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Local Food Systems Job Board

 

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

Want us to share your job listing here? Email info@semaponline.org.

ON-FARM

Paid Summer Internships
Osamequin Farm – Seekonk

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Osamequin Farm in Seekonk MA is now accepting applications for our second year of paid summer internships for teens!

The application is open to young people ages 12-15 for 8 weeks of learning on the farm.
Interns join us two mornings per week (Tues and Thurs) in July and August, working in the field growing vegetables while learning about our food system, the forest, soil health, plant care, and more!

Find the application and more details here on our website – inquiries are due by May 31st. 

Farm Assistant
Rosasharn Farm – Rehoboth

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Rosasharn Farm is seeking a farm assistant (or couple) for the current season.  Rosasharn Farm is a diversified farm that raises dairy goats, livestock guardian dogs, sheep, hogs, poultry, and vegetables. The farm assistant must be interested in learning and helping with animal management and be able to move 50# bags of grain and bales of hay. Routine farm tasks include: milking goats and assisting in goat births, cleaning stalls, feeding and watering animals, parasite management, moving fencing for rotational grazing etc. The farm assistant would also have access to one acre of pesticide-free farmland for their own use/projects, including access to tools and a farmstand with a coolroom, as well as a private one-bedroom (furnished) apartment, newly renovated with its own kitchen, appliances, woodstove, patio, parking, etc. Please contact Anne Petersen for more information, or send a brief cover letter describing your interest in the position and any related experience to apply.

Full and Part-Time Farm Staff
Skinny Dip Farm – Westport/Little Compton

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Skinny Dip Farm are looking to hire a few good folks to join our farm crew for the 2022 growing season. Preference will go to applicants hoping to farm with us for the entire 2022 season and beyond, though seasonal applicants will be considered.

Full time and part time positions available, 3-5 days a week, 8 hours per day of field work, harvest and market prep, with the possibility of farmers market sales.

We are looking for help doing a wide range of field work including hoeing, hand weeding, harvest, planting, washing produce, and selling at farmers markets. Applicants must be capable of lifting 50 lbs, tolerant of working outside in all types of weather, and enthusiastic about working alone and with other people doing work that is often repetitive. Some farming experience is preferred, as is familiarity/enthusiasm for working outdoors in all kinds of weather. Reliable transportation to Westport and Little Compton required.

Pay starts at $14.50 hour, more for experienced applicants, with potential to move up into higher positions on the farm staff.

To Apply: Please send a resume and cover letter to skinnydipfarm@yahoo.com

Farm Store Staff
Freedom Food Farm – Raynham

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Freedom Food Farm is hiring for the 2022 season for our farm store! The position is part-time and seasonal, but more hours / year-round work is possible.* Candidate must be able and commit to working Fridays + Saturdays.

*Additional hours doing other farm tasks and /or social media available for the right candidate. Start May 2022 and work through December 2022. There is also the potential to continue working at the farm after December for the right candidate. Great opportunity to work & learn about sustainable food.

Ideally looking for someone with good people skills, efficiency, attention to detail, creativity, organization and a love for good food!

Please e-mail freedomfoodfarm@gmail.com to apply. Send a cover letter/e-mail & resume.

Part-Time Pruning Assistant
Westport Rivers Winery – Westport

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Miscellaneous vineyard labor: pruning, pulling and removing vines, moving trellis wires, planting new vines, tying vines.

8-5 Monday-Friday, somewhat flexible
Start immediately, length of job approximately 4 weeks

Contact kyle.medeiros@westportrivers.com

Part-Time Assistant Grower
Endless Farm – Johnston, RI

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Assistant Grower (20 hrs/week)
Endless Farm is a no-till, certified organic, & certified real organic vegetable farm in Johnston, RI. We grow on a half acre and run a small CSA and sell to local markets & restaurants. We are seeking a half-time Field Assistant (20 hours/week, Mondays, Wednesdays & Thursdays or Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays, April – Dec 2022). Compensation is $15/hr plus veggies.

Responsibilities:

  • Harvesting, washing, and packing vegetable orders
  • Transplanting, seeding, weeding, watering
  • Maintaining clean and tidy workspaces, following food safe practices in the washroom
  • Bed-building, mulching, setting up irrigation line, trellising, pruning, maintaining caterpillar tunnels
  • Occasional weekend watering if schedule permits

Our ideal candidate is dependable, efficient, positive, and pays attention to detail. Must be able to work independently and with coworkers. Must have a reliable form of transportation to the farm in Johnston, RI. Must be able to lift 40 lbs, work in all weather conditions, and occasionally do repetitive work.

Previous experience with commercial vegetable production is preferred but we are willing to train the right person! We strive to provide a learning-oriented and inclusive environment. Opportunity for growth into a year-round and full-time position for the right person.

Hours are 8 am – 2:30pm Monday and 8 am-3:30 pm Wednesday/Thursday or Thursday/Friday, though Mondays can be somewhat flexible or split into two days. Workdays include a 30 minute unpaid lunch break.

