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On this page you’ll find job listings relevant to the local food and farming community in Southeastern Massachusetts and beyond. Please check with each individual employer on their listing’s status.

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Commonwealth Corps Food Access Coordinators – Taunton and Brockton
Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro South

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The mission of the Commonwealth Corps service internship program is to engage Massachusetts residents of all ages, backgrounds, and identities in direct service to strengthen communities, address critical needs, and increase volunteerism. Through hands-on experience, Commonwealth Corps members gain professional skills and valuable knowledge while positively impacting diverse communities in our state.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro South (BGCMS) is a youth-serving organization focused on supporting the Academic Success, Healthy Lifestyles, and Character & Leadership Development of youth ages 4-18 across Southeastern Massachusetts. The Commonwealth Corps Freight Farms Food Access Coordinators will serve as essential members of the BGCMS team, contributing to the expanded capacity of our Clubs to serve healthy daily meals to our youth and provide fresh, locally grown produce to children and families throughout Southeastern, MA. Through their service, Corps members will provide direct nutritional and educational support to youth and families in our service area, create and implement processes to increase the sustainability and efficiency of the Freight Farms program, develop relationships with key community partners, and evaluate the effectiveness and impact of the new program to identify areas of improvement.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Complete a minimum of 1,500 hours of service, serving through June 25, 2022.
  • Attend all required Commonwealth Corps trainings and service events held by MSA (minimum of 6 total, post orientation) and Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro South, including a new member orientation on August 16 & 17, 2021.
  • Participate in a minimum of 1 hour of MSA-related activities each week (in person or virtually).
  • Manage the daily production and output of the Freight Farms with the support of the Camp Riverside Executive Director.
  • Create and implement an inventory system to track the produce outputs of the Freight Farm and manage the types and amounts of produce that are available for the Kids Café program and the community distribution program, with the support of the Camp Riverside Executive Director.
  • Recruit at least 10 community volunteers from different sources to support the operations, outputs, and educational components of the Freight Farms.
  • Help to maintain and expand existing relationships with local elementary, middle, and high schools as well as colleges and universities in the area as sources of collaboration.
  • Identify new local partners and building collaborative relationships throughout our service region.

Marginal Responsibilities:

  • Help your co-member, the Commonwealth Corps Brockton or Taunton Food Access Coordinator, to allocate the appropriate types and amounts of produce for the Kids Café meals program.
  • Support the Commonwealth Corps Operations Coordinator and others on the Program Team in lesson implementation at the facility, including coordinating time for field trips, giving demonstrations to students, and serving as a knowledgeable resource for youth visiting the facility.

You must be:

  • A Massachusetts resident (see guidelines here) with legal authorization to work in the United States
  • 18 years of age at minimum, however we typically have members ranging from 18 – 70+ years old
  • Excited to give back to your community and help others
  • Interested in developing your skills and gaining new professional experience and knowledge
  • Able to balance service internship commitments with personal commitments in a sustainable wayHighly organized, with attention to detail, and project management
  • Proficient with technology, including Microsoft suite and Google
  • Understanding and appreciative of the mission, vision, and values of BGCMS
  • A strong communicator, including the ability to present in front of large groups, interact with and motivate volunteers, and represent the organization at community events
  • Able to relate effectively to diverse groups of people and be comfortable in a highly collaboratively, fast-paced team environment
  • Committed to professionalism including high expectations and standards of quality and a strong work ethic

It would also be great if you:

  • Have experience with gardening or agriculture
  • Have experience working or volunteering with youth or in an educational setting
  • Speak a language other than English – multi-lingual candidates encouraged to apply

What You’ll Get:

  • Stipend of $900 semi-monthly while in service, up to $18,900 minus taxes and withholdings;
  • Health insurance (individual coverage only);
  • Member assistance program, including unlimited, confidential, 24/7, phone counseling services and up to three free, in-person counseling sessions, plus a lot more;
  • Completion award of up to $3000 upon successful completion of service, minus taxes and withholdings;
  • Reimbursement for outside training or professional development opportunities relevant to member’s service and/or goals (Up to $100; Dependent on approval from MSA)
  • An additional monthly stipend to help cover rent and/or the cost of living
  • Additional training and other professional development opportunities;
  • Limited reimbursement for travel to Corps-wide MSA-sponsored activities;
  • Limited travel reimbursement from their host site for certain service-related travel away from their usual service location, according to that agency’s policies;
  • A monthly housing stipend provided by host site
  • The opportunity for at least 10 days of planned absences (may include holidays); and
  • Opportunity to join with others with a common sense of purpose as part of the Commonwealth Corps.

Please note that receipt of these stipends/benefits may impact an individual’s eligibility for certain public benefits.

