The Trustees of Reservations

200 High St.
Boston, MA 02110

hr@thetrustees.org

Date Posted:
July 12, 2019

Region:
Central Massachusetts

Category:
Other

Type:
Seasonal

Farm Apprentice - Southborough (seasonal, full-time)

Description:

Summary of Position:

Multi-tier position consisting of approximately 75% vegetable operation, 25% livestock operation.

Assisting with all aspects of vegetable crop production: including greenhouse work, field preparation and tillage, cultivation, transplanting, harvest, pack and distribution for CSA, wholesale and farm-stand, and assistance with retail farm-stand. Assisting with basic livestock husbandry: including feeding, basic health and wellness, fencing, retail and CSA, livestock transportation.

Also includes working with volunteer groups and individuals.


Essential Functions:

  • Preparing and maintaining vegetable fields utilizing a variety of tractors and tillage equipment such as rotovators, chisel and moldboard plows, harrows, weeders, seeders, transplanters, etc.
  • Participate in regular equipment maintenance
  • Greenhouse work: All aspects of transplant production from seeding to fields.
  • Implementation and maintenance of irrigation systems throughout growing season.
  • Regular application of fertilizers, OMRI listed pest and bio-controls as needed.
  • Harvest, wash and prep crops throughout growing season, both manually and with tractors, for CSA distribution, wholesale clients and food pantry/donations.
  • Full participation in CSA distributions.
  • Farm and CSA related projects as assigned.
  • Basic daily livestock husbandry chores including making sure all animals have clean water, adequate feed (including pasture or hay as needed).
  • Assist farmers with routine medical procedures related to health and wellness of livestock as needed
  • Assist with/implement fencing plans for rotational grazing and permanent fence maintenance
  • Other duties as assigned with or without accommodation.
Qualifications:

Minimum Requirements:

Education and Experience:

  • 1 to 3 years in at least two areas of our core activity areas:

  • Production vegetable farm
  • Livestock husbandry

Skills/Qualifications:

  • Ability to work flexible hours.

  • Ability to work in a close-knit team environment.

  • Ability to competently and safely operate large farm equipment independently.


Other:

  • Valid drivers license and ability to pass a driving records check.

  • Able to pass a CORI check.


Organizational Relationships/Scope:

  • Reports to Chestnut Hill Farm Manager and Assistant Farm Manager, Chestnut Hill Livestock Manager


Working Conditions:

  • Variable outdoor weather conditions. Ability to lift and carry 40 pounds required.


Please Note: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of employees assigned to this position.


About The Organization:

The Trustees is an organization with a fascinating past and an exciting future. Our places are open to all and we thrive by involving as many people as possible in what we do. Founded in 1891, by a group of visionary volunteers, we preserve, for public use and enjoyment, properties of exceptional scenic, historic, and ecological value in Massachusetts and work to protect special places across the state. We have helped protect more than 50,000 acres, including 26,000+ acres on 117 reservations that are all open to the public. We are a nonprofit conservation organization funded and supported entirely by our visitors, supporters, volunteers, and more than 60,000 member households.


Our seasonal staff plays an integral role in ensuring that our visitors enjoy our extraordinary places. With the change to warmer temperatures, we experience an influx of visitors of all ages and backgrounds who want to explore and be inspired by our properties. Sandy beaches, wooded trails, cultural gardens, historic homes, community supported agriculture—there are many ways for visitors to discover and explore The Trustees, and just as many opportunities for seasonal employees to make each visitor’s experience special.


The Trustees Farms:

The Trustees farms have rich history in New England agricultural communities, from the oldest dairy farm to Amelia Peabody’s legendary farm, there are deep roots. Rolling grasslands, grazing livestock, stone walls, and historic farm buildings are part of our pastoral landscape. Today, our farms still retain their bucolic quality and have also become well known for their CSA (community supported agriculture) operations. By purchasing a CSA share, members help to create community around our farms and their commitment to locally grown produce. They receive vegetables each week throughout the growing season, and participate in our pick-your-own crops as well, like fruits, flowers, and herbs. In addition, our farms donate produce to local hunger relief partners each week in order to make sure that our produce reaches as many people as possible. At The Trustees we are committed to growing our community by connecting people to food and the land on which it grows. We host farm events, volunteer opportunities, grassroots workshops, farm tours, and work-for-share opportunities.


In addition to being an Equal Opportunity Employer, The Trustees of Reservations aim to create a thriving, inclusive workplace that values each member of our team. We aspire to reflect and effectively serve the residents and communities of Massachusetts who are at the core of our mission.


We kindly request that you do not call to inquire about the status of your application. Those candidates chosen for interviews will be contacted.

How To Apply:
Please apply online via The Trustees' website linked here
Apply by:
July 25, 2019
About this Organization:
The Trustees of Reservations is one of Massachusetts’ largest non-profits and the nation’s first conservation and preservation organization. We preserve and protect places of natural, scenic and historic beauty and hold these “reservations” in “trust” for public use and enjoyment. Our passion is to improve the quality of life in the Commonwealth, using our properties and their many programs as a powerful and compelling platform to engage more residents and visitors in our mission-driven work. We believe in protecting the irreplaceable forever, for everyone.  Today, we care for 117 special reservations -- from beaches to farms, gardens and historic sites – within minutes of every resident. Funded and supported entirely by our nearly 2 million visitors and supporters, and more than 60,000 member households, we invite you to find your place.