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 (kyogg@ucsc.edu).
TO APPLY: Look for position #1707440 or follow this link.  The initial review date for this position is 9/28/2017.
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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.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • 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’

RESPONSIBILITIES  INCLUDE:

  • 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

USEFUL  KNOWLEDGE/EXPERIENCE:

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

SALARY & BENEFITS:

  • 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 www.capitalroots.org. 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: edcenter@capitalroots.org

Florida – University of Florida hiring State Food Systems Specialist

Gainesville, Florida

State Food Systems Specialist

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Job no: 503423
Work type: Staff Full-Time
Location: Main Campus (Gainesville, FL)
Categories: Agriculture/Life Science/Vet Medicine, Education/Instructional
Department:60451000 – AG-FAMILY NUTRITION PROGRAM

Classification Title: Education/Training Spec II
Job Description: The Family Nutrition Program (FNP) is the Florida component of the SNAP-Ed program (formerly food stamp nutrition education).   The Florida Farm to School and Community Program within the Family Nutrition Program envisions a state in which Farm to School and Community is an essential component of robust food systems and the quality and impact of its programs contribute substantially to the quality of life for school children, farmers, and their communities. This position will provide statewide leadership, education, and technical support in support of the program’s goals and objectives.  This position will supervise, train, and support regional Farm to School Specialists in their efforts to support capacity building among school food authorities, farmers, and communities to increase the availability of specialty crops in the school lunch program and to increase the number of farmers selling to local farmers markets using appropriate procurement processes while meeting state and federal food safety standards.  The Food Systems Specialist  will promote and expand Farm to School activities at the state and county levels within an extensive and diverse statewide network of school authorities, parents, and children; farmers and distributors; University of Florida Extension faculty and administrators; staff of federal and state agencies; and representatives from other public and private organizations. The position will be responsible for: coordinating with school food hubs; providing support and training for school, child care, and community gardens; promoting farmers’ market nutrition education; designing and developing  training programs to support Farm to School and Community program priorities; leading communication among team members; performing outreach to the public; and planning and implementing meetings and training events.

Ongoing Training and County Program Support
•           Implement and manage training in each of the following areas: school food procurement (in collaboration with FDACS); school, child care, and community gardens; access to healthful foods; working with vendors and farmers’ markets; and other areas as needed.
•           Provide technical support and assistance to FNP supervisors in creating on-going training opportunities for program assistants using established program assistant core competencies as a guide.
•           Work collaboratively with other state-level education specialists to develop and provide training support to counties.
•           Create presentations for statewide and national meetings and conferences.
•           Assist with county site visits and program reviews.
•           Identify research-based educational materials, including but not limited to, curricula, fact sheets, and brochures for project participants and recipients.

Supervision of Regional Specialists
• Provide leadership to regional specialists in all aspects of their job, including training on food safety and food systems, connecting school authorities to Florida farmers (in collaboration with FDACS), designing and implementing school and community gardens, and working effectively with Extension faculty and other team members.

• Conduct weekly or monthly “check-ins” to ensure regional specialists have the support and resources required to complete their jobs.
• Conduct site reviews to ensure regional specialists are appropriately and consistently implementing program objectives.
• Evaluate regional specialists on an annual basis.
• Approve and monitor time and leave requests.

This positions supervises ten Education/Training Specialist IIs, and three Extension Program Assistants that work in school food hubs.

Program Administration
• Schedule and facilitate conference calls among PI, Extension faculty, and stakeholders.
• Document and disseminate best practices through statewide and local meetings using a variety of communication tools.
• Develop and coordinate schedules and timetables for project milestones and deliverables.
• Assist the PIs and fellow staff members to foster strategic partnerships within the institution and broadly throughout the state to work in collaboration with Florida Farm to School and Community partners.

Reporting
• Draft monthly project status updates for contract manager.
• Assist with completion of other reports as needed.

Normal Work Schedule: Monday through Friday8 am to 5 pm, 40 hours a week or more as needed. Most work will occur during business hours Monday through Friday8 am – 5 pm. Variation includes travel to counties for program visits and reviews; some weekend work may be necessary. Travel within Florida and to attend national meetings for training and outreach is required.

Advertised Salary: $50-$55,000 commensurate with education and experience
Minimum Requirements: Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate area and four years of relevant experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Preferred Qualifications: Management of multiple employees housed at locations around the state of Florida; excellent attendance history in prior positions; excellent oral and written communication skills, including a courteous and helpful manner in all communications; completeness, accuracy, and timeliness in all work, scheduling and event management experience; proficiency with MS office software, social media tools and other web computer applications are keys to success. Candidates must have a general knowledge of food systems, and some combination of experience in one or more of the following fields: nutrition, agriculture, marketing, curriculum development, program evaluation, and/or extension programming.

