Employment

Cultivating Organic Food, Communities, and Farmers

OneStar: New Farm Institute Program Development VISTA  worker (Americorps position) 

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Member Duties : The VISTA worker will build New Farm Institute’s organizational capacity to fight poverty by utilizing our farm-based education curriculum — cooking, gardening, canning, marketing, carpentry, etc.– and applying it to under-served populations living near our community-based urban farm. Our farm is dedicated to welcoming our neighbors and guiding them to healthier food choices, inlcuding how to maximize participation in LoneStar SNAP and FMNP programs. In addition to formalizing our Farm Camp curriculum, the Vista worker will help plan a community garden, develop a teen green team, research after-school programming, ad develop a fundraising plan, in addition to increasing access to healthy fruits, vegetables, meats, and other farm products. Some time will be spent in the fields and farm stand to gain an understanding of our farm business.
Program Benefits : Living Allowance ,  Health Coverage* ,  Stipend ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Training ,  Relocation Allowance .
*For details about AmeriCorps VISTA healthcare benefits, please visit http://www.vistacampus.gov/healthcare
Terms :
Full-time position. Car recommended. Attending school or working an additional job during offer hours is permitted.
Service Areas :
Hunger ,  Environment ,  Children/Youth ,  Education ,  Community and Economic Development .
Skills :
Community Organization ,  Recruitment ,  Communications ,  Environment ,  Education ,  Leadership .

 

SEASONAL FARM WORKER 
Green Gate Farms, 156 Howard Lane, Bastrop, TX 78602
Organization Overview:
Green Gate Farms is an award-winning, certified organic family farm begun in 2006 by Skip Connett and Erin Flynn. In ten years, we grew from farming one acre to a 33-acre operation with two farming locations:
  • “Urban Farm” — 5-acres with a farm stand on historic urban farmstead 8 miles east of downtown Austin;
  • “River Farm” — 33-acre tract 25 minutes east of downtown Austin (and 8 miles west of Bastrop) along the Colorado River. (Staff participate at both farms, transportation provided.)
Products: certified organic vegetables, herbs, and flowers; heritage hogs, goats, and rabbits;  200+-member CSA; farm stand; limited wholesale and restaurant sales.
Farm Worker Job Description:
Work with farm founder to plant, maintain, harvest and prep on certified organic vegetable farms in Bastrop and Austin during the spring/summer season. Skills needed:
  • Be a passionate grower, eager to learn about what it takes to succeed in Central Texas
  • Have at least two years farming or gardening experience with a record of increasing responsibilities
  • Able to guide and work alongside volunteers/workshare members, some of whom have farming aspirations
  • Be fit, able to lift 50 pounds, and move heavy coolers
  • Possess a sense of humor
  • Must actively contribute to the harmony of the farm.
  • Carpentry skills, not required but preferred
Farm Worker Salary and Benefits:
  • Hourly compensation based upon experience, pay increases with responsibilities
  • Access to Colorado River for canoeing, fishing, swimming
  • May progress to year round position with generous vacation time (review in August)
  • Vegetables, eggs and meat allowance provided
  • Free attendance at Farm Camp for up to two of your children
  • Tuition for one in-state farming/food conference provided after one year of service

Start Date: Immediately.  Application Process —Submit cover letter and resume to: info@greengatefarms.net. Qualified candidates contacted for telephone interview, followed by on-farm interview (if you are not able to come to the farm, please do not apply). No calls, please. Job posting will be removed from website when position is filled.

Farm-Based Education Apprentice

Here’s a rare opportunity to live on-farm and learn how to teach farming to others. This six-month program will introduce you to all aspects of farm-based education — from leading camp activities to administration and management. Compensation includes a stipend and rent-free living on our urban farm — just 8 miles east of downtown Austin – in a vintage Airstream trailer.

