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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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Farm Manager
Movement Ground Farm – Tiverton, RI

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Movement Ground Farm (MGF) is a non-profit farm committed to anti-racism and exploring a new model of community driven agriculture. The farm manager’s role is to oversee vegetable production alongside a team of four experienced farmers. In particular, they are seeking candidates with a depth of knowledge in the following areas: crop planning, tractor work and exceptional machine maintenance, field and bed preparation, soil fertility management, irrigation (system design), disease and pest control, and cover cropping.

The farm manager will need to hold the big picture of the farm in mind, and collaborate with the farm team and executive director to ensure that the vegetable operation functions smoothly. They are moving towards a collaborative style of management within the team. It is essential that the farm manager has the ability to both delegate/collaborate, and hold responsibility for the success of the vegetable operation. The ideal candidate will be enthusiastic about teaching and sharing their knowledge with the other farmers, and about moving towards a cooperative model, in which management is shared amongst multiple farmers.

As a farm, Movement Ground is in a transitional moment. Although MGF has been growing food for communities for 7 seasons, this is only their 4th season on this land, and this year will contain many new beginnings. From moving their water source from farm house to well, to the addition of new vehicles, new animals, and even potentially setting up to break ground on a barn build towards the end of the year, the farm manager will play a key role in building up new systems and infrastructure, and improving old ones.

View more information, including how to apply, here. Applications are due November 15th.

Farmers’ Market Lead
Freedom Food Farm – Raynham, MA

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About the Farm:
The mission of the farm is to provide healthy, nutritious food to the community. Freedom Food Farm is a certified organic, regenerative farm stewarding 90 acres of Wampanoag land (present day Raynham, MA). They grow vegetables and grain, and raise livestock for beef, lamb, chicken, pork, and eggs. They also grow 1/2 acre of winter greens in high tunnels and make value added products such as bone broth, soups, veggie burgers, and hot sauce.

About the Position:
Seeking someone to be the lead at the Somerville Winter Farmers Market for Freedom Food Farm this December – April. The lead will arrive at the farm in Raynham by 5:30AM on Saturdays to load the market vehicle and drive to the Somerville Winter Farmers’ Market; farm managers can help with loading in Raynham. In Somerville, the lead will unload and set up display for market. Experienced staff will meet the lead there to help unload, set up, and staff the market for the day. The lead and staff will sell the farm products and engage with customers at the market, which runs from 9:30-1:30. The team will pack up at the end of the day and this position will drive back and unload at the farm, usually returning to the farm around 3:30pm.

Qualifications:
– Experience attending farmers markets for farms.
– Experience driving delivery vehicles
– Valid driver’s license with good driving record
– Ability to lift 50#
– Positive attitude and ability to engage customers

Compensation:
– Base pay $15/hr, plus additional sales based commission of $5-10+/hr for total pay of $20-25+/hr
– 25% discount on farm products
– Additional hours available at the farm on Thursday/Friday preparing for market ($15/hr)

Program Manager and Communications Coordinator
Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture (CISA) – Western Mass

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Join the CISA team–they are a fun, hard-working group that cares deeply about their mission of building the local food system.

They are accepting applications for a full-time Program Managerwho will manage their Local Hero business membership program and co-lead their farm and business support efforts, in partnership with a strong team.  They’re also looking for a full-time Communications Coordinator, who will support CISA’s outreach and communications, including their online presence (website and social media), community events, and their communications systems.

Review for both positions will begin November 1st, and the positions are open until filled.

Their team has a range of skills and life experiences and is a mix of trainers, former farmers, communicators, and administrators. They work to build a diverse and resilient food economy with viable farms, fair and just working conditions, strong environmental stewardship, and accessible and available local food in all communities. They are committed to understanding the history and current impacts of racism in the food system and actively work towards equity. They are committed to recruiting and retaining creative, ethical, smart, and innovative people.

Livestock & Land Manager
Weatherlow Farm – Westport, MA

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Weatherlow Farms, founded in 2014, is located in the seaside town of Westport, MA. They raise the highest quality grass-fed beef, lamb and pastured poultry and have a specialty cut flower operation. All are cared for employing environmentally sustainable and socially responsible practices which focus on the special relationship between land, animal and food.

Job Description: Coordinate and direct the operation of on-farm livestock program. Manage intensive rotational grazing for grass fed beef, lamb and poultry. Day-to-day oversight of land management practices and property maintenance.

