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Jan 31 17

Summer Bird Study Position – Laurel, MD

by Marissa M. Donohue
The USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center in Laurel, Maryland is seeking to hire three full-time temporary student contractors to assist with the North American Breeding Bird Survey program (www.pwrc.usgs.gov/BBS), a long-term, continental avian monitoring program. Tasks will include working with wildlife survey data, performance of quality assurance and quality control procedures on biological data, data entry, assisting with database management, photocopying and filing, preparation of maps and assisting in preparation of administrative correspondence.
Application deadline: 
Interested applicants should submit their resume and cover letter by February 15, 2017.
Statement of Work 
1. Types of services required: During the summer field season, approximately 3100 BBS routes are sampled by participants skilled in avian identification. These data are then processed and analyzed by USGS to inform avian conservation efforts in the U.S. and Canada. Tasks will include processing incoming data and materials, performing data entry and quality control procedures using web-based technologies, tracking progress, assisting with database management, photocopying, scanning and filing materials, map preparation, and corresponding with participants.
2. Required expertise/skills: 
a. Applicants are required to have completed two years of undergraduate course work (student must be at least a second semester sophomore). 
b. Applicants must be majors in a biology, ecology, environmental science or related disciplines.
c. Applicants must be able to communicate effectively in English both verbally and in writing. 
d. Applicants must have knowledge of computer software used to summarize and visualize data (i.e. Excel and Access).
e. Knowledge of North American birds is not required but considered a plus.
3. Eligibility requirements: To be eligible for a student contract position, applicants must be either a currently enrolled student or a recent graduate. To qualify as a student, the applicant must be enrolled at least half-time in a degree-seeking program at an accredited college or university. Former students who graduated more than 10 months ago or who left school without graduating are not eligible to work under these contracts.  Applicants will be required to show proof of their student status (or recent graduation). USGS employees, their spouses, and children are not eligible to participate in this program. U.S. citizens are eligible. Non-U.S. citizens may be eligible to participate, depending on their immigration status and the applicable regulations of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (formerly Immigration and Naturalization Service). Foreign students in the U.S. under F-1 visas are usually not able to participate in this program, due to USCIS restrictions against off-campus work.
4. Description of working conditions: Work will be performed in an office environment located on the USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center campus in Laurel, Maryland. Extended periods of computer use will be required. This is not a field or laboratory position.
5. Compensation: The student contractor will be paid $16.71 per hour. Student contractors are paid only for hours worked (no holiday or leave benefits). Student is responsible for all costs of transportation to and from the principal duty station location. The Government does not provide housing, meals or other living expenses while working at the principal duty station. Official travel away from the duty station is not expected.
6. Principal Duty Station: USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, 12100 Beech Forest Road, Laurel, Maryland 20708-4038. Student contractors may enter the building only during business hours or when project manager is present.
7. Additional information: Number of students required is three. Estimated number of hours for the position is 544 (full-time for summer). There is a possibility of additional part-time hours continuing into the fall semester. The approximate start date is May 29, 2017. The approximate end date is August 25, 2017. There is flexibility in start and end dates to accommodate variations in academic calendars.
8. How to apply: Send resume and cover letter to Keith Pardieck via email (kpardieck@usgs.gov). Applications must be received on or before February 15, 2017. In your cover letter include an explanation of how you meet the eligibility requirements, your expected graduation date, and discuss your experience as related to sections 1 and 2 above.
Jan 31 17

