Vermont – Green Mountain Farm-to-School hiring AmeriCorps Coordinator

Newport, Vermont

AmeriCorps Farm-to-School Coordinator

Start-Date: August 20th, 2018 2-week orientation

September 3rd, 2018 AmeriCorps term begins

End-Date: August 2nd, 2019

Location: Newport, Vermont

About Green Mountain Farm-to-School

Green Mountain Farm-to-School (GMFTS) is a nonprofit organization promoting the health and well-being of Vermont’s children, farms and communities by providing programs to connect schools and farms through food and education. In the 2018-2019 academic year, GMFTS aims to serve school communities in the Northeast Kingdom (NEK) of Vermont with school gardens, educational programming and fresh local farm foods, benefiting over 5,000 students. For more information about GMFTS, please visit

Position Description

This position is part of the Lyndon Economic opportunity AmeriCorps Program (LEAP). LEAP is a national service program that places AmeriCorps members with non-profit organizations throughout the NEK of Vermont to support those organizations in expanding their services that many communities rely on. LEAP supports their members in their path to educational and career attainment through direct service, on-going trainings, and professional development opportunities offered during the service year. Position dependent upon LEAP federal funding.

The primary responsibilities of the AmeriCorps Farm-to-School Coordinator will be to develop, grow, present, and evaluate GMFTS’ Farm-to-School Programs. This is a full-time year-long AmeriCorps position. The Farm-to-School Coordinator reports to the Farm to School Program Manager.

The AmeriCorps Farm-to-School Coordinator will:

  • Develop and maintain relationships with GMFTS partners
  • Serve as the primary contact for 3-5 schools
  • Create lesson plans for programming and maintain educational materials
  • Deliver GMFTS educational programs and events including taste tests, field trips, workshops and special events
  • Plant, maintain, and harvest school gardens
  • Recruit and train community volunteers
  • Design outreach and publicity materials
  • Use database to collect, analyze, and report data for program evaluation
  • Photo document activities and download in a timely manner
  • Work closely with staff, parents, food service directors, and farmers
  • Facilitate Farm-to-School Committee meetings
  • Serve as an independent member of a team of Coordinators
  • Plan, organize, and attend community and organizational events


  • Be a US citizen
  • A Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
  • Knowledge of local food systems and sustainable agriculture
  • Strong interest in working with children, teaching (formal or non-formal) experience required
  • Some knowledge of gardening and vegetable production needed
  • Excellent public speaking, writing skills, and organizational skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, rapidly growing non-profit environment
  • Willing to undergo an National Service Criminal History Check
  • Valid driver’s license and reliable transportation

Compensation: AmeriCorps Members who complete their term of service in a full-time position will receive:

  • A biweekly stipend totaling approximately $12,600 for the year (subject to adjustment based on funding)
  • Mileage reimbursement
  • Health insurance, if not covered under another policy
  • Child care, if necessary
  • Student loan forbearance
  • A $5,775 Education Award for past or future education (subject to adjustment based on funding)
  • Subsidized housing
  • Career mentoring, professional development, and strong work experience
  • Monthly SNAP benefits

To Apply: Submit a resume, cover letter and essay to   Essay topic:  Please explain one thing you could do to introduce children to healthy local foods (maximum 200 words). Deadline to apply is May 1st 2018. No phone calls please. EOE


Massachusetts – University of Massachusetts hiring Sustainability Coordinator of Campus Gardens

Amherst, Massachusetts

Title: Sustainability Coordinator of Campus Gardens

Location: University of Massachusetts – Amherst, MA

We are excited to announce that the UMass Amherst Permaculture Initiative seeks a highly passionate, thoughtful and skilled individual who embodies holistic sustainability and shows a demonstrated commitment to social justice to fill the Sustainability Coordinator of Campus Gardens position. If you are experienced in regenerative agriculture, enjoy working with diverse groups, and are passionate about facilitating transformational learning, apply today!

