Job Openings

We are currently hiring for five positions (Field Crew, Farm Stand Manager, Farm & Forest Lead Educator, Farm & Forest Assistant Educator, and Green Power Assistant Educator) for the 2018 farm season. Please see below for job descriptions. Thanks for your interest in working with Land's Sake!

Field Crew

For the 2018 season, Land’s Sake Farm in Weston, MA, is looking for two or three enthusiastic, dependable, hard-working, and dynamic folks to join our farm team as our Field Crew. This is a part-time position that will run from around the end of May through the end of August for 3 days a week.

Land’s Sake is a nonprofit dedicated to building meaningful connections between people, the food they eat, and the land. Field Crew members will work closely with the farmers to operate a busy and complex community farm operation. We grow for a 300 member CSA program, farmstand, and a hunger relief contract with the town of Weston. We also occasionally work with volunteers and children in education programs. We strive to make Land’s Sake a welcoming, community-centered farm for all involved, including customers, shareholders, children, volunteers, and staff.

Responsibilities include:

  • Field work, such as harvesting, planting, and weeding
  • Miscellaneous tasks, such as tomato staking and tying, fencing, and irrigation
  • Greenhouse tasks, such as seeding, watering, and potting on

Applicants should be enthusiastic about learning, communication, having fun and working hard. Field crew members are expected to work quickly while maintaining attention to detail. Working efficiently, independently and with a team, are equally important. Field crew can expect to work long hours in all weather conditions; a positive attitude and good sense of humor are essential to this position.

This position is scheduled for Tuesdays and Thursdays, with Wednesday, Friday, or Saturday scheduling to be discussed. The work day starts at 7:00AM sharp and goes through about 5:00PM. There may be occasional exceptions to end times when we need to complete work before a weather event, and there may be times when we cancel work due to inclement weather. We will give preference to candidates who can commit to working the entirety of the time period from June to September.

Compensation includes:

  • $12.50/hr, with paid lunch
  • Free produce from farm and discounts on farmstand goods
  • Paid sick time, in accordance with Massachusetts law.

Qualifications include a sincere interest in vegetable production, a valid driver’s license and clean driving record, reliable transportation, the ability to lift 50 lbs repeatedly, and the ability to work for long periods of time in all weather conditions. Previous farm experience is strongly preferred, but not required.

To apply, please send a cover letter and your resume to erik@landssake.org.

Positions open until filled.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions that you might have!

Land’s Sake is seeking to hire a staff that represents the racial and ethnic diversity of its constituents. Diversity and inclusion is an ongoing organizational practice and a core value of Land’s Sake with the goal of having culturally competent services, materials, resources and programs. Our hiring practices are informed by an appreciation of the strengths offered by differing cultures, races, religions, ethnicities, classes, sexual orientation, physical capacities, and age groups. Land’s Sake offers benefits including medical insurance,  vacation, access to professional development and local organic food. Land’s Sake is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to creating a multicultural organization. We actively seek a diverse pool of candidates for all positions.

Farm Stand Manager

Full time, seasonal, at-will position (May – October). Reports to: Executive Director and Farm Director

Land’s Sake is a nonprofit farm located in Weston, MA. Land’s Sake strives to connect individuals to the land to build community and inspire lifelong stewardship. Land’s Sake is currently looking for a Farm Stand Manager (approx. a 7-month position) to run the retail side of the Farm Stand, as well as oversee the hiring, scheduling and management of summer Farm Stand staff. The seasonal Farm Stand serves as the hub of the Farm from June through October, and each year we assemble an awesome team to sell our vegetables, guide and educate our community, occasionally battle chipmunks, and have a lot of fun doing it. The Farm Stand is the face of the Farm, and the proper running of the Farm Stand is key in maintaining our relations with the public and helping to coordinate many of the events that we hold on the Farm every year. Because this position straddles so many areas of the Farm it will report to both the Executive Director and the Farm Director. The Farm Stand Manager position will report to the Executive Director (in matters of outside marketing, vendor relations, and staffing) and will report to the Farm Director in matters of produce ordering, management and handling.

