Vermont – Salvation Farms hiring Vermont Commodity Program Manager

Winsooki, Vermont

Organization: Salvation Farms

Position Title: Vermont Commodity Program Manager

Supervisor: Executive Director

Employee Status: Full Time, Exempt

Starting Annual Salary: $37,000

Primary Location: Winooski, VT

To Apply: Email cover letter and resume to Theresa Snow, Executive Director, at theresa@salvationfarms.org

Program Summary

Salvation Farms’ Vermont Commodity Program operates Vermont’s first surplus crop food hub. The food hub aggregates approximately 5,000 pounds per week of “un-marketable” crops from farms across the state. From the food hub, crops are distributed to charitable and institutional food sites.

The Vermont Commodity Program operates through a workforce development training program. Enrolled trainees clean, quality assess, case-pack, and minimally process surplus crops while gaining job readiness skills and exposure to potential employers. Volunteers also help the Vermont Commodity Program meet its production goals.

This is the first operation of its kind in the nation.

Position Summary

The Vermont Commodity Manager is responsible for maintaining the Vermont Commodity Program operations, related training program, and partnerships. This position ensures Good Manufacturing Practices and Standard Operating Procedures are created and followed by all who enter the food hub. Food safety, product quality, and operational sophistication, safety, and efficiency are upheld by this staff person. The Manager is responsible for administering and supporting training in a safe working and learning environment for individuals with barriers to employment, i.e. ex-incarcerated, out-of-school youth, those in recovery, etc. The Manager fills a vital role in supporting the growth and evolution of this program.

Primary Duties (include but are not limited to)

  • Ensure workplace and food safety, quality controls, and compliance with standard operating procedures
  • Manage production, product sourcing/marketing to farmers, transportation logistics, product development (raw packing and minimal processing), end-product marketing, product distribution and sales, and traceability
  • Oversee pack-room activities, engage in produce cleaning, packing, and processing alongside trainees and volunteers
  • Oversee daily activities of trainees with particular focus on operational training, work, and field trips
  • Engage in trainee recruitment, enrollment, orientation, operational training, conflict management and developing pathways to employment
  • Collaborate with co-workers, partners, and trainee caseworkers/support service agencies
  • Maintain product inventory, supplies, crew productivity, and associated tracking systems
  • Measure program impact and outcomes; generate periodic reports
  • Manage facility and equipment upkeep; maintain service records
  • Manage sub-lease and facility shared use arrangements
  • Manage volunteers and interns
  • Supervise AmeriCorps VISTA member
  • Collaborate with staff, AmeriCorps VISTA, and partners to:
  • improve operations; i.e. refine production line elements, establish new distribution avenues, etc.
  • administer training; aid in refining the workforce development program
  • Engage in some elements of program and product marketing material creation, community outreach, partner meetings, program expansion, capacity building, budget building, fundraising, and strategic planning

Qualifications

  • Highly organized, efficient, and pragmatic
  • Operations and/or food manufacturing experience; writing, refining, implementing SOPs
  • Demonstrated success training, managing, and working in teams
  • A desire to support workforce development and skill building initiatives for individuals in transition
  • Able to work in partnership with staff and communicate effectively with diverse groups of people
  • Ability to work independently, a self-starter with effective time management skills
  • Ability to coordinate priorities and exercise appropriate judgment and discretion
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent record keeping skills, computer and data entry skills
  • A passion for local agriculture, resource management, and social justice
  • A valid driver’s license
  • Ability to lift 50 pounds
  • Available to work some nights and weekends

Benefits & Work Environment

  • Paid time off and holidays
  • Health insurance available (Employer covers 75% of premium)
  • Access to training and professional development opportunities
  • This position is based in Salvation Farms’ Winooski Facility – some travel will be required
  • Mileage is reimbursed at $.40/mile for all approved work travel
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New York – Capital Roots hiring Community Garden Organizer

Troy, New York

Community Garden Organizer

 About Capital Roots – Capital Roots is striving to create a more vibrant and equitable food system in New York’s Capital Region. We work to reduce the impact of poor nutrition on public health in New York’s Capital Region by organizing community gardens, providing healthy food access, and offering nutritional and horticultural education for all ages in Albany, Rensselaer, Schenectady and southern Saratoga Counties. Our mission is to nourish healthy communities by providing access to fresh healthy foods and green space for all.

Capital Roots’ Community Gardening Program makes community food plots available to hundreds of gardening families across four counties in our 54 community gardens.  The Garden Organizer will work directly with participating gardeners throughout the seasons. The Community Garden Organizer operates under the supervision of the Community Gardening Program Manager.

QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor’s Degree and community organizing or gardening experience preferred. Excellent communication skills are essential with attention to detail. Must have a clean driving record, positive attitude, ability to problem solve, high energy level, enjoy working outdoors, and possess a genuine interest in the mission of our organization.

RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:

  • Organize and lead work parties in community gardens
  • Site preparation and new garden development
  • Offer support to gardeners to facilitate successful gardening experiences and fruitful harvests
  • Foster greater gardener involvement in gardening program
  • Maintain working inventory of resources available to gardeners
  • Generate and distribute materials for program participants
  • Host registration and orientation sessions
  • Garden maintenance and landscaping
  • Keep extremely well-organized, accurate records for all matters connected to the gardening program
  • Promote participation in our programming as a whole

SALARY & BENEFITS:

  • This position is a full-time position (40 hours per week) paid at an hourly rate of $12.00/hr.
  • Comprehensive health care coverage with fully covered employee premiums and low-cost co-pays and deductibles.
  • Generous time off every year that includes paid holidays, vacation & sick time, and personal days.
  • Employer funded pension plan – company contributions begin after 2 years of employment
  • Eligibility for the federal government’s Public Student Loan Forgiveness program
  • Flexible work environment.

To learn more about Capital Roots, go to www.capitalroots.org. Capital Roots is an Equal Opportunity Employer that is committed to creating a multicultural organization. We actively seek a diverse pool of candidates for this position, especially candidates of color. We encourage all qualified candidates to apply. We will not discriminate in our hiring on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, age, gender, religion, sexual orientation, or disability.

 

Send cover letter and resume to:

Tara Quackenbush, Community Gardening Program Manager

Capital Roots, 594 River Street, Troy NY 12180

gardens1@capitalroots.org

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Washington – Good Cheer Food Bank hiring Gleaning Coordinator

Whidbey Island, Washington

Are you passionate about food justice, community outreach, and volunteer management? Want to make a difference serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA and increase the healthy food accessible to food insecure populations?

Serve with Rotary First Harvest’s Harvest Against Hunger (HAH) program to reduce food waste while alleviating hunger. Since 2009, HAH has placed over 115 AmeriCorps VISTA members with 45 host site organizations, to engage with over 25,000 volunteers, and recover over 5 million pounds of fresh healthy produce for families in need across the country.

Position Description

The Gleaning Program Coordinator at Good Cheer Food Bank will continue to develop volunteer recruitment and retention strategies, coordinate gleans, participate in asset mapping, and plan the long-term sustainability of the program. This AmeriCorps VISTA position will be part strategist and part storyteller, working to strengthen public recognition and support for food recovery efforts. The gleaning program coordinator will streamline systems to share excess food with hunger relief network partners, and support volunteer programs that divert food from the waste-stream by processing blemished or excess produce into value-added food products that can feed hungry families all year long.

See the full job description for more information.

Vermont – Vermont Youth Conservation Corps’ Food and Farm Program hiring Nutrition Project Lead

Richmond, Vermont

Join The Vermont Youth Conservation Corps’ Food and Farm Program as the 2018 Nutrition Project Lead!

 The Food & Farm Program provides young people with employment and service opportunities in the Health Care Share, a weekly prescription of fresh fruits and vegetables for families experiencing food insecurity. We work at the junction of youth development and food access, where public health, education and sustainable agriculture intersect. The Nutrition Project Lead is responsible for creating an environment that fosters creativity, learning, experimentation, and confidence among the youth and young adults who grow, cook, eat, and share food the farm. This Project Lead models the connection between our vegetable fields and the kitchen, the food we grow and the nutrition it provides us, and the preventative, lasting health fresh food brings to families.

With help from program staff, this position will deliver VYCC’s Food and Finance curriculum to youth Farm Crews, develop and teach daily cooking and nutrition workshops, enhance nutrition education provided to Health Care Share families and host large community meals at our headquarters in Richmond, Vermont. A successful candidate will provide youth and young adults with a culinary experience that introduces them to the basics of cooking, the importance of healthy eating and lifestyle, and the power food has in uniting people from diverse backgrounds, to create strong and healthy communities.

This is an AmeriCorps position. All Members receive a weekly living allowance, farm fresh food, and earn a Segal Education Award at the completion of service. Limited housing is available; please inquire to learn more.

To apply, please complete an application here: https://my.americorps.gov/mp/listing/viewListing.do?id=77947&fromSearch=true

Various Locations – FoodCorps hiring Service Members

Various Locations

Position: FoodCorps Service Member

Service Term: August 1, 2018 and July 15, 2019.

