 per market week.
***Non-market hours are essential to the promotion and organization of the market, and while salary is paid per market week, total compensation over the season reflects this.

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume with references to:

Danya Teitelbaum: kendrickparkmarket@gmail.com

Three Internship Opportunities at New Lands Farm in West Springfield, MA

New Lands Farm Field Intern – West Springfield, MA

New Lands Farm, a project of Lutheran Social Services (LSS), seeks a Field Intern to assist an exciting new project which engages recently resettled refugees in growing food for their families and the community in Greater Springfield, MA.  LSS is a non-profit, refugee resettlement organization that provides refugees with the support and guidance needed to achieve economic self-sufficiency, community integration and a better future.

 About the Position

The New Lands Farm Field Intern will be conducting hands-on assistance to new refugee farmers on our 10 acre farm site in West Springfield and additional garden sites.  Refugee farmers represent diverse backgrounds and skills.  The Field Intern will be working directly with New Lands Farm staff to offer new farmer trainings and manage agriculture production.  This is a unique opportunity to engage in a meaningful project and grow local food.  Interns will have the ability to get involved in a diversity of activities associated with the project, as well as the opportunity to attend agricultural trainings and access land for personal gardening/farming.  This position is unpaid for 20 hours per week, June through August.

Responsibilities:

The Field Intern will support the Program Coordinator and refugee famers/gardeners by assisting with the following:

Ø      Researching and trouble-shooting field production challenges, such as diseases and pests

Ø      Conducting soil and crop amendments

Ø      Establishing a new irrigation system and washing station

Ø      Overseeing harvest, post-harvest handling and preparation for market

Ø      Managing tools and equipment

Ø      Organizing volunteer days on the farm

Ø      Training refugee farmers on agriculture production techniques

Ø      Drafting farm production plans

 Qualifications:

Ø      Demonstrate background in growing food, promoting local agriculture

Ø      Previous vegetable field work and market crop production experience a plus

Ø      Comfortable interacting with clients from diverse cultural backgrounds

Ø      Ability to work in adverse weather conditions and lift 50 pounds

Ø      Driver’s license necessary and personal vehicle preferred

Ø      Team player who can work independently as needed

Ø      Strong record keeping, organization and computer skills

Ø      Creative problem solver

If interested, please forward your resume and cover letter to Agricultural Program Coordinator Shemariah Blum-Evitts at sblum@lssne.org.​  Please visit our website for more information: www.​lssne.​org/newlandsfarm.

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 New Lands Farm Marketing Intern – West Springfield, MA

About the Position

The New Lands Farm Marketing Intern will conduct hands-on assistance to refugee farmers wishing to sell their fresh vegetables grown at our 10 acre farm site in West Springfield and additional garden sites.  Refugee farmers represent diverse backgrounds and skills.  The Marketing Intern will be working directly with New Lands Farm staff to offer one-on-one marketing assistance and increase refugee farmer product sales.  This is a unique opportunity to engage in a meaningful project and promote local food.  Interns will have the ability to get involved in a diversity of activities associated with the project, as well as the opportunity to attend trainings and access land for personal gardening/farming. The position is unpaid for 20 hours/week, June thru August.

Responsibilities:

The Marketing Intern will support the Program Coordinator and refugee famers/gardeners by assisting with the following:

Ø      Identifying and/or developing new market opportunities for the refugee farmers

Ø      Interacting with farmers’ market managers, wholesale purchasers and retail customers

Ø      Attending weekly farmers’ markets

Ø      Assisting with deliveries of products

Ø      Tracking customers’ orders, farmers’ sales, and cash flow

Ø      Contributing to New Lands Farm website and social media outlets

Ø      Documenting project and farmers’ season through photos, video and/or written word

Ø      Training refugee farmers on marketing techniques

 Qualifications:

Ø      Demonstrate strong background in growing food, promoting local agriculture

Ø      Previous farm marketing experience a plus

Ø      Comfortable interacting with clients from diverse cultural backgrounds

Ø      Ability to work in adverse weather conditions and lift 50 pounds

Ø      Driver’s license necessary and personal vehicle preferred

Ø      Team player who can work independently as needed

Ø      Strong record keeping, organization and computer skills

Ø      Interest and experience with social media and other promotion/marketing tools

If interested, please forward your resume and cover letter to Agricultural Program Coordinator Shemariah Blum-Evitts at sblum@lssne.org.  Please visit our website for more information: www.lssne.org/newlandsfarm.