This full-time, benefited position serves as a key role in the UMass Amherst Auxiliary Sustainability Department, whose mission is to work collaboratively with diverse stakeholders to increase the sustainability of our campus foodservices’ facilities and operations. We leverage resources, visibility, and leadership to propel the campus sustainability movement at UMass and beyond.

The Initiative: A unique and cutting-edge sustainability program, UMass Amherst Permaculture provides empowering hands-on education and leadership training, community engagement, and fresh, local, organic produce to the UMass campus. Founded in 2010, the initiative builds and maintains highly productive, highly educational edible gardens right on campus. The gardens are designed using permaculture principles and are installed by students, staff, and volunteers.

UMass Permaculture serves as an international model, which has inspired permaculture projects at campuses across the world. It has received global recognition and numerous accolades, quickly becoming the most widely recognized campus permaculture initiative in the country. In 2012, the initiative was honored by President Obama as first place winners of the White House Campus Champions of Change Challenge.

The Position: The Sustainability Coordinator of Campus Gardens will oversee the educational programming, community outreach, care and operation of current gardens, and development of new gardens when space is available for the UMass Amherst Permaculture Initiative. In doing so, the Sustainability Coordinator of Campus Gardens provides students, faculty, staff and community members with unique opportunities to make meaningful connections to their food, the earth, and each other.

The ideal candidate for this exciting and challenging position would possess extensive knowledge and experience in both production and regenerative agriculture, excellent problem solving skills, and the ability to develop successful programming in an academic setting.

Duties and Responsibilities include:

  1. Oversees and coordinates care and operation of campus permaculture gardens. Develops and implements new permaculture gardens.
  2. Teaches a two-session, one credit, hands on course (STOCKSCH 198P) in which students learn about permaculture basics while maintaining on-campus gardens in both the Fall & Spring Semesters.
  3. Supervises Departmental Assistants, student employees, and interns.
  4. Performs planning, community outreach, and program development for the UMass Permaculture Initiative.
  5. Performs marketing, communications, and public relations of the UMass Permaculture Initiative including web design, social media, posters/flyers, press releases, newsletters, brochures, etc.
  6. Supervises the weekly, seasonal UMass Student Farmers Market.
  7. Coordinates with faculty on interdepartmental research efforts in campus permaculture gardens.
  8. Conducts presentations and tours.
  9. Devises and organizes educational workshops and events.
  10. Holds open forums where students, faculty and staff may present ideas, comments or questions about environmental sustainability at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
  11. Acts as a consultant to other universities and institutions by responding to inquiries regarding permaculture, garden design and sustainability.
  12. Collects and analyzes garden data.
  13. Coordinates and distributes garden produce to residential and retail dining operations.
  14. Collaborates with university chefs (Chef de Cuisine) on sustainable menu development and best uses for garden produce.
  15. Performs other Auxiliary Services sustainability duties as assigned


  1. Knowledge of sustainability issues, regenerative agriculture, and best practices.
  2. Ability to develop and execute new programs within an academic setting.
  3. Problem solving skills.
  4. Excellent oral and written communication skills
  5. Skill in application of the principles and practices of effective supervision
  6. Excellent team-building, relationship-building, and networking skills
  7. Ability to build and sustain excellent working relationships.
  8. Ability to lift 25 lbs.
  9. Permaculture Design Certificate preferred

Apply online here. For more information, please contact

Vermont – UVM Farm Training Program seeking Applicants

Various Locations, Vermont

UVM Farmer Training Program – Plant Yourself in a New Field!

If you are plotting your next move in sustainable farming, you are in luck! The University of Vermont Farmer Training Program is accepting applications for the 2018 season. The program will be filled on a rolling basis. Apply now to join an incredible group of students and amazing staff for six months of sustainable farming and food systems education.

UVM’s Farmer Training Program is a 6-month, hands-on program (May 7 – October 26, 2018) that provides an experiential, skill-based education in sustainable farming. Candidates include, but are not limited to: new and beginning farmers, urban and community gardeners, farm educators and students interested in deepening their understanding of sustainable farming systems in an intensive and focused learning environment. Students in this program get a unique and comprehensive education by running the Catamount Educational Farm from seed to market, learning from expert farmers and educators in the classroom, and by working in the field alongside successful, inspiring farmers in the Burlington area. Participants leave with a Certificate in Sustainable Farming from UVM, a deeper understanding of agricultural management and small-scale farming, the entrepreneurial skills to start their own operation, and a network of incredible people to support them along the way.

To learn more, visit our website Farmer Training Program, follow us on Facebook, or contact us at or (802) 656-5836.

Washington – Organic Farm School seeking Students

Whidbey Island, Washington

Apply now for the 2018 Organic Farm School beginning-farmer training program.

Start your career in organic farming!

Learn the essentials of how to start and run a small-scale organic farm by becoming a student at the Organic Farm School (OFS) on Whidbey Island, WA. The OFS offers a full-time, 8-month, expe­ri­en­tial training pro­gram that gives you a practical and comprehensive education in small-scale organic farming.

Guided by our experienced farmer-instructors, students learn and experience farming through hands-on management of the 10-acre student farm plus regular farm observation walks, classroom studies and field trips to regional farms. The curriculum is designed for aspir­ing farm­ers who envision themselves owning and/or managing a small organic farm in the future with classroom studies focused on organic crop and livestock pro­duc­tion, busi­ness plan­ning, and direct mar­ket­ing.

On our certified organic farm, students grow vegetables, seed crops and cover-crops as well as pastured poultry, sheep and pigs. Students then sell farm products to the community through a CSA program, a farmer’s market, local grocers and a weekly farm stand. Students are involved in all aspects of the farm from prepping the field with tractors to selling produce at farmers market to managing the greenhouse. Students learn a wide range of practical skills including basic mechanics and carpentry, how to use small and large equipment, green­house prop­a­ga­tion, and of course planting, weed­ing, har­vest­ing, mar­ket­ing, record keep­ing and much more.

Students are also coached on how to manage the farm as a small business and create a per­sonal farm busi­ness plan where their farm dreams are explored and evaluated and a plan is created. With the skills and knowl­edge gained and a busi­ness plan in hand, pro­gram grad­u­ates know what it takes to start or man­age their own small organic farm.

Apply now for our 2018 class and start your new career in organic farming!

Visit our website at to learn more and apply.

Pennsylvania – Lafayette College hiring Assistant Director for Food and Farm

Easton, Pennsylvania

Assistant Director for Food and Farm

Lafayette College

Lafayette College invites applications for the position of Assistant Director for Food and Farm, colloquially known as the College Farmer. We seek an environmentally motivated, creative, and well-rounded leader to manage Lafayette’s 3-acre working farm and community garden (LaFarm). The Assistant Director for Food and Farm will oversee production of food for our dining hall and community partners, manage student farm employees and volunteers, collaborate with the academic division to integrate food and farm into the curriculum, and assist with student and faculty research. In that capacity, the successful applicant will contribute to the growth and future of the College’s burgeoning food and farm programming.


  • A successful applicant will preferably have a master’s or other advanced degree.
  • Applicants will also have at least three years of farm management experience, preferably in a university or college farm setting, and experience supervising staff and volunteers.
  • To ensure that LaFarm staff and volunteers are knowledgeable about food safety and take efforts to reduce risks, applicants should likewise be familiar with Good Agricultural Practices and relevant food safety protocols.

The Assistant Director will have a passion for the sustainable agriculture movement, enthusiasm for educating and engaging students, faculty and staff, and knowledge of marketing and promotional techniques, including social media. The ideal candidate will also be able to work flexible hours as needed during the growing season.

This is a year-round position with benefits, with a March 2018 start date. It is housed within the College’s Office of Sustainability.

