Massachusetts – Land’s Sake hiring Farm Stand Staff

Weston, Massachusetts

Land’s Sake 2017 Farm Stand Staff

Land’s Sake is a nonprofit farm located in Weston, MA that strives to connect individuals to the land to build community and inspire lifelong stewardship. The seasonal Farmstand serves as the hub of the farm, and each year we assemble an awesome team to sell our vegetables, local products, guide and educate our community, occasionally battle chipmunks, and have a lot of fun doing it.

Successful Farmstand Staff will possess an interest in sustainable agriculture, local food systems, and cooking. As a point of contact for Land’s Sake, Farmstand staff are trained about the farm’s many offerings. Great customer service skills, an ability to work quickly and efficiently, and a good sense of humor are vital this position.

Responsibilities:

  • Set up and breakdown Farmstand each day, including produce displays
  • Maintain produce quality throughout the day (i.e. temperature control, hydration)
  • Learn produce varieties, growing standards and farmstand products and be able to communicate information to customers as necessary
  • Operate cash register and scales, answer questions, and bring awareness to additional farm programming as appropriate

Qualifications:

  • Personable customer service skills
  • Cash handling experience
  • Ability to use an Ipad for transactions
  • Experience with Google Sheets/Excel
  • Be willing and able to work in all weather conditions, stand for long periods of time, and bend and lift up to 50 pounds
  • Valid Driver’s License

Employment Dates:

  • August 15 to October 30, with some training required prior to August 15
  • Farmstand hours are 11am to 7pm Tuesday through Friday, 11am to 4pm Saturday and Sunday. Weekend availability is a must, and flexible schedules will be considered

Compensation:

  • $11 to $12.50 per hour, dependent on experience
  • As much free produce as you can eat
  • Discount on other products sold at the Farmstand

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to deena@landssake.org

 

Illinois – Food Works hiring Farm Beginnings Assistant Facilitator

Carbondale, Illinois

Now Hiring!

Farm Beginnings® Assistant Facilitator

Food Works, a non-profit organization centered in Carbondale, IL, seeks a part-time Assistant Facilitator for the Farm Beginnings program. Our mission is to advance sustainable food systems in the 23 southernmost counties in Illinois. Our programs feature farmer-to-farmer peer education and consumer education and engagement.

Join our food community of farmers, artisans, brewers, bakers, vintners, educators, musicians, chefs, consumers, and activists to help restore our sustainable local food system, centered in southernmost Illinois home of the Shawnee Hills and the Shawnee National Forest.

Farm Beginnings® helps farmers build and grow sustainable farm businesses through farmer- led seminars and mentoring in southern Illinois. Farm Beginnings® is equally committed to leadership development toward positive social change. This Farm Beginnings Assistant Facilitator position will work directly with beginning and established farmers as well as helping to build larger community support and understanding around beginning farmer issues and growing the sustainable local food system.

The ideal candidate has some farming experience, Farm Beginnings® or farm education/mentorship experience, is an effective communicator, and experienced in organizing and administering learning opportunities. Farm Beginnings is a winter seminar series for beginning farmers followed by a growing season internship. The Assistant Facilitator’s primary responsibility will be co-facilitating learning seminars, planning and logistics; coordinating guest presenters; conducting evaluations; ensuring preparations; and conducting follow-up and evaluations. The Assistant Facilitator will work 8-15 hours/week Sept.-February including 1-2 weekends per month (either Sat or Sun TBA); then 5-8 hours per week during other months. The Assistant Facilitator must attend if possible one out-of-town, two-day training in February (or March) and one out- of-town, two-day training in July/August (Travel costs are covered).

This part-time position will focus on Farm Beginnings work based in Carbondale, Illinois and serving a 23-county area of southernmost Illinois. The Assistant Facilitator will be supervised by Kathleen Logan Smith, Food Works Executive Director.

Details :

Salary at $16-$20/hour based on qualifications. The Asst. Facilitator receives a $25/month phone stipend.

For more information seewww.fwsoil.org/staff.  Food Works is an equal opportunity employer

To Apply:

Please submit a cover letter, resume highlighting skills and experience, and writing samples to: Kathleen Logan Smith, Executive Director via email: Kathleen@eatsouthernillinois.org or via mail: P.O. Box 3855, Carbondale, IL 62902, 618-370-3287. Please send any email attachments as pdf files. Other file formats will not be opened.