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New Lands Farm Spring Internship – West Springfield, MA

About the Position

The New Lands Farm Spring Internship is currently vacant and we are seeking to fill the position as soon as possible. This intern will be conducting hands-on assistance to new refugee farmers and gardeners in the classroom, on our 10 acre farm site in West Springfield, and various garden sites.  Refugee farmers represent diverse backgrounds and skills.  The Field Intern will be working directly with New Lands Farm staff to offer new farmer trainings and prepare for a new season of agriculture production.  This is a unique opportunity to engage in a meaningful project and grow local food.  Interns will have the ability to get involved in a diversity of activities associated with the project, as well as the opportunity to attend agricultural trainings.  This position is unpaid for 8-16 hours per week, January through May.

Responsibilities:

Intern will support the Program Coordinator and refugee famers/gardeners by assisting with the following:

Ø      Conducting market research and farm promotion

Ø      Researching and ordering equipment, tools, seeds, supplies

Ø      Preparing farm and garden sites

Ø      Establishing a new urban garden

Ø      Organizing trainings and field trips

Ø      Developing curriculum for farmers and gardeners

Ø      Planning volunteer days on the farm

Qualifications:

Ø      Demonstrate background in growing food, promoting local agriculture

Ø      Previous vegetable field work and market crop production experience a plus

Ø      Comfortable interacting with clients from diverse cultural backgrounds

Ø      Ability to work in adverse weather conditions and lift 50 pounds

Ø      Team player who can work independently as needed

Ø      Strong record keeping, organization and computer skills

Ø      Creative problem solver

If interested, please forward your resume and cover letter to Agricultural Program Coordinator Shemariah Blum-Evitts at sblum@lssne.org.​  Please visit our website for more information: www.​lssne.​org/newlandsfarm
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20 Hour Vocational Instructor Summer Position

Northampton, MA

New Directions School and Cutchins Programs for Children and Families is recruiting for a Vocational Instructor position during Summer Session 2012. The 11-week position runs from June 11th, 2012 through August 24th, 2012 between the hours of 8 AM to 12 PM – Monday through Friday. Cutchins Programs serves at-risk students and families in Western Massachusetts through education, clinical supports, and residential treatment. Responsibilities of the position include supervision and instructing small groups of students in horticulture and permaculture; maintaining and utilizing produce and flowers from a school garden, greenhouse, and flower beds; developing and introducing menu choices and options to use garden produce in a student run snackbar.  The position is compensated at $13.50 per hour. Resumes and cover letters should be submitted to Justin Smith – 78 Pomeroy Terrace, Northampton, MA 01060. Additional information can also be obtained by calling (413)584-1310 ext. 327

Intern needed for Florence and Northampton Farmers Markets

The Wednesday Farmers Market in Florence, MA and the Saturday Northampton Farmers’ Market are seeking interns to run the machine that issues SNAP/EBT/DEBIT/CREDIT transactions.  Thanks to a generous grant, both markets are able to DOUBLE the value of SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits for eligible recipients.  This is a really important program helping people get access to healthy and locally grown food.

The hours for Florence will be 4 1/2 hours on Wednesday afternoons and 6 1/2 hours in Northampton on Saturday mornings. The interns will be required to keep detailed records of all transactions and summarize the transactions at the end of the day.  The hope is that one person will run the machine at both markets and take the machine home between markets.  The intern will need to be able to lift and carry a table ,chair, and tent for the setup.

A stipend for travel expense will be provided.

Anyone interested should contact Rick Tracy, President of the Northampton Farmers’ Market, at Intervale5@comcast.net.

