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We’re excited to announce our first paid seasonal staff positions!

Qualifications: Applicants must be graduates of Unadilla Community Farm’s Permaculture Internship.

Time Commitment: All openings are seasonal part-time positions, April 24, 2022-October 9, 2022, estimated at 30 hrs/wk.

Salary & Benefits: $5,000 per season plus room & board included. Plus, all staff get access to the free classes offered through the internship, including the FSMA food safety certification.

COVID Safety: Applicants must be able to quarantine for 14 days, OR 10 days + a negative COVID test, prior to arrival on the farm and to quarantine on site with fellow staff and interns throughout the season.

Work Environment: Applicants must be able to carry 40 pounds and be on their feet walking, standing, moving, or squatting for up to 5 hours a day, 6 days a week. Must feel comfortable with a variety of outdoor working conditions, including full sun, light rain, or light frost.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Unadilla Community Farm encourages applicants from a diversity of backgrounds to apply.

Current Openings

Roles & Responsibilities:

The Food & Nutrition Coordinator will oversee daily plant-based meal prep for participants in Unadilla Community Farm’s Permaculture Internship. This includes teaching interns how to forage and harvest on-farm ingredients and managing the intern crew in preparing meals using a variety of methods, such as cast-iron cooking and pressure cooking, with instruction provided by the Project Manager as needed. The Coordinator should utilize meal prep as an educational opportunity for interns to improve their kitchen skills and plant-based cooking/nutrition knowledge. The existing Unadilla Community Farm recipe book should be used, and improved upon, as a template for meal plans.

To successfully execute this role, the Coordinator oversees:
-Meal planning to ensure a balanced plant-based diet
-Kitchen management to keep the space clean and keep stock of ingredients and when supplies need to be ordered
-Foraging & harvesting on-farm ingredients in season, in communication with the Organic Farming Coordinator to ensure that produce for the veggie box program is not wrongly harvested and that surplus farm products do not go to waste

Outside of daily meal prep, the Food & Nutrition Coordinator will occasionally lead interns in food preservation tasks throughout the season to ensure that farm products not utilized for the veggie box program are preserved. With guidance provided by the Project Manager, this includes teaching interns proper techniques for dehydration, canning, and fermentation for value-added product production.

The ideal applicant enjoys working and living in a communal setting, has leadership experience, and is comfortable working in a moderate-to-fast paced kitchen environment.

Education/Experience: Must be a graduate of Unadilla Community Farm’s Permaculture Internship. While formal culinary education is not a requirement, additional experience with plant-based cooking/nutrition is a plus.

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This position is grant-funded for the 2022-2024 seasons. The initial contract will be for the 2022 season, with the option to continue on for the 2023-2024 seasons if it is a mutual fit.

Organic leeks and kale
The Organic Farming Coordinator will oversee “field crew” tasks for Unadilla Community Farm’s Permaculture Internship. Working under the guidance of the farm’s Project Manager, the Organic Farming Coordinator will lead interns in the cultivation of the farm’s organic fruits, vegetables, mushrooms, and herbs to ensure that a diversity of crops are grown throughout the season for the internship and veggie box delivery programs. This involves leading interns in tasks such as irrigation, seeding, transplanting, weeding, mulching, integrated pest management strategies, trellising, pruning, and harvesting. With instruction provided by the Project Manager, the Coordinator will ensure that interns learn proper techniques for the above practices and that tasks are completed in a timely fashion. Education is at the core of our work at Unadilla Community Farm; tasks should always be thoroughly explained with time taken for questions and discussion. It is vital that the Coordinator models a healthy working pace and positive attitude for interns. The Coordinator will be required to maintain a daily log of field crew tasks and harvest records in alignment with NOFA-NY organic certification standards.

The Organic Farming Coordinator will also communicate with the Food & Nutrition Coordinator about which plants are available for harvesting to be utilized in the farm kitchen and which plants are designated for the veggie box program.

