REAL School Gardens hiring Regional Director

Washington, DC

REAL School Gardens
Regional Director, Mid-Atlantic

Position Summary

REAL School Gardens seeks a Regional Director to lead the organization through the next exciting phase of growth, creating learning gardens that grow successful students.  The Regional Director will have the overall responsibility of ensuring sustainability, stewarding key stakeholders, and successful program outcomes in the Mid-Atlantic region.

The ideal candidate is a passionate leader and communicator with a track record of successfully raising funds, engaging a variety of stakeholders and managing staff.  Further, the ideal candidate is highly entrepreneurial, a self-starter and is enthusiastic about the mission.

This position reports to the Executive Director.

This is a unique opportunity to contribute to academic achievement through innovative outdoor classrooms and gardens and work with a dedicated team of talented professionals.

Key Responsibilities

  • Serve as a thought leader, spokesperson and driver of strategic partnerships in relevant education circles
  • Lead the development of annual organizational short- and long-term plans in the region
  • Lead the region’s program and fundraising efforts
  • Identify and develop partnerships with school districts and schools in the region
  • In collaboration with the executive director and program staff, ensure programs achieve clear, measurable results and the impact is evaluated and communicated
  • Manage and motivate staff to achieve their objectives by providing necessary resources, professional development, performance management, and a positive work environment that supports excellence, cultural competency and mutual respect
  • Identify, build, engage and lead members of the regional advisory board to leverage their talents and energy across relevant aspects of the organization
  • Maintain and elevate the REAL School Gardens brand and reputation in Washington, DC and the greater Mid-Atlantic region among public, private and nonprofit stakeholder groups

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Minimum five years of professional experience
  • A track record of successfully raising funds for an organization or cause
  • Innovative and entrepreneurial background
  • A proven ability to move initiatives forward, identify opportunities, take reasonable risks, manage challenges, and achieve the desired results
  • A strategic thinker and visionary with experience operationalizing a vision into a realistic work plan
  • A skilled leader with an ability to motivate, coach, and develop an experienced staff and board
  • Superb strategic communication skills and the proven ability to empower a diverse set of key stakeholders
  • Positive, optimistic, and energetic personality
  • Confident and inclusive leadership style
  • A sense of humor and perspective

About REAL School Gardens

REAL School Gardens creates learning gardens in low-income elementary schools and trains teachers how to use them to improve student engagement and academic achievement. Our learning gardens are outdoor classrooms that contain a variety of features – including earth science stations, perennial beds, and butterfly gardens – and are designed for ease of maintenance.  A diverse range of features helps enrich academic lessons for all elementary grade levels and subject areas.

How to Apply

Interested candidates should submit a resume and cover letter here.

Land’s Sake hiring Green Power Assistant Leader

Weston, Massachusetts

Green Power Assistant Leader

About Green Power
The Green Power program engages youth entering grades 6-9 and offers six independent weeks of full day sessions through the summer. This program is a local food immersion program focused on all aspects of food… growing, planting, cultivating, harvesting, distributing, and eating. Students participate in growing the Junior Farmer field, go on local agriculture field trips, participate in livestock management, learn about the hunger relief organizations Land’s Sake partners with, and cook a community meal with a chef.

About the Position 
The Green Power Leader’s primary goal is to deliver high quality summer programs.
With support from the Education Coordinator, the Green Power Leader is responsible for implementing the unique Green Power program. This position will include the additional responsibilities of: assisting with Education Garden preparation and maintenance, assisting with livestock care, general branch and organizational development and other non-education related tasks. The Green Power Leader works collaboratively with other staff to effectively manage the inherent risks of working on a farm, maintain our unique farm aesthetic, teach and follow best management practices for sustainable food production. Collaboration and effective communication between the other branches of the organization are vital for this job; along with all staff, the Green Power Leader works diligently to carry out mission oriented goals and objectives.

Job Responsibilities
Green Power:
● Coordinate program related logistics, specifically with adjunct educators, community partners/organizations and Land’s Sake staff
● Implement mission-based curriculum
● Lead the Green Power Program with the Education Coordinator
● Communicate with parents as needed
● Write articles for the newsletter, blog posts, or social media updates as needed
● Gather weekly feedback from participants and parents

Other Responsibilities:
● Assist with management of the Junior Farmer Field
● Assist with the management of a variety of livestock
● Assist with overall development of the Education Branch and Land’s Sake programs
● Assist with other non-education related tasks as needed

Qualifications
● Applicant must have at least one year of college experience
● Teaching and/or youth leadership experience in a school or non-traditional setting with proven ability around youth safety, group management and discipline
● Experience in leadership role at a camp, after school program, or other youth program
● At least one full season’s experience of farm work or experience in garden planning/management
● Experience with management of a variety of livestock
● The ability to multi-task and work independently
● Respectful, clear and patient interpersonal communication skill set that allows for collaborative work across departments
● Professional character that is consistent, capable, self-directed, well organized, flexible, personable, and is able to maintain composure in a changing environment
● Comfortable with public speaking and networking
● Access to a car and valid driver’s license
● Must be able to pass CORI check
● Current First Aid and CPR certification
● Basic computer and office skills including Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc

Employment dates:
● Training/Program Planning: June 22nd-26th
● Programming: 8:00am-4:30pm, June 29th-August 7th
● Cleanup & Debrief: August 10th-12th

Please email a resume and cover letter, detailing how your skills and experience
meet the qualifications of the position and stating how you heard about this
opportunity to amy@landssake.org, Deadline: March 31st, 2015. This position will be open until filled.

