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 Perennial Department Manager, 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:

Perennial Department Manager applicant must have a vast knowledge of perennials: for sun/shade, alpines, natives, ground covers, vines, grasses, coastal plantings, deer resistant plants and butterfly/bird habitat plants. Job Includes: Ordering, growing and care of inventory. Management of in/out going deliveries. Customer services includes: special ordering, returning phone calls/emails and assisting customers with their perennial needs and designs. Perennial grounds maintenance includes: weeding, organization and displays. This is a full-time position from March-December. Please email your resume to info@thefarmersdaughterri.com or send it to The Farmer’s Daughter,  716 Mooresfield Road, S.Kingstown, RI 02879.

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

MOFGA Seeks Educational Programs DirectorUnity, Maine
The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) is searching for a dynamic, organized and motivated individual to serve as Educational Programs Director. The successful candidate will have an excellent understanding of issues related to organic farming and gardening and sustainable living in Maine, as well as a demonstrated record of strength in: working creatively and independently; planning, promoting, organizing, coordinating and evaluating large events; managing personnel and volunteers; communicating verbally and in writing with Staff, Board, committee members, other volunteers, and the public; managing a large budget; understanding, writing, reviewing and tracking grant proposals; understanding computer systems including word processing, databases and spreadsheets; handling many projects simultaneously; recognizing operational needs and delegating accordingly; working well with Staff, Board, committee members, other volunteers, and the public. Learn more here. Apply by July 11, 2014,
 
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.

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.

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.