Apply at foodcorps.org/apply by March 15

Who We Are

FoodCorps is a nationwide team of AmeriCorps leaders that connects kids to real food and helps them grow up healthy. We do that by placing motivated leaders in limited-resource communities for a year of public service. Serving under the direction of local partner organizations, our service members focus on three areas of service:

  • Hands-on learning: students grow, cook, and taste new foods, which builds their skills and changes food preferences
  • Healthy school meals: the cafeteria experience steers students towards the healthiest options and gets them excited to try new healthy foods
  • Schoolwide culture of health: as a whole, the school community and environment – from hallways to classrooms to cafeteria to grounds – celebrates healthy food. We measure our success in terms of changes in children, schools, and systems.

What You’ll Do

Service members work with schools, service site organizations and local communities to build healthy school food environments. They do this in a variety of ways:

  • Service members focus on teaching children in grades K-8 about food and nutrition in the classroom by developing and teaching lesson plans, integrating activities into subjects such as math, science and history, working with teachers and school administrators to increase food and nutrition education in curricula, and more.
  • Service members grow healthy food with students, teachers, and community members in school and community gardens, dynamic educational settings where kids can get their hands dirty and experience what they’re learning first-hand. While some service members expand/maintain already-existing school gardens, greenhouses and hoop houses, others work to establish new gardens. Service members develop garden sustainability plans and recruit community volunteers to ensure that the projects they start last into the future.
  • Service members impact what’s for lunch by sourcing food from local farms for cafeterias, promoting local foods through cafeteria taste tests, working with school food directors and staff to integrate healthier foods into breakfast, lunch and snack programs, and more.
  • Service members help build schoolwide cultures of health by working closely with teachers and school administrators, recruiting and training volunteers, organizing committees and running meetings, talking to press and public officials.
  • Service members spend time learning and participating in trainings, raising money to help support the local projects, and helping FoodCorps and schools assess the impact they are having.

What You’ll Gain

  • Up to $22,000 living stipend for Service Members in NY and CA, paid bi-weekly
  • Up to $18,250 living stipend for Service Members in other states, paid bi-weekly
  • $5,920 AmeriCorps Segal Education Award, upon successful completion of your term of service
  • Health insurance*
  • Partial childcare reimbursement, if you qualify
  • Student loan forbearance, if you qualify
  • Training, mentorship, and professional development opportunities

*Participation in the FoodCorps health insurance option is required if you cannot provide proof of existing coverage.

What We’re Looking For

  • Passion for building a healthier future for schoolchildren
  • Commitment to working hard in order to make a difference
  • Demonstrated leadership ability
  • Motivation to serve full-time in a limited resource community
  • Perseverance in the face of challenges and creativity in finding solutions
  • Respect for diversity of opinion, experience, and background
  • Experience working in or studying food systems, agriculture, public health, education, community organizing, or public service
  • Experience working or volunteering in education, youth development, or other teaching setting
  • Knowledge of the culture, history, and/or language of the communities we serve
  • Desire to gain hands-on experience for your career
  • Demonstrated ability or dedication to performing the activities listed below

To be considered for a FoodCorps service member position, you must:

  • Be 18 years or older by the start of your service term
  • Be a legal, permanent resident of the United States
  • Hold a high school diploma, GED or equivalent

Individual service positions differ by location. There may be additional requirements depending on the site to which you apply.

Where You’ll Serve

FoodCorps offers service positions in 18 states and cities, including communities throughout AZ, AR, CA, CT, DC metro area, GA, HI, IA, ME, MA, MI, MS, MT, NJ, NM, NYC, NC, and OR. To see a list of our State Partners, please visit https://foodcorps.org/about/sites/.  To see our local Service Sites, visit:https://foodcorps.org/apply/where-youll-serve/.

Various Locations – TerraCorps seeking Applicants

Various Locations

2018 Position Openings with TerraCorps 

TerraCorps is an innovative national service program helping communities conserve and secure land for the health and well-being of people and nature. This winter we are looking for 4 members to serve in full-time, 24-week (900 hour) positions. Interested individuals can apply to serve with Gardening the Community (Springfield) as a Land Stewardship Coordinator, New Entry Sustainable Farming Partnership (Lowell) as a Community Engagement Coordinator, or Urban Farming Institute (Roxbury) as a Regional Conservation Coordinator.

These 900 hour AmeriCorps positions receive a living allowance, education award, and additional AmeriCorps benefits. Members will join our current 2017-2018 TerraCorps team and serve from 2/12/18 – 7/27/18.

Application specifics, position descriptions, and information about organizations hosting TerraCorps members can be found at terracorps.org.

Applications will be accepted until all positions are filled. Interviews begin mid-January, and we aim to fill all positions by February 5th, 2018.

