Hawai’i – HIP Agriculture hiring Communications Coordinator

Kohala, Hawai’i

COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR

COMPANY DESCRIPTION

HIP Agriculture is a working farm and educational center located in North Kohala, Hawai’i. Our mission is to practice and teach ecologically conscious agriculture, empowering individuals and communities to cultivate alternative systems of living that restore human and environmental health. At our main campus, Halawa Farm, we cultivate a diverse collection of native Hawai’ian and Polynesian plants, tropical fruit orchards, perennial vegetable and medicine crops, and a market garden where we grow food for our community and local farmers market. We practice permaculture and regenerative agriculture farming techniques, and raise small scale poultry, livestock and bees.

The farm is the base of operations for our nonprofit educational organization, the Hawai’i Institute of Pacific Agriculture, which is the home of our K-12 youth programs, residential farmer trainings, and community events and workshops. We have been offering educational programs at Halawa Farm since late 2011. During this time, we have grown from a small volunteer-ran project into a high-functioning farm and institute with a team of about a dozen staff, volunteers and students that live and work on the farm throughout the year, managing daily operations and supporting programs. We are active members of our island community, and provide on-going consultation and mentorship for a number of local food, education and permaculture projects. Learn more about us online at hipagriculture.org, Facebook (Hawai’i Institute of Pacific Agriculture – HIP Agriculture) or Instagram (@hipagriculture).JOB DESCRIPTIONAloha! HIP Agriculture is seeking a creative, tech savvy individual to join our team. Our Communications Coordinator helps to manage all of our online communication platforms including social media, website, blog, newsletter, and outreach campaigns. We are looking for someone with photography/video skills that will help us capture the story of our work and get it out into the world. This is a great opportunity for the right person – you will be working with a supportive team, living in a beautiful place, eating farm fresh food, and engaging in meaningful work. Our 10 acre farm we is surrounded by nature, animals, and plant life, and provides a rich environment for a visual artist to find inspiration.

Primary Responsibilities include:

  • Creating content (images/video/writing) for social media
  • Maintaining social media accounts and engaging with followers
  • Brainstorming content and marketing ideas
  • Coordinating online campaigns to promote farm and educational programs
  • Keeping online communications updated (website, blog, newsletters)

This position is 25-30 hours/week, and in exchange we provide: 

  • Private housing accommodations
  • Access to 1000 sq. ft. shared kitchen and study space
  • Shared hot/cold showers, composting toilets and washing machine on site
  • Community food supplies (vegetables and fruit harvested from land, bulk grains and legumes)
  • Walking distance to nearby swimming and surfing spots
  • Access to HIP Ag libraries, educational events, etc
  • $100 weekly stipend 

We ask that community members participate in 2-5 hours/week of community activities (maintaining shared spaces, work plan meetings, potluck dinners, educational activities). This varies throughout the year.

We have many exciting projects on the horizon for 2017, and we are looking for people who can make a commitment of 1 year or longer, to help us bring these projects to fruition. The Communications Coordinator will play an important role in getting out the message about our work and helping us build our membership base. We are looking for someone who is passionate about creating change, and will be a positive and responsible addition to our existing team.

HOW TO APPLY

If you are interested in working with us, please send a note to opportunities@hipagriculture.org and tell us a little about yourself, your experience in the areas above, and why you’d like to work with HIP Ag  (if possible include links to online examples of your photography/writing or social media projects). And please include a photo, it helps to put a face with the name. Mahalo!

Online: hipagriculture.org/jobs

Missouri – EarthDance Organic Farm School hiring AmeriCorps VISTA Positions

Ferguson, Missouri

EarthDance Organic Farm School is now hiring for two AmeriCorps VISTA positions!

EarthDance Organic Farm School is a nationally-recognized non-profit organization combining food production, agroecology education, and community development.  EarthDance manages mixed vegetable, fruit, and livestock production on our 14 acre historic farm in Ferguson, Missouri, in a residential area in a close suburb of St. Louis while engaging all ages in programs on sustainable living, farming, and gardening.

Serving at our farm through the AmeriCorps VISTA program is a great way to gain career experience, build community relationships, and give back through a year of service. VISTA’s are paid a monthly stipend, have access to healthcare enrollment, and are awarded up to $5,815.00 at the end of their year of service to be used towards education expenses or to pay back federal student loans. Learn more about becoming anAmeriCorps VISTA here!

Volunteer Coordinator.  Build community and capacity at EarthDance by leading diverse groups in service at EarthDance.  The Volunteer Coordinator will recruit, train, and manage volunteers on the farm, for special events, and in the office. Download the full job description here.

Complete the AmeriCorps Application HERE.

Videography Associate.  Create videos documenting the impact of EarthDance’s programs.  Utilize your creativity and skills to grow the good food movement and make Ferguson a better place to eat for all. Download the full job description here.

Complete the AmeriCorps Application HERE.

Positions start in early July. Applications will be reviewed as they are received. 

To Apply:

  1. Fill out EarthDance’s AmeriCorps VISTA Application here.
  2. Submit your resume and cover letter to work@earthdancefarms.org

Massachusetts – Island Grown Schools hiring Full-Time Educator

Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts

Island Grown Schools, Martha’s Vineyard’s Farm-to-School program, is hiring a full-time educator for the 2017-18 school year.  This position works with grades K-12 at two local schools during the school year and facilitates our teen apprenticeship program during the summer months. If interested please send your resume, cover letter, and 2 references to kaila@igimv.org.

Massachusetts – Northfield Mount Hermon hiring Director of Farm Program

Mount Hermon, Massachusetts

Director of the Farm Program

Full-Time Opening

Northfield Mount Hermon seeks a dynamic and creative individual to serve as the Director of the Farm Program. The Farm Director serves as an educator and farmer/farm manager of the school’s working farm, carrying out all duties having to do with operating a small scale, educational farm.

The position’s responsibilities range from educating and working closely with students, school faculty, community members and volunteers to all other aspects of general farm administration including financial oversight, farm operations, and the marketing and sale of farm products and produce.

The successful applicant will preferably have three to five years of farm administration and management experience, preferably at an organic or chemical free farm and including supervisory and budgetary responsibilities; teaching experience helpful. Bachelor’s degree in agriculture, natural resources, plant science, or a related field is preferred but not required; master’s degree, or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Additional qualifications include strong interpersonal and communication skills and a demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with colleagues. Candidates should be familiar with boarding school life, be willing to live in a dormitory, and have a demonstrated interest in making a positive impact on the lives of adolescents.

Applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and two (2) letters of references to:

Human Resources
Northfield Mount Hermon
One Lamplighter Way, Mount Hermon, MA 01354

Phone: (413) 498-3229; Fax: (413) 498-3240

**Screening will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.**

For more information visit our website at: http://www.nmhschool.org
Northfield Mount Hermon is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Virginia – Paid Farm and Food Education Fellowship

Staunton, Virginia

Paid Farm and Food Education Fellowship – Allegheny Mountain Institute – Staunton, VA

The experiential 18-month AMI Fellowship prepares and empowers individuals to become teachers and ambassadors for a more vibrant and accessible local food system. Selected Fellows are fully funded to spend six months in immersive training on our farm campus (Phase I) and one year in service work with relevant partner organizations (Phase II).

Phase I – Farm Study
April 30-November 1, 2017

  • Gain hands-on experience in sustainable fruit and vegetable production, small animal husbandry, beekeeping, homesteading skills and more!
  • Study permaculture design, nutrition and wellness, community development with expert guest instructors, field trips, and daily educational sessions.
  • Free room and board in hand-crafted cabins. Receive $1,000 stipend upon successful completion.

Phase II – Service Application 
January 1- December 31, 2018

  • Work with AMI and Partner Organizations to help build healthy communities through food and education.
  • Manage school gardens, develop site-based curriculum, and teach cooking and nutrition.
  • Build leadership skills with monthly professional development sessions.
  • Receive stipend of $1,500/month (less payroll taxes) and Permaculture Design Certificate upon completion

Applicants must be physically fit, able to lift 50 pounds, walk distances up and down steep hills, work outdoors for extended periods of the day, and be comfortable living and working communally as a team in a remote, mountain setting.

 Applications are due by February 19, 2017 and are available at www.alleghenymountaininstitute.org. Applications considered on a rolling basis and are reviewed as soon as complete.

For more information, please visit www.alleghenymountaininstitute.org, the Allegheny Mountain Institute Facebook page, or email us at info@alleghenymountainschool.org.

Allegheny Mountain Institute admits candidates of any race, color, gender, sexual orientation, religion or national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to Fellows. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, religion or national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship programs, and other school-administered programs.

Massachusetts – UMass Amherst hiring Interim Farm Manager

Amherst, Massachusetts

UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS AMHERST

PROFESSIONAL POSITION AVAILABLE

 Interim Farm Manager

Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment

 UNIT DESCRIPTION:

The Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment supports research and statewide outreach education in cooperation with academic departments at UMass Amherst. In addition to its program units (Mass. Agricultural Experiment Station, UMass Extension, Mass. Water Resources Research Center), the Center manages four farms for research and educational purposes, all within 14 miles of campus. They are: Crops and Animal Research and Education Center in South Deerfield, Hadley Farm Livestock and Equine Research and Education Center in Hadley, Cold Spring Orchard Research and Education Center (tree and small fruit) in Belchertown, and the Joseph Troll Turf Research Center in South Deerfield.

