Michigan – Tamarack Camps hiring Farber Farm Manager

Ortonville, Michigan

POSITION DESCRIPTION

Position:         Tamarack Camps, Farber Farm Manager                            
Reports To:     Camp Maas Associate Director

Tamarack Camps, established by the Fresh Air Society, builds a vibrant community by providing enriching Jewish camping experiences for children and families, respectful of financial ability.

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Position Summary & Accountabilities:

New Farm Development

The Farber Farm Manager (FFM) is a new position at Tamarack Camps. We are looking for a farm manager who will help lead in the construction, management and programming of the Farber Farm.  The FFM will be an integral member of the planning team to fully establish agricultural and educational operations on our new site. The FFM will work very closely with staff and lay leadership, under the direct supervision of the Camp Maas Associate Director.

Specific farm development objectives include:

  • Develop soil building, including irrigation, tilling and chiseling, as well as planting and managing of a cover crop in the main farm fields and orchard.
  • Provide leadership in finalizing the development of the design for beds, irrigation, paths, and plantings of main farm fields and orchard.
  • Manage increasing areas of production as they are planted.
  • Participate in planning of landscaped areas of the site and implement planting of edibles, natives, and other perennials – in specific planting beds, along paths and edges, and exterior of the site.
  • Finalize and implement plans, infrastructure/mechanics, and routines for future animal care.
  • Provide leadership to develop an overarching vision incorporating Tamarack Camps’ core values and mission to its new agricultural operations.
  • Develop a vision and plan for composting and nutrient cycling on the site, including all organic waste generated on site and considering use of organic waste from nearby sources, (i.e., kitchen).
  • Complete interior of propagation greenhouse and propagate for spring planting.
  • Collaborate with new Farm Educator on crop plans and timeline to deliver curriculum for Campers in summer of 2018, as well as for Outdoor Ed.

Farm Management

The FFM is responsible for the operation of the Farber Farm in accordance with best science-based practices in organic growing methods. The expectation is that the farm will be designed and managed to optimize efficient food production, effective education and training, and resource conservation. Responsibilities cover all aspects of production (including propagation), orchards, composting, pest management, irrigation, and animal husbandry (eventually goats, bees, chickens). The crop plan (annuals, orchard, edibles across the farm) should be oriented to serve the Farm’s camp community, the wider Metro Detroit Jewish and general communities.

The FFM is responsible for maintenance of all planted areas of the Farber Farm and adjacent sites, including those areas that do not produce food. This includes irrigation, pruning, weeding, pest-management, mulching, and anything else required to maintain the health and beauty of the planted areas, which may include: farm field beds, orchard installation and maintenance, the nearby Sensory Garden, as well as the large, uncultivated field. The FFM will work with the Camp Maas Associate Director to ensure proper coordination of activities and staff management around the site.

Facilities

The FFM is responsible for overall farm maintenance (with support as needed from the Camp’s Facilities Manager) as well as cleanliness and maintenance of all farm tools and the production, growing, processing, storage, and other areas used by and managed by the farm team. The FFM will also work with the agency CFO to create and manage the farm budget.

The FFM will be responsible for building his/her team, e.g., identifying the work of seasonal farm woofers/fellows, Farm Apprentice/Assistant; (these are currently un-funded positions, but based on the vision, may be added). The FFM is also responsible for collaborative planning and ongoing work with the Farm Educator.

The FFM is responsible for taking a continual improvement approach to farm operations protocols, systems, and procedures as well as instructional materials, while maintaining appropriate continuity and predictability with the camp program staff, farm workers, and other staff.

Youth, Family, and Public Programs

The FFM also works with Tamarack Camps Adventure & Retreat Center to ensure that camp and other year-round visitors to the farm are integrated into the farm in meaningful, productive, and educational ways. The FFM is responsible for supporting the Farm Educator in identifying appropriate farm tasks for students, campers, and adults during various year-round programs.

