Seasonal Field Assistant at Wright-Locke Farm
Reports to: Farm Manager
Roughly 40 Hours/Week; Tuesday through Saturday
April—end of October and minimal hours into November and December (start and end dates somewhat flexible)
Pay: Previous experience taken into consideration, $13/hour
Under the direct supervision of the Farm Manager, the field assistant works to meet the needs of the Wright-Locke Farm and the farm sales program. Exposure to: planting, seeding, harvesting, cultivating, soil fertility, and field maintenance.
- Work primarily with the Farm Manager to complete field tasks that will include but are not limited to seeding, transplanting, planting, weeding, harvesting, mowing, Farmers Market preparation, and Farmers Market staffing
- Meet with Farm Manager each workday morning during the growing season to define what needs to be completed during the day and by whom. A team approach is required throughout all aspects of this job.
- Observe and actively experience small-scale farming.
- Assist with supervising other employees and volunteers, young and old and all abilities
- Help in preparing and participation in markets, wholesales, and other market-based activities.
- Assist in preparing and participation in farm sponsored events.
- Assist in fostering capacity of farm
- Responsible to assist with tracking weekly harvests
- Assisting with tracking Organic Certification activities
- Responsible as lead at 1 of 2 Farmers Markets
- Assist in Greenhouse propagation and plant sales
- Driver’s License and a good driving record
- Passion and interest in working/learning about small-scale, low-input, sustainable vegetable, flower, and herb production
- Dedicated, hard worker—willing to fulfill commitment
- Self-starter, self-disciplined, goal orientated
- Ability to work with minimal supervision
- Ability to work both independently and as a team member
- Be in good physical condition and able to lift 50lbs
- Ability to work in a potentially challenging environment and be adaptable
- Have own transportation and be punctual
- Energetic nature and willing to have fun
**Housing is NOT provided.
**Interested persons should send their resumes and references with an introduction email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Earthwatch is an international environmental nonprofit organization that engages people in scientific field research and education. To achieve our mission, we offer research expeditions at exciting locations around the globe. Participants on these expeditions assist top scientists as they investigate important questions about how we
can better protect our planet.
LOCATION: BOSTON, MA, UNITED STATES
POSITION TYPE: INTERN (UNPAID)
Earthwatch supports field research that utilizes highly motivated non-specialist volunteers, also called citizen scientists, to collect data.
The Research Department is responsible for soliciting, reviewing, and recommending research proposals for funding and supporting researchers throughout their Earthwatch
careers. Earthwatch supports cutting-edge science through field-based expeditions that address:
• What is changing? (Discovery)
• Why is it changing? (Understanding)
• What can we do? (Action)
Research Associate Interns will assist the Research Department in a variety of tasks to help support the research team and Earthwatch scientists.
Applicants accepted on a rolling basis.
Internships offer training in a variety of tasks and provide individuals an opportunity to be part of an exciting and dynamic team. Internship responsibilities may shift
with seasonal needs. Responsibilities may include:
• Tracking impacts of field-based research projects on local ecological systems, socio-cultural systems, management plans, and on regional, national, and
• Evaluating project contributions to the increase of scientific knowledge through scientific peer reviewed journal articles
• Writing scientific outputs and outcomes of Earthwatch projects in a way that is accessible to the public
• Data entry and management
This is an office-based position. Ideal candidates will have:
• Understanding of biology, ecology, environment, anthropology
• Good attention to detail
• Adaptability, multi-tasking skills, and the ability to be a self-starter
As part of Earthwatch’s Intern Program, interns earn expedition credits and travel stipends that can be used towards a qualified Earthwatch Expedition. Interns are also
invited to participate in Earthwatch activities. We require a minimum commitment of 120 hours over a minimum of one month. We also encourage use of the internship for
academic credit, thesis, or practicum work towards degree or certificate programs.
All applicants must make their own living arrangements for them to stay within commuting distance to Boston, placement will be based on qualifications and availability.
To apply, please submit one document online here (https://earthwatch.org/About/Job-Details/research-associate-intern ) containing all of the following items. Incomplete
applications will not be considered.
• A Cover Letter illustrating your qualifications, why you are interested in this internship, and what you are looking to gain from this internship
• A current resume, detailing relevant office and/or field experience
• Your availability (days per week, and months of availability)
• Full contact information for three professional and/or personal references
• A recent writing sample excerpt (1 page max)
Please contact Stephen Hart, Research Project Manager, for more information: email@example.com
START-UP MANAGER LOCALLY-SOURCED & NATURAL FOODS MARKET Join the leadership of a successful enterprise in the fast expanding $20 billion local food industry. Start-up food-hub Grow Ohio Valley has built production, sales and distribution infrastructure to grow local agriculture into a force for social and economic change throughout the Appalachian rust-belt. The company is expanding and seeks to hire an ambitious, creative, community-minded retail manager to lead its new Public Market initiative—a place-based, locally-sourced and natural foods market in the downtown center of three USDA food desert census tracks in Wheeling, West Virginia. Amidst broad community interest and support from municipal, state and national funders, this venture will galvanize a thriving community through providing access to local and healthy food in a way that improves the financial wherewithal of local and regional farmers. This position is a unique opportunity to become a leader developing food systems toward prosperous economic development and real social equity.