Term of Service:

  • Position Start Date: August 30, 2021 (desired)
  • Position End Date: June 25, 2022
  • Service commitment will average 38-40 hours per week during the following days/times: Monday through Friday, 9 am – 5 pm with potential to flex hours and up to 2 weekend commitments per month with two weeks’ notice provided

View full application for the Taunton Food Access Coordinator position here.

View full application for the Brockton Food Access Coordinator position here.

Project Manager
Bionutrient Food Association, Barre, MA

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The Bionutrient Food Association (BFA) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with the mission of increasing quality in the food supply. We are seeking to hire a highly skilled individual with experience in project oversight and coordination for a new Project Manager position.

The BFA is a central leader in a growing movement that is connecting agriculture, food and human health. The organization’s main activities are to: convene and lead a large-scale, global and participatory research process (with growers, citizen scientists and other food and agriculture stakeholders) to better understand the nutritional qualities of food; develop new tools and software to better understand food quality; raise public consciousness about food quality; and provide educational opportunities about food quality and how it’s connected to agriculture practices and human health.
The Project Manager will work closely with the Executive Director to coordinate all aspects of the Bionutrient Institute, the science and research arm of the organization. This is a remote, salaried position. Read the full job description and how to apply here.

Food Corps Educator with Grow Education
New Bedford Public Schools

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We believe that health is a human right and not a privilege. One aspect of the work at the Marion Institute is to implement this notion through providing the youth of New Bedford with high quality, nutritious and culturally relevant foods. Partnered with the New Bedford Public School district we are on our way to building a new central kitchen, gardens at each elementary school and experiential programming and curriculum to elementary students. We know that this will take a cultural shift – into a culture of health, and there is no better way to do that than through our education system!

As a part of this project The Marion Institute will be hiring three FoodCorps members for the ’21-’22 school year. These are 1-year, full-time paid positions, starting in August and working directly in New Bedford’s public elementary schools that are participating in our Grow Education program. Our goal is to support teachers and students in each school and partner with food service to provide healthier, delicious, fresh, culturally relevant meals across the district. See a more detailed position description here.

We would love to hire local – multilingual is a plus (especially Spanish-speaking) – individuals who are passionate about food justice, healthy eating/living, and protecting the environment – PLEASE SHARE!

The ideal applicant would be:
• personable
• energetic
• excited about working with youth
• able to co-teach and lead lessons with classroom teachers, work with cafeteria staff, and lead experiential. garden workshops for students

They do not have to be an expert in these fields, but passionate and excited to share the information! They would also have basic technical skills, and great communication skills. While many applicants are fresh out of college, many are parents from cities in which they work. Requirements to apply are 18 years old and a high school diploma.
FoodCorps provides training in this work including a week-long orientation and frequent training/professional development workshops throughout the service. Both the Food Corps coordinator and Grow Education staff will support the members as well.

The position lasts 11 1⁄2 months and benefits include:
• Up to $26,000 living stipend for Service Members paid bi-weekly
• $6,095 AmeriCorps Segal Education Award, upon successful completion of your first (or second) term of service: for future schooling or repay qualified student loans.
• Student loan forbearance
• Health insurance: Basic health, vision and dental coverage
• Partial childcare reimbursements

Applications are here.
If you have any questions, please contact Adam Davenport, Grow Education Program Manager, at 508.748.0816×119 or email him adam@marioninstitute.org.

Multiple Positions
Under the Sun Farm, Dighton, MA

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Under the Sun Farm is looking for energetic, motivated individuals to join our Farm Team! Tractor, farming, or retail experience is a plus!

  • Commitment to the season now-November.
  • Weekend and holiday work is required.
  • Applicants must be 18+ with a valid driver’s license.

All employees must be comfortable:

  • Interacting with and assisting customers and visitors.
  • Friendly willingness to get the job done well.
  • Working in all weather conditions (heat, rain, wind, snow).
  • Lifting 50 lbs. repeatedly.
  • Working on feet all day.
  • Repeatedly bending, lifting, and turning.
  • Working as a team and also working solo.

We are currently hiring for the following positions:

  • Field Production Team: working as a team and on own, picking, weeding, and packaging of crops and maintaining workspace and fields
  • Farmers Market Team: packing market van, setting up, welcoming all customers, selling produce, breaking down, unpacking van.
  • Farm Stand Team: welcoming and assisting all customers, stocking produce, preparing foods such as sandwiches and salads, maintaining a clean and safe food workspace.

To apply, please stop into the farm stand to fill out an application!

Driver/Distribution Assistant
YMCA Southcoast

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Load and operate a 26’ refrigerated truck and assist branch representatives with food distribution at five YMCA branches throughout the Southcoast. Full Plate Program Distribution Manager with program needs. Hours are variable and scheduled in advance. Some evening and Saturday hours may be required. $18-$20/hour depending on experience.

