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Farm Manager

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NOW HIRING: FARM MANAGER

We have an exciting opportunity for a person looking to grow with us!

About Land’s Sake (LS): LS is a small non-profit community and educational farm located in Weston, MA (the Boston Metro area). Our mission, to connect people to the land to build community and inspire lifelong stewardship, guides all that we do. LS works to build a community where people understand the importance of the land for food production and hunger relief, and that we must care for the land in a thoughtful, sustainable way; for education, health, and enjoyment; and to inspire the community to take action to sustain the many human values and environmental functions that the land provides.

LS manages five town owned parcels spread throughout Weston. We cultivate over twenty acres of mixed vegetables and five acres of flowers, and grow over 120,000 lbs of food each year. LS runs a 300- member Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program and operates a seasonal, bustling farmstand. The distribution of our produce is as follows: one-third is donated to hunger relief; one-third is sold through the farmstand; and the remaining one-third is sold to CSA members. Further, LS has a forestry program that includes cutting trees for firewood, tapping sap for maple syrup and growing Christmas trees. In addition to our farming and forestry operations, LS’ educational programming reaches thousands of youth and adults annually. Finally, throughout the year, LS organizes a number of community events at the farm and other locations in town.

We are looking for a new farm/land manager to come on board as soon as possible to train under the current farm manager, who will be departing in the fall of this year.

JOB DESCRIPTION
LS is looking for an exceptional candidate to fill the role of Farm Manager. Reporting to our Executive Director, the Farm Manager (FM) will oversee and run all day-to-day farming and forestry operations. The FM will possess strong experience and knowledge of ecological, sustainable, year-round produce production, experience managing a team of farm workers, a demonstrated aptitude to engage and cultivate new relationships within our community, and a strong, self-motivated work ethic.

PRIMARY JOB RESPONSIBILITIES

1. Oversee and manage:

• All produce and flower production (120,000 pounds annually) on the 40-acre farm, with attention to nutrient management and organic practices. Production includes a heated greenhouse, hoop house, and field production. LS is planning to move to a year-round growing operation in the next 3-5 years, and it’s our intent to obtaining an Organic certification over the next few years as well. Specific responsibilities herein include:

o Managing the 20-week CSA (June through December), including customer communications in conjunction with other staff, and all produce for necessary to run the farm stand for 6 months

o Managing a team of six or more employees, including additional part-time farm and forestry staff.

o Coordinating hunger relief efforts/donations to local organizations

o Assisting LS staff in managing partnerships with farmer’s markets as needed from June through September.

  • Mowing and maintaining fields adjacent to farm fields at several parcels.
  • Farm maintenance, including machinery and cropping systems, as well as basic maintenance,

    such as plumbing, electrical, and light construction work as needed.

  • Irrigation systems, including creating and managing a watering schedule for greenhouse, hoop

    house, and production fields (this includes hand-watering as needed).

  • LS’s forestry program, including harvesting forests for firewood, Christmas trees and the maple

    sugaring operation.

  1. Work with the Executive Director to create annual production and sales goals, as well as an annual farming budget, for which the FM will primarily be responsible.
  2. Assist our Education Manager with hands-on, garden-based education, including providing a weekly list of potential farm tasks that match with educational goals.
  3. Maintain system of record keeping and management.
  4. Support LS’s capital campaign planning and execution.
  5. Other general tasks as requested by Executive Director.

The ideal candidate will be willing to make a long-term commitment and possess the following qualifications and experience:

  • A minimum of 3 years of farm/greenhouse management or 5 years of farm work experience.
  • Excellent communication, collaboration and leadership skills, including a proven track record of

    working in a cooperative team environment that requires a high level of planning, and organization

  • Ability to work well with a variety of customers and community members, including youth from diverse backgrounds. In addition, the experience and desire to work with and teach apprentices and youth on a regular basis.
  • Experience with operating, maintaining and repairing machinery and power equipment.
  • Knowledge of the principles of soil biology, no-till crop production, permaculture, growing perennials, using cover crops, utilizing living mulches, composting, soil testing, and/or other ecological/organic growing methods is a plus.
  • Knowledge of forestry and maple syrup practices.
  • Building/construction experience a plus.
  • A willingness and ability to work outdoors in all types of weather, under potentially strenuous conditions.
  • A detail-oriented approach, with considerable attention to order, cleanliness, and an ongoing commitment to improving systems and practices.
  • Email communication (timely and proper etiquette), knowledge of Google Drive, Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint a plus.