New York – Royal Acres Farm hiring Seasonal Part Time Help

Middletown, New York
Royal Acres Farm– Hiring seasonal part time help
 
About us: We are a small family owned and operated Certified Naturally Grown farm, located in Middletown, NY. Our vegetables are marketed through a local farmer’s market and our CSA with over 100 members.
Job Description: We are looking for a responsible hard working person to work 20 to 35 hours a week starting on August 14th. Must have own transportation. Candidate must be hard working and motivated to learn. Duties include: weeding, hoeing, seeding, transplanting, picking, and washing vegetables.
Contact: To apply please send resume to kingj588@gmail.com

Michigan – Allen Neighborhood Center hiring AmeriCorps Positions

Lansing, Michigan

NEW ANC Ameri-Corps Job Positions

Allen Neighborhood Center of Lansing, MI  is seeking candidates for three full-time AmeriCorps positions. The AmeriCorps term is October 16, 2017 – September 26, 2018. Resumes and cover letters are due to Andrea Villanueva by August 7 at 5 pm. Please note in your cover letter that you are interested in applying for a position at ANC and include which position(s) you are most interested in. AmeriCorps service delivers rich experiences in community-building! You may email your resume and cover letter to: Avillanueva@ingham.org.

Position Descriptions:

AmeriCorps is a national service program that offers members a small living stipend and education award in exchange for a term of service, and is commonly known as the “domestic Peace Corps.”

Vermont – Phio Ridge Farm hiring Director of Farm and Food

Charlotte, Vermont

Job Opening: Director of Farm and Food
Job Title: Director of Farm and Food
Type: full-time, exempt, salaried
Location: Philo Ridge Farm, Charlotte, Vermont

Our Culture

Philo Ridge Farm is an organic 400-acre farm located in Vermont’s Champlain Valley. For many years our land was owned and managed by a local dairy family. We’re now working to diversify the farm by growing produce and raising meat with practices that increase the health of our soil, produce a variety of nutrient rich crops, reduce the use of fossil fuels, and support our local and vibrant agricultural community. We are carefully measuring and monitoring these practices so that we can share our story and our success with other farmers and community members who are interested in understanding and supporting regenerative agriculture models.

Our current farm activities include: mixed vegetable production, flowers, orchards, sheep, chickens, cattle, pigs and hay. We believe in treating our employees, animals, and land with the respect and care. All of our employees embody the spirit of sharing, growing together and supporting ongoing education. We are in our third year of production and are soon expanding our operation to include a specialty market of products grown and processed at our farm. Our facility will also include areas for commercial food processing and butchering of our farm-raised animals. This facility is an important part of our business model as it will help us take our raw farm products and create value added goods that we can sell to customers throughout the entire year.

Position Overview

Philo Ridge Farm is looking for a Farm and Food Director to be a creative, hands on, entrepreneurial driver of our diverse and innovative farm. The Food and Farm Director will lead the farm’s operations and business planning, and be in charge of developing a truly sustainable farm and food model – one that is environmentally, cultural, and economically successful. The Farm and Food Director will provide inspirational leadership and oversight of our farm and food service teams while acting as a key ambassador of our core values and sharing the Philo Ridge Farm story. Multitasking will be critical in this position, a typical day might include checking the previous day’s till, sending out invoices to vendors, reviewing the daily market menu with the Chef, leading a farm tour, checking in with the Farm Manager and the Market Garden Manager to make sure that food production is on track, and interviewing a new dishwasher.

We are looking for a Director who is enthusiastic about building a culture of excellent farm to table food. We seek a leader who is excited to develop a production strategy for our whole farm by creating delicious ways to cook, preserve, can, butcher, and serve all of the farm’s produce and meat. Our ideal candidate is passionate about using holistic land management practices to create sustainable food systems and healthy communities, and has demonstrated success managing hospitality teams and operations.

Bio-Logical Capital is a Colorado-based land management company that currently oversees the planning and management of Philo Ridge Farm including but not limited to human resources, financial management, and land planning. Their approach to agriculture relies heavily on integrated rotational management of animals and crops using principals from agroecology and other practices. Their farm management goals are long-term diversity, health, and productivity. This approach results in a transformative impact on how people grow food and understand their relationship with the land. Bio-Logical Capital will work alongside the Food and Farm Director to continue to set up Philo Ridge farm as a successful agriculture business and model.

Primary Responsibilities

 Team Leadership and Staff Management

  • Promote a team-oriented work culture, rooted in effective communication and collaboration
  • Recruit staff members, create employee development plans, and conduct annual reviews
  • Lead the alignment of farm operations and food service operations – with an overall strategic plan and vision for tight integration between the two – and ensure that team and project priorities are working toward established budget and schedule
    • Coordinate annual and long-range strategic planning for each business unit, and coach business unit managers to think and execute entrepreneurially
    • Lead weekly meeting of business unit managers to encourage communication and collaboration, monitor progress toward goals, and help identify problems and develop solutions
    • Oversee preparation of quarterly reports on business unit operations, progress toward goals, and budget variances
    • Balance office time with daily visits to farm and field work sites and hospitality programs to monitor progress and connect with and inspire staff

