Now Hiring: Orchard Coordinator

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 Coordinator 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.

Schedule: This is a full time, year-round position at our Harvard location working 40 hours per week. Monday through Friday schedule most of the year, and Tuesday-Saturday schedule during harvest season (September and October).

Location: On-site at 115 Prospect Hill Road, Harvard, MA, 01451

Job Description: The Orchard Coordinator is responsible for executing orchard tasks both individually and with groups to grow fresh produce for hunger relief.  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. 

Duties and Responsibilities:

  •  Management of the volunteer and intern experience: 
    • Assigning duties to all groups and overseeing their proper completion 
    • Overseeing all supplies and other needs to ensure proper volunteer and intern support 
    • Management the volunteer Team Leaders while on active duty 
    • Working with volunteers and interns throughout their assigned sessions 
    • Ensuring a positive experience for volunteers and interns through all of the above
  • Assist in all orchard operations under the direction of the Orchard Manager:
    • Execute daily agricultural duties (both independently and with volunteer groups)
      • Pruning
      • Weed control
      • Irrigation
      • Fertilization
      • Mowing
      • Pruning
      • Spraying
      • Equipment maintenance
      • General property and facilities maintenance
      • 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 
  • Occasional work at our Grafton location (events, training, team building)

Qualifications: 

  • Ability to lift 50lbs
  • Ability to work in all weather conditions
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Positive, self-starting attitude
  • Ability to work one Saturday a month during off-season, and all Saturdays during Harvest Season (September and October) 
  • 2 years working in a farm setting, orchard experience a plus
  • 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.

Benefits:

  • Compensation: $18/hour
  • Time off: 20 days to use in the first 2 years of employment, then 20+ days annually year 3 and on.  5 days of paid sick time. 13 paid holidays.
  • Health care stipend
  • 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 December 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: Orchard Equipment Operator

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 Equipment Operator to work under the direction of our Orchard Manager at our Harvard site, the Prospect Hill Community Orchard.

Schedule: This is a part time, year-round position at our Harvard location working 20 hours per week (exact days/schedule flexible). Requires some Saturday availability.

Location: On-site at 115 Prospect Hill Road, Harvard, MA, 01451

Job Description: The Equipment Operator is responsible for driving all farm equipment (tractors, forklifts) and doing general farm work (spraying, mowing), maintenance support of farm equipment and assisting the Orchard Manager in growing fresh produce for hunger relief.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Utilize farm equipment to perform daily tasks, including but not limited to spraying*, mowing, cultivating, using a front end loader, snow removal, and moving harvested bins of apples
  • Load/unload trucks
  • Troubleshoot and complete all regular maintenance of farm equipment
  • Deliver produce to partner organizations and our other farm location
  • Assist with record-keeping (pesticide application, equipment maintenance) if needed
  • Prioritize daily tasks and equipment needs with orchard manager
  • Additional projects as assigned by Orchard Manager
  • Farming tasks as needed, eg chainsaw use, tree removal, pushing brush, burning brush 

Specific Qualifications Include:

  • 2+ years current experience operating of farm equipment, trucks, forklifts, tractors or other large equipment.
  • Some mechanical skills. High School/Trade School/Mechanic School education – Military Mechanical Training also acceptable.
  • Current, valid driver’s license and driving record in good standing; must be over 18 years of age.
  • Prior agricultural experiences, orchard experience a plus
  • Possess a Pesticide License or be willing/able to be educated to obtain a Pesticide License at our expense
  • Ability to lift 50 lbs
  • Positive attitude, excellent communication, and strong work ethic
  • Attention to detail and safety 
  • Some Saturday availability during harvest season (September and October)

Benefits:

  • Compensation: $20/hour
  • Time off: 10 days to use in the first 2 years of employment, then 12+ days annually year 3 and on.  5 days of paid sick time.
  • Education/workshop fees for necessary licensure and credits 

Interested applicants should email a cover letter, resume, and 2-3 references by December 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: 2021 Administrative Program Assistant

We are currently seeking a Part Time Administrative Assistant to work under the direction of our Executive Director 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 December 23rd to tori@community-harvest.org

Schedule: This is a part time, year-round position at our Grafton location working 10-15 hours per week -(exact days/schedule flexible). 

Compensation: $18-20.00 per hour, commensurate with experience

Location: Primarily on-site with some remote work

Job Description: The Administrative Assistant is responsible for managing the office and maintaining all necessary functions to ensure the organization can achieve its mission of engaging and educating volunteers to grow fresh fruits and vegetables for hunger relief. 

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Office Management
    • Manage all services needed for functioning workspace, including but not limited to utilities, phone, internet, and EZPass
    • Order printed materials and merchandise, including business cards, brochures, flyers, and apparel
    • Process HR paperwork for new employees and update information as needed
    • Schedule meetings and send invitations (Zoom and in person)
    • Research new services and programs related to office management as needed
  • Bookkeeping and Development
    • Assist Development Coordinator with processing of cash receipts, credit card donations and check deposits
    • Maintain accuracy and consistency of donor and corporate information
    • Thank donors through personal phone calls and routine acknowledgement letters
  • Facilities management
    • Assistance with booking event space
    • Event space walk throughs
    • Permit filing and inspection scheduling
  • Website management
    • Be the primary manager for all website content, making updates throughout the year as programs, events and campaigns change
  • Other administrative tasks as they arise

Specific Qualifications Include:

  • Knowledge of Google and Windows Suite 
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills 
  • Organizational skills
  • Positive, self-starting attitude 
  • Cloud based platform experience a plus, preferably Salesforce
  • Knowledge of WordPress a plus   

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.

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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