Cuvilly Arts & Earth Center

Ipswich, Massachusetts

Job Type Temporary
Salary Details $17-20 per hour
Required Experience 0 - 1 years

Title: Groundskeeper (with permaculture and regenerative agriculture interest)

Schedule: Part Time (hours flexible)

Dates: May- October 

Cuvilly Earth Education Center is a ministry of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur. We strive to model ecological sustainability in a space that embraces our belief that all life is sacred and the diversity of life is essential for the well-being of the planet. For the last 40 years we have run a very successful preschool and are currently expanding our ecological justice education beyond preschool to include older children and adults. Our goal is to model the building of healthy soils, create and sustain pollinator and wildlife habitat, reestablish native woodlands and model sustainable food growing practices. We are looking for someone who shares this vision with us and who will help us achieve it. See our website for more information on Cuvilly: Preschool | Cuvilly Arts & Earth Center | Ipswich 


The groundskeeper will work in collaboration with the organic farmer/ landscaper to maintain Cuvilly’s 7 acre campus according to principles of regenerative agriculture, permaculture, and landscaping for biodiversity. 

PRIMARY DUTIES include but not limited to:

  • Routine grounds maintenance including all public areas and spaces used by teachers and students. This includes but is not limited to watering, weeding, mowing, planting, harvesting, weed whacking, and pruning.
  • Implementation and management of landscape/garden/farm projects using principles of organic farming, regenerative agriculture and permaculture providing examples of good practice for educational purposes.
  • Compost and paddock maintenance.
  • Farm/landscape equipment maintenance and repair.
  • Assistance with emergencies that require such things as snow removal, fallen tree removal, animal burial.
  • Assistance with integrating nature experiences into all center programming if needed.
  • Attendance at staff training/development meetings as necessary.


  • A working knowledge of organic farming, permaculture and landscaping practices is preferred (will train).
  • Able to use tools and machinery such as loppers, shovels, hand saws, rakes, forks, push mower, weed whacker, and tractor (or a willingness to learn).
  • Self-motivated, able to work independently as well as with others.
  • Takes initiative and is observant.
  • Team player.
  • Enjoys working with children, adults and farm animals.
  • Able to multitask.
  • Flexible.


  • Ability to lift at least 50 lbs.
  • Ability to sustain several hours of moderate physical labor. This includes bending, kneeling, walking, and pushing.
  • Ability to work in all weather conditions.

Interested persons should send their resumes and optinal cover letter with an introduction email to  Cuvilly@verizon.net 

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Category General / Stewardship