Victory Programs operates 17 innovative health, housing and prevention programs throughout Greater Boston, Cambridge and Topsfield. Every year we help more than 2,300 individuals and families break down barriers to a brighter future. Our programs serve people who are facing homelessness, drug and alcohol addiction, mental illness or chronic illnesses like HIV/AIDS and provide them with the tools needed to support healthy, self-sufficient lives.
Located in Dorchester, the Revision Urban Farm harvests fresh produce for distribution to the community through our Farm Stand, Community Supported Agriculture program, local farm stands and to residents of ReVision and Chamblet Family Homes.
Our benefit program is best in the industry with a 75% health and 25% dental employer premium contribution, 100% employer paid disability and life insurances, 19 days of earned time in your first year, tuition remission, and a retirement savings opportunity.
The Assistant Grower is responsible for assisting the Farm Manager in daily upkeep and development of the Urban Farm, located at ReVision Family Home.
Typical function include but are not limited to:
- Assists the Farm Manager in the daily operations of ReVision Urban Farm.
- Plants, tends, and harvests field and greenhouse crops, adhering to organic and sustainable farming practices as directed.
- Supervises volunteers and outside groups with support from the Farm Manager.
- Assists in weekly CSA production and delivery.
- Assists in ordering and pick up of farm supplies.
- Assists in running farm stands and markets and transporting produce to wholesale customers.
- Conduct workshops and other educational opportunities both on-site and in the community in concert with the Grower.
- Assists Farm Manager in completing administrative tasks including farm planning and record-keeping.
- Assists with on-the-job training, supervision and evaluation of youth employees, job trainees, and volunteers.
- Assists in teaching farm curriculum including basic farming techniques and terminology.
- Participates in and is engaged in outreach efforts with the community.
- Works in multi-disciplinary team approach with case managers and other social services departments of the shelter to enhance training for job readiness program participants.
- High School Diploma or equivalent
- Previous experience and/or course work in agriculture preferred.
- Commitment to addressing food access in urban areas
- Must 25 years of age with a valid MA drivers license and with a driving record point rating of 98, 99, 00, 01, 02 or 03.
- Strong written and verbal skills required.
- Basic computer skills
- Previous experience working with homeless adults, substance abusers, or the mentally ill preferred.
- Able to lift 50 lbs. Job is physically demanding. Must be able to work outside in variable weather conditions.
- Carpentry skills helpful.
- Must be available for evening and weekend hours year-round as directed.
- Part-time: 30 hours Monday – Friday (8:00 am – 2:00 pm) some evening and weekend work
The Urban Farm Manager is responsible for overall management of the ReVision Urban Farm, including marketing, value -added products, field preparation, crop production, equipment maintenance, and staff supervision.
Typical functions include but are not limited to:
- Using organic growing practices, oversee, direct, coordinate and/or perform the farming duties at urban agricultural sites.
- Supervise, direct, train and evaluate assigned farm staff.
- Facilitate weekly farm meeting and monitor participation and attendance.
- Prepare and monitor annual farm budgets.
- Monitor retail income, process and track all expenditures.
- Evaluate and purchase new equipment to increase efficiencies.
- Establish partnerships with other institutions with common interests in agriculture, health, etc and work with other farmers to build relationships and stronger local food system.
- Provide oversight and maintenance of all farm records.
- Evaluate farm programs and ensure that the farm is in compliance with all statutory and contractual requirements and policies are being observed and administered by staff and that farm operations are accomplishing goals.
- Develop and revise as necessary all program policies and procedure to ensure best practices are followed, documented and passed-on.
- Coordinate the educational component for job trainees, seasonal staff and volunteers and oversee activities to accomplish the work of the farm.
- Assist in planning and implementing an expanded vocational program.
- Work with team on the farm expansion projects as required and participate in strategic planning efforts for the farm expansion project.
- Demonstrated strong understanding of agricultural practices, whole farm planning, crop rotation, soil enhancement methods, soil science and general ecological principles.
- Degree in related field and 5 years organic vegetable crop production experience preferred.
- Experience with growing in greenhouses a plus.
- Ability to communicate effectively with diverse audiences and to participate effectively as member of team.
- Proficient computer skills, including the use of Microsoft products
- Ability to organize volunteer groups safely and productively.
- Expertise in balancing physical labor, administrative duties and planning/guiding farm expansion.
- Experience with vocational programming and homeless population preferred.
- Ability to lift 25-50 pounds.
- Must be at least 25 years of age.
- Valid Massachusetts driver’s license with a safe driving point of 98, 99, 00, 01, 02 or 03.
- Full-time exempt position