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

Vanderscapes, Inc.  seeks part-time employee, South Kingstown
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 drivers 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 call401-265-4104.

Jobs outside RI

Rodale Institute offers Agriculture Supported Communities (ASC) Internships, Kutztown, PA
Rodale Institute is accepting applications for Internship Positions in the  Agriculture Supported Communities (ASC) Program for the 2015 growing season. The ASC Program is a modified farm share program offering affordable payment plans to make fresh, local, organic produce accessible to just about anyone in the community. Internship participants will be trained with responsibilities in every aspect of operating a small local organic grower’s business. Learn more here.

Allegheny Mountain Institute Farm Fellowships, Highland County and Staunton, VA
Application deadline: February 15
AMI offers an intensive, hands-on, cooperative, experiential learning and training program teaching people to grow and prepare their own food and to understand the nutritional benefits of eating seasonally. The 2015 AMI Farm Fellowship begins April 19, 2015 and ends November 1, 2015. AMI Farm Fellows will study sustainable food production, whole foods preparation and preservation, mindfulness, wellness and nutrition, land stewardship and community development, as they train to become ambassadors for a healthier food culture. Upon successful completion of the program, AMI Farm Fellows will receive a Permaculture Design Certificate, as well as gain full season experience working and learning on an education-based, diversified vegetable farm.

AMI Farm Fellows will receive room, board and training. AMI provides basic kitchen staples and AMI Farm Fellows grow much of their own food. Tuition is $3,000.00 (limited scholarships available). Learn more here.

National Young Farmers Coalition seeks Communications Director and Investments and Partnerships Assistant Director
The Communications Director will lead external communications. S/he will be the point person on organizational and campaign-driven communications to the media, our members, elected officials, and the public. S/he will be charged with creating engaging, smart and focused messaging to elevate the organization’s profile and move NYFC’s agenda forward. Read full job description. 

Investments and Partnerships Assistant Director
The Assistant Director for Investments and Partnerships Director is critical to NYFC’s continued success in fulfilling its mission to represent, mobilize, and engage young farmers to ensure their success. This position will work closely with Deputy Director for Investments and Partnerships, as well as the Executive Director. The Assistant Director will be called upon to act as a spokesperson and ambassador for the organization. The Assistant Director will have particular responsibility for managing NYFC’s present and future Grants Portfolio and helping develop and manage Earned Income programs.  Further, the Assistant Director would aide the Deputy Director in establishing and maintaining relationships with a portfolio of community leaders, corporate officers and individuals who are prospective partners and investors in our work.  Read full job description.

Farm to Family a.k.a. Community Farm of Simsbury seeks Farm Manager, Simsbury, CT
Community Farm of Simsbury seeks an experienced full-time farm manger to manage their agricultural operation (produce, livestock, CSA, retail and wholesale). The Farm Manager is responsible for field, equipment and resource management; the incubator farmer program; budgeting; management of the annual farm plan; integration with educational programming; communications and outreach. Learn more about the farm and position here.

Requirements: 6 years of farming experience, 3 or more in a supervisory role, tractor operation experience, strong organizational skills. Non-profit experience and equipment maintenance is a plus. Send resume and cover letter to Diana Goode dgoode@giftsoflovect.org.

NOP Seeks Communications and Outreach Specialist, Washington, D.C.
The USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service is currently recruiting a new NOP communications and outreach program manager.  We seek an experienced communications professional with experience in developing communications material for complex technical or policy content, strong project management skills, and demonstrated experience in writing a variety of documents for internal and external audiences. The position will be GS-13 grade level. Learn more at links below. Relocation will not be paid. Application deadline: January 12, 2015 Learn more at Job Announcement Number: 24NO-AMS-MA-2015-0131

FEDERAL EMPLOYEES: (Government-wide, current permanent Federal employees within the local commuting area of Washington, D.C.) Learn  more at Job Announcement Number: 6NO-AMS-MA-2015-0132

Siena Farms seeks 2015 Apprentices, Sudbury, MA
We seekhardworking, high-energy, positive individuals who are motivated by a career interest in sustainable agriculture to join our 2015 team. Our apprentices participate in all of the farm’s daily operations, including production, harvest, and retail. This traditional, hands-on apprenticeship provides the opportunity to be an integral, productive part of our fast-paced, for-profit farm. Apprentices gain knowledge, farming skills, and professional work-experience to help them prepare for the next steps in their farming careers.
The apprentice position is seasonal, with start dates between April and June, and an end date in mid-December. Hours range from 50-60 hours per week, 5 days per week. Applicants should be prepared to lift upwards of 50lbs repeatedly and work in all weather conditions. Compensation includes hourly wage, farm veggies, and employee discounts at Siena Farms South End, Oleana, Sofra, and Sarma. We do not offer on-farm housing. To Apply, email a letter of interest and a resumé to jobs@sienafarms.com.

Brix Bounty Farm seeks Farmers, Apprentices & More, Dartmouth, MA
Brix Bounty Farm produces nutrient rich vegetables, providies 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.

Sharing the Harvest seeks Americorps*VISTA Farm Education Specialist, Dartmouth, MA
The position is part of a one-year capacity building project to help the farm build an education program to supplement our hunger relief initiatives. Since 2006, Sharing the Harvest Community Farm has grown and donated more than 207,000 pounds of fresh, healthy produce to be donated to our community neighbors in need. Serving the southcoast of Massachusetts from Fall River to Wareham, Sharing the Harvest hosts thousands of volunteers annually in an effort to increase our impact through higher education and more efficient production. 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 here. Learn more about the position and apply 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.

Avena Botanicals seeks Drying Room Manager and Flexi-Gardener, Rockport, ME
Avena Botanicals is an herbal apothecary offering a variety of hand-crafted herbal remedies, Most products are produced and/or grown at their 3-acre certified organic, biodynamic gardens Candidates must have a rooted commitment to grow and care for medicinal plants and at least three years experience in small-scale organic farming and/or gardening. Learn more at biodynamics.com/content/gardeners-avena-botanicals-maine. Apply by November 30 to Denise DeSpirito at avenabotanicals.garden@gmail.com. Staff may attend classes at Avena for free. This is not an apprenticeship position. Housing is not available to employees.

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 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 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).
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:

Apply to farmcamp@stonebarnscenter.org.

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Teach Ag
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RI Internships
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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.

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.