Wisconsin – Reap Food Group hiring Multiple Positions

Madison, Wisconsin

FARM TO BUSINESS DIRECTOR

REAP FOOD GROUP 

  • LOCATION Madison, WI
  • CATEGORY Nonprofit
  • JOB TYPE Full-Time

REAP Food Group connects producers, consumers, and businesses to grow a healthful, just, and sustainable local food system in Southern Wisconsin. REAP believes in good food, grown well, available to all. Pioneers in the local and sustainable food movement, REAP’s initiatives include Farm to School activities in the Madison Metropolitan School District; Southern Wisconsin Buy Fresh Buy Local, a certification program for restaurants and institutions; and the Southern Wisconsin Farm Fresh Atlas, a consumer guide to local food.JOB DESCRIPTIONJoin a team that is passionate about creating a just, local and sustainable food system in Southern Wisconsin. REAP Food Group, a non-profit organization based in Madison, WI, believes that increasing access of local and sustainably grown food by all residents strengthens our regional economy, improves health outcomes of all and builds deep connections between our rural and urban neighbors.The Farm to Business Director will provide strategic direction, management and implementation of REAP’s  Farm to Business initiatives including 1) development of a Farm to Hospital initiative with area healthcare facilities, 2) coordination of a pilot vegetable processing project in 2019 for several institutional buyers, and 3) cultivation of the Buy Fresh Buy Local program, a restaurant and institutions partnership program committed to supporting a just, sustainable, local food system.

The ideal candidate will be excited to work in a positive, mission-based non-profit culture where we work hard as a team, laugh often and have each other’s backs.

Core Responsibilities

  • Lead strategic oversight and goals for Farm to Business initiatives;
  • Partner with Farm to School staff on procurement efforts;
  • Build our initiative with area healthcare facilities to establish sustainable purchasing policies and increase procurement and promotion of local and sustainably grown foods;
  • Coordinate a pilot processing project to provide minimally-processed local and sustainably grown foods to healthcare and school institutional buyers;
  • Direct the Buy Fresh, Buy Local Program. This includes leading strategic development of the program, recruitment and renewal of partners, collection and evaluation of purchasing data and marketing and support of partners.
  • Hire, manage and guide program assistants and interns;
  • Identify funding opportunities, work with Executive Director to write and submit grants, and oversee grant reporting requirements. Participate in REAP’s fundraising activities;
  • Represent REAP on relevant coalitions and committees.

Required Professional and Personal Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree – or equivalent training and experience – in food science, agriculture, food studies, or related field;
  • Demonstrated experience with program development and management.
  • Dedication and enthusiasm for building collaborative partnerships;
  • Entrepreneurial, with a creative drive to solve problems and identify and fill gaps.
  • Excellent self-direction, organization and follow through;
  • Strong quantitative skills to evaluate program effectiveness.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, this is a program built on good relationships with farmers and buyers.

Desired Professional and Personal Qualifications

  • Experience with farms and food producers that directly serve the Madison area;
  • Experience with food safety, food processing, and/or institutional food production;
  • Knowledge of local food procurement, school food procurement, and the farm to institution movement;
  • Familiarity with farms and food producers that directly serve the Madison area;
  • MBA or demonstrated experience with business strategy development.

Appointment Type: This is a full-time appointment reporting to the Executive Director. Salary $42,000 – $45,000, commensurate with experience and includes a comprehensive benefits package (health and dental insurance, 401(k) and paid time off). Depending on experience, we will consider less than full-time proposals.

COMPENSATIONthis position is PAID: salaried, varies DOE, $42,000.00 – $45,000.00HOW TO APPLYEmail jobs@reapfoodgroup.org

Please submit resume and a letter of interest detailing your passion for building local food systems to jobs@reapfoodgroup.org. Applications may also be mailed to: Farm to Business Director Search, REAP Food Group, 306 E. Wilson St., Suite 2W, Madison, WI 53703.