Compensation: Competitive salaried position (Starting @ $55,000). Paid vacation, holidays, and sick-leave. Educational and business growth opportunities.

Qualifications: 3+ years of relevant livestock experience. Ideal candidates will have a long-term interest in the farm and an ability to recognize the broad opportunities that exist here. Must have a serious work ethic, be curious and enthusiastic and bring a positive dynamic to the team.

To Apply: Send cover letter and resume to hello@weatherlowfarms.com.

Temporary Help for Variety of Farm & Building Projects
White Barn Farm – Wrentham, MA

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White Barn Farm is seeking several folks for temporary work on a variety of projects, ranging from assisting in their organic vegetable production, to building a high tunnel, to working in their farm pizza kitchen. Ideally, you will be able to work a full day (9am to 4 or 5pm) but this can be flexible. This is a great opportunity to experience several different aspects of produce growing! Contact Chris via text to learn more about the work, pay, and hours: (860) 395-7677.

Farm Manager
Medway Community Farm – Medway, MA

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Medway Community Farm is a non-profit farm with a busy farming operation with robust educational programming. The farm cultivates seven acres of non-contiguous land using organic growing methods to provide vegetables for a CSA program, on-site farm stand, local farmers markets, and wholesale accounts. Once COVID restrictions lift, MCF will again be connected with Medway schools providing in-school programming for second and third graders, and on-farm programming for fourth graders. During the season, the farm operates a summer program where kids can continue their nature-based education. In addition, they offer several community events that allow their continued commitment to the communities the farm serves.

The Farm Manager reports to the Board of Directors of Medway Community Farm. They are responsible for overseeing all aspects of production, developing, and executing the Farm Operations Plan. The Farm Manager provides leadership to all farm staff, maintaining a safe and welcoming environment for the team and community. The Farm Manager is a steward to the land, facilities and community while fostering a productive farm. The Farm Manager works with the other coordinators of the farm to identify and implement opportunities to serve the local community.

Full time 1-year contract offering competitive salary, Vacation/Holiday Time off, Health Insurance Stipend, and subsidized on-site housing. Learn more.

Outdoor Classroom Educators
Holly Hill Farm – Cohasset, MA

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We are seeking part-time Outdoor Classroom Educators who will be responsible for facilitating educational programs on the farm and at school gardens throughout the school year (including winter) and summer. The on-the-farm programs are both  morning and afternoon and reach age groups of 3-5, 6-9, and 10-14. School programs are generally located within a 20-minute drive from Holly Hill Farm and serve grades Kindergarten to sixth (sometimes older). Mileage will be reimbursed.  Schools also visit the farm for field trips and require educational facilitation. Time commitment will vary depending on the balance of on-the-farm and off-site programming the teacher is scheduled for. On-the-farm programming will be consistent with short breaks between seasons, whereas offsite and field trips are dependent on school needs. You can expect to work an average of 12 hours per week during the school year. Summer programming would be 20+ hours per week.  Seasonal contracts are also available.

For more information about the position, see the full description. To apply for the position, please email the Curriculum and Program Director, Bruce Frost (bruce@hollyhillfarm.org).

Operations Assistant
Coastal Foodshed

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Coastal Foodshed is seeking an immediate full-time hourly, seasonal  Operations Assistant. The Operations Assistant will support internal operations of farmers markets, farm stands, and virtual market. The position floats between these programs and shares responsibilities with other Operations Assistants. Applicants must be able to prioritize and handle a variety of assignments simultaneously in a vibrant work environment and be willing to work with the public in a socially distant setting. They will also work closely on a small team made up of two program managers, full-time program staff, plus volunteers and
interns. An ideal candidate will be energetic, outgoing, organized, and passionate about community connections and food access. The Operations Assistant position is subject to change over time given the needs of the organization.

For full application, click here.

Policy Network Manager
Food Solutions New England

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Food Solutions New England (FSNE) seeks an experienced policy manager with demonstrated policy analysis, facilitation, communication, and project management skills within an integrated framework connecting food systems, land and forest conservation, and New England family-scale fisheries within a racial and social equity context.

This is a .75 FTE hourly position (30 hours per week). Compensation is $31.73 per hour.  To apply, please submit resume, cover letter, and three references via the UNH hiring portal here.

