Help Wanted

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

Wild Harmony Farm seeks Fall Apprentice, Exeter
Theapprentice will be helping with all aspects of vegetable and fruit production as well as animal husbandry. Our ideal candidate will be an avid learner, a considerate and respectful housemate, self-motivated, able to work independently and contribute thoughtfully in a team. Benefits include on-site housing and meals, vegetables, meat, eggs, milk, and fruit from the farm and $50/week living stipend. The farm is just 30 mins from beaches. View the complete listing and how to apply here.

Blue Moon Farm Perennial Nursery seeks Nursery & Garden Help, Wakefield
Full and part-time positions are open for planting, maintenance and sales. Knowledge of plants helpful, but interest and willingness to learn are essential. Must feel comfortable working with the public. Positions also available for planting and maintenance at private homes and gardens. Must have own transportation. Learn about the farm here. Apply or send questions to info@bluemoonfarmperennials.com or call Jane at 401-284-2369.

NOFA Interstate Council Seeks DFTA Representative
The NOFA Interstate Council seeks an active NOFA member to serve as a NOFA representative to the Domestic Fair Trade Association (DFTA). The DFTA mission is to “promote and protect the integrity of domestic fair trade principles and practices through education, marketing, advocacy, and endorsement.” Serving as the NOFA delegate means becoming familiar with DFTA principles, attending the annual meeting in New Orleans, December 8-9, 2014, taking an active role in a DFTA committee for the coming year, and reporting regularly to the NOFA Interstate Council. If interested, email Elizabeth Henderson at elizabethhenderson13@gmail.com. Please, provide information about who you are, where you live, your NOFA chapter and your thoughts and understanding of domestic fair trade.

Jobs outside RI

Hampshire College seels Livestock and Pasture Manager, Amherst, MA
This is a benefited position with a tenure of one year from date of hire. Submit applications online here.

NOFA-NY Certified Organic, LLC. seeks Certification Director, NY
This USDA-accredited organic certification agency, is seeking a dynamic Certification Director to lead the grassroots organization into the next decade. The successful candidate will have a strong commitment to local organic agriculture as well as experience in organic certification and management.Learn more here.

Woodstock Sustainable Farms seeks Farm Manager, Woodstock, CT
Woodstock Sustainable Farms is seeking a farm manager to oversee production of pasture raised sheep, beef cattle, broilers, laying hens, goats, pigs, and some mixed vegetables on 180 acres. Farm Manager will also be responsible for property management of farm. This is a full time, year-round position. To apply please email a cover letter describing your farming experience, resume, and three references to Will Kirk at will@wssfarms.com. Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis until filled so please send in your application ASAP. Find more information about the farm at www.wssfarms.com.

USDA ARS Pasture Systems & Watershed Management Research Unit seeks 2-year postdoctoral research associate, University Park, PA.
The USDA ARS Pasture Systems & Watershed Management Research Unit in University Park, PA is seeking a 2-year postdoctoral research associate (Research Animal Scientist/Research Agronomist) for a two year appointment. Ph.D. is required. The assigned research area deals with developing practical strategies for organic dairy farmers in the Northeast to improve farm viability by evaluating advanced pasture production and supplementation strategies. For more information, contact Kathy Soder at Kathy.Soder@ARS.USDA.GOV.

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.

Siena Farms seeking Crop Production ManagerCrop Production Assistant and Farm Apprenticeship, 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. Open positions include: Farm Apprentices, Harvest Manager, Crop Production Assistant, Crop Production Manager. Learn more about the farm and openings at www.sienafarms.com. Send a letter of interest and a resumé to Susan Turner, CSA Coordinator at susan@sienafarms.com.

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. Download the North American Biodynamic Apprenticeship Program brochure (PDF).
To find out more about NABDAP and biodynamics, see www.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 Camp 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:

Apply to farmcamp@stonebarnscenter.org.

Community Garden seeks Volunteers, Glocester
Learn more by contacting Linda Nichols, Chair of the Community Resource and Waste Water Advisory Commission, via email or call 401-309-8349.

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

RI Internships
Find RI Internships at bRIdge.jobs.

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

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.

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

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.