Part-Time Volunteer Assistant

We are currently seeking a Seasonal Part Time Volunteer Assistant to work under the direction of our Volunteer Program Manager 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.  See below for more information.

Interested applicants should email a cover letter, resume, and 2-3 references by April 11 to Cordelia Lyon, Executive Director at cordelia@community-harvest.org

Schedule

This is a part time, seasonal position from May 7 through August 31

10 hours per week Monday through Friday with either morning or afternoon availability

Job Description

The Volunteer 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 Volunteer Program Manager with Volunteer Operations

Weekly scheduling

Follow up via phone and email

Compensation: $11.00 per hour

Qualifications

Google and Windows Suite

Cloud based platform experience, preferably Salesforce

Excellent written and verbal communication skills

Positive, self-starting attitude

Community Harvest Project is a 501(c)3 nonprofit farm 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 each year to local hunger relief agencies such as the Worcester County Food Bank, Community Servings, and more.

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2018 Summer Sustainable Farming Internship

Spend your summer working with a leading Central Massachusetts non-profit organization as they continue to improve operations and evaluate farm production.  Learn the basics of non-profit operations, sustainable farming 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 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 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.  The internship also includes off site visits to partner organizations which allows students an opportunity to learn more about local hunger relief efforts.

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 primarily in North Grafton, MA.
  • Occasional visits to work with our orchard team in Harvard, MA will be required.
  • Assist with maintaining a positive volunteer experience for all who visit the farm
  • Complete a group project that will benefit future operational capability
  • 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 35 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 2017 working together with over 8,400 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