Summer field technician positions in Western Montana

by Marissa M. Donohue

Summer Field Employment in Forest Ecology The University of Montana¹s Forest Ecology lab (http://www.cfc.umt.edu/forestecology) is hiring field research assistants for the summer of 2017 in western Montana. Work will be conducted in the Flathead and Kootenai National Forests. The research focuses on forest stand development in second growth western larch-mixed conifer forest and snowshoe hares. Work will include (1) installing and measuring vegetation plots, (2) sampling relative abundance of snowshoe hare, (3) learning about the effects of forest management on forest stand succession and wildlife habitat, and (4) learning about sampling techniques. Work will include moving through rough terrain with bulky and/or heavy gear. This project requires extensive travel and camping in remote locations. Qualifications: Previous experience collecting vegetation and wildlife data, working effectively and safely as a team in challenging environments, and following complex data collection protocols are required skills. Candidates must be detail oriented, be able to demonstrate problem solving skills and be able to work independently or in small groups. Candidates also need to be in good physical condition and be able to work long hours in adverse weather conditions. Other requirements include a valid driver¹s license with a clean driving record and first aid training, but applicants with Wilderness First Aid or Wilderness First Responder certification are preferred. Salary: $8.50 to $15.00 per hour depending on experience. Housing is not provided. Duration and Schedule: Late May through August with a flexible work schedule that includes up to eight consecutive 10-hour day work trips. Apply: To apply assemble into a single PDF file and email to david.wright@umontana.edu: (1) a one-page cover letter describing your reason for applying, specific dates of availability including any potential mid-summer absences, your qualifications and any relevant coursework; (2) a resume or CV no longer than 2 pages; (3) contact information (name, phone, and email) for at least two references with firsthand knowledge of your work experience (no need to send letters). Hiring preference will be given to applications received by February 12, 2016. Final hiring decisions will be made by February 28th. Exceptional candidates will be selected earlier. For more information please contact David Wright at the above email address.

Jan 31 17

Summer REU studying oil spill in Louisiana

by Marissa M. Donohue

Two Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) positions are available at
the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON) for the summer of
2017. The REU students will design and conduct studies that contribute to
the larger Coastal Waters Consortium (http://cwc.lumcon.edu) collaborative
effort studying the effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on Louisiana
salt marshes and coastal environments.  Over the past 5+ years CWC
researchers have been studying the impacts of the spill at paired oiled-
unoiled marshes across the southeastern Louisiana coast. The REU students
will be expected to work with a team of researchers (under the supervision
of Dr. Brian Roberts (http://robertsresearchlab.weebly.com/) and/or Dr.
Nancy Rabalais) to develop studies which address aspects of the larger
effort. We are particularly interested in students interested in conducting
projects on wetland biogeochemistry and ecology, plant ecology, microbial
ecology, sediment microalgae and/or subtidal benthos.  The REU students
will be involved in both the field and laboratory components of their project as
well as a variety of related projects and experiments being conducted by
other LUMCON and CWC researchers.

Candidates must be available for a ten week period beginning in early June
2017.  We will provide a $500/week stipend, room and board at the Marine
Center in Cocodrie, LA (http://www.lumcon.edu), and support for their
research.

The ideal candidate should be interested in pursuing a career in ecology or
biogeochemistry, creative, hard-working, detail orientated, dedicated, and
comfortable working as part of research team. Experience with field or
laboratory research in these areas in a plus but not necessary.  Background
or at least one course in ecology, chemistry, biogeochemistry, or
environmental science is required. To be eligible you must be returning to
an undergraduate degree program in the fall (e.g., if you will graduate in
May or June, you are NOT eligible).

Application deadline: March 15th 2017.

Applications should include: copy of unofficial transcripts, contact
information for two academic references, CV/resume, and a one page
statement that describes your interest in the REU position, academic goals, and any
previous research experience.

Applications should be sent to Dr. Brian Roberts at broberts@lumcon.edu
with “2017 REU application” in the subject line.   Please feel free to contact
me if you have any questions.

Jan 24 17

Summer Field Research – Alaska

by Marissa M. Donohue

Summer 2017  ­  Research Job Opportunity in Northern Alaska

We are seeking undergraduates or college graduates interested in
research to understand ecosystem function in soils, streams, and lakes,
and how arctic tundra will respond to climate change.

Job Description:  Paid research assistants will collect and analyze
field samples at sites located in the foothills of the Brooks Range in
Northern Alaska. Job duties include sample collection, field
measurements, and lab analyses at the Toolik Lake Field station.
Fieldwork involves hiking in remote areas while carrying heavy packs of
field equipment.  Additional responsibilities include chemical analyses
and data processing.  This position offers an excellent opportunity to
gain research experience in ecology and meet outstanding research
scientists from around the world. Room and board are provided.  This
position is associated with the National Science Foundation Arctic Long
Term Ecological Research (LTER) program.

