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 What We Seek

The Food Project is seeking an Assistant Field Manager for the 2021 growing season, from April 5, 2021 to November 5, 2021.  Applicants for this position should have 2-4 years of experience on vegetable farms, and be a competent tractor operator. This person will help with all aspects of field preparation, irrigation, transplanting, greenhouse operations, harvest, and wash station work. Applicants should have high energy for and interest in sustainable agriculture and youth development, as well as a commitment to teamwork.  They should also have creative energy for making a difference in the world and a passion for the vision of The Food Project.

The Assistant Field Manager will work on The Food Project’s 30-acre farm in Lincoln, MA, growing and distributing produce through our CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program and Farmers’ Markets in Boston, and to local hunger relief organizations.  

Responsibilities

(include but are not limited to)

  • greenhouse seeding
  • executes Field Manager’s plan
  • weeding with hand tools, and with tractor implements
  • field and bed preparation using tractor implements
  • transplanting using a water wheel transplanter
  • laying biodegradable plastic mulch with mulch laying implement
  • harvest, wash, and pack of produce
  • data entry of harvest
  • setting up, moving, and taking down electric fences with solar chargers

Skills and Educational Requirements
• Experience with field preparations, including mowing, disking, spading, laying plastic, and more
• Experience operating tractors and tractor implements safely and efficiently
• Experience harvesting and washing vegetables with a sense of urgency
• Experience with hand weeding tools such as hoes
• Experience with irrigation systems
• Experience with greenhouse seeding and organization
• On time, dependable, responsible, independent, and open to learning
• Willing to work a flexible schedule

Compensation

This is a full-time, seasonal position from April 5, 2021 through November 5, 2021 with an hourly wage of $18.25.  The typical work week is Monday through Friday, 7:00am-5:00pm with a one hour unpaid lunch break, and occasional weekend watering duties that rotate among farm crew. Compensation package includes worker’s compensation and employer-sponsored health insurance, and access to produce. 

 

Recruitment Process

We will review all submissions, identify viable candidates and contact ONLY those individuals selected to continue in the search process. The position will be filled when the desired candidate is found. 

Please send resume and cover letter via email to:  jobs@thefoodproject.org. In the subject line, write your name and the position for which you are applying, eg: “Will Smith – Assistant Field Manager”. 

Electronic submission is greatly preferred, or correspondence can be mailed to:

Human Resources, The Food Project

10 Lewis Street

Lincoln, MA 01773

 The Food Project is an Equal Opportunity Employer that is committed to creating an inclusive organization. We actively seek a diverse pool of candidates for this position. 

About The Food Project

Youth. Food. Community. Three important issues that intersect in one place: The Food Project. Here, we believe that food is a unique vehicle for creating personal and social change. Nothing else ties us so intimately to each other and the planet we share, affecting our health, the climate, culture, and poverty and privilege around the globe. If we — young and old from all walks of life — can unite to change the food system, we can change the world. From our urban and suburban farms to our community education programs, we aim to do just that by bringing together youth and adults from diverse backgrounds who work together to build local and sustainable food systems.

Since 1991, The Food Project has built a national model of engaging young people in personal and social change through sustainable agriculture. Each year, we work with more than 120 teenagers and 3,000 volunteers to farm on 40 acres in eastern Massachusetts in the towns and cities of Beverly, Boston, Lincoln, and Lynn. We consider our hallmark to be our focus on identifying and transforming a new generation of leaders by placing teens in unusually responsible roles, with deeply meaningful work. In addition, we help others grow their own food and provide training resources based on all we have learned since 1991.