Employment & Apprenticeship

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Assistant Farm Manager and Food Justice Coordinator

Farm Apprentices

Farm Crew

 

Assistant Farm Manager and Food Justice Coordinator

Phillies Bridge

Farm Project is hiring an Assistant Farm Manager and Food Justice Coordinator to begin part-time this December or January, transitioning to full-time in April 2023.

This is a combined position; however, if you are interested in either of these positions and not both, please apply regardless. If separate positions, the Assistant Farm Manager position is full-time and the Food Justice Coordinator is part-time. See full description below.

Phillies Bridge Farm Project (PBFP) is a non-profit educational working farm on 65 acres in New Paltz, NY. Mixed vegetables are produced from 5 acres for a ~300 member CSA, food relief organizations, and low-income families through our food justice programs. The educational programs at PBFP offer school children, local youth, CSA members, and the general public opportunities to learn about and participate in sustainable and local food production. PBFP is committed to agriculture that is ecologically sound, community oriented and economically viable. While not certified organic, PBFP uses organic methods to produce high quality produce.

Job description:

There are two components to this combined role:

The role of the Assistant Farm Manager is to assist the Farm Manager in running the day-to-day operations of the farm and collaborate on management decisions. This position requires working both on a team and independently. Key responsibilities of this role include:

  • Independently manage and teach apprentices
  • Manage workflow
  • Complete fieldwork, harvest, and wash/pack
  • Operate tractors
  • Keep records
  • Assist and inform CSA members

The role of the Food Justice Coordinator is to develop and carry out Food Justice programming in collaboration with the Food Justice Committee, Farm Manager, and Administrative Coordinator. As the lead organizer for Food Justice at Phillies Bridge, the Coordinator will also be responsible for maintaining existing partnerships with local organizations, as well as developing future partnerships with mission-aligned organizations and community members who experience food apartheid. Key responsibilities of this role include:

  • Seek external funding for the food justice program and to sustain the food justice coordinator role through grants and other fundraisers with support from the food justice and development committees
  • Manage sliding scale share administration, including applications, communications and budgeting for PBFP’s Food Justice Program
  • Manage existing relationships with community based organizations (New Paltz Schools, UC Healthy Families, Family of NP, UIDN, Our Core, Institute for Family Health)
  • Administer and analyze surveys and focus groups to collect data on effectiveness of program
  • Engage with the community around issues of food access and farming through social media and email
  • Facilitate Food Justice committee in monthly meetings, recruiting committee members for support where needed
  • Attendance at the Board of Directors meetings to provide programmatic updates when needed

The Farm Manager and the Assistant Farm Manager will split up vegetable production and CSA responsibilities based on interest and expertise. The Assistant Farm Manager must aid in balancing the dual focus of Phillies Bridge Farm Project, maximizing both production and education on the farm. This means demonstrating the pace and efficiency needed for production farming, as well as prioritizing education of apprentices.

During the main season, this position will have 8 hours a week, flexibly allocated, to accomplish Food Justice programming duties. During the winter, there are no apprentices on the farm and the Farm Manager and Assistant Farm manager work together to grow greens in the high tunnel for the winter CSA, plan the upcoming season, hire apprentices, and do off-season maintenance tasks on equipment and infrastructure. During this time of year, approximately half of this position’s hours will be spent planning Food Justice programming for the upcoming season.

Education is central to the Phillies Bridge mission and there is support available to improve and acquire the skills necessary for the position.

Requirements of job:

The ideal candidate will already have two or more seasons of experience growing vegetables using organic and sustainable methods on a farm scale. We seek someone who is looking for a longer-term position and will meaningfully contribute to the functioning and improvement of Phillies Bridge Farm.

Required qualities include:

  • Responsible and reliable
  • Good problem solver
  • Willingness to work in adverse weather conditions
  • Positive attitude and sense of humor
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Fast learner
  • Well-organized
  • Demonstrated experience with projects that require attention to detail and efficiency
  • Committed to and knowledgeable about sustainable agriculture and food justice
  • Interfaces well with the public
  • Proficient in Google Docs & Sheets and comfortable with social media
  • Valid Driver’s License
  • Ability to lift 50 lbs.

Preferred qualities include:

  • Experience managing others
  • Experience operating tractors
  • Proficient in Spanish
  • Previous experience working with underserved/minority communities
  • Experience fundraising through grant writing and fundraising campaigns

Timeline:

Winter season (November 2022 through March 2023)

28 hours per week

Main season (April through November 2023): 40-45 hours per week

Schedule: Monday through Friday, 7am-4:30pm, plus alternating Tuesday evenings and Saturday mornings (beginning in June) and weekend chores

Compensation for the combined position: Starting at $17/hr depending on experience, plus private housing on-site and a small CSA share

To apply:

Please send a resume, a cover letter, and contact information for three references to haley@philliesbridge.org.

Phillies Bridge is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and encourage BIPOC and LGBTQ+ individuals to apply.

 

Farm Apprenticeship

Phillies Bridge Farm Project  offers practical apprenticeships in small-scale vegetable production, using organic methods.  Mixed vegetables are produced from 5 acres for a ~300 member CSA, and low-income families through our food justice programming and partnerships with other organizations. PBFP provides Farm Apprentices with the foundational knowledge to pursue a career in small-scale vegetable production.

