LoMo Market hiring Manger of Operations and Finance

Durham, North Carolina

Manager, Operations & Finance

LoMo Market is a team of farm luvin’ folks who want to connect customers with farm fresh foods.  If people who value high quality, local foods don’t have time to seek them out, LoMo Market will bring the food to them! LoMo Market has created a new retail experience where the market is on wheels.  You can walk through the market to pick and choose your favorite goodies.

Role:

The Manager of Finance and Operations will develop and implement processes to support and scale LoMo Market’s business.  This individual will smooth out and shore up inventory management, including:

  • negotiating with producers
  • tracking and managing inventory
  • pricing and margin
  • auditing POS for accuracy
  • trend analysis, recommendations, and forecasting
  • sales and cash flow

*This individual will report to the CEO and be a leader in the organization*

Responsibilities:

Finance

  • Take ownership for bookkeeping, accounts payable, payroll and operational financial strategy
  • Create and adhere to an operating budget; attain goals for sales, labor cost, and margin
  • Create reporting in Quickbooks and report regularly on the financial health of the business
  • Master the POS system and learn to leverage the technology to its potential; find ways to integrate with Quickbooks and automate data exchange between the systems
  • Audit inventory pricing and margins; make recommendations to adjust and improve
  • Monitor information in the POS, train crew on inventory control and pricing; follow up to correct errors

Operations

  • Research and understand the impact of inventory pricing, merchandising, and marketing; implement improvements
  • Roll-out procedures for ordering, receiving, pricing, and stocking the markets
  • Develop, plan, and execute product layout on the mobile markets to maximize average sales
  • Research industry best practice and make recommendations to CEO focused on procedural and operational improvement
  • Create Standard Operating Procedures for crew members to maximize efficiency on the markets
  • Lead the change management and communication necessary to effectively implement new processes, technology and behaviors
  • Foster a fun and creative environment – help lead an exceptional team

Requirements:

  • Minimum of five years’ experience in a combination of financial and operational roles
  • Experience in grocery, food or beverage industry required
  • Exceptional flexibility; thrives in a rapidly evolving environment
  • High degree of self-efficacy and internal drive; sets priorities and drives tasks to completion with minimal guidance and management
  • Superior communication skills; ability to flex communication style to be highly effective with a broad spectrum of collaborators
  • Desire to improve processes through the use of technology
  • Work experience spanning both a mature company and a startup a plus
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred
  • Passion for food a must!

Rancho Mastatal hiring 2015 Apprentices

2015 Apprenticeship in Sustainable Living: Permaculture, Natural Building, and Homesteading Skills at Rancho Mastatal.

www.ranchomastatal.com

Nestled against the virgin rainforest of La Cangreja National Park, Rancho Mastatal Sustainable Education Center has been teaching, exploring, and promoting techniques of living harmoniously in the landscape for 13 years. Renowned for it’s natural building and delicious culinary spreads of fresh homemade food, the Ranch offers profound, innovative and authentic apprenticeships throughout the year.  Apprentices will experience a rural Costa Rican community, delight in 325 acres of pristine forests and waterfalls, and participate in a working permaculture farm.   

Currently we are seeking applicants for our twelve month 2015 Apprenticeship in Sustainable Living beginning January 15th.

Participants in Rancho Mastatal’s Apprenticeship live and work with amazing people at the Ranch and in Mastatal. They make lifelong friends, participating in a style of living that oftentimes changes them forever. This experience offers the unique opportunity to become a part of the magic and beauty of a remote area of Costa Rica, while simultaneously learning tangible skills to take back home.

Our goal for this program is to empower individuals who are genuinely interested in creating a more sustainable world. Our site is a “living laboratory” for experiential education and the daily practice of skills you can use for the rest of your life. We hope that individuals who pass through our program will be inspired and empowered to continue to develop creative solutions and generate positive social change and sustainable practices in their own lives and communities after they leave.

We offer four to eight positions for our 12-month apprenticeship and a limited number of six-month positions. The apprenticeship costs $300/per month to cover housing and food. After the initial six-month period, this cost is waived and the apprenticeship becomes a full-time work-trade experience.

We strongly encourage applicants who are serious about our work and are motivated to be part of our industrious team, working towards solutions for current environmental and social challenges. We offer a unique and focused program based on experiential education and practical skill building.

For detailed information on specific instruction, course work, expectations, costs, and how to apply please visit the apprenticeship page of our website.

For any additional information or questions please please contact us directly.  

Mark’s Custom Meats hiring Meat Cutter

Location: Mark’s Custom Meats
Canby, OR

Job Description:
About Us
Marks Meat, Inc. is a family owned meat processing plant that has been in operation since 1963. We currently specialize in processing lamb and beef. The majority of our customers are small farmers and ranchers.

A strong focus on quality, and customer service are the foundation of our business. Our processing plant is USDA inspected, allowing our customers the added flexibility of marketing their animals through many different channels. We believe in utilizing humane animal handling standards for all livestock that are processed at our plant.

We are currently seeking a full time employee that is a motivated, dedicated individual who is interested in learning the trade and assisting us in transitioning into the next phase of our business. This is an entry level position that will transition to a management position in order to assist us in managing the everyday running of the plant. Wage will be based on experience and promotion potential is available.

Responsibilities:
Providing good customer service
Cutting and preparing all varieties and cut of meat, including the safe operation of tools
Assisting in animal harvest
Moving meat from coolers to cutting area and returning meat to coolers
Cleaning Equipment
Assisting in other duties as assigned

Qualifications
Able and willing to read, write and perform simple math problems
Able and willing to provide friendly, courteous, prompt customer service
Able and willing to interpret, understand and follow instructions and solve problems
Able and willing to work well with others as a team member
Leadership skills are a plus
No previous meat cutting experience is necessary if the employee is eager and willing to learn

How to Apply:
Please contact us by phone at 503-266-3183.

Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project hiring Fall Interns

Ashville, North Carolina

ASAP (Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project) is seeking Fall Interns (Aug 25-December 13)

Apply your passion for local food and agriculture and join ASAP in their mission to help local farms thrive, link farmers to markets and supporters, and build healthy communities through connections to local food.
Positions available with the following departments: Growing Minds, Local Food Campaign, and Communications.
Gain valuable skills and experience in farm to school programming, media and communications, local food branding and promotion, events and outreach, and more!
To apply: email your resume, a cover letter, and two references or letters of recommendation to internships@asapconnections.org. Please note which internship(s) you are applying for. You may apply for more than one position.
The application deadline for our Fall 2014 Internships is Friday, July 25, 2014.

 

Portland Community College Sustainability Office hiring Learning Garden Educator

Portland, Oregon

Oregon State Service Corps Position Description

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
Location: 17705 NW Springville Road, Portland, OR 97229

Summary of Position:

The Learning Garden Educator 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 Learning Garden includes 51 raised beds (for food service and community members), two acres for row crops, a cob tool shed with solar powered irrigation, earthen oven with a green roof, fruit trees, blueberries, plots for an organic gardening class and the childcare center, 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. Assist in daily Learning Garden activities such as propagation, planting, transplanting, 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. Collaborate with the Childcare Center and their garden plot to help with plant growth and lead educational activities during the academic year and summer camp.
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.

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. Continue reading

Southern Boone Learning Garden hiring Communications AmeriCorps Position

Ashland, Missouri

Position Available

Southern Boone Learning Gardens Communications AmeriCorps

Overview: The Southern Boone Learning Garden (SBLG) engages the Southern Boone community in healthy eating, active living, and environmental stewardship. The Communications AmeriCorps will work with SBLG as part of the Local Food AmeriCorps Project, administered by the Missouri River Communities Network. This project helps non-profits, small businesses, individuals, and others improve lives through local food. The AmeriCorps position outlined below will be based in Ashland, MO.

Application deadline: 7/21/2014          Start date: 8/1/2014

Duties: The Southern Boone Learning Gardens Communications AmeriCorps position is not a standard job, but rather a year of service. This position is full-time. The AmeriCorps member will:

  •       Provide community outreach by developing brochures, newsletters, calendars, websites, and material for social media outlets.
  •       Teach outdoor education classes for students of all ages.
  •        Manage databases for SBLG. Update all data for volunteers, donors, and SBLG’s wish list.
  •        Develop curriculum and evaluations for visitors to the Learning Garden such as school groups, after-school clubs, and community workshops.
  •        Recruit volunteers.
  •        Represent SBLG at meetings, conferences, and workshops with multiple organizations.
  •       Design, implement, and evaluate guides for teachers using the Learning Gardens.

Benefits and conditions: The position is 1,700 hours per year. AmeriCorps members are responsible for obtaining their own housing (assistance in house searches can be requested through the Missouri River Communities Network). AmeriCorps members receive a stipend and benefits, including:

  • Living allowance ($12,100/year, taxable income, paid every two weeks).
  • Education Award ($5,645 to be used for student loans or future education expenses, transferable to AmeriCorps member’s children or grandchildren).
  • Limited health coverage
  •  Relocation Allowance ($500 for arrival, duplicated for departure)
  •  Childcare assistance (if eligible)

To apply: Go to https://my.americorps.gov/mp/login.do, create a login name and password, fill out an application, and submit the application to the Southern Boone Learning Gardens Communications AmeriCorps position (search for AmeriCorps positions in MO).

Or send your resume and cover letter to:

Steve Johnson

Missouri River Communities Network

200 Old 63 South; Ste. 203

Columbia, MO, 65201-6081

manitoubluffs@gmail.com

573-256-2602

For more information on this and other positions, visit www.moriver.org/prospective-vistas/