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  • 09/21 Saturday
    Birdwatching at Grace Farms | Fall Migration
    10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
    Grace Farms Tour
    10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
    Open Arts Studio for Families
    10:30 AM – 2:30 PM
    Exploring Nature | Restoring Native Meadows
    12:30 PM – 2:00 PM
    Ending Violence Against Women | A Conversation with Dr. Denis Mukwege
    4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
    09/25 Wednesday
    Astronomy at Grace Farms | Fall Constellations
    8:00 PM – 9:30 PM
    09/26 Thursday
    Grace Farms Tour
    10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
    09/28 Saturday
    Birdwatching at Grace Farms | Fall Migration
    10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
    Grace Farms Tour
    10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
    Growing Community | Fall Planting
    10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
    Open Arts Studio for Families
    10:30 AM – 2:30 PM

Birdwatching at Grace Farms | Fall Migration

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x Saturday, 9/21 | Grace Farms will be open to the public 10am-6pm. After 1pm, parking will only be available for registered program attendees.

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Open Positions

Grant Writer (New Role)

Full Time

Grace Farms, 365 Lukes Wood Rd. New Canaan, CT

Responsibilities

The Role

Grace Farms Foundation seeks its first Grant Writer. Working within a small but growing development team, the Grant Writer will raise annual restricted and unrestricted support from sources, with a focus on government support. The Grant Writer will engage with staff through giving programs and partnerships which support Grace Farms and its five initiatives of nature, arts, justice, community, and faith. Responsibilities include research, writing, grants management, budget development, report management, stewardship and any related administration. The ideal candidate will have experience applying for and managing government-allocated grants, in areas most closely aligned with the mission and values of Grace Farms.

The Grant Writer will also actively establish grant support from foundations and corporations and possess the ability to navigate complex grant processes with administrative acumen. The Grant Writer will play a meaningful role in supporting the Foundation’s fiscal longevity, so that its work can thrive in the years and decades ahead.

Location & Travel

This position will be located at 365 Lukes Wood Road in New Canaan, CT.

Responsibilities

  • Develop and maintain an annual work plan with the Director of Development for all active and prospective grant proposals, across all sources of giving, for donors aligned with the priorities of Grace Farms.
  • Interface directly with the President, Initiative Directors, and other program experts to understand the most current plans for the Initiatives; enhance this knowledge by contextualizing their work within the broader fields in which they advance and accelerate good and maintain relevancy.
  • Track and document key each phase in the lifecycle of the grant, including proposal development, funds receipt and transfer, execution of grant, and reporting requirements.
  • Conduct prospect research and shape fundraising opportunities that align with the Foundation’s stated programmatic aims and financial needs.
  • Write all funding proposals, drawing from the existing body of approved writing from the Communications & Marketing team on Grace Farms and each of the Initiatives; and create a cache of new material that can be centralized for future use by other departments; in doing so, demonstrate the urgency of Grace Farms Foundation’s work and how each Initiative advances the ideals and mission of the funder(s).
  • Develop, organize, and administer all aspects of grants and the overall grantmaking cycle with the ability to meet deadlines for content development, budgeting, and all administrative steps to fully complete the process, including final approval.
  • Establish strong relationships with program officers at foundations; collaborate with the Director of Development and Director of Communications and Marketing to build and steward relevant relationships.
  • Support senior development and communications staff in their frontline and public-facing activities with donors, not limited to researching giving histories and patterns.
  • Be knowledgeable of all IRS and compliance-related needs of Grace Farms; and of the basic tools of grant writing and research, including the ability to read 990s.
  • Support the creation of public-facing texts for special events including the annual gala, cultivation events, meetings, tours, and other activities as needed.
  • Generally support the administrative work flow and processes in the development team.

