Wayne, Lincoln, and Mingo County
Are you interested in an exciting career in sustainable agriculture?
We are looking for Crew Members to work on our Wayne, Mingo, and Lincoln County crews. This is a unique, challenging, and rewarding position for those interested in developing a career in the agriculture sector. Crew members participate in paid on-the-job training at our training farms while at the same time working towards an Associates Degree.
About the program
Our initiative aims to transform the lives of young people in the region and those displaced by the coal mining industry. Crew members participate in a workforce development program according to our 33-6-3 model: 33 hours a week are spent doing on-the-job training on farm and food projects, along with participation in workshops and trainings; 6 hours a week are devoted to community college and business classes for an Associate’s Degree in Applied Sciences; and 3 hours a week are committed to personal development coaching. As a social enterprise, Refresh Appalachia strives to blend the efficiency and production of the for-profit sector with the compassion and purpose of the charitable sector.
About the training
Refresh Appalachia enhances the knowledge and skills of crew members through a network of training farm sites. Each site functions like a business, selling farm products to customers and the public while providing a hands-on training opportunity for the crew. Products produced include vegetables, microgreens, mushrooms, eggs, fish and livestock. Crew members will experience these various types of farming and learn about sales, marketing, infrastructure and business planning for a farm enterprise. Crews are mentored by Crew Chiefs who are knowledgeable about farm business management.
About Refresh Appalachia
Refresh Appalachia is a social enterprise of Coalfield Development in partnership with Wayne County Economic Development Authority, The Wild Ramp, Unlimited Future, Inc., the Williamson Health and Wellness Center, Mingo County Redevelopment Authority, RCBI and others. We are working to increase the success of beginning farmers in southern West Virginia and Central Appalachia, strengthen local food systems, increase access to healthy food, and aggregate and distribute produce to meet regional and national markets.
If you are looking for a job where you can experience personal growth while also improving your community, we hope you will consider applying.
Dislocated coal miners and family members of those impacted by lay-offs are especially encouraged to apply.
- High school diploma or GED
- Committed to learning and personal growth
- Access to reliable transportation (e.g., personal vehicle or public transport)
- Professional and personal development opportunities
- Educational opportunities
- $10.50-$12.50 per hour
Openings are available at each of our three training sites: Hamlin in Lincoln County, West Huntington in Wayne County, and Delbarton/Williamson in Mingo County.
Refresh Appalachia provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics.