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New Entry envisions a society grounded in the principles of social and economic justice. As such, we strive to achieve excellence through a diverse and inclusive workplace that honors the unique talents and lived experiences of each person. Our vision and values are reflected in all our employment-related decisions, including hiring practices. Accordingly, New Entry actively seeks people who bring diverse backgrounds and perspectives to join us in our work.

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We are currently hiring for two positions! (updated July 12, 2019):  1. Incubator Farm Manager and 2. Delivery Driver and Farm Maintenance.  Both positions are based in Beverly, MA at New Entry's Moraine Farm location.

 

Incubator Farm Manager - apply here.

The Incubator Farm Manager is responsible for providing year-round technical assistance (TA) and farm production and business training to small-scale beginning farmers, both on and off the field, on multiple aspects of farm enterprise development.  Responsibilities include:

  • Managing New Entry’s 15-acre fields and incubator farm sites at the historic Moraine Farm in Beverly, MA and overseeing two five-acre fields in Dracut, MA;
  • Maintaining associated farm equipment;
  • Developing and implementing land management and crop production plans using USDA Certified Organic production techniques, and;
  • Supporting producers to achieve commercial farm goals.

The Incubator Farm Manager is a vital part of the farmer training team and will share the responsibility of fulfilling farmer training grant deliverables and reporting requirements. This is a full-time, year-round, fully benefitted and exempt/salaried position.  The position is based in Beverly, MA.

Incubator Farm Management

  • Manage New Entry’s historic Moraine Farm property, including multiple incubator farm training sites and a demonstration plot using Certified Organic and sustainable production practices;
  • Develop and implement land/soil management plans for remaining fields including, but not limited to, wholesale crop production, small-scale grains, and cover crops;
  • Establish clear roles and expectations at the incubator farms to support the needs of multiple constituents (growers, neighbors, land owners, historic preservation interests);
  • Conduct farm operations including land preparation/tillage, custom tractor work, and the use/management of greenhouse, irrigation, cooling / storage, and other farm supplies and equipment in order to maximize impact of New Entry resources;
  • Maintain farm equipment and facilities, including tractors, grounds, and other tillage equipment, greenhouses, and irrigation systems in order to ensure continuity of incubator farm operations;
  • Equipment upkeep, management, maintenance, and capital procurement as needed to operate the farm;
  • Determine equipment and supply needs and make purchases necessary to support the work of the incubator farm and the organization as a whole;
  • Coordinate with contractors in order to manage offsite farm locations;
  • In conjunction with farmer training staff, coordinate, mentor, and supervise volunteers, farm interns, and work-study students in order to maximize impact;
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.

Farmer Training and Business Development

  • Provide hands-on instruction related to crop production methods in organic/sustainable/regenerative agriculture at the incubator farms;
  • Teach components of other New Entry farmer trainings and educational programs (Farm Business Planning Course, Explore Farming, Crop Production, Direct Marketing, and other advanced farmer workshops);
  • Provide feedback and support on business plan development and evaluation for all students and work with students to meet the required business development standards for ongoing New Entry program participation;
  • Help prepare and support business class participants interested in starting farm businesses on the incubator farm;
  • Provide comprehensive individual TA to beginning and advanced farmers in order to help them attain farm business planning and crop production goals;
  • Support farmers in recordkeeping, USDA and Farm Bill program eligibility, and connections to external resources;
  • Track farmer competency and skills development through a comprehensive case management system and data collection and tracking systems in New Entry’s cloud-based Salesforce CRM.

Grants and Data Management Support

  • Complete project deliverables that fall within the scope of the Incubator Farm Manager’s training and educational resource development responsibilities, and support completion of deliverables for the farmer training team;
  • Submit reports for a small portfolio of grants based on each funders’ reporting guidelines in a timely manner;
  • Provide input on grant proposal project narratives as needed;
  • Manage technical assistance notes on each farmer via our Case Management System in Salesforce;
  • Support annual farmer survey collection.

Other:  Undertake other tasks that are consistent with the position, as assigned by the Farmer Training Program Manager.

Special Requirements

  •  Comfortable working both in a collaborative office setting and independently on a farm;
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule, including some evenings and weekends;
  • Access to reliable private transportation;
  • Valid drivers’ license and clean driving record.

Qualifications

We will consider exceptional candidates who demonstrate a strong combination of the specific qualifications and skills described below.

  • Bachelor’s Degree in relevant field required;
  • Agricultural training and experience in multiple aspects of farming and farm enterprise is essential;
  • At least three years’ experience in providing instruction/mentorship in the areas of crop production, marketing, and business planning;
  • Experience in adult education and teaching to diverse learning styles;
  • Experience in regenerative agriculture, complying with Certified Organic production and record-keeping requirements, and promoting reduced tillage practices to conserve soil health;
  • Ability to build relationships with early-stage beginning farmers and immigrant and refugee farmer participants;
  • Friendly, personable, good sense of humor, demonstrates empathy, and ability to maintain positive relationships under pressure;
  • Ability to manage large groups of volunteers;
  • Highly organized and good attention to detail;
  • Self-motivated, self- directed;
  • Ability to manage multiple competing tasks and work well within a rapidly-changing environment;
  • Excellent customer service, organizational, and interpersonal skills;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills;
  • Familiarity with federal and private grants proposals and reports, or willingness to learn.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Prior farm management/farm business ownership experience;
  • Experience managing a certified organic farm;
  • Experience managing historic working landscapes where aesthetics are important (field edges neat and tidy; clean farm; neat rows of implements);
  • Working knowledge of computer software (MS Office, social media, spreadsheets), and Salesforce experience;
  • Community organizing and cross-cultural experience.

Physical Demands/Work Environment

The physical demands described here are representative of those for this position. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the functions. Work is performed in an outdoor warehouse/barn and farm/agricultural environment and at times, in close proximity to other workers.

While performing the duties of this position, the employee is required to:

  • Talk, hear and see in the normal range with or without correction;
  • Safely operate heavy machinery (65 hp tractor) and implements on small acreage and in tight spaces.
  • Use hands or fingers, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls;
  • Move, Traverse; sit (usually for longer periods of time); reach with hands and arms; occasionally Ascend/Descend; and position self (to), move;
  • Lift and/or move up to 50 lbs.;
  • Safely use some heavy machinery;
  • Walk on uneven terrain to conduct farm site workshops;
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate;
  • Work outdoors in all weather conditions.

To apply, please submit your resume and include a detailed cover letter describing your experience and what attracts you to the position of managing a farm and supporting other producers to fulfil thier farm dreams/career goals.  Visit the TSNE Jobs page to submit your application.

Delivery Driver and Farm Maintenance Crew -  apply here

Overview:
The Delivery Driver and Farm Maintenance Crew position is responsible for ensuring timely produce deliveries and providing good customer service to our Food Hub customers, ranging from CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) shareholders, restaurants, corporate partnerships, and food access partners. When not on the road driving and delivering perishable farm products, the position will also provide field maintenance and landscape management services to the Farmer Training Team who manages a 15-acre vegetable production site with a demonstration plot, cover crops, and land care services on a historic property.  This will involve mowing, clearing/trimming fence lines, brush clearing, weed trimming, hand weeding, harvesting, and other farm management and maintenance tasks. The position is a vital part of the New Entry Food Hub and Farmer Training teams, and as such will share in the responsibility of fulfilling program deliverables and reporting requirements.

This position is a temporary, part-time, benefited position working 30 hours per week through November 2019.  The position is based in Beverly, MA with travel throughout the Greater Boston area.