We hire:

Two full season farm apprentices (April 10th through October 27th) – HIRING OPEN FOR 2023

Over the course of the season, through a combination of training, working, lessons and discussions, apprentices will learn the following practices and skills:

  • Crop planning
  • Seed starting and greenhouse management
  • Bed preparation
  • Transplanting and direct seeding
  • Crop maintenance
  • Organic pest and weed management
  • Irrigation systems
  • High tunnel management
  • Harvesting and post-harvest handling of produce
  • Tracking production/record keeping
  • CSA distribution
  • Engaging farm volunteers
  • Tractor and equipment operation, safety and maintenance
  • In addition, apprentices participate in Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training (CRAFT) farm visits

 

Additional learning possibilities, based on interest:

  • Marketing
  • Non-profit management
  • Log-grown shiitake mushroom production
  • Beekeeping
  • Support is potentially available for other independent projects

 

Compensation:

Apprentices are expected to work hard alongside the Farm Manager and Assistant Farm Manager, while demonstrating a strong work ethic and a positive attitude. In exchange for working an average of 41 hours a week through the farm season, Farm Apprentices will be paid $14.20/hour and provided with shared on site housing and a small vegetable CSA share.

 

Who we invite to apply:

We seek responsible, good-natured, hard working individuals who thrive in a fast-paced working environment. The ideal candidate will have a desire to learn and an active interest in food and farming. Prior experience in farming is not required, but an ability and willingness to do demanding physical labor in all weather conditions is essential. Applicants should be able to comfortably lift 50 pounds.

Applicants should have good communication skills and be receptive to feedback. They should have the discipline to work efficiently, both independently and as a team.

We seek individuals who will be consistently punctual, arriving at work ready to work.

Phillies Bridge is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and encourage BIPOC and LGBT+ individuals to apply.

 

To apply:

Please send a cover letter, resume, and three references to haley@philliesbridge.org. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

 

Farm Crew Position

HIRING OPEN FOR 2023

Job description:

This position is full-time, 40-42 hours a week. The crew member will assist with harvest, field work, planting and weeding. The person in this position is also responsible for mowing the grounds. We are looking for someone to start April 11th and work until October 27th.

Compensation:

Compensation for this position starts at 15.50/hr, depending on experience, and a small vegetable CSA share for the duration of employment. On-site housing is available as part of the compensation.

Qualifications:

We seek responsible, good-natured, hard working individuals who thrive in a fast-paced working environment. Prior farming experience is highly desired and an ability and willingness to do demanding physical labor in all weather conditions is essential. Applicants should be able to comfortably lift 50 pounds.

Applicants should have good communication skills, a desire to learn and innate discipline to work independently through your projects.

It is important that applicants be receptive to feedback and adjustments for work processes.

We seek individuals who will be consistently punctual, arriving at work ready to work.

Some experience with basic mowing equipment maintenance or an ability to learn these skills is preferred.

Phillies Bridge is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and encourage BIPOC and LGBT+ individuals to apply.

To apply:

Please send a cover letter, resume, and three references to haley@philliesbridge.org. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

 

Summer Education Apprenticeship

Summer education apprentices receive hands-on educational and agricultural experience on our vibrant community farm. The farm has a tri-fold mission of providing fresh veggies to the community through a CSA, providing education for people of all ages, and food justice.

Apprentices work with children ages 4-12 at our farm-based summer camp, where they lead small groups in fun and creative activities developed to demonstrate and celebrate the cycles of nature that produce our food. Additional duties include maintaining education vegetable gardens, caring for the farm animals, leading farm tours for visiting children and families, and assisting at other public events and fundraisers. Education program activities include: leading activities, planting, harvesting, cooking, composting, arts and crafts, farm history, caring for the farm animals, nature trail hikes, cooperative games, music and storytelling. Apprentices are also responsible for assisting with the set-up and clean-up of all programs. While there is an established education curriculum in place, there are opportunities to develop new activities and participate in curriculum planning based on individual interests and skills.

Position Requirements: Summer education apprentices must be prepared to work long active days outdoors with children. The average schedule is 8:30 AM-4:00 PM Monday–Friday, with rotating after care responsibilities (1 day per week until 5:30 pm) although hours vary depending on the season. Apprentices are part of a rotating animal and plant caretaking schedule, which may occasionally require staying past 4:00 PM. The position dates run for 9 weeks in the summer from June 21st to August 20th, with one Saturday in May required for planting.  

Desired Qualifications:

  • Creative, hard-working, responsible, self-motivated, and conscientious
  • Passion for nature and sustainable agriculture
  • Experience working with children
  • Comfortable cooking and eating a wide range of farm fresh vegetables
  • Musical and artistic skills a big plus
  • Positive attitude and cooperative work ethics
  • Willingness to work outdoors in all weather (hot, cold, humid, rainy)
  • Reliable transportation to the farm required

Compensation: Summer Education Apprentices receive $13.20/hour plus a vegetable share for every week worked, valued at approximately $275

We hire:

  • Three summer season education apprentices (June 20th through August 26th) – HIRED for 2022

NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR 2022

Additional Educational Benefits: Phillies Bridge Farm Project participates in the Mid-Hudson Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training (CRAFT) program, through which apprentices have the opportunity to attend weekly meetings at various local farms. Each meeting includes a farm tour and a lesson around a specific topic (i.e. irrigation, season extension, compost, no-till farming). We are now accepting applications! 

Phillies Bridge is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and encourage BIPOC and LGBT+ individuals to apply.  To apply, please send your resume, including three professional references and a cover letter to Jazmine Langlitz, Education Director, at info@philliesbridge.org and write “Education Apprentice Application” in the subject line. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.