Paid & Volunteer Positions

Are you interested in helping us build a sustainable food future right here in Green Bay? Would you like to take part in a community-driven project to grow local, healthy food and improve lives through job training and education? We’re always looking for new volunteers at The Farmory in a variety of roles. And we now have select paid positions.



Paid Positions we are currently looking to fill:

Farmory Hatchery Technician

Looking to put your aquaculture skills to work for you and your community? The Farmory is a unique social enterprise located in Green Bay, Wisconsin. We are looking for the right individual to join our team as a Hatchery Technician for our indoor RAS system. Our species of choice is yellow perch, and our collaboration with UW Green Bay and other community partners is working to bring this species into cultivation and seed the next generation of aquaculture and aquaponic farms in Wisconsin and beyond.

The hatchery technician will help operate our indoor controlled environment recirculating aquaculture system. This individual will be responsible for maintaining a 10,000-gallon Yellow Perch RAS that includes broodstock, larval and juvenile systems. Additional water will be added as our experience and capacity increases, allowing room for advancement for the technician position. A well-qualified candidate will be a confident team leader that can guide farmers that do not necessarily have aquaculture experience.

This is a part time position with an average of 20-30 hours per week and the potential advancement to full time employment. The work will be performed in concert with Farmory staff members and in consultation with our hatchery Science Advisor.

Support the Hatchery Project

  • Develop forms and records to document project activities and ensure that all project information is appropriately documented and secured.
  • Review and revise Hatchery Standard Operating Procedures as needed.
  • Review production goals with Farmory staff and board to ensure work is meeting standardsand expectations.
  • Daily care and cleaning of all fish culture areas, monitoring of water quality parameters, andmaintenance of hatchery biosecurity
  • Hatching, enumerating, enriching and feeding Artemia for larval rearing
  • Measurement and enumeration of perch larvae and perch fingerlings
  • Manage care and feeding of yellow perch fingerlings.
  • In consultation with fisheries science advisor(s), manage broodstock to produce off-seasonspawning of yellow perch.
  • In consultation with fisheries science advisor(s), improve methods to hatch yellow perch eggskeins.
  • In consultation with fisheries science advisor(s), improve methods to rear yellow perch larvaeto weaning.Minimum Qualifications

• Associates degree in relevant field OR two years’ experience in RAS facility.

  • Ability to lift up to 40 pounds.
  • Ability to work irregular hours, occasionally on weekends and evenings.
  • Direct experience monitoring and feeding fish.
  • Able to take direction and ownership of delegated tasks.
  • Comfortable with handling fish, live feeds, agricultural materials, and getting dirty.
  • Physically fit and able, reliable, detail-oriented, organized, hard-working, self-motivated.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and can work effectively as part of a team.
  • Maintain high standards of hygiene to promote food safety.
  • Maintain a reliable form of transportation to and from the farm.
  • Proficiency with computer programs such as Microsoft Office Suite to maintain growth charts, logwater chemistry, and track feed consumption.
  • Authorized to work in USA.Well qualified candidates will have:
  • Direct experience in production and use of live feeds for larval fishes, as well as experience with altricial fish larvae.
  • Experience with research methods at a University level.
  • Experience managing or working with volunteers is a plus.
  • Experience in a commercial or nonprofit work environment.
  • A willingness to work with diverse populations including those who may be intellectuallyor physically disabled, veterans, children, ESL speakers, etc.Benefits:
  • Competitive wage.
  • Professional development opportunities.
  • A unique community development organization and a challenging position with room to grow.For more information about The Farmory please go to our website www.Farmory.org or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Farmory.To apply, please send the following documents to Annie Schmitz annie@nwgreenbay.org
  1. A cover letter stating why this position is a good fit for you
  2. A resume
  3. Three references

A review of well qualified candidates will begin immediately and will continue until position is filled. Position to start immediately.  Click here to download job description.

Farmory Fish Hatchery Intern

Looking to get involved in aquaculture and gain real hatchery skills right in your community? The Farmory is a unique social enterprise located in Green Bay, Wisconsin. We are looking for TWO individuals to join our team as Fish Hatchery Interns during our spawning and larval periods. We use indoor RAS systems to raise and produce yellow perch right in Downtown Green Bay. Through our collaborations with UW Green Bay, NWTC, and other community partners we are working to bring this species into cultivation and seed the next generation of aquaculture and aquaponic farms in Wisconsin and beyond.

The fish hatchery interns will help operate our indoor controlled environment recirculating aquaculture system. These individuals will be responsible for maintaining the 4000-gallon Larval Yellow Perch RAS system in addition to the Artemia hatcheries. Additional responsibilities may be added as experience and capacity increases, providing potential other learning opportunities with the Farmory. A well-qualified candidate will have a science background and confident/comfortable with microscope work.