• A desire to produce food of the highest nutritional, culinary, and ecological quality, and to continue to learn and grow as a person and farmer. Continuous personal development is encouraged and supported at Land’s Sake.

OTHER REQUIREMENTS

  • A valid driver’s license
  • Ability to lift a minimum of 50 pounds
  • Cell phone communication
  • Reliable transportation
  • Satisfactory background (including criminal) and reference checks

    TIME REQUIREMENTS

    This is a full-time job. During the growing season, a typical workweek is approximately 50-60 hours/week; in the off-season, the typical work week is 25-30 hours/week. THESE ARE ESTIMATES. Some evenings and weekends are required during the growing season and for special events.

    SALARY AND BENEFITS

  • This is a salaried position that will provide a competitive salary based on the market and the applicant’s experience, among other factors. Typically, an annual evaluation will be conducted, at which time compensation levels are reviewed.
  • 50% of health care costs are covered by Land’s Sake.
  • Partial mobile phone reimbursement.
  • Two weeks paid vacation, paid holidays and 40 hours a year paid sick time.
  • Access to organic produce and flowers grown on the farm.
  • Personal and professional development opportunities in consultation with the executive director.
  • The opportunity to work, learn, inspire, and be inspired alongside dedicated staff on a beautiful organic farm in a unique community!

     

    TO APPLY: Please send a resume, cover letter, and two farming-related references to: pam@landssake.org

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Farm & Forest Lead Educator (Seasonal, Full-Time)

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Farm & Forest Summer Program:
Farm & Forest is a farm education program dedicated to building meaningful community and connections to the land for youth entering grades 1 - 3.  It runs for eight independent weeks of full day sessions from June to August. Participants learn useful gardening skills, explore farm habitats, and care for our resident farm animals.  Daily activities include nature games, creating seasonal crafts, reading stories, making delicious snacks with farm fresh produce, and engaging in active outdoor play. 

Farm & Forest Lead Educator Position Summary:
Land’s Sake seeks a Lead Educator for our 2020 Farm & Forest summer program.  The Farm & Forest Lead Educator will be responsible for co-planning and co-delivering high quality educational programming for up to 12 elementary school youth for eight week-long, full day summer programs. The Farm & Forest Lead Educator will be provided with a consistent daily schedule and programming ideas, and will have the opportunity to bring their passions and interests to the program, 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 able to communicate well with students, staff, and parents. Previous farm or garden experience is a must as well as comfort working around a variety of animals, including chickens, rabbits, sheep, and goats. An interest in cooking, carpentry and/or art is also a benefit.  The Farm & Forest Lead Educator works collaboratively with other staff to effectively manage the inherent risks of working on a farm, maintain our unique farm aesthetic, and 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 & Forest Lead Educator works diligently to carry out mission oriented goals and objectives.

We have a small group of staff working in our summer education programs, so we all wear many hats (sometimes literally, but generally figuratively).  Additional responsibilities of the Farm & Forest Lead Educator may include: assisting with Education Garden preparation and maintenance, helping with livestock care, leading farm tours for visiting groups, and helping to keep our farm education area clean, safe, and happy. 

In the light of COVID-19, our programs are undergoing substantial changes, and we cannot promise what the summer will look like. That said, we are committed to providing a safe, meaningful experience for as many children as possible, and are excited to work with educators who are ready to think outside the box and make the most of an unusual situation. 

This is a seasonal, full-time, at-will position and will be supervised by the Education Manager.