Duties:

  • Safely operate a 26’ refrigerated truck, pallet jacks, and hand trucks.
  • Load and organize inventory from distribution center following organizational procedures and deliver goods to market sites.
  • Follow all company and state safety requirements for loading and unloading goods.
  • Ensure products and market supplies are secure and delivered in a timely manner.
  • Follow scheduled route for deliveries.
  • Assist Y branch representatives with distribution process.
  • Maintain and organize delivery paperwork and supplies.
  • Update Board of Health refrigeration log.
  • Manage collection and reporting of data.
  • Collect program supplies at end of market and return to distribution center.

To view the full application form and instructions, click here.

Multiple Positions
Paradise Hill Farm, Westport, MA

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We are looking for highly motivated individuals to join our team. Must be 18 years of age or older and have a reliable form of transportation. Must be able to lift and move at least 50lbs. Training will be done on the job.
Job description will include but is not limited to:
– Harvesting Produce
– Washing and packing produce for farmers market and wholesale orders
– Planting and weeding
– Some greenhouse work may be required
Looking for full and part time employees. Hours are typically available everyday from 8-4:30. This is a seasonal job.
Prior farming experience is not required but is helpful.
Farming is physically demanding but very rewarding work, we have been open since 1990 and have over 30 years of farming experience. This is a great job for someone looking to expand their knowledge of small farming operations, but also equally as rewarding for those who just love working out of doors.
If you are interested in applying please stop by our farm stand during business hours to pick up an application. Our stand hours are Wednesday-Sunday 10-4., located at 103 Cadmans Neck rd, Westport, Ma.We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Part-Time Farm Stand Associate
Moonrose Farm, Rehoboth, MA

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Moonrose Farm is a chemical-free vegetable and flower farm with low tillage practices and a focus on growing healthy food for our community located in Rehoboth, MA. Moonrose Farm is a safe space for all and we strongly encourage POC and LGBTQ+ folks to apply.

We are looking for one hard-working, passionate person to work at our seasonal farm stand. This position is part-time beginning immediately until mid December, an average of 16 hours per week Saturdays and Sundays.

Responsibilities include:

Setting up the farm stand with products and ensuring the space is clean at the start and throughout the day and restocking with inventory as needed.
Closing down the store independently, ensuring products are properly stored overnight.
Working the register of the farm stand, handling various payment methods including SNAP EBT, gift cards, membership cards, cash and credit.
Counting cash and maintaining an accurate cash drawer.
Providing excellent customer service establishing relationships with customers
and CSA members. Answering questions about the products including produce varieties, recipe ideas, and growing practices.
Managing quality control to ensure all products are being sold at their peak freshness.
Performing various side work tasks including arranging flower bouquets, seeding trays of crops, painting display signs, washing and bagging vegetables, packing orders, and deep  cleaning.
Caring for the retail plant starts by watering and removing damaged leaves.
Identifying plant varieties and answering basic gardening questions.
Excellent communication, leadership, and organizational skills are a must.
Reliability is extremely important. Must be committed to the full season.

Please inform us of any planned vacations upon applying.

We require that you are able to lift and carry up to 50 lbs. We are open rain or shine and require our team to be adequately prepared with appropriate attire for rain/mud/extreme heat/snow. You must have reliable transportation.

Compensation $13 per hour and 10% discount off items sold in the farm stand
(some exclusions apply).

To apply, please send cover letter and resume to
melissa.moonrosefarm@gmail.com

Fall Bog Tour Guide
Cape Cod Cranberry Growers Association

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The Cape Cod Cranberry Growers’ Association is seeking enthusiastic tour guides to lead 90-minute bus tour groups at cranberry bogs in southeastern Massachusetts. This part-time, seasonal position is ideal for self-motivated candidates looking for a fun way to make extra income.

Job Details & Requirements:

  • Compensation is $50 per tour plus cash tips.
  • Tours last approximately 90 minutes and have anywhere from 15 to 45 guests.
  • Guides must have the ability to walk/stand for the tour duration on a bus and/or at the side of the bog, on uneven ground. Guides are expected to arrive 20-minutes before the allotted start-time of the tour.
  • Qualified candidates must be skilled in both customer service and public speaking, have a positive attitude, be team-oriented, have a flexible approach and are committed to supporting the Massachusetts cranberry industry. Successful candidates must have the ability to lead groups outdoors, sometimes under adverse weather conditions. Dependability and accountability are absolutely a must!
  • Tours operate seasonally September and October, however, as the program expands, tours may be operational May – November. Guides must be available to work weekdays. Occasional weekend availability may be required.
  • For scheduling, guides must be able to provide their availability to work at least 2 to 3 weeks in advance, more is preferred. Training is required and will be provided. Guides will start shadowing a seasoned tour guide and, when ready, will operate tours on their own. Most tours will have an associate to assist with driving directions, timing, monitoring guests and other logistics.
  • Knowledge of cranberry growing is not required but is a plus!

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