 

 

Qualifications

The ideal candidate is:

  • A professional with a minimum of 5 years of associate-level grant writing experience, working directly with leadership and donors, in a fast-paced, nonprofit environment; 10-15 years of total professional experience preferred.
  • An exceptional communicator with strong expository writing skills.
  • Highly knowledgeable of grant opportunities through governmental agencies (among other sources) and able to successfully manage the complex process to meet deadlines;
  • Experienced in the collaborative development and efficient management of grant proposals, reports, budgets, and collateral material;
  • Personable, energetic, and an excellent communicator, on- and offline, who is responsive to directives, able to manage multiple deadlines, and troubleshoot;
  • Results-oriented with ability to meet needs of staff and donors, and able to recalibrate strategies accordingly;
  • Knowledgeable of the evolving philanthropic sector, including individuals, foundations, corporations, and governments;
  • Enthusiastic about working in a highly-collaborative “start-up” environment with colleagues from diverse professional backgrounds, and as part of a growing team;
  • Proficient with industry-standard software and technologies (PatronManager, a plus);
  • Holds a relevant bachelor’s degree; higher-level degrees preferred.

 

 

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Line Cook - Full Time

Full Time

Grace Farms, 365 Lukes Wood Rd. New Canaan, CT

Responsibilities

Reporting to the Commons Manager, the line cook is responsible for serving all products with friendly, individualized attention towards each customer. He/she is responsible for preparing food items on the main kitchen line including positions at the grill, flat top, oven, and pantry. We have great working hours, normally 8am – 4:30pm.

  • Maintain sanitation, health, and safety standards in work areas.
  • Verify that prepared food meets requirements for quality and quantity.
  • Wash, cut, and prepare foods designated for cooking.
  • Clean, stock, and restock workstations and display cases.
  • Promotes a safe and clean kitchen and service environment by supporting Grace Farms sanitation and cleanliness standards.
  • Maintains regular and consistent attendance and punctuality.
  • Ensure confidentiality and security of Grace Farms

 

*MUST have reliable transportation as we are NOT near public transportation.

 

Qualifications

The Line Cook will be thoroughly committed to the Grace Farms Foundation’s mission. All candidates should have proven leadership, coaching, and relationship management experience, ideally with non-profit experience. Experience and other qualifications include:

  • Minimum High School Degree. Culinary Degree Preferred, but equivalent years of cooking experience welcome
  • May work special events, as needed.
  • The highest level of integrity defined as being incredibly ethical, professional, responsible, truthful, authentic, honest, and fair.
  • Action-oriented, proactive work ethic; a desire and talent to forecast and solve problems
  • Must be able to work overtime, as needed.
  • This position is Full Time, Non-Exempt position working on a weekly schedule.

Benefits

This is an hourly, full-time, year-round position with health and dental benefits and paid time off.  

 

 

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Communications & Marketing Intern

Part Time

Grace Farms, 365 Lukes Wood Rd. New Canaan, CT

Responsibilities

Role: Communications & Marketing Intern

Dates: Fall/Winter 2019

Reports to: Director of Digital Marketing

The Communications and Marketing Intern will be an integral part of the Communications & Marketing team, and will gain knowledge in event, partnership, and digital marketing. The scope of the work will provide an opportunity to have an impact on audience engagement and development. Through the role, she/he will find opportunities for growth and visibility, and will be responsible for cataloguing the goals and metrics related to each project.

Responsibilities:

  • Assist in updating social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube).
  • Assist in segmenting newsletters. Experience in Mailchimp A/B testing a plus.
  • Keep up to date on new social media channel trends and update Director of Digital Marketing accordingly.
  • Assist in editorial, digital, and brand research.
  • Transcribe interviews.
  • Update Marketing department scheduling software, assisting team members as needed.
  • Research and post articles and blogs in appropriate forums.

 

 

 

Qualifications

  • Open to current college Juniors and Seniors who are matriculated at an accredited institution or to those currently enrolled in a Graduate program
  • Students must be completing majors in Communications and/or Marketing
  • Knowledge of digital marketing channels (web and social media) strongly preferred.
  • Students may be asked to produce writing samples for review
  • Familiarity with Adobe Creative Suite and/or Adobe InDesign strongly preferred
  • Looking for self-starters that can learn, take direction, and complete projects autonomously

This is a part-time, paid internship. Compensation is $12 per hour for 15-20 hours per week. The internship will last up to 14 weeks (ending December 20).  This role requires being onsite at Grace Farms in New Canaan, Connecticut.

