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Mass Audubon

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Sharon, MA, United States

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13 days ago

Location: Sharon, MA

Sanctuary: Moose Hill

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

The Farm at Moose Hill is a Mass Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary that provides organic produce to more than 250 families through our CSA program in addition to local hunger relief organizations, an on-site farm stand, and farmer’s markets.

The farm is 17 acres, certified organic, and located in Sharon, Massachusetts – about 25 miles from both Boston and Providence. We work with a neighboring farm to plant our crops and cultivate the fields. Moose Hill is the oldest Mass Audubon Sanctuary and is committed to farming with the health of our adjacent woods, meadows, ponds, and vernal pools in mind. The health and happiness of our farmers is very important, too.

We are looking for hard-working individuals with an interest in local food systems and sustainable agriculture to join our team for the 2023 season! Alongside the farm manager, the farm crew will share responsibilities to successfully maintain, harvest, and distribute beautiful produce to our surrounding communities. 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. Full-time seasonal positions are available from late April through October (with flexibility on start/end dates) in addition to part-time opportunities!

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Plant, weed, irrigate, harvest, wash, pack, and distribute organically grown vegetables.
  • Ensure beautiful, high quality produce.
  • Assist with CSA pick-ups on a rotating schedule with other farmers. This includes, but is not limited to, creating a friendly, welcoming atmosphere for everyone, providing direction for work share volunteers, maintaining a clean space, and using a point of sale system for farm stand purchases.

Shared, rotating responsibilities, may include:

  • Assist with CSA setup.
  • Provide training and quality guidelines to work share members.
  • Lead the wash area.
  • Set up an on-site farm stand.
  • Maintain electric fences.
  • Keep records and track donations.
  • Deliver produce to our sister sanctuary, Boston Nature Center, if needed.
  • 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.
  • Optimism and positivity, a desire to work efficiently, attention to subtle detail, and a desire to be a part of a team.
  • Willingness to learn and an ability to work with a diverse range of people.
  • Applications should be responsible and comfortable with physical labor in all weather conditions (heat, rain, cold, etc.).
  • 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 starting late April, 2023 and ending late October, 2023. The 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, Farm Manager
jbanach@massaudubon.org

Job# 3906