Farm and Food Operations

  • Oversee the entrepreneurial process and drive the growth and diversification of the farm, livestock, and land operations, and lead the strategic planning and implementation of new business opportunities
  • Drive communication and coordination with farm operations, such as:
    • Work closely with the Farm Manager for livestock planning, including meat inventory and purchasing
    • Work closely with the Market Garden Manager to determine produce planting schedule, inventory and purchasing
  • Set food service team goals, and follow up with managers on results, and course corrections when needed
  • Work closely with the Chef and Owners to produce an exciting, delicious, and community engaged food service program that is consistent in its high product quality and is curated with a focus on attention to every detail, celebrates food culture and history, and has a beautiful aesthetic quality
  • Work closely with the Chef and Managers to create value-added products made from Philo Ridge Farm grown produce and meat
  • Oversee all aspects of guest experience at the farm, ensures that all guests have a consistently high-quality experience and always receive great service, and develops an internal culture of turning guests into regular visitors and friends of the farm
  • Oversee facilities and equipment; work with the staff to ensure good working order, exceptional cleanliness, and safety for crewmembers and guests
  • Ensure compliance with operational standards and all applicable laws, regulations, and local ordinances

Administration, Reporting, and Communication

  • Maintain regular communication with land owners regarding operations and performance; prepare periodic written reports detailing performance and plans
  • Lead development of marketing and communication plans
  • Ensure maintenance of employee records, including evaluations, disciplinary actions, hours worked, etc.
  • Review schedules, approve and submit payroll, and monitor labor to optimize service and profitability
  • Coordinate with accounting to ensure that administrative processes are followed timely and accurately
  • Oversee financial management of Philo Ridge Farm entities
    • Provide senior leadership for annual budgeting process in a rapidly evolving and entrepreneurial environment
    • Interface with off-site accounting team, review financial statements, and prepare forecasts
    • Prepare reports, including financial summaries for Bio-Logical Capital
    • Review and approve expenses, and ensure accurate coding for accounting and financial reporting
  • Create a positive, inspired workplace culture by actively demonstrating, teaching, and monitoring exceptional professionalism, guest service, and overall hospitality
  • Celebrate and share the Philo Ridge Farm story; speak with passion and knowledge about our food and products, and train team members to do the same
  • Act as a public figure in the community for the farm and as a confident and engaging public speaker
  • Other responsibilities as necessary to support Philo Ridge Farm’s enterprise and operational goals

Candidate/ Position Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college; degree in hotel/restaurant management or culinary arts is preferred
  • Minimum 5 years of experience managing a growing hospitality or restaurant business
  • Knowledge of, and experience working in, sustainable agriculture
  • Ability to effectively lead in a fast-paced environment, adapt to changing priorities, and remain focused and calm under pressure
  • Proficient computer skills, including Microsoft Office products and QuickBooks
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, and ability to demonstrate strong skills in managing interpersonal relationships
  • Extensive experience with financial management, cost controls, cash handling, and POS administration
  • Willingness to work nights and weekends, when needed
  • Working knowledge of Vermont liquor laws, Vermont labor laws, and OSHA health and safety standards
  • Physical and environmental requirements: continuous standing and occasional carrying of heavy loads; occasional environmental exposure to cold, hot, and wet environments
  • Reliable transportation to drive to and from different locations in and around the farm
  • Valid drivers license and clean driving record
  • Minimum of three professional references

Compensation

Compensation will be commensurate with experience.

Application Process

Candidates should send a cover letter illustrating experience, resume, available start date, contact information, and reference contact information to jobs@biologicalcapital.com. Qualified candidates will be contacted directly. No phone calls please.

For more company information, visit www.philoridgefarm.com and www.biologicalcapital.com

New York – Hawthorne Valley Organic Bakery hiring Multiple Positions

Ghent, New York

Each staff member is asked to help create an environment which encourages respect, honesty and trust amongst all co-workers and also offers the highest degree of quality products to our customers.  Each staff member is asked to help maintain the bakery as an ethical and positive place to work.  In addition the Hawthorne Valley Bakery is committed to being an educational resource to the community on ecological, environmental and food related issues.

FULL TIME BAKER POSITON

PURPOSE:     To assist the bakery manager and co-workers in the production of products to meet sales, margin and labor goals.

