Welcome to the Sustainable Year Round Agriculture (SYRA)  Employment and Internship Hub for Maine students and professionals seeking careers and training in agriculture, engineering, technology and related fields.

Year Round Farm Employment Opportunities

Little River Flower Farm - 2 Positions
Greenhouse Production Assistant Manager (Full Time)

Little River Flower Farm is a certified organic 10-acre farm in Buxton, ME. The farm operation includes 4-acres of diversified flower and vegetable production in the summer months, and a year round greenhouse operation in the winter. Products are primarily sold wholesale to Rosemont, and WholeFoods in Portland, in addition to a direct sales to local restaurants.

The Greenhouse Production Assistant Manager will support the year round production in a newly constructed 6400ft2 climate controlled facility. The position will report to and work closely with the farm owners/operators and be responsible for weekly upkeep of 14 – 60’ soil-based heated raised beds – especially through the winter. Bio-intensive soil-based organic crop production, including crop rotations, soil nutrient management, and plant-positive pest management are critical skill sets for the position. In addition, seedling production makes up significant part of the weekly work.

Preference is given for career oriented farmers with at least 2-4 years experience in greenhouse, season extension practices for organic vegetable production in cold climates. This is an opportunity to for long-term year round employment for the right candidate, with career advancement opportunities based on performance incentives.

Training and career advancement opportunities are available after a negotiable trial period based on performance and achievement and sales incentives. Salary based on experience.

To Apply Please send resume and cover letter to lrff@sacorover.net

 

Field Production Assistant Manager (Full Time)

Little River Flower Farm is a certified organic 10-acre farm in Buxton, ME. The farm operation includes 4-acres of diversified flower and vegetable production in the summer months, and a year round greenhouse operation in the winter. Products are primarily sold wholesale to Rosemont, and WholeFoods in Portland, in addition to a direct sales to local restaurants.

The Field Production Assistant Manager will support the field-based operations and seedling production of flower and vegetables. The position reports to and works closely with the Farm owners/operators. Field-based flower and vegetable production will be the primary responsibility of the Assistant Manager. Basic knowledge of season extension, tractors and attachments, and marketing/production on organic farms preferred. Preference is give to candidates with at least 1-3 years experience working on an organic farm in temperate climates. Training opportunities will be limited, thus experience is preferred.

Training and career advancement opportunities are available after a negotiable trial period based on performance and achievement and sales incentives. Salary based on experience.

To Apply Please send resume and cover letter to lrff@sacorover.net

Research Assistant and Internship Opportunities

University of Maine - 4 Positions

Undergraduate Research Assistantship Opportunities @ University of Maine Orono

Maine Agriculture Apps Undergraduate Research Assistants

The Maine Agriculture Apps Project (MAg Apps) is building a mobile app and dashboard  that enables farmers to monitor production and environmental data from greenhouses and year round farm buildings. MAg Apps is a pilot app being developed with Maine farmers to address the need for open platform farm-ready IoT solutions using geo-sensor networks, data management tools, and by monitoring of environmental conditions. The apps will help farmers lower energy costs and diversify income streams through season extension and year round production.

Undergraduate Research Assistants (RA) will work directly with farmers in the field and a cross-disciplinary team of faculty advisers from the School of Food and Agriculture, the School of Engineering Technology, and the School of Computing Information Science. Students will be involved in all aspects of developing IoT tools for Maine farmers, and related heating, energy, and greenhouse systems especially on small and mid-sized vegetable farms who utilize season extension and year round production infrastructure.

RA’s will work collaboratively with faculty teams, researchers and advisers from the Sustainable Year Round Agriculture cluster initiative. (add link) The project is serving as the clearinghouse for research and collaborations between UMaine Presque Isle, University of Maine, the Maine Sustainable Agriculture Society, and related small Maine businesses and start-ups. RA’s are also strongly encouraged to provide feedback on commercialization proposals that will follow completed research.

RA’s are full academic year commitments and will run from September – April. Interested students should pick one of the available Research Assistantship below and follow application instructions here or find the embedded application below.

Environmental and Production Database Research Assistant

The Environmental and Production Database Research Assistant will help collect and collate large amounts of environmental and production data from production records and remote multi-sensors on working farms around the state. The Assistant will work with UMaine Faculty Advisers,  and the Sustainable Year Round Agriculture project’s Education Director and other project Assistants develop data management tools, and charts and graphs that are useful for farmers in the field. Sensor data includes detailed readouts of greenhouse growing conditions, heating and energy usage, on-farm renewable energy production, and production yield data.

