The Farm School hiring Grower/Instructor for Learn to Farm Program

Athol, Massachusetts

Employer & Location: The Farm School

Position Title: Grower/Instructor, Learn to Farm Program <www.farmschool.org/learntofarm>

Position Description:  Grower/Instructor plans and manages an established 12-acre organic vegetable operation as an integral aspect of the curriculum for students participating in the Learn to Farm Program at The Farm School.  Is responsible for producing beautiful vegetables for an established 200 member CSA, seasonal weekly Farmers’ Markets and wholesale accounts while building student knowledge and confidence in the field in horticultural skills, growing and marketing methods and tractor skills and safety.

Experience: At least 5 years of production vegetable farming experience, with at least 2 years in CSA management.  Ideal candidate will also have academic experience related to agricultural as both a student and a teacher.

Hours of Work:  Full time with seasonal fluctuations.

Start Date: December, 2015

Compensation: Competitive salary based on experience + full medical benefits.

This is an incredible job, and a great place to work.  We expect to be selecting from among the best and most committed farmers in the country.  For more information and to apply, please email patrick@farmschool.org.

The Farm School provides equal employment opportunities and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, sex, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, age or disability in any of its school administered policies or programs.

Heron Pond Farm hiring Farm Store Manager

South Hampton, New Hampshire

Heron Pond Farm in South Hampton, NH, is seeking a full-time, year-round manager for our farm store. We are a diversified vegetable farm with over 50 acres in production. Our produce is the focus of sales at our farm store, but we do offer a variety of locally-sourced products as well. In addition to retail sales the farm store hosts pickups by our CSA members.

The farm store is open 7 days a week from May through October and on extended weekends through the winter. The manager is responsible for hiring and scheduling the staff.

We are looking for motivated manager who can help us meet the rising demand for local food in our close-knit community. Candidates should have at least one year of retail experience and a background in food or farming. Responsibilities include managing a (small) retail clerk staff, ordering and managing inventory of third-party products, working with other staff to properly stock the store, developing marketing strategies, and coordinating our spring plant sales. All stand staff, including the manager, must be able to lift 50-pound containers of produce.

Our farm store is central to our growth. This position will expand as we implement our strategic plans. We are looking for a candidate prepared to participate in our future.

Interested parties should submit resumes via email to <greg@heronpondfarm.com>.

Apple Seeds hiring two VISTA Positions

Fayetteville, Arkansas

About Apple Seeds:

Our community in Northwest Arkansas faces both hunger and obesity. Children in food insecure families are especially vulnerable to obesity due to the additional risk factors associated with poverty, including limited access to healthy and affordable foods. It’s difficult to believe that 49% of Arkansas adolescents report consuming fruits & vegetables less than one time a day. Poor nutrition places our young students at a severe disadvantage and studies show that this can negatively affect their health, cognitive development, and school performance. Hunger should be eliminated with foods that promote healthy bodies and minds. Ultimately our youth needs to eat at least five servings of fruits and vegetables each day. Apple Seeds has been serving Northwest Arkansas for nearly ten years—developing programs, such as gardening clubs, school garden markets, and healthy cooking classes, that educate and excite children about healthy food while increasing access to healthy foods in schools. In 2014, Apple Seeds reached more than 10,000 students thanks in large part to its Farm to School partnership with the Fayetteville Public Schools. Our programs—whether they’re run on the Teaching Farm or at the schools—are always hands-on, fun, academically rich, and inspire our young students to make healthy food choices.

Apple Seeds is currently hiring two VISTA positions:

School Garden Market Coordinator

School Garden Coordinator

The application process is pretty quick so interested candidates should apply as soon as possible!  We need applications submitted no later than June 22nd and earlier if possible.

Portland Community College-Rock Creek Campus hiring Learning Garden Educator

Portland, Oregon
Learning Garden Educator – AmeriCorps
ORGANIZATION: Portland Community College-Rock Creek Campus, Sustainability Office http://www.pcc.edu/about/sustainability/on-campus/rock-creek.html

ORGANIZATION MISSION: The PCC Rock Creek Campus values: Learning, Community, Connectivity, Sustainability, Health, Wellness and Safety, and commitment to Aesthetics and Design choices which embody these values.

