2021 Part Time Volunteer Program Assistant

We are currently seeking a Part Time Volunteer Program Assistant to work under the direction of our Manager of Volunteer Programs at our North Grafton location. The ideal candidate will have basic computer skills, possess strong interpersonal skills, and have the ability to illustrate strong organizational/follow up skills.

Interested applicants  should email a cover letter, resume, and 2-3 references by April 23, 2019  to wayne@community-harvest.org

Schedule: This is a part time, seasonal position from May 10 through October 1. 15 hours per week, Monday-Friday with morning availability.

Compensation: $15.00 per hour 

Job Description: The Volunteer Program Assistant is responsible for key communications between Community Harvest Project and our outside volunteer groups. This role assists with ensuring an accurate forecast of future volunteers and helps to prepare volunteers for their visit to our farms. In this role there will be significant email and phone contact with outside volunteer groups and their coordinators. 

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assist Manager of Volunteer Programs with Volunteer Operations 
    • Provide support to Volunteer Programs 
    • Serve as point-of-contact for potential and current volunteers 
    • Complete projects as needed 
  • Weekly Scheduling 
    • Utilize Salesforce platform to assist in scheduling volunteers 
    • Follow up with volunteer group coordinators via phone and email 
  • Volunteer Engagement 
    • Greet and present to volunteers when they arrive to our farm
  • Data tracking and Reporting 
    • Gather data on Volunteer Programs and produce output 
    • Create comprehensive reports to guide the trajectory of the program 

Specific Qualifications Include:

  • Knowledge of Google and Windows Suite 
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills 
  • Public speaking, presenting to volunteer visitors 
  • Cloud based platform experience, preferably Salesforce   
  • Positive, self-starting attitude 

Community Harvest Project is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization  with locations in North Grafton and Harvard, MA. Our mission is to build healthy communities through volunteer farming and nutrition education. Each year our sites host over 8,000 volunteers who work together to grow and donate an average of 270,000 pounds of produce to local hunger relief agencies such as the Worcester County Food Bank, Community Servings, and more.

2021 Orchard Internship

Farming for Hunger Relief; Sustainable Orchard Internship

Spend your summer working with a leading Central Massachusetts non-profit organization as they continue to improve operations and expand their reach of healthy produce to Worcester County’s most vulnerable. Gain valuable experience and learn about a sustainable orchard and volunteer organization, the basics of non-profit operations, and volunteer organizing while you spend your summer outdoors. Work directly with an experienced Orchard Manager, responsible for 30 acres of fruit trees. Be part of a dynamic team aiding hunger relief in Worcester County while exploring your future.  

Responsibilities

Our Interns will participate fully in all aspects of operating a non-profit volunteer farming organization at our orchard. They will have direct hands-on engagement in farming 30 acres of fruit trees. Including 3,200 apple trees and 150 peach trees nestled on a 75 acre property in Harvard, MA.  They will be involved in orchard operations and have opportunities to participate in special projects.  Tasks include but not limited to:

  • Assist with orchard tasks such as pruning, fruit thinning, fertilizing, crop/growth analysis, mowing, irrigation, pest control, weed management, and property upkeep under the direction of our Orchard Manager and Orchard Assistant. 
  • Assist with maintaining a positive volunteer experience for all who visit the farm
  • Occasional visits to work with our farm team in North Grafton, MA will be required.    
  • Support and work on some organizational events as needed 
  • Other tasks as needed

Educational Components 

  • Interns will have the opportunity to work with and learn from all staff members of the non-profit and will gain insight into the multi-faceted operations of the organization. In addition they will have the opportunity to complete an optional group orchard project. 
  • Interns will have the opportunity to complete a group project by the end of the internship.
  • The internship also includes off-site visits to partner organizations which allows students an opportunity to learn more about local hunger relief efforts and non-profit partnerships.

