Local and Regional Food Jobs in SE MA

On this page you’ll find listings for jobs all across the local food system, from on-farm work and market staff, to advocacy, grant administration and non-profit roles. Jobs will range from in-region farms and partners to groups and organizations across the state (and occasionally beyond!) Listings will link to employer website or job posting whenever possible, and any questions about specific listings should be sent directly to them. For more resources on hiring for farm and food systems jobs, check out our Farmer Resource Library!

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On-Farm Jobs

Farm Manager
Norfolk Aggie High School – Walpole

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TITLE: Farm Manager
STARTING DATE:  Summer 2023
SALARY:  Commensurate with experience.
SUPERVISION RECEIVED: Works under the general supervision of the Superintendent-Director.
SUPERVISION EXERCISED: Exercises general supervision of Farm Staff and student workers.
GENERAL STATEMENT OF  DUTIES: Plans, manages and coordinates field crop, all day-to-day farm operations and care of animals on campus to include both small and large animals.  Assists in the physical labor of farm operations. Addresses campus security issues as they arise.  Coordinates farm snow removal activities with the Director of Facilities.

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Farm Crew
Aeonian Farm – Westport

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Aeonian Farm is a hand-tended microfarm in Westport, MA established on leased land in 2020. Their produce is grown organically in no-till soils  on about 1 acre, most of which is devoted to diversified annual vegetables with an expanding cut flower enterprise. They have four unheated high tunnels on the farm which they use to grow year round.

Hours: Start time will be in May with work lasting into October, possibly November. 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 markets 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.

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Assistant Livestock Manager
Weir River Farm – Hingham

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The Assistant Livestock Manager is a critical member of a team responsible for overseeing four primary operations\including corresponding satellite hay fields. These properties include Moose Hill Farm in Sharon, Powisset Farm in Dover, Chestnut Hill Farm in Southborough, and Weir River Farm in Hingham. Each farm ranges in size and infrastructure, all overlap with different mission driven program areas including ecology and farm-based education while centering agricultural production.

The Assistant Livestock Manager reports directly to the Livestock and Pasture Manager and oversees the day-to-day management of the Weir River Farm operation in Hingham, as well as regular weekly coverage at Powisset Farm in Dover and supports the overall livestock operations across all Trustees farms. This position is primarily responsible for the care and management of the pastures, livestock and related infrastructure. Specifically including breeding, managing rotational grazing, finishing pigs, and caring for and managing broilers and laying hens. Decisions regarding production levels, breeding schedules, rotational management practices, biosecurity measures and management policies will be made with the Livestock and Pasture Manager, in consultation with the Director of Agriculture and align with practices across Trustees farms. Read full description>>>

Off-Farm Jobs

Commonwealth Corps Service Internship: Urban Farm & Food Access Coordinator
Boys and Girls Club Metro South – Brockton

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The Massachusetts Service Alliance (MSA) is a private, nonprofit agency that oversees the program and supports host site partners and members to find success throughout the program year. The 3 Commonwealth Corps members with Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro South will serve 10 months in a full-time capacity. They will join a diverse corps of members across Massachusetts who share a common desire to discover their passion and build their network in service to their communities and the Commonwealth.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro South (BGCMS) is a youth-serving organization focused on supporting the Academic Success, Healthy Lifestyles, and Character & Leadership Development of youth ages 5-18 across Southeastern Massachusetts. The 1 Commonwealth Corps Urban Farm & Food Access Coordinator will serve as an essential member of the BGCMS team, contributing to the expanded capacity of our Clubs to serve healthy daily meals to our youth and provide fresh, locally grown produce to children and families throughout Southeastern, MA. Through their service,
Corps members will provide direct nutritional and educational support to youth and families in our service area, create and implement processes to increase the sustainability and efficiency of the Freight Farms program, develop relationships with key community partners, and evaluate the effectiveness and impact of the new program to identify areas of improvement. Read full description>>>

Full and Part-Time Market Associates
Coastal Foodshed – New Bedford

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Coastal Foodshed is seeking both full-time and part-time, seasonal Market Associates for the 2023 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 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. Read full description>>>

Food Preservation Workshop Assistant
Coastal Foodshed – New Bedford

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Coastal Foodshed is seeking a part-time Workshop Assistant to help with the implementation of the MDAR Specialty Crop Grant project. This position will primarily work directly with the Workshop Instructor and Program Manager through the implementation of this grant-funded program. The position supports the Workshop Instructor in the planning and execution of the food preservation workshops primarily taking place at the Farmers Markets. The applicant will be responsible for food preparation and any other workshop-related assistance needed by Instructor. An ideal candidate will be energetic, outgoing, organized, eager to learn, and passionate about food and community connections. Read full description>>>

Food Hub Operations Coordinator
Coastal Foodshed – New Bedford

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 CFS is seeking an immediate full-time Food Hub Operations Coordinator. The Food Hub Operations Coordinator works both in the warehouse and on site at the markets helping to coordinate day-to-day food hub operations. This includes retail and wholesale operations at farmers markets, farm stands, and virtual market programs. The applicant must be able to prioritize and handle a variety of assignments simultaneously, have exceptional organizational skills, systems thinking, problem-solving and record-keeping skills. An ideal candidate will be highly energetic, detail-oriented, self-motivated, and passionate about community connections and local food systems, particularly food security mission driven work with a focus on local agriculture. This is a hands-on position with the expectation that this individual will be flexible and able to jump in where needed to optimize operations and support other team members. The Food Hub Operations Coordinator is supervised by the Program Manager and Procurement and Sales Director and oversees the Market Associate positions. Read full job description>>>

Mobile Market Manager
Powisset Farm – Dover

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The Mobile Market Manager develops and maintains community partnerships and manages all aspects of produce distribution in Boston through a 250-member HIP CSA, mobile market sites, and a 50-member home delivery share. This is a high-energy position, with retail and community engagement components. We seek someone who is passionate about and has experience with food access initiatives, has excellent people skills, has some retail experience, and is comfortable multi-tasking and juggling multiple responsibilities. This position starts full-time in the beginning of August. Interested candidates may potentially start part-time in June as the Assistant Manager, until the Manger position starts in August. Read full description>>>

Agricultural Mechanics Instructor
Norfolk Aggie High School – Walpole

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TITLE: Agricultural Mechanics Instructor
WORK YEAR: 183 Days
STARTING DATE: August 2023
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Applications will be accepted immediately and until a successful candidate is appointed.
SALARY: In accordance with negotiated contract and based on education and experience.
SUPERVISION RECEIVED: Works under the direction and supervision of the Vocational Assistant Principal.
GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES: Plan, teach and evaluate assigned courses that align to meet the standard of the Massachusetts Career and Vocational Technical Frameworks and industry standards for Agricultural Mechanics. Perform those tasks associated with the teaching profession in general. Become especially responsive to the needs of students enrolled in Norfolk County Agricultural High School and make a constructive effort to serve the needs of the Norfolk County Agricultural High School as an organization.

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