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 Position

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 full time position with benefits. The work will be performed in concert with Farmory staff members and in consultation with our hatchery Science Advisor.   

Plan the Project

Support the Hatchery Committee by coordinating committee meetings, preparing agendas and minutes, and researching and drafting policy documents as directed.

Support the Hatchery Committee to identify system needs, production planning cycles, and market opportunities as identified in the strategic plan.

Implement the annual operating work plan to successfully meet production goals.

Support the Hatchery Committee in identifying outcomes and measures upon which the hatchery project will be evaluated.

Provide Team Leadership

Lead and build Hatchery Team to accomplish organizational goals and hatchery objectives.

Create and maintain a positive workplace culture that promotes continuous learning, a commitment to inclusion, and sustainability principals.

Ensure that all Hatchery Volunteers receive appropriate training and on Hatchery Standard Operating Procedures, as well as ongoing coaching and support so they may excel in their role.

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.
  • Receive and approve requests for tours of the hatchery, speaking engagements, interviews, events, etc. 
  • Establish a communication schedule to update stakeholders on progress.
  • Review production goals with Farmory staff and board to ensure work is meeting standards and expectations.
  • Monitor project expenses relative to development budget, report variances.
  • Monitor and order supplies as needed.
  • Coordinate with Farmory staff on invoice processing and check requests.
  • Daily care and cleaning of all fish culture areas, monitoring of water quality parameters, and maintenance 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-season spawning of yellow perch.
  • In consultation with fisheries science advisor(s), improve methods to hatch yellow perch egg skeins.
  • In consultation with fisheries science advisor(s), improve methods to rear yellow perch larvae to 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, log water 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 intellectually or physically disabled, veterans, children, ESL speakers, etc.

Benefits:

  • Competitive wage and benefits package.
  • Professional development opportunities.
  • Housing may be available.
  • Vacation, sick and paid holidays.
  • 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.

Click here and see the detailed job description.

To apply, please send the following documents to Claire Thompson claire@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 on December 1st and will continue until the position is filled. Position may begin as early as January 1, 2020.


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.