Skills required:

-Positive attitude and passion for New Farm Institute mission

-Experience/coursework in organic farming, teaching or environmental education

-Self-directed, upbeat and reliable team player

-Outgoing and able to work with diverse populations

-Strong communication skills, excellent sense of humor

-Ability to lift 50 lbs and lead activities in all weather

-Spanish speaker a plus

Responsibilities:

-Attend weekly staff meetings and ongoing training sessions with Executive Director

-Assist with staffing and scheduling field trips and farm camp

– Help develop and lead experiential curriculum for children ages 5-15 years.

-Provide a safe, fun, varied learning environment

-Work with lead farmer to master farm systems (e.g., planting, harvesting, planning, prepping, sales)

-Assist with directing intern/volunteer projects, managing Junior Camp counselors

Successful completion of background check, camp training, and CPR/First

Aid

Reports to:

-New Farm Institute Executive Director 

Commitment:

-Approximately 35-40 hours/week: 8:30-3:30, Monday-Friday

-Six months

Compensation:

-Hourly wage based on experience

-Free certified organic produce each week

-Access to River Farm for camping, recreation, boating

-Considered for full-time employment at completion of apprenticeship

New Farm Institute at Green Gate Farms, www.newfarminstitute.orgThe mission of New Farm Institute (NFI), a 501(c)3 organization, is to educate, assist and inspire citizens and a new generation of sustainable farmers.

Application Process:

  • All candidates will be contacted upon receipt of resume.
  • Qualified candidates will be contacted for telephone interview, followed by on-farm interview (if you are not able to come to the farm, please do not apply)
  • No calls, please. Job posting will be removed from website when position is filled.

Farm-Based Education Apprentice

Here’s a rare opportunity to live on-farm and learn how to teach farming to others. This six-month program will introduce you to all aspects of farm-based education — from leading camp activities to administration and management. Compensation includes a stipend and rent-free living on our urban farm — just 8 miles east of downtown Austin – in a vintage Airstream trailer.

Skills required:

-Positive attitude and passion for New Farm Institute mission

-Experience/coursework in organic farming, teaching or environmental education

-Self-directed, upbeat and reliable team player

-Outgoing and able to work with diverse populations

-Strong communication skills, excellent sense of humor

-Ability to lift 50 lbs and lead activities in all weather

-Spanish speaker a plus

Responsibilities:

-Attend weekly staff meetings and ongoing training sessions with Executive Director

-Assist with staffing and scheduling field trips and farm camp

– Help develop and lead experiential curriculum for children ages 5-15 years.

-Provide a safe, fun, varied learning environment

-Work with lead farmer to master farm systems (e.g., planting, harvesting, planning, prepping, sales)

-Assist with directing intern/volunteer projects, managing Junior Camp counselors

Successful completion of background check, camp training, and CPR/First

Aid

Reports to:

-New Farm Institute Executive Director 

Commitment:

-Approximately 35-40 hours/week: 8:30-3:30, Monday-Friday

-Six months

Compensation:

-Hourly wage based on experience

-Free certified organic produce each week

-Access to River Farm for camping, recreation, boating

-Considered for full-time employment at completion of apprenticeship

New Farm Institute at Green Gate Farms, www.newfarminstitute.orgThe mission of New Farm Institute (NFI), a 501(c)3 organization, is to educate, assist and inspire citizens and a new generation of sustainable farmers.

Application Process:

  • All candidates will be contacted upon receipt of resume.
  • Qualified candidates will be contacted for telephone interview, followed by on-farm interview (if you are not able to come to the farm, please do not apply)
  • No calls, please. Job posting will be removed from website when position is filled.

New Farm Institute at Green Gate Farms, www.newfarminstitute.org. The mission of New Farm Institute (NFI), a 501(c)3 organization, is to educate, assist and inspire citizens and a new generation of sustainable farmers.

Contact Us

Green Gate Farms
8310 Canoga Ave
Austin, TX 78724

Email: info@greengatefarms.net
Phone: 512-484-2746