To apply, please send a letter of interest, resume, and two professional references to endlessfarmri@gmail.com. Applications must have both documents to be considered. Applications accepted until position is filled, with priority given to those received before April 8th. Endless Farm is an equal opportunity employer.

Seasonal Farm Crew
Aeonian Farm – Westport

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April/May-Late November

Farm Description:

Aeonian Farm is a hand-tended microfarm in Westport, MA established on leased land in 2020. We grow using holistic practices grounded in responsible land stewardship and the cumulative enrichment of the soil. Though we are not yet certified organic, our produce is grown organically in balanced, no-till soils untouched by chemical applications or artificial fertilizers. Our fertility comes from local, organically certified compost and OMRI listed amendments. Because our vegetables are hand tended, we’re able to offer a product of the utmost quality.

We grow on about 1 acre, most of which is devoted to diversified annual vegetables with an expanding cut flower enterprise. We have four unheated high tunnels on the farm which we use to grow year round. We sell exclusively to farmers markets throughout the year, with our main market season running from May – November and a special winter market from January – March.

On our farm we grow intensively in order to maximize the productive potential of the limited space available to us. In order to achieve this level of production we prioritize using human scale tools that offer flexibility and efficiency while minimizing the unnatural disturbance of our soil. This system also keeps us closely attuned to the burgeoning developments of the vegetables & flowers we grow.

We are expanding production this year and looking for two hardworking, passionate individuals to join our team. This is a unique opportunity for someone interested in learning the intricacies of small scale, intensive agriculture. Since this is an expansion year, there will be many chances for cross training, responsibility and mentorship while working directly with the farmers, Andrew & Kate.

Job Description:

Hours: We are looking for one individual to join us in April, part-time (15 – 20 hrs), transitioning to full time (40 hrs) by the end of the month. The second individual will join us in May, starting with full time hours. Both positions are guaranteed until the end of November, with the possibility of part-time work in December. Work days will start at 7/8 AM and end at 4/5 PM, Monday – Friday, depending on the season. Lunch is one hour, unpaid. Help at our weekend farmers market will be needed and farm crew will alternate work on Saturdays, approximately 6 AM to 3 PM. Whoever works the market on Saturday will get the next Monday off.

Tasks and Responsibilities:

  • Field work/Crop production: participate in all aspects of field management including soil amending, bed preparation, transplanting, weed management, harvesting and bed flipping. Some pest management, propagation, pruning and trellising work as needed.

  • Harvest: Weekly harvests of produce for our farmers markets. We take quality very seriously on the farm, so close attention and care will need to be paid to quality of produce and efficiency of harvest.

  • Post-harvest: ensure that all produce is washed and cooled with care and efficiency, paying close attention to quality control.  Maintain a clean and organized wash station and walk-in cooler.

  • Farmers market: Create a welcoming and cheerful environment for customers. Be able to speak with passion and experience about the produce, our growing practices and share recipe ideas.

  • Other: Infrastructure projects including greenhouse repairs, road maintenance, tool maintenance, fence work, etc.

Required Skills:

  • Have a passionate interest in farming as a career, and desire to learn the ins and outs of diversified, small-scale organic vegetable production.

  • Must be able to lift 50lbs repeatedly, should be in fit physical condition.

  • Must be able to walk, stand, squat, and kneel for extended periods.

  • Must be willing to work outdoors in all types of weather.

  • Good communication and listening skills, able to follow instructions when given.

  • Openness to receive and share constructive criticism.

  • Understands the importance of following systems and working efficiently.

  • Attention to detail.

  • Works well independently and with others. Can maintain focus and work efficiently while working solo or with others.

  • Reliable transportation to and from the farm and a valid driver’s license with clean driving record so you can drive farm vehicles and be added to our insurance.

  • Some previous experience in vegetable farming is preferred, but not required.

Compensation:

Hourly pay starts at $16.00/hour. After an initial training period, an increase in pay is available for those who show improved performance.

  • Fresh vegetables from the field.

Send an email with your resume in the body of the email, two references and contact info where you can be reached. Successful applicants will be invited for an in-person interview.

Contact: aeonianfarm@gmail.com

Aeonian Farm is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment regardless of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran, or disability status.

Multiple Positions
Allandale Farm – Brookline

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Allandale Farm is a vegetable farm and plant nursery on the border of Jamaica Plain and Brookline. They are sustainable growers and retailers with an on-farm store open from late March to December. They are currently hiring for garden center crew, assistant produce growers, farm stand crew, and summer camp teachers! View complete position descriptions and application instructions HERE.

Multiple Field, Packhouse & Retail Positions
Flying Carrot Farm – Dartmouth

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Do you have a strong work ethic, enjoy a challenge, good at problem solving, appreciate good food and have a positive attitude?? If so, we want you on our team. We are searching for people interested in learning, growing and having fun with us.

