Various Locations, Massachusetts
Boston Area Gleaners, Inc.
Harvesting for the Hungry Since 2004
Boston Area Gleaners is hiring for two positions for the 2017 Gleaning Season: Gleaning Coordinator and Distribution Assistant. Both positions are temporary full-time from July 6 to December 23. Candidates must commit to working the full duration of the season in order to qualify. Posting Date: April 2017
Interested candidates should submit a resume and cover letter (separate from your email) stating your interest in the position to Matt Crawford at email@example.com with the job title in the subject line.
ABOUT BOSTON AREA GLEANERS
Boston Area Gleaners (BAG) is dedicated to rescuing surplus farm crops for people in need in eastern Massachusetts. We are building a supply chain of agricultural surplus between farms and hunger relief agencies that serve individuals facing food insecurity. By organizing volunteers to harvest and sort crops on farms, we have gleaned and distributed over 1,000,000 pounds of high-quality fruits and vegetables since our founding in 2004.
The Gleaning Coordinator is responsible for organizing and leading gleaning trips under the direction of the Gleaning Program Manager. This role is vital to our operations and requires a high degree of accountability, as it is the link between our partner farms, volunteers and distribution operations.
- Gleaning trips on farms typically last 5 to 10 hours with 3 to 20 volunteers capable of harvesting 300 to 14,000 pounds of produce. During the peak season from September through November, we will run multiple trips per day. On gleaning trips, the Gleaning Coordinator is responsible for: ensuring crops are harvested efficiently while maintaining quality standards; ensuring volunteer safety, training, and engagement; managing the product flow in the fields; and loading and unloading all produce into and out of BAG vehicles. This results in several hours of heavy lifting on each gleaning trip. Other routine activities include pickups of produce at partner farms, scouting fields for future harvests, and maintaining orderly storage facilities and dry storage inventories.
- Effective communication with farmers, strong ability to engage and mobilize volunteers, and attention to detail are essential to successfully performing this job. Within this position, the Gleaning Coordinator has the opportunity to learn about all aspects of our work and the local food system, as well as interact with many different farmers and farming techniques in our region. This position is vital to our operations team and is expected to contribute to all aspects of our work to achieve our mission.
- This position is exempt and full-time seasonal, with a minimum of 32 hours per week, averaging 60 hours per week during peak season. The expected schedule is Thursday-Monday 7:00am to 5:00pm; flexibility is strongly preferred.
- Compensation will start at $16/hour during one-month training/probation period; upon successful completion, pay rate will be increased based on experience and skill level.
The Distribution Assistant executes the distribution of produce under the direction of the Distribution Program Manager. This role is vital to our operations, as it is the link between our gleaning operations and the agencies that distribute our produce to people in need.
- Daily activities include filling agency orders at the BAG facility, delivering food to agencies, pickups of produce at partner farms, and maintaining orderly storage facilities and dry storage inventories (packaging). Typical orders may range from small pantry orders (4 cases/50 pounds) to large palletized food bank orders (200 cases/8,000 pounds). This position is vital to our operations team and is expected to contribute to all aspects of our work to achieve our mission.
- This position is non-exempt and full-time seasonal, with a minimum of 36 hours per week. The expected schedule is Monday-Thursday 8:00-5:30; flexibility is strongly preferred.
- Compensation will start at $14/hour during one-month training/probation period; upon successful completion, pay rate will be increased based on experience and skill level.
QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE
Strong applicants for both positions should be able to prove the following:
- Must be reliable, committed, and efficient at completing job requirements.
- Must be effective in communicating with other program staff and partners of the organization (specifically farmers and volunteers for the Gleaning Coordinator).
- Must have ability and desire to relate to and work with various socio-economic and cultural groups of individuals.
- Must have a high attention to detail (produce quality and record-keeping).
- Must be willing to work in all types of New England weather, as most of our work takes place outside and exposed to the elements.
- Must be able to repeatedly lift 70+ pounds in various conditions.
- Must be a proven responsible driver with a valid US drivers license and capable of passing DOT physical.
- Experience driving box trucks in urban and rural environments is strongly preferred.
- Food handling experience is strongly preferred.
- Knowledge of fruit and vegetable varieties grown in Massachusetts is strongly preferred.
- Customer service or similar experience is preferred for the Distribution Assistant.
- Experience operating manual and electric pallet jacks and forklifts is a plus (training is provided).
Additional qualifications and experience for the Gleaning Coordinator position:
- At least one full season of vegetable production is strongly preferred.
- Experience leading others and motivating them towards a common goal is strongly preferred.
- Bachelor’s degree preferred.
The following additional compensation is provided for both positions:
- Year-end bonus (based on total hours worked) contingent on completion of seasonal job term
- Three paid holidays at 1.5 times hourly rate if worked; Labor Day (9/4/2017), Columbus Day (10/9/2017), and Veteran’s Day (11/11/2017)
- Two paid days off for Thanksgiving (11/23/2017 and 11/24/2017)
- Monthly cell-phone reimbursement
- Work clothing/gear stipend
- Professional development opportunities including several trainings and certifications
- Access to surplus produce
- Housing is not available