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Local Food Jobs

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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Assistant Farm Manager
Skinny Dip Farm – Westport

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Skinny Dip Farm is owned and operated by Hannah and Ben Wolbach. They started it in 2011 and are just wrapping up their 11th season in operation. They farm both at their home, on about 1.5 acres in Little Compton, and on another 4 or so acres of leased land in Westport. They grow a wide variety of crops which are sold at farmers’ markets, through a small CSA, to restaurants and caterers and through an online store. They primarily grow vegetables, with an emphasis on salad greens, but also flowers, herbs, and some other oddball crops like dry beans and flour corn. They also run chickens on cover crop as part of their fertility plan and sent about 250 to slaughter in 2021. They grow and sell year round, with winter production in 4 unheated high tunnels, 3 cat tunnels and right outside deep into December most years. They manage their two properties differently, leaning towards minimal till, intensive methods on the home property and tractor based extensive methods on the leased land, though that is and has been evolving. They run the farm with a small crew (6 people in 2021) who are very involved in most aspects of running the farm.

Applicants should have significant vegetable farming experience and be ready to step into a wide variety of roles including, at times, crew leader, washstand manager and harvest coordinator among other responsibilities. The job will require working closely with Ben and Hannah to implement their farm plan. Those applying should:

  • Love working outside
  • Know how to work hard, desire to work smart
  • Are physically capable—can lift 50 lbs repeatedly, are ready for hands and knees work
  • Have a driving record clean enough to make it onto farm insurance
  • Have several years of experience working on farms and are considering farming as a vocation
  • Is interested in working multiple seasons at Skinny Dip Farm

The workload will ebb and flow with the season—a 50 plus hour workweek during peak season will be balanced with a lighter winter schedule. Some weekend work and a share of greenhouse tending is expected. The assistant manager will have 2 weeks of paid vacation time. This is a year round, salaried position that includes housing or a housing stipend if you already live locally. Exact compensation will depend on experience, and if you live onsite, but their goal is to create a situation for the assistant manager to be able to save money towards one day launching their own venture. They are also open to hiring a farming couple.

To Apply: Please send resume cover letter to skinnydipfarm@yahoo.com. Feel free to reach out with questions, or to request more information.

Farm Manager
Medway Community Farms – Medway

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Medway Community Farm is seeking a Farm Manager to rebuild our farming team! As a community based farm, this is an opportunity to develop your farming and managerial skills while giving back to the community through food security activities and community events.  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 with performance bonus possibilities, Vacation/Holiday Time off, Health Insurance Stipend, and housing.

Field Manager
Needham Community Farm – Needham

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The Needham Community Farm (NCF) is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization comprising a very active volunteer Board of Directors, a seasonal Field Manager, a seasonal Program Manager, and a part-time Development Director. NCF’s mission is to deepen its community’s connection to nature, our food system, and each other. We focus on three intertwined program areas: 1) Providing farm-based educational opportunities for learning about sustainable growing and nutrition; 2) Increasing access to healthy produce for those in our community who experience food insecurity; and 3) Building community through volunteerism.

The Field Manager will be responsible for the management and operations of all aspects of production and will assist the Program Manager with programming including leading youth and adults in educational programming and volunteer days on the farm. This position is co-equal to and works closely with the Program Manager under the direction of the Board of Directors through its designated Farm Management member.

This is a seasonal position, starting part-time in March 2022 with full-time hours from April through September, shifting back to part time in October. This is an hourly position, paid at $18.00 per hour. Total expected hours would be about 1,350 hours March through November. Position may require some Monday and Wednesday evening availability during the spring and early summer to lead or assist Programs Manager in on-farm classes. The Field Manager will work Monday through Friday or Tuesday through Saturday, as required by farm needs. Preference given to candidates who are interested in continuing as Field Manager in 2023. Additional hours will be available to the Field Manager Dec 2022-Feb 2023 if they commit to the 2023 season.  

Please request more information or submit cover letter and resume to Ceilidh Peden-Spear (they/them), Program Manager at cpedenspear@needhamfarm.org. Review of applications will begin upon receipt and position will remain open until filled.

Director of Operations
Westport Food Pantry, Inc. – Westport

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Responsible for administrative oversight of all WFP functions including: acquiring volunteers,
public relations, participation in grant writing, donation thank you letters, and any other aspects that may
be identified in the future. Responsible for operational oversight of food procurement and distribution,
logistics, record keeping, inventory, food and workplace safety, facility maintenance, training volunteers.

To be passionate about the WFP mission and work with the WFP board and volunteers to help move
the WFP forward, identifying and working toward future goals and objectives. To keep the ideals of
generosity, positivity and kindness in mind as you work for the WFP. These principals guide the WFP
in what we do in order to help those in need, fostering a positive working environment and helping to
make a difference in people’s lives.

The candidate will promote and facilitate collaboration, communication and information flow among
all WFP volunteers to ensure operational efficiency and success and have a commitment to the mission
of Westport Food Pantry, Inc.

Submit cover letter and résumé to:
Westport Food Pantry
PO Box 3303
Westport, MA 02790
email a pdf to: stewartd@westport-ma.gov

Communications Director, Communications Manager, Communications Intern
National Farm to Schools Network

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National Farm to School Network <https://www.farmtoschool.org/> (NFSN) is excited to hire three new communications positions to maximize the impact of the farm to school movement.

NFSN staff are passionate about uniting organizations, fostering leadership and advocating for a food system that is powered by and for communities, and we do this through farm to school – the ways kids eat, grow and learn about food. We are looking for individuals who share our commitment to centering our work in racial and social equity, and embody our values of gratitude, liberation and collaboration.

Statewide Agroecologist
The Trustees of Reservations – Ipswich

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The Trustees operate 5 production farms with over 1,500 CSA members, 4 farm stores and a Mobile Market program. We raise 100% grass-fed and pastured livestock and grow certified organic mixed vegetables, flowers and herbs. In addition to these public farms, The Trustees owns over 3,500 acres in farmland across the state of Massachusetts. The Trustees is focused on modeling regenerative agricultural practices for profitable agroecosystems that are diverse, resilient and productive.

Trustees Farm properties are open to the public through robust engagement programing such as summer camps, school trips, adult workshops and on-site culinary experiences featuring our vegetables, herbs, eggs, meats and dairy products.

We are seeking a qualified and experienced agroecologist to build capacity on our agriculture team which includes field crop production and grassland management for livestock grazing, haymaking and native biodiversity. This position reports to our Director of Agriculture, working collaboratively with and supporting both the Agriculture team and our Coast and Natural Resources team, deepening understanding and fluency of agroecological approaches and practices while incorporating into annual and daily operational work.

The agroecologist is responsible for research design, data collection and analysis as related to production agriculture, farmland management and conservation ecology. This position will work closely with our field crop and livestock managers to provide recommendations for implementing agroecological approaches to farming that balance profits, wildlife habitats, soil health, water quality, and carbon capture as well as measuring tradeoffs in conservation of native species and agricultural production.

Executive Director
Soule Homestead – Middleboro

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Soule Homestead are looking for a person with a passion for agriculture, spending time outside and connecting community members and families to these values. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director will oversee administration, programs, and farm operations in accordance with Soule Homestead Education Center’s mission and strategic plan. They supervise the Education Director, part-time staff, seasonal interns, and volunteers.

Please send resume and cover letter to employment@soulehomestead.org

Part-Time Christmas Tree Salesperson
Allandale Farm – Brookline

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Allandale Farm has a short part-time opportunity to earn some extra cash before the holidays. The position will start November 27th and go up until the last trees are sold, projected to be around December 15th.

This is a physically demanding and fast paced job. Applicants will unload over 5000 trees from delivery trucks, haul and set them up around the parking lot, interface with customers, trim the bottoms and help tie them on top of cars.

Allandale Farm is looking for a few more motivated folks to join the crew for these last couple of weeks, primarily on weekdays but also a few slots still open on weekends. Pay is $16/hr plus pooled tips which can add up quickly. Email michael@allandalefarm.com.

Farmland Preservation Specialist
Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR)

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The Department of Agricultural Resources seeks a passionate land conservation professional to join its farmland preservation program acquisition team within the Agricultural Preservation Restriction Program (APR). The first of its kind in the nation, the 40+ year old APR program focuses on preserving farmland and providing affordable land access to both established and beginning farmers. Since its inception the APR program has protected over 930 farms totaling over 73,000 acres.

The Farmland Preservation Specialist is primarily responsible for: planning, managing and coordinating APR farmland restriction acquisitions as assigned. While acquisitions for this position are intended to be primarily in the Western region of the state with an initial focus on Hampshire County, work assignments may be made on a statewide basis depending on need. Ideal candidates will have appropriate experience to hit the ground running, however, there is opportunity for training if needed.

View the complete posting and apply online here.

2 Positions: Engagement Manager and Spanish Programs Manager
Groundwork Southcoast

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Groundwork Southcoast is an environmental justice organization. They work at the intersection of environment and community by investing in youth and young adults to care for physical spaces. They do so by focusing on the three pillars of work: Leadership, Stewardship, and Community Engagement. There are currently two salaried positions available.

Engagement Manager: Will lead their fundraising and communications efforts. Their ideal candidates care about their community, speak Spanish, are committed to racial, social, and environmental equity and justice. An ideal candidate will also bring an entrepreneurial, sales, and hustle mindset, or a nonprofit development and communications background to the role, and are natural networkers/connect well with others.

Spanish Programs Manager: Coordinates all of their environmental and community work. The ideal candidates care about their community, speak Spanish, are committed to racial and social equity and justice, and are willing to learn our Leadership, Stewardship, and Community Engagement work. (Previous experience is not required) Coordinators lead and engage the Green Team (youth employees), Green Explorers (youth program participants of all ages), and community members to grow food, restore, and beautify outdoor spaces in historically neglected neighborhoods.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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