Farm Volunteer


(42.16884,-73.23703)
 

Cause Areas

When

It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.

Where

100 Gould Rd.Monterey, MA 01245

About

Reporting to the Agricultural Director, this position is responsible for a variety of activities that assist in the creation and maintenance of a clean, safe, well-ordered farm and agriculture environment. Volunteers will assist as required in the day-to-day operations of the farm and trades, including animal husbandry, equipment operation and maintenance, dairy processing and cheese making, barn cleaning, shop organization, and other routine maintenance to the physical properties of the farm and land. Volunteers will offer ongoing orientation and coaching to guests assigned to various farm projects or activities; they will communicate clear reports regarding work assignments and will provide leadership to work program projects in which guests learn care of animals, land management, equipment and machinery repair, dairy processing and cheese making. Must be willing to promote the values and spirit of Gould Farm, to actively participate as a member of the community and to continuously seek ways to improve, both self and function. Primary Responsibilities include but are not limited to: Participate as work leader for guests assigned to farm work programs. Offer coaching, support, mentoring and good performance management to guests who are acquiring skills to live more independently. Assist with the coaching of guests in the accomplishment of daily work program tasks. Assist with the maintenance of accurate records for farm processes, including equipment and machinery repairs, dairy processing, cheese making, land use and management, administration of medications to animals, livestock inventory, etc. Assist with the maintenance of accurate records regarding the progress and difficulties or issues with respect to guests assigned to work program activities. Assist in the accomplishment of all daily activities that keep the farm operational. Assist in planning and scheduling the daily activities required to safely operate and accomplish the business of farming. Participate in community activities as required, drive guests to activities and scheduled appointments, offer personal gifts and talents in the arts (music, poetry, reading) to teach, encourage and entertain guests. Lead small groups of Guests through farm tasks while creating an environment which is therapeutic, constructive and designed to enhance a guest’s chances for future success and greater independence. Qualifications: Minimum of B.S. degree or equivalent is desirable. Driver’s license and safe driver record is required. Knowledge of farming or farm trades and any experience is a plus. Experience in coaching and managing others is desirable. Excellent communications are a must, the ability to prioritize and influence others are essential.

Skills

Good Match For

N/A

Requirements & Commitment

  • Driver's License Needed
  • Must be at least 18
  • 3 months, 6 months, 1 year
  • Priority given to year-long candidates
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