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

The Farmer’s Daughter seeks Nursery Sales Associate and Laborer, South Kingstown
This lovely Garden Center seeks enthusiastic and motivated people who share a love of plants and horticulture to join our team for the 2014 season. Applicant is expected to be able to provide informative, helpful and friendly customer service. Applicant should be willing and able to work in an outdoor environment. Applicant should project a warm and inviting personality with knowledge of garden products and services. There are two positions available:

Nursery Sales Associate
Nursery Department: Applicants should have knowledge of tree and shrub identification, care and maintenance. Applicant must be enthusiastic, friendly, courteous, and polite. One must possess great customer service and communication skills. Willing to work in all weather conditions, and able to lift at least 30lbs. This is a part-time/full-time position.

Laborer
Applicant must be enthusiastic and self motivated, and be willing to work as a team player. Applicant must be flexible with the changes of our seasons, able to lift 50lbs., and work in all weather conditions. Job Includes: Lifting, unloading deliveries, watering, and basic maintenance of grounds and plant material. This is a part-time/full-time position.

Please send your resume to:  The Farmer’s Daughter,  716 Mooresfield Road,  South Kingstown, RI 02879 or email info@thefarmersdaughterri.com.

Norman Bird Sanctuary seeks part-time Land/Facilities Technician, Middletown
He/She will play an integral role in trail maintenance projects to enhance the seven mile trail network on 325 acres of private land. The Land/Facilities Tech. will assist in developing and implementing a trail maintence program. The position entails direct field work of projects and the operation of trail equipment. In addition to direct grounds work, this position will play a role in presenting the trail experience, creating a voice for the trail system to NBS visitors. View the full job description and apply here.

Wild Harmony Farm seeks Apprentice, Exeter
This diversified farm in Exeter, RI has a focus on environmental stewardship. They use no chemicals, drugs or GMO ingredients on the farm. The Farm raises beef cattle, pigs, dairy sheep, chickens and turkeys. Animals are grazed using intensive rotational system to maximize benefits to the animals’ health and the land. Vegetables grow on 1/10 of an acre; there is a 2-acre apple orchard. The farm keeps honeybees and tap maple trees for syrup. Meat and eggs sell through a 15-member CSA and a farm store. There may soon be a draft horse to help with timber and firewood harvest.
The apprentice will help with all aspects of vegetable and fruit production as well as animal husbandry. This will include daily chores, pasture management and rotation, breeding, sheep milking, animal health care and slaughter. At least one day each week will be spent working in the woods, felling trees, pulling out logs, milling lumber or splitting firewood. Significant time will be spent problem solving, repairing, constructing and cleaning. Staff will be canning and freezing fruit and vegetables for winter consumption. The apprentice will help with CSA share packing and pick-up as well as farm store operation. Every effort will be made to educate and include Apprentice in every task. Educational opportunities will be tailored to the Apprentice’s needs.

The ideal candidate will be an avid learner, a considerate and respectful housemate, self-motivated, able to work independently and contribute thoughtfully in a team. The candidate will be able to work 50+ hours/week with a good attitude, able to lift 75 lbs, willing to get dirty and passionate about food. Staff will share some meals as well as cook independently. A personal vehicle is a must, as there is no immediate access to public transportation. The apprentice will have two days off during the week and will be expected to work most weekends. A site visit prior to acceptance is greatly preferred. Candidates must be non-smokers. Start date is flexible. Apprentice should be available June, July and August, with potential extension into the fall. Benefits include:

  • Housing on-site
  • Vegetables, meat, eggs, milk and fruit from the farm
  • $50/week living stipend

Send questions or completed application to wildharmonyfarm@gmail.com or call Ben at 315-530-5947 with questions.

Blue Moon Farm Perennial Nursery seeking 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.

Jobs outside RI

Christine Bailey Landscape Services seeks Perennial Gardeners, Norton, MA
Landscape design/build firms seeks 1-2 people, full-time or part-time.  $15-$22/hour, depending upon experience. Good people skills, some plant knowledge and transportation required. Tasks will include weeding, fertilizing and pruning. Email resume and 3 work references or questions to Wilhelmina.Christinebaileyland@comcast.net or call (508) 286-9200.

NOFA-VT Seeks Farm to Community Mentor, Caledonia & Orleans Counties, VT
Community Mentor will work to help farmers, students and community groups build meaningful, long-term relationships within VT agriculture. A mentor represents NOFA-VT and serves as a regional contact for farmers who want to make school and community connections. The mentor position will average approximately 15-20 hours/month. Experience in education and farming/gardening preferred and the mentor must live in either Orleans or Caledonia County. Please email or mail, a resume and separate letter outlining your interest and skills for this position, by April 15, 2014 to Abbie Nelson: abbie@nofavt.org. Call with questions to 802-434-4122.

NOFA-NH seeks Intern, Concord, NH
The internship program with the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New Hampshire (NOFA-NH) offers hands-on, experiential learning opportunities with a non-profit organization, in the field of sustainable agriculture, organic food advocacy and community education. Learn more about the program and this position here.