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Marketing Manager

Full Time

Grace Farms, 365 Lukes Wood Rd. New Canaan, CT

Responsibilities

The Role

The Marketing Manager will be responsible for assisting to develop and execute event and initiative marketing plans that reflect the thought leadership and programmatic goals of the Foundation’s President & Founder, Initiative Directors, and other stakeholders.  The Marketing Manager will complete multi-touch marketing campaigns that lead to successful public and private programs, greater public understanding of the Foundation’s vision and mission, increased public engagement, and new outcomes.

The Marketing Manager will work with the wider Communications & Marketing team, and will serve as the internal day-to-day marketing liaison with program managers, initiative directors, and the events department. S/he will execute and support the Foundation’s program cycle, working collaboratively with internal team members (Director of Development, Director of Events, Communications Manager, Marketing Manager(s), Designer) to carry out department and program goals.

To achieve these goals, the Marketing Manager will be responsible for consistently increasing understanding of Grace Farms, the Foundation’s initiatives, and the Foundation’s audiences. She/he will propose and manage plans to advance public engagement with the Foundation and its programs, package targeted marketing communication/campaigns, develop key marketing partnerships, manage marketing budgets, identify key promotions streams, and provide related metrics to the Director of Digital Marketing.

 Your Day-to-Day

  • Collaborate with leadership to refine event and program marketing plans, working with internal and external teams to ensure deadlines are met.
  • Utilize marketing experience to increase awareness and visitation to Grace Farms, as well as the engagement in its programs, while meeting set performance metrics.
  • Propose marketing budgets correlated to programs, coordinate approved budgets, and track related invoices.
  • Develop advertising/promotion plans, managing specified budgets and measuring/ reporting outcomes
  • Execute program marketing campaigns with the following markers for success: original content and design developed with internal teams and edited by the Director of Digital Marketing, and the Director of Marketing and Communications (for website, print materials, calendars, emails, newsletters, blogs), tools for effective program communication, manage photography and videography coordination, on-site event presence, survey or feedback mechanisms, data collection and analysis.
  • Support public relations outreach and content creation as it pertains to related marketing tasks.
  • Communicate regular updates to Communications & Marketing team about marketing objectives, progress, and programs.
  • Develop and nurture marketing partnerships, with particular attention to program-related partners.
  • Maintain up-to-date understanding of relevant technologies.
  • Analyze key metrics of marketing effectiveness and offer recommendations for optimizing strategy based on budget and staff resources.

 

 

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • 5-7 years of events marketing experience required
  • Demonstrated strength in project management, ability to handle multiple projects with multiple internal teams simultaneously
  • Ability to synthesize content, information, and stakeholder ideas and distill to a consistent, strategic brand message
  • Strong experience establishing marketing objectives and creating compelling marketing content with measurable results
  • Ability to create and establish task-oriented project plans and templates, while balancing that objective with changing priorities
  • Self-starter who excels with deadline-oriented milestones
  • Success at establishing credibility with a high-performance leadership team
  • Experience with MailChimp necessary, experience with other CRM tools preferred
  • Proven ability to set measurable goals, and to be able to provide key insights to the metrics of their fulfillment
  • Experience with Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign appreciated.
  • Highest level of integrity

 

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SEO & Social Media Manager

Full Time

Grace Farms, 365 Lukes Wood Rd. New Canaan, CT

Responsibilities

The Role

Grace Farms Foundation has a compelling brand born out of our place and mission. We are looking for/are hiring a SEO & Social Media Manager to support our marketing strategy. Our team creates content, and an ideal candidate will know how to effectively use that content to drive engagement across multiple digital channels.

We seek a SEO & Social Media strategist that understands how marketing and analytics shape each other, and knows how to position content and operate within longer planning cycles to drive engagement.

The Communications and Marketing team supports the work of our five programming initiatives as well as our publicly available space, making this a compelling role for talent wishing to work with a burgeoning brand with a not-for-profit mission in an architecturally inspiring space.

Day-to-Day Responsibilities

Plan Content

  • Work with our marketing, communications, and development teams; this person will lead the development, execution, and assessment of innovative, results-oriented SEO and social media strategies for Grace Farms Foundation.
  • Develop Digital Media Posting Plans on monthly, quarterly, and yearly cycles currently to include: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter. LinkedIn, LinkedIn Articles, YouTube, Google My Business, Google News Submission, Free or Cost Distribution channels, Yelp, Trip Advisor, Google/Waze Map Management.

 Understand and Act on Analytics

  • Create, manage, and implement a digital channel calendar in response to internal project marketing plans, channel analytics, and audience development goals. This calendar will guide the distribution of content across channels to establish brand awareness, manage online presence, engage audiences, facilitate partnerships, and manage promotions.
  • Provide measurable growth of organic traffic across three channels with targets defined by Director of Digital Marketing (website, digital media, emails) through smart, actionable tactics and work closely with the marketing team to establish an SEO strategy for all three channels.
  • Serve as a subject matter expert to capture opportunities associated with Search Engine Optimization, and regularly exhibit thought leadership on the latest industry trends.
  • Use SEO to provide insight into the digital strategies of collaborators, and other benchmark companies.
  • Lead SEO and SMO activities for digital channels, including keyword research, link-building strategies and technical SEO optimizations. Using results and analytics, create goals and benchmarks around these channels.
  • Optimize current content, title tags and meta descriptions based on determined keyword strategy, and help update new content for better SEO performance.

Champion Content Management Best Practices

  • Work directly with the editorial and marketing teams to enhance content from an SEO and social media engagement prospective.
  • Develop best SEO and content posting practices with the Director of Digital Marketing, while providing direct strategy support to internal stakeholders.

Qualifications

General Qualifications

  • 4-year college degree from an accredited university.
  • Minimum 3-5 years of relevant digital marketing experience including SEO, SEM, outbound email campaigning, digital advertising and web analytics with a minimum of 2 years formulating and executing SEO strategies.
  • Wide-ranging familiarity with major social sites and services from a conceptual, marketing, technical, and feature-set perspective.
  • Excellent writing, presentation, research and relationship management skills, with ability to articulate creative and technical concepts.
  • Deep personal engagement in digital marketing and social media best practices.
  • Experience using data and analytics tools to understand traffic patterns and user behavior.

Technical Qualifications

  • Track record of success with developing and using analytics to drive promotional plans for:
    • YouTube (including non-profit capabilities)
    • Google Non-Profit Ad Grant (including display & banner ads)
    • Facebook
    • Twitter
    • LinkedIn
    • Special Project Landing pages
    • Ad Word Buys
    • SemRush
  • Familiarity with and strategic point of view on:
    • Pinterest
    • WhatsApp
    • TikTok
    • WeChat
    • Line
    • Telegram
  • Fully conversant with, and able to make statistical and analytical strategy recommendations based on:
    • Google analytics
    • Social Media analytics (both posts and promotional)
    • Website analytics
    • Patron Manager/ Event attendee analytics
    • Mail Chimp (or a similar email service) analytics
    • Listening/ Reputation management solutions

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Assistant Director of Community & Partnerships

Full Time

Grace Farms, 365 Lukes Wood Rd. New Canaan, CT

Responsibilities

The Role

In this role, you will serve as part of a team that drives the strategic evolution and planning of the Grace Farms Foundation Community Initiative. This is an exciting opportunity for someone passionate about the intersection of public-private partnerships and the not-for-profit community to work in a dynamic  environment.

You enjoy supporting strategic planning through research and analytics, relationship development, and creating community impact. You have experience working collaboratively with team members across departments to drive results. This is an exciting opportunity to be at the forefront of philanthropic innovation.

Location & Travel

The position will be located at 365 Lukes Wood Road in New Canaan, CT.  The position includes local travel within Fairfield and Westchester counties and possibly NYC for the purposes of relationship development with external organizations.

