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Mass Audubon

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Lincoln, MA, United States

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6 days ago

Location: Lincoln, MA

Sanctuary: Drumlin Farm

About Mass Audubon

Mass Audubon is the largest nature-based conservation organization in New England. Founded in 1896 by two women who fought for the protection of birds, Mass Audubon carries on their legacy by focusing on the greatest challenges facing the environment today: the loss of biodiversity, inequitable access to nature, and climate change. With the help of our 160,000 members and supporters, we protect wildlife, conserve and restore resilient land, advocate for impactful environmental policies, offer nationally recognized education programs for adults and children, and provide endless opportunities to experience the outdoors at our wildlife sanctuaries.

About This Position

Drumlin Farm is a Mass Audubon wildlife sanctuary and working educational farm located 18 miles west of Boston. We seek hard-working individuals with an interest in local food systems and sustainable agriculture to join our team for the 2023 season in a full or part-time capacity. At Drumlin Farm, we are committed to farming sustainably, which to us means protecting the soil, watershed, and the habitats of our wildlife sanctuary, while also involving the community in what we do. To learn more about our farming practices, please visit our website: www.massaudubon.org/drumlin/farming.

The farm crew will work closely with Drumlin’s farmers to raise crops on thirty acres and market our produce through a farm stand, a weekly urban farmers’ market, restaurant accounts, and a spring, summer and fall CSA program. Additionally, 12-15% of all we grow supplies three local hunger relief organizations. The work is physically demanding and challenging at times, but you’ll have the opportunity to learn a lot and have a chance to teach others by working alongside volunteers and work-share members. You’ll spend your time in the field and will also assist with washing and distributing produce, and with farm stand and CSA setup and breakdown.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Assist with many aspects of general farm work related to our 30-acre diversified crops operation, including seeding, planting, weeding, harvest, washing, packing, and distributing.
  • Ensure beautiful, high quality produce.

Rotating responsibilities, may include:

  • Assist with CSA setup.
  • Lead the wash area.
  • Assist with farm stand setup.
  • Help with restaurant deliveries on a rotating schedule, if needed.
  • Maintain electric fences.
  • General cleaning of the barn, tools, wash area, etc.

Qualifications

At Mass Audubon, our highest priority is finding the best candidate for the job. Research has shown that people of color and women are less likely to apply for jobs if they don't believe they meet every one of the qualifications described in a job description. We encourage you to apply, even if you don't believe you meet every one of our described qualifications or you have a less traditional background. We are looking for applicants with the following qualifications:

Must Haves:

  • Experience is not required, but preference will be given to those with food, farming or outdoor work experience.
  • Applicants should be comfortable with physical labor in all weather conditions and able to lift up to fifty pounds repeatedly.
  • Willingness to learn and an ability to work with a diverse range of people.
  • Energetic, optimistic, self-motivated, punctual, and attentive people are a great fit with our team.
  • Enjoy working in a past-faced environment.

Compensation & Benefits

This position’s base salary range is $15.50 - $17.00 per hour plus as many vegetables / fruits that you can eat!

Additional Information

Work Schedule:

A typical schedule will be Tuesday-Saturday, 7am to 4:30pm with an hour lunch. Start times and end times may be adjusted to accommodate weather and harvest conditions. Hours may vary throughout the season, but we will not exceed 50 hours during peak season. Time off is available during the growing season with advanced notice.
Flexible schedules can be created ranging from 3 to 5 days per week (15 hrs./wk. minimum).

This is a seasonal position which ends mid-November. Start and end dates are flexible but must be available for the majority of the season.

Other Requirements:

Employees must successfully complete a CORI and SORI Background Check and a Motor Vehicle Record (if applicable) is required.

COVID-19 Considerations

Mass Audubon requires that all staff, regardless of their work location, disclose their vaccination status. Proof of vaccination status will be required immediately upon hire. This should also include a booster shot if it has been 5 months since you were initially vaccinated.

Mass Audubon's Commitment To Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Justice

Mass Audubon's mission is to "protect the nature of Massachusetts for people and for wildlife" by building a strong coalition of employees, volunteers, and community members. We recognize that the environmental movement and field of conservation have been affected by societal systems that have limited opportunity and access for many people. As a result, Mass Audubon is committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees and applicants. We are engaged in an ongoing process of organizational assessment and change, designed to remove barriers and create a workplace where all forms of diversity are recognized and valued.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Mass Audubon is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees and applicants. Mass Audubon prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

How To Apply

Please send resume and cover letter to:

Jill Banach, Acting Crops Manager
jbanach@massaudubon.org

Job# 3907