Farm Apprentice

Moose Hill Wildlife Sanctuary, located in Sharon, MA, has a unique partnership with a neighboring farm. Our partner, in cooperation with our CSA Manager, plans, cultivates, and plants our 17 acres while we harvest the crops and manage the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program. The Moose Hill Community Farm provides fresh, organic produce to nearly 400 families weekly.

Farm Apprentice responsibilities include tending, harvesting, boxing, loading vegetables, hand weeding, and hand cultivation. In addition, Farm Apprentices manage early evening distribution of the harvest to the shareholders. This includes organizing the display and information boards, overseeing the pick-your-own activities, answering questions about produce, and connecting with the shareholders (individuals and families). Contributing stories for the Moose Hill weekly blog in regards to the CSA is a vital link in helping to build the CSA community and increasing the communication between the farm and the shareholders. Farm Apprentices will be learning about and helping with weed and pest control on an organic farm. They will help organize and lead other seasonal staff, shareholders, and volunteers in harvesting and weeding activities throughout the week, manage the shareholders fulfilling their work hours, and will help with general farm maintenance as needed. This position is pertinent to those looking to gain experience towards being a farmer.

This position is physically demanding and apprentices need to be able to lift up to 50 lbs as well as bend and kneel repeatedly in all weather conditions. Previous farming experience is a plus, but not required. Punctual, energetic, and team-oriented people who are eager to learn while working in a fast-paced environment are encouraged to apply.

Apprentices work mid-May through mid-October. Compensation is $11.00-$11.50/hr. Taxes, a $70 charge for housing (utilities and internet included), and other required withholdings will be taken out each pay period. Vegetables produced on the farm are part of apprentice compensation. Hours vary from 25-50 per week, progressing with the season. One apprentice position will have the opportunity to begin in March at 20 hours per week to learn and assist with the maple sugaring season and then to lead early weeding parties on the farm beginning in mid- to late- April.

Interested applicants should send cover and resume to Mathew Noiseux at mnoiseux@massaudubon.org.

Sharon, MA