Each season we hire farm employee(s) from April thru November to assist in our day-to-day activities running the farm. This position is best suited for those who have some farm experience and are looking to build on their career goals in agriculture by incorporating mushroom cultivation and agroforestry.
We also welcome seasonal organization-affiliated apprentices from June - October, with at least a two month commitment to being here during that time window. Apprentices work on the farm one to three days a week. This role is best suited for those with less experience, who are looking to better understand rotational grazing systems, silvopasture, mushroom production, and small scale forestry and tree management. For labor and insurance reasons, apprentices need an affiliation with an educational institution or organization. If interested, email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Seeking Seasonal Employee(s) on an Agroforestry Farm in the Finger Lakes Region, NY for the 2023 season
We are a small agroforestry-inspired farm in the Finger Lakes Region of New York on the Indigenous Lands of the Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫʼ who have lived and continue to live on these lands.
We are entering our twelfth year of stewarding 40 acres of pasture and woodlands. We focus on producing a range of perennial and forest crops including maple syrup, pastured lamb, elderberry, and nursery trees, with our main crop being mushrooms. We demonstrate and develop systems that produce food and medicine while restoring healthy ecosystems.
We value community, honesty, integrity, hard work, and being in service to the larger world. As we farm, we seek ways to address the intersections of climate change, social equity, and environmental restoration.
Join us and participate in a production, education, and agritourism enterprise that invites the larger community to connect via our products, educational events, and short stays in our two farm rentals.
We seek individuals that identify as self-driven, detail-oriented, and skilled at honest and open communication. We support your learning and development on the farm and in agroforestry systems.
Mushrooms: We manage both outdoor shiitake logs and indoor production of oyster, lion's mane, and king oyster. Weekly work includes harvesting, inoculating logs and blocks, rotating blocks in and out of production, cleaning and sanitizing production spaces, and packing and delivering to restaurants and CSA. There are potential extra hours working a farmers market in Ithaca on some weeks (Weds 4 - 7pm)
Sheep: We manage a small flock of Katahdin sheep by rotationally grazing on about 30 acres of pasture and silvopasture. Weekly tasks include monitoring flock health, moving fences and water and hedgerow/woodlot management for forage.
Trees & Nursery: We have a nursery of agroforestry plants focused on silvopasture shade + fodder species and elderberry. Weekly work includes caring for nursery trees, data collection, and planting trees on our farm and at local farms we consult with.
Yurt and Cabin Rentals: Clean and set up two rental spaces several times per week as rental guests come and go, and take aesthetic care of the surrounding grounds with general landscaping, trail maintenance and occasional painting and repairs.
Education: Lead or co-lead farm tours and farm visits. Support workshops and other events.
Employment Dates / Schedule
April 1 to November 1. Our ideal scenario is to hire two part-time employees for an average 15 - 20 hours per week each, as many farm tasks go smoother with multiple sets of hands. We may be open to one full-time person if it's a good fit.
The schedule can be somewhat flexible, as long as it's consistent once we agree to it for the season, with our ideal schedule being three days of the week, 9am - 1pm, and one full day of work, 9am - 5pm. The week of July 23-30th we will take a vacation and need staff to plan on handling farm operations.
Compensation & Benefits
$17 - $19/hr depending on experience. Workers comp is provided as dictated by New York State Law. We are committed to providing above a living wage as defined by the Tompkins County Workers Rights Center.
Employees receive a weekly share of mushrooms, as well as a full vegetable share we pay for from a local CSA farm and free access to our online courses and on-farm workshops (as they occur).
Skills & Qualifications
Minimum of one season of experience working on another farm
Experience managing pastured livestock, moving fencing, maintenance
Familiarity with machinery including tractors, chainsaws, and power tools (additional safety training will occur so proficiency, not expertise, is required)
Communicative about needs, questions and farm happenings
Detail-oriented and thoughtful about keeping spaces organized and clean
High cleanliness standards for the rentals - higher than personal standards!
Personality to observe farm systems and initiative problem solving
Excellent initiative and follow-through with tasks
A sense of pride and integrity in doing good work and holding oneself accountable
Emotional maturity and life experience
Applicants who are happy to work independently, as well as in teams
A clear passion for farming and food, interest in the intersection of farming & justice
Interest in lifelong learning and interaction with our students
Reliable attendance at weekly meetings, organized to track tasks and report on progress
Ability to lift 50 lbs and work in a variety of weather conditions
Commuting vs Living On Farm
There is no reliable public transportation to our farm. It is necessary that employees have their own personal vehicle.
There is the option to camp on-site for the summer free of charge, as many previous employees have done and enjoyed immensely. We have a rustic outdoor hot shower, compost toilet, and swimming pond on site. These facilities are shared with others when we are conducting educational programs and need to be maintained and clean throughout the season. We have had past employees bring their camper or tiny house, which we can negotiate.
Equal Employment Opportunity Policy
Wellspring Forest Farm provides equal employment opportunities to applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, or disability. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training. We prohibit any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status.
As white people holding the deed to land still home to the Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫʼ, we recognize our privilege and power and are committed to actively exploring issues with openness and honesty, with the goal of dismantling racism and discrimination in our work, business, and the larger world. We encourage people of all backgrounds and races to consider applying.
Please send the following items to email@example.com as DOC or PDF:
LETTER introducing yourself and answering the questions:
How do your personal goals relate to our stated mission?
(visit “About Us” at the www.WellspringForestFarm.com)
Your experience with production systems, livestock, mushrooms or other agroforestry systems?
What does detail-oriented mean to you?
What approach to work do you take? What does it mean to have “completed” a task?
What is one skill you’d like to build while working with us?
RESUME or a listing of relevant farm and other life experience
Send docs to: firstname.lastname@example.org with "JOB APPLICATION" in the subject line.
We review applications as they are received and will start interviews in early February until the position(s) are filled. If we have a good interview we will ask for two references to call or email.