Massachusetts – Newton Community Farm hiring Director of Education

Newton, Massachusetts

Director of Education, Newton Community Farm

The Newton Community Farm seeks a Director of Education (DoE) to manage all aspects of Youth, Family, and Adult Education and Engagement.  The DoE will develop and implement innovative curricula and programming to engage people of all ages in our community, oversee Education staff and volunteers, and manage the marketing, communications, and budget for our Education program.

The Newton Community Farm is a unique and picturesque working educational farm that has been continuously tilled over 300 years. It is a treasured part of the Newton landscape and community, and features a CSA program, farm stand, community events, and more.

A successful DoE will be an engaging, energetic individual with successful teaching or camp experience and a management background.   The DoE must be an enthusiastic self-starter who is passionate about the opportunities for growth in our programs.  The DoE will love environmental education, and enjoy working collaboratively with staff, volunteers, and the community at large.

careers@newtoncommunityfarm.org

newtoncommunityfarm.org

West Virginia – Grow Ohio Valley hiring Sales and Aggregation Manager

Wheeling, West Virginia

Grow Ohio Valley is a non-profit social enterprise leading the charge to improve food access in the Upper Ohio Valley region.  We are looking for a Sales and Aggregation Manager to lead our sales team and oversee core income-generating initiatives. In this position, you will work closely with the executive director and a 5-member sales team, as well as a network of local producers and community partners. This is a full-time, salaried position in Wheeling, WV. Please review full description at www.growov.org/jobs and then send a resume and cover letter to sam@growov.org.

Utah – Green Urban Lunch Box hiring FruitShare Coordinator

Salt Lake City, Utah

Our Mission at the Green Urban Lunch Box (GULB) is to empower people to engage in local food production by using the resources available in their community. We do so by connecting people to a creative network of spaces and opportunities. GULB runs 4 main programs: FruitShare, Back-Farms, the Small Farm Initiative, and the Mobile Market.

The FruitShare program maintains and harvests the unused fruit trees along the Wasatch Front. In 2018, this program’s goal is to harvest harvested 90,000 pounds of fruit that would have otherwise gone to waste. The FruitShare Coordinator, with the support of GULB staff, americorps, interns and volunteers, works to improve efficiency, relationships, and statistics for this program each year. This is a full time, year round, salaried position.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Provide supervision, inspiration, and support to staff, americorps, interns and volunteers within this program

  • Hiring and training various positions

  • Communicate, educate, resolve conflicts, and deepen relationships with homeowners

  • Ensure all data collection is accurate, up to date and input into the system

  • Advertising, sales, oversight, and execution of tree care services and internally raised revenue

  • Arranging partnerships, payments/details (if necessary), and carrying out drop offs for excess fruit

  • Continual work with support team to increase sustainability, efficiency, and growth

  • Evaluate and troubleshoot on a regular basis

Seasonal Responsibilities:

  • January – March (~40 hrs/wk)

    • Pruning the trees and removing branches

    • Advertising/promoting, collecting/recording payments, tracking notes and records

  • April (~30 hrs/wk)

    • Brewing and spraying compost tea

    • Advertising/promoting, collecting/recording payments, tracking notes and records

    • Thinning apricots

  • May- June (~50 hrs/wk)

    • Thinning apricots, peaches, nectarines, apples and pears

    • Data collection and input

    • Training new staff, americorps, and volunteers

    • Preparation for harvest season

  • June-October (~50 hrs/wk – ~40 hrs/wk)

    • Scout/Harvest

    • Training team on harvest protocol

    • Data collection and input

  • November – December (~20 hrs/wk – ~10 hrs/wk)

    • Reflect, evaluate, and prepare for the upcoming season

    • Assist Executive and Development Director in locating and applying for upcoming grants

Qualifications:

The FruitShare Coordinator will be committed to the Green Urban Lunch Box’s mission. All candidates should have proven leadership and relationship management experience.

  • 2 years experience in nonprofits, urban agriculture, or related field

  • Strong marketing, public relations and conflict resolution experience with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders and cultures

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills

  • Proficient computer skills

    • (Google Drive, Gmail, and Google Calendar are a must, Salesforce and other web based apps are a huge plus)

  • Motivated self starter who will work collaboratively with a team

  • Willing to work outside in ALL weather conditions (while motivating others to do so as well)

  • Valid Drivers License

  • Ability to lift and carry 50+ pounds, bend over, and climb trees/ladders regularly

Please email Shawn@gulb.org to apply

Washington – Center for Natural Lands Management hiring Seed Production Technician

Rochester, Washington

Field Crew Member (Seed Production Technician)

Center for Natural Lands Management, Seed Production Farm

For immediate hire! 