To Apply:

Candidates should submit a cover letter, resume and list of three references to To receive full consideration, applications should be submitted by January 20th, 2018. However, review of applications will continue until the position is filled.

Lafayette College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, disability, religion, age, military or veteran status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital or familial status, pregnancy, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law in its educational programs and activities, admissions, or employment as required by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 (which requires that the College not discriminate on the basis of sex); the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (which requires that the College not discriminate on the basis of disability); Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (which requires that the College not discriminate on the basis of race, color, or national origin); and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (which requires that the College not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin); and other applicable laws and College policies.

Lafayette College is committed to creating a diverse community, one that is inclusive and responsive and supportive of each and all of its faculty, students, and staff. All members of the College community share a responsibility for creating, maintaining and developing a learning environment where difference is valued, equity is sought, and inclusiveness is practiced.

California – UC Santa Cruz hiring Field Site Assistant Manager

Santa Cruz, California
We’re excited to announce that the Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems (CASFS) at UC Santa Cruz is hiring a Field Site Assistant Manager!
The Field Site Assistant Manager will aid in all aspects of education, production, and research in the Field Site, which currently covers  ~11 acres of tractor cultivated grounds.  The assistant manager will be heavily involved in facilitating the management of the fields to support the diverse programmatic offerings at CASFS including  but not limited to: the Apprenticeship in Ecological Horticulture, Mentoring advanced apprentices, UCSC undergraduate internships, faculty and graduate/undergraduate research trials, ENVS class trials and visits, and more.
Daily actives will involve crew management, marketing management and support, irrigation management and support, tractor driving and implement use, purchasing, and various record keeping and reporting duties.
The assistant manager will report directly to the Field Production Manager, Kirstin Yogg.
For additional questions on the position and timelines please contact Kirstin Yogg (
TO APPLY: Look for position #1707440 or follow this link.  The initial review date for this position is 9/28/2017.

New York – Capital Roots hiring Farm to School Organizer

Troy, New York

Farm to School 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, offering nutritional and horticultural education for all ages and coordinating urban greening programs in Albany, Rensselaer, Schenectady and southern Saratoga Counties.  Our mission is to nourish healthy communities by providing access to fresh foods and green space for all.

This full-time position provides an exciting opportunity to work in the rapidly developing field of Farm-to School. Candidate will work closely with staff deeply knowledgeable of local food system, but will be actively involved in program creation and managing relationships with partners. Requires an organized and self-motivated candidate committed to local food. We are looking for someone with experience in project management, who can work as well alone as they do in team settings.


  • Bachelor’s Degree and 1-2 years of professional work experience preferred.
  • Excellent computer and communication skills are
  • Clean driving record required
  • Must have a positive attitude, high energy level, ability to work with a diverse community and possess a genuine interest in Capital Roots’


  • Develop and maintain relationships with several school districts and dozens of farm partners
  • Serve as primary school district contact
  • Identify and help mitigate barriers to Farm to School for these districts and farms
  • Work closely with Capital Roots food hub staff and partners to avoid duplication of services
  • Connect districts to resources to increase local food purchases
  • Work with school administrators, food service directors and suppliers to implement the program
  • Maintain aspects of project data collection and grant rep
  • Assist in the creation and delivery of local food surveys, tastings and trainings


  • Food service/safety
  • Knowledge of school systems/ bureaucracies
  • Farm and/or food advocacy
  • Produce distribution


  • This position is a full-time position (40 hours per week) paid at an hourly rate of $13.00/hr.
  • Comprehensive health care coverage with fully covered employee premiums and low-cost co-pays and dedu
  • Generous time off every year that includes paid holidays, vacation & sick time, and personal day
  • 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 envi

To learn more about Capital Roots, go to Capital Roots is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to creating a multicultural organization. We actively seek a diverse pool of candidates, 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 (no calls please!) to:

Matthew Schueler, Grow Center Planner Capital Roots
594 River Street, Troy NY 12180

Or by email: