Employment & Apprenticeship

 

Assistant Farm Manager

Phillies Bridge Farm Project (PBFP) is a non-profit educational working farm on 65 acres in New Paltz, NY. Mixed vegetables are produced from 4 acres for a ~200 member CSA, local stores and restaurants, 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:

The primary role of the Assistant Farm Manager at Phillies Bridge Farm Project is to assist the Farm Manager in running the day-to-day operations of the farm. This includes independently managing and teaching apprentices, managing workflow, completing fieldwork, harvesting, washing/packing, operating tractors, keeping records, interacting with CSA members, facilitating volunteer groups etc. This position requires working both on a team and independently.

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 the apprentices.

Education is central to the Phillies Bridge mission and there is room to expand your knowledge base.

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 share, plan the upcoming season, hire apprentices, and do off-season maintenance tasks on equipment and infrastructure.

Requirements of job:

The ideal candidate will already have two or more seasons 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. While this position is for an assistant manager, the right person could transition to co-manager or Farm Manager in the future.

Required qualities include:

  • Responsible and reliable
  • Good problem solver
  • Willingness to work in adverse weather conditions
  • Positive attitude and sense of humor
  • Strong communication skills
  • Fast learner
  • Well-organized
  • Committed to sustainable agriculture and food justice
  • Interfaces well with the public

Preferred qualities include:

  • Experience managing others
  • Experience operating tractors

Timeline:

Fall Hours (through October 2021):
15-30 hours a week
Flexible, weekdays between 7am and 4:30pm
Winter hours (November 2021 through March 2022)
15-20 hours a week
Somewhat flexible scheduling
Main 2022 season (April through November 2022): 40-45 hours per week
Schedule: Monday through Friday, 7am-4:30pm, plus alternating Tuesday evenings and Saturday mornings and weekend chores
Compensation: Starting at $15/hr depending on experience, housing included (communal during the main season, private during the winter)

To apply:

Send a resume, a cover letter, and three references to heather@philliesbridge.org.

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

Food Justice Coordinator

As we enter our 23rd year we are seeking to expand our core team by adding a Food Justice Coordinator position. We are looking for a motivated individual, who is passionate about creating and improving programs for equitable food access. Since this is a new role there is some flexibility to mold this position depending on the strengths and interests of the candidate.
The Food Justice Coordinator will collaborate with the Phillies Bridge Food Justice Committee, Farm Manager and Administrative Coordinator to develop and carry out Phillies Bridge’s Food Justice programming. 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.

To apply, please provide a cover letter and resume through indeed.

Key Responsibilities

  • 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)
  • 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 committee
  • Administer and analyze existing surveys to collect data on effectiveness of program
  • Engage with the community around issues of food access and farming through social media
  • Report to Food Justice committee in monthly meetings, recruiting committee members for support where needed

Employment Terms
This is a part time position. The position is grant funded from October 2021 through October 2022, with the intention to seek funding to expand the position in future years. The compensation is commensurate with experience starting at $19/hour. A free CSA share from June-November will also be included.

Basic Qualifications

  • Self-starter and independent worker
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Knowledge of food systems and food justice
  • Proficiency in Google Docs & Sheets and comfortable with social media
  • Demonstrated experience with projects that require attention to detail and efficiency

Preferred Qualifications

  • High energy, dynamic individual who is excited about improving accessibility to fresh grown food
  • Previous experience working with underserved/minority communities
  • Experience fundraising through grant writing and fundraising campaigns
  • Proficient in Spanish

To apply, please provide a cover letter and resume through indeed.

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

Job Type: Part-time

Pay: From $19.00 per hour

Benefits:

  • Flexible schedule
  • Professional development assistance

HIRING 1 POSITION STARTING FALL 2021

Farm Apprenticeships

Phillies Bridge Farm Project in offers practical apprenticeships in sustainable agriculture.  Phillies Bridge Farm Project (PBFP) is a non-profit educational working farm on 65 acres in New Paltz, NY. Mixed vegetables are produced from 4 acres for a ~200 member CSA, local stores and restaurants, 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. 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 through October) – FILLED for 2021
  • One summer farm apprentice (mid May through August) – FILLED for 2021

Over the course of the season, apprentices will learn the following activities and skills:

  • 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 (covid-19 permitting)

Additional learning possibilities for full season apprentices:

  • Crop planning
  • Marketing
  • Wholesale client relations
  • The inner workings of a non-profit
  • Log-grown shitake mushroom production

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 43 hours a week through the farm season, Farm Apprentices will be paid a weekly salary of $375, in addition to receiving shared on site housing valued at $600/month and a small CSA share valued at $475 for full-season apprentices and $290 for summer apprentices. Including the value of the housing, our compensation package works out to be over $13/hr.

Who we invite to apply:

  • We seek responsible, good-natured, hard working individuals with an active interest in food and farming.
  • Applicants should have good communication skills, the ability to take initiative, and a desire to learn.
  • 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.
  • Applicants should be able to comfortably lift 50 pounds and engage in repetitive work, in all weather conditions.

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 heather@philliesbridge.org

 

Summer Education
Apprenticeships

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, 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 $12.50/hour plus a vegetable share for every week worked, valued at approximately $260

We hire:

  • Three summer season education apprentices (June 21st through August 20th) – 1 Position available for 2021
  • One full season education apprentice for after school programs in the spring and fall and summer camp  1 Position available for 2021

NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR 2021

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, Camp Director, at info@philliesbridge.org and write “Education Apprentice Application” in the subject line. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

 

After School Education
Apprenticeship

We are looking for a bright and energetic individual to share the responsibility of taking care of children in an after school program, engaging children in hands-on activities in an outdoor farm environment. Hours are 3:00 – 6:15, Mondays, Tuesdays, & Thursdays.  Other education opportunities will be available as well such as field trips and daytime programs.
The candidate will work alongside the education director in setting up and breaking down, welcoming children to the farm, playing games, and assisting with education activities in nature and on the farm, and dismissing children. Some animal care and light gardening may also be required, and there may be some periods of caring for a group of children independently.  This position starts in September and runs until Thanksgiving.

Pay: Hourly $13.50, (approx $150.00 per week) plus a vegetable share during work weeks! FILLED FOR 2021

Please email your resume, cover letter, and three references to info@philliesbridge.org

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