To apply: Please send 1. your resume, 2. a 1-page description of your
background (include relevant course work, field experience, academic and
career goals), 3. the names and contact information of  3 references to:
Dr. George Kling, gwk@umich.edu.  Experience in ecology, chemistry, and
microbiology is desirable.  Employment will be approximately June 10 –
August 30, 2017.

Additional information about the Arctic Long Term Ecological Research
(LTER) project is available at http://arc-lter.ecosystems.mbl.edu/   and
information about Toolik Field Station is available at
http://toolik.alaska.edu/
We will begin reviewing applications on 1 February 2017 and continue
until all positions are filled.

Jan 11 17

Wild Horse and Burro Field Technician Position – March through September

by Marissa M. Donohue

Field technicians needed for work on wild horse and burro ecology,
March-September, 2017

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) and Colorado State University
(CSU) are conducting scientific research to assist the BLM in management of
free-roaming wild horses and burros on public lands. The research projects
are led by Dr. Kate Schoenecker (USGS/CSU) and Dr. Sarah King (CSU). We are
seeking field technicians for help with projects involving radio telemetry
and behavioral observations of wild horses and burros in remote sites in
Utah and Arizona. These positions provide a great opportunity to learn and
polish wildlife monitoring techniques and assist with research on wild
horses and burros. More information about our research projects can be found
at https://www.fort.usgs.gov/wildhorsepopulations

Description:
Field work in 2017 will be part of a five-year study examining the
demography and behavioral ecology of wild horses and burros in three
different Herd Management Areas (HMAs) in Utah and one in Arizona. The
successful applicants will use radio telemetry to locate wild horses or
burros to determine demographic parameters, and/or to conduct behavioral
observations. Positions available will focus on behavior and demography of
either wild horses or wild burros. There is potential for exemplary field
technicians to continue work as graduate students at CSU, pending successful
admittance to the university.

Field work will be rigorous, requiring extended hiking across all
terrains in remote areas, frequently off-trail on high slopes. Work will be
conducted under variable weather conditions at elevations above 6,000 feet,
with the potential for both extreme heat and temperatures below freezing.
Independence and a tenacious work ethic are essential. Behavioral
observations require a great deal of patience and ability to spend many
hours watching animals simply graze or rest. The positions are located in
remote field sites, necessitating excellent teamwork and flexibility, good
communication skills, and a positive attitude. Housing will be provided at
the field sites, and will consist of shared trailers, or tents. No internet
service is available in the housing, and cell service is patchy in most
locations.

We have openings for up to 6 field technicians that can commit for the
entire field season: mid-March through September 2017. There may be some
ability to truncate the season, so please state your availability in your
application, as well as your desire to work with wild horses versus wild
burros if you have a preference.

Field technicians will be employed by Colorado State University at a
salary of $14/hr.  This is an hourly position based on a 40-hour work week,
although due to the nature of field work longer work hours may be incurred.
No over time compensation is provided, and the positions are not eligible
for paid sick leave, or paid vacation.

Skills needed:
– Familiarity with use of GPS and/or map and compass.
– Maintaining and safeguarding personally assigned and project
equipment.
– Assisting in routine maintenance of housing.
-Ability to drive 4WD vehicles across varied and rugged terrain.
-Completion of necessary CSU or USGS safety courses and
certifications.
– Excellent communication skills required to remain in contact with
remote supervisor during protracted fieldwork.

Minimum qualifications:
– One year of laboratory or field research, or any equivalent
combination of experience, training and/or education.
–  A state driver¹s license valid during period of employment (any US
state).
-Ability to hike in backcountry covering 4-5 miles each day while
carrying a 35lb pack.

