Hiring Community Outreach Farmer – Waltham Fields Community Farm
Waltham Fields Community Farm (WFCF) shares this new employment opportunity to join our team as
Community Outreach Farmer for the 2023 season!
WFCF is a non-profit organization in its 28th year running a mixed vegetable farm and educational and
food access programs just outside of Boston. We adhere strictly to organic methods to manage 8 acres of farmland. The farm supplies food to our CSA program, our Mobile Outreach Market program, as well asdistributions to our food access partners, Waltham Public Schools, and various events throughout the
The Work: The Community Outreach Farmer (COF) is a people-person position! This multifaceted role
bridges our volunteer program, the Mobile Outreach Market, and Produce Prescription CSA program,
requiring a candidate to have the ability to manage a multiplicity of responsibilities. The ideal candidate is energized by initiating community interactions and understands how to refill their emotional/social capital battery to maintain these engagements throughout the season. In-field work with the farm staff may be included in the weekly schedule to familiarize the COF with the big picture of our agricultural operations.
As the farm liaison with volunteers, the COF leads 3-4 sessions per week of volunteer groups from April
through the fall. Tasks for the volunteers are determined by the farm management team. The COF greets volunteers, orients them to the organization and to the tasks of the day, and handles paperwork including waivers and logging of volunteer hours. Many volunteers will not have had experience with farming so the COF should have the ability to instruct novices clearly and gently guide people throughout the duration of the session.
Mobile Outreach Market:
The Mobile Outreach Market (MOM) is WFCF’s market for low-income households located off-site in
Waltham on Tuesdays from July to October. The COF orchestrates and executes the market, including
driving the cargo van to the distribution site and distributing the produce. Other tasks include formatting
and printing weekly inserts for the share, record keeping, value tracking, and light set-up and breakdown
at the distribution site.
Produce Prescription CSA:
Started as a pilot in 2020, we are entering our fourth year of running this impactful program and look
forward to building capacity. WFCF’s Produce Rx aims to provide a stable and local source of nutrition
and help alleviate the diet-related health concerns of program participants. As the farm liaison for the
Produce Rx CSA program, the COF formats and prints the weekly box insert and assembles and delivers the shares to Charles River Community Health (CRCH) in Waltham on Wednesday afternoons.
Additionally, the COF communicates the share’s contents to CRCH in advance of the delivery and
executes annual surveys with program participants in collaboration with CRCH and Brandeis University.
Program participants are encouraged to visit the farm for Pick Your Own veggies, and the Outreach
Farmer hosts an orientation to introduce and welcome participants to the farm.
Qualifications: Candidates should be hardworking, very detail-oriented and able to work well both
independently and in groups. Strong communication skills, eagerness to take initiative, and meticulous
record-keeping are a must as well as the ability to manage small groups of people. Please note: farm work is very physically demanding. The COF repeatedly lifts up to 40 pounds and should have an awareness of body mechanics and their own physical capabilities and limits. The COF should arrive with a strong interest in community engagement and value this unique role as a representative of the organization. This position is intended for someone with farming experience who would like to grow their volunteer engagement and community outreach skills or vice-versa. English language proficiency required, Spanish language proficiency preferred, Haitian Creole or Mandarin a plus.
Compensation: $20/hour plus produce from the farm.
Benefits: Staff receive a 20% discount at our farm store. Sick time is provided commensurate with MA
Hours/Dates: This 32-week position begins on April 3rd and ends on November 3rd. Hours vary from
day to day depending on programmatic needs, but the weekly schedule is consistent, Tuesdays – Fridays and Saturday mornings. 35 hours/week, with a one hour unpaid lunch break.
To Apply: Please send a resume & letter of interest explaining your relevant experience to Nadine
Dyskant-Miller, Assistant Farm Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WFCF requires adherence to our wellness protocols and COVID-19 precautions. WFCF Employees are
currently encouraged to wear a properly fitting mask indoors and we ask all employees to be fully
WFCF is committed to a policy of non-discrimination and equal opportunity for all employees and
qualified applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, gender, gender identity,
gender expression, sex, sexual orientation, sexual identity, marital status, disability, age, citizenship
status, familial status, ancestry, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable