Jobs at Moose Hill

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Field Worker

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 140,000 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. Explore, find inspiration, and take action at www.massaudubon.org.

About This Position

The Farm at Moose Hill is a Mass Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary that provides organic produce to more than 200 families through our CSA program, local hunger relief organizations, an on-site farm stand and Farmer’s Markets. We are looking for hard-working individuals with an interest in local food systems and sustainable agriculture to join our team for the 2022 season! Alongside the farm manager, the field crew will share responsibilities to successfully maintain, harvest, and distribute beautiful produce to our customers. 

The farm is 17 acres, certified organic, and located in Sharon, Massachusetts – about 25 miles from both Boston and Providence. We are the oldest Mass Audubon Sanctuary and are 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.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Weed, irrigate, plant, harvest, and distribute organically grown vegetables.
  • Ensure beautiful, high quality produce

Shared, rotating responsibilities, may include:

  • Assist with CSA setup 
  • Lead the wash area 1 day per week  
  • Set up an on-site farm stand  
  • Maintain electric fences  
  • Keep records and track donations
  • Deliver produce to our sister sanctuaries, as 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: 

  • Optimism and positivity, a desire to work efficiently, attention to detail, an ability to make quick decisions, and a desire to be a part of a team
  • Willingness to learn and an ability to work with a diverse range of people
  • Must be flexible: our day may not end at the exact same time everyday depending on what we’re doing, but we will always communicate beforehand if a late day is expected
  • Must be able to lift 30-50 pounds repeatedly  
  • Must be comfortable with physical labor in all weather conditions (heat, rain, cold, etc.) 
  • Must be able to maintain high-quality standards  
  • Must have a valid driver’s license  

Compensation & Benefits

$14.25 plus vegetables, flowers, and fruit from the farm.  

This is not a benefits eligible position.

Additional Information

This seasonal position starts on May 16, 2022 and ends October 28, 2022

Work Schedule: 

Tuesday – Saturday, 7am to 4:30pm with an hour unpaid 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 45 hours during peak season. There will be open communication and clear expectations around start times and end times. Mornings will usually be focused on harvesting and afternoons on weeding/general farm upkeep. Some unpaid time off (6-10 days) during the growing season is possible, but must be approved in advance.  

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
Job# 3621