We are a family farm dedicated to growing amazing food and obsessed with great customer service. We are looking to add some new people to our farm team for the 2022 season. We have both full and part-time positions in the fields, pack house and farm stand. We are also looking for some work-share volunteers this year. All are welcome, whether you are experienced in sustainable/organic farming, looking for a summer job, changing careers, dabbling a toe, retired and looking for a side hustle, or farm curious.

Open positions include:

  • Field Assistant
  • Field Crew
  • Farm stand, CSA distribution & delivery driver retail positions
  • Packhouse Crew

Click here for position descriptions and how to apply.

Multiple Field & Packhouse Positions
Langwater Farm – Easton

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Langwater Farm is hiring for 2022 and beyond. Langwater is a growing & thriving family-fun business on 85 acres in Easton, MA. We grow Certified Organic and year-round, bringing high-quality vegetables, herbs, flowers, and fruit to thousands of households in Boston, Providence, and our surrounding communities. Growing nutritious and delicious produce is our passion and we take our responsibilities to our land and our community very seriously. Our markets include a 500-member CSA, a busy Farm stand, restaurants, wholesale, and 4 weekly farmers markets.

If you’re looking to do meaningful and impactful work, join us and help transform this corner of the food system. Part-time, full-time, and career opportunities available.

We’re seeking experienced candidates to round out our team:

  • Experienced Tractor Operator
  • Packhouse Manager
  • Experienced Field Crew
  • Cut Flower Grower

Click here for position descriptions and how to apply.

Multiple Positions
Cross Street Farm – Norwell

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Cross Street Flower Farm is a specialty cut flower farm located in the beautiful New England town of Norwell, MA, 30 minutes south of Boston. They hire full time, seasonal positions each year. Their Field Crew and Apprentice Program make up the backbone of the farm and help with all farming and harvesting tasks. The Barn Crew harvests alongside the field crew daily, but they are also the Floral Design and Barn Shop team. In 2022, they are also looking to add a Marketing position to the farm to help run some business operations.

Qualities they look for in team members:

  • Hardworking, self-motivated, quickly and efficiently works to complete the task at hand.
  • Good attitude. Curious. Respectful teammate (while keeping socializing in check)
  • Able to work all day on their feet lifting heavy things in all weather.
  • Strong interest in local, sustainable flowers.
  • Is willing to be in the public eye, positively representing our business. Takes pride in keeping farm organized and free of debris.
  • Must be able to lift, bend, and come dressed to work outside in the elements daily.

Cross Street Flower Farm is a small but mighty team. If the team sounds like a good fit for you, please apply for one of the open positions by sending a cover letter and resume to info@csflowerfarm.com.

Seasonal Field Crew
Powisset Farm – Dover

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Powisset Farm has a long history of agricultural enterprise, from a dairy farm many years ago, to Amelia Peabody’s legendary farm, famous for its breed stock of Hereford cattle and Yorkshire pigs. Many visitors remember fondly the glowing green pastures dotted with cattle and framed by beautiful barns. 

Today, our farm is better known for its CSA (community supported agriculture) operation. By purchasing a share at Powisset Farm, CSA members help to create community around our farm and their commitment to locally grown produce.

The Opportunity.

Our seasonal staff plays an integral role in ensuring that our visitors enjoy our extraordinary places. With the change to warmer temperatures, we experience an influx of visitors of all ages and backgrounds who want to explore and be inspired by our properties. Sandy beaches, wooded trails, cultural gardens, historic homes, community supported agriculture—there are many ways for visitors to discover and explore The Trustees, and just as many opportunities for seasonal employees to make each visitor’s experience special. 

The Field Crew job is a seasonal position with a variable work schedule. This individual works in aspects of organic vegetable production for summer and winter CSAs and wholesale accounts. These responsibilities include greenhouse and high tunnel production, field operations, vegetable harvest, and wash and pack. The field crew is trained in farm systems and has an opportunity to learn organic and regenerative practices for vegetable production.  

Prior farm experience not required. Apply here.

CSA Coordinator and Field Worker
Mass Audubon at Moose Hill Community Farm – Sharon

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The Farm at Moose Hill is a Mass Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary that provides organic produce to more than 200 families through our CSA program, local hunger relief organizations, an on-site farm stand and Farmer’s Markets. We are looking for hard-working individuals with an interest in local food systems and sustainable agriculture to join our team for the 2022 season!

The farm is 17 acres, certified organic, and located in Sharon, Massachusetts – about 25 miles from both Boston and Providence. We are the oldest Mass Audubon Sanctuary and are committed to farming with the health of our adjacent woods, meadows, ponds, and vernal pools in mind. The health and happiness of our farmers is very important, too.

Both positions are seasonal. Apply by sending a resume and cover letter to Jill Banach, Farm Manager, at jbanach@massaudubon.org.

Multiple Positions
Holly Hill Farm – Cohasset

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Holly Hill Farm has three open positions: Manager of Sales & Greenhouse Operations; Assistant Grower; and Outdoor Classroom Educator.

For more information about the positions, including how to apply, please see the full descriptions.