POSITION: Learning Garden Educator (2 positions)

LOCATION: 17705 NW Springville Road, Portland, OR  97229

SUMMARY OF POSITION: 

The Learning Garden Educators will support the campus Sustainability Office by leading educational activities for the Learning Garden, solid waste, recycling and composting efforts, and other related sustainability projects.  The 3.6 acre on campus Learning Garden includes 51 raised beds (for food service and community members), approximately ½ acre of row crops, a cob tool shed with solar powered irrigation, earthen oven with a green roof, rainwater catchment, 65-tree orchard, berries, grapes, kiwis, bee hives, plus public art pieces throughout. Recruiting, training and supervising service learning students, PCC club members, community and PCC volunteers in support of the garden, will be a key component of the job. Additionally, the Learning Garden Educator will lead efforts to develop new hunger relief efforts and expand the Learning Garden’s impact.

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

1. Provide daily Learning Garden activities such as propagation, planting, weeding, and harvesting food.

2. Manage, coordinate, and track student community-based learning activities in the Learning Garden.

3. Lead educational activities such as tours and garden workshops for raised bed users, students, and the broader community on the topics of growing food, healthy eating, and personal health.

4. Support hydroponic and passive solar hoop house season extension plantings.

5. Design and create electronic and print outreach materials to market and publicize Learning Garden events and initiatives.

6. Recruit and supervise community volunteers to participate in Learning Garden work parties, events, and other activities.

7. Facilitate compost education and outreach among faculty, staff and students to support the Rock Creek Loop. (vermicompost, electric Rocket Composter).

8. Work with Associated Students of PCC (ASPCC) to engage and serve non-traditional and underserved student populations on campus and in the Learning Garden.

9. Collect ongoing data related to food production, food waste, compost, volunteer hours and other projects.

10. Complete and submit in a timely manner all OSSC/AmeriCorps required reports and time sheets.

11. Participate in OSSC/AmeriCorps sponsored orientation, trainings, meetings and disaster-related activities.

MARGINAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

1. Support the Learning Garden’s social media presence, e.g., website and Facebook.

2. Conduct online research for sustainability efforts as needed.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

1. An independent, self-motivated, creative and resourceful individual who enjoys working with diverse groups of people, both in the office and outside (rain or shine).

2. Ability to manage multiple projects and events and complete assigned tasks in a professional, organized and timely manner.

3. A Bachelor’s degree is preferred along with hands on garden and/or farming experience.

4. Ability to dig, kneel, and lift 50 pounds.

Dates of Service: 

September 1-2, 2015: Two-day, one night OSSC member orientation (Aldersgate Retreat Center).

~September 8, 2015 – July 31, 2016 — 1700 hours over 11 months

Member Benefits:

• Full-time OSSC members receive a taxable education award of $5,730 to cover the costs of current education or to repay qualified student loans

• A taxable stipend of up to $12,530 (members only receive a stipend while serving)

• Loan forbearance (after successful completion of a term of service, AmeriCorps will pay the accrued interest on qualified loans, which is taxable)

• Basic medical insurance (covers members only, not dependents; vision and dental not included)

• Child care allowance for those who qualify

• Professional development, trainings and networking

TO APPLY: 

Please email ONE PDF or Word document that includes a 1 page cover letter, no more than 2 page resume with 3 professional references toelaine.cole16@pcc.edu by Tuesday, June 30, 2015 at midnight (PST). Application review will begin July-1-2 and first round of interviews will take place July 6-9.  Final decision will be made July 27-31, 2015.

CONTACT: Elaine Cole, Ph.D., Sustainability Coordinator,   971-722-7635,    elaine.cole16@pcc.edu

This position is available to all without regard to race, color, national origin, disability, age, sex, political affiliation or in most instances, religion. Qualified individuals with disabilities and those from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.  We provide reasonable accommodation for qualified individuals.

Crown Valley Organics hiring Assistant Field Manager

Ste. Genevieve, Missouri

Job Description:  Assistant Field Manager (Position to begin 2015)

Summary:  This position requires a dynamic person who is comfortable with being flexible and taking on whatever tasks this new and evolving farm requires.  In early spring the rest of our staff is busy in the Greenhouse and a lot of responsibility falls on this team member to get things done without much assistance.  The key responsibility is being present in the field to oversee that daily tasks are completed to the Field Manager’s specifications.  This position requires patience, a good sense of humor, ability to weigh importance of tasks and order accordingly, motivation to set an efficient working pace, attention to detail, and a keen understanding of how to efficiently weed, harvest, water and plant.  Weekend availability and flexibility is essential for this position.  The successful candidate will have some experience with customer service and will be available to sell at Saturday farmer’s market at least twice per month.

Skill Level Required:  Preference given to those with at least 2 years experience working on an organic farm or to those having a degree or certificate in Horticulture or Agriculture.  At least some experience working with plants is required.  Applicants must have the ability to lift and carry up to 50 pounds, work long hours doing repetitive manual labor, and be able to work in harsh weather conditions.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Working and communicating with the Field Supervisor to implement the growing plan by following and amending the schedule as needed.
  • Coordinating with the Greenhouse staff to ensure seedlings are on schedule for planting and communicating needs, retrieving the seedlings to be planted as necessary in the proper manner
  • Assist in overseeing the timing and method for harvest, processing (sorting, cleaning, and quality control), and packaging of vegetables for wholesale, farmer’s market, and C.S.A. share sales.
  • Efficiently organizing the timing of, and guiding field hands in the proper implementation of all other necessary tasks in the field such as weeding, fertilizing, turning under cover crop, spreading straw, mulching, etc…
  • Working with the Field Supervisor in pest management by locating and communicating about insect and weed problems in the field. Applying pest management practices such as remay fabric, and occasionally OMRI approved insecticide or anti-microbial spray.
  • Managing the compost program by keeping piles turned, burning diseased materials, correcting moisture content, and screening compost for use – some tractor experience is preferred.
  • This position requires driving the company delivery van to the St. Louis area. No special licensing is required.

Compensation:

We are able to offer a starting rate of $13 – $15 per hour for this position depending on experience.  This is a full-time year round position.  There is also the option for a medical, dental and vision healthcare plan after 3 months.  After one year there is one week of paid vacation time available per year and an option for a 401K plan.

Interested applicants should call Brigitte Zettl at 573-535-4633

Youth Garden Project hiring Summer/Fall Program Instructor Interns

Moab, Utah

Summer/Fall Program Instructor Internship

Internship Dates: July 6-November 20, 2015
Number of Positions: 1
Minimum Age Requirement: 21
App Deadline: open until filled

Internship Description:

The Youth Garden Project is a non-profit organization in Moab, UT with the mission of cultivating healthy children, families, and community through educational programs and the profound act of connecting people with food from seed to table.

We are looking for an individual that is interested in working as an educator in a hands-on, outdoor setting within our youth programs for a span of 6 months. These programs include our 9 Week Summer Camp Program, Garden Classroom and After School programs, Middle School Class, and occasional work with various high school classes and the Moab Charter School Kindergarten class.

The primary role of the Program Instructor Intern is to work cohesively with 2 additional Program Interns and the Program Director to facilitate, plan, and develop YGP’s youth programs. Interns will have the opportunity to work with YGP beyond its programs, particularly with our fundraisers and some in the garden in the fall.

Internship Details:

Summer

  • Four Interns will work together as a cohesive team to facilitate the Summer Camp day and teach and connect with kids.
  • Plan, organize, and lead the nine week Summer Camp program with help and guidance from the Program Director. Daily Summer Camp responsibilities:
    • Ensure overall smoothness of the Summer Camp day including safety of campers
    • Manage children
    • Teach activities alongside co-instructors
    • Build relationships/rapport with the youth that attend
    • Help students learn and connect to the garden
    • Prepare materials for activities and snacks
    • Communicate with parents/guardians regarding campers’ behavior, activities, etc.
    • Enforce YGP discipline policies with summer campers
  • Each intern will take the lead on instruction and development of a quarter of the Summer Camp weeks.
    • Develop hands on, fun, and educational activities related to each Summer Camp theme.
    • Exercise creativity in connecting kids to the garden within activities and themes.
    • Create and submit detailed lesson plans for each day’s activities prior to the Summer Camp program beginning (planning time will be provided in the spring).
    • Be able to share with co-instructors your detailed plans for each week and your expectations of them.
    • Coach others on how to facilitate your planned activities.
    • Provide positive and constructive feedback to co-workers.

Fall

  • Intern will help to facilitate the After School Program and will be in charge of planning activities for students for our two weekly programs.
  • Intern will teach 90 minute classes K-6 in the Garden correlating with Utah Core Curriculum standards from lesson plans that are already designed. Spring Garden Classrooms typically occur in September & October.
  • During a Garden Classroom, each intern will teach approximately 13 students (half of a class).
  • Intern will co-facilitate the Middle School Class either with the Program Director or another intern.
  • Intern should expect to rotate programmatic responsibilities and teaching with two other Program Interns.