Preferred qualifications (in addition to above):
–  Bachelors degree in wildlife science, biology or related discipline.
– Experience with radio telemetry in field conditions.
– Experience with behavioral observations of mammals under natural
conditions.
– Understanding of animal behavior and ecology.
– Ability to manage and maintain a computer database.

To apply send both a letter of interest and resume with contact
information for two references to Sarah King at sarah.king@colostate.edu.
Clearly state how your experience qualifies you for this position, and your
availability. Deadline for receipt of applications is January 22, 2017.

Jan 11 17

Seasonal Avian Field Technician – Pittsburgh, PA

by Marissa M. Donohue
Avian Field Technician
Pittsburgh, PA (home office), Field sites throughout Pennsylvania
 
Western Pennsylvania Conservancy will be collecting data throughout Pennsylvania as part of bird monitoring and research efforts for use in biodiversity conservation. The Avian Field Technician will work in conjunction with other WPC staff to accomplish goals outlined in the specified project, WPC¹s strategic plan, and/or the Pennsylvania Natural Heritage Program Operating Plan.
 
Job Description:  The Avian Field Technician will conduct off-road point counts surveys to collect abundance and diversity information on bird species and assemblages at targeted sites of ecological value across Pennsylvania.  The successful applicant will be expected to work independently or alongside WPC staff to complete surveys, bush-whacking on foot to most locations and navigating through rugged and sometimes dangerous terrain (i.e. rocks, insects, poison ivy, and rattlesnakes). Other duties may include desktop field preparations, site access communications with private landowners and public land managers, data entry, and assisting with forest stand validation. 
 
Qualifications:  Must have experience and familiarity with the birds and ecosystems of Pennsylvania and the mid-Atlantic region. Working knowledge and experience with identification of birds by sight and primarily sound is required. Candidates should have experience with intensive scientific field studies, ecological research techniques (especially avian surveys), working in remote locations and extended field excursions. Must be able to travel throughout Pennsylvania and be able to work various hours, as needed. Must have ability to hike long distances over steep, hilly, and/or rocky terrain and work long hours in cool, hot, or wet spring/summer conditions. Familiarity with GPS and map navigation in remote settings preferred. Valid U.S. driver¹s license required. Qualified individuals should have completed or be currently pursuing a B.S. degree in Biology, Ecology, Wildlife Biology, Zoology or related field, or equivalent combination of education and experience in relevant positions and projects.
 
Position Duration:  mid-May to late-July 2015 (approximately 8-10 weeks)
 
Pay:  $12-15 per hour; 40 hour work-week, plus some expenses
 
Application process: Send resume, cover letter, and contact information for three references to wpcjobs@paconserve.org and list Avian Field Technician in the subject line of the email. Application deadline is February 10.
Jan 11 17

Summer Ecology Internship (Paid) in Redding, CT

by Marissa M. Donohue
Highstead, a regional land conservation and ecological research center is accepting applications for one field ecology intern to participate in Highstead¹s long-term research and monitoring program in the summer of 2017.  Major projects include resampling the herbaceous layers of (1) 8 deer exclosure and paired control plots in disturbed (blowdown + salvage log) and undisturbed forest in southwestern CT; (2) 8 deer exclosure and paired control plots at the Harvard Forest Hemlock Removal Experiment in central Massachusetts.  Additional projects will include (3) resampling wetland vegetation plots as part of a Phragmites removal project at Highstead and, time permitting, (4) a pilot study looking at the effects of beaver on riparian forest structure and composition.  The intern will gain extensive experience with forest vegetation sampling techniques and woody and herbaceous plant identification.  Positions will be predominantly field-based but will also include data entry, some herbarium work (mounting pressed specimens), limited data analysis, and preparing a 15-20 minute final presentation for Highstead staff.  The internship will be based in Redding, Connecticut, but will include travel and overnight stays to conduct field work at the Harvard Forest in central Massachusetts.
 
Qualifications:
Upper level undergraduate or recent graduate in botany, ecology, or related field.  Applicants should have previous experience with field work.  Successful applicants must (1) have a keen interest in the study and intensive identification of woody and herbaceous plants including grasses and sedges (2) beenthusiastic about conducting intensive fieldwork in hot, humid and sometimes rainy weather; in a landscape with deer ticks; and in forest understories with downed trees and thick, often spiny shrub layers (3) be very detail-oriented to collect careful and accurate data in challenging field conditions, collect and press unknown plant specimens, and enter data into a database; and (4) have the flexibility to adapt to several different research projects including some travel; and (5) have a positive can-do attitude.
 
Position DatesMonday, May 29 – Friday, August 11, 2017
 
Stipend: $5,000.00 and free furnished housing.
 
To apply, please send a cover letter and resume (with relevant experience and contact information for three references) to jcologgi@highstead.netreference Ecology Intern Application as the email subject.  Accepting applications immediately.  Review of applicants will begin in mid-February and continue until position is filled in March.
Dec 22 16

Public Affairs Officer – Ecological Society of America

by Marissa M. Donohue
Title:                            Public Affairs Officer
 
Department:              Public Affairs Office
 
Supervisor:                 Director of Public Affairs
 
Classification: Full-time, Exempt
 
 
Purpose & Responsibilities
 
ESA has an excellent career opportunity in our Public Affairs Office (PAO). The Public Affairs Officer is an integral position within PAO. The Public Affairs Officer will be responsible for developing, coordinating and implementing strategies to increase federal funding opportunities with Congress for the science of ecology, provide policymakers with information, and  develop opportunities for ESA member policy engagement.
 
We are seeking a highly motivated individual who is enthused about working with a dedicated group of individuals who are committed to the science of ecology.
 
Specific Activities for the Public Affairs Officer
 
Research and Analysis
·         Work with the Director of Public Affairs to develop policy positions, analyze and respond to federal legislation, regulation, and rulemaking
·         Track federal science and environmental legislation and appropriations bills in Congress
·         Analyze select federal agency science budgets 
·         Draft content for science policy letters
·         Attend and report on relevant congressional committee hearings
·         Represent ESA at coalition meetings, agency meetings, and at other events 
·         Actively participate in, and report on, policy discussions of interest to the ecological community
·         Special projects as needed
 
 
Advocacy
·         Assist with congressional policy briefings 
·         Represent ESA in meetings with congressional office staff and Members of Congress
·         Working with the Director of Public Affairs, organize and coordinate ESA member biannual congressional visits
 
Communications
·         Write and distribute a bi-weekly policy e-newsletter for ESA members
·         Create science policy content for ESA websites, social media and external written products and track analytics
·         Develop and maintain relationships with ESA members interested in science policy
·         Assist in developing policy and communication training workshops and webinars for ESA members
·         Draft policy-related press releases
·         Write posts for the Ecologist Goes to Washington blog
 
 
Qualifications
  • BA/BS degree with 2-4 years of experience; or 1-3 years of experience with MS/MA degree
  • Experience or internship working in Congress or federal agency  is a plus
  • Scientific or environmental background is a plus
  • Strong analytical, written, verbal skills
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Ability to read, interpret, analyze, track, and apply legislation to ESA program policies, and make good decisions without daily oversight
  • Willingness to develop relationships with ESA members, policy makers, scientists, and other stakeholders
  • Ability to perform responsibilities with composure, accuracy, and quality under the stress of deadlines and/or fast pace
  • Effective time-management skills with the ability to handle multiple assignments simultaneously and to plan for both short- and long-term projects
  • Willingness to learn as needed and follow directions 
  • Demonstrated high level of initiative
  • Must enjoy working effectively as part of a team
  • Positive attitude in accomplishing tasks
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality 
  • Travel: less than 10%; must be able to travel to the ESA Annual Meeting each August
 
ESA offers a casual work environment, competitive compensation (based on experience) and a great benefits package:  employer paid health insurance, vacation and sick leave, paid holidays, employer contributed retirement account, and casual Fridays. The position is based in ESA¹s Washington, DC office.  
 