REAP values diverse life experience in its hiring process and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Application Deadline: July 22, 2018 at 5 P.M. CST

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FARM TO SCHOOL & COMMUNITY

REAP FOOD GROUP 

  • LOCATION Madison, WI
  • CATEGORY Nonprofit
  • JOB TYPE Full-Time


COMPANY DESCRIPTIONREAP Food Group connects producers, consumers, businesses, and organizations to grow a healthful, just, and sustainable local food system in Southern Wisconsin. REAP believes in good food, grown well, available to all. Pioneers in the local and sustainable food movement, REAP’s initiatives include Farm to School activities in the Madison Metropolitan School District; Southern Wisconsin Buy Fresh Buy Local, a certification program for restaurants and institutions; and the Southern Wisconsin Farm Fresh Atlas, a consumer guide to local food.

JOB DESCRIPTIONPosting Date: June 23, 2018

Deadline for ApplicationJuly 22, 2018

Join a team that is passionate about creating a just, local and sustainable food system in Southern Wisconsin. REAP Food Group, a non-profit organization based in Madison, WI, believes that increasing access of local and sustainably grown food by all residents strengthens our regional economy, improves health outcomes of all and builds deep connections between our rural and urban neighbors.

The Farm to School & Community Director will provide strategic direction, management and implementation of REAP’s Farm to School Program in the Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD) as well as grow our community engagement beyond school walls to increase community access to food education and sustainable local foods. Farm to School brings fresh, local, sustainably produced food to K-12 students, establishes reliable markets for local farms using sustainable agriculture practices, and provides hands-on education in Madison classrooms and communities.

The ideal candidate will be excited to work in a positive, mission-based non-profit culture where we work hard as a team, laugh often and have each other’s backs. Continue reading

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California – Coastal Roots hiring Community Farmer

Encinitas, California

Position:                 Community Farmer

Status:                    Regular, Full‐Time, Non‐Exempt

Hours:                    40 hours per week, Sunday-Thursday. Evenings, weekends, and holidays on occasion.

Reports to:          Assistant Operations Manager

About Coastal Roots Farm

Coastal Roots Farm (CRF) is a nonprofit community farm and education center. We cultivate healthy, connected communities by integrating sustainable agriculture, food justice, and ancient Jewish wisdom.

Since our inception in 2014, Coastal Roots Farm has provided dignified access to fresh food for those who need it most. Inspired by Jewish agricultural practices, we raise organic crops and share the harvest with our community through pay-what-you-can farm stands, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs, and direct donations to local hunger relief organizations. Through field trips, workshops, agricultural festivals, and community events, we offer hands-on education and invite our neighbors to connect to the land and each other.

Coastal Roots Farm is located in Encinitas, CA on approximately 15 acres of land. Our Farm consists of vegetable gardens, greenhouses, a food forest, animal pastures, compost systems, and a vineyard. Coastal Roots Farm was incubated by the Leichtag Foundation and received 501(c)(3) public charity status in 2016.

 Position Overview

The Community Farmer will support the operational teams with the cultivation, development, maintenance and follow through of projects within the following five organically maintained production areas: vegetables, food forest, vineyard, chicken runs, and composting program.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The essential functions include, but are not limited to, the following:

Production Areas:

  • Support crop production on the farm, including pest management, greenhouse propagation, transplanting, weeding, watering, and
  • Support infrastructure development, irrigation, farm maintenance, cleanliness and organization, distribution efforts, occasional deliveries, and farm stand shifts.
  • Lead volunteers as
  • Collect data and support organized record
  • Support resource development for department as
  • Chicken coop and chicken run upkeep and care.
  • Incorporate Jewish agricultural practices into the development and management of the

Education and Events:

  • Assist in implementation of farm education and events.
  • Host guests and lead occasional tours, highlighting our
  • Provide support for Coastal Roots Farm programs and

General Administration:

  • Participate in regular staff

Required Qualifications and Experiences

The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • At least 1 year of relevant work experience or a relevant college degree, especially within the fields of organic/biodynamic farming focused on vegetable production and Community Supported
  • Passion for interacting with, educating, and leading a diversity of community participants, volunteers and staff of varied ages and
  • Knowledge and passion for community farming, food justice, food systems development,
  • Strong knowledge of agricultural equipment use and
  • Cooperative, service‐oriented attitude and ability to work independently and take initiative, set priorities and see projects through to
  • Strong communication, interpersonal and relationship development
  • Ability to be open and flexible to new ways of working with diverse
  • Creative skills and ability to experiment to attain new, better strategies, approaches, and solutions to
  • Flexibility and willingness to take on a variety of tasks along with an ability to work effectively in a highly collaborative, team
  • Strong work ethic and ability to perform strenuous physical labor in inclement weather.
  • Excellent computer skills and proficiency in Microsoft
  • Detail
  • A valid driver’s

Preferred Qualifications and Experience

  • Certification in organic farming and/or experience with biodynamic
  • Food safety
  • Technical knowledge and familiarity with irrigation construction, troubleshooting, and
  • Knowledge of species and climate specific to Southern
  • Experience as an agricultural or environmental
  • Familiarity with Jewish agricultural or arboreal concepts, texts, and
  • Project management
  • Training in active listening and constructive communication techniques such as Non‐Violent Communication, meeting facilitation,
  • Understanding of working within a non-profit organization.

Reporting Relationship

Reports directly to the Assistant Operations Manager.

Compensation

Salary commensurate with experience. Coastal Roots Farm offers a competitive benefits package.

Typical Working Conditions

The Community Farmer will work outdoors conducting a variety of tasks, often times repetitive and under the supervision of a multitude of coordinators. There will be exposure to Southern California outside temperatures, chemicals used in the agricultural industry, and loud noises.

Essential Physical Tasks

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

 Continuous walking, standing, climbing, stooping, bending, kneeling, reaching, lifting and pushing/pulling up to 50 lbs., cutting and carrying.

Equipment Used

Mechanical and manual tools used in compost production, laying hen production, agriculture and landscape maintenance.

Application Process: Please visit our website, https://coastalrootsfarm.org/the-farm/#job-opportunities and click on the View and Apply for Open Positions link to apply online.

Coastal Roots Farm is an equal opportunity employer.

 

 

Massachusetts – Cavicchio Greenhouses hiring Section Grower

Sudbury, Massachusetts

Section Grower

As New England’s largest distributor and grower of annuals and perennials – operating ten acres of state-of-the-art greenhouse space year around. We are looking for a Section Grower to join our dynamic team. This role requires horticultural, pest and fertilizer knowledge, passion for producing top-end product, and a little bit of “coolness”. You’re comfortable getting dirty, you care about the environment, and you want to do good work.

Requirement: B.S. in Horticulture or equivalent.

Responsibilities:

  • Monitors annual and perennial crops for proper watering, fertilizer, and pests.
  • Nutrition management working in collaboration with the Head Grower.
  • Applies chemicals, fertilizers, and biologicals
  • Evaluates data to identify crop challenges.
  • Manipulates greenhouse temperature, humidity to control crop growth.

Bilingual (Spanish/English) skills a plus

Established in 1910, Cavicchio Greenhouses is a fourth-generation New England farm working more than 250 acres in Sudbury. As a horticultural grower and landscape distributor, we cultivate and supply an extensive variety of annuals and perennials, nursery stock, stone, masonry and landscape materials. With a hard-earned reputation for service, quality, selection and sustainability, we work with professionals and garden centers throughout the area to keep our region beautiful.

We offer competitive pay and a complete benefits package upon eligibility including insurance, paid time off and retirement savings. Due to the volume of candidates, only those requested to interview will be contacted.  We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Send all responses to: jobs@cavicchio.com

Vermont – Food Connects hiring Food Hub Logistics Manager

Brattleboro, Vermont

Food Hub Logistics Manager

About Food Connects

Food Connects is a dynamic and growing nonprofit organization based in Brattleboro, VT that delivers locally produced food as well as educational and consulting services aimed at transforming local food systems. Founded in 2013, Food Connects is a catalyst for food systems change by connecting the next generation with their food, local farmers with new markets, and school chefs with school food.

Job Summary

The Food Hub Logistics Manager (FHLM) is responsible for coordinating day to day operations of Food Connects’ mission-driven food hub. Food Connects delivers source-identified local food from over 50 farms and value-added producers to over 100 wholesale customers,  Deliveries are twice a week, managed through an online platform.

The FHLM supports Food Connects’ innovative and dynamic food system programming, helping to drive the continued growth and evolution of the organization and its food hubs. Food Connects is a small, horizontally-structured organization, which means that a collaborative process is used for occasional big picture decisions like hiring, creating organizational policies, outreach, fundraising, and conducting an annual peer review.

The FHLM is based in the Food Connects office in Brattleboro, VT, and is a full-time, year-round non-exempt salaried position.

Collaboration

  • The Food Hub Logistics Manager reports directly to the Food Hub General Manager.

  • The Food Hub Logistics Manager coordinates the drivers to build and and manage their daily logistical plans and act as reference point for their questions and communications about the day’s pickups/deliveries. Drivers ultimately report to the General Manager.

  • The Food Hub Logistics Manager also works closely with:

    • The Food Hub General Manager to coordinate sales and distribution efforts.

    • The Food Hub Sales Manager to compile orders and meet customers needs.

    • The Administrative and Marketing Coordinator to implement social media marketing strategies and event coordination.

Schedule

  • 40 hours/week; approximately 8:30am to 4:30pm, Monday through Friday.

  • Urgent logistical issues may occasionally require immediate calls and texts outside normal hours on ordering and delivery days (currently M-F).

  • Occasional meetings and events on evenings and weekends (with plenty of advance notice).

  • Occasional regional travel required

Job Responsibilities

Food Hub Coordination

  • Act as primary point of contact for order logistics and distribution, including fielding and resolving customer/producers issues.

  • Manage daily operations, including: receive and process customer orders every Monday and Wednesday; send regular order reminders; assist customers with the ordering process; invoice or credit customers/producers for extra/missing/damaged items.

  • Keep accurate financial records of food hub purchases; manage invoicing and invoice adjustments and accounting in the online commerce site; manage records of distribution; track and report on distribution errors.

  • Maintain accuracy of customer and producer information..

  • Build and maintain close working relationships with customers, producers, and other distribution partners.

  • Generate optimized driving instructions and coordinate with the drivers over the course of every delivery day.

  • Communicate with drivers throughout their routes  and assist them as needed in product aggregation and distribution.

  • Maintain accurate mileage and driver hour records.

Inventory Management

  • Lead warehouse operations, including stock management, product intake, order picking + preparation.

  • Actively manage product inventory numbers both at physical storage space and within online commerce system.

  • Manage purchase orders for maintaining inventory of stocked items.

  • Proactively communicate with producers regarding product availability and supply.

Business Development

  • Identify ways to improve the food hub program, and its distribution operations in particular, and help put those strategies into action.

  • Assist Administrative and Marketing Coordinator in developing and implementing a social media strategy for the Food Hub.

  • Assist Food Hub General Manager with meetings and events.

  • Assist Food Hub General Manager and Food Hub Sales Manager where possible with sales activities like lead development, customer and producers onboarding, etc.

  • Represent Food Connects in opportunities for Food Hub education and outreach.

  • Collaborate with Food Hub General Manager on projects to improve logistics, accounting, data management, and distribution systems.

  • Collaborate on business planning, fundraising efforts, grant proposals and reports, software testing, etc. as needed.

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New York – Revolution Foods hiring Regional Partnership Manager

Albany, New York

Regional Partnership Manager

Revolution Foods is igniting a healthy food revolution and believes that all children deserve access to healthy, wholesome food. We have revolutionized the school lunch line by providing healthy, affordable and fresh meals to hundreds of thousands of students every day and have served over 200 million meals, to date.

Regional Partnership Manager

Revolution Foods is hiring a Regional Partnership Manager (RPM) to manage and ensure operational excellence at the schools Revolution Foods serves. The RPM works as a designated account manager to a specified client group within the region. They define, quantify, and analyze the relationship with key partners ensuring they receive the highest quality products and exceptional customer service. Regional Partnership Managers cultivate win-win relationships with clients to help Rev Foods deliver healthy foods to kids across the region! They are empowered to take responsibility for their accounts to ensure contract renewals and sales growth year over year.