This is a 3-month long internship starting in late March through the end of May 2020 with an average of 10 hours of work per week and a modest stipend. We will be willing to work with your school in order to have this internship count for class credits. This internship will be supervised by our Executive Director and Hatchery Technician.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Help hatchery staff with the intense work of culturing larval yellow perch
  • Record data and observations
  • Keep the work area bio secure and clean
  • Making sure materials are returned to proper storage place
  • Daily counting of artemia which helps inform staff on feeding rates
  • Keeping larval RAS system clean while eggs and larvae are in there
  • Help with the transfer of fish from larval system to juvenile system
  • Help with the development of a feeding schedule with hatchery staff
  • Willing to participate in Bio-Security trainingMinimum-Qualifications:
  • College level student with coursework in Biology/Fisheries/Environmental Science
  • Ability to lift 40 pounds or more
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Ability to work independently or as a part of a team
  • Excellent organizational skills and effective in task and time management
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • A thorough understanding of basic science data collection and testingWell Qualified candidates will have:
  • A strong desire to learn about aquaculture practices
  • Higher level coursework in Biology/Fisheries/Environmental Science
  • Experience with science data collection and management
  • Experience with volunteers is a plus
  • A willingness to work with hatchery staff on other facets of the hatchery facilityBenefits of Interning at The Farmory:
  • Bio-Security certificate
  • Commercial hatchery experience
  • Knowledge of how to feed train yellow perch
  • Live feed culture experience
  • Non-profit work experienceFor more information about The Farmory please go to our website www.farmory.org or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Farmory.To apply, please send the following documents to Annie Schmitz annie@nwgreenbay.org
    1. A cover letter stating why this position is a good fit for you
    2. A resume
    3. Three references
    4. College Transcript

    Review of well-qualified applicants will start on March 3, 2020 and the final deadline to apply is March 16, 2020. The internship position will start on March 30, 2020.  Click Here to download job description

Volunteer Positions we are currently looking to fill:

Fish Hatchery Volunteers

Purpose: Do you want to be part of something new and exciting?  The Farmory is launching our yellow perch fish hatchery and we need volunteers to help care for our fish!   Specifically, you would be watching over the eggs, larvae, and fingerlings of our brood stock.  We are offering volunteer positions or internships.   The Farmory needs passionate volunteers that are willing to help tend to the fish in our system to ensure that we are producing happy and healthy fish.  You will be key in helping us launch the aquaculture and aquaponics industry in Wisconsin with education and consistent seed stock (fingerlings) for prospective aquaculture and aquaponics farmers!

Location:  This position will take place at, The Farmory (815 Chicago St. Green Bay, WI 54301).

Supervisor:   You will be supervised by the Farmory Hatchery Director, Dr. Ken Webb.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Daily fish hatchery tasks to help monitor and care for yellow perch eggs, larvae, and fingerlings
  • Recording research and observations
  • Keeping the area clean/Putting materials back where they belong
  • Working with a team to ensure health of whole “farm”

Qualifications:

  • Ability to lift up to 40 pounds
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to work independently or as part of a team
  • Excellent organizational skills and effectiveness in task and time management
  • Verbal and written communication skills

Training:

  • Training will be provided by Farmory Hatchery Director

Time Commitment:

  • A minimum of 2 hours a week

We offer two shifts daily:

Shift 1: 8:00am-9:00am

Shift 2: 5:00pm-6:00pm

Current Openings: Shift 2 on Monday, Shift 2 on Wednesday, Shift 1 on Thursday, Shift 2 on Saturday, Shift 1 on Sunday

 

Plant Whisperer Volunteers

Purpose: Do you have a green thumb? Or, if you don’t have a green thumb, do you like to get your hands dirty? The Farmory is an indoor sustainable farm that uses a soil-based aquaponics system to thrive. The Farmory needs passionate volunteers that are willing to help tend to the plants and fish in our test grow system to ensure that we are producing happy and healthy plants. The data that is gained from our aquaponics grow system will be used large scale once The Farmory is built and operational.

Location:  This position will take place at, The Farmory (815 Chicago St. Green Bay, WI 54301) or West De Pere High School (665 Grant St, De Pere, WI 54115).

Supervisor:   You will be supervised by the Farmory Hatchery Director, Dr. Ken Webb.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Daily farming tasks: grooming plants, watering, turning soil, harvesting, planting, etc.
  • Recording research and observations, suggesting changes
  • Keeping the area clean/Putting materials back where they belong
  • Working with a team to ensure health of whole “farm”

Qualifications:

  • Ability to lift up to 40 pounds
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to work independently or as part of a team
  • Excellent organizational skills and effectiveness in task and time management
  • Verbal and written communication skills

Training:

  • Training will be provided by Farmory Farm Manager

Time Commitment:

  • An average of 1-2 hours per week

Current Openings: Monday & Wednesday at Downtown location, Friday at West De Pere

The Farmory is a 501c3 nonprofit indoor urban farm with a social mission. Our mission is to provide opportunities in sustainable agriculture that increase economic self-sufficiency and improve health and wellbeing of residents of all ages and abilities. We accomplish our mission through education, outreach, and service learning programs that bring students and adults into our working aquaponics farm and fish hatchery.

 

Interested persons should download the Fillable Volunteer Information PDF and email the completed form to Patty Casady, Farmory Volunteer VISTA at patty@nwgreenbay.org .  Please feel free to call (920) 593-3714 with any questions. Site Address: 815 Chicago St., Green Bay, WI 54301.  Mailing Address: 437 S. Jackson, Green Bay, WI  54301. Media inquiries or questions regarding donating can go to Claire Thompson at claire@nwgreenbay.org.