Requirements, qualified applicants will:

  • Be an excellent communicator and be able to demonstrate previous leadership responsibility
  • Have interest and/or some experience in farming or gardening
  • Be able to lift farm equipment and/or produce weighing up to 50 pounds
  • Be comfortable using or learning to use power tools like weed-whackers and lawn mowers 
  • Be prepared for work in outdoor weather conditions, we operate rain or shine
  • Work within a team or independently, be self-motivated, with great attention to detail
  • Have reliable transportation   
  • Be available for 30 hours per week, June through August with the opportunity to extend the internship into the fall season with adjusted flexible hours. Unique scheduling needs may be negotiated in advance and are subject to operational needs of the organization
  • Be flexible and have a sense of humor! This is a real farming operation and we operate at the whim of nature, so flexibility is key

Organization Information: 

Community Harvest Project (CHP), a 501(c)3 organization, is dedicated to improving access to healthy foods through community engagement.  Through their volunteer farming, volunteer programs and partnerships, they bring thousands of community members together each year to build an engaged and healthier Worcester County.  In a typical year working together with over 7,500 volunteers they produce over a million servings of fresh produce for donation to individuals and families in need throughout our community who otherwise may not have had access.  The produce is donated through numerous partner organizations such as The Worcester County Food Bank, Community Servings, Loaves and Fishes, Jeremiah’s Inn, and The Hector Reyes House.  CHP operates at Brigham Hill Community Farm and White’s Farm in North Grafton, MA and at Prospect Hill Farm in Harvard, MA.  

For more information about their programs and impact, please visit www.community-harvest.org

Contact

To apply send letter of interest and resume via e-mail to Wayne McAuliffe, Manager of Volunteer Programs, at wayne@community-harvest.org 

2021 Summer Farm Intern

Internship: Sustainable Farming for Hunger Relief 

Spend your summer working with a leading Central Massachusetts non-profit organization as they continue to improve operations and expand their reach of healthy produce to Worcester County’s most vulnerable. Gain valuable experience and learn about mid-size farming practices, the basics of non-profit operations, and volunteer organizing while you spend your summer outdoors working with a diverse group of staff and volunteers.  Be part of a dynamic team aiding hunger relief in Worcester County while exploring your future.  

Responsibilities

Our Interns will participate fully in all aspects of operating a non-profit volunteer farming organization.  They will have direct hands-on engagement in farming over 10 acres of vegetables and 30 acres of fruit trees.  The internship includes working with and leading volunteers in farm activity while gaining valuable leadership and communication skills.   

Tasks include but not limited to:

  • Lead diverse groups of volunteer farmers in daily activities at our farms primarily in North Grafton, MA. 
  • Assist with maintaining a positive volunteer experience for all who visit the farm
  • Support farm maintenance tasks (mowing, harvesting, weeding, irrigation, etc.) 
  • Occasional visits to work with our orchard team in Harvard, MA will be required    
  • Support and work on some organizational events as needed 
  • Other tasks as needed

Educational Components 

  • Interns will have the opportunity to work with and learn from all staff members of the non-profit and will gain insight into the multi-faceted operations of the organization 
  • Interns will be responsible for completing a group farm project to be completed by the end of the internship.
  • The internship also includes off-site visits to partner organizations which allows students an opportunity to learn more about local hunger relief efforts and non-profit partnerships.

Preferred Qualifications, qualified applicants will:

  • Be an excellent communicator and be able to demonstrate previous leadership responsibility
  • Have interest and/or some experience in farming or gardening
  • Be able to lift farm equipment and/or produce weighing up to 50 pounds
  • Be comfortable using or learning to use power tools like weed-whackers and lawn mowers 
  • Be prepared for work in outdoor weather conditions, we operate rain or shine
  • Work within a team or independently, be self-motivated, with great attention to detail
  • Have reliable transportation   
  • Be available for 30 hours per week, June through August, working primarily-morning hours with an occasional late afternoon/early evening or Saturday.  Unique scheduling needs may be negotiated in advance and are subject to operational needs of the organization. This internship can be extended through the fall season. 
  • Be flexible and have a sense of humor! This is a true farming operation and we operate at the whim of nature, so flexibility is key. 

Organization Information: 

Community Harvest Project (CHP), a 501(c)3 organization, is dedicated to improving access to healthy foods through community engagement.  Through their volunteer farming, volunteer programs and partnerships, they bring thousands of community members together each year to build an engaged and healthier Worcester County.  In a typical year working together with over 7,500 volunteers they produce over a million servings of fresh produce for donation to individuals and families in need throughout our community who otherwise may not have had access.  The produce is donated through numerous partner organizations such as The Worcester County Food Bank, Community Servings, Loaves and Fishes, Jeremiah’s Inn, and The Hector Reyes House.  CHP operates at Brigham Hill Community Farm and White’s Farm in North Grafton, MA and at Prospect Hill Farm in Harvard, MA.  

