We’re Hiring! 2021 Field Crew Positions and Farm Education Manager


Gaining Ground is a 3 acre non-profit, no-till, organic farm in Concord, MA that grows produce for 15 hunger relief organizations alongside community volunteers. In the 2020 growing season we grew over 120,00 pounds of produce, supplying more than 1,000 food-insecure households each week in the Greater Boston region.

Gaining Ground uses regenerative practices centering around soil health and fertility and creating diversity on the farm. The farm has been recognized for bio-intensive farming practices and is part of no- till studies led by NOFA, MDAR and USDA/NRCS, testing the soil health and nutrients of our produce. 

Our grassroots organization thrives on committed, friendly individuals who support our mission with enthusiasm and a sense of humor. We are now hiring field crew members for the 2021 season. Some positions run from April to November, others May-October or June-August (precise start/end dates TBA).

  • 40 hours per week
  • 5 day work week, Tuesday – Saturday 
  • 1 Sunday/month for weekend chores

Responsibilities:

  • Work directly with the farm manager and other field crew members 
  • Implement all aspects of the farm including; greenhouse work, field preparations, soil fertility, irrigation, cover cropping, planting, cultivating, harvesting, distribution to recipients 
  • Lead and work alongside volunteers of all ages and abilities on a daily basis (COVID-19 safety protocols will be strictly enforced)
  • Manage wash station for a week at a time on a rotating schedule
  • Lead a free farmer’s market for a recipient partner 1x per month
  • Watering/Farm chores 1 Sunday per month

Qualifications:

  • Interest in or experience with no-till farming practices
  • Ability to work independently, as well as with the farm manager and other members of a small team 
  • Ability to lead and work alongside volunteers on a daily basis
  • Comfortable interacting with active board and interacting with recipient groups 
  • Ability to lift 50 pounds and perform repetitive physical tasks in all types of weather conditions. (heat, rain etc.)
  • Organized, punctual and attentive to detail
  • Self motivated and curious to learn and develop farming methods
  • Quality, speed and efficiency is important 
  • Satisfactory background and reference checks
  • A valid driver’s license
  • Cell phone communication
  • Reliable transportation

Please note that we are unable to provide housing as part of this position. Having your own means of transportation (car or bike) is strongly encouraged, as we are unfortunately not located close to public transport. To apply, please email a letter of interest, resume and 2-3 references to hiring@gainingground.org. We look forward to hearing from you!


We are also seeking a full-time, seasonal Farm Education Manager.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Works on the farm each morning, harvesting and managing the wash station on distribution days
  • Greets and guides volunteers on the farm, alongside and at the direction of the Farm Manager. Acts as the main on-site contact for volunteers and groups
  • Leads and works alongside volunteers of all ages and abilities on a regular basis.  (Gaining Ground adheres to strict COVID-19 safety standards)
  • Wears many hats; serves as a bridge between the farmers and volunteers
  • Staffs two weekly farmer’s markets in rotation with other farm crew
  • Leads the “Read for Seeds” program with local schools
  • Assists with volunteer scheduling in conjunction with the Program Manager
  • Represents GG at occasional events, conferences, and in various outreach activities
  • Works with the farm crew in all aspects of maple sugaring production.
  • Assists with greenhouse work, transplanting, weeding, harvesting, and all aspects of operating a small farm 
  • Regular Tuesday – Saturday schedule from April thru October
  • Watering/Farm chores 1 Sunday per month

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Strong interpersonal and teaching skills. Should have the desire and ability to share a passion for organic farming and knowledge of sustainable agriculture with volunteers and visitors
  • Interest in or experience with no-till farming practices
  • Familiarity with regenerative farming practices
  • Ability to work independently, as well as with farm managers and other members of a small team 
  • Ability to lead and work alongside volunteers on a regular basis
  • Comfortable interacting with an active board and office staff, and interacting with recipient groups 
  • Ability to lift 50 lbs and perform repetitive physical tasks in all types of weather conditions (cold, heat, rain, etc.)
  • Organized, punctual, and attentive to detail
  • Self-motivated and curious to learn and develop farming methods
  • A desire to produce food of the highest nutritional and ecological quality, and to continue to learn and grow as a person and farmer. Continuous personal development is encouraged and supported at Gaining Ground.
  • A calm, grounded presence.
  • Deep humility and a good sense of humor 
  • Position requires working on Saturdays

OTHER REQUIREMENTS

  • A valid driver’s license
  • Cell phone communication
  • Reliable transportation
  • Satisfactory background and reference checks

SALARY AND BENEFITS

• This position will provide a competitive salary based on the market and the applicant’s experience, among other factors. Typically, an annual evaluation will be conducted, at which time compensation levels are reviewed.

• Paid vacation and sick time.

• Personal and professional development opportunities in consultation with the executive director.

• The opportunity to work, learn, inspire, and be inspired alongside dedicated staff and board on a beautiful organic farm in a unique community!

TO APPLY: Please send a resume, cover letter, and two farming-related references to: hiring@gainingground.org

Gaining Ground is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We welcome all applicants regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender identity, sexual orientation, or marital status.