Additional Roles and Responsibilities

The FFM may be occasionally asked to work in areas outside of the responsibilities described above. This is a start up farm, so flexibility, working with team members and lay leaders, and thinking “outside the box” is essential.  The FFM participates in weekly staff meetings and other organization-wide meetings and processes, and performs administrative tasks essential to the smooth operation of the farm.

Qualifications, Experience, and Education:

Three to five years prior experience in farming and farm management required. BA or associate degree in farming agriculture related field preferred.

Salary, Benefits, Schedule:

Full-time annual salary of $45,000-$50,000 (based on experience), plus year-round housing.

The FFM will also receive all benefits as described for year-round employees of Tamarack Camps.

If interested, please contact Sean Morgan, Associate Director at smorgan@tamarackcamps.com or 216-952-9033

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Massachusetts – Martha’s Vineyard Land Bank hiring Caretaker

The Martha’s Vineyard land bank is seeking a year-round part-time land caretaker / goatherd, which position includes occupancy of a house on a rent-in-lieu-of-wages basis.  Job description and employment agreement are available on the land bank website or via 508-627-7141.  Applications are due by Monday, October 30, 2017 at 3:00 pm at the land bank office at 167 Main Street in Edgartown.

Massachusetts – Grow Food Northampton hiring Community Engagement Coordinator

Northampton, Massachusetts

Community Engagement Coordinator with Grow Food Northampton  (AmeriCorps Position)

TerraCorps, a national service organization located in MA, is looking for a Community Engagement Coordinator (CEC) to service with Grow Food Northampton for the coming service year (October 9th , 2017- July 27th, 2018). The CEC will help to develop Grow Food Northampton’s portfolio of public educational and engagement events and refine and implement the overall communications plan to reach potential program participants, event attendees, and general audiences. The CEC will also assist with program evaluation and re-design to increase effective communication and ensure that those who could benefit from programs and events, and the conserved land that Grow Food Northampton steward, are aware of the opportunities to do so. Applicants must have: A strong interest in serving diverse program participants, volunteers, and audiences; Comfort presenting in front of groups; Strong writing, communication, and networking skills; ability to organize and able to balance multiple tasks; Able to serve both independently and as a member of a team; Familiarity with and ability to quickly learn a variety of computer systems. TerraCorps members will receive a living stipend, education award, and additional AmeriCorps benefits. As a program of AmeriCorps, TerraCorps applicants must also meet the following AmeriCorps requirements: A US citizen, US national, Lawful Permanent Resident Alien of the U.S. and/or tribal member; At least 18 years old; A minimum of a high school diploma or GED; No more than three previous terms as an AmeriCorps member; Pass a criminal history background check, including an FBI check. For more information about the position, visit our website (https://terracorps.org/become-a-member/) or reach out directly to Hanna Mogensen (mogensen@mountgrace.org).

Massachusetts – Rein in a Dream hiring Multiple Positions

Lancaster, Massachusetts
STABLE MANAGER

Candidate must have significant experience in equine and stable management along with training and conditioning skills to oversee the physical and mental health of the herd.
Responsibilities include but not limited to;

*         Supervision and management of staff,
*         Direct care of horses and small farm animals.
*         Schedule and assist equine professionals, maintain inventories, etc.

Qualifications:

* Requires 10 years of experience working in the equestrian field with a focus on management, training and conditioning horses.
* Formal training such as Equine Science and Management, Certified Horsemanship Associated, Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International and/or Natural Horsemanship, Pony Club, 4-H.
*  Strong Communication skills and computer skills
* Ability to work in a fast paced environment and multi-task
* Requires strength and stamina to work in inclement weather and lift 50 pounds
* Strong work ethic
* Requires compassion to work in a program that serves children and adults with special needs.

Reports to Director of Therapeutic Riding Program
Interested candidates contact Cherie Ansin, Program Director: cansin@perkinschool.org

SENIOR STABLE OPERATIONS AND LESSON SUPPORT STAFF
This is a position that requires experience and compassion. We seek someone who loves working with animals and children. The Senior Stable Operations Employee provides daily care to the horses and small farm animals at our program for children with a spectrum of special needs. Duties include assisting the riding instructor during lessons as a horse handler or side-walker.

We seek candidates with 5 years’ experience caring for horses in an equine facility, strong horse handling skills, ability to identify illness in animals and the skill to administer minor medical care. The position requires a strong work ethic and ability to self-direct as well as be part of our team. Please be aware that physical strength, stamina and ability to work in inclement weather conditions are essential. Experience operating small farm equipment would be a big plus.

Shift 1
Sunday-Thursday 4pm-9pm
Requires some flexibility to meet the needs of the program

Shift 2
Thursday 4pm-9pm, Friday 9am-3pm and Saturday 8am-4pm Requires some flexibility to meet the needs of the program

Hours……… Part-Time. 20 Hours per week. Additional hours available Type……… Permanent
Year-Round
Time……… Accrued sick and personal time Experience… Mid-level; 5+ years
Report to….. Program Director Cherie Ansin Contact……. 978.368.4804
Responsibilities
This position is responsible for providing daily care to the horses and small animals. Duties also include providing support to the riding instructor pre, post, and during lessons. May include assistance conditioning horses.
Duties
• Conduct morning and, or evening feeding of horses in accordance with the posted menu.
• Turn out horses in accordance with procedure, schedule and paddock designation as established by the Director.
• Clean out stalls in accordance with technique and procedure established by Director.
• Maintain aisleways, tack room, offices and storage areas to free from debris, dust and trash.
• Maintain cleanliness and appearance of the barn, outside paddocks, riding rings and
surrounding exterior grounds.
• Receive and stack barn supplies such as grain, supplements, tack and horse maintenance items.
• Perform daily visual inspection of each horse, looking for anomalies. Record and report any concerns to the Director.
• Provide basic medical care to horses and small animals as required.
• Assist riding instructors with grooming and tacking horses as needed for riding lessons.
• Provide lesson support to riding instructors during assigned lessons as a leader or
side-walker.
• Assist with the conditioning of horses under the direction of the Lead Riding Instructor, and or Barn Manager.
• Monthly supervisory meetings with the Director.
• Attend staff meetings and trainings.
• Other reasonable duties as assigned by the Director.
QUALIFICATIONS:

Must be:
– 18 years or older.
– Experienced working at an equine facility.
– Experienced working with horses and small animals for more than five years.
– Interested in working with children with special needs.
– Proficient providing minor medical care to equines and small animals.

Must have:
– A strong work ethic.
– Ability to be self-directed as well as cooperative.
– Ability to perform duties requiring physical strength and stamina.

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.”

Multiple Locations – TerraCorps hiring Multiple Positions

Multiple Locations

2017-18 Position Openings with TerraCorps 

TerraCorps, formerly MassLIFT-AmeriCorps, is an innovative national service program helping communities conserve and secure land for the health and well-being of people and nature. This year we are looking for 36 members to serve in full-time, 11 month positions. Members will carry out capacity building projects; educate or train individuals; recruit, train, manage, and support community volunteers engaged in land-based activities; and identify new individuals and groups to participate in education, recreation, or service opportunities centered around land access and conservation.

Members serve as: Land Stewardship Coordinators, Regional Conservation Coordinators, Youth Education Coordinators, or Community Engagement Coordinators.

These 1,700 hour AmeriCorps positions receive a living allowance, education award, and additional AmeriCorps benefits. The 2017-2018 program will run from 8/28/17 – 7/27/18.

Application specifics, position descriptions, and information about organizations hosting TerraCorps members can be found at www.terracorps.org. Applications will be accepted until all positions are filled. Interviews begin mid-April, and we aim to fill all positions by the end of June.

AmeriCorps programs provide equal service opportunities. TerraCorps will recruit and select persons in all positions to ensure a diverse and inclusive climate without regard to any particular status. We encourage applications from individuals with disabilities and will provide reasonable accommodations for interviews and service upon request. TerraCorps is a grant program of the Corporation for National and Community Service.

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.