Spring Season Forestry Assistant

Start & End Date: April 22-June 7, 2024

Salary Range:  $15/hour

Work Schedule: 10 - 20 hours/week, depending on availability


Who We’re Looking for

This seasonal role will help with the busy field work throughout the spring season.  Explore the forest stands and field edges of Shelburne Farms while hand pulling garlic mustard.  Garlic mustard is an invasive species that does not mesh with our forest stewardship goals. We have been working to keep this species from dominating the forest floor since 2012.  You will cover terrain that is off the “beaten path” at the Farm, discover hidden beaches, find forest mushrooms, and cross paths with a few cows along the way! 


What You’ll Do

  • Methodically walk the forest and field edge areas (identified in the garlic mustard plan), scanning the terrain for garlic mustard to hand pull.
  • Mow garlic mustard in some areas with a walk-behind mower or string trimmer.
  • Hand pull or weed wrench buckthorn and honeysuckle (small shrubs).
  • Label plastic and glass syrup bottles that are sold at the Farm Store.


Core Qualifications 

  • Positive attitude and willingness to be a contributing member of a team.
  • Maintain focus and drive while completing repetitive tasks.
  • Motivation to maintain a quick work pace.


Work Environment & Physical Demands

  • Outdoor work environment with varied weather conditions, including working in rain, mud, heat, mosquitoes, etc.
  • Able to bend over and kneel.
  • Comfortable working in close proximity to stinging nettle, poison ivy, poison parsnip.  Appropriate personal protective equipment will be provided.
  • Able to move over uneven terrain.
  • Able to lift up to 50lbs consistently.



  • We offer a 30% discount on Farm products.
  • Six (6) days (total of 48 hours) of paid Sick Time for all seasonal employees, regardless of average hours worked/week and length of seasonal time working on the farm.


To Apply

If our vision and mission excite you, we hope you will share with us your experience and skill set that you feel would qualify you to make a contribution to the Farm.


You are invited to submit an application by email, in person, or by mail to: 

  • jobs@shelburnefarms.org with “Spring Season Forestry Assistant” in the subject line, or
  • Shelburne Farms attn: Human Resources, 1611 Harbor Road, Shelburne, VT 05482
  • No resume or access to create one? Call our Human Resource Director at 802-985-0370.


We recognize the resume doesn’t tell us everything so please include a response with your resume to better answer why your unique characteristics and life experience will help you in this position. We are happy to hear more about what you feel you will bring to the role.


At Shelburne Farms, we value equitable access to employment opportunities and career growth as central to our vision for a sustainable future.  We are an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and strongly stand against discrimination and harassment of any kind. We are committed to shifting our resources towards amplifying and uplifting historically marginalized communities to provide a fair and just opportunity for employment.  Candidates with diverse backgrounds and lived experiences are strongly encouraged to apply. 

Full or Part Time
Date Posted: March 30