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.

Arcadian Fields Organic Farm Needs Farmers Market Help, Hope Street Farmers Market
Help needed on Saturday mornings starting ASAP. Help is needed in different time frames: 7:00 – 9:30 (unloading the truck and setting up), between 9:00 and 1:00 to sell the veggies, and from 12:30-2:00 to load the truck again. All work is in exchange for organic veggies. Applicants must be hard working, reliable and fast thinkers. Anyone interested in loading or unloading the truck must be strong and used to physical activity. Applicants should love fresh veggies and also like to have fun while working with other people. Apply here.

Jobs outside RI
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.