Your Day-to-Day Responsibilities

You will support the goals of the Community Initiative in the following areas:

Relationship Building and Outreach

  • Assist the Director in developing and implementing strategies to maximize collaboration across the Foundation’s initiatives.
  • Cultivate existing relationships and assist Director in developing new relationships with nonprofits and government agencies with the goal of ensuring a robust portfolio of social impact partners.
  • Conduct a landscape analysis and identify targeted partners, mission ambassadors, and other influencers that fit the strategic objectives of the Initiative.
  • Identify non-profit organizations that fit with our criteria for support, engage with their leadership, and build partnership models with an eye for expanding our partnership portfolio.
  • Support the Community Initiative strategy around scaling impact and engagement with external partners regionally, nationally and globally.

Space Grants

  • Assess existing space grant processes examine for efficiency, impact and inclusivity
  • Receive, review, and organize Space Grant applications on a quarterly basis. Provide Review Committee with all necessary details to make an informed decision on new space grant recipients and potential new space grant partners.
  • Provide day-to-day oversight of Space Grant Program, assisting the events team with logistics for larger Space Grant events, and serving as a resource to the Events team as space grants are planned and executed on site.
  • Increase the effectiveness and efficiency of the Space Grant program through ongoing improvements to the operational systems such as the application, guidelines documents, and review process.
  • Review Space Grant agreements with internal counsel.
  • Collect and maintain reporting data to support the Director of Community in Results Based Accountability goals. Maintain operational systems (Formstack, Patron Manager, etc.),that directly impact the work of the Community Initiative.
  • Identify partnership and collaborative ideas between various non-profit organizations.
  • Support the creation of a program to engage Foundations in our work and space

Research

  • Create a rubric for the assessment of all nonprofit partners and space grant recipients
  • Stay up-to-date on trends and policy that impact the Foundation’s local, national, and international NGO partners.
  • Monitor and analyze philanthropic, corporate, and foundation partnership trends so that opportunities may be capitalized on, ensuring the Foundation’s partnership proposition remains compelling and competitive.
  • Synthesize research to frame overall Initiative strategy and inform programming decisions

Communications and Reporting

  • Represent the Community Initiative at the operations team meetings.
  • Support the creation of thought-pieces on the work of the Community Initiative
  • Synthesize findings from nonprofit roundtables and collaborative events that can be turned into blogs, social media posts and various written pieces
  • Track and update key stakeholders of projects, roadmaps, and next steps. Help coordinate and analyze ongoing processes for improvement.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree required masters preferred – with preference given to Business, Communications, or Public Policy majors.
  • Minimum of five (5) years of experience working with not-for-profits in a strategic planning, program management, or development role.
  • Strong interpersonal, organizational and communication skills, and the ability to execute with a high degree of professionalism and excellence, especially under pressure.
  • Proven track record of bringing the collaborative work of internal and external stakeholders and interests to a common goal and result.
  • Experience with competitive analysis and metrics-based reporting.
  • Passion and interest in social impact, community programs, nonprofits, and philanthropy.
  • Must be proficient in Microsoft Office, Outlook, and Excel. Strong consideration given to candidates with knowledge of CMS systems, in particular Patron Manager.
  • Requires a flexible schedule with weekend and evening work.
  • Ability to lift up to 50lbs, bend, climb stairs, and stand for an extended period of time.
  • We are a highly collaborative space so you must be a flexible, nimble team player!

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Tour Guide

Part Time

Grace Farms, 365 Lukes Wood Rd. New Canaan, CT

Responsibilities

The Tour Guide will serve as an integral part of Grace Farms’ Communications team. The Tour Guide is a contract position that will be responsible for leading groups through Grace Farms Foundation’s cultural space and award-winning River building. The Tour Guide must be flexible and available for Standard Tours on Thursdays and Saturdays from 10:30am to 12:00pm, and additional Private Tours on an as-needed basis. This is an ideal contract opportunity for a candidate who has a passion for architecture and wants to align their skills with a mission-driven organization.

The Tour Guide must be able to give a thoughtful, detailed explanation of the origins of Grace Farms, its architectural details and design process, and its permanent art installations. The Tour Guide is expected to be able to explain the mission of Grace Farms Foundation, its five initiatives, and current programs.