Please email a cover letter with salary expectations, CV or resume to Alison Mize, and a short writing sample to alison@esa.org. You may also include your LinkedIn url and any social media handles or pages. Please put ³PA Officer with your last name² in the subject line. The position is open until filled.
 
 
ESA is an Equal Opportunity employer. 
 
About ESA
The Ecological Society of America, founded in 1915, is the world¹s largest community of professional ecologists and a trusted source of ecological knowledge, committed to advancing the understanding of life on Earth. The 10,000 member Society publishes five journals and a membership bulletin and broadly shares ecological information through policy, media outreach, and education initiatives. The Society¹s Annual Meeting attracts 4,000 attendees and features the most recent advances in ecological science.
Dec 22 16

Teaching Kitchen Administrator – Daily Table

by Marissa M. Donohue
Teaching Kitchen Administrator
Posting Date: December 2016 Email: fshonkoff@dailytable.org
Position: Part Time (24+ hrs/wk) To Apply: Email resume and cover letter
Salary Range: $15/hr
About Daily Table:
Daily Table provides affordable nutrition to those most in need, helping to eliminate hunger and the health-related challenges associated with a poor diet.  Through an innovative not-for-profit retail grocery model, Daily Table addresses these challenges with a solution designed to be both financially sustainable and scalable. Led by Doug Rauch, former President of Trader Joe’s, Daily Table opened its first store on June 4, 2015 in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston. With the recovery of excess, surplus food from growers, manufacturers and distributors, customers are offered a combination of fresh groceries and grab’n’go meals prepared in an onsite kitchen and available at truly affordable prices.  
Since the launch of our first store in Dorchester, MA in June 2015 we have quickly grown a loyal membership base of 9,000 customers and over 65 food suppliers.  We¹re incredibly excited about Daily Table¹s future and look forward to having more passionate and hardworking team members join our crew! 
Position Summary:
Daily Table is seeking an administrator for Daily Table¹s Teaching Kitchen program, run in cooperation with Codman Square Health Center and Healthworks Fitness Foundation. This is a new initiative that includes nutrition and culinary classes, operating at 450 Washington Street, Dorchester, adjacent to Daily Table¹s retail store. The Teaching Kitchen Administrator will be responsible for managing the logistics and promotion of these workshops. This program is a long-awaited next step in Daily Table¹s mission to help communities make great choices around food. The work of the Administrator will be critical as we bring this exciting new program to our community.
Preferred candidates will have had experience in program coordination and administration.  The ideal candidate will share the vision of the organization and have a passion for its mission. Daily Table has a very collaborative work environment: we wouldn¹t be able to do what we do without the extraordinary commitment and flexibility of our staff. The Teaching Kitchen Administrator will report to Daily Table¹s Senior Director.
Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Recruit instructors to implement workshops
  • Work with community organizations to promote the Teaching Kitchen program and recruit participants and volunteers
  • Schedule classes and coordinate the use of Daily Table¹s shared teaching kitchen space
  • Create outreach materials 
  • Work with Daily Table¹s volunteer/outreach coordinator to schedule and train volunteers and instructors
  • Manage class registration
  • Manage ordering of food with Daily Table¹s Executive Chef
  • Source and order supplies 
  • Prepare materials and stage supplies for classes
Desired Qualifications:
  • Organized and detail oriented 
  • Able to work some nights and weekends
  • Strong computer skills including Microsoft Office, Excel and Google forums
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work with people from variety of racial, cultural, and socio-economic backgrounds
  • Ability to balance multiple tasks
  • Volunteer or general management experience preferred 
  • Ability to quickly problem solve
  • Able to lift 40 pounds
  • An interest or passion in cooking and nutrition preferred 
  • Passion for Daily Table¹s mission is a must
  • Commitment to high standards and holds self-accountable
Daily Table is an equal opportunity employer and considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, disability, or Vietnam era, or other eligible veteran status, or any other protected factor.
Dec 22 16

Assistant Farm Manager Position – Codman Community Farms, MA

by Marissa M. Donohue
Codman Community Farms is seeking an Assistant Farm Manager to support all aspects of operating a community farm in Lincoln, MA.  The farm focuses on pasture-raised livestock with a small fruit and vegetable component.  This is a full-time, year-round position with housing and benefits.  The ideal candidate will possess a commitment and passion for growing sustainable food, while engaging the public.  This position is more than a job, it is a lifestyle.   Living and working on the farm, in public view and positively engaging the community on a daily basis is an essential part of the position.  A naturally outgoing attitude is needed along with a focus for the daily work required to operate a diverse livestock-centered farm operation.  A full job description with a history of the farm is attached.  Start date is January 2017.
 