GENERAL STATEMENT OF DUTIES:

Support the research and public service mission of the Center for Agriculture, Food, and the Environment (CAFE) in the College of Natural Sciences, by managing and supporting activities pertaining to teaching, research and outreach on the four UMass Amherst research/education farms.  Oversee operations of the farms including production activities, maintenance, and fiscal management of these facilities and the hiring, management and supervision of farm employees.

This is a temporary one-year position with the possibility of renewal based on unit reorganization plans and needs assessment.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITES

  1. Ensure effective farm operations. Oversee farms; supervise and provide overall team leadership for designated staff.  Recommend staff needs; hire, train and evaluate staff.  Assess the effectiveness and efficiency of unit operations and develop and implement policies and procedures to improve service and productivity.  Enhance cooperation and coordination between the farms.  Work collaboratively with appropriate departments and coordinate all events scheduled at the facilities.
  2. Ensure effective fiscal operations of the farms. Develop a schedule for and direct maintenance of facilities and equipment.  Recommend, select an approve purchases of new equipment and supplies.  Manage units to operate efficiently and effectively within approved budgets.
  3. Ensure effective research, teaching and public service operations of the four UMass Amherst research/education farms. Act as a liaison between faculty and staff to enhance research projects and Extension activities.  Work in consultation with faculty to organize, coordinate and prioritize research, outreach and teaching activities at the farm sites; participate in the review of research proposals requesting use of farm facilities.
  4. Monitor and ensure compliance with all relevant federal, state and University policies. Assure compliance with all regulatory agencies.
  5. Performs related duties as assigned or required to meet Department, Executive Area/Division, and University goals and objectives.
  6. Maintain certifications on restricted pesticides and ensure that all pesticides are used according to their directions and by certified personnel. Ensure all staff are given proper training and instructions to perform work in a safe manner.
  7. Required to work some night and weekends.

 

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  1. Bachelor’s degree in agriculture, biological, engineering, education or business management or related field, plus three years of farm management experience, including supervision of multiple staff is required.
  2. Supervisory skills.
  3. Ability to manage budgets.
  4. Knowledge of safety procedures and operations for farm equipment; ability to operate and maintain farm equipment.
  5. Proficient with word processing, spreadsheets, and database management.
  6. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  7. Ability to maintain diverse schedule of activities at various locations on and off-campus.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  1. Academic experience in agriculture research and Extension.

LICENSES AND CERTIFICATIONS

  1. Driver’s license required upon hire.
  2. Massachusetts private pesticide certification in one of the following: vegetable, small fruit, tree fruit, dairy-livestock required within 120 days of hire.

PROFESSIONAL STAFF SALARY ADMINISTRATION PROGRAM POSITION LEVEL 28

The annual salary range is $51,000-64,000 (commensurate with skills and experience) with full benefits.  Normal starting salary range $51,000-$57,500.

For more information see:  http://www.umass.edu/humres/sites/default/files/2015%20PSU%20Salary%20Schedule.pdf

The University of Massachusetts is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University.  To fulfill that policy, the University of Massachusetts is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans.  It is the policy of the University of Massachusetts to comply with the applicable federal and state statues, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.

Applicants should apply by the priority deadline of February 1, 2017 in order to ensure consideration.  Search will remain open until position is filled.  To apply provide a letter of application, resume and contact information for three professional references. Please apply at: http://umass.interviewexchange.com/jobofferdetails.jsp?JOBID=80292

On-Campus applicants are defined as Amherst Campus non-student employees

Vermont – Green Mountain Farm-t0-School hiring Consumer Education and Food Access Coordinator

Newport, Vermont

Job Opening: Consumer Education and Food Access Coordinator
Status: Full-time, permanent

Deadline: 1/20/17

Position Description
Green Mountain Farm-to-School seeks a dynamic, mission-driven local-food systems professional with strong project management and customer service skills to manage our community focused programs and increase access to healthy local foods in the community. The Consumer Education and Food Access Coordinator reports to the Program Director. Complete Job Description here

To Apply
Send a resume, cover letter, and three references to jobs@gmfts.org. Position open until filled. No phone calls please. Deadline to apply is January 20, 2017.

GMFTS is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to maximizing the diversity of our organization. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply.

About Green Mountain Farm-to-School
Green Mountain Farm-to-School (GMFTS) is a nonprofit organization located in Newport, Vermont. Our mission is to restore and strengthen local food systems in the Northeast Kingdom by promoting positive economic and educational relationships among schools, farms, and communities. We create healthy communities by working across the food system with capacity building, resource development, and technical assistance through GMFTS school gardens, Farm to School Programs, a food hub, a food truck, and statewide marketing campaigns.