STATUS:      Reports to Bakery Manager

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Bread production including mixing, caring for pre-ferments, scaling, kneading and shaping, proofing and baking of dough’s as well as milling of grains.
  • Producer of laminated products
  • Proficiency at pastry cart set up
  • A capability to produce all bakery formulas
  • Participate in lot tracking and stocking of inventory including flours and grains
  • Participate in packing and invoicing orders
  • Participate in cleaning, maintaining and sanitation of equipment and work spaces
  • Participate in educational endeavors that support Hawthorne Valley Farm missions

GENERAL

  • Attend department meetings
  • Perform other tasks assigned by Bakery Manager or designated staff trainer

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Well-organized, pays attention to detail
  • Demonstrated ability to follow through on commitments
  • Demonstrated ability to handle multiple demands
  • Ability to do manual work in a production environment, be able to lift 50lbs., move pallets with a pallet jack, stand for an 8 hour shift
  • Good communication skills
  • Regular, predictable attendance
  • Willingness and ability to learn and grow to meet the changing requirements of the job
  • Minimum of five years of professional baking experience, or a culinary degree in Baking and Pastry Arts

COMPENSATION

  • Salary commensurate with experience
  • Full Hawthorne Valley Association benefits package

To apply, visit: http://hawthornevalley.org/about/employment/#store

BAKERY ASSISTANT POSITON

PURPOSE:     To assist all bakery staff in the production and operation of the bakery

STATUS:      Reports to Bakery Manager

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Bread production including mixing, caring for pre-ferments, scaling, kneading and shaping, proofing and baking of dough’s as well as milling of grains.
  • Producer of laminated products
  • Proficiency at pastry cart set up
  • A desire to learn all bakery formulas
  • Participate in lot tracking and stocking of inventory including flours and grains
  • Participate in packing and invoicing orders
  • Participate in cleaning, maintaining and sanitation of equipment and work spaces

GENERAL

  • Attend department meetings
  • Perform other tasks assigned by Bakery Manager or designated staff trainer

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Well-organized, pays attention to detail
  • Demonstrated ability to follow through on commitments
  • Demonstrated ability to handle multiple demands
  • Ability to do manual work in a production environment, be able to lift 50lbs., move pallets with a pallet jack, stand for an 8 hour shift
  • Good communication skills
  • Regular, predictable attendance
  • Willingness and ability to learn and grow to meet the changing requirements of the job

COMPENSATION

  • Competitive hourly wage

To apply, visit: http://hawthornevalley.org/about/employment/#store

North Carolina – TRACTOR Food and Farms hiring Operations Manager

Burnsville, North Carolina

TRACTOR Food and Farms

Position Description: Operations Manager

Classification:

Full Time / Salaried

Reports to:

General Manager

Date: 7/10/17

Summary:

  • Manage day to day operations of the warehouse including processing incoming/outgoing inventory, supervising drivers, maintaining safety SOPs, communicating with growers to promote a trustful working relationship and communicating with the sales team.
  • Create, maintain, monitor and communicate crop production plan to the growers and sales team.

Principle Responsibilities:

  • Maintain inventory accuracy/quality/movement (i.e. FIFO)
  • Manage purchase orders and incoming inventories.
  • Production planning.
  • Continuously improve distribution efficiencies
  • Manage Warehouse Staff
  • Coordinate volunteers for CSA assembly
  • Office/Facility management including box inventory, facility supplies and shared use equipment
  • Website updates and management

Duties to include:

  • Maintaining accurate product physical and electronic inventory
  • QC incoming inventory
  • Monitor inventory to maximize sales/minimize shrinkage
  • Communicate quality standards and Purchase Orders to Growers
  • Communicate with Growers on incoming/upcoming inventory
  • Maintain accurate forecast boards with upcoming items
  • Put together “Gotta Go List” and communicate quality issues to sales team
  • Maintain accurate materials inventory and order when necessary
  • Route drivers
  • Manage the office and responsible for accurate inventory of warehouse supplies, office supplies, and box inventory.
  • Coordinate Volunteers for CSA bag assembly
  • Manage shared use equipment rental and box sales
  • Website management

 Authorities:

  • Accept/Reject incoming deliveries.
  • Guide crop production with the growers
  • Make changes in SOPs
  • Purchase warehouse equipment <$100

Competencies:

Self- directed with attention to detail; proficiency with inventory system, good rapport with the producers, able to make quick decisions in fast paced environment; effective verbal and written communication. Excellent computer skills and proficiency in all Microsoft Office products and WordPress.  Knowledge of QuickBooks is a plus.

Supervises:

Drivers/Warehouse Managers

Work Environment

The job operates in a warehouse environment including coolers/freezers that require dressing warmly. This role routinely uses warehouse equipment including fork lifts and pallet jacks. This role uses technology equipment such as computers. Additionally, this position works within the community to attend events.

Physical Demands

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. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, sit, use hands, and climb stairs. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.

Travel

Day trips / Potential overnight for conferences.

Required Education and Experience

Bachelors or Equivalent

Preferred Education and Experience

Experience in warehouse management. Experience in restaurant/produce industry. Experience in farming.

Additional Eligibility Qualifications

Clean driving record.

Other Duties

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice. Other duties may be required in the job as requested by the Supervisor.

Please send resume and cover letter with subject:  TRACTOR Operations Manager Position  to robin.smith@tractorfoodandfarms.com with the  Subject:  TRACTOR Operations Manager Position.   If you have questions, please call  828 536-0126