Field Crew and Assistant Manager Positions
Brix Bounty Farm – Dartmouth

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We are seeking crew members to join us for the 2022  season to complete our “core” farm team; flexible start dates beginning in April, May, and June continuing through the late summer/fall.  Full and part time positions are available.  For full-time positions we typically hire folks who consider making a commitment to a second season with us at Brix Bounty and are actively pursuing a career in sustainable agriculture.

Duties include all aspects of commercial vegetable production:  propagation, transplanting & seeding, cultivation, fertility management, harvest, post-harvest work.  Relative to our scale, we are unusually non-mechanized, cultivation is primarily done with hoes, wheel hoes, & hand tools.  Our operation involves hand labor from planting, cultivating, to harvesting and applicants must be capable of labor intensive work weeks through the season.  Marketing tasks are relatively minimal for our crew.  We focus our energy intensively on field work through the growing season.

Full time positions average 40-60 hours per week, a 4 or 5-day work week plus 1 weekend per month (see details below for more on schedule, farm responsibilities, etc.). Our typical summer schedule is 7AM – 5:30 PM with an hour break for lunch.  Remuneration includes hourly wages $15-$18 per hour depending on skill and experience, vegetables, paid personal time, training and mentorship, and an end of season bonus.

Our scale is intentionally focused on connecting with the land, growers seeking mechanized production techniques, intensive tractor work, and large harvest crews are best suited to seek out other options.  Our crew members excel working both independently and in small groups, and sharing a passion for hard work with an emphasis on fertility improvements and high-quality production. A connection and interest in farming in Southeastern Massachusetts beyond tenure at Brix Bounty is preferred, but not required.

Full-Time Farm Crew
Roots Farm – Tiverton RI

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 We are looking for hardworking, self-directed individuals with a strong work ethic and excellent attention to detail.  Crew members are involved in many aspects of the farm including:  harvesting, bed preparation, seeding, transplanting, cultivation, and farmers markets.

Applicants should be in good physical shape as the majority of work is done by hand, and be able to lift 50 lbs regularly.  Applicants should be able to work well with others but also independently.  Previous experience is a plus.

Compensation:  Hourly pay (starting at $14.50/hr or higher, depending on experience) + veggies, with paid time off accruing after 3 months employment.

If you are interested in working with us at Roots Farm, email your relevant experience, interests, and resume to kelli@roots-farm.com.

Multiple Positions
White Barn Farm – Wrentham

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White Barn Farm is hiring for multiple positions, including production assistant, flower manager, greenhouse assistant, and more. Full-time and part-time positions are available. Find complete job descriptions and application instructions in the Employment tab on their website.

Part-Time Farm Hand
Edible Homescapes – Westport

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Edible Homescapes is a new business in Westport. In addition to consumer education programming on at-home food production, they also have a market garden. The farm hand will assist owner-operator Chris English in maintaining the market garden. View the attached job description for more information.

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.

Multiple Positions
Ward’s Berry Farm – Sharon

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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.

OFF-FARM

Multiple Positions

Boston Area Gleaners – Acton

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We are hiring! Boston Area Gleaners is committed to supporting an equitable, just, and sustainable local food system. By working closely with farmers, volunteers, and hunger relief agencies, we work to power a supply chain from farms to those in need, reduce food waste, and promote long-term farm sustainability. We are excited to grow our team of staff who are personally aligned and committed to BAG’s mission. Please email hiring@bostonareagleaners.org to apply! To see the full job description for any of the positions summarized below visit our Job Opportunities page.

Marketing & Communications Coordinator
The Marketing and Communications Coordinator will collaborate with staff to conduct effective education and outreach throughout our operating region. They will promote the organization to local businesses, educational institutions, corporations, and communities of faith through public speaking, presentations, tabling events, and group organizing.  They are responsible for all public facing communications platforms for Boston Area Gleaners including our website, social media, newsletters, annual reports, and fundraising materials.The Marketing & Communications Coordinator is a full-time, year round position with a salary range of $41,000 to $46,000 based on experience.

Apprentices
An Apprentice is responsible for harvesting and packing produce to be distributed throughout the MA hunger relief chain, in addition to assisting volunteers on gleaning trips. An Apprentice must have an aptitude for physical labor and enjoy working in all New England weather conditions. They should exhibit an eagerness to learn about the Regional Food System and all aspects of BAG’s work. Apprentices are full-time, seasonal (July-December) employees. Pay rate is $15/ hour.

Box Truck Driver
Our drivers deliver produce from our facility in Acton to our agency partners across MA, including our hunger relief and food hub partners. The Box Truck Driver is a seasonal position with a part-time or full-time schedule. Drivers must have a standard driver’s license to drive our box trucks, but no commercial license is required. Pay range is $18-$22/hour depending on experience.

Operations Assistant
The Operations Assistant helps with food distribution and pick-ups, gleaning and packing crops, managing our inventory, implementing our food safety plan, and other aspects of our daily operations. The position requires a minimum of two days driving (no commercial license required). The Operations Assistant is a full-time, seasonal (through December) position. Pay range is $18-22/ hour depending on experience.