Vital qualities for this position are: great customer service skills, an ability to work quickly and efficiently, knowledge of farming, organized, enjoys being outside and flexibility. Interest in sustainable agriculture, local food systems, and/or cooking is a plus.In order to communicate with customers as to how they can become more involved with Land’s Sake, Farm Stand staff are trained about the organization’s many offerings.

Job Description

  • Land’s Sake produce management (reports to the Farm Director)
    • Communicates with the Farm Director and Growers regarding what will be available for sale. The Farm Stand Manager keeps the produce up to the agreed upon standards
    • Learns about produce varieties, growing standards and Farm Stand products and works with the Farm Director to select produce and quantities for the Farm Stand
    • On a daily basis, sets up and breaks down the Farm Stand and maintains produce quality throughout the day (e.g. temperature control, hydration). The Farm Stand is a very basic structure with limited power and shade.
    • Maintains the cleanliness and organization of the Farm Stand, including the area around the stand
  • Sales/marketing, vendor relations & staff management (reports to the Executive Director)
    • The Farm Stand Manager is the representative of the Farm Stand and should be bright, cheerful and excel in customer service and salesmanship. Ensures that unsurpassed service is being given by all Farm Stand employees
    • Hires, trains, schedules and manages all Farm Stand labor. The manager instructs the seasonal staff in what the Farm has to offer and instills in them excellent customer service skills. Every Farm Stand employee is a sales person
    • Oversees the ordering, procuring, and maintaining of inventory for the Farm Stand and updates two inventory systems, weekly
      • Updates the point of sale (Square) system and understands its inner workings to maintain proper records of sales. This also includes understanding what we should be charging for our products.
      • Updates the Vendor spreadsheet (a google sheet) weekly in order to maintain a more easily accessible history of vendors, vendor contact information, and timing of orders
      • Operates cash register (knowledge of Square is desired), scales, and counts cash
      • Understands what is selling and what is not through analyzing and interpreting sales reports. Responsible for bringing in new items to increase profits and cutting items that do not sell.
  • Handles complex customer service issues
    • Responsible for marketing of Farm Stand items to existing and new Land’s Sake customers:
      • Markets the items available in the Farm Stand by creating signage, weekly email communications and posting on Facebook, Twitter and our signage outside the store.
    • Packs the Farm Stand for the season at the end of October
    • Plans and executes the Pre-Thanksgiving sale for November

Requirements

  • At least 2 years of retail experience as a sales person and 1 year of experience in management.
  • Flexibility in your schedule with the ability to work at least one weekend day per week.
  • Prior experience with a farm and the wide variety of vegetables we grow is necessary. Should understand the value of sustainable, integrated and organic growing practices for vegetables.
  • Must enjoy a fast-paced environment when we are busy and have the ability to create projects and tasks for those times when we are slow.
  • Able to repeatedly bend and lift 50 lbs throughout the day.
  • Be willing and able to work in all weather conditions, stand for long periods of time (The Farm Stand is a very rustic structure and much of the time is spent in the elements.)

Hours and Compensation

The Farm Stand opens the first week of June.  It is open 6 days a week through the end of October. There is one additional sales day in November.  This position begins in early  to mid May to clean and stock up the Farm Stand and learn about the Farm and continues 30-40hrs/wk, until the stand closes at the end of October. There is some flexibility with the schedule depending on the staff schedule, but the Farm Stand Manager is ultimately responsible for ensuring that the Farm Stand is staffed during all open hours. There is the possibility of hiring an Assistant Farm Stand Manager to help fill necessary hours.

Compensation:

  • Dependent on experience
  • The position qualifies for some benefits including earning vacation and sick time
  • As much free produce as you can eat
  • Discount on other products sold at the Farm Stand

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to pam@landssake.org

Equal Opportunity Policy:
Land’s Sake is seeking to hire a staff that represents the racial and ethnic diversity of its constituents. Diversity and inclusion is an ongoing organizational practice and a core value of Land’s Sake with the goal of having culturally competent
services, materials, resources and programs. Our hiring practices are informed by an appreciation of the strengths offered by differing cultures, races, religions, ethnicities, classes, sexual orientation, physical capacities, and age groups. Land’s Sake offers benefits including medical insurance, generous vacation, access to professional development and local organic food.
Land’s Sake is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to creating a multicultural organization. We actively seek a diverse pool of candidates for all positions.