Job Title: Assistant Farm Manager
Status: Full-Time, non-exempt
Time Period: 1 year renewable contract
Work Schedule: Varies seasonally.  April – November: 55 hrs +/-. 6 days per week; Nov-March: 30-40 hours week with more flexible schedule and negotiated coverage to care for livestock daily. 
Compensation: Annual salary; commensurate with experience plus housing on the farm. 
Benefits: 50% health insurance premium covered; workers compensation insurance; paid vacation accrued through time worked; cell phone allowance; food from the farm; plus opportunity to make additional money through off-hours special events support.
Duties: The Assistant Farm Manager reports directly to the Farm Manager and is responsible for all aspects of supporting farm enterprises.  Hours can be irregular to accommodate agricultural needs.
 
Current farm operations include:
  • Pasture raised beef, pork, meat birds, layers, lamb, and turkeys.
  • Land management: hay, custom mowing, field maintenance of pastured animals/birds
  • Small vegetable field and fruit orchard.
  • Sales through on-site Farm Store, local area restaurants, and partnerships with other farm operations.
Community aspects of the farm:
  • Community garden plots
  • Educational activities
  • Barnyard animal pens for visitors
  • Community events and private events
 
Qualifications:
  • Experience raising and caring for all manner of livestock
  • Experience managing forage and livestock pastures
  • Ability to safely and effectively operate farm equipment on/off road
    • 2 years equipment operation preferred on 50+hp tractors.
      • Tillage, mowing, loader work
    • Safe driving record; ability to safely maneuver farm trailers of all types/sizes
  • Experience setting up and managing portable electric fencing 
  • Experience using outdoor power equipment (riding mowers, chainsaws, etc.)
  • Basic carpentry, plumbing and electrical experience a plus 
  • Haying experience a big plus
  • At least 2 years of supervisory experience and/or experience managing volunteers
  • Strength to lift 50+ pounds and handle large animals
  • Ability and stamina to work hard all day moving poultry coops, livestock shelters, water, and grain over rough terrain
  • Endurance, sometimes working 10+ hours per day and/or 6 days/week in all weather conditions (extreme heat, extreme cold, rain/mud, and/or high winds)
  • Excellent communicator and enjoys interacting with public 
  • Ability to work independently and problem solve on the job
  • Basic computer technology skills
 
An ideal candidate will also possess the following traits:
  • Reliable, responsible, observant,  flexible
  • Focused and detail-oriented
  • Ability to work independently and maintain farm priorities
  • Ability to work effectively and efficiently in a small team (a good sense of humor is a must!)
  • Ability to follow instructions and ask clarifying questions
  • Ability to use good judgment in raising animals safely and humanely; critical thinking a must
  • Commitment to learning/improving sustainable farming practices centered around pasture raised methods and communicate such practices effectively to the public
  • Ability and desire to positively engage with a diverse community of people
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Enjoy working with and leading volunteers, as needed
 
To Apply:
Submit a cover letter and a resume to Pete Lowy:  pete@codmanfarm.org.  The cover letter should include your interest in the position and relevant skills and background, and include a response to the following questions:
 
  1. How does this position fit your personal and professional goals now and in the future?
  2. How would a past employer describe you?
  3. How would a co-worker describe you?
  4. What skills/experience do you bring to this position that you think would benefit the farm?
 
Interviews will be conducted with qualified applicants.  A list of three references and a clean driving record should be provided upon request.  Anticipated start date by January 2017.  Housing will be available January 1, 2017.