Responsibilities:

Delivery Driver

  • Pickup produce from area farms;
  • Deliver CSA shares and other produce orders to 20+ locations per week in the eastern MA/Boston area on time and during scheduled pickup windows;
  • Work with customers, site coordinators and volunteers at various Pick-up Locations to trouble shoot delivery or pickup concerns and communicate issues back to Food Hub team;
  • Provide friendly customer service to stakeholders at Pick-up Locations;
  • Monitor operational and maintenance needs of delivery vehicle (gas, oil, windshield-wiper fluid) and schedule maintenance;
  • Perform other Food Hub-related duties as required.

Farm Maintenance Crew

  • Weekly field mowing and trimming;
  • Bi-weekly deer fence line trimming;
  • Brush / vegetative removal along rock walls and field edges;
  • Road grading and filling;
  • Support harvest and production of vegetables from demonstration plot;
  • Oversee compost operations;
  • Construction project support as needed;
  • Equipment management and maintenance support.

Special Requirements

  • A valid driver’s license and the ability to safely drive 14 foot and 16 foot box trucks in urban settings (narrow streets, tight loading docks, and alleyways);
  • Experience operating farm equipment (3⅚5 hp tractors, tillers, mowers, other equipment);
  • Access to reliable private transportation to reach New Entry central farm training center/offices;
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule with committed availability Tuesday-Thursday for produce deliveries;
  • Ability to pass a criminal background check and driving record check.

Qualifications
We will consider exceptional candidates who demonstrate a strong combination of the specific qualifications and skills described below.

  •     Delivery experience loading and unloading boxes;
  •     Experience in landscape management including cutting brush, mowing, trimming, road grading and maintenance, compost management, hand weeding;
  •     Experience planting, harvesting, and washing vegetables and produce;
  •     Carpentry or general handy-person experience;
  •     Experience maintaining small engines or landscape equipment;
  •     Customer service experience;
  •     Friendly, reliable, high energy level, comfortable with multi-tasking;
  •     Good interpersonal and communication skills;
  •     Team player, ability to interact with diverse personalities; tactful, respectful, flexible;
  •     Good reasoning abilities and sound judgment;
  •     Self-motivated and directed.

Preferred Qualifications

  •     High School Diploma or equivalent;
  •     Previous experience in commercial farming or wholesaling;
  •     Experience driving a box truck in an urban setting;
  •     Experience handling produce and food safety training;
  •     Experience with small farm and landscaping equipment: 3⅚5 hp tractors, rototillers, mowers, weed whackers, other landscaping equipment;
  •     Cross-cultural experience.

Physical Demands/Work Environment

The physical demands described here are representative of those for this position. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the functions. Work is performed in an outdoor warehouse/barn and farm/agricultural environment and at times, in close proximity to other workers.

While performing the duties of this position, the employee is required to:

  •     Talk, hear and see in the normal range with or without correction;
  •     Safely drive, navigate, and operate 14’ and 16’ box trucks;
  •     Use hands or fingers, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls;
  •     Move, Traverse; sit (usually for longer periods of time); reach with hands and arms; occasionally Ascend/Descend; and position self (to), move;
  •     Lift up to 50 lbs. and move hand trucks with stacked bins repeatedly in and out of vehicles, trucks, and buildings;
  •     Safely use some heavy machinery;
  •     The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate;
  •     Ability to work outdoors in all weather conditions.

To apply for the Delivery Driver and Farm Maintenance Crew position, please submit a cover letter and resume on TSNE's Job Portal here.

To Apply for all New Entry open positions, visit the employment section of our website at www.tsne.org.  We strongly encourage online applications per instructions above and provision of a writing sample as needed. We also accept applications by mail or fax. Apply by mail to: TSNE MissionWorks, Attn: Employment Manager, NonProfit Center, 89 South Street Suite 700, Boston, MA  02111; or send by fax to: 617.523.2070.

As an EOE/AA employer, TSNE MissionWorks/New Entry will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin or ancestry, age, sexual orientation, gender identification, genetic information, veteran or disability status or any other factor prohibited by law.