Candidates should have the ability to positively interact with a wide variety of business and organizational partners as an ambassador of the Florida Farm to School and Community Program and articulate the Program’s goals, strategies, and outcomes with confidence. Experience working in a college or university setting a plus. The successful candidate will manage and prioritize tasks, anticipate problems and work towards resolution without intensive management, pay attention to detail, exhibit superior time management and organizational skills.

Special Instructions to Applicants: This is a grant-funded, time-limited position. 435 Livescan background check required pre-employment.

Application must be submitted by 11:55 p.m. (EDT) of the posting end date.

Health Assessment Required: No

Advertised: 21 Aug 2017 Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close: 05 Sep 2017 Eastern Daylight Time

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Washington – Organic Farm School hiring Assistant Farm Manager

Whidbey Island, Washington

Organic Farm School

Growing farmers, food, and community

Assistant Farm Manager position available

Summary

The Organic Farm School (OFS) is seeking candidates for a full-time Assistant Farm Manager position. Successful candidates will assist and report to the OFS Farm Manager in accomplishing the crop production and land stewardship goals of the OFS farm while simultaneously leading and training OFS students in these farm activities.

The Organic Farm School provides experiential education to aspiring farmers on how to start and manage their own small farm through classes, group discussions, self-reflection and co-management of the OFS Student Farm. The 10-acre OFS Student Farm grows organic produce for a CSA program, farmers market and local grocers as well as produces and markets organic vegetable seed, poultry, lamb and hay. The ideal Assistant Farm Manager will be skilled in organic vegetable and seed crop production, will be a positive and effective crew leader and mentor, and have some mixed livestock and forage production experience.

The primary responsibilities of this position includes:

  • Assist the Farm Manager in all aspects of the operation and management of the OFS Farm. The farm operation includes organic vegetable and seed crop production, poultry and livestock production, hay production, cover cropping, direct marketing and site and infrastructure maintenance (45%)
  • Lead and train student farmers in all farm activities (45%)
  • Assist in the administration of the farm as well as the on-going development, implementation and evaluation of the OFS farmer training program and training farm (10%)

Qualifications and experience

The Assistant Farm Manager position requires strong farming, leadership and communication skills. The ideal candidate will have experience with team leadership and instruction, will have worked on and helped manage a successful diversified farm operation and will be a highly organized team player. Qualified candidates will be comfortable with tractors and farm equipment, proficient in most crop production activities, have a positive attitude and communicates well with staff and students. Ideal candidates also bring other skills such as mechanics, construction, research management, etc.

The following are required:

  • Minimum 3 years experience working on a commercial organic farm.
  • Minimum 3 years experience in leadership or teaching positions.

Responsibilities of the positions

Assist in the management and operation of the OFS student farm’s infrastructure, production and marketing

  • Assist in efficiently implementing production plans for crops, livestock and forage with farmer-trainees
  • Assist in implementing a farm marketing plan that includes CSA, farmers market and wholesale outlets
  • Assist in implementing soil improvement and climate-friendly farming practices
  • Assist in maintaining the farm’s equipment and infrastructure to effectively support the production goals of the program
  • Assist in maintaining accurate records as needed and help manage organic certification
  • Assist in managing farm research projects

 

Educational training of student farmers in the field

  • Train and guide farmer-trainees in farm tasks on the student farm
  • Evaluate farmer-trainee progress and offer constructive guidance
  • Provide leadership in creating a positive social environment for farmer-trainees

 

Administration of the OFS farm and education program

  • Communicate and collaborate effectively with other staff, program partners and the public
  • Assist in creating annual and long-term work plans and budgets for the farming and educational aspects of the OFS
  • Assist in managing farm and education budgets including tracking expenses and income

Compensation and schedule

Salary

  • This is a salaried position (not hourly). Salary commensurate with experience (starts at $30K/yr)

Schedule

  • Full-time. Generally M-F but flexibility is required to cover occasional evening/weekend responsibilities.
  • Location: South Whidbey Island, Washington
  • Major holidays and 15 days personal time off (appropriately timed for minimal disturbance of program)

 

The Organic Farm School is an Equal Opportunity employer. Personnel are chosen on the basis of ability without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, marital status or sexual orientation, in accordance with federal and state law.  We offer a competitive salary and the opportunity to join an organization whose mission is to build sustainable local food and farm systems through education and training.

To Apply:

Please familiarize yourself with our program by visiting http://organicfarmschool.org.

Qualified candidates please send a cover letter and resume to sebastian@organicfarmschool.org. We will begin screening applications as they are received, and will continue to review applications until the position is filled. Position ideally starts January 1, 2018. We appreciate all documents sent in PDF or Word format and look forward to receiving your information.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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