Farm and Forest Lead Educator

Seasonal, Full-Time, At-will employee

Dates of Employment: June 18th-August 24th

Flexible Schedule week of August 27
Supervisor/Reports to: Education Manager

Organizational Overview:
Founded in 1980, Land's Sake is a private, nonprofit corporation dedicated to responsible stewardship of suburban farmland and forests. By combining ecologically sound land management with experiential farm-based education, we provide a powerful model of how public open space can be effectively used and enjoyed by the community. We operate three interdependent branches: (1) sustainable land management and open space preservation, (2) farm-based education, and (3) a community farm. The education department serves our community through group/school programs, after school programs, adult education workshops and summer programs. Land’s Sake is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to creating a multicultural organization. We actively seek a diverse pool of candidates for all positions. To learn more about this unique nonprofit please visit: www.landssake.org.

Farm and Forest:Farm and Forest is a farm and outdoor education program dedicated to building meaningful community and connections to the land for children in grades 1-4 in nine independent full-week sessions throughout the summer. The program runs from 8:30-3:30 and includes time for snack and lunch for the first eight weeks, and will run from 9:00-4:00 for the week of August 21. Daily activities include garden projects, arts and crafts, animal chores, tree climbing, games, harvesting produce to bring home, and exploring our natural landscape.

Position Summary : Land’s Sake seeks a Lead Educator for our Farm and Forest summer program.  The person in this position must be able to work from 8:00-4:00 Monday through Friday from June 25, 2018 to August 17, 2018, from 8:30-4:30 from August 20-24, 2018 and to attend staff training days during the week of June 19th. There will be the option for part-time hours the week of August 27. Working closely with the Education Manager, the Farm and Forest Lead Educator will be responsible for planning and delivering high quality educational programming for up to 12 elementary school youth for week-long, full day summer programs. The Farm and Forest Lead Educator will be provided with a consistent daily schedule and programming ideas, and will have opportunity to bring their passions and interest to the programming, choose activities and games, and design curriculum.

Successful candidates will be highly motivated, organized, great with teaching a range of ages, experienced in behavior management, and a team player. Previous farm or garden experience is a must as well as comfort working around a variety of animals including chickens, rabbits, sheep, and goats. Other helpful skills include experience cooking ability, carpentry skills, artistic ability, etc. This position will include the additional responsibilities of: assisting with Education Garden preparation and maintenance, assisting with livestock care, general branch and organizational development and other non-education related tasks. The Farm and Forest Lead Educator works collaboratively with other staff to effectively manage the inherent risks of working on a farm, maintain our unique farm aesthetic, teach and follow best management practices for sustainable food production. Collaboration and effective communication between the other branches of the organization are vital for this job; along with all staff, the Farm and Forest Lead Educator works diligently to carry out mission oriented goals and objectives.

Responsibilities:Farm and Forest

  • Maintain responsibility for day to day function of Farm and Forest
  • Coordinate program related logistics, specifically with adjunct educators, community partners/organizations and Land’s Sake staff
  •  Develop and implement mission-based curriculum
  •  Maintain responsibility for the physical and emotional safety and wellness of Farm and Forest
  • Manage behavior of Farm and Forest youth
  • Supervise and direct Farm and Forest Assistant Educator
  • Supervise and direct Farm and Forest Junior Leaders
  • Communicate with parents as needed
  •  Write articles for the newsletter, blog posts, or social media updates as needed
  •  Gather weekly feedback from participants and families

Other Responsibilities

  • Assist with management of the Education Garden
  • Assist with the management of a variety of livestock
  • Assist with other non-education related tasks as needed

Qualifications:

  • College degree in education, horticulture, farming, environmental science, environmental education, etc required or related field required.
  • Teaching and/or youth leadership experience in a school or non-traditional setting with proven ability around youth safety, group management and discipline
  •  Experience in a leadership role at a camp, school, after school program, or other youth program
  • The ability to multi-task and work independently
  •  Respectful, clear and patient interpersonal communication skill set that allows for collaborative work across departments
  • Strong written communication skills
  • Professional character that is consistent, capable, self-directed, well organized, flexible, personable, and is able to maintain composure in a changing environment
  •  Access to a car and valid driver’s license
  •  Must be able to pass CORI check
  •  Current First Aid and CPR certification
  • Basic computer and office skills including Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc
  • Knowledge of second language a plus