Education/Experience: Must be a graduate of Unadilla Community Farm’s Permaculture Internship. Additional experience in a paid position on a farming/landscaping crew is a plus. The ideal applicant enjoys working and living in a communal setting, is organized, has leadership experience, is well-versed in plant identification of Northeast zone 4 species, and is familiar with a range of organic farming and agroforestry practices.

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This position is grant-funded for the 2022-2024 seasons. The initial contract will be for the 2022 season, with the option to continue on for the 2023-2024 seasons if it is a mutual fit.


The Natural Building Coordinator will oversee construction projects for Unadilla Community Farm, with the goal of both building and maintaining the infrastructure that is necessary for day-to-day farm operations, while providing a learning opportunity for participants in the Permaculture Internship to learn natural building and construction skills. Working under the guidance of the farm’s Project Manager, the Natural Building Coordinator will lead interns in a diversity of farm-specific construction projects and building/maintenance of agriculture outbuildings. This involves leading interns in tasks such as use of basic hand and power tools, measuring, cutting, sanding, oiling, and assembly, with a focus on timber framing and finish carpentry in 2022. With instruction provided by the Project Manager, the Coordinator will ensure that interns learn proper techniques for the above practices and that tasks are completed in a timely fashion. Education is at the core of our work at Unadilla Community Farm; tasks should always be thoroughly explained with time taken for questions and discussion. It is vital that the Coordinator models a healthy working pace and positive attitude for interns.

2022 projects include:

  • Building and installing doors and windows for the barn
  • Installing tongue and groove wood flooring
  • Completing a solar dehydrator built into the exterior barn wall
  • Installing lath in preparation for applying earthen plasters
  • Building trellises for vining plants
  • Training interns in how to properly use a circular saw for making stakes for farm use
  • Training interns in how to use a chop saw, table saw, and splitting axe for cutting firewood for the farm
  • Regular upkeep and maintenance on agricultural outbuildings


Education/Experience:
Must be a graduate of Unadilla Community Farm’s Permaculture Internship. Additional experience in natural building/construction is recommended. Instruction will be provided by the Project Manager. That said, applicants should be comfortable and skilled with use of basic hand and power tools, such as a power drill, circular saw, and chop saw, because they will need to be able to provide instruction to interns who want to participate in natural building projects.

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The Project Manager will be responsible for overseeing workstreams between staff and internship program participants to ensure that projects are carried out on time and within budget, while maintaining a positive learning environment.

The Project Manager will be tasked with setting and achieving 2022 season benchmarks for the Permaculture Internship and Veggie Box Program in terms of number of interns and number of pounds of veggies produced that exceed those of the 2021 season. The Project Manager also oversees the maintenance and expansion of the food forest. To successfully achieve these goals, the Project Manager is in charge of training the staff in their respective tasks, project planning, scheduling of activities, and communication with external stakeholders such as food pantries and veggie box clients. The Project Manager will manage the cohesion of the team (board, staff, and interns) and make necessary changes as appropriate to ensure a healthy workplace culture.

The Project Manager creates and ensures the execution of the season’s master plan for farming and building projects. This includes crop planning and rotation, ordering and stocking farm supplies, and securing any necessary permits for natural building projects. The Project Manager’s daily role is one of a “floater,” rotating to different stations on the farm to oversee execution of tasks in the farming, cooking, and building realms and to provide high-quality hands-on instruction and training. The Project Manager also teaches weekly classes for the internship participants, with guest instruction from other staff and board members or external partners as appropriate.

The ideal candidate enjoys working and living in a communal setting, can handle stress well, is a people person, has excellent communication and leadership skills, and is highly organized.

Education/Experience: Must be a graduate of Unadilla Community Farm’s Permaculture Internship. Applicants must have at least 3 seasons experience in a leadership position on an organic farm or permaculture project. Permaculture Design Certification is a requirement.

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This position is grant-funded for the 2022-2024 seasons. The initial contract will be for the 2022 season, with the option to continue on for the 2023-2024 seasons if it is a mutual fit.