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Farm Education Manager

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Gaining Ground, Inc.
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Concord, MA

Gaining Ground, Inc.


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Published 14 days ago

February 1, 2021
November 30, 2020
This position will provide a competitive salary based on the market and the applicant’s experience, among other factors.

Gaining Ground is a nonprofit, no-till organic farm in Concord, Massachusetts, that supplies fresh, high-quality vegetables, herbs, maple syrup, and honey to emergency meal programs in Boston and the surrounding region. Our mission is simple: We grow organic produce for hunger relief with help from volunteers of all ages and abilities who work and learn in our gardens. Everything we grow is given away. Our innovative approach is over 26 years old. It combines organic, sustainable agriculture with community volunteerism to improve equitable access to nutritious, fresh produce. We cultivate approximately three acres of farmland leased from the Town of Concord and Massport. Last year we supplied more than 126,000 pounds of fresh food to those in need. Our grassroots organization thrives on committed, friendly individuals who support our mission with enthusiasm and a sense of humor. We are currently seeking a full-time, seasonal Farm Education Manager.

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Works on the farm each morning, harvesting and managing the wash station on distribution days
  • Greets and guides volunteers on the farm, alongside and at the direction of the Farm Manager. Acts as the main on-site contact for volunteers and groups
  • Leads and works alongside volunteers of all ages and abilities on a regular basis.  (Gaining Ground adheres to strict COVID-19 safety standards)
  • Wears many hats; serves as a bridge between the farmers and volunteers
  • Staffs two weekly farmer’s markets in rotation with other farm crew
  • Leads the “Read for Seeds” program with local schools
  • Assists with volunteer scheduling in conjunction with the Program Manager
  • Represents GG at occasional events, conferences, and in various outreach activities
  • Works with the farm crew in all aspects of maple sugaring production.
  • Assists with greenhouse work, transplanting, weeding, harvesting, and all aspects of operating a small farm 
  • Regular Tuesday - Saturday schedule from April thru October
  • Watering/Farm chores 1 Sunday per month

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Strong interpersonal and teaching skills. Should have the desire and ability to share a passion for organic farming and knowledge of sustainable agriculture with volunteers and visitors
  • Interest in or experience with no-till farming practices
  • Familiarity with regenerative farming practices
  • Ability to work independently, as well as with farm managers and other members of a small team 
  • Ability to lead and work alongside volunteers on a regular basis
  • Comfortable interacting with an active board and office staff, and interacting with recipient groups 
  • Ability to lift 50 lbs and perform repetitive physical tasks in all types of weather conditions (cold, heat, rain, etc.)
  • Organized, punctual, and attentive to detail
  • Self-motivated and curious to learn and develop farming methods
  • A desire to produce food of the highest nutritional and ecological quality, and to continue to learn and grow as a person and farmer. Continuous personal development is encouraged and supported at Gaining Ground.
  • A calm, grounded presence.
  • Deep humility and a good sense of humor 
  • Position requires working on Saturdays

OTHER REQUIREMENTS

  • A valid driver’s license
  • Cell phone communication
  • Reliable transportation
  • Satisfactory background and reference checks

SALARY AND BENEFITS

• This position will provide a competitive salary based on the market and the applicant’s experience, among other factors. Typically, an annual evaluation will be conducted, at which time compensation levels are reviewed.

• Paid vacation and sick time.

• Personal and professional development opportunities in consultation with the executive director.

• The opportunity to work, learn, inspire, and be inspired alongside dedicated staff and board on a beautiful organic farm in a unique community!

 



Gaining Ground is a nonprofit, no-till organic farm in Concord, Massachusetts, that supplies fresh, high-quality vegetables, herbs, maple syrup, and honey to emergency meal programs in Boston and the surrounding region. Our mission is simple…

Details at a glance

  • On-site Location
  • Full Time Schedule
  • Temporary

Benefits

• Paid vacation and sick time.

• Personal and professional development opportunities in consultation with the executive director.

• The opportunity to work, learn, inspire, and be inspired alongside dedicated staff and board on a beautiful organic farm in a unique community!


• Paid vacation and sick time.

• Personal and professional development opportunities in consultation with the executive director.

• The opportunity to work, learn, inspire, and be…

Level of Language Proficiency

English fluency is required; other languages are also appreciated.

English fluency is required; other languages are also appreciated.

Location

341 Virginia Road, Concord, MA 01742

How to Apply

TO APPLY: Please send a resume, cover letter, and two farming-related references to: hiring@gainingground.org


TO APPLY: Please send a resume, cover letter, and two farming-related references to: hiring@gainingground.org


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