Essential Functions:

  • Must be able to maintain visual and auditory awareness of a group
  • Must be able to negotiate various types of terrain on the farm and in the
    forest
  •  Must be able to communicate (both written and verbal) clearly and effectively
    with staff, participants, and other constituents
  • Must be able to lift and carry up to fifty pounds

Employment dates:

  •  Training/Program Planning: Week of June 18th, flexible hours with mandatory full-day training on June 18th and 19th
  •  Programming: 8:00am-4:00pm, June 26th-August 17th, 8:30am-4:30pm August 20th-August 24th,  July 4th off 
  • Cleanup & Debrief: Flexible hours the week of August 27

Salary & Benefits:

  • Salary: $15/hour
  • Professional development opportunities including trainings in areas of job
    related interests
  • Organic produce and flowers grown on the farm

Equal Opportunity Policy:
Land’s Sake is seeking to hire a staff that represents the racial and ethnic diversity
of its constituents. Diversity and inclusion is an ongoing organizational practice
and a core value of Land’s Sake with the goal of having culturally competent
services, materials, resources and programs. Our hiring practices are informed
by an appreciation of the strengths offered by differing cultures, races, religions,
ethnicities, classes, sexual orientation, physical capacities, and age groups. Land’s
Sake offers benefits including medical insurance, generous vacation, access to
professional development and local organic food. Land’s Sake is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to creating a multicultural organization. We actively seek a diverse pool of candidates for all positions.

 

To Apply:
Please email a resume and cover letter, detailing how your skills and experience
meet the qualifications of the position and stating how you heard about this
opportunity to education@landssake.org, Deadline: March 31st, 2018

Farm and Forest Assistant Educator

Seasonal, Full-Time, At-will employee

Dates of Employment: June 18th-August 24th

Flexible Schedule week of August 27
Supervisor/Reports to: Farm and Forest Lead Educator  

Organizational Overview:
Founded in 1980, Land's Sake is a private, nonprofit corporation dedicated to responsible stewardship of suburban farmland and forests. By combining ecologically sound land management with experiential farm-based education, we provide a powerful model of how public open space can be effectively used and enjoyed by the community. We operate three interdependent branches: (1) sustainable land
management and open space preservation, (2) farm-based education, and (3) a community farm. The education department serves our community through group/school programs, after school programs, adult education workshops and summer programs. Land’s Sake is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to creating a multicultural organization. We actively seek a diverse pool of candidates for all positions. To learn more about this unique nonprofit please visit: www.landssake.org.

Farm and Forest                           

Farm and Forest is a farm and outdoor education program dedicated to building meaningful community and connections to the land for children in grades 1-4 in nine independent full-week sessions throughout the summer. The program runs from 8:30-3:30 and includes time for snack and lunch for the first eight weeks, and will run from 9:00-4:00 for the week of August 21. Daily activities include garden projects, arts and crafts, animal chores, tree climbing, games, harvesting produce to bring home, and exploring our natural landscape.

Position Summary:

Land’s Sake seeks an Assistant Educator for our Farm and Forest summer program.  The person in this position must be able to work from 8:00-4:00 Monday through Friday from June 25, 2018 to August 17, 2018, from 8:30-4:30 from August 20-24, 2018 and to attend staff training days during the week of June 19th. There will be the option for part-time hours the week of August 27. The Farm and Forest Assistant Educator’s primary goal is to deliver high quality summer programs. With support from the Farm and Forest Lead Educator, the Farm and Forest Assistant Educator is responsible for implementing the Farm and Forest program. This position will include the additional responsibilities of: assisting with Education Garden preparation and maintenance, assisting with livestock care, general branch and organizational development and other non-education related tasks. The Farm and Forest Assistant Educator works collaboratively with other staff to effectively manage the inherent risks of working on a farm, maintain our unique farm aesthetic, teach and follow best management practices for sustainable food production. Collaboration and effective communication between the other branches of the organization are vital for this job; along with all staff, the Farm and Forest Assistant Educator works diligently to carry out mission oriented goals and objectives.