Responsibilities:

  • Maintain responsibility for day to day function of Farm & Forest program with the assistance of the Farm & Forest Assistant Educator
  • Plan and teach daily outdoor lessons to 1st - 3rd graders related to farm education, including but not limited to: gardening, nutrition, plant science, local food systems, basic cooking, animal care, nature crafts, outdoor games, etc.
  • Create safe opportunities for outdoor exploration and active play
  • Coordinate program related logistics, specifically with adjunct educators, community partners/organizations and other Land’s Sake staff
  • Manage behavior of Farm & Forest youth 
  • Give direction to Farm & Forest Assistant Educator and high school volunteer Junior Leaders
  • Communicate effectively with summer program participants, fellow staff members in all farm departments, farm visitors, and parents
  • Gather weekly feedback from participants and families
  • Collaboratively produce a weekly recap of Farm & Forest activities for electronic newsletter and help with social media updates as needed
  • Assist with management of the Education Garden
  • Assist with management of a variety of livestock
  • Assist with other related farm and education tasks as needed
  • Occasionally lead farm tours for visiting groups
  • Help teach a weeklong custom end-of-the-summer education program the week of August 24th - 28th, 2020, similar to Farm & Forest except that it will be less structured and with a wider range of ages
  • Work with children of all genders, from diverse cultural, racial, and socioeconomic backgrounds, and from diverse family structures.
  • Create a physically and emotionally safe and inclusive space for summer program participants and fellow staff

Qualifications:
Above all, must enjoy working with kids and being outdoors! But also must:

  • Hold a college degree in education, social work, horticulture, farming, environmental science, environmental education, or a related field.
  • Be able to attend staff training from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm the week of June 22nd - June 26th, 2020
  •  Be able to work for all eight weeks of Farm & Forest from Monday through Friday from June 29th - August 21st (with hours varying between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm each day, with a total of 40 hours a week) and for an extra week of farm education programs from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm the week of August 24th - 28th.
  • Have experience in a leadership role at a camp, school, after school program, or other youth program, with proven ability around youth safety, group management and discipline
  • Have at least one full season’s experience of farm work or experience in garden planning/management
  • Have experience with management of a variety of livestock
  • Be comfortable working outdoors in all weather
  • Have the ability to remain calm, patient, and upbeat around groups of energetic children for up to seven hours at a time.
  • Have professional character that is consistent, responsible, self directed, well organized, flexible, personable, and is able to maintain composure and a sense of humor in a changing environment
  • Be comfortable with public speaking and networking
  • Have effective written and verbal communication skills
  • Have access to a car and valid driver’s license
  • Be able to pass CORI / SORI check
  • Hold First Aid and CPR certifications that will be valid from June 22 - August 28, 2020
  • 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

Salary & Benefits:
● Salary: $15.50/hour
● Free organic produce and flowers grown on the farm
Paid sick time, in accordance with MA law

Equal Opportunity Policy:
Land’s Sake is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to creating a multicultural organization. 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 orientations, physical capacities, and age groups. 

To Apply:
Please email your resume and a cover letter detailing your relevant skills, experience, and interests, and  how you heard about this opportunity to Education Manager Katrina Goldowsky-Dill at education@landssake.org. We will accept applications on a rolling basis and will remove this job posting from the Land’s Sake website when the position has been filled.  

If you are interested in also being considered for the Green Power Lead Educator position, please make a note in your cover letter.

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Green Power Lead Educator (Seasonal, Full-Time)

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Green Power
Green Power is a local food immersion program focused on all aspects of fresh, local food: growing, planting, cultivating, harvesting, distributing, and eating.  Students will learn how to grow vegetables in the education garden and Junior Farmer Field, help with livestock management, participate in hunger relief projects, and more!  Highlights from Green Power include eating blueberries picked right from the bush, building obstacle courses for baby goats, and learning from and about the people driving the sustainable food movement in the Boston area.  The Green Power summer program is for youth entering grades 6-8 and runs for eight independent weeks of full day sessions from June to August. 

Green Power Lead Educator’s Position Summary:
Land’s Sake seeks a Lead Educator for our 2020 Green Power summer program.  The Green Power Lead Educator will be responsible for co-planning and co-delivering high quality educational programming for up to 12 middle school youth for eight week-long, full day summer programs. The Green Power Lead Educator will be provided with a consistent daily schedule and programming ideas, and will have the opportunity to bring their passions and interests to the program, choose activities and games, and design curriculum. 

