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What We Seek

The Food Project is seeking a full-time Grower’s Assistant to work on our Lynn urban
farm for the 2021 season. Our growing spaces include a 1-acre urban farm, a 1,200 square
foot greenhouse, and a brand-new 1⁄4 -acre farm/community garden plot. The Grower’s
Assistant will partner with the Lynn Urban Agriculture Manager, youth crews, and
community volunteers in all aspects of vegetable production. The farms are completely unmechanized, and intensively managed to produce 20,000+ pounds of produce each year, which is distributed through our SNAP-accessible markets, wholesale accounts, and donations to hunger relief organizations, all within the city of Lynn. This position is a mix of vegetable production, community work, and some distribution.

 

Primary Responsibilities:

Farm and Community Garden Work

  • Partner with Urban Ag Manager to accomplish and delegate all manner of farm
    tasks with quality and efficiency, including composting, bed preparation,
    mulching, planting, cultivation, and harvest–all by hand.
  • Partner with Urban Ag Manager to implement and troubleshoot new farm
    practices such as increased mulching and reduced soil disturbance, as we
    increasingly move toward a no-till farming model.
  • Work with youth interns, community members, and Urban Ag Manager to
    launch our brand-new community garden site at Lynn Vocational Tech. This will include orienting and providing support to new community gardeners throughout the season, setting up some basic farm infrastructure, and troubleshooting new systems as we go.
  • Assist in all aspects of greenhouse production and distribution related to our
    spring plant sale.

 Volunteer & Youth Engagement

  • Lead small groups of dedicated Work-for-Share volunteers in farm tasks for one
    to two mornings per week throughout the spring and fall. Potentially lead larger
    groups of corporate volunteers in the fall. (TBD as we constantly evaluate our
    COVID protocols as an organization.)
  • During July and August, partner with youth development staff to lead farm
    work with youth who are part of The Food Project’s Seed Crew, an intensive
    six-week summer job for teenagers.
  • During July and August, partner with youth development staff and with Root
    Crew, our more experienced youth, to run market harvest, wash-up, and
    complete more advanced farm tasks.

Markets and Distribution

  • Work with Community Partnership and Distribution Manager and Urban Ag
    Manager to staff weekly markets, as needed. The level of leadership and
    involvement is TBD pending COVID protocols. The Grower’s Assistant should
    feel comfortable going to market at a minimum, and may direct The Food
    Project market stand on a weekly basis.
  • Support weekly harvest and deliveries to our wholesale accounts

Additional Responsibilities

  • Cover weekend greenhouse watering, on a schedule TBD with the Urban
    Agriculture Manager (probably one weekend per month.)
  • Work a flexible 40-hour schedule that fluctuates slightly over the course of the
    season. This is TBD, and most likely:  Tuesday-Saturday schedule in the spring and fall, to be present for weekend youth programming and spring markets. Monday-Friday schedule in the summer months. Daily start and end times may be more varied in the summer.
  • Weekly field walk and check-in with Urban Agriculture Manager.

Qualifications

The position of Grower’s Assistant is ideal for someone who is interested in both
sustainable agriculture and community engagement. The job is well-suited for someone
with at least one full season of experience working on a production farm, who is ready to
take on a leadership role as part of an urban agriculture team. The Grower’s Assistant
should have a passion for the physical aspect of vegetable farming, and be ready to work
hard and fast, for long hours, doing intense manual labor

Our farms are run in partnership with youth and community members, therefore a
candidate must have a passion for teaching and leading others, particularly young people.
Our youth and neighbors reflect the tremendous cultural, racial, and socio-economic
diversity of the city of Lynn and surrounding neighborhoods. Candidates with experience
working in diverse settings are strongly preferred.

  • At least one full-time season of field experience on a production farm
    Excellent interpersonal communication skills and energy for engaging with other
    people
  • Dependable, responsible, flexible and open to learning
    Team-oriented with a good sense of humor; able to work independently.
    21+ years of age with a valid driver’s license and clean driving record (required for
    use of TFP vehicles)
  • Enthusiasm for working with teenagers; prior experience teaching or leading youth
    in outdoor settings preferred.
  • Experience leading groups safely and productively
  • Experience working in multicultural community settings
  • Knowledge of the Lynn community is a plus. Bilingual in Spanish, Russian, Khmer,
    or another language is also a plus.

Schedule

This is a full-time, seasonal position from April 5– November 13th, 2021, with a fluctuating
Tuesday through Saturday/ Monday through Friday work week. The Grower’s Assistant
will accrue 5 personal days over the course of the season, which can be taken one at a time,
or amassed as a weeklong vacation in the month of August or later in the season. There are
no paid holidays. There is a paid lunch break, and paid sick time. The Grower’s Assistant
may work no more than 40 hours per week.

Compensation

The Grower’s Assistant will be paid $17.00 per hour with employer-sponsored healthcare
and vegetables from the farm.

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: “Jordan Smith –
Grower’s Assistant- Lynn”.

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.