Job: Field Manager at The Food Project in Lincoln, MA

Who We Are Youth. Food. Community. Three important issues that intersect in one place: The Food Project. From our urban farms to our national college campaign, we bring together youth and adults from diverse backgrounds who work together to build local and sustainable food systems. While we produce healthy food for residents of the city and suburbs, 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. These young people inspire and support others to create change in their own communities. 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 global poverty. If we—young and old from all walks of life—can unite to change the food system, we can change the world. What We Seek: The Food Project is seeking a Field Manager. Applicants for this position 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 Field Manager will work year round 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. Preferred Skills
  • 3 years of field management experience
  • Experience in the basic maintenance and safe operation of farm equipment
  • Handy- proficient with a variety of basic hand and power tools
  • Ability to plan, delegate and organize work tasks
  • Willing to work a flexible schedule
  • Strong interest in communicating with TFP staff, youth and volunteers about food systems and sustainable agriculture
  • Demonstrated comfort and experience in making public presentations to various audiences
  • A commitment to the vision and mission of The Food Project and serving the greater community
  • Personal/professional maturity—able to deal effectively with the pressures of leadership
  • Experience organizing groups safely and productively
  • Working knowledge of computers: MicroSoft Word; Excel
Responsibilities: April - June
  • Farm work: bed preparation, planting, cultivating, greenhouse work, harvesting etc.
  • Leading and teaching volunteer groups
June - September
  • Assist with daily field operations during summer youth program
  • Assist with additional aspects of CSA and greenhouse
September - October
  • Farm work: harvesting, cultivating, etc.
  • Leading and teaching volunteer groups
  • Preparing farm for winter season
  • Assisting with demands of CSA and greenhouse
November-March
  • Crop planning for upcoming season.
  • Maintenance of equipment
  • Assisting with winter CSA distribution
  • Seeding in the greenhouse
Ongoing Responsibilities:
  • Maintain orderly site for all visitors
  • Attend staff meetings and other staff functions
Compensation: This is a full-time position starting February 15th, 2011. Worker’s compensation and employer sponsored health insurance. Produce is included in compensation. Salary commensurate on experience. 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 desired candidate is found. Please send resume and cover letter via email to: jobs@thefoodproject.org Electronic submission is greatly preferred, or correspondence can be mailed to: Miriam Stason The Food Project 10 Lewis Street Lincoln, MA 01773 Or fax to: (781) 259-9659 The Food Project is an Equal Opportunity Employer that is committed to creating a multicultural organization. We actively seek a diverse pool of candidates for this position.

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