For more information about their programs and impact, please visit www.community-harvest.org

Contact

To apply send letter of interest and resume via email to Wayne McAuliffe, Manager of Volunteer Programs, at wayne@community-harvest.org 

Now Hiring: 2021 Seasonal Farm Assistant

2021 Seasonal Farm Assistant

We are currently seeking a Farm Assistant to work under the direction of our Farm Manager at the Brigham Hill Community Farm site, located in North Grafton.  The ideal candidate will have at least one year of experience in agricultural work, will be motivated, have a friendly personality, and enjoy working with individuals of all ages and abilities. This unique position includes both physical/agricultural work and both friendly and effective volunteer engagement.  Working with the public is a daily responsibility.  See below for more qualifications.

Interested applicants should email a cover letter, resume, and 2-3 professional references by March 12, 2021 to dave@community-harvest.org.

Schedule:  This is a blended, seasonal position, spanning April through October —  20 hours per week during months of April and October  (days flexible) / 40 hours per week May through August (Tuesday through Saturday)  

Compensation: $15.00 per hour; 5 days paid sick time; paid holidays May through August

Role Description: This position focuses on providing a positive volunteer experience and growing high quality produce suited for donation to area hunger relief agencies.

Duties and responsibilities

  • Assist in all farming operations:
  • Execute daily agricultural duties
  • Execute daily produce distributions
  • Monitor of equipment and recommending related repairs/replacements
  • Adhere to all safety guidelines and ensuring their execution
  • Execute skilled/restricted farm activities
  • Assist in basic property maintenance (mowing, brush removal, etc)
  • Assist in all volunteer operations:
  • Oversee volunteer groups, ensuring a positive experience as well as proper completion of tasks
  • Assist with special projects (ie pruning, light construction, etc), as assigned by the Farm Manager or Executive Director

Qualifications

  • 1+ year of agricultural experience
  • Ability to lift 50 pounds
  • Ability to work in all weather including rain and snow
  • Excellent personal and communication skills
  • Positive, self-starting attitude

Community Harvest Project is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization  with locations in North Grafton and Harvard, Mass. Our mission is to build healthy communities through volunteer farming and nutrition education. Each year our sites host over 8,000 volunteers who work together to grow and donate an average of 270,000 pounds of produce to local hunger relief agencies such as the Worcester County Food Bank, Community Servings, and more.

Job Posting: Orchard Assistant

Community Harvest Project is a 501(c)3 non profit farm that engages volunteers to grow fruits and vegetables to provide to those experiencing hunger.  Through our volunteer farming programs and community partnerships, we bring thousands of community members together each year to improve access to healthy foods for individuals and families across Worcester County and other local communities.  

We are currently seeking an orchard assistant to work under the direction of our orchard manager at our Harvard site, the Prospect Hill Community Orchard.  This 75-acre property includes approximately 27 acres of apple trees, an acre of peaches and an acre of asparagus.  The vast majority of the crops are grown for donation to our partner agencies.

The right candidate will have experience working in an orchard and/or other agricultural work, will be self-motivated, have a friendly personality, and enjoy working with individuals of all ages and abilities.  See below for more information.

Job Purpose:

  • Assist in all orchard operations under the direction of the Orchard Manager:
    • Help execute daily agricultural duties
      • Planting
      • Weed control
      • Irrigation
      • Fertilization
      • Mowing
      • Pruning
      • Equipment maintenance
      • General property maintenance
      • Other farm duties
  • Help execute Harvest Duties
    • Picking
    • Grading and packing
    • Partner distributions
    • Occasional deliveries
  • Execute skilled/restricted farm activities after necessary training
    • Operate trucks, atvs, tractors, loaders, mowers, fork trucks, sprayers, weed trimmers, chainsaws, plows, fertilizer spreaders and other farm equipment and tools
    • Apply fungicides, insecticides, PGRs, herbicides, rodenticides, and plant nutrients 
  • Assist in all volunteer operations
    • Work with team leaders to plan volunteer sessions
    • Oversee, train and work with volunteer groups
    • Oversee, train and work with farm interns
    • Provide a positive volunteer experience

Benefits:

