Hampshire College Farm Summer Vegetable and Livestock Crew

Summer

APPLICATIONS ARE OPEN FOR SUMMER 2022

Starting date: May 23, 2022

Ending date: September 5, 2022

Pay rate: $14.25/hour

The Hampshire College Farm is now hiring for Summer Vegetable and Livestock Crew positions. These are entry-level farm positions that provide a hands-on working experience designed for college students interested in sustainable agriculture. Employees will work alongside farm staff and other crew members to carry out daily operations on the farm’s diverse pastured livestock and organic vegetable production.

Prior farm experience is not required. What is required is a strong work ethic, a willingness to learn, and the ability to commit your time, effort, and intention to the entirety of our summer season. The Hampshire College Farm is seeking employees with a strong commitment to sustainable agriculture who are interested in gaining relevant experience. Farm work is often physically and mentally strenuous; employees must feel capable of, and willing to work hard in all types of weather. Employees will be properly and thoroughly trained for any required task. Farm crew members are expected to hold themselves accountable to a diligent work standard typical with farms and will be provided a handbook detailing job responsibilities and expectations prior to hiring.

By the end of the 15-week summer season, crew members should expect to have an in-depth understanding of the daily operations of a diversified sustainable vegetable and livestock farm, some practical farming skills, and the pride and satisfaction that comes from growing food for your community.

Vegetable Crew:

Positions open: 4

Scheduled hours: Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.-12 p.m. 

Responsibilities include: 

  • greenhouse seeding and watering
  • vegetable field preparation
  • transplanting and direct seeding of vegetable crops
  • vegetable weed control, including cultivation and hand hoeing
  • general farm maintenance
  • occasional assistance with the livestock program

Livestock Crew:

Positions open: 2

Scheduled hours: Weekly schedule of either Sunday-Thursday or Tuesday-Saturday. 7 a.m.-12 p.m. on weekdays and 7 a.m.-4 p.m. on weekend days.

Responsibilities include:

  • livestock care: watering and feeding of animals, including cows, sheep, pigs, and chickens
  • livestock pasture rotation and fencing
  • general farm maintenance 
  • occasional assistance with the vegetable program

A valid driver’s license and the ability to become an approved campus driver is required.

Educational opportunities:

Crew members will attend weekly farm walks with the farm staff and will have the opportunity to request supplemental learning material regarding soil health; plant fertility; weeds, disease, and insect ecology; crop rotation plans; planting schedules; and cover crop plans; animal husbandry techniques in a grass-based system; grazing strategies for a diversity of species; and the economics of running a livestock operation. Employees will also have the option of learning tractor operation if they choose (and if they have a valid driver’s license.) Farm staff will be available to assist with further learning opportunities as they arise, and will work to accommodate students’ unique interests. There’s room to get creative; past summer employees have assisted professors with research and conducted their own on-farm projects.

Other benefits include possible trips to other local farms (depending on COVID-19), and some veggies, flowers, and herbs for home use. 

 

Please fill out a resume and questionnaire and return to Will Kleinsteiber, wkFC@hampshire.edu.

Application Deadline: March 1, 2022

For more information, contact: wkFC@hampshire.edu