POSITION RESPONSIBILITIES This position will lead the launch and management of the Public Market toward profitability. It reports to the company’s Executive Director and Board of Directors. Responsibilities include to: • Establish and maintain productive farmer and other producer relationships. • Adjust product mix and merchandizing to maximize market profitability operating within its mission. • Develop and execute successful marketing and promotional programs. • Engage the community through creative outreach and event programs. • Adjust and develop new operating policies and procedures as required. • Schedule and manage 2 – 4 additional market staff, and disburse payments to producers and vendors. • Develop and maintain accurate budget projections and assist fundraising efforts.
QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS Qualified individuals will demonstrate evidence of the following skills, attributes and experiences: • Self-starter, hard worker and natural leader • Passionate local and/or natural food enthusiast • Knowledge of or experience in grocery or agriculture–food safety, post-harvest handling, pricing, marketing, and merchandising • Ability to coordinate and conduct successful outreach across diverse populations • Experience in all or some of the following: – Retail merchandising and management – Accounting and budgeting – Profit and loss responsibility – Managing staff and reporting to executive management • Must have or gain immediate proficiency in Excel, POS and accounting software
MARKET CONCEPT Set to open in May 2019, the Public Market is a year-round, non-profit farmers market that brings local and natural foods into the heart of downtown. The market will financially benefit local farmers by selling local foods on consignment when possible, returning 70-80% of sales dollars to farmers versus just 15% in traditional grocery markets. In doing so, the market will channel million dollars to local farmers. The market will emphasize locally sourced, high quality natural and ethically sourced foods. It will be housed in an excellent downtown retail space, secured through a partnership with the City. The market is clearly differentiated from other regional markets with its unique local and natural-oriented product mix, its prime location, and strong support from regional farmers and funders, including the USDA, the WV Department of Agriculture, WV DHHR, and the City of Wheeling among others.
ABOUT GROW OHIO VALLEY Grow Ohio Valley is a fast growing non-profit food hub with a vision to achieve regional food security. Founded in 2014 by an urban farmer and a Harvard Business School graduate, the initiative is recognized as a positive change agent throughout the Ohio Valley. It has developed 6-productive farming sites, a small aggregation center, and a loyal customer base; aggregates fresh healthy food from 20 local farms; and delivers food-access and food and nutritional literacy programs that reach 5,000+ students a year. Through these efforts, we hope to fashion a new economic landscape; one offering increased prosperity, improved health, and a better environment!
COMPENSATION $30,000 per year plus benefits, up to $40,000 for highly experienced applicants Qualified applicants should send their resume with a cover letter explaining interest to PublicMarket@GrowOV.org . No calls please.
Northbound Ventures still has a few part-time research assistant positions to
fill immediately for an active plate waste study in Boston-area schools.
Details are below.
Interested candidates should email Scott Richardson at
firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Boston-area plate waste RA
Please include your weekday availability for all dates
between Oct 15 and Nov 20. Afternoon availability is especially needed.
Job Title: Part-time Research Assistant, Plate Waste Study
Reports To: Research Director
This is a part-time position supporting data collection for a research study
investigating student lunchroom eating habits in Boston-area public schools.
Data collection will occur Monday-Friday from approximately 9am-4pm for 6-8
weeks beginning in early October. If interested and available, qualified
applicants will be eligible to join a second round of data collection
beginning in late Spring 2019.
Research assistants are primarily responsible for supporting the collection of
student plate waste data in a public school setting. Duties primarily consist
of collecting and accurately recording the weights of school lunch components
remaining on students’ trays at the end of the lunch period. This is a great
opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students studying nutrition, public
health, or education to gain field experience in primary data collection.
Responsibilities and Duties:
• Arrive punctually at school study sites on assigned days. All study
sites are proximal to public transportation and carpooling options may also be
available for team members.
• Perform daily set-up and breakdown of data collection sites, including
labeling lunch trays, and assisting with clean-up after data collection.
• Collect and store lunch trays from 3rd-8th grade students at the end
of each lunch period for measurement.
• Accurately weigh and record lunch meal components in a spreadsheet on
a laptop computer.
• Complete other study-related tasks as requested.
• High School diploma (or equivalent) required, bachelor’s degree
• Availability during weekday work hours (9am-5pm) from October 1, 2018
– November 20, 2018. Candidates are not required to work all days per week,
but must be available for the entire shift on days they select. Preference
will be given to candidates with greater availability / flexibility.
• Ability to stand for 4-6 hours and work in a loud, fast-paced
environment (school cafeteria).
• Familiarity with Microsoft Excel and ability to type 35-50 words per
• Punctuality, attention to detail, and a strong commitment to advancing
knowledge through rigorous data collection.
• Positive attitude, flexibility, and ability to work well with others.
• Must pass criminal background check.
• $15 per hour. This is a temporary position and does not include
healthcare or other benefits.
• Course credit, as relevant and arranged with candidate’s academic
Contact information: For more information about the REU Site, visit http://wilsonlab.com/reu/ or contact Dr. Alan Wilson (email@example.com).