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. No medical screening is required.

TerraCorps is a grant program of the Corporation for National and Community Service: nationalservice.gov.

Pennsylvania – Urban Tree Connection hiring Community Education & Land Stewardship Coordinator

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Urban Tree Connection (UTC)’s mission is to work with residents in historically marginalized urban communities to revitalize their neighborhoods by transforming abandoned open spaces into safe and functional places that inspire and promote positive human interaction.

Job title
Community Education & Land Stewardship Coordinator

Department
Programs

Reports to
Executive Director

Status
Full-Time, Salaried

Position Summary

UTC’s Community Education & Land Stewardship Programs aim to cultivate community leadership development and land stewardship among multigenerational groups and community, primarily in the Haddington neighborhood of West Philadelphia. The Community Education & Land Stewardship Coordinator is responsible for developing and implementing multi-generational programming which includes managing all children, youth and adult educational programming; and cultivation of community leadership development and stewardship of UTC’s scattered farming and community garden sites.

Duties and responsibilities

Community Building & Stewardship

·         Manage all aspects of community education and land stewardship programming in alignment with UTC’s mission and forward vision.  Support and carry out the organizational strategy.

·         Build strong relationships with community members, apprentices, leaders and gardeners that support their leadership development and forward UTC’s work and strategy.

·         Ensure that all scattered community garden sites are maintained and planted up; garden beds are fairly distributed, and resources coordinated with growers. Host garden work days with community members, developing community support and stewardship of sites.  Coordinate programming and events to promote highest community usage of sites.

·         Support the Farm Manager in developing Neighborhood Foods Farm as the hub for events and programming (tours, workshops, etc.), establishing open hours and volunteer days, and developing a hands-on workshare program for community residents.

·         Manage the Youth Apprenticeship Program, providing support and direction to Staff.  Develop accountability systems, further expand and build upon the existing model, develop evaluative measures for impact with support from Executive Director (ED).

·         With support of E.D. develop a signature curriculum for all educational / stewardship programming – utilizing agroecology/popular education principles and practices.

·         Connect and build relationships with other farmers/growers, community organizers, educators and food justice advocates (etc.) that align with UTC’s vision and strategy.

Management/Admin

·         In cooperation with ED, seek, hire, orient, train, manage, and evaluate programs Staff.

·         Supervise, train, and inspire programs Staff, apprentices, interns, and volunteers – providing regular feedback of their performance and development (i.e. develop training for Staff to effectively engage and work with youth people-apprentices).

·         Regularly track and record data related to community education programs (sign in sheets, registration forms, food production, surveys, etc.); develop outreach materials for community events; develop curriculum and educational materials.

·         Attend UTC Staff meetings, participate in fundraising events, contribute / complete grant applications and reports related to community programs and events (as appropriate, in coordination with the Executive Director).

·         Ensure all timesheets, receipts and reimbursements and other admin related documentation and record keeping are submitted from the programs department in a timely manner.

·         Manage the programs budget and aim to meet projected financial goals.

·         Seek opportunities for personal and professional growth and development that forwards UTC’s work and strategy.

Qualifications

·         Education: Must have obtained a high school diploma and/or G.E.D. equivalency.  College degree, and experience strongly preferred.

·         Experience: A minimum of three years of experience in working with young people and/or in multi-generational community-based programming.  Experience in teaching and developing political education; using popular education methodology. A minimum of two years of experience with sustainable gardening, farming, horticulture or landscaping.  Extensive experience working in urban communities and Black communities and/or communities of color. Experience as a community organizer is strongly valued.

·         Skills: Excellent communication and interpersonal skills; ability to develop curriculum and programming; facilitate meetings and workshops, and coordinate events. Ability to manage several community garden sites; and build strong relationships with community members. Ability to lead and take direction. Proficiency in Microsoft Office and various online platforms.

·         Abilities: Ability to lift 50 pounds; walk, stand, kneel, drive and bend for long periods of time; to work in varying weather conditions (heat, cold, wind, rain, etc.); to work in physically demanding environment while modeling endurance and positivity.

·         Other Characteristics: Commitment to racial, economic, environmental and social justice; respect for people of all cultures and backgrounds; open to personal growth and new experiences; demonstrate a passion for working with youth and community members.

·         Other Requirements: Can pass all background checks as required by the organization. Must have a driver’s license and clean driving record.

 

UTC is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. Black and people of color, gender oppressed candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Interested candidates should submit a resume and cover letter to noelle@urbantreeconnection.org by February 1, 2017, with the subject line ‘Community Education and Land Stewardship Coordinator Position.’