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Jobs in RI
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Internships & Apprenticeships outside RI

This page offers job opportunities for farmers, gardeners and consumers. Listings will generally be posted for 60 days. Relistings are permitted. Email listing requests here.

Jobs in RI

NOFA/RI logoNOFA/RI seeks Organic Materials List Coordinator & Organic Outreach Coordinator
An Organic Outreach Coordinator will strive to educate consumers on the benefits of organically grown specialty crops. Working with the Publicity Coordinator, disseminate outreach materials via email and in-person at a minimum of eight events over 2 years – farmer’s markets and other venues with specialty-crop consumers. Outreach will be directed to consumers and producers/growers.

The Organic Materials List Coordinator will develop, publish, disseminate and maintain a list of approved-for-organic materials available in RI. The Organic Materials List will be available for free download as well as printed and mailed once each grant year to all known farmers that use certified organic, chemical free or IPM growing methods. Additional printed lists will be available to RI specialty crop farmers by request.

Apply by July 31, 2015 Learn more about the Organic List Coordinator opening here. Learn more about the Organic Outreach Coordinator opening here.

Glocester Community Garden seeks Volunteers
Volunteers needed to maintain rased bed gardens this summer. All food goes to the Glocester Food Bank. Contact Linda Nichols via email or call 401-309-8349. 

The Good Earth Organic Farm and Gardening Center seeks Customer Service/Salesperson, Cranston
This certified organic farm and garden center has been in business since 1995 growing and selling certified organic herb and vegetable plants, annual and perennial flowering plants, organic fertilizers, soils and other gardening supplies and sells produce and specialty food products in a farm stand. John & Joyce seek a dynamic and motivated person to join our garden center team. Our ideal candidate would have extensive plant knowledge and sales experience as well as a passion for organic gardening and farming. Position is open through November, five days/week including weekends. Apply to Joyce Holscher via joyce@goodearthri.com or online at here.

Walker’s Roadside Stand seeks Farm Hand, Little Compton
Application Deadline: July 15
Jobs vary throughout the day – work with greenhouse tomatoes, transplanting vegetable crops, harvesting many different vegetables and small fruit. Must be honest and willing to work. Pay depends on abilities. Start at minimum wage, but can move up quickly depending on ability and enthusiasm. Call Coll Walker at 401-529-2463 and set up interview time.

Magma Design Group seeks Landscape Construction Worker
This landscape architecture & construction company works on unique projects in Rhode Island and Southeastern MA. We are known for our creative designs and unique use of stone and plants in the landscape. Duties will include helping to set up projects in the field, assisting with masonry work and landscaping projects, driving dump trucks, and operating landscaping equipment. You must be reliable, have the desire to learn, and be prepared for a labor intensive job. Experience with masonry is preferred. Pay is based on experience. Send resume and references to info@magmadesigngroup.com or call 401-722-1652.

Wild & Scenic seeks  Seasonal Gardeners, Wakefield, RI
Wild & Scenic is a small landscape design/garden maintenance company seeking full-time and part-time, seasonal gardeners.  The qualified candidate will be expected to perform garden maintenance tasks including, but not limited to, planting, weeding, mulching, pruning, raking, deadheading annuals and perennials, dividing and transplanting in a variety of landscape settings. Wages compensation based on experience.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Positive attitude, self-motivating and strong work ethic
  • High enthusiasm for horticulture and the natural world
  • Work efficiently as part of a team setting and individually
  • Ability to lift 40lbs and work long hours in variable weather conditions
  • Detail oriented
  • Understanding of proper horticulture methods (planting, pruning, etc.) and some knowledge of plant identification.
  • Valid Driver’s license and reliable transportation to work
  • Prior related experience preferred

Send resume, cover letter and 2 references to meg.gallagher@pobox.com or mail to Wild & Scenic, PO Box 712, Wakefield, RI 02880.

Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council seeks 3 people, Providence, RI

Learn more at wrwc.org/employment.php. Email resume and cover letter to jobs@wrwc.org or mail to WRWC, 27 Sims Ave, Providence, RI 02909

Vanderscapes, Inc. seeks full-time employee, South Kingstown, RI
They seek a motivated, courteous, detail-oriented and punctual individual who has experience in landscape construction including hardscaping, stone masonry, grading, planting, pruning and general maintenance. Must have a clean driving record, valid driver’s license (cdl preferred) and transportation. Heavy equipment experience and mechanical aptitude are preferred. This is a part-time position at this time but could lead into a full time job for the right individual. Learn more via email to Dave Vanderlaan at vanderscapes@verizon.net or call 401-265-4104.

Jobs outside RI

NOFA/Mass seeks an Outreach & Public Relations Intern
The Interm will assist in publicizing the annual Winter Conference on January 16, 2016. The intern will help collect and document information about, and connect with, various community organizations and media outlets to increase the Winter Conference’s visibility and reach. The intern will work approximately 5 hrs/week from Sept-Dec. Mentorship and guidance provided by NOFA/Mass Communication Director. College credit may be earned, but is not necessary. Learn more here.

National Organic Standards Board seeks Board Members
Application Deadline: June 17
Two positions for organic farmers are among the five vacancies the USDA is seeking to fill on the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB). Appointees will serve a five-year term beginning in January 2016. The NOSB is responsible for determining allowed and prohibited substances/inputs used in organic agricultural production and food, as well as advising the USDA Secretary on organic regulations and policy. Vacancies for the 15-member organic advisory board must represent a particular constituency as identified by Congress, and the current openings are:

  • 2 organic farmers/producers
  • 2 public or consumer interest group representatives
  • 1 USDA accredited certifying agent
  • Learn more and apply here.

Sharing the Harvest Community Farm seeks Americorps*VISTA Volunteer Development Coordinator, Dartmouth, MA
The position is a one-year capacity building project to build the farm’s volunteer base and improve its capacity to help alleviate hunger on the south coast. Sharing the Harvest Community Farm has grown and donated more than 289,000 pounds of fresh, healthy produce to neighbors in need. The success of the farm is due to the support of thousands of volunteers who help with every task from seeding to harvest every year.As an Americorps*VISTA volunteers receive a small living stipend to cover basic costs and an education award which can be used towards student loans and other educational costs. Learn more about VISTA at vistacampus.gov. Learn more and apply here.

Trustees of Reservations seeks Garden & Conservation Technician, Boston, MA
The Technician will assist with  care and management of anetwork of properties in Boston, including 60 community gardens, as well as other conservation and recreation spaces. Responsibilities include property maintenance and stewardship, volunteer coordination, and assistance with events. Learn more and apply here.

Boston Public Market seeks Insectors and Vendor Booth staff, Boston, MA
Boston Public Market vendors are looking for motivated, passionate, customer service-oriented individuals to represent their businesses as customer service representatives, food preparers, and retailers at the Market. Learn more here.

Brix Bounty Farm seeks Farmers, Dartmouth, MA
Brix Bounty Farm produces nutrient rich vegetables, provides educational opportunities and undertakes crop & soil research. Derek Christianson seeks 1 or 2 farmers for the 2015 season with a flexible start between February 1 and April 1 and through Thanksgiving. Year-round work and housing may be available for individuals considering a multi-year commitment. Learn more at brixbounty.com/about/job-opportunities.

Laurel Garden Design seeks Gardener/Horticulturist in Lincoln, Concord, Melrose and Reading, MA
This small and growing company has been caring for high-end gardens organically in Lincoln & Concord with a cluster in Melrose & Reading. Darcy offers a full-time position for a gardener / horticulturist with at least 2-4 years experience, to lead her crew. Candidates should be able to interact with clients and effectively inspire, lead and work alongside crew. Candidates should have extensive knowledge of plants and their needs; hand pruning experience highly desirable. A creative eye for containers gets you bonus points! Darcy is also looking for a few good gardeners, with 1-2 years experience preferred. Will train in pruning and organic best practices. Part-time, possibly becoming full time. Flexible hours. The positions are seasonal – from early April (ha! wishful thinking this year!) through November. Compensation is competitive and depends on experience. Full-time positions will include 5 paid holidays.

Learn more at laurelgardendesign.com. Send resume and short letter of introduction via email to Darcy Paige, MEd, MCH, AOLCP, Certified Landscape Designer at darcy.paige@me.com or call 781.856.9841.