  • Compensation: negotiable based on experience
  • Time off:  two weeks paid time off in year 1 and 2 to increase in following years per employee handbook guidelines.  5 days of paid sick time.  13 paid holidays.
  • Employer-sponsored individual health insurance with 50% of coverage paid by employer
  • Employer-sponsored 401k plan (no match)
  • Education/workshop fees for necessary licensure and credits 

Qualifications: 

  • 2 years working in a farm setting
  • 1 year of tractor experience, other farm equipment and power tool experience a plus
  • Knowledge of Integrated Pest Management and a Pesticide Applicator License a plus
    • If you do not have your PAL, training will be provided and CHP will pay for licensure.
  • Ability to lift 50lbs
  • Ability to work in all weather conditions
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Positive, self-starting attitude

To apply please send a resume and cover letter to susan@community-harvest.org.

Farming for Hunger Relief: Sustainable Farm Internship

Spend your summer working with a leading Central Massachusetts non-profit organization as they continue to improve operations and expand their reach of healthy produce to Worcester County’s most vulnerable. Gain valuable experience and learn about mid-size farming practices, the basics of non-profit operations, and volunteer organizing while you spend your summer outdoors working with a diverse group of staff and volunteers.  Be part of a dynamic team aiding hunger relief in Worcester County while exploring your future.  

Responsibilities

Our Interns will participate fully in all aspects of operating a non-profit volunteer farming organization.  They will have direct hands-on engagement in farming over 10 acres of vegetables and 30 acres of fruit trees.  The internship includes working with and leading volunteers in farm activity while gaining valuable leadership and communication skills.   

Tasks include but not limited to:

  • Lead diverse groups of volunteer farmers in daily activities at our farms primarily in North Grafton, MA. 
  • Assist with maintaining a positive volunteer experience for all who visit the farm
  • Support farm maintenance tasks (mowing, harvesting, weeding, irrigation, etc.) 
  • Occasional visits to work with our orchard team in Harvard, MA will be required    
  • Support and work on some organizational events as needed 
  • Other tasks as needed

Educational Components 

  • Interns will have the opportunity to work with and learn from all staff members of the non-profit and will gain insight into the multi-faceted operations of the organization 
  • Interns will be responsible for completing a group farm project to be completed by the end of the internship.
  • The internship also includes off-site visits to partner organizations which allows students an opportunity to learn more about local hunger relief efforts and non-profit partnerships.

Preferred Qualifications, qualified applicants will:

  • Be an excellent communicator and be able to demonstrate previous leadership responsibility
  • Have interest and/or some experience in farming or gardening
  • Be able to lift farm equipment and/or produce weighing up to 50 pounds
  • Be comfortable using or learning to use power tools like weed-whackers and lawn mowers 
  • Be prepared for work in outdoor weather conditions, we operate rain or shine
  • Work within a team or independently, be self-motivated, with great attention to detail
  • Have reliable transportation   
  • Be available for 30 hours per week, June through August, working primarily-morning hours with an occasional late afternoon/early evening or Saturday.  Unique scheduling needs may be negotiated in advance and are subject to operational needs of the organization 
  • Be flexible and have a sense of humor! This is a true farming operation and we operate at the whim of nature, so flexibility is key 

Organization Information: 

Community Harvest Project (CHP), a 501(c)3 organization, is dedicated to improving access to healthy foods through community engagement.  Through their volunteer farming, education, and volunteer programs and partnerships, they bring thousands of community members together each year to build an engaged and healthier Worcester County.  In 2019 working together with over 7,500 volunteers they produced significant fresh produce resources for individuals and families in need throughout our community who otherwise may not have had access.  The produce is donated through numerous partner organizations such as The Worcester County Food Bank, Community Servings, Loaves and Fishes, Jeremiah’s Inn, and The Hector Reyes House.  CHP operates at Brigham Hill Community Farm and White’s Farm in North Grafton, MA and at Prospect Hill Farm in Harvard, MA.  

For more information about their programs and impact, please visit www.community-harvest.org

Contact

To apply send letter of interest and resume via email to Wayne McAuliffe, Manager of Volunteer Programs, at wayne@community-harvest.org 

Farming for Hunger Relief: Sustainable Orchard Internship

Spend your summer working with a leading Central Massachusetts non-profit organization as they continue to improve operations and expand their reach of healthy produce to Worcester County’s most vulnerable. Gain valuable experience and learn about a sustainable orchard and volunteer organization, the basics of non-profit operations, and volunteer organizing while you spend your summer outdoors. Work directly with an experienced Orchard Manager, responsible for 30 acres of fruit trees. Be part of a dynamic team aiding hunger relief in Worcester County while exploring your future.  

