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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