Class-A Driver
Class-A Drivers deliver produce from our facility in Acton to our agency partners across MA, including our hunger relief and food hub partners. The Class-A Driver is a part-time, seasonal position, and requires a CDL. Pay range is $25-$30/hour depending on experience.

APR Improvement Program & Growing Your Farm Business Program Coordinator
Massachusetts Department of Agriculture Viability Team – West Springfield

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This contract employee position is responsible for the coordination of a business planning course and a viability grant program for protected farms that support farm business development through the provision of business and financial training, technical assistance, and capital funding for farm improvements.  The position requires an understanding of the agricultural industry in Massachusetts and personal interaction with farmers to understand and support their needs in order to implement these programs that have meaningful and significant impacts on the viability of individual farms and the agricultural economy.

This position reports to the Viability and Agricultural Business Trainings Programs Manager who is based in the West Springfield office.  Position duties vary throughout the year within a range of 15-25 hours per week with a flexible schedule during the week to combine work at home office with visits to MDAR office and field work as needed.  An hourly rate of $35/hour, depending on experience, is expected for this contract employee position, for 48- 50 weeks over the course of the year.

To access the full job description and apply, click on the Requisition Link here. The Department posted the following requisition using MassCareers, a web-based Employee Career System.  The system allows internal and external job applicants to apply online.  You can apply for positions by logging into MassCareers or through the following portal through www.mass.gov/anf/employment-equal-access-disability/masscareers/masscareers.html

Local Food Program Coordinator
Sustainable Business Network – Boston

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The Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts (SBN) is seeking a Local Food Program Coordinator. The ideal candidate will be an entrepreneurial, strategic thinker, and motivated professional with an interest in the following areas: communications, event planning, and local food. This role involves promoting, selling, and enrolling organizations for our various events, as well as implementing those events.  Successful candidates will be resourceful team players that thrive in dynamic work environments and enjoy taking on new challenges.

The Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts (SBN) is a non-profit membership organization that engages business and community leaders in building economies that are local, green, and fair. SBN’s Local Food Program is known regionally for our work supporting local food businesses and farms through events, campaigns, and workshops.

Expectations and Compensation

40 hours per work (non-exempt hourly position)
$22-25 depending on experience
Ability to work in a 1:4 hybrid environment: 1 day from home and 4 days in our newly renovated office in Central Square, Cambridge.

Benefits include: Monthly health insurance contribution of $300, 401k plan, 13 days paid vacation/sick combined, 7 paid holidays

Apply online

In-Person Executive Director
Just RootsGreenfield

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Overview:
Just Roots Mission: Create equitable access to healthy local food in Western Massachusetts, and work toward just, vibrant, and sustainable farm and food systems everywhere.
Just Roots Vision: We envision a world in which our food systems are equitable, resilient, sustainable and inclusive of small farms, local businesses and people who are racially and economically diverse, healthy, thriving and empowered.
This position reports to: Just Roots Board of Directors
This position supervises: Associate Director, Director of Farm Operations, Grants/Contracts Manager, Executive Assistant and the Financial Advisor (independent contractor)

Who is Just Roots:
Just Roots is a social justice organization that builds equity, connection, health, pride and empowerment in our community and beyond through food-based programs and systems change. Our farm, programming and advocacy efforts connect people to food and one another.  We do our work by growing food; connecting people of all ages and life experiences with the land; running an all-income CSA (we’ve got the biggest SNAP-enrolled low-income CSA in the state!); cooking community meals; developing partnerships with schools, health insurance companies, legislators, health clinics and other resource agencies; researching the health outcomes of CSA participation and more.  We build direct access, models, momentum and evidence for change in agricultural policy, food policy and social justice. We are a small but mighty farm-based organization with a goal to change the food system and bring more equity to the world.

Major Duties/Responsibilities:

Responsibility #1: Fiduciary Responsibility – Ensure adequate control and accounting of Just Root’s finances, including the creation and monitoring of the annual budget in coordination with financial advisor and key staff

  1. Ensure annual audit and ensure annual filing of taxes in coordination with the Financial Consultant
  2. Supply monthly financial reports to the Board of Directors in coordination with finance committee and Financial Consultant and serve as ad-hoc member for all Board Committees as needed
  3. Manage the implementation of Just Roots strategic development plan and work with the Board of Directors to ensure continuous review and re-consideration of the development plan goals
  4. Lead all fundraising activities, including the identification, cultivation and stewardship of individual, foundation, and corporate prospects for donation and/or sponsorship and the solicitation of major gifts along with researching and writing grants in coordination with the staff, the Board and the finance and development committees.