Easy Pickin’s Orchard hiring CSA Manager/Assistant Grower

Enfield, Connecticut

Diversified Local Farm Seeks to Hire:

CSA Manager / Assistant Grower

Job Description

Put your skills and energies to work in Community Supported Agriculture, and learn more about all aspects of sustainably-practiced farming!  Your passion for nurturing plants and producing food can become a satisfying career.

This family-owned fruit and vegetable farm in north central Connecticut seeks to hire a manager for its CSA program.  Specific responsibilities include hands-on overseeing of the planting, growing, harvesting, packing and distribution of weekly farm shares.  Working with an experienced, knowledgeable farmer, you will assist in managing overall diversified and integrated operations, including pick-your-own, farmers’ markets and wholesale distribution.

This is a full-time, year-round position, with seasonal variations in the hours and types of activities.  April through November requires extended weekly work-time.  Hours and workload are proportionally reduced in winter months.

For more information about this job & about our farm:

For a more detailed description of the CSA Manager / Assistant Grower position, including specific job responsibilities and skills required, please e-mail us at:

farmerb@easypickinsorchard.com

To learn more about our farm:
see our website: www.easypickinsorchard.com
and our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/easypickinsorchard
You may also e-mail us with questions at the address above.

To apply for this position: 

Send your résumé, with a cover letter, to us at the e-mail address above.

Be sure to include the most relevant skills and experience you can offer for this job.

Be prepared to provide professional references.

Boston Area Gleaners hiring Development Assistant

Waltham, Massachusetts

Boston Area Gleaners, Inc.
Harvesting for the Hungry
240 Beaver Street
Waltham, MA.  02452 
“Dedicated to rescuing surplus farm crops for people in need.” 

The Boston Area Gleaners is now accepting applications for Development Assistant.

This is an entry-level development position with a hunger relief organization that works with local farmers and other hunger relief agencies in the region to create a reliable surplus supply chain to vulnerable populations. The Development Assistant will assist the Executive Director in meeting all development goals for the organization as determined by the Board Development Committee. The organization is growing quickly so this is an exciting opportunity for the right individual who is interested in learning and growing with us.

Job Title: Development Assistant
Type: Permanent and part-time
Work Schedule: 20 hours per week, workdays are somewhat flexible.
Compensation: $14-$16/hr., depending on experience.

Duties: Donor data management, assisting with organizing and managing fundraising events, assisting with updating regularly all online development platforms on which BAG appears, updating website, assisting with all direct and indirect appeals, online promotions including social media, and the publicity of all development related activities.

Requirements:

  • An abiding interest in our mission.
  • Experience and/or a strong interest in non-profit development as a career.
  • Job references that can attest to development experience and/or transferable skills.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • An interest in social media as it relates to business development.
  • Highly organized and skilled in both data and time management.
  • Ability to work independently and adhere to numerous deadlines.
  • Experience and/or interest in event management.
  • Strong writing skills with interest in grant writing (may request writing samples).
  • An appreciation of farm humor (there may be a humor test).

Please send your resume and an attached cover letter explaining your interest and qualifications to: director@bostonareagleaners.org

Interviews will take place ASAP.  The position will remain open until filled.

Three River Farmers Alliance hiring Customer Service Rep & Driver

Various Locations, New Hampshire

Three River Farmers Alliance

Job Description: Customer Service Rep & Driver

 Three River Farmers Alliance is seeking a motivated individual to play a key role in our local food distribution service.

Weekly Responsibilities:

 Mondays:

  • Contact customers to remind them of the deadline for ordering or answer questions they may have
  • Technical assistance for customers
  • Send reminder email and push message to customers
  • Cold-calling / cold-emailing to new accounts

Wednesdays & Thursdays

  • Delivery of goods to client list
  • Customer service during drop off

Throughout the week:

  • Technical assistance for customers
  • Email or phone support for questions
  • Social media posts and other outreach

Tuesdays and Fridays:

  • Schedule meetings with new accounts
  • Visit new accounts to drop off pamphlet and talk about service
  • Develop additional outreach materials
  • Work on new account paperwork regarding S.O.P.’s & food safety

Commitment: 30-40 hours / week.  Requires driving box truck and the ability to lift fifty pounds. Some driving on non-delivery days for new client contact.

Our ideal candidate has a strong interest in local food, has a background in food or agriculture, has excellent communication skills, is comfortable driving a truck, has strong computer/technology skills, and has the ability to work independently.

Send cover letter and resume to admin@threeriverfa.com.

Three River Farmers Alliance is a farmer-owned local food delivery service based in the Seacoast area of NH. Learn more at www.threeriverfa.com

Raven & Boar Farm hiring Farm Manager

East Chatham, New York

MANAGER – DIVERSIFIED VEGETABLE FARM – RAVEN & BOAR FARM

THE JOB:
We are seeking a highly motivated person interested in managing and propagating 2 acres of vegetable production. The Manager position is a perfect opportunity for aspiring entrepreneur’s interested in developing their own business but don’t have land and infrastructure to do so.

ABOUT US:

Raven & Boar is a small family owned farm in Northern Columbia County. We specialize in heritage breed pigs raised with care on open pasture and forest. We provide high quality meat and weekly seasonal vegetable pairings to local and ny metro residents and restaurants.

SKILLS & RESPONSIBILITIES:

PRIMARILY:
Have an acute understanding of diversified vegetable production, be meticulous in planning through harvest and be self motivated and self managed with a continuous and significant amount of work throughout the season.

INCLUDING
:

  • Observe and evaluate crops daily to ensure individual and overall health, propagation schedule and harvest.
  • Create and maintain meticulous records and communicate records and availability for distribution and harvest kitchen processing.
  • Perform regular maintenance activities of harvest and propagation area of farm grounds using farm equipment including hand tools, power tools and tractor.
  • Perform irrigation infrastructure projects using farm equipment including hand tools, power tools and tractor.
  • Operating mechanical equipment
  • Help with farmer’s market preparation and breakdown including necessary harvest and packaging.
  • Daily fencing maintenance including clearing fence lines, clearing brush, maintaining and installing electrical fence infrastructure as necessary.

PREREQUISITES:

  • Two years of vegetable production experience necessary.
  • Ability to lift 50lbs. and able to cope with the many physical demands for prolonged periods of time with a good attitude and outlook all depending on the job required.
  • Take pride, enjoy and value opportunity, hard work, rising early, working outdoors in all weather conditions.
  • Able to work efficiently both in a team and independently with limited social contact, communication with peers with interest and respect.
  • Problem solving under pressure or adverse conditions in a calm and controlled manner to see multiple projects to completion.
  • Adaptability and flexibility with regards to completing tasks with ever-changing priorities.
  • Valid driver’s license required.
  • Completion of tractor safety training required and can be completed on the job.

ADDITIONALLY:
silvo pasturing, composting, distribution, farm to table & farmer’s market coordination, ( among other things ).
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Land’s Sake hiring Farm Stand Manager

Weston, Massachusetts

Farm Stand Manager

Land’s Sake is seeking a skilled and enthusiastic Farm Stand Manager to join our team for the 2015 season. This position represents a unique opportunity for the right person to impact public participation in local food systems.

About the Position 
The Farm Stand Manager is responsible for the efficient and profitable management of the Farm Stand, Land’s Sake’s principal point of contact for farm supporters, educational program participants, and residents. Because the Land’s Sake farm stand also serves as an important point of contact with many people, this position is responsible for maintaining a positive image of Land’s Sake by using the farm stand to educate the public about the wide range of program offerings, as well as our history, mission, and values. For the person who is interested in a retail experience that is broader than simply sales, this is an exciting opportunity. The position is full time and seasonal, beginning in May as a part-time position and becoming full-time in June through the end of the stand season at the end of October. The season ends with the pre-Thanksgiving Sale in November. Opportunities for year-round project work are possible.

Job Responsibilities
*Manage the staff and daily operations of the Land’s Sake farm stand, including staff training, scheduling, and customer service. *Oversee all farmstand operations, including managing vendor relationships, coordinating produce and inventory, cash management, and regular communication with Farm Manager, Executive Director, and accounting staff.
*Provide accurate and timely data on sales, costs, inventory, and other related income and expense, and manage payroll and operations on budget. Track appropriate data to understand sales trends and progress.
*Develop innovative, effective, and low-cost marketing approaches to increase overall sales, move specific products, even out weather and day-of-week effects, and increase customer retention.
*Provide welcoming, authoritative, and enthusiastic representation of the full range of Land’s Sake programs, events, and farm offerings. Actively promote and “sell” membership in Land’s Sake.
*Attend staff meetings, and perform other related duties as needed to support the stand operations or other Land’s Sake events.

Qualifications
A combination of education and experience that provides the skills, knowledge and abilities to perform the essential functions of the position is required for this position. A Bachelor or Associate degree in management, marketing, public relations, education or related field is preferred. Demonstrable previous work experience with fresh produce in a farm stand or similar retail operation is recommended. Continue reading