Each season we hire a farm employee 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.
See details below and apply by FEBRUARY 21!
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 email@example.com for more details.
Seeking a Seasonal Farm Employee on an Agroforestry Farm in the Finger Lakes, NY
last updated Jan 19, 2022
Wellspring Forest Farm is a small agroforestry-inspired farm in the Finger Lakes Region of New York, focused on producing a range of perennial and forest crops including mushrooms, maple syrup, pastured lamb, and trees. We demonstrate and develop systems that produce food and medicine while restoring healthy forest ecosystems.
We are passionate about education and food justice both within our farm business and at our off-farm jobs at ag education nonprofits. We are committed to taking part in changing the food system and increasing access for those marginalized by our society historically and today. We value community, honesty and integrity, hard work, and service to the larger world through the work we do.
Learn more about us at www.WellspringForestFarm.com
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 on farm. We seek individuals that identify as self-driven, detail-oriented, and skilled at honest and open communication. While we seek applicants with some on-farm experience, we also support your learning and development on our farm and in the agroforestry systems here.
Farm (~14 hrs/week): Support routine tasks and daily chores to support mushroom production (woods and indoor), rotational grazing of sheep and animal care, tree nursery care, and forestry. Projects including pasture improvement, forest management, tree care, composting, and small building projects.
Agritourism & Education (~6 hrs week): Assist in cleaning and set-up of two rental units 2 – 4 times per week between guests and take aesthetic care of the surrounding grounds with general landscaping, trail maintenance, light construction, painting, repairs, etc. Support or lead occasional farm tours and workshops.
Employment Dates and Rates
April 1 through November 1, 2022 at 20 hours per week at $16.00/hr.
Work hours are specific: four days a week from 8am to 1pm.
Some additional hours are possible depending on the season and need.
We are committed to providing a living wage as defined by the Tompkins County Workers Rights Center.
Desired Skills & Qualifications
Minimum of one season experience working on another farm or the equivalent
Experience managing pastured livestock, moving fencing, animal welfare
Familiarity with machinery including tractors, chainsaws, power tools (additional safety training will occur so proficiency, not expertise, is required)
Detail-oriented and thoughtful about keeping the farm and related spaces organized
High cleanliness standards, higher than personal standards
Personality to observe farm systems and initiate problem solving
Excellent initiative and follow-through
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
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
Employees receive a weekly share of mushrooms, as well as a full vegetable CSA share we pay for from a local farm. Personal garden space is available. We offer free access to our online courses and on farm workshops (as they occur). Workers comp and disability is provided as dictated by New York State Law.
Housing: Housing is not provided with this position, however, there is the option to camp on-site for the summer free of charge, as many Wellspring employees previously have done and enjoyed immensely. We can offer a rustic outdoor hot shower, compost toilet, and swimming pond on site. These facilities are shared with others if we conduct educational programs and need to be maintained throughout the season. We have had past employees bring their camper or tiny house, which we welcome. If living on site, utilities are not included.
There is no reliable public transportation to our farm. It is recommended that employees have their own personal vehicle.
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 land and business owners, we recognize our privilege and power on many levels 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 BIPOC and LGBTQAI+ people to apply.
Please send the following two items to firstname.lastname@example.org as a Google DOC or PDF with "JOB APPLICATION" in the subject line:
LETTER introducing yourself and and answering the questions:
How do your personal goals relate to our stated mission?
(visit “About Us” at the www.WellspringForestFarm.com)
Experience with production systems, livestock? mushrooms or other specialty crops?
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?
2. RESUME or a listing of relevant farm and other life experience.
We review applications as they are received until February 21, 2022 or the position is filled.
By February 16, we will reach out about a phone or in-person working interview.
We aim to decide in early March.