Responsibilities

Our Interns will participate fully in all aspects of operating a non-profit volunteer farming organization at our orchard. They will have direct hands-on engagement in farming 30 acres of fruit trees. Including 3,200 apple trees and 150 peach trees nestled on a 75 acre property in Harvard, MA.  They will be involved in orchard operations and have opportunities to participate in special projects. Tasks include but not limited to:

  • Assist with orchard tasks such as pruning, fruit thinning, fertilizing, crop/growth analysis, mowing, irrigation, pest control, weed management, and property upkeep under the direction of our Orchard Manager. 
  • Assist with maintaining a positive volunteer experience for all who visit the farm
  • Occasional visits to work with our farm team in North Grafton, MA will be required.    
  • Support and work on some organizational events as needed 
  • Other tasks as needed

Educational Components 

  • Interns will have the opportunity to work with and learn from all staff members of the non-profit and will gain insight into the multi-faceted operations of the organization 
  • Interns will be responsible for completing a group orchard project by the end of the internship
  • The internship also includes off-site visits to partner organizations which allows students an opportunity to learn more about local hunger relief efforts and non-profit partnerships.

Requirements, qualified applicants will:

  • Be an excellent communicator and be able to demonstrate previous leadership responsibility
  • Have interest and/or some experience in farming or gardening
  • Be able to lift farm equipment and/or produce weighing up to 50 pounds
  • Be comfortable using or learning to use power tools like weed-whackers and lawn mowers 
  • Be prepared for work in outdoor weather conditions, we operate rain or shine
  • Work within a team or independently, be self-motivated, with great attention to detail
  • Have reliable transportation   
  • Be available for 30 hours per week, June through August, working primarily morning hours with an occasional late afternoon/early evening. Unique scheduling needs may be negotiated in advance are are subject to operational needs of the organization
  • Be flexible and have a sense of humor! This is a real farming operation and we operate at the whim of nature, so flexibility is key

Organization Information: 

Community Harvest Project (CHP), a 501(c)3 organization, is dedicated to improving access to healthy foods through community engagement.  Through their volunteer farming, education, and volunteer programs and partnerships, they bring thousands of community members together each year to build an engaged and healthier Worcester County.  In 2019 working together with over 7,500 volunteers they produced significant fresh produce resources for individuals and families in need throughout our community who otherwise may not have had access.  The produce is donated through numerous partner organizations such as The Worcester County Food Bank, Community Servings, Loaves and Fishes, Jeremiah’s Inn, and The Hector Reyes House.  CHP operates at Brigham Hill Community Farm and White’s Farm in North Grafton, MA and at Prospect Hill Farm in Harvard, MA.  

For more information about their programs and impact, please visit www.community-harvest.org

Contact

To apply send letter of interest and resume via e-mail to Wayne McAuliffe, Manager of Volunteer Programs, at wayne@community-harvest.org 

Apply to Join Our Board of Directors

Here at Community Harvest Project, we know it takes a diverse group of people to make our work possible – just look at thousands of volunteers who visit us each year! And there’s one group of volunteers in particular that ensure the success and progress of our organization: our Board of Directors.

We are currently seeking candidates to fill a small number of vacancies on our Board.  This is a great opportunity to be part of an inspirational organization, working with a dedicated board and staff to provide nutritious food to those in need.

Although we will consider all who are interested for this or other volunteer roles within the organization, please note that we’re particularly looking for those with one or more of the following:

  • Urban food system experience.
  • Experience in the field of education.
  • Knowledge of agricultural practices.
  • Contacts in north Worcester County who may be helpful to CHP, particularly in and around the town of Harvard.
  • Prior experience on nonprofit boards.

In addition, we are seeking to be an organization that reflects the diversity of our community. If interested, please email your resume and a letter detailing your connection to Community Harvest Project and our mission, and what skills you would bring to the Board. All applications and/or questions can be emailed to execdir@community-harvest.org and will be reviewed as they are received. 

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