Farm Assistant Needed for Organic Herb, Flower & Veggie Farm – Salisbury, MA

The HERB FARMacy, (www.theherbfarmacy.com), is seeking a Farm Assistant for the 2012 growing season. Position involves wide range of work from market farm operations to greenhouse growing.  This position offers a great opportunity to gain experience on an established small-scale certified organic farm in soil preparation, planting, weeding, harvesting and preparation for farmers markets. It also provides an opportunity to gain hands-on experience in retail greenhouse operation including seeding, propagating, transplanting, grow-out and some retail sales.

Position requires a motivated, reliable individual with positive attitude, good work ethic, who wants to learn and is able to take direction and work well both independently and in teams. Prior experience in organic gardening/farming strongly preferred. Good communication skills essential. Work is all-weather and physically demanding (standing, lifting, bending, carrying).

Projected work schedule is 30-40 hours/week March through December 2012, with variations in work schedule reflecting to growing season schedule and farmer markets. Some additional hours possible in peak season. This is a paid position (starting @ $9/hr with potential for increase/incentives).  On-farm lodging not available.

Interested candidates, please contact us at thymeout@theherbfarmacy.com  with resume and letter of interest.

New source of info on sustainable food and farming jobs/internships

Tufts University has announced a new Jobs Board for employment opportunities and internships related to Sustainable Food and Farming.  It is a bit cumbersome to use as you need to join a listserve called “ComfoodJobs” but I suspect it will become one of the “go to” sites for jobs and internships.

To subscribe to Comfoodjobs: https://elist.tufts.edu/wws/subscribe/comfoodjobs

Also, there are other search engines for jobs/internships on my web page:

Finding Good Work

I’ll continue to post opportunities in Massachusetts here, mostly as a service to students in the UMass Sustainable Food and Farming major.

If you know of local jobs/internships please send them to me at jgerber@psis.umass.edu

Here are a few examples:

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Warner Farm is Hiring

Warner Farm is looking for an enthusiastic, motivated, and outgoing individual to assist in our market garden, at farmer’s markets, and at our CSA distributions.

Job Description:
Apprentice will assist in the daily operations of the farm including but not limited to:

  • seeding
  • transplanting
  • hand weeding
  • tractor cultivation
  • harvesting
  • washing
  • packing
  • assist at farmers markets in Amherst and Boston
  • assist at CSA distributions in Boston
  • produce deliveries
  • errands

Start date flexible (April/May/June) through the end of October.
Hours: 6 days a week, between 40-70 hours a week
Compensation: $9/hour
*housing is not provided

Requirements:

  • Great attitude!
  • Ability to work well with others
  • Interest in sustainable agriculture and good food!
  • Ability to lift at least 40 lbs
  • Valid drivers license and clean driving record
  • At least one season of farm experience is preferred but not required
  • Experience operating farm equipment is preferred but not required
  • Flexible schedule and ability to work some 15 hour days
  • Must provide own housing.

Please contact Jess Marsh:
413 695 8411
jess@warnerfarm.com
csa@warnerfarm.com

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The Leverett Elementary School Needs Help in the Garden and Greenhouse

Love gardening?  Believe in local foods?  Enjoy kids? Help future generations Grow Food Everywhere and live a truly sustainable life! The Leverett Elementary School is seeking  volunteers to help out at their brand-new, 36-foot greenhouse, which is up and running with a dynamic K-6 learning program.

We are looking for volunteers who are willing to work with teachers and students closely; to provide support and, sometimes, leadership on greenhouse project initiatives.  We have a greenhouse curriculum drafted and regular weekly schedule for greenhouse activities.  Some activities may be held at our small courtyard garden as well (5 raised beds).
If you have an interest in food sustainability, and work well both with children and independently, please contact us!
Start: September, 2011.  Hours: 2 – 6 hours/week. Volunteer will work with the greenhouse lesson leader and parent volunteers as well as classroom teachers and staff.  Interest in gardening, agriculture and/or education a plus.  UMass credit available, depending on number of hours.  If interested, contact Susie Chang at tsusanchang@gmail.com(413) 549-3689

T. Susan Chang
Food writer
72 Montague Rd.
Leverett, MA  01054
(413) 549-3689

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Farm Based Educational Intern – Summer 2012

Friends of Holly Hill Farm

Cohasset, MA

Holly Hill Farm is a certified organic vegetable, flower, and herb farm.  The Friends of Holly Hill Farm is the non-profit education center based at the farm that uses the fields, animals, woods, and water sources as its outdoor classroom.  The Friends of Holly Hill Farm is looking for enthusiastic summer teaching interns to assist with school field trips, summer programs, curriculum development, and farm and barnyard chores.