Hidden Garden Landscape Design seeks Crew Members, Brookline, MA
This small company in Brookline needs Gardening Crew Members who are strong, motivated, reliable people, interested in organic gardening and hard outdoor work. Experience and willingness to learn are a plus. Part to full time, April to November with work in Brookline, Cambridge, JP, Watertown, Newton and Somerville. Learn more at hidden-garden.com. Send resume and 2 – 3 job related references to  Alya Shklovskaya, Landscape Designer at alya@hidden-garden.com or call 617-734-0735.

AquaTerra Designs seeks Team Member, Cambridge, MA
AquaTerra Designs seeks Team Members for a growing Land and Waterscape Design, Installation and Maintenance Company. Clients are in Cambridge, Belmont, Brookline, Weston, Arlington and beyond. We are NOFA Accredited Organic Land Care Professionals. Team Member Duties Include:

  • Perennial and Annual care; deadheading, staking, fertilizing, container care
  • Weeding, soil amending, monitoring of overall plant health and aesthetics
  • Hand-pruning of shrubs, vines and small trees
  • Seasonal mulching and bed clean-ups
  • Planting of annuals, perennials, shrubs and trees

Salary commensurate with experience. Health insurance available. Uniforms provided. 6 paid holidays. IRA after one year full-time service with company match. Expand your knowledge of landscaping techniques and plant knowledge. Ability to grow into a more responsible and/or higher pay positions with seniority. Learn more at here. Apply to Kristin at aquaterralandscapes@gmail.com or call 617-293-3293 cell or 978-298-5672 Office.

Greenhalgh Gardens seeks Garden Assistant, Cambridge, MA
The position will be open from April – November 2015 with a NOFA Accredited Organic Land Care Professional Design/Install/Maintain garden business. Experience is preferred but will train the right person. Candidates must have their own transportation or be able to get to Cambridge. Candidates must have stamina and strength to lift, dig and do repetitive tasks. Starting rate $15./hour for about 30 hours per week. (Will reassess rate for experience and/or the right person.) Apply or send questions to Peggy Lynch, MCLP, ACOLP at Greenhalgh Gardens via email to Mlynch2006@verizon.net or call 617-549-7694.

Chatham Bars Inn Farm seeks Organic Farm Hand, Brewster, MA
The Chatham Bars Inn Farm produces high quality organic vegetables for use at several restaurants located at the Chatham Bars Inn resort/ Candidates with a strong passion for sustainable agriculture and experience farming are preferred. This position will provide the right candidate with a hands-on opportunity to experience and master nearly every aspect of organic vegetable production. The Farm Hand is responsible for but not limited to:

  • Harvesting, transplanting, weeding, pruning, trellising, thinning,
  • managing irrigation systems, and pest control
  • Some tractor and rototiller work will be required for soil preparation
  • and cultivation
  • Post-harvest operations will include sorting, washing, bunching of harvested crops, quality control, and packing/storage responsibilities
  • Transport and delivery of farm products will also be required
  • Greenhouse operations will entail but are not limited to seeding, potting-up, irrigation, pest control, and fertility management

Openings are full-time seasonal: March 1 – November 23, 2015 or May 1 – October 1, 2015 .Learn more or apply online at www.chathambarsinn.com/careers.php or send cover letter and resume to hr@chathambarsinn.com.

Farmer-to-Farmer program seeks Farm Trainers, East Africa
USAID-funded program sends US farmers on 3-4 week volunteer assignment in East Africa regarding training in many different areas, including: business management, record keeping, barley production, greenhouse management, etc. We operate in Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia and Kenya. The trips are expenses paid. Learn more at farmertofarmer.crs.org.

Biodynamic Association seeks Apprentices
The North American Biodynamic Apprenticeship Program (NABDAP) is for beginning biodynamic and organic farmers. NABDAP combines two years of structured on-farm training and mentoring with a course of classroom study in biodynamics. NABDAP apprentices benefit from a comprehensive training curriculum, carefully selected mentor farms, and access to networking, support, and educational resources. Graduates of NABDAP are awarded a certificate in biodynamic farming from the Biodynamic Association. Learn more  at biodynamics.com, email nabdap@biodynamics.com or call (262) 649-9212 ext. 5.

CT Agritourism Business seeks Manager
Progressive Connecticut Agritourism Business with 30-acre Apple & Peach PYO Orchard, 5-acre Petting Zoo, Country Market with Florist and Gift Shop seeking manager with possible long-term lease when owner retires. Learn more at silvermansfarm.com and email silvfarm@optonline.net.

Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture seeks Farm Staff, Tarrytown, NY
Gain knowledge and hands-on experience to create an economically viable and ecologically resilient farm-business enterprise. Stone Barns Center is accepting applications for the following positions:

Learn more here and apply to jobs@stonebarnscenter.org.

Find Jobs or Post Openings
View the New England Green Jobs website, the Farm Fresh RI’s Jobs board or Comfoodjobs.

Teach Ag
Use the Teach Ag website here to find job listings by state.

Find Farmers or Farmland 
View the New England Farmland Finder website.

North East Workers On Organic Farms (NEWOOF)
Apprenticeship opportunities on North East organic farms. Learn more here.

NGOabroad seeks Volunteer Farmers, Africa & Caribbean

  • GHANA or UGANDA: Teachers needed at Agricultural College. No teaching or university experience required. Farmers needed with a strong background in organic farming, perma-culture and/or sustainable agriculture.
  • CAMEROON or INDONESIA: Organic Farmers needed in rural villages to teach organic farming and sustainable agriculture. Residents are eager to learn about composting, rainwater harvesting, drip irrigation, soil improvement and crop rotation. Improved yields can pay for mosquito nets.
  • RWANDA: Cooperative Management guidance needed to help Hutus and Tutsis work side by side running and managing a cooperative.
  • UGANDA: Experienced dairy farmers needed to improve production and milk yield. Heifer International launched dairy program 10 years ago. Floundering dairy farmers need guidance on feed other best practices to improve yield.
  • UGANDA: Poultry farming experience needed for 3,000 laying hens that will support a Domestic Violence program plans. They need disease prevention and best practices advising.
  • ANTIGUA: Agritourism: Farmers barely eke out a living on Antigua. The government has launched an initiative to build alternative livelihoods for the farmers. Share your creative mind and entrepreneurial spirit. Help farmers build alternative enterprises to attract tourists with live music, local food, history tours or steel drums production demos.
  • KENYA: Field help needed for farm that feeds children at Help the Children’s Center for AIDS orphans.

These are volunteer opportunities. Applications accepted on a rolling basis. Learn more at www.ngoabroad.com. Send questions or completed Questionnaire (see here) and resume to Ann McLaughlin, Director of NGOabroad at info@NGOabroad.com.

Internships in RI

Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum seeks Interns, Bristol
Openings include:

Learn more about Blithewold’s Internships and how to apply here.

RI Internship Listings
Find RI Internships at bRIdge.jobs and at Internships.com.

Find Internship opportunities at government agencies and non-governmental environmental organizations here.

Internships & Apprenticeships outside RI

Siena Farms seeks Apprentices, Sudbury, MA
Siena Farms is a 70-acre, award-winning market farm located in Sudbury, MA with a year-round CSA. The farm sells produce at farmers’ markets, a farm store and to Boston restaurants. The farm uses only sustainable farming practices without chemical pesticides, herbicides or synthetic fertilizers to grow the highest-quality produce, provide great customer service and strengthen community ties. Learn more about the farm position at sienafarms.com. Send a letter of interest and a resumé to jobs@sienafarms.com.

Mount Auburn Cemetery seeks Horticultural Intern, Cambridge, MA
Application Deadline: June 30
This twelve-month internship offers training and experience to students or recent graduates seeking careers in botanic garden/arboretum management. The intern will rotate through a variety of different crews including plant records & mapping, greenhouse propagation, nursery, experimental garden, arboriculture, gardening and general grounds maintenance. Learn more here. The stipend is $15/hr and start date is negotiable. Send cover letter stating your career goals and internship objectives with a current resume as Microsoft Word documents, including the job title in the subject area to jobs@mountauburn.org.

Rodale Institute seeks staff and interns, Kutztown, PA
These positions are available:

Internships are often seasonal running from early spring to late fall. Learn more here.

WWOOF seeks New and Experienced Farmers
World Wide Opportunites on Organic Farms for apprentices, volunteers, etc. Learn more here.

Sustainable Farming Internships & Apprenticeships
Browse a list of farmers and apprentice opportunities in RI here or across the United States, its territories, Canada and the Caribbean here.

Find Internship opportunities outside Rhode Island at Internships.com.

Find Internship opportunities at government agencies and non-governmental environmental organizations here.