Farmstand Manager

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Seasonal, Full-Time, At-will employee

Dates of Employment: May - October

Land’s Sake is a nonprofit farm 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 Farmstand Manager (an approximately 7 month position) to run the retail side of the Farmstand, as well as oversee the hiring, scheduling and management of summer Farmstand staff. The seasonal Farmstand 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. Being the face of the farm, the proper running of the Farmstand is key in maintaining our relations with the public and helping coordinate many of the events that we hold on the farm every year. The Farmstand Manager reports directly to the Executive Director and collaborates with the Farm Manager and Education staff.

A successful Farmstand Manager will like people and being outside as well as be efficient and detail oriented in their work. In order to communicate with customers as to how they can become involved with activities within the organization, farmstand staff are trained about the farm’s many offerings. Great customer service skills, an ability to work quickly and efficiently, and a good sense of humor are vital this position. Interest in sustainable agriculture, local food systems, and/or cooking is a plus.

Job Description

  • First and foremost, the Farmstand Manager is the representative of the farm store and should be bright, cheerful and excel in customer service and salesmanship.
  • Hires, trains, schedules, and manages all Farmstand labor. The manager should instruct the seasonal staff in what the farm has to offer and instill in them excellent customer service skills. Every Farmstand employee is a sales person.
  • On a daily basis, sets up and breaks down the Farmstand and maintains produce quality throughout the day (i.e. temperature control, hydration).
  • Communicates with the Farm Manager regarding what will be available for sale. The Farmstand Manager keeps the produce displays up to the agreed upon standards.
  • Oversees the ordering, procuring, and maintaining of inventory for the Farmstand and update two inventory systems, weekly.
  • Learns produce varieties, growing standards and Farmstand products and works with the Farm Manager to select produce and quantities for the Farmstand.
  • Operates cash register, scales, and occasionally share cash counting duties
  • Ensures that unsurpassed service is being given by Farmstand employees
  • Handles complex customer service issues.
  • 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.
  • Markets the items available in the Farmstand by creating signage, weekly email communications and posting on Facebook, Twitter and our signage outside the store.
  • Updates the POS system and understands its inner workings to maintain proper records of sales. This also includes understanding what we should be charging for our products.
  • Maintains the cleanliness and organization of the Farmstand, including the area around the stand.
  • Packs up the Farmstand 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 CSA or the wide variety of vegetables we grow is necessary. Should be a big supporter 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

Hours and Compensation

The Farmstand 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 Farmstand and continues as a full-time, 30-40hrs/wk, position until the stand closes at the end of October. There is some flexibility with the schedule depending on the staff schedule, but the Farmstand Manager is ultimately responsible for ensuring that the farmstand is staffed during all open hours. There is the possibility of hiring an Assistant Farmstand Manager to help fill necessary hours. Compensation is hourly and commensurate with experience.

Compensation:

  • Dependent on experience
  • 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 pam@landssake.org

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Part-time Development Assistant

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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 fund raising opportunities including grant proposal research and writing, donor development and acknowledgements, events planning and execution, and assembling prospect lists.

Responsibilities include

  • Assist in planning yearly and quarterly grants schedules and strategies.
  • Assist in identifying new foundation and corporation prospects for Land’s Sake’s programs and work with the Executive Director to develop program-specific strategies to meet funding needs.
  • Research and write grant proposals, reports and correspondence as assigned.
  • Working with the Executive Director, develop and execute funder cultivation and stewardship strategies, including writing periodic updates on project progress and following up on meetings with funders.
  • Assist in general Grants Office administration including database management, file maintenance, ordering research materials and periodicals, and keeping calendar of deadlines and events.
  • Participate and assist in the planning of development events such as Harvest Dinner, Supper Clubs, etc. This may include mailing list selections, reviewing invitations, confirmation packets, and other printed materials, working with vendors, helping with registration and record-keeping, setting up and breaking down events, managing event photo files, and follow up among other duties.
  • Respond to and maintain donor correspondence via email, mail and phone. Make follow up phone calls.
  • Coordinate donor acknowledgments.
  • Maintain accurate donor information and history in Little Green Light, our donor management system/database.
  • General office duties, including photocopying, errands, and filing.
  • Other development duties as assigned.

Employment Requirements

Experience:  Bachelor's degree and two years of experience in a development office; or Associate's degree and three to four years of office experience. Minimum one to two years professional writing experience in nonprofit development setting.

Skills

  • Strong interpersonal, written, and verbal communications skills. Past grant writing experience strongly preferred.
  • High level of accuracy and attention to detail.
  • High degree of comfort in using Excel and Word.
  • Ability to manage and prioritize multiple projects under deadline pressure.
  • Ability to work independently and to take initiative on projects.
  • Ability to work collaboratively and assertively with a variety of people.
  • Excellent organizational, time management and research skills.
  • Excellent work ethic and reliability.
  • Experience with Little Green Light or similar donor management system/database preferred.
  • Enthusiasm for and ability to communicate Land’s Sake’s mission and programs with sincerity, persuasion, and passion.

Work Conditions/Physical Effort

  • Work performed primarily in a general office setting. Work is normally performed while seated, requires freedom of movement. May spend extended periods of time at a computer terminal, on a telephone, or operating other office machines.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, sometimes stressful environment and manage deadlines.
  • Day-to-day work requires only minor physical exertion and/or strain. Requires occasional lifting of several pounds. 
  • Work environment involves only infrequent exposure to disagreeable elements.
  • Ability to work with confidential donor information.

Compensation

  • Compensation is dependent on experience.
  • Benefits include as much free produce as you can eat and discounts on products sold at our Farmstand.

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

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Farm and Forest Lead Educator

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Seasonal, Full-Time, At-will employee

Dates of Employment: June 26th-August 18th
Supervisor/Reports to: Education Manager

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 1-5 in eight independent full-week sessions throughout the summer. The program runs from 8:30-3:30 and includes time for snack and lunch. 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 26, 2017 to August 18, 2017 and to attend staff training days during the week of June 19th. 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:

  • 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: June 19th and 23rd 9:30-3:30
● Programming: 8:00am-4:00pm, June 26th-August 18th,  July 3rd and 4th off 
● Cleanup & Debrief: Flexible schedule, week of August 21

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

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, 2017

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Farm and Forest Assistant Educator

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Seasonal, Full-Time, At-will employee

Dates of Employment: June 26th-August 18th
Supervisor/Reports to: Farm and Forest Lead Educator  

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 1-5 in eight independent full-week sessions throughout the summer. The program runs from 8:30-3:30 and includes time for snack and lunch. 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:

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: June 19th and 23rd 9:30-3:30
● Programming: 8:00am-4:00pm, June 26th-August 18th,  July 3rd and 4th off 
● Cleanup & Debrief: Flexible schedule, week of August 21

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

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, 2017

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Green Power Assistant Educator

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Seasonal, Full-Time, At-will employee

Dates of Employment: June 26th-August 18th
Supervisor/Reports to: Education Coordinator 

Green Power

The Green Power program engages youth entering grades 6-9 and offers seven 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: June 19th and 23rd 9:30-3:30
● Programming: 8:00am-4:00pm, June 26th-August 18th,  July 3rd and 4th off  
● Cleanup & Debrief: Flexible schedule, week of August 21

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

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, 2017

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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.