Part-Time Orchard Assistant

Community Harvest Project (CHP), a 501(c)3 organization, is dedicated to improving access to healthy foods through community engagement.  Through our volunteer farming, education, and leadership programs and partnerships, we bring thousands of community members together each year to build an engaged and healthier Worcester County.  In 2016, thanks to over 10,000 volunteer visits, CHP grew over 220,000 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables, the majority of which were donated through partnerships including the Worcester County Food Bank’s hunger relief network, Community Servings, and the Farm to Health Center Initiative.  In 2017, CHP will operate 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 our programs and impact, please visit www.community-harvest.org.

Responsibilities

The Orchard Assistant will participate fully in all aspects of operating the Prospect Hill Orchard, consisting of approximately 3,200 apple trees (including high density), 1 acre of peach trees, and an experimental hops patch.

Tasks include but are not limited to:

  • Execute daily agricultural duties (tree care and maintenance, weeding, mowing)
  • Execute harvest duties (picking, processing, distribution, etc)
  • Execute skilled/restricted farm activities after necessary training
  • Other as needed orchard tasks
  • Assist in all volunteer operations during the harvest season:
    • Work with Team Leaders to plan volunteer sessions
    • Oversee and work with volunteer groups
    • Provide a positive volunteer experience

Qualifications:

  • 2 years of agricultural experience, preferably in an orchard setting
  • 1 year of tractor experience
  • Ability to lift 50 pounds
  • Ability to work in all types of weather including rain and snow
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Positive, self-starting attitude

Compensation & Benefits:

  • Approximately 20 hours per week, schedule to be determined with the Orchard manager
  • $14 per hour
  • 10 days of paid time off
  • 5 days of paid sick time

Contact

To apply send a cover letter and resume via e-mail to Susan Conant, Orchard Manager, at susan@community-harvest.org

2017 Sustainable Orchard Internship

Spend your internship at our orchard in the support of the hunger relief network in Worcester County!  Work with a “growing” organization as they continue to improve operations and increase output.  Learn the basics of the operation of a large scale sustainable orchard and volunteer organizing while you spend your time outdoors working with a diverse group of staff and volunteers.  Work directly with an experienced Orchard Manager responsible for 30 acres of diverse fruit trees.  Be part of the solution to hunger in Worcester County while exploring your future.

Responsibilities

Our Sustainable Orchard Interns will participate fully in all aspects of operating a non-profit volunteer farming organization at our orchard.  This is a 30 acre orchard of approximately 3,200 apple trees nestled on a 75 acre tract in Harvard, MA.  They will have direct hands on engagement in orchard operations, opportunities to participate in special projects and to assist in developing new programs/systems/ideas in order to continue CHP’s future growth.

Tasks include but not limited to:

  • Assist with orchard tasks such as pruning, crop/growth analysis, long term planning, budgeting, operations, mowing, pest control and analysis and property upkeep under the direction of our Orchard Manager.
  • Assist with maintaining a positive volunteer experience for all who visit the farm.
  • Assist with the planning, planting and care of a new one acre peach orchard to be planted in April 2017.
  • Choose a project in specific areas of focus to align with your major.

Requirements, qualified applicants will:

  • Have interest and/or some experience in farming and orchard operations
  • Be an excellent communicator and be able to demonstrate previous leadership responsibility
  • Be able to operate and lift farm equipment and/or produce weighing up to 50 pounds
  • Be able to 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
  • Flexible scheduling based on availability
  • Potential stipend available

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 leadership programs and partnerships, they bring thousands of community members together each year to build an engaged and healthier Worcester County.  In 2016, thanks to over 10,000 volunteer visits, CHP grew nearly 950,000 servings of fresh fruits and vegetables, the majority of which were donated through partnerships including the Worcester County Food Bank’s hunger relief network, Community Servings, and the Farm to Health Center Initiative.  In 2017, CHP will operate 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, Program Manager, at wayne@community-harvest.org

2017 Summer Sustainable Farming Internship

Spend your summer at the only farm in Central Massachusetts that donates all of the fresh produce it grows to support the hunger relief network in Worcester County!  Work with a leading Central Massachusetts non-profit organization as they continue to improve operations and evaluate farm production.  Learn the basics of large scale sustainable farming and volunteer organizing while you spend your summer outdoors working with a diverse group of staff and volunteers.  Be part of the solution to hunger in Worcester County while exploring your future.

Responsibilities

Our Summer Farming Interns will participate fully in all aspects of operating a non-profit volunteer farming organization.  They will have direct hands on engagement in farming, opportunities to participate in special group projects and to assist in developing new programs/systems/ideas in order to continue CHP’s future growth.

Tasks include but not limited to:

  • Assist with farm tasks like maintenance (tending, harvesting, irrigating, mowing, etc.) and lead diverse groups of volunteer farmers in daily operational activities at our farms in North Grafton, MA
  • Assist with maintaining a positive volunteer experience for all who visit the farm
  • Complete projects in specific areas of interest (Marketing and Outreach, Education, Agriculture, Environmental Sciences, Nutrition, Non-Profit Management, etc.)
  • Other tasks as needed

Requirements, qualified applicants will:

  • Have interest and/or some experience in farming or gardening
  • Be an excellent communicator and be able to demonstrate previous leadership responsibility
  • Be able to lift farm equipment and/or produce weighing up to 50 pounds
  • 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 40 hours per week, June through August, working primarily morning hours with an occasional late afternoon/early evening or Saturday

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 2016 working together with over 9,800 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 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, Volunteer Program Manager, at wayne@community-harvest.org