We are seeking individuals who are passionate about sustainable agriculture and eager to take on a range of responsibilities in this fast-paced environment. This includes greenhouse work, transplanting, field preparations and tillage, mechanized and hand cultivation, harvest, distribution, sustainable grazing, and working with diverse volunteer groups. Apprentices mainly participate in vegetable production, but will also have opportunities for experience in animal husbandry. You will also be expected to occasionally help facilitate events that range in size from small after-school programs to our annual Harvest Festival.
Chestnut?Hill?Farm?is a young operation where apprentices should further hone their skills and develop proficiency with specific systems. The responsibilities of an apprentice will vary depending on the expertise and experience that each applicant brings to the table. Applicants should be responsible, flexible, personable, and able to work both alone and as part of a small farm crew. We are looking for employees who can approach the physical demands of farming with consistency and good humor. Please submit application with cover letter if you are ready to learn, take and give direction, and enjoy working with a wide range of people.
In This Role You Will:
Seeding, transplanting, field preparations, cultivation, harvest, and distribution
Performing field work both alone and as part of a team
Leading small volunteer groups in field tasks
Other duties as assigned with or without accommodation
Have at least one season of experience working on a production farm (or other physically demanding work outdoors)
Be able to comfortably and safely lift and carry 40 lbs.
Be able to work long hours outside in any weather
Have a valid drivers license and clean driving record
Pass a CORI background check
Compensation and Benefits:
This is a seasonal, non-exempt, hourly paid position, with an optimal start date in April. This position is based in Southborough, MA and offers on-site shared housing while available.
About Chestnut Hill Farm
Chestnut?Hill?Farm?features a 7th year CSA program located on 170 rolling acres of crop fields, pastures, and woodlands in Southborough, MA. There are roughly 12 acres available for diversified crop production and a mixed “flerd” of around 200 goats and sheep. While our property is as agrarian as it gets in this area, we are located only a few minutes from the Boston-Worcester commuter rail, Hopkinton State Park, and the restaurants and retail shops in Westborough, Northborough, and Framingham. Our team is focused on supporting our ever-growing CSA and retail store through sustainable growing practices that improve the land we reside on. This apprenticeship offers a unique opportunity to learn about organic vegetable production, sustainable grazing with small ruminants, and effective practices for marketing our products. There are also abundant opportunities to get first-hand experience with a variety of equipment ranging from tractors and BCS machines to low and no-till methods of growing.
About The Trustees
The Trustees is one of Massachusetts’ largest non-profits and the nation’s first conservation and preservation organization. Today, the places we care about are going fast, and the forces undermining them, including climate change, are moving faster.?Our passion is to protect and share with everyone the irreplaceable natural and cultural treasures under our care.?We are funded and supported entirely by our visitors, supporters, volunteers, and more than 60,000 member households.
The Trustees has been featured in the Top 100 Women-Led Organizations in Massachusetts for six consecutive years.
In addition to being an Equal Opportunity Employer, The Trustees aims to create a thriving, inclusive workplace that values each member of its team. We aspire to reflect and effectively serve the residents and communities of Massachusetts who are at the core of our mission.
The Trustees is a signer of the Boston Women’s Workforce Council and a Member of the Boston College Center for Work and Family.