Assistant Growers, Drumlin Farm
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
Drumlin Farm is a Mass Audubon wildlife sanctuary and working educational farm located 18 miles west of Boston. We seek individuals with some farming experience to join our team for the 2022 season. Housing and limited hours are available in winter when we are producing in a high tunnel and greenhouse; more opportunities arrive in mid-February when maple sugaring begins, and full-time work starts in April. At Drumlin Farm, we are committed to farming sustainably, which to us means protecting the soil, watershed, and the habitats of our wildlife sanctuary, while also involving the community in what we do. To that end, we lead CSA workshares and individual and group volunteers in the field several times per week, and we donate 10% of the harvest to area food pantries. To learn more about our farming practices, please visit our website: www.massaudubon.org/drumlin/farming.
Duties & Responsibilities
Assistant Growers work closely with the Crops Manager to raise crops on thirty acres and market produce through a farm stand, a weekly farmers’ market, restaurant accounts and a spring, summer and fall CSA program. They gain management experience as they instruct and lead volunteers in the field and at market. Assistant Growers will take responsibility for aspects of the operation that suit their talents and interests: restaurant accounts co-leader, farmers’ market co-leader, CSA programs co-leader, flower and bouquet-making lead, and farm stand lead.
Because Assistant Growers are entrusted with leading key components of the Crops operation, they are required to work the entirety of the season. Seasonal work ends in the first week of December, at which time Assistant Growers meet with the Crops Manager to review the season and determine next steps. Continued employment through the winter and into the following season is a possibility for those outstanding performers wanting to learn more.
- Applicants should have experience working in crop production, or in a comparable field, and a strong desire to learn more
- Comfortable with physical labor in all weather conditions and able to lift up to fifty pounds repeatedly
- Experience cooking with local food and willing to share that knowledge with the public
- Willing to work with groups of adults and children
- Punctual, precise, energetic, resilient, and attentive people are a great fit with our team
- Applicants wanting to gain leadership experience in restaurant accounts and farmers’ markets must be willing to be trained to drive a 12ft. box truck
- Valid driver’s license
Compensation & Benefits
$17/hr. plus fruit and vegetables produced on the farm. On-farm housing is available.
Benefits and Perks:
This is a benefits eligible position.
Benefits eligible staff at Mass Audubon may elect to enroll in medical, dental, and vision plans. Mass Audubon also offers disability and life insurance plans, a retirement plan through MetLife, and Flexible Spending Account options. Mass Audubon employment also includes access to an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and the Reciprocity Agreement through the Consortium of Non-Profit Arts/Cultural/Environmental Organizations of New England. Mass Audubon employees also enjoy 12 paid holidays (holidays may shift annually due to where days fall within calendar).
A maximum of 3 vacation/holidays may be used between May 16 and Oct. 31. The balance of time-off is floated and can be used in November and beyond.
Hours and Additional Information
Hours vary with the progression of the season from around 45/wk. in the spring, to 63/wk. at the height of the season, and back to 45/wk. in the fall. From April through mid-May, hours are 7-5, Mon.-Fri. At the peak of the season, from mid-May through end of November, hours are 6-5:30, Tue.-Sat., with an additional half-day on either Sunday or Monday. A daily hour lunch break is unpaid.
Beginning in July and running through first frost, all Assistant Growers participate in the Friday evening cut flower harvest, which typically runs until dusk. CSA co-leads work an extra 1-1.5/hrs. each Wednesday evening breaking down the distribution area. These tasks are accounted for in the projected 63 hrs./wk. at height of season.
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
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