Responsibility #2: Organizational Development –

  1. Oversee the implementation of Just Roots strategic goals in alignment with our mission and vision. Lead strategic planning initiatives, and work with the Board of Directors to ensure continuous review and re-consideration of the organization’s strategic goals, including incorporating your own visions and dreams into the growth of the organization
  2. Facilitate the assessment and implementation of the Food Is Medicine pilot programs with the vision for a state-wide influence in connecting local food with low income, food insecure populations in connection with healthcare partners.
  3. Assist board members with meeting scheduling and coordination. Help identify potential board members and assist in new member recruitment and onboarding

Responsibility #3: Community Relations – Serve as Just Root’s primary spokesperson and advocate

  1. Cultivate relationships with a broad network of partners and stakeholders in the farm/food/health industries including policy/advocacy. Serve and lead on relevant and existing coalitions, task forces, food council and committees within a local, state, regional and national scope.
  2. Cultivate and maintain positive relationships with funders in coordination with the Grants/Contracts manager
  3. Maintain positive media relations

Responsibility #4: Managerial Administration – Report to the Board of Directors and oversee all facets of the organization, including development, programing, marketing, and finances

  1. Hire, supervise, support, and evaluate Just Roots director staff and support the hiring process of other staff in coordination with the director team
  2. Maintain a climate and culture that attracts, keeps, and motivates a creative and diverse community of staff and volunteers
  3. Conduct regular staff meetings and oversee the administration of payroll and employee benefit programs in coordination with HR support and Financial Advisor
  4. Delegate work appropriately to ensure efficacy and efficiency and the development of leadership skills
  5. Produce an organizational annual report in coordination with staff

Responsibility # 5: Champion the core values of Just Roots – Uphold the core values of the organization including Joy, Accountability and Community with a commitment to working with, following the lead of, and elevating the voices of oppressed people and recognizing/stewarding the connectivity between soil health and human/animal health and planetary health

TO APPLY: Email hiring@justroots.org with the following items:

  1. cover letter, addressing how you and your life experiences have prepared you to excel at each of the five key responsibilities of this position listed below
  2. resume

Director
Massachusetts Agricultural Innovation Center Greenfield

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The Franklin County Community Development Corporation (FCCDC) seeks a dynamic and entrepreneurial Director to lead the new MA Agricultural Innovation Center and expand the statewide programming to support farms and the food system throughout Massachusetts. We are looking for an experienced agricultural business professional to strengthen our region’s food system and increase revenues for farms by developing collaborative and innovative approaches to engage more people in adding value to local food products. This work facilitates access to business financial management support so that today’s farms businesses can grow into thriving, enduring enterprises.

The MAAIC Director will coordinate a diverse network of technical assistance providers who will advise on the topics of product development; development and scale-up of production systems; food processing infrastructure and operations; business legal issues; developing business/financial/market plans; pricing strategies, access to capital (loans, grants, investment, etc.); food safety planning and regulatory compliance; food aggregation and distribution systems and models; consumer/market trends and market research; branding; and matchmaking producers/buyers. This position is on the front lines of engaging and supporting beginning and established farmers looking to expand/diversify/transition to value-added production. To succeed in this position, one must be a seasoned professional with deep technical knowledge of what it takes to start/run a successful agribusiness in Massachusetts, have an appreciation for economies of collaboration, be committed to sustainability and inclusion, and have a deep passion for agriculture and local food systems.

The MAAIC Director will work closely with the other FCCDC Programs (Business Assistance, Food Systems, Food Processing, Racial Justice, Lending) and program partners from Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture, The Carrot Project, and New Entry Sustainable Farming. They will also develop key partnerships with other food and ag organizations and individuals including MA Dept. of Ag. Resources, UMass Extension, and Ag and Fisheries groups.

To apply, email a resume and cover letter to resumes@fccdc.org.

Market Associate, Two Openings
Coastal Foodshed New Bedford

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Coastal Foodshed is seeking two part-time, seasonal Market Associates for the 2022 outdoor season. The position will support operations of farmers markets, farm stands, and virtual market. The position floats between these programs and assists with the implementation of operations at the markets and reports directly to the Assistant Manager under the supervision of the Program Manager. The applicant must be able to prioritize and handle a variety of assignments simultaneously in a vibrant work environment and be willing to work with people from varied backgrounds. An ideal candidate will be energetic, outgoing, organized, and passionate about community connections, local food systems, particularly food access and food security mission driven work.

Hours and Compensation:
This is a seasonal, non-exempt, hourly position. This position will typically work 20 hours/week Monday through Friday with potential to work more hours and the ability for year-round work. Hourly rate is between $14.75-$16.75/hr. Compensation determined by experience.

How to Apply:
Please send resume and cover letter explaining why you would like to work in this
position at CFS to stephanie@coastalfoodshed.org with subject line:”Market Associate”
in the subject line. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is
filled.

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Assistant Director, Internal Operations
Natick Community Organic Farm – Natick

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The Town of Natick is seeking highly qualified candidates for the full-time position of Assistant Director Internal Operations, Farm.

The position provides a leadership role in fundraising activities and event planning. Directs marketing and communications (content, design, distribution) across print and media platforms.

Manages administrative services including general office systems, data base management, and vendor relations. Works closely and collaboratively with municipal, farm, and non-profit board members.

