Hiring: Seasonal Farm Manager – Groundwork Somerville
Who We Are
Groundwork Somerville is a community-based, action-oriented non-profit. Our mission is to cultivate the
next generation of environmental activists to grow a greener and more equitable Somerville. Groundwork Somerville, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, has been “changing places and changing lives” in Somerville, Massachusetts since 2000. Through youth empowerment, urban farming, equitable food access, and community engagement, Groundwork sows the seeds of a healthy community. Our work is grounded in the understanding that environmental conditions are inextricably linked to economic, social, and racial injustice. We recognize that it is impossible to sustain a healthy community without holistically addressing these issues. As a result, we make an explicit effort to employ and empower youth of color and youth from economically disadvantaged backgrounds. Our educational programming specifically highlights the nuances of racism, sexism, and environmental injustice, and arms youth with tools to address these inequities. In addition, Groundwork strives to provide equitable access to food and land for all Somerville residents. We grow crops that have cultural significance to Somerville’s diverse community, and provide equitable access to fresh produce through the Somerville Mobile Market. We strive to hold space where all Somervillians can gather as a community and celebrate the land and each other.
What We Seek
The Seasonal Farm Manager & Educator plays an integral role in connecting our community with
access to fresh produce grown on the farm, along with engaging people in their local food system. They
directly manage all operations associated with our ¼ acre, raised-bed, organic vegetable farming
operation. Furthermore, the Seasonal Farm Manager & Educator conducts all community engagement
and education efforts tied to the farm including school field trips, volunteer workdays, university
internships, farm-based workshops, and community events (i.e. our Spring Seedling Sale).
Farm Management & Distribution – 50%
● Manage ¼ acre of raised beds at South Street Farm (bed prep, seeding, transplanting,
harvesting, pruning, pest management, fertilizing, etc.) with the purpose of growing
culturally-relevant food to support and diversify the local food system in Somerville.
● Expand our native plants and pollinator garden in partnership with a local landscape architect;
collaborate with a Somerville Beekeeper to maintain two bee hives
● Manage wholesale accounts and communication with Somerville vendors including Neighborhood
Produce and the City of Somerville; manage donation partner relations including Project Soup,
and the Union Square Community Fridge
● Oversee farm budget balancing the different needs and priorities.
Community Engagement – 25%
● Coordinate final planning and preparations for the Earth Day Event alongside a team of university
students from Boston College
● Manage operations associated with our Spring Seedling Sale including communication with
community members and ReVision Farm, and day-of event coordination
● Manage university-based farm interns and dedicated volunteers Coordinate all farm-related volunteer efforts including 2-hr corporate workdays, produce delivery,
and weekly community workdays
● Manage partnerships with community-based organizations, universities, the City of Somerville,
etc. to expand farm-based programming
● Provide support as needed for the existing greenhouse workshare program
Farm-based Education – 20%
● Conduct outreach and facilitate farm-based field trips and service-learning classes for local public
school groups and university students
● Conduct outreach to local community organizations to coordinate and lead after-school and
summer camp field trip opportunities at South St. Farm
● Develop and teach farm-based workshops and events such as our Food Justice Workshop; reach
out to local educators to facilitate a guest-speaker series
● Work closely with the Youth Program Manager to lead the Green Team youth (our high school
employment program) in farm-based workshops and workdays
Organizational Health – 5%
● Generate farm-related content for social media and newsletter including photos, updates,
announcements, and community engagement opportunities
● Participate in weekly staff meetings
● Collaborate with colleagues to advance Groundwork Somerville’s goals and initiatives
● At least 2 years of experience managing a mixed vegetable operation
● Experience in sustainable crop production/agriculture
● Detail-oriented; strong organizational & time management skills and ability to keep track of logistics,
materials, and information
● Experience leading or teaching young people in an outdoor setting
● Commitment to Groundwork Somerville’s mission, youth empowerment, and addressing the impact of
racism and other oppressions on health equity and local food, environmental, and social issues.
● Experience organizing volunteer groups safely and productively
● Multi-lingualand/or has cultural background(s) reflecting those common to Somerville’s youth and
immigrant communities will be prioritized. Specific language abilities desired include Haitian Creole,
Spanish, and Portuguese (preferred).
● Familiarity with City of Somerville (preferred).
Compensation: This is an hourly position at $21.50/hr with three paid vacation days and paid
Location & Schedule
This position will be based in Somerville, MA at South St. Farm with a regular Monday through Friday
schedule, and occasional weekend and evening hours. This is a seasonal position at 30-40 hr/week
between mid March – September. This person will be expected to work outside in all kinds of weather.
How to Apply
To apply, send a resume and cover letter as a PDF document to firstname.lastname@example.org by
February 24th. In the subject line, write your name and the position for which you are applying, eg: “Jaden Santos – Seasonal Farm Manager & Educator”. We will review submissions on a rolling basis, identify viable candidates and contact ONLY those elected to continue in the process. Must pass a background check prior to onboarding.
Groundwork Somerville is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to fostering an environment
that welcomes and embraces diversity. Groundwork Somerville does not discriminate on the basis of
race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual
orientation, or any other legally protected status. People of Color and those with other marginalized
identities are strongly encouraged to apply.