AT THE OFFICE...
Land’s Sake is a nonprofit farm and environmental education organization located in Weston, MA that strives to connect individuals to the land to build community and inspire lifelong stewardship. Land’s Sake is currently looking for a part-time to full-time Development Associate to help with fundraising opportunities including events planning and execution, assistance with Capital Campaign management, donor development and acknowledgements, and assembling prospect lists.
Responsibilities / Essential Functions:
General Events Responsibilities:
Plan development/fundraising events (one large fundraising plus several other ticketed events throughout the year). This may include mailing list selections, reviewing invitations, confirmation packets and other printed materials, working with vendors, helping with registration and record-keeping, donor acknowledgement, setting up and breaking down events, managing event photo files, and follow up among other duties.
General Donor Development and Recognition:
Manage donor administration activities, including drafting donor reports, donor database entry, updates, invitations, thank you notes, and other materials. Assist in general office administration including database management, and keeping a calendar of deadlines and events. Respond to and maintain donor correspondence via email, mail and phone. Make follow up phone calls. Maintain accurate donor information and history in Little Green Light.
Oversee creative production and distribution of regular external emails/e-newsletter, develop text and graphics templates, manage our website updates. Work with staff and volunteer committee to develop and implement strategies to improve organizational visibility and public relations activities. Assist with social network profiles including Facebook and Twitter.
Land’s Sake Farm is approximately 50% of the way through Phase Two of our Grow with Us Capital Campaign, having successfully raised over $1.4 million dollars to date for it. The Development Associate will be responsible for many of the behind the scenes components of the campaign, to help us complete the campaign. This may include: outreach as part of our community phase of the campaign, entering notes to track conversations, meetings, campaign asks, pledges, & gifts into LGL (the system as assigned). Acknowledge general & campaign gifts and pledges and prepare pledge payment reminders and pledge. In addition, this person will assist with planning all campaign events including creation and distribution of invitations, announcements, and other campaign communications to the public
Required experience and skills:
- Bachelor's degree and 3 years of development experience, preferably with a capital campaign, including support and oversight, events, communications, cultivation, solicitation, and grant writing
- Excellent writing and editing skills
- Event planning experience
- Motivated, well organized, and a creative problem solver
- Ability to meet deadlines
- Proven track record of success
- Development database experience is preferred
- Candidates must have an appreciation and understanding of nonprofits. Land’s Sake mission and connections in the local community are a plus.
Work environment and hours:
- 20-40 hours per week depending on candidates skill set and availability. Position includes local travel and some evenings and weekend events.
- Salary: Commensurate with experience
- Free organic produce and flowers grown on the farm
- Paid sick time, in accordance with MA law
- To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to email@example.com
WITH OUR EDUCATION TEAM...
Land’s Sake Farm, a nonprofit community farm in Weston MA, seeks a year-round Assistant Education Manager to help run programs in 2023 and beyond! The Assistant Education Manager will work closely with the Education Manager to help design and facilitate our farm-based programming. We emphasize place-based, hands-on learning experiences for all ages, and run programs featuring sustainable agriculture, food security, and more. Our outdoor programming runs in all seasons and comes in a wide variety of formats. The Assistant manager will provide crucial support to all educational programming on the farm.
Key responsibilities include but are not limited to:
- Planning and leading education programs such as field trips, after school programs, summer and vacation week programming, family visits, volunteer groups, and birthday parties.
- Involved with designing and maintaining the education garden and other growing spaces
- Assisting with the management of education livestock (rabbits and chickens year-round, goats seasonally)
- Helping with administrative work such as: coordinating with visiting groups, scheduling, grant writing, record keeping, and updating lesson plans.
- Assisting with training, mentoring and supervising seasonal staff and interns.
- This role has the potential to grow in several ways as our organization expands, so those with an interest in event planning, volunteer management and/or animal management are encouraged to apply.
What we look for:
- Love and knowledge of education, farming, sustainability, food justice and natural sciences.
- Experience working with a variety of age groups in informal, hands-on settings.
- College degree or higher.
- Ability to lead groups solo as well as working with co-teachers.
- Ability to stay organized in an ever-changing environment and wear many hats.
- Clear communication, reliability and flexibility.
- Desire to get your hands dirty and have fun!
Duration and Compensation:
- Flexible schedule, to be built with a successful applicant. Ideal start date January 2022, but negotiable for the right candidate.
- Starting at $17/hour, based on experience
- 15-40 hours a week depending on the season and schedule chosen by applicant (see options below)
- Half time position: 15-20 hours per week year round, consistent times and days.
- Three quarters time position: 15-25 hours per week November-March, 30-45 hours per week April-October. Vacation time as accrued, paid holidays, paid sick time, and optionally, 50% of health insurance premium covered by Land’s Sake. This position has the possibility of becoming full-time in the future.
- Free produce and flowers grown on the farm
- Paid 30 minute lunch break if the employee works six or more hours that day
- Professional development opportunities including training in areas of job related interests.
Send a resume and cover letter explaining what you would bring to our department to Education Manager Katrina Goldowsky-Dill at firstname.lastname@example.org. Interviews conducted on a rolling basis.
AT THE FARMSTAND...
Land’s Sake Farmstand Staff
Land’s Sake is a nonprofit farm located in Weston, MA. We strive to connect individuals to the land to build community and inspire lifelong stewardship. The SEASONAL Farmstand serves as the hub of the farm from June to 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.
Successful Farmstand Staff will possess an interest in sustainable agriculture, local food systems, flowers, and/or cooking. As a point of contact for Land's Sake, Farmstand staff are trained about the farm’s many offerings, in order to communicate with customers as to how they can become involved with activities within the organization. Great customer service skills, an ability to work quickly and efficiently, and a good sense of humor are vital to this position.
- Set up and breakdown the Farmstand each day, including produce displays
- Maintain produce quality throughout the day (i.e. temperature control, hydration)
- Learn produce varieties, growing standards and farmstand products and be able to communicate information to customers as necessary
- Operate cash register (we use the Square application on an ipad) and scales, answer questions, and bring awareness to additional farm programming as appropriate
- Personable customer service skills
- Cash handling experience is a plus
- Be willing and able to work in all weather conditions, stand for long periods of time, and bend and lift up to 50 pounds
- Floral experience or knowledge is a plus
- end of May through end of October (possibly beyond), with some training required
- Farmstand working hours are 10am to 7pm Tuesday through Friday, 9am to 4pm Saturday and Sunday. Shifts may be a half day or a full day, depending on staffing needs. Weekend availability is a must, and flexible or part-time schedules will be considered
- A shorter commitment may be considered for qualified students
- Starts at $14.25/hour, commensurate with experience
- Paid sick time, in accordance with Massachusetts law
- Paid 30 minute lunch break if the employee works six or more hours that day
- As much free produce as you can eat
- Discount on other products sold at the Farmstand
Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to email@example.com
ON THE FARM...
We are not currently hiring for the farm team. Please check back again later.
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.