Bachelor’s Degree required with a minimum of five years’ experience directing non-profit marketing, communication and fundraising.  Portfolio demonstrating prior work in print media, marketing, photography and social media.   Proven administrative experience and a passion for sustainable agriculture, environmental education and ability to work with an ever-changing workforce and volunteers of all ages and abilities.

For a complete job description, please visit our website: https://www.natickma.gov/285/Non-Union-Full-Time-Job-Descriptions

The position is open until filled. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to hr@natickma.org or apply online at https://www.natickma.gov/DocumentCenter/View/2424/Employment-Application.  A review of applications will begin immediately.  If you are interviewed, you will be asked to submit three references.

Farmers’ Market Associate
Fieldstone Kombucha – South Coast MA and Rhode Island

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Fieldstone Kombucha is looking for a crew to work at farmers’ markets this season on Saturdays and Sundays.

Fieldstone Kombucha, LLC is New England’s craft kombucha company. They produce the freshest kombucha using seasonal ingredients sourced from local farms. The kombucha is sold at farmers markets in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. They seek a responsible, enthusiastic person to join the team working at two weekend farmers’ markets, with the potential to work in the kombucha brewery as well. This is a great opportunity for someone looking for a part-time seasonal position. The world of farmers’ markets is a lively culture that is a fun place to learn about local products and share kombucha.

This position is a contractor role, paid hourly, between 10 and 30 hours/week, with additional hours potentially available. You must have access to your own vehicle.

Dates: May – November 2021

Requirements:
Available Saturdays and/or Sundays for the entire season.
Able to:
Drive and have your own vehicle
Lift and carry 50lb
Responsibly handle money
Friendly, knowledgeable face of the business
Reliable & responsible

Responsibilities:
Farmers’ Markets
Set up market stall before market and take it down after the market
Engage with customers at the market in a friendly and proactive manner, including answering questions and being a knowledgeable resource on the business, kombucha, and fermentation
Sell kombucha
Responsibly handle money
Track sales
Return & organize supplies at the end of the market
Deliveries
Pack and transport kombucha to predetermined drop-off locations

Brewery Assistance
Assist with tasks around the brewery, including but not limited to brewing, bottling, cleaning, inventory management

Compensation:
$15/hr

To apply, email Emily at Emily@FieldstoneKombuchaCo.com

Two Senior Level Positions
Commonwealth Kitchen – Boston

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CommonWealth Kitchen provides a launching pad for entrepreneurs from historically marginalized communities to start and build successful food companies. Our shared kitchens in Dorchester are home to an average of 50 early-stage food businesses from food trucks and caterers to CPG producers (consumer packaged goods) such as hot sauce. CWK pairs this kitchen operation with education and technical programs to support food businesses along their journey from concept to established company, reaching another 200+ diverse businesses annually. CommonWealth Kitchen’s comprehensive approach is uniquely organized to level the playing field to allow its member companies—75% of whom are owned by women and people of color—to succeed in the notoriously challenging food industry. The Director of Business Development works to identify and manage strategic industry partnerships that can provide members with financially viable market opportunities essential to their success. This market development and strategic partnership management work is core to CWK’s efforts to build an equitable, resilient food economy truly grounded in racial, social, and economic justice.

We are hiring for two senior-level positions: Director of Institutional Giving and Director of Business Development.

Food Hub & Food Access Manager
World Farmers – Lancaster, MA

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Position Type: Full-Time, salaried, year-round

Salary: $50,000

Full Posting: https://www.worldfarmers.org/food-hub-food-access-manager/

Summary of Position: This position oversees implementation of market access, sales, and value-added programming at World Farmers, and ensures all FMF farmers are supported in securing markets for their vegetable farm businesses. This position will support current staff to implement existing programming, as well as assess potential for new markets and partnerships in support of FMF farmers’ businesses. Programming areas include: World Farmers’ CSA, Farm to Family CSA shares in partnership with Just Roots, Farmers’ Markets, Wholesale, Value Added Products developed in our Commercial Kitchen and Commercial Mill sites, and additional Food Access programming. The Manager oversees all of these market outlets and builds relationships with FMF farmers of ethnically and socially diverse backgrounds, while facilitating and exploring new and existing market opportunities. This individual needs to have a high level of autonomy, initiative, and the ability to work with a range of players.

World Farmers advocates for and supports small-scale immigrant, refugee, and historically underserved farmers from farm to market. Our Flats Mentor Farm (FMF) program currently supports 354 immigrant and refugee farmers from 25 countries of origin. FMF farmers seek land and opportunity to feed their families the crops of their culture and rebuild their family’s cultural roots, many of whom go on to build a sustainable farming enterprise specializing in production and marketing of cultural crops to diverse consumers in Massachusetts. Our program offers hands-on experience and assistance to the next generation of farmers and provides immigrant and refugee farmers a chance to be a contributor to their family’s health and wealth.

Director of Horticulture
Green City Growers – Somerville, MA

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Green City Growers is a premier urban farming company based in Somerville, Massachusetts. We transform unused space into thriving urban farms, providing schools, homeowners, restaurants, businesses, and communities with immediate access to nutritious food, while revitalizing city landscapes and inspiring self-sufficiency. Our clients include schools, corporate campuses supermarkets, restaurants, private residences, and sporting venues.