Responsibilities:
Farm and Forest:

  •  Coordinate program related logistics, specifically with adjunct educators, community partners/organizations and Land’s Sake staff
  • Implement mission-based curriculum
  • Lead the Farm and Forest Program with the Farm and Forest Lead Educator 
  • Communicate with parents as needed
  • Write articles for the newsletter, blog posts, or social media updates as needed
  • Gather weekly feedback from participants and parents

Other Responsibilities:

  •  Assist with management of the Education Garden
  •  Assist with the management of a variety of livestock
  • Assist with other non-education related tasks as needed

Qualifications:

  • Applicant must have at least one year of college experience
  • Teaching and/or youth leadership experience in a school or non-traditional setting with proven ability around youth safety, group management and discipline
  • Experience in leadership role at a camp, after school program, or other youth program
  • At least one full season’s experience of farm work or experience in garden planning/management
  • Experience with management of a variety of livestock
  • The ability to multi-task and work independently
  • Respectful, clear and patient interpersonal communication skill set that allows for collaborative work across departments
  • Professional character that is consistent, capable, self-directed, well organized, flexible, personable, and is able to maintain composure in a changing environment
  • Comfortable with public speaking and networking
  • Access to a car and valid driver’s license
  • Must be able to pass CORI check
  • Current First Aid and CPR certification
  • Basic computer and office skills including Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc

Essential Functions:

  • Must be able to maintain visual and auditory awareness of a group
  • Must be able to negotiate various types of terrain on the farm and in the
    forest
  • Must be able to communicate (both written and verbal) clearly and effectively
    with staff, participants, and other constituents
  • Must be able to lift and carry up to fifty pounds

Employment dates:

  • Training/Program Planning: Week of June 18th, flexible hours with mandatory full-day training on June 18th and 19th
  • Programming: 8:00am-4:00pm, June 26th-August 17th, 8:30am-4:30pm August 20th-August 24th,  July 4th off 
  • Cleanup & Debrief: Flexible hours the week of August 27

Salary & Benefits:

  • Salary: $12/hour
  • Professional development opportunities including trainings in areas of job
    related interests
  • Organic produce and flowers grown on the farm

Equal Opportunity Policy:
Land’s Sake is seeking to hire a staff that represents the racial and ethnic diversity
of its constituents. Diversity and inclusion is an ongoing organizational practice
and a core value of Land’s Sake with the goal of having culturally competent
services, materials, resources and programs. Our hiring practices are informed
by an appreciation of the strengths offered by differing cultures, races, religions,
ethnicities, classes, sexual orientation, physical capacities, and age groups. Land’s
Sake offers benefits including medical insurance, generous vacation, access to
professional development and local organic food.
Land’s Sake is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to creating a
multicultural organization. We actively seek a diverse pool of candidates for all
positions.

To Apply:
Please email a resume and cover letter, detailing how your skills and experience
meet the qualifications of the position and stating how you heard about this
opportunity to education@landssake.org, Deadline: March 31st, 2018

Green Power Assistant Educator

Seasonal, Full-Time, At-will employee

Dates of Employment: June 18th-August 24th
Supervisor/Reports to: Education Coordinator

Organizational Overview:
Founded in 1980, Land's Sake is a private, nonprofit corporation dedicated to responsible stewardship of suburban farmland and forests. By combining ecologically sound land management with experiential farm-based education, we provide a powerful model of how public open space can be effectively used and enjoyed by the community. We operate three interdependent branches: (1) sustainable land
management and open space preservation, (2) farm-based education, and (3) a community farm. The education department serves our community through group/school programs, after school programs, adult education workshops and summer programs. Land’s Sake is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to creating a multicultural organization. We actively seek a diverse pool of candidates for all positions. To learn more about this unique nonprofit please visit: www.landssake.org.

Green Power

The Green Power program engages youth entering grades 5-8 and offers eight independent weeks of full day sessions through the summer.  This program is a local food immersion program focused on all aspects of food… growing, planting, cultivating, harvesting, distributing, and eating.  Students participate in growing the Junior Farmer field, go on local agriculture field trips, participate in livestock management, learn about the hunger relief organizations Land’s Sake partners with, and cook a community meal with a chef.  

Position Summary:

The Green Power Assistant Educator’s primary goal is to deliver high quality summer programs.
With support from the Education Coordinator, the Green Power Assistant Educator is responsible for implementing the unique Green Power program. This position will include the additional responsibilities of: assisting with Junior Farmer Field preparation and maintenance, assisting with livestock care, general branch and organizational development and other non-education related tasks. The Green Power Assistant Educator works collaboratively with other staff to effectively manage the inherent risks of working on a farm, maintain our unique farm aesthetic, teach and follow best management practices for sustainable food production. Collaboration and effective communication between the other branches of the organization are vital for this job; along with all staff, the Green Power Assistant Educator works diligently to carry out mission oriented goals and objectives.

Responsibilities:
Green Power:

  • Coordinate program related logistics, specifically with adjunct educators, community partners/organizations and Land’s Sake staff
  • Implement mission-based curriculum
  • Lead the Green Power Program with the Education Coordinator
  • Communicate with parents as needed
  • Write articles for the newsletter, blog posts, or social media updates as needed
  • Gather weekly feedback from participants and parents

Other Responsibilities:

  • Assist with management of the Junior Farmer Field
  • Assist with the management of a variety of livestock
  •  Assist with other non-education related tasks as needed

Qualifications:

  • Applicant must have at least one year of college experience
  • Teaching and/or youth leadership experience in a school or non-traditional setting with proven ability around youth safety, group management and discipline
  • Experience in leadership role at a camp, after school program, or other youth program
  • At least one full season’s experience of farm work or experience in garden planning/management
  • Experience with management of a variety of livestock
  • The ability to multi-task and work independently
  • Respectful, clear and patient interpersonal communication skill set that allows for collaborative work across departments
  • Professional character that is consistent, capable, self-directed, well organized, flexible, personable, and is able to maintain composure in a changing environment
  • Comfortable with public speaking and networking
  • Access to a car and valid driver’s license
  • Must be able to pass CORI check
  • Current First Aid and CPR certification
  • Basic computer and office skills including Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc

Essential Functions:

  • Must be able to maintain visual and auditory awareness of a group
  • Must be able to negotiate various types of terrain on the farm and in the
    forest
  • Must be able to communicate (both written and verbal) clearly and effectively
    with staff, participants, and other constituents
  • Must be able to lift and carry up to fifty pounds

Employment dates:

  • Training/Program Planning: Week of June 18th, flexible hours with mandatory full-day training on June 18th and 19th
  • Programming: 8:00am-4:00pm, June 25th-August 18th,  July 4th off  
  • Cleanup & Debrief: Flexible schedule, week of August 20

Salary & Benefits:

  • Salary: $12/hour
  • Professional development opportunities including trainings in areas of job
    related interests
  • Organic produce and flowers grown on the farm

Equal Opportunity Policy:
Land’s Sake is seeking to hire a staff that represents the racial and ethnic diversity
of its constituents. Diversity and inclusion is an ongoing organizational practice
and a core value of Land’s Sake with the goal of having culturally competent
services, materials, resources and programs. Our hiring practices are informed
by an appreciation of the strengths offered by differing cultures, races, religions,
ethnicities, classes, sexual orientation, physical capacities, and age groups. Land’s
Sake offers benefits including medical insurance, generous vacation, access to
professional development and local organic food.
Land’s Sake is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to creating a
multicultural organization. We actively seek a diverse pool of candidates for all
positions.

To Apply:
Please email a resume and cover letter, detailing how your skills and experience
meet the qualifications of the position and stating how you heard about this
opportunity to education@landssake.org, Deadline: March 31st, 2018

Equal Opportunity Policy

Land’s Sake is seeking to hire a staff that represents the racial and ethnic diversity of its constituents. Diversity and inclusion is an ongoing organizational practice and a core value of Land’s Sake with the goal of having culturally competent services, materials, resources and programs. Our hiring practices are informed by an appreciation of the strengths offered by differing cultures, races, religions, ethnicities, classes, sexual orientation, physical capacities, and age groups. Land’s Sake offers benefits including medical insurance,  vacation, access to professional development and local organic food. Land’s Sake is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to creating a multicultural organization. We actively seek a diverse pool of candidates for all positions.