Hiring: Assistant Farm Manager – Medway Community Farm
Assistant Farm Manager, Medway Community Farm
Who We Are
Medway Community Farm began with a vision of healthy local food, community connections, and food education. MCF is a not-for-profit section 501(c)3 organization, cultivating 6+ acres of Town of Medway land on three fields. Through the generosity of our community in support of our events, purchases at our farm stand, and participation in our three seasons of CSA shares program, our mission is sustained, and our community expands.
Mission: To maintain a place that enhances Medway’s rural character, fosters community spirit, and encourages “learning from the land” by providing locally grown food, volunteer experiences, educational programming, and public events.
The right candidate will be able to work closely with the Farm Manager, Assistant Growers and Summer Crew to meet the goals of the 2022 farm plan. Medway Community Farm was built on the idea that a non-profit farm can operate profitably, allowing funds raised to be dedicated to the education and community building portions of our mission. The right candidate will be dedicated to production efficiency and product quality, while maintaining a positive and inclusive work environment. There is opportunity for growth and increased responsibility within the organization.
Work collaboratively with the Farm Manager in all aspects of managing the farm. Vegetable production, field work, and crew management are all key components of the position. The AM will train crew members and lead field work, projects, and general workflow; assist in organizing and managing CSA harvests, local farmers markets, weekly planning, and volunteers; and must think creatively while troubleshooting irrigation, crop issues, machinery malfunctions, etc. Weekend animal care and or oversight of the farm’s small animals. The AM will also help to bring about a cohesive and jovial feeling to the crew and day-to-day work.
Must have a minimum of 2 years crew or field management experience under his or her belt with a good sense of humor and easy-going nature, matched with a good work ethic. A year or more of safe tractor and machine operation would be great as well as greenhouse management skills for propagating our field and seedling sale starts. Having good problem-solving skills with an eye for details, e.g. noticing improperly washed veggies on the truck for market. Small animal husbandry experience preferred and or ability to learn standards of care. A strong desire for collaboration, learning and an eagerness to interact with the public and different circles of people on the farm is essential. And of course, have the endurance and strength to make it through the season.
This is a full-time seasonal position starting in March and ending in November, estimated at 30+ hours a week in March, 40-50 hours a week from April to September, down to 40 hours for the remainder of the year. The workday begins at 8am during the slower season and 7am when we’re in the thick of it.
Competitive salary commensurate with experience with one week’s paid vacation. Free farm produce and eggs from our hens. One complementary guest ticket to our farm events.
A 2 room onsite apartment is available.
The right candidate should be excited about working with community members of all backgrounds and ages to promote the farm’s mission. We strive to balance the high demands on our operations while integrating education, volunteerism, and activism, while taking time to enjoy what we do.
If you feel that the organization and position sounds challenging and fun, please send a resume and cover letter to Todd Sandstrum at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MCF provides equal opportunity employment and promotion to all qualified employees and applicants. No person shall be discriminated against in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, age, national origin, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other status or condition protected by applicable federal or state statutes.