Other

  • Interns will receive training for all of our major programs and be given ample time to prepare for teaching lessons, ask questions, and review details with the Program Director.
  • When possible, interns may have the opportunity to attend trainings outside of the Youth Garden Project.
  • Interns should expect to be outside the majority of the day with the exception of time given for lesson planning.
  • Interns will get involved with connecting Moab’s youth to food, the garden, and the community!
  • Interns will have the opportunity to build a strong team.
  • Interns should expect to work 35 hours per week on average during the spring, and 45 hours per week on average during the summer (Mon-Fri 8:00am-5:00pm, 7 of those hours working directly with youth)
  • The Youth Garden Project is involved in a series of local community events and fundraisers that interns may be required to work or attend.
  • Interns will be certified in CPR and First Aid (certification opportunity will be provided if applicant is not already certified)
  • Interns are expected to be a positive, enthusiastic team member throughout the duration of the internship.

Position Requirements:

Intern must be responsible; reliable; capable of self-directed work; have good management, personal, and organizational skills; enthusiasm, and an interest in experiential education. Intern should be a strong team player with a positive attitude, strong communication skills, and a problem solver who is flexible and able to improvise. Intern must have an open mind and willingness to be involved with the Youth Garden Project beyond its programs and work either in the garden or at special events. Experience in teaching/managing children or a background in education is required. Applicants with a valid driver’s license and clean driving record preferred. Applicants must be 21 years or older.

Educational Opportunities: • Build experience teaching hands-on science • Learn about how a garden can be used as a teaching tool • Build relationships with students, teachers, summer campers, and families • Gain experience writing and implementing creative lessons and activities that connect kids to the garden• Have opportunities to connect children with gardens, food, and community • Community event involvement • And more!

Compensation:

  • Each intern will receive a stipend of $250/month. First and last month’s stipend will be pro-rated based on days worked.
  • The Youth Garden Project will provide housing. Interns may move in the weekend before the internship begins, and move out by the Monday following the close of the internship. Any extended stay beyond these times must be approved by the Associate Director.
  • Interns will be given a designated space to garden to use as a supplemental food supply and learning experience. The Youth Garden Project will provide seeds, starts, tools, irrigation, etc.
  • When YGP is in peak harvest season, interns will receive a box of produce for the household each week.

TO APPLY: Please e-mail a brief cover letter and an attached resume to Julie Zender at Julie@youthgardenproject.org PLEASE specify you are applying for the Summer/Fall position.

 

Indy Hunger Network hiring Cooking Education VISTA

Indianapolis, Indiana

Indy Hunger Network seeks a Cooking Education VISTA

What is the Indy Hunger Network?

The Indy Hunger Network (IHN) is a coalition of anti-hunger organizations in Indianapolis. Its mission is to create a system that ensures anyone who is hungry can access the nutritious food they need. IHN works to: foster collaboration and build on the strengths of existing food-providing community organizations; identify opportunities to make the food system work better; establish improvement projects; serve as advocates; and create awareness for hunger assistance.

What will the Cooking Education VISTA do?

The VISTA will help complete a community-based cooking education program in a half dozen sites. This pilot will then serve as the basis for expanding the program to dozens of sites city wide.

Elements of the project include:

1) Working with community partners to complete and evaluate the pilot phase
2) Supporting outreach to faith communities and others to recruit additional sites
3) Working as part of a team to develop and implement a plan for full scale implementation of program
4) Assisting with attainment of grant funding to support full scale implementation
5) Deploying and coordinating a team of volunteers to organize and manage the effort at multiple sites
6) Monitoring progress and learning from experiences gained.

This position begins in August 2015 and lasts one year.

Who are we looking for?

While all projects provide opportunity to work collaboratively with food assistance professionals, a great amount of time is spent working independently. The VISTA must be self-motivated, disciplined, exhibit strong communication skills and be a creative thinker. Experience in public health, nutrition, program development and community organizing is preferred.

How to Apply

Applications will be accepted through the AmeriCorps application service until June 16 or when the position is filled:

https://my.americorps.gov/mp/listing/viewListing.do?id=61764&fromSearch=true