Now Hiring: Orchard Manager

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 central and eastern Massachusetts.

We are currently seeking an Orchard Manager to work under the direction of our Executive Director at our Harvard site, the Prospect Hill Community Orchard. Our current Orchard Manager will be leaving CHP in 2022, so this role will work in tandem with her for part of this season and then take over the role. 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 hunger relief partner agencies.

Schedule: This is a full time, year round position at our Harvard Location working 40 hours per week. Monday through Friday schedule with occasional night/ weekend events and occasional work at our Grafton farm (all communicated ahead of time).

Location: On-Site at 115 Prospect Hill Rd, Harvard, MA, 01451

Job Description: The Orchard Manager is responsible for executing orchard tasks both individually and with volunteer groups to grow fresh produce for hunger relief. The right candidate will have experience working in an orchard, be self-motivated, have a friendly personality, have strong written and verbal communication skills, be comfortable public speaking, enjoy working with individuals of all ages and abilities, and be able to thrive in a dynamic non-profit organization working in support of our mission.

Duties and Responsibilities

● Execute and oversee all orchard management activities including:
○ Mowing, spraying, pruning, scouting for pests and determining appropriate
control strategies, fertilizing, irrigating, planting, thinning, harvesting and post
harvest storage
○ Yearly planning and record keeping of crop planting, crop nutrition, and pest
management plan
○ Inventory control and ordering of all needed tools, supplies, and plants
○ Safely operate farm vehicles and equipment
○ Oversee mixing, loading, and application of pesticides in accordance with label
required rates and procedures
● Staff management
○ Hire, train, schedule, and manage orchard staff (Orchard Coordinator, Orchard
Equipment Operator, Orchard Interns)
○ Complete annual staff reviews
● Volunteer coordination
○ Work with Volunteer Program Manager on volunteer activities and scheduling for
labor needs
○ Work directly with volunteer groups and volunteer Team Leaders to teach farm
skills and accomplish farm tasks
● Produce distribution and sales
○ Manage produce distribution with hunger relief partners, vendors, and volunteers
○ Maintain distribution records
○ Oversight and management of orchard stand sales
● Equipment and property maintenance
○ Oversight and management of property and facilities including brush clearing,
snow plowing, tree removal, fence repair, minor building maintenance, scheduling
of facilities maintenance needs, and cleaning of facilities
○ Troubleshoot and perform basic maintenance and repairs to farm equipment, and
schedule any other needed maintenance and repairs
○ Oversee equipment replacement by researching appropriate equipment for farm
tasks, collecting vendor quotes, preparing proposals for purchase, purchasing
approved equipment, and selling used equipment
● Yearly budget planning in conjunction with the Executive Director and monthly expense
reporting
● Community outreach
○ Represent CHP at workshops and community events
○ Maintain relationships with community groups
○ Participate in tours with donors and public figures
○ Help with CHP and community events
● Occasional work at our Grafton location (events, training, team building)
Qualifications:
● Bachelor’s degree with agricultural focus OR equivalent experience
● Enjoy working with and teaching volunteers of all ages and abilities
● Massachusetts Pesticide Applicator License and experience making safe chemical spray
applications compliant with the law
● Experience with Integrated Pest Management practices
● Working knowledge or tree fruit production (apples and peaches) and crop care
practices
● Knowledge of best harvest practices and post harvest storage practices of apples and
peaches
● Experience using and maintaining farm equipment (pick up trucks, tractors, fork lifts,
mowers, sprayers, fertilizer spreaders, mowers, power tools, cultivation equipment)
● Excellent communication skills
● Ability to lift 50 pounds
● Ability to work in all weather conditions
● Flexibility to work some weekend days
Benefits:
● Compensation: $22-24/hour, depending on experience
● Time off: 20 days PTO (160 hours), 5 days of paid sick time, and 13 paid holidays.
● Potential health care stipend if candidate is enrolled in eligible Health Connector
insurance
● Employer-sponsored 401k plan (no match)
● Education/workshop fees for necessary licensure and credits
Interested applicants should email a cover letter, resume, and 2-3 references by May 30th to susan@community-harvest.org.

Community Harvest Project is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with locations in North Grafton and Harvard, MA. Our mission is to engage and educate volunteers to grow fresh fruits and vegetables for hunger relief. Each year our sites host over 7,000 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.

Now Hiring: Seasonal Farm Assistant

2022 Seasonal Farm Assistant – Community Harvest Project, North Grafton, MA

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 daily physical/agricultural work as well as effective and  friendly volunteer engagement.  Working with the public is a daily responsibility.  Leadership and group communication are regular and required aspects of this position. See below for more qualifications.

Interested applicants should email a cover letter, resume, and 2-3 professional references by March 7, 2022 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: $16.00 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
    • Basic property maintenance (mowing, brush removal, etc)
    • Monitor equipment and recommend related repairs/replacements
    • Execute daily produce distributions
    • Execute skilled/restricted farm activities
  • Assist in volunteer operations
    • Set up and support volunteer activities and projects as directed by Farm staff
    • Oversee and lead 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
  • Adhere to all safety guidelines and ensure their execution

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, MA. Our mission is to engage and educate volunteers to grow fresh fruits and vegetables for hunger relief. Each year our sites host
over 7,000 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.

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 11 acres of production on two farms in Grafton, MA.  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 have the opportunity to learn from Central Massachusetts community leaders
  • 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

Internship; Sustainable Orchard Internship, 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 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 learn from Central Massachusetts community leaders 
  • 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 creating healthy and engaged communities through volunteer farming and nutrition education for those who are experiencing food insecurity. Through their volunteer farming, education, and leadership programs they bring thousands of community members together each year. In 2019 they hosted 7,563 volunteer visits that allowed for 417,644 servings of fruits and vegetables to be grown and donated through partnerships including the Worcester County Food Bank’s hunger relief network, Community Servings, and Hector Reyes House. They provided over 417,00 servings of fresh produce for individuals and families in need in our community who otherwise may not have had access. 

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

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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