Full-time Paid Agriculture Apprenticeship
Sustainable Nantucket is seeking an Agriculture Apprentice to work at our
educational incubator farm, the Community Farm Institute, helping the site
manager to run and maintain the farm, and to grow produce. The apprentice will
also help in running the Farmers & Artisans Market, including our food justice
SNAP and WIC programs for low income participants.
This apprenticeship will emphasize farm work (25-35 hours/week), and 7 hours
per week on Saturdays at the downtown Farmers Market, for a total of 32-42
hours/week @ $13.00/hour.
Assists site manager and farm coordinator in running and
working at the Community Farm Institute at 168 Hummock Pond Road. Responsible
for maintaining pollinator garden and helping to develop a Food Forest and Bee
Sanctuary. Fifteen hours per week are spent on farm maintenance, such as
digging trenches, weed whacking, and fence repair. Ten to twenty additional
hours are spent growing produce using organic and sustainable methods under
the mentorship of a graduated grower. Must be able to handle farm tools, such
as weed whacker, lawn mower, and hand-held tools. Must be able to bend, dig,
carry, lift, and work outdoors in any weather. Great learning opportunity, 5
plus hours per week of guided experience with mentor farmer, monthly
workshops, and contact with established farmer and site manager. A few hours
each month will also be spent on creating a document on farm operations and
Farmers Market Duties:
Assists the Market Manager in running the Farmers &
Artisans Market downtown, 19 Saturdays, 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., plus one
Saturday on July 7 only 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. If needed, possibility of
additional up to 3 hours of office work per week tallying food stamp sales,
conducting outreach to low income communities, and posting on social media.
Responsibilities include Market set-up and breakdown, staffing Sustainable
Nantucket information table, running food stamp program, greeting visitors,
answering questions, counting visitors, & selling non-profit merchandise.
Must be available June 1st – October 28
Interest in learning about agriculture and about the local food system.
Desire to learn or improve agricultural skills.
Ability to work outdoors in all weather performing repetitive, physical tasks,
such as digging, carrying heavy items, bending, handling small farm tools.
Driver’s License. Own car a plus.
Must be an early-riser on Saturdays.
Desire to learn or improve food justice and outreach skills.
Spanish-speaking a plus.
While Sustainable Nantucket will help provide contacts for pursuing finding
seasonal housing, ultimately housing on the island is the responsibility of
the accepted candidate.
To apply, please send a resume with 3 work/academic references to Yeshe Palmo
firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, call 508-228-3399.