Career Opportunities

We are always open to hearing from talented, passionate people who are interested in contributing to our team’s mission of promoting health and community development through urban agriculture.

Please email info@newhavenfarms.org for inquiries, even if no open positions appear on our site.


Current Openings for 2017:

Assistant Farm Manager
Garden Educator

Email Liz Marsh, liz@newhavenfarms.org, with a cover letter and resume to apply.


Assistant Farm Manager

ABOUT NEW HAVEN FARMS:

New Haven Farms’ nonprofit charitable mission is to promote health and community development through urban agriculture. We transform vacant, contaminated urban land into vibrant and productive organic farms. Our Farm Director and volunteer corps cultivate eight urban farms, and our harvest is made accessible to low-income families who struggle with diet-related chronic diseases and food insecurity through our Farm Based Wellness Program. Referred by their healthcare provider, program participants receive produce baskets combined with farm education, cooking demonstrations, and nutrition education on a weekly basis. For more information about New Haven Farms, visit newhavenfarms.org.

POSITION SUMMARY:

New Haven Farms seeks an energetic individual, committed to urban food production, to fill the full-time seasonal position of the Assistant Farm Manager.

The Assistant Farm Manager (AFM) will work directly with the Farm Director to produce high quality organic produce for New Haven Farms, implementing the crop plan on the seven urban gardens collectively managed as one farm. The AFM will take responsibility for the day to day care and community engagement of the new Hill Garden located at 170 Ward Street. This individual will be responsible for managing the Summer Youth@Work Crew. Direct farm responsibilities include volunteer and intern management, greenhouse work, transplanting, weeding, bed preparation, harvesting, working with irrigation systems, preparing vegetables for sale and distribution, record keeping, and assisting with Saturday morning farmer’s markets and volunteer work days.

Responsibilities

Hill Garden – 170 Ward Street

  • Take primary day to day responsibility for the care of the new garden in the Hill neighborhood, located behind Career High School
  • Serve as the main contact person for the community and the school with regards to this property
  • Work closely with the Farm Director to follow the crop plan and create a crop map
  • Planning weekly tasks for the Hill garden, working with the Farm Director to create a weekly labor and volunteer plan

Fair Haven Gardens & Distribution

  • The AFM will assist with harvest mornings twice per week
  • Assist with necessary farming tasks in Fair Haven gardens
  • Prepare produce for weekly CSA shares

Saturday Market

  • Work weekly Saturday Markets
    • Assist Farm Director with the setup and takedown of the market
    • Manage volunteers during open volunteer time  

Youth @ Work (4 member summer youth crew – 25 hours/week  7/3/17 – 8/4/17)  

  • Assist with Youth @ Work hiring process
  • Work with the Farm Director to create and follow a weekly work plan  
  • Manage Youth@Work team during their 25 hour work week

Administrative and Organizational

  • Track and log sales for Saturday market – specifically SNAP & WIC transactions
  • Attend biweekly team meetings

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • 1 or more years experience working on a production farm, preferably an organic vegetable farm
  • Desire to gain further experience in all aspects of small scale urban organic vegetable production
  • Strong work ethic
  • Commitment to food access issues and the mission of New Haven Farms
  • Experience and passion for working with urban youth
  • Ability to supervise volunteers, youth, and lead volunteer work days
  • Strong leadership and communication skills
  • Ability to work independently
  • Punctual and energetic
  • Desire to work outside in all weather conditions
  • Ability to lift 50 lbs
  • Great sense of humor
  • Flexibility to work early harvest mornings, Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings
  • Experience working with diverse communities in low income neighborhoods
  • Reliable transportation

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Fluency in Spanish
  • Community development experience
  • Confident urban biker, preferably with bike trailer experience

*Note: This job can be combined with the Garden Educator position with the proper qualifications.

Compensation

Hourly employee – rate commensurate with experience, 35 hours per week total of 24 Weeks. May-October. Latest start date May 22, preferred start date May 8th. Hours will be 10-20 for first week or two depending on start date. Guaranteed a maximum of 840 hours for the summer.Overtime is not available for this position. There are no employment benefits associated with this position. Workers compensation insurance is fully covered by New Haven Farms. The part-time employee is not entitled to any paid holidays.

Posted January 31, 2017.

Email Liz Marsh, liz@newhavenfarms.org, with a cover letter and resume to apply.


Garden Educator

ABOUT NEW HAVEN FARMS:

New Haven Farms’ nonprofit charitable mission is to promote health and community development through urban agriculture. We transform vacant, contaminated urban land into vibrant and productive organic farms. Our Farm Director and volunteer corps cultivate 8 urban farms, and our harvest is made accessible to low-income families who struggle with diet-related chronic diseases and food insecurity through our Farm Based Wellness Program. Referred by their healthcare provider, program participants receive produce baskets combined with farm education, cooking demonstrations, and nutrition education on a weekly basis. For more information about New Haven Farms, visit newhavenfarms.org.

 

POSITION SUMMARY:

New Haven Farms seeks an energetic individual to teach garden education as a component of our Farm Based Wellness Program (FBWP) and to the community surrounding our new Hill Garden.

The Garden Educator will work directly with the Farm Director to deliver an established garden education curriculum to participants in our new Wednesday evening FBWP in the Hill neighborhood of New Haven. The wellness program is health intervention in which low income families at risk for chronic diet-related disease participate in our cooking, nutrition, and garden education curriculum. The Garden Educator will also be responsible for engaging with the community surrounding the Hill Garden.

 

Responsibilities

Hill Farm Based Wellness Program (12 Weeks June – August)

  • Teach Wednesday night Farm Based Wellness Program in the Hill neighborhood, delivering the garden curriculum portion- one hour
    • Anticipated program time Wednesdays 5:30-7:30

Hill Garden Community Engagement

  • Work with established Career High School garden club to establish guidelines and objectives for the club in the new garden space  
  • Engaged garden club students two hours per week in garden work
  • Host a three hour weekly open farm volunteer opportunities for the neighborhood

Administrative and Organizational Responsibilities

  • Attend biweekly team meetings
  • Document attendance at open volunteer events

 

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Fluency in Spanish
  • 1+ season garden education experience
  • 1+ season Organic food production experience – can be home garden or production scale
  • Desire to gain further experience in all aspects of small scale urban organic vegetable production
  • Ability to supervise volunteers, youth, and lead volunteer work days
  • Strong leadership and communication skills
  • Commitment to food access issues and the mission of New Haven Farms
  • Experience and passion for working with urban youth
  • Ability to work independently
  • Punctual and energetic
  • Desire to work outside in all weather conditions
  • Experience working with diverse communities in low income neighborhoods
  • Reliable transportation

 

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • 2+ years experience working on a production farm, preferably an organic vegetable farm
  • Community development experience

 

*Note: This job can be combined with the Assistant Farm Manager Position with the proper qualifications.

Compensation

Hourly employee – rate commensurate with experience, 8 hours per week. May- September. Overtime is not available for this position. There are no employment benefits associated with this position. Worker’s compensation insurance is fully covered by New Haven Farms. The part-time employee is not entitled to any paid holidays.

Email Liz Marsh, liz@newhavenfarms.org, with a cover letter and resume to apply.

Posted January 31, 2017.