Essential Responsibilities

  • Provide overall planning, direction and control to assigned school partners within a defined Market, to achieve the highest levels of customer satisfaction, operating and financial goals.
  • Manage/inform what is ordered for each school, ensuring the highest student satisfaction.
  • Ensure client pays within the contractual agreement.
  • Establish and maintain effective customer rapport and maintains a win-win relationships with our customers.
  • Assist in ensuring that operations are meeting expectations of Revolution Foods and the customer in every way.
  • Maintain positive community relations, participating in professional and community events and activities.
  • Work cross-functionally with customer management team and establish and maintain effective customer relations.
  • Collaborate with multiple departments and team members such as Culinary Center GM, Market Team, and Home Office Team.
  • Participate in the development of market forecasts with GM and Financial Manager and develop plans to optimize financial performance and productivity.
  • Perform audits as assigned and make recommendations to optimize financial performance or operational standards.
  • Lead renewal process through contract signing and participates actively in the sales process.
  • Identify opportunities to implement new products and services to support sales growth, client retention, and happy kids!

Requirements:

  • You are self-motivated, a natural problem-solver, and people with whom you work see you as a leader.
  • You’re known for being extremely results-driven, connecting details to the bigger picture.
  • You’re skilled at prioritizing and managing multiple projects. You are responsive without fail, and address urgent priorities without dropping the ball on other essential tasks.
  • You’re a gifted communicator, at ease presenting to diverse groups, leading meetings with internal or external teams, or building trusting relationships one-on-one.
  • We work in a constantly changing environment that demands flexibility, good humor, and a willingness to pitch in and support each other – you are excited to be a great teammate and not afraid to roll up their sleeves!
  • Most importantly, you have a genuine passion for our core values: respect, care for all, learn/teach/grow, deliver excellence, and live our mission of real food for all.

In order to apply, candidates can email their resumes at jmcclendon@revolutionfoods.com.

Pennsylvania – Pocono Organics Farm hiring Farm Manager

Kutztown, Pennsylvania

Job Description

Job Title: Farm Manager/Educator Pocono Organics Farm

SUMMARY: The Farm Manager/Educator is responsible for the farm operations and Veteran training of the Pocono Organics Farm.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Farm Operations/ Education

  • Manage day to day activities of Farm Operations and Training programs at the Pocono Organic Farm.
  • Provide mentoring and advisement in organic management practices and research to owners and students.
  • Monitor and control resources by assisting in developing budgets.
  • Launch Veteran Farming Training Program at Pocono Organics Farm by registering and welcoming new students, performing intake interviews, and organizing meetings and tours of Rodale’s farm and the Pocono Organic Farm.
  • Coordinate curriculum development and delivery and assign instructors as necessary.
  • Assist in providing outreach, marketing and recruitment for Veterans Farming Training Program, with emphasis on working with military personnel and military veteran groups in the region.
  • Deliver field-based experiential learning, including field trips to military veteran run farms, farm network field days and lunches with service providers and other farms, including urban farmers.
  • Complete and follow the Good Agricultural Practice (GAP) implemented by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
  • Work with external contractors for facility services.
  • Operate farm equipment as needed.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by management.

QUALIFICATIONS: 

  • Working knowledge of Soil Microbiology and Botany.
  • Experience in operating farm equipment.
  • Basic computer skills necessary.
  • Ability to work in all types of weather.
  • Capable of lifting in excess of 50 pounds.
  • Possess good communications skills – both written and verbal.
  • Flexible in work hours as farm work can be unpredictable.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE: 

  • 5 or more years’ experience in managing a farm.
  • Preferred Bachelor’s degree in Applied Science

Travel

Pick up supplies and parts as needed.

Travel to and from Kutztown farm and Poconos farm.

 Other Institutional Expectations:

To be trustful and respectful to all staff and visitors.

Please send resume and cover letter to Director of Finance/Human Resource, Elaine Macbeth, at elaine.macbeth@rodaleinstitute.org.