We have a small group of staff working in our summer education programs, so we all wear many hats (sometimes literally, but generally figuratively).  Additional responsibilities of the Green Power Lead Educator may include: assisting with Junior Farmer Field and learning garden preparation and maintenance, helping with livestock care, leading farm tours for visiting groups, and helping to keep our farm education area clean, safe, and happy. 

In the light of COVID-19, our programs are undergoing substantial changes, and we cannot promise what the summer will look like. That said, we are committed to providing a safe, meaningful experience for as many children as possible, and are excited to work with educators who are ready to think outside the box and make the most of an unusual situation. 

This is a seasonal, full-time, at-will position and will be supervised by the Education Manager. 

Responsibilities:
● Lead eight weeks of the Green Power summer program with the assistance of the Green Power Assistant Educator
● Teach daily outdoor lessons to 6th - 8th graders related to farm education, including but not limited to: gardening, nutrition, plant science, hunger relief, local food systems, herbalism, cooking, animal care, building projects, nature crafts, etc.
● Communicate effectively with summer program participants, fellow staff members in all farm departments, farm visitors, and parents
● Gather weekly feedback from participants and parents
Collaboratively produce a weekly recap of Green Power activities for electronic newsletter and help with social media updates as needed
● Assist with management of the Junior Farmer Field
● Assist with management of a variety of livestock (chickens, rabbits, sheep, and goats)
● Assist with other related farm or education tasks as needed
● Lead occasional farm tours for visiting groups
● Help teach a weeklong custom end-of-the-summer education program the week of August 24th - 28th, 2020, similar to Farm & Forest except that it will be less structured and with a wider range of ages.
Work with children of all genders, from diverse cultural, racial, and socioeconomic backgrounds, and from diverse family structures
● Create a physically and emotionally safe and inclusive space for summer program participants and fellow staff

Qualifications:

Above all, must enjoy working with kids and being outdoors! But also must:

  • Hold a college degree in education, social work, horticulture, farming, environmental science, environmental education, or a related field.
  • Be able to attend staff training from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm the week of June 22nd - June 26th, 2020
  • Be able to work for all eight weeks of Green Power from Monday through Friday from June 29th - August 21st (with hours varying between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm each day, with a total of 40 hours a week) and for an extra week of farm education programs from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm the week of August 24th - 28th.
  • Have experience in a leadership role at a camp, school, after school program, or other youth program, with proven ability around youth safety, group management and behavioral management
  • Have experience with farm work or in garden planning and upkeep
  • Have experience with management of a variety of livestock
  • Be comfortable working outdoors in all weather
  • Have experience operating basic power tools, including drills and skill drivers
  • Have professional character that is consistent, responsible, self directed, well organized, flexible, personable, and is able to maintain composure and a sense of humor in a changing environment
  • Be comfortable with public speaking and networking
  • Have effective written and verbal communication skills
  • Have access to a car and valid driver’s license 
  • Be able to pass CORI / SORI check
  • Hold First Aid and CPR certifications that will be valid from June 22 - August 28, 2020
  • Experience with basic power tools (drills, drivers) a plus. 
  • 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 verbally) clearly and effectively with staff, parents, participants, and other constituents
● Must be able to lift and carry up to fifty pounds

Compensation:

  • $15.50/hour
  • Free organic produce and flowers grown on the farm
  • Paid sick time, in accordance with MA law

Equal Opportunity Policy:
Land’s Sake is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to creating a multicultural organization. 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 orientations, physical capacities, and age groups.  

To Apply:
Please email your resume and a cover letter detailing your relevant skills and experience, your interest in education and/or food justice, and how you heard about this opportunity to Education Manager Katrina Goldowsky-Dill at education@landssake.org. We will accept applications on a rolling basis and will remove this job posting from the Land’s Sake website when the position has been filled. If you are interested in also being considered for the Farm and Forest Lead Educator position, please make a note in your cover letter. 

 

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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.