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This job expired on May 15, 2023

Apprentice Boston Area Gleaners

  • Date Posted March 16, 2023
  • Location Acton, MA
  • Category Agriculture / Nonprofit
  • Job type Full-Time
Company description Boston Area Gleaners is a regional food systems organization working at the intersection of farming, food waste, and hunger relief. We focus on meeting the immediate needs of families who lack access to affordable, healthy food while also addressing the systemic causes of food insecurity. We also own and operate Stonefield Farm in Acton, Massachusetts. We are excited to grow our team of staff who are personally aligned and committed to our mission. Internship description

An Apprentice is responsible for assisting with harvesting and repacking produce for distribution to food access partners and Food Hub customers. This job description is intended to convey information essential to understanding the scope and nature of the work. This is a full-time, seasonal position.

Expected Schedule

July – November: Average schedule of 35-45 hours/ week (Wednesday - Saturday 8:00am – 6:00pm)

Benefits & Pay

Paid sick time, paid wellness days, paid holidays, cell phone stipend, gear reimbursement, retirement benefits, & seasonal produce. The pay range for this position is $17/ hour and overtime (1.5x hourly rate) is paid for time worked over 40 hours/ week.

Primary Responsibilities

Gleaning & Repacking

  • Assist with gleaning and repack trips by preparing supplies, communicating clearly with farmers, setting up for the trip, truck organization, and record keeping.

  • Harvest and pack produce on local farms with the assistance of volunteers.

  • Ensure handling, packing, and quality standards comply with the Gleaners’ food safety plan.

  • Pack and grade produce for Food Hub and food access partners. Reach daily packing goals and maintain high food safety and quality standards.

  • Post trip tasks include unloading product, organizing, and sorting supplies/ tools, and sweeping out the truck box.

Volunteer Management
  • Instruct volunteers on proper handling, packing, safety, and quality standards during harvests.

  • Motivate groups of volunteers to achieve harvest goals while maintaining a positive volunteer experience.

  • Manage and direct volunteers with varying levels of experience to ensure the protection of private property, the personal safety of volunteers, and that efficient labor is applied to the job at hand.

  • Contribute to discussions and be eager to learn in a variety of environments including the classroom, on-farm, or at partner agencies.

  • End of Season: Design a gleaning project that reflects upon your Apprenticeship.

  • Volunteer for farmers and agencies, assisting with a variety of tasks.

Additional Responsibilities
  • Safely operate pump jacks

  • Assemble packaging including banana boxes in preparation for upcoming packs

  • Regular cleaning and sanitizing of tools, supplies, and facility spaces

  • Assist our Operations and Farm Teams with a variety of needs

  • Basic Smart Phone competency

  • First Aid knowledge (training is provided)

  • Basic mechanical competency (training is provided)

  • Ability to operate pump and power jacks (training is providing)

Preferred Qualifications & Experience
  • Demonstrated interest in food systems, food access, and/or farming

  • Experience working in a fast-paced environment

  • Customer service or similar experience

  • Interest or knowledge of local fruit and vegetable varieties

  • Experience leading others and motivating them towards a common goal

  • Physical ability to lift 50 pounds repetitively and be on your feet for most of the day

  • Able to work in a variety of weather conditions from hot, humid summer days to cold, wet fall days

  • Ability to follow instructions and to clearly express ideas in a concise and professional manner

  • A fun, energetic, team-oriented attitude

Compensation this position is : hourly, $15-20/hr
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This job expired on May 15, 2023
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