Washington – Green Plate Special hiring Marketing and Communications Coordinator

Seattle, Washington

Marketing and Communications

Position Posting

Job Title:              Marketing and Communications Coordinator

FLSA Status:        Exempt
Reports to:          Executive Director

Salary Range:     $40,000-$42,000

Green Plate Special (GPS) is a rapidly growing organization that is ready to expand its operations with a full-time marketing and communications professional. This is an excellent opportunity for an ambitious early- to mid-career professional to join a fast-paced team committed to helping youth experience food in new ways through gardening, cooking, and eating together. Based at GPS’s 30,000 square foot garden and teaching kitchen in the Rainier Valley neighborhood, you’ll join a small team with big ambitions and bigger visions!

Mission and Programs

To empower and inspire youth to experience food in new ways through gardening, cooking and eating together. GPS works with youth ages 9-14 to foster interest and passion in food growing, cooking and healthy eating. The youth, families, and program partners we serve come from very diverse cultural and socio-economic backgrounds.

Position Summary

We are looking for a strong team member as our Marketing and Communications Coordinator who will creatively communicate the story and mission of GPS through visual and written communications and design. You will promote our visibility through all media forms as well as develop and instigate a marketing strategy in close partnership with the Executive Director (ED). This position requires someone who is excellent at planning, developing and can implement all current and new GPS marketing and communication tools (website and design tools such as Adobe Suite). Our collaborative, supportive, and energetic work environment requires someone who enjoys physical activity as well as time at the desk. We require all employees to participate in all aspects of the organization in order to genuinely position and represent GPS in the community.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Creates content and messaging for all social media (Facebook, Instagram, website, blog posting, newsletters)
  • Produces compelling written and visual content and communications, such as year-end appeal, letters of thanks, newsletters, fact sheets, and promotional materials
  • Takes the lead in visual design and as the program photographer
  • Serves as the lead event planner and executes these events, including GPS primary yearly fundraiser
  • Sits on the External Affairs committee as the Committee Lead
  • Manages the organization’s photo library
  • Supports the Operations Coordinator on direct mailings, list preparation and production, and fulfillment mailings.
  • Represent GPS at community events, provides tours of the garden/kitchen, and proactively cultivates community opportunities and relationships
  • As part of a small team, there will be plenty of exciting “other duties” as assigned

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Marketing, Communications, Visual Arts, and/or Journalism will help you receive a first interview
  • 2 years minimum in marketing and communications, either paid or volunteer
  • This is an entry to mid-level position but tenacity, a quick mind, and ability to dig-deep and learn through active research is necessary
  • A demonstrated knowledge of and commitment to apply racial, gender and economic lenses to all marketing and communication language and strategy
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office programs, design software (Adobe Suite), fundraiser systems and databases such as Salesforce.
  • Knowledgeable and skilled in Excel and Power Point
  • Must have experience with web content management systems and basic HTML

Background and Skills

  • Excellent oral, written, and listening skills.
  • Outstanding attention to detail
  • Creative, solutions-oriented and visual thinker
  • Solid time management and organizational skills
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team; willing to take initiative on new projects
  • Willingness to learn and grow into this position
  • Thrives in a fast-paced nonprofit environment with a strong commitment to mission fulfillment
  • Interest in learning funding and development strategies –highly valued
  • Interest in food growing and cooking –highly valued

Other Requirements

  • Must pass a Washington State and national criminal history check
  • Must obtain a Washington State Food Handler’s card within 30 days following employment
  • A car is required for this position

Benefits

  • Continued learning and professional development opportunities in marketing and communications
  • A monthly benefit stipend provided to all employees. Paid sick leave, holidays and vacation pay

 

Employment Policy

Green Plate Special is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Green Plate Special does not and will not discriminate based on race, sex, socio-economic status, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, ancestry, ethnicity, marital status, religion, differences in ability, or military status in personnel operations. This includes hiring and firing of staff, recruitment and acceptance of board members, volunteers, or recruitment and acceptance of students. We are committed to creating a progressive, diverse, and inclusive environment for our staff, board members, volunteers, students, subcontractors, vendors, and clients.

We strongly encourage people of color to apply.

To Apply

Email ONLY:        jobs@greenplatespecial.org

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • 3 professional or education-based references