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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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Development Associate: Part Time

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Land’s Sake Development Associate: Part Time

Summary Description

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 development assistant 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: Participate and assist in the planning of 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 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 (our CRM database)

General Communications: 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.

Campaign Coordination: (We are in early stages of launching a campaign): The development Associate will be responsible for many of the behind the scenes components of the campaign. This may include: 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 aspects of the capital campaign launch and other campaign events including create and distribute 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
  • 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 Land’s Sake. Connections in the local community are a plus.

WORK ENVIRONMENT AND HOURS:

  • 20 hours per week. Position will include local travel and some evenings and weekend events.
  • Salary: Compensate 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 director@landssake.org.

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Field Crew

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Seasonal part-time and full-time Field Crew 

Land’s Sake is a nonprofit dedicated to building meaningful connections between people, the food they eat, and the land; programs include environmental, food donation programs, and sustainable land management.

For the 2020 season, Land’s Sake Farm in Weston, MA, is looking for enthusiastic, dependable, hard-working, and humorous folks to join our farm team as our Field Crew. We are looking for seasonal full time and seasonal part time work immediately.

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, a very busy farm stand, 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

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.

The work day starts at 7 AM sharp and goes through about 5 PM with an hour break for lunch. 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 hazardous weather.

Compensation and benefits include:

  • $13.50/hr, with paid lunch
  • Free produce from farm
  • Discounts on farmstand goods

Qualifications: 

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 info@landssake.org.

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

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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.