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Biocultural Conservation Farm 2022 Apprenticeships

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Oak Spring Garden Foundation is now accepting applications for two full-time seasonal farm apprentices to work on our Biocultural Conservation Farm. These positions will begin early January 2022 and will go until December 2022. The selected individuals will work at the Oak Spring Garden Foundation’s Biocultural Conservation Farm (BCCF) to assist with the production of vegetables to be used on site and to be donated to local food banks. In addition to working on the BCCF, both positions will work with our Arboricultural, Conservation and Landscape team for the months of January and February to assist with fruit tree pruning and invasive species management. These positions are ideally suited to recent college graduates (not required) with a passion for food, farming, plants and landscapes who are looking to gain hands-on experience with small-scale, ecological farming practices.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Work closely with the Biocultural Conservation Farm (BCCF) Farm Manager and team in all farm-related responsibilities, to include: 

●     Proper care and ongoing maintenance of the production fields, production greenhouse, seed-saving and utility plant plots, cold frames, appropriate trees and open spaces. 

●     Maintaining the production fields including bed preparation, planting, watering, weeding, pruning, spreading compost, mulching and propagation of cultivated species. 

●     Harvesting, washing, weighing, and delivering of fruits and vegetables.

●     Managing CSA pick-up for 8-10 weeks out of the 25-week CSA season with one other team member, and in rotation.

●     Maintaining a clean and safe workplace within the BCCF Pack House (outdoor wash station, packing room and walk-in cooler), as well as the greenhouses. Maintenance to include: sweeping, mopping, cleaning and sanitizing of tabletop surfaces, harvest bins and tools, sinks, wash tubs, etc.

●     Assist with the maintenance of the seed-saving and utility plant plots (bed preparation, planting, weeding, watering, harvesting and cleaning of seed, etc.)

●     Assist in the proper care and maintenance of our pastured poultry flock to include: feeding, changing water, harvesting eggs, letting the flock out of the coop in the morning and putting them up later in the day, observing for injuries or illnesses, etc. This may also include assisting in taking some of the birds to be processed for meat.

●     Work one weekend a month from March – December – weekend duties include taking care of chickens, managing field and greenhouse irrigation, light harvesting and washing of vegetables (depending on season), mowing, etc.

●     Willingness to learn the use of light and heavy equipment and exercise safety precautions when using. Equipment may include: farm pick-up trucks, a BCS two-wheel walk-behind tractor, weed-eaters, tractors, leaf blowers, riding lawn mower, etc. 

●     Willingness to assist in any OSGF and/or farm-related ticketed events as needed.

●     Engaging with the BCCF volunteers while they are here for their weekly shifts in a positive and welcoming manner. Assisting in answering their questions.

●     Assist in sharing photography and BCCF updates with the Farm Manager and the OSGF Communications Team. 

●     Exercise proper COVID-19 related protocols while working including wearing a mask while indoors and in close proximity to others, frequent washing of hands, etc.

●     Other projects as assigned by the Biocultural Conservation Farm Manager.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

●     Demonstrated interest and passion for food and farming. Experience working on a farm/university farm/market garden/etc. is a plus, but not required.

●     Ability to meet physical requirements of working outside, in varied weather conditions (including extreme heat and cold) in a working farm setting. 

●     Ability to do repetitive tasks for long periods of time (e.g., weeding)

●     Ability to work quickly, efficiently and thoroughly in every assigned task.

●     Ability to work independently and also as part of a team. 

●     Excellent time-management, communication and organizational skills. 

●     Dependable and collaborative team player. 

●     Ability and willingness to operate machinery. 

●     Must have physical stamina to participate in rigorous outdoor activities. 

●     Ability to exhibit safe and responsible conduct in outdoor environments.

●     Willingness to adhere closely to COVID-19 working practices, and must be willing to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination.

●     Ability to lift at least 50 pounds.

●     Must have a Driver’s License and a vehicle.

Oak Spring Garden Foundation is now accepting applications for two full-time seasonal farm apprentices to work on our Biocultural Conservation Farm. These positions will begin early January 2022 and will go until December 2022. The…

Details at a Glance

  • Start Date
    January 1, 2022
  • End Date
    December 31, 2022
  • Application Deadline
    December 15, 2021
  • Payment
    Hourly
  • Hours Per Week
    Full-time (40 hours/week)

How to Apply

To be considered for this apprenticeship, please email a resume and cover letter to hr@osgf.org with the subject line “BCCF 2022 Farm Apprenticeship”. We will begin reviewing applications December 15, 2021 and will continue until both positions are filled.

To be considered for this apprenticeship, please email a resume and cover letter to hr@osgf.org with the subject line “BCCF 2022 Farm Apprenticeship”. We will begin reviewing…

Location

On-site
Upperville, VA 20184, USA

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