  •  Guiding Standard Tours on Thursdays and Saturdays from 10:30am to 12:00pm, as needed.
  •  Guiding Private Tours for guests, as needed.
  •  Attending required meetings for updates,  as necessary.
  •  Providing excellent communication and hospitality to all guests.
  •  Walking for 90-minute tour sessions in various weather conditions.

Qualifications

An excellent candidate will have the following experience and qualifications:

  • A Bachelor’s Degree or have commensurate experience in a similar capacity.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • A willingness to study, learn, and educate others.
  • A high-level of attention to detail.
  • Ability to execute with a high degree of professionalism and excellence, especially under pressure.
  • Friendly, warm, appreciative, hospitable, speaks clearly and at a pleasant pace.
  • Teachable spirit willing to be trained with the Grace Farms Foundation’s language and vision, enthusiastic for the work of Grace Farms, as well as the place.
  • Professional, mature, and able to navigate guest interactions with ease and flexibility.
  • Interest in architecture and the work of Grace Farms Foundation.

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General Inquiries

Part Time

Grace Farms, 365 Lukes Wood Rd. New Canaan, CT

Responsibilities

We encourage you to look through the vacancies posted on our website and to apply directly to a specific open position.  If there are no vacancies that match your background at the moment, you can submit your resume below to indicate your general interest in future opportunities at Grace Farms Foundation.

Qualifications

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Volunteer

Archives Assistant Volunteer

Part Time

Grace Farms, 365 Lukes Wood Rd. New Canaan, CT

Responsibilities

  • Preserve and scan magazine collection
  • Upload scanned items to digital repository for approval by Administrators
  • Assist Archivist with architectural document collection cataloging
  • Maintain proper care and maintenance of all documents and artifacts handled according to archival standards
  • Additional duties as necessary

 

Qualifications

Skills Needed

  • Basic computer skills including using a scanner
  • Flexible to changing situations, including communication with manager working remotely
  • Able to work independently
  • Ability to perform repetitive tasks
  • Good organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Must be able to lift boxes of 40 lbs. or less, climb a stepladder, and handle fragile items
  • Interest in archives/museums/architecture
  • Experience with Mac computers

Skills Preferred

  • Ideal candidate possesses experience in library/archive/museum/architectural setting
  • Experience with library/archive/museum/photo/ architecture software

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Arts Initiative Volunteer

Part Time

Grace Farms, 365 Lukes Wood Rd. New Canaan, CT

Responsibilities

Schedule | Saturdays from 10:30am – 2:30pm (with a 30 minute break)

Grace Farms Foundation’s Arts Initiative seeks volunteers to support the weekly Open Arts Studio for Families program where young artists, ages 3 to 10, and their adult guardians, are invited to spend time together experimenting with new materials and techniques.

Arts Initiative volunteers will assist with preplanned programs as directed by the Arts Initiative Curator. 

Volunteers receive a 50% discount on food and beverage in the Commons

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Garden Volunteer

Part Time

Grace Farms, 365 Lukes Wood Rd. New Canaan, CT

Responsibilities

Schedule | Flexible

Seeking a garden volunteer to provide hands on assistance with the garden, including weeding, watering, and general maintenance as directed by garden manager.

Individual must enjoy working outside and learning about vegetable and flower gardening.

Must be responsible and trustworthy to care for plants and gardening equipment.

Volunteers in the garden receive a 50% discount on food in the Commons.

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Event Volunteer

Part Time

Grace Farms, 365 Lukes Wood Rd. New Canaan, CT

Responsibilities

Schedule | Flexible (primarily evenings)

Seeking an event support volunteer to assist the hospitality team at specific Grace Farm events.  Tasks include greeting, ushering, ticketing and more.

Scheduled events usually take place during week nights, but volunteers will receive monthly emails to announce event opportunities.

Enjoys attending Foundation programs in the areas of Nature, Arts, Justice, Community, and Faith

Responsible and dependable

Volunteers for events are fed when volunteering for more than 4 hours

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