You can broaden your knowledge and support our work by volunteering with the Willowsford Conservancy, a 501 (c) (4) non-profit organization. Volunteer for one of our education programs, become a wildlife monitor, or keep us updated on conditions in the native plant meadow or on the trails. We would also love your help at the Farm, and with expanding our database of wildlife and nature photography.
Farm Manager – Organic Vegetable Production
Willowsford Conservancy is seeking a full-time, year-round Farm Manager/Vegetable Farmer for the day-to-day operation of Willowsford Farm, a certified organic farm in northern Virginia that grows and sells fresh produce and eggs directly to residents of Willowsford and surrounding communities.
The Farm Manager position requires strong growing, business management and communication skills. We are looking for an experienced farmer with an entrepreneurial spirit to continue developing the creative vision for the farm as well as implement that vision. The qualified candidate will have successfully managed a similar farm operation and will be a team player with enthusiasm for organic, regenerative farming and stewardship of natural resources. The Farm Manager must enjoy working within an “agrihood” and be committed to financially viable operation using best business practices.
Farm Production Manager
Reporting to the Farm Manager, the hands-on Production Manager works with a team of year-round and seasonal farmers to help manage field operations for our certified organic vegetable farm and assure the timely production of high-quality produce.
Reporting to the Farm Manager, the Seasonal Farmer will work closely with a team of year-round and seasonal farmers. If desired and appropriate, the Seasonal Farmer may have opportunity to specialize in an area of the operation, i.e., management of greenhouse operations, irrigation, cultivation, or laying hens.
Land Stewardship and Environmental Education Internship
This is a hands-on, 13-week internship that will develop practical field work skills related to habitat restoration and maintenance, land stewardship, wildlife management, and educational outreach. The internship consists of outdoor field work in all weather conditions.
The intern will work with Conservancy staff throughout Willowsford Conservancy and assist with the habitat maintenance and restoration. They will gain knowledge of what goes into planning and carrying out restoration projects. There will be opportunity to participate in a variety of stewardship practices and management techniques, and to learn about identification of plant and animal species, invasive species control, and trail maintenance. The intern may assist the team in educational outreach and gain experience in working with the public.
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Help monitor our bluebird nesting box trails – maintained with a dedicated group of volunteers and help from Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy. The nesting boxes encourage a variety of native cavity-nesting songbirds, including bluebirds, chickadees, titmouse, tree swallows and house wrens. It is wonderful to watch them build their nest, lay eggs, and fledge young. During nesting season, volunteers work as part of a team and can coordinate their schedule with the other team members. Training provided.
VDGIF is responsible for the management of wildlife and inland fisheries for the Commonwealth of Virginia. VDGIF is an important resource and partner for the Conservancy for information and programs related to wildlife conservation, and game and nuisance animal management.
The Wildlife Meadow in the Grange is a rich habitat consisting of native grasses, shrubs and perennials and the wildlife that depends on them, along with a few vernal pools. Volunteers will monitor and record meadow development throughout the year through record-keeping, photography, and some research and writing. Volunteers can work on their own schedule. Some knowledge of native plants, wildlife and meadow habitats preferred.
The Conservancy is looking for help capturing the beauty of wildlife, native plants and habitat on Conservancy land, to use for our publications. Volunteers can work on their own schedule to, over time, help us develop a working collection of quality, high resolution images.
Do you have experience in the field that you’d love to share as a volunteer educator/guide? Areas of expertise include, for example, as a science teacher, environmental educator, hobby ornithologist, naturalist, horticulturist, VMN graduate, or other knowledgeable individuals enthusiastic to share their Virginia native wildlife, plant & habitat knowledge with audiences of all ages. Researchers and writers are wanted, too! Work with the Conservancy staff to develop and schedule tours and programs.
Love to hike or walk? Patrol some trails and perform minor maintenance (monitoring of trail signs, removal of small plant growth, debris pick-up), report larger maintenance needs, and log sightings of wildlife or invasive plants. This position works with the Conservancy Rangers. Flexible schedule.