The successful candidate will serve as a key liaison to a cross-cutting regional policy initiative that further integrates and coordinates activities, insights, strategies, and tactics across the issue areas of food, farms, forests, fisheries, and communities. The policy manager will work collaboratively with networks of advocates, researchers, community leaders, and decision-makers across New England to advance the goals of the New England Food Vision, the Wildlands & Woodlands Vision, and related efforts.

This position is based at the UNH Sustainability Institute that serves as the coordinating backbone organization for FSNE. This position will work closely with staff at the Highstead Foundation, which serves as the coordinator backbone of Wildlands & Woodland along with the Harvard Forest. Both initiatives have strong collaborations with many NGOs as well as state and federal agencies across the six-state region.

Roles & Responsibilities:

Policy Network Coordination 50%
  • Identify and recruiting state-level contacts with broad knowledge and connections to integrated policy activities in their state
  • Assist in facilitating meetings on specific policy topics and advancing regional collaboration
  • Synthesize group insights and recommendations to inform FSNE/W&W priorities and communications. Collaborate with FSNE/W&W staff and partners to regularly convene and coordinate key stakeholders from across the six states to catalyze regional policy activity.

This work includes:

  • Develop integrated policy updates across the six-state region and within a national context.  Work with FSNE and W&W staff to distribute these internally and to partner networks.
  • Cultivate relationships and build strategic alliances among individuals, organizations, and agencies across the region and among the policy areas by serving as a ‘pollinator’.
Analysis & Outreach 30%
  • Facilitate the development of reports, position papers, and opinion pieces that highlight and frame key policy topics through an FSNE/W&W lens. Includes conducting necessary research, writing, and editing.
  • Work with partners in the research community to identify and address key questions of relevance to FSNE/W&W policy priorities. Collaborate with researchers, including students and interns, to generate effective analyses and insights for policymakers, organizers, and advocates.
  • Coordinate workshops, panel discussions, and convenings on key policy topics. Cultivate and support enhanced relationships with policymakers and FSNE policy-oriented partners. Help build FSNE’s mailing list dedicated to these topics.
Program and Project Management 20%
  • Provide project management to keep work on track, including developing and implementing timelines and team deliverables and milestones. Tracking and reporting on progress.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree  in a field related to the position
  • 5 years of experience in policy formulation and coordination related to integrated approaches to food, farm, fisheries, and forest sustainability, and racial and social equity
  • Knowledge of and experience with New England’s food, forest, and fisheries systems, sectors within the food system, networks, and initiatives including FSNE, the New England Food Vision, Wildlands & Woodlands Vision, and related land conservation activities.
  • Excellent facilitation and communication skills, including writing and public speaking in simple, clear language.
  • Demonstrated project management skills.
  • Experience with and commitment to racial and social equity, food justice, and dismantling white supremacy.
  • Creative, holistic thinker capable of making connections and working productively across a wide range of issues and activities.
  • Ability to travel throughout New England, as conditions allow.
  • Knowledge of and deep commitment to the natural and cultural landscapes of New England.

Preferred Qualification:

  • Advanced degree in a field related to the position responsibilities

Work Location:

Based at the UNH Sustainability Institute in Durham, New Hampshire. It is expected that this position will function as a work-from-home role with some in-person activities if/when it is needed and if/when is it safe to do so. The FSNE staff is currently functioning as a distributed work-from-home team.

Compensation:

This is a .75 FTE (30 hours per week) position that pays $31.73 per hour. This is a non-benefited temporary position through June 30, 2022, with the potential for renewal contingent upon funding and performance.

Apply:

To apply, please submit resume, cover letter, and three references via the UNH hiring portal here.

Multiple Positions
Ward’s Berry Farm – Sharon, MA

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Ward’s Berry Farm in Sharon is hiring for:

  • Field Hand/Produce Harvester and Packer
  • Bakery, Kitchen, Apple Cider Donut Makers
  • Farmers Market Help
  • Retail/Farm Store Worker

Applicants should email their resume/application to jobs@wardsberryfarm.com.

Seasonal Farmstand Employees
Under the Sun Farm – Dighton, MA

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Now hiring seasonal farm stand employees (September-December). Part time 9am-5pm. Three days per week including one weekend day. A love for people and team work is a must! Please apply at our farm stand 1050 Williams Street North Dighton, MA.

Click here for more information.

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