This is an exciting opportunity to join a hands-on team in a quickly growing company that is dedicated to developing sustainable onsite food production systems.

The Director of Horticulture oversees the planting and maintenance of GCG’s ~150 urban farm sites throughout the greater Boston area and expanding nationally (eg., Texas, California, etc…). They will manage the multiple farm staff, managers and delegate tasks in-house and on-site to ensure our gardens and services meet or exceed client expectations. The Director of Horticulture will collaborate and work to support GCG’s other departments (i.e., education, customer success, administrative, and operations), ensuring efficiency and smoothness of work. Strong people skills, fostering community, and the ability to direct others respectfully and effectively are requirements. The Director of Horticulture will also keep a constant eye toward improving products and systems as GCG continues to grow.

Ideal Qualifications and Skills:

  • Degree desired in Landscape Design, Horticulture, Agriculture, related degree, or equivalent experience. 5 years farm or professional garden/landscaping experience, with 3 years supervisory and project management experience.
  • Working knowledge of local vegetable and fruit crops, organic soil and fertility and pest management.
  • Math skills, attention to detail, critical thinking skills, physical strength, communication.
  • Knowledge of horticulture and agriculture equipment operation and maintenance.
  • Must obtain MA Pesticide Applicator’s license.
  • Ability to work flexible hours. Ability to work in noisy, dirty environments. Ability to regularly move heavy objects (>50 lbs).

BENEFITS

  • Medical, dental, vision and life insurance for employees, spouses, and children
  • 401(k) retirement plan with 4% employer matching contribution
  • Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP),
  • Discretionary bonus program

Following a conditional offer of employment, GCG requires motor vehicle record checks on all final candidates.

To apply, please attach a resume and send a brief email to jobs@greencitygrowers.com outlining your experience and desire to be part of our team. Please no calls or emails other than to this email address.

Freight Farm STEM Director
Boys and Girls Club of Metro South – Taunton, MA

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Do you have a green thumb and a passion for sustainability? Learn to operate a freight farm, partner with community agencies to deliver produce to those in need and inspire youth members through hands-on learning activities!

The Freight Farm/STEM Director is responsible for advancing resources and activities that provide members with access to rich science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) learning opportunities in Club afterschool and summer learning programs through the Freight Farm Initiative and other evidence-based learning resources. The Director will provide overall thought leadership to help define the strategic vision for Club Freight Farm programming while 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. The Director will work to 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.

The physical demands of this position are limited and, as such, reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with physical disabilities to perform essential functions of this position.

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $41,000.00 – $44,000.00 per year

Delivery Drivers
Coastal Foodshed – New Bedford

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Coastal Foodshed are seeking team members to join our virtual market operations to conduct deliveries through the Southcoast. Deliveries are made on Wednesdays and Fridays typically between 12-6pm. Available for January 2022 start. Delivery Drivers are responsible for accurately and safely packing their vehicle, fulfilling orders during their route, and successfully completing local, no-contact home deliveries for aggregated consumer orders of local food. Drivers must be able to use their personal vehicle for mileage reimbursement or use the company vehicle to conduct deliveries.

Key Responsibilities
• Follow best practices for safety, both on the road and while loading or unloading
grocery orders
• Conduct pre-delivery check for all vendor items/orders
• Navigate using GPS, in accordance with local laws regarding phone use while driving
• Communicate with customers, dispatchers, and other team members in a professional
manner
• Complete deliveries on designated route and within time window
• Follow specific delivery instructions, and strive to delight customers at every
opportunity
• Aggregate and pack orders according to company standards
• Accurately and carefully pack, load and unload orders from delivery vehicle
• Use delivery software to communicate with customers, log photos of deliveries, and
notify dispatch of any issue or pertinent details regarding drops
• Remain organized and pay close attention to detail
• Ensure all items and bags are delivered accurately and with care
• Maintain a clean and professional delivery vehicle
• Ensure vehicle is sanitized and reset, equipped with the right materials after each shift

Requirements
• Must have valid driver’s license with a clean driving record
• Past delivery/driving experience 1-3 years is a plus
• High level of activity in a delivery day; must be comfortable staying active for an entire
shift
• Be able to bend and lift loads up to 50 pounds
• Meticulous attention to detail, and well organized
• Works well in teams
• High energy, positive attitude
• Read, write, and communicate well
• Good decision-making skills and unafraid to reach out for assistance when in doubt
during delivery
• Interest/passion for local food a plus!
• Commercial Driver License (CDL) not required

Hours/Benefits: This is year-round, non-exempt, hourly position (4-10 hrs/week; Wednesdays
and Fridays) and compensation is dependent upon experience $15-$17/hr, plus reimbursement
of mileage for deliveries. Employees also have access to discounted local products. Tips
allowable.
How to Apply: Please send resumes to stephanie@coastalfoodshed.org with subject line:
“Delivery Driver Position” in the subject line. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

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