The RA will work both independently and as part of the interdisciplinary team of farmers, researchers, and service providers working on the project. Some personal vehicle use may be necessary, but is not a prerequisite; a travel reimbursement stipend is provided.

Specific duties include:

  • Collating environmental sensor and production data
  • Database development and remote data management
  • Occasional visits to farm sites throughout the state (locations determines after group is established, travel stipends provided)
  • Analyzing data and developing graph and charting tools
  • Testing tools with farmers for ease of use
  • Collaboration at “Hackathon” to workshop the technology with other student teams

Helpful skill sets:

  • An interest in Maine’s agricultural economy, and a willingness to learn from and listen to the needs of farmers
  • Database management experience
  • Coding experience (C+, JSON, MySQL)
  • A basic working knowledge of small and mid-sized vegetable production
  • Hands on agriculture and farm experience a plus

This is a part time appointment with the expectation of 10-15 hours per week for 14 weeks. Click here to link to application

Web and Mobile App Development Research Assistant

The Web and Mobile App Development Research Assistant (RA) will work on web development and mobile app architecture for a dashboard that hosts data specific to year round agricultural production. The ‘dashboard app’ analyzes real time production and environmental data of farm fields, and year round greenhouses on Maine farms. The RA will coordinate field visits, and work with UMaine Faculty Advisers, the Sustainable Year Round Agriculture project’s Education Director and other project RAs in order to  design a website and prototype a mobile apps for Maine farmers.. Additionally the student will work to integrate various 3rd party systems into the native platform, and prototype two-way communication between users and heating, ventilation and renewable energy systems for year round greenhouses.

The RA will work both independently and as part of the interdisciplinary team of farmers, researchers, and service providers working on the project. Some personal vehicle use may be necessary, but is not a prerequisite; a travel reimbursement stipend is provided.

Specific duties include:

  • Website development
  • Mobile app UX/UI design prototyping
  • Mobile app architecture development Assessments from farmers and contractors in the field
  • Integrating API keys for existing commercial products
  • Collaborating in fall Hackathon to workshop the technology with other student teams

Helpful skill sets:

  • Interest in  Maine’s small-scale agricultural economy, or design for sustainability
  • Coding experience(HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, Json)
  • NMD courses 345, 445 helpful
  • A basic working understanding of small and mid-sized vegetable production
  • Hands on agriculture and farm experience a plus

This is a part time appointment with the expectation of 10-15 hours per week for 14 weeks. Click here to link to application

Year Round Agriculture Development Assistant

The Maine Ag Apps project is hiring a career oriented agriculture or horticulture student Year Round Agriculture Research and Development Assistant. The student will work as part of the project team to build multidisciplinary relationships with between engineers and farmers that support sustainable year round agriculture production tools that support small and mid-sized agricultural systems. The Development Assistant will work as a key liaison to between UMaine’s Intermedia Research and Commercialization Center, the School of Food and Agriculture, and the School of Engineering.

The primary responsibility of the Assistant is research, document, and articulate via photos, short videos, and social media the legacy of economic and environmental sustainability of small and mid-sized Maine farmers and their work through outreach and development activities in collaboration with the Sustainable Year Round Agriculture cluster development initiative.

Specific duties include:

  • Content development that prioritizes Maine’s agricultural legacies
  • Support for the project website
  • Researching peer-reviewed articles and agriculture bulletins
  • Working collaboratively to meet project funding criteria
  • Editing and writing copy for website content and project publications
  • Field work and interviews (video optional) with Maine farmers in the field
  • Testing new mobile app technology with Maine farmers in the field
  • Administrative support and documentation of project sponsored Hackathon

Helpful skill sets:

  • Current enrollment in NMD courses
  • Hands on farm experience on a commercial Maine farm
  • Social Media, WordPress, and Basic web publishing experience
  • Excellent communicator
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Experience in photography for web-based media
  • A career oriented passion for Maine’s agricultural economy

This is a part time appointment with the expectation of 10-20 hours per week for 14 weeks. Click here to link to application

Sensor Networks Engineer

…details coming soon…

 

 

University of Maine Presque Isle
Environmental and Production Database R & D Assistant

The Environmental and Production Database Assistant will help collect and collate large amounts of environmental and production data from production records and remote sensors networks on working farms around the state. The Assistant will work with UMaine Faculty Adviser,  and the SYRA Education Director and other project Assistants to develop data management tools, and charts and graphs that are useful for farmers in the field. Sensor data includes detailed readouts of greenhouse growing conditions, heating and energy usage, on-farm renewable energy production, and production yield data.