BACKGROUND

The Center for Natural Lands Management (CNLM) is a nonprofit 501(3)(c) organization, created in 1990, whose mission is the perpetual stewardship of natural and created conservation lands, sensitive species, and their resident ecosystems. Stewardship activities are currently divided between California and Washington. In the State of Washington, CNLM’s South Puget Sound Program focuses on conservation of one of the rarest ecosystems in the United States, the prairie and oak woodlands of Cascadia, especially those lands and habitats within the South Sound Region. In that Region, the Program aims to protect, restore habitats, and support recovery of rare species that are candidates for federal listing.

CNLM’s Seed Production/Nursery team produces native seed with the goal of filling the seed needs of our restoration partners throughout Washington and Oregon.  We produce seed of nearly 100 native plant species (including rare and endangered species) on 4 production sites, totaling 19 acres.

JOB DESCRIPTION

The Field Crew Member (Seed Production Technician) will have the opportunity to step into an exciting and unique agricultural system that has grown significantly over the past few years.   We are looking for candidates with a positive attitude who are motivated, communicative, and hardworking and ready to jump in.  Ideal candidates have experience in an agriculture, nursery, or conservation capacity.  This person will join a diverse crew in performing tasks which include, but are not limited to weeding, harvesting seed, transplanting.  Must be comfortable doing repetitive tasks over prolonged periods of time, adhering to proper tool use and body mechanics.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to do repetitive tasks over prolonged periods of time
  • Detail-oriented
  • Ability to ask for direction as needed
  • Comfortable working with minimal direct supervision
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and willingness to work with a diverse group of people
  • Positive attitude in all types of weather
  • Sense of humor
  • Willingness to use herbicide as needed (minimally)

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Farm experience and/or seed production experience
  • Experience operating tractors and/or other farm machinery
  • Knowledge of Washington native plant species

EMPLOYMENT DETAILS

  • Position to begin immediately.
  • Season duration: 4 months
  • Working Hours: This is an hourly position, generally Monday-Friday from 8-4:30.  No more than 40 hours/week.
  • Compensation: $15 – 16.50 DOE plus benefits.  Benefits include medical/dental/vision insurance; paid holidays; vacation and sick time accrual.

TO APPLY

Hiring immediately.  Applications accepted until position is filled.  Contact for official position description.

Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and three references.  For consideration, submit application materials to: careers-nursery@cnlm.org

Questions? Contact Kathryn Donovan, Seed Production Project Manager,kdonovan@cnlm.org

Massachusetts – Farm Aid hiring Farm Advocate

Cambridge, Massachusetts

JOB ANNOUNCEMENT

Farm Advocate

Farm Aid is looking for a full-time Farm Advocate to join our small staff in Cambridge, MA. Farm Aid is a national nonprofit organization working to build a vibrant, family farm-centered system of agriculture in America. Since 1985, Farm Aid has raised more than $50 million to support programs that help farmers thrive, expand the reach of the Good Food Movement, take action to change the dominant system of industrial agriculture and promote food from family farms.

Position Summary:

The Farm Advocate serves as Farm Aid’s primary farmer service provider, working one-on-one with farmers, primarily via the phone and email, to address their unique resource needs through quality referrals and emotional support. The Farm Advocate also guides strategic development and management of the Farm Advocate Link in order to expand the capacity of farm service providers nationwide. The Farm Advocate provides a listening ear and critical connection to farmers and rural communities on the ground, offering a key perspective in Farm Aid’s assessment of the needs of farmers nationwide and the availability of services to meet those needs. The Farm Advocate fills a valued and essential role at Farm Aid, interacting with a wide variety of farmers, farm organizations and service provides across the country.

Primary Responsibilities include:

Manage Farm Aid’s farmer services program, including: the 1-800 farmer hotline, farmhelp@farmaid.org email, Farm Aid’s online Farmer Resource Network (farmaid.org/ideas), farmer emergency grants and Farm Aid’s disaster response and relief efforts.

  • Develop and manage the Farm Advocate Link (farmaid.org/advocates), a national network devoted to recruiting, training and supporting a new generation of Farm Advocates, and serve as a key liaison to Farm Aid’s core partners on this program. Working with our partners, drive the Farm Advocate Link by developing Farm Advocate training programs, coordinating national trainings and developing new resources.
  • Engage in ongoing learning of farmer resource offerings, both governmental and nongovernmental, with a focus on beginning and socially disadvantaged farmers, crisis and disaster assistance, financial resources, legal support and mental health offerings. Translate into quality referrals for farmers and increased capacity of farmer service providers nationwide.
  • Monitor, evaluate and report the impact of Farm Aid’s farmer services programming.

Required Skills & Qualifications:

  • Minimum 3 years experience in the food and agriculture sector or the social services sector, working directly with farmers or individuals in need of support;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, particularly active listening; ability to demonstrate compassion for people dealing with challenging situations and to problem solve with them;
  • Demonstrated aptitude and/or experience in program development and implementation;
  • Ability to maintain effective working relationships with people from a wide and diverse range of backgrounds;
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain professional boundaries and handle confidential information;
  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment;
  • Experience in or demonstrated ability to document and track data and information;
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office required (Word, Excel);
  • Ability and willingness for periodic national travel.

Preferred Skills & Qualifications:

  • Experience working directly with farmers and rural communities;
  • Five or more years experience in relevant one-on-one case management in non-profit/social work setting and/or experience in community organizing that requires one-on-one engagement with people.;
  • Experience in program monitoring, evaluation and impact assessment;
  • Experience building partnerships and demonstrated group facilitation skills to guide vision to action and accomplish shared work;
  • Mental health and crisis training, agricultural mediation training or other trainings critical to effective farm advocacy;
  • Proficiency with FileMaker Pro or other CRM/database management system;
  • A sense of humor, integrity, and an optimistic outlook.

To Apply:

If you have these qualities and are interested, please apply by June 30, 2017. Early applications are strongly encouraged, as applications will be considered as they are received. Please submit a cover letter indicating where you learned of this opportunity and highlighting your experience and skills relevant to the listed qualifications, a current resume and a writing sample. Candidates invited to compete for the position may be asked to complete sample projects. Email to hiring@farmaid.org with “Farm Advocate” in the subject line. No calls please.

Farm Aid is an Equal Opportunity Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We encourage applications from people historically underrepresented in this work, including but not limited to people of color, people with disabilities, veterans, and LGBTQ individuals.

For more information about Farm Aid, please visit http://www.farmaid.org.

Arkansas – Apple Seeds hiring AmeriCorps VISTA School Cooking Class Coordinator

Fayetteville, Arkansas
Apple Seeds, a Fayetteville Arkansas-based non-profit providing garden-based education, is looking to fill a full time AmeriCorps VISTA position to serve as our School Cooking Class Coordinator.
This is an opportunity to be a part of an expanding endeavor and provide a unique service in a supportive community. We’re looking for candidates who love working with young students, have a passion for educating students about eating fresh healthy food, are self-starters, and are excited to help build capacity for this social-entrepreneurial non-profit. Experience in education is highly desirable!
The position, details and application can be found here:

Remote – The Fruit Tree Planting Foundation hiring Independent Contractor Arborist

Remote Opportunity

The Fruit Tree Planting Foundation (FTPF) is an award-winning international nonprofit charity dedicated to planting fruitful trees and plants to alleviate world hunger, combat global warming, strengthen communities, and improve the surrounding air, soil, and water. FTPF programs strategically donate orchards where the harvest will best serve communities for generations, at places such as public schools, city parks, community gardens, low-income neighborhoods, Native American reservations, international hunger relief sites, and animal sanctuaries. FTPF’s unique mission, which has been featured in The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, USA Today, and The Today Show, benefits the environment, human health, and animal welfare—all at once! For more information please visit www.ftpf.org.

FTPF is looking for an independent contractor arborist for an exciting, unique opportunity to travel to interesting locations, interact with highly motivated volunteers, and manage the planting of fruit trees to benefit communities as part of our programs. Some of our supporters have called this a dream job for the right person. This position is remote (although the post says Pittsburgh, you can be located anywhere in the world!)

Position Objectives: 
• To provide onsite arboricultural expertise and management for FTPF projects, including all aspects of project planning, coordination, and implementation (requires excellent arboricultural knowledge)
 
• To work with volunteers and students, providing on-site instruction on proper planting techniques, aftercare workshops, and environmental education (requires excellent presentation and teaching skills).
 
• Serve as an official spokesperson in the media, and at various planting events and public speaking opportunities (requires excellent public speaking skills)
 
• To complete all associated program record keeping, paperwork, and reports (requires excellent writing skills and attention to detail)
 
 
Terms
• Work flexible hours from your home office and travel to project sites for plantings
• Hourly wage range between $15.87 – $18.27, depending on qualifications and experience
• Part-time to start, with potential for growth and increased hours 
• Reports to Executive Director & Chief Staff Arborist
 
 
Primary Responsibilities and Duties: 
• Project planning and implementation including, but not limited to, site evaluation, orchard design, mobilizing volunteers, planning logistics, and holding workshops 
• Public speaking and media spokesperson tasks 
• Various tasks, as assigned, including clerical tasks as requested by supervisor
 
 
Qualifications
• ISA arborist certification preferred, advanced horticulture/arboriculture degree, or equivalent, with expertise and practical experience planting and caring for fruit trees organically
• Excellent written, verbal, computer, and organizational skills 
•Ability to manage volunteers and give educational presentations to students and communities
• Ability to learn new duties and responsibilities quickly and handle multiple projects at once 
• Ability to travel frequently, sometimes for lengthy periods, to project locations 
• Commitment to the objectives of the organization & the ability to promote them in a professional manner
 
 
To apply, please email your cover letter and resume to info@ftpf.org. Applications will be accepted on a rolling 
basis until position is filled.