Beginning Farmer Mass Audubon
- Date Posted January 02, 2018
- Location Lincoln, MA
- Category Agriculture / Education
- Job Type Full-Time
Drumlin Farm Beginning Farmers
Drumlin Farm is a Mass Audubon wildlife sanctuary and working educational farm located 18 miles west of Boston and Cambridge. We seek individuals with farming experience to join our team for the 2018 season. Housing and limited hours are available in mid-February when maple sugaring begins, and full-time work starts the first week of April.
Beginning Farmers work closely with the Crops Manager to raise crops on thirty acres and market produce through a farmstand, a weekly farmers’ market, restaurant accounts and a spring, summer and fall CSA program. Beginning Farmers gain management experience as they instruct and lead volunteers in the field and at market. Beginning Farmers will take responsibility for aspects of the operation that suit their talents and interests: e.g., restaurant accounts co-leader, CSA programs co-leader, flower and bouquet-making lead, and farmstand lead.
At Drumlin, we are committed to farming sustainably. Our crop rotation includes fallowing with green manures, spreading compost made on the farm, and careful monitoring of soil organic matter and fertility. We do not irrigate or use black plastic mulches. All beds are open or mulched with straw. To learn more about what sustainable farming means to us, please visit our website: http://www.massaudubon.org/get-outdoors/wildlife-sanctuaries/drumlin-farm/farming
Qualifications: Applicants should have some familiarity with farm work, be comfortable with physical labor in all weather conditions, have experience cooking with local food, be willing to share their knowledge with the public, and be willing to work with groups of adults and children. Punctual, precise, energetic, resilient, and attentive people are a great fit with our team. You must also pass a background records check (CORI and SORI).
Hours: Hours vary with the progression of the season from roughly 45/wk in the spring, to about 60/wk at the height of the season, and back to 45/wk in the fall. From April through mid-May, hours are 7-5, Mon.-Fri. At the peak of the season, from mid-May through Halloween, hours are 6-5:30, Tue.-Sat., with an additional four hours on either Sunday or Monday. From Halloween through Thanksgiving, hours are 8-4, Tue.-Sat. Beginning in July, additional work hours are available, though not required, for early morning harvests and for the Friday evening cut flower harvest. A daily hour lunch break is unpaid.
Compensation: $12/hr., fruit and vegetables produced on the farm, on-farm housing is available at $35/week. Beginning Farmers are eligible for health benefits and for a .50/hr. bonus for all hours worked through the end of the season. Beginning Farmers must work through Oct. 31 to be eligible for this bonus.
To Apply: Please send a resume and letter of intent to Matthew Celona, Crops Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org.Compensation this position is PAID: hourly, under $15/hr How to apply