    The assistant  will work both independently and as part of the interdisciplinary team of farmers, researchers, and service providers working on the project. Some personal vehicle use may be necessary, but is not a prerequisite; a travel reimbursement stipend is provided.

The assistant reports to UMaine Faculty mentors and the SYRA Cluster Initiative Education Director.

Specific duties include:

  • Collating environmental sensor and production data
  • Database development and remote data management
  • Occasional visits to farm sites throughout the state (locations determines after group is established, travel stipends provided)
  • Analyzing data and developing graph and charting tools
  • Testing tools with farmers for ease of use
  • Collaboration at Hackathon to workshop the technology with other student teams

Prerequisites:

  • A career interest in Maine’s agricultural economy, and a willingness to learn from and listen to the needs of farmers
  • Database management experience
  • A basic working knowledge of small and mid-sized vegetable production
  • Hands on agriculture and farm experience a plus

This is a part time appointment open to enrolled UMPI students with the expectation of 10-15 hours per week for 14 weeks. To apply please send cover letter and resume to larry.feinstein@maine.edu.

University of Southern Maine
Year Round Aquaponics Assistant (Off-campus Internship @ Canopy Farms, Brunswick, ME)

Students currently enrolled at USM are encouraged to apply for the The Year Round Aquaponics Assistant position at Canopy Farms in Brunswick. The Assistant will be involved with a variety of trials at assigned demonstration sites including LED light comparisons, crop production under controlled conditions, alternative energy systems, energy conservation and heating for greenhouses and aquaponics. The assistant will support data collection, data analysis, reporting and crop production. Assistants will gain hands on experience with aquaponic greenhouse management, year-round crop selection and production for value-added food business.

Specific duties could include, but may not be limited to:

  • Keeping detailed weekly records heat, energy, production and environmental conditions, in collaboration with Canopy Farms Project project manager
  • Assist analysis of data as assigned based on the needs of the demonstration site and SYRA Project Managers.  
  • Using the data and analysis, drafting reports for system trial(s)
  • Support farm owners and staff of demonstration sites with crop production
  • Prepare a final report of the experience working on the project.  

Qualifications:

  • Experience with greenhouse agriculture/horticulture
  • Experience with aquaponics preferred

Desired Skills:

  • Strong attention to detail
  • Experience in Data Collection
  • Interested in learning about applied research
  • Task Oriented, self-starter
  • Excellent critical thinking/problem solving skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

Additional Information:

Students are expected to work 10-12 hours per week. For additional information contact mainesustainableag@gmail.com

 

What is the SYRA Employment and Internship Hub…..?

The SYRA Employment and Internship Hub is a job board for Maine students and professionals interested in the fields of engineering, agriculture, horticulture, new media, and cleantech. Work and training opportunities directly support new employment opportunities that encourage collaboration across disciplines in support of Maine’s target job growth sectors.

The work opportunities are a critical link between Maine farmers, university research and local economic priorities. Work opportunities address the following goals:

  1. Increased greenhouse and season extension food production practices on Maine farms
  2. Increased energy and heating efficiency and lowering the cost of production for Maine agriculture and aquaculture producers
  3. New employment opportunities for Mainer’s across agriculture and aquaculture through the application of tools that address economic and environmental sustainability, and cleantech in support of Maine’s agricultural economy

Are you a local entrepreneur, farmer, business owner?

  • Propose a challenge
  • Find a student assistant
  • Partner or assist with a current challenge

Are you a Maine college or university student?

  • Learn about intern opportunities
  • Use your skills and research to meet local sustainability challenges
  • Discover local entrepreneurial opportunities or future work options

Are you an organization, research group, community, or other agency that wants to support local resilience and sustainability?

  • Support student interns
  • Offer your expertise or resources
  • Propose partnerships or networks that can build community and support resilience for SYRA

Contact Us

Maine Sustainable Agriculture Society

Phone: 207-570-8760

E-mail: info@mesas.org