The goal of this internship program is to learn organic farming and sustainable agricultural practices by assisting farmers with farm and barnyard chores, participate in Farm Based Education Program (school groups, summer programs, workshops).  Internship will culminate in the development and implementation of a new farm-based lesson plan.

The internship requires an 8 week commitment of 20 hours per week.  Internship slots available from April 30 to August 17, 2012.

Responsibilities include assisting in a variety of education and farm activities with ages 3 and up.  Training will be provided and interns will be asked to lead and teach school groups at the farm and lead and teach summer programs for ages 3-16.  Interns will assist with programs and workshops at the farm.  Interns will collaborate with staff to develop new curricula, work with volunteer groups, assist Farm Managers with farm work, and assist with farm animal care.

Applicants must be high school graduates with a responsible and positive attitude.  The position requires on time arrival and a flexible approach to teaching and collaborating under changeable working conditions.  Excellent verbal and written communications skills are a must.  Applicants must be physically capable of strenuous physical labor necessary to do farm and barnyard chores.  Interns must keep a journal of observations, experiences and reflections.  Applicant must have reliable transportation.  Housing is not available although Holly Hill Farm is 2 miles from the Greenbush Commuter Rail Cohasset station.

Contact

Jon Belber, Education Director

Friends of Holly Hill Farm

236 Jerusalem Road

Cohasset, MA 02025

jbelberhollyhill@hotmail.com

www.hollyhillfarm.org

Possible weekly stipend pending successful grant funding

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 Garden and On-grounds Coordinator Job

Job Description: We run an eleven week on-grounds and off grounds summer vocational program for special education students between the ages of 13-19. We are looking to fill a 20 hour summer position designing, planting, working, harvesting the garden and supplying the fresh herbs and veggies to our Snack-bar with menu ideas. There is the possibility of substitute staff hours (supervising students at school and in their residences) available as well, if the applicant needs more than 20 hours of work.

Application Deadline: First round: February 29, 2012

Minimum Qualifications: Gardening or landscape experience. Interest in permaculture, working with at risk youth and educating students about fresh food.

Wage, Salary, Benefits Description: Hire rate for this position is 13.50 per hour

Application Requirements: Resume, cover letter, etc.

Contact: Nancy Karp at: nkarp@cutchins.org for more information


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Farm & Garden Camp at Hampshire College Opportunity

We have several exciting job openings with our 2012 Farm and Garden summer camps. Learn more about each position and how to apply here:http://www.farmandgardencamp.org/opportunities.html

Farm and Garden Camp is a program of The Farm Education Collaborative (TFEC). TFEC designs and delivers authentic agricultural experiences that nurture the connections between families, farms, and food in the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts. Our programs work to inspire and transform participants’ relationships with food, fiber, and farms. Our vision is to create a thriving agricultural education center in the Pioneer Valley with a variety of farm based programs on and off site, for all ages and populations.

At Hampshire College Farm Center in South Amherst, MA:

  • Assistant Camp Director
  • Seedlings Teacher (preschool program)
  • Farm Animal/Garden Specialist
  • Camp Instructors

At the Berkshire Botanical Garden in Stockbridge, MA:

  • Assistant Camp Director
  • Camp Instructors

QUALIFICATIONS FOR ALL TFEC POSITIONS: Applicants with experience working with children, an interest in gardening/ farming, the ability to work well with others, enthusiasm and a love for children, animals, and the outdoors should apply.

Contact: Meg Taylor
Co-Director
The Farm Education Collaborative
meg@thefarmeducationcollaborative.org
www.farmandgardencamp.org
www.farmeducationcollaborative.org