To apply for the NOFA-NH Internship Program, please email a letter of interest and resume to Janet Wilkinson, at janet.wilkinson@nofanh.org or mail to 84 Silk Farm Road, Concord, NH 03301.

Holcomb Farm seeks Hiring Farm Manager & Crew, West Granby. CT
Holcomb Farm is a non-profit mixed-vegetable production farm in West Granby CT, (just south of the Massachusetts border by RT 91). The farm grows on 26 acres of town-owned property for a 450 member Summer CSA, 75-member Winter CSA, wholesale customers, anon-farm farm stand and a food donation program called Fresh Access. The farm uses organic methods but is not certified organic. See openings and job descriptions here. Compensation is competitive and includes health insurance and on-farm housing. Compensation is commensurate based upon experience. Please send resume and letter of interest to karen@holcombfarm.org. 2014 until mid-November 2014.

Siena Farms seeking farm staff, 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 rhe 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.

Anderson Acres Farm seeks seeks Assistant Growers, Kent, CT
Four-season organic/permaculture vegetable and fruit farm in rural northwest CT seeks a full-time seasonal assistant grower to begin in April. The 5-acre farm grows annual vegetables in high and low tunnels, apples, and are developing perennial fruit and vegetable production areas as well as a forest garden. Compensation competitive, dependent on experience. Potential for year-round employment available. Learn more here. Apply to farmers@andersonacresfarm.com.

Land’s Sake Farm seeks Assistant Farm Manager, Weston, MA
This educational community farm and land stewardship organization seeks a full-time Assistant Farm Manager to assist in managing all aspects of organic vegetable, herb, flower and fruit production on 20-acres. The Assistant Farm Manager will support the Farm Manager in meeting the farm’s financial, ecological and educational goals. Learn more here. Send a thoughtful cover letter, resume and three relevant professional references to farmmanager@landssake.org.

Eva’s Garden seeks Crew Leader, South Dartmouth, MA
Organic farm seeks capable and motivated crew leader for the 2014 season. Job involves leading a crew of 3-4 picker/packers on harvesting, packing and shipping weekly deliveries. Responsibilities will manage/coordinate the crew, picking and packing herbs and greens, providing quality control, loading the delivery truck, processing order paperwork accurately and promptly. Basic farm duties such as weeding, mulching are also required. This position requires close coordination with the Farm Manager on prioritization, harvesting assignments, weekly harvest planning and crew efficiency. The farm is a small tight-knit crew and seeks an applicant interested in growing herbs and greens with an exceptional attitude and work ethic.

Job will begin in April and end in November, 40 hours/week. Need ability to work in all weather conditions – hot or cold – and able to lift 50lbs. Flexibility to work long hours under challenging conditions is a must. Pay commensurate with experience. Please send a resume to eva@evasgreengarden.com.

NOFA-NY seeks Certification Director, Binghamton, NY
NOFA-NY Certified Organic, LLC, a 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 and experience in organic certification and management. NOFA-NY Certified Organic, LLC is a subsidiary of NOFA-NY, Inc, premier statewide organization growing a strong organic and sustainable agriculture movement in New York State. NOFA-NY has been certifying local organic farms for the past 30 years and NOFA-NY, LLC has been accredited by the USDA National Organic Program (NOP) since April 29, 2002. The Certification Director oversees a high-integrity certification agency that provides organic certification services to more than 650 organic farmers and handlers throughout New York State and surrounding areas. Learn more here.

The Inn at Little Washington Seeks a Farm Manager, near Washington DC
This Inn is just 67 miles west of Washington D.C., a renowned 5 Star / 5 Diamond Relais & Chateaux country house hotel and internationally renowned for its Chef/Proprietor’s pioneering of Refined Regional American Cuisine. A Farm Manager is needed for their on-site 1/2-acre organically-managed farm.

The Farm Manager will oversee a diverse market garden, a greenhouse, a hoop house and 18 raised, covered beds. The garden provides vegetables and fruit to the restaurant and is located on the property. Learn more at TheInnAtLittleWashington.com/job-details-Organic-Farm-Manager. Please e-mail your resume (in .pdf or .doc format ONLY, please–NOT zipped) to HR@TheInnAtLittleWashington.com or mail to: Gregg Rosentreter, Director of Human Resources, The Inn at Little Washington, P.O. Box 300, Washington, VA 22747.

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.

2014 UVM Farmer Training Program seeks Sustainable Farming & Food Systems Education Trainees
The UVM Farmer Training Program is a 6-month intensive program (May 5 -October 31, 2014) for aspiring farmers and food systems advocates that provides a hands-on, skills-based education in sustainable agriculture. This full-time program offers participants the unique opportunity to manage their own growing site, take classes from professors and expert farmers and rotate as workers and learners on successful, diverse farms in the Burlington area. This program will provide an intense, supportive experience where participants leave with a Certificate in Sustainable Farming, a deeper understanding of agricultural management and small-scale farming and the entrepreneurial skills to start their own operation.

Learn more at Farmer Training Website, on Facebook, read about Food Systems work at UVM on our Food Feed Blog, email farmer@uvm.edu or call (802) 656-8657.

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.

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.