England – Old Plaw Hatch Farm hiring Financial Manager

Sussex, England

Farm Financial Manager – Sharpthorne, East Grinstead

This role is key to the success and growth of the farm by liaising with all five enterprises that are based within the farm.  Working as part of the management team, this position is responsible for coordinating the finances of the farm, supervising the administration team and ensuring that all aspects of the farm are working in collaboration to ensure the success and growth of the business.    It is anticipated that the post-holder will become a director of the farm in the future.

Ideally you will have had previous experience of working  in financial management, business, administrative support, and of course an understanding of a Biodynamic Farm.

This job allows you to make a difference, as you will be part of a team and a community that is committed to farming in a biodynamic way that serves the community; a way of life rather than just a job!

Who we are

Old Plaw Hatch Farm is a 200 acre farm on the edge of the Ashdown Forest near Sharpthorne. It has been a biodynamic farm for over 30 years and is owned by a charitable trust. As tenant farmers our aim is to provide as wide a range of produce as possible, principally to the local community. Our prices reflect the true cost of food production allowing for re-investment towards the sustainability of the farm. We are a mixed farm with a dairy herd providing raw milk, cheeses, yoghurts and cream. We also keep some sheep, pigs and laying hens and meat is processed through our butchery. A garden of 12 acres provides a range of seasonally available fruit and vegetables. Most of this produce is sold through our farm shop with a little being sold through other local outlets.

The farm employs approximately 25 people, some of whom live on site, as well as hosting volunteers.  The farm land and buildings are owned by St Anthony’s Trust and the farm business is owned by Tablehurst and Plaw Hatch Community Farm, a community-owned co-operative.  The farm comprises five enterprises; the shop, garden, farm (husbandry and arable), dairy and butchery.  The managers of these enterprises form the Management Team, which runs the operations of the farm.

Our Values Statement

“We at Old Plaw Hatch Farm employ a biodynamic agricultural approach that values sustainable husbandry of the land and responsible and loving welfare of the animals. We value the people who contribute to the farm’s day to day activities and seek to create a working environment that honours integrity, peace, happiness, honesty, personal responsibility, passion, love, authenticity, freedom and balance, and which celebrates the beauty of the farm’s natural environment.

We embrace challenges. We highly value our connection to the local community, of which we are all also individual parts, and strive to operate a farm business that is a transparent example of ethical and sustainable agriculture on every level, offering on living display the full cycle of food production. We seek to provide a working farm environment which honours learning, teaching, and personal and community growth and development. We operate an ethical financial approach which is in harmony with our values. We see ourselves as stewards of the farm, embodying man’s sacred relationship to the land, creating a legacy of richness at every level for future generations.”

The role

The key duties are outlined below:

  • Oversee and manage the administration team.
  • Manage the financial and report aspects of the farm to include; preparing and interpreting financial reports, liaising with external accountants, maintaining adherence to financial regulations and legislation.
  • Oversee day to day financial operations such as payroll, invoicing, purchasing, banking etc.
  • Negotiate contracts for utilities, insurance, rates, waste management etc. and submit grant applications.
  • Oversee marketing/promotional material.
  • Liaise with and provide information for stakeholders.
  • Work with enterprise managers to identify areas for improvement and assist where necessary in implementing new processes
  • Provide full and comprehensive administrative support to the farm enterprises and management as appropriate, including managing the office and responding to enquiries.
  • Work to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements.

The person

This role requires the person to be an excellent proven manager, who has strong communication, negotiation and collaboration skills with an inclusive style.  Sharing our values and striving for improvement in embodying them on a day to day basis is essential for this role.

The successful candidate must be approachable, organised, motivated and a team player with flexibility and the capability to solve problems and work as an enthusiastic member of the management team.

This post necessitates a very high level of numeracy and literacy skills, financial management experience as well as a sound understanding of computer packages to manage the everyday needs of the farm.

You must have good time management and have the ability to prioritise with the ability to see the big picture as well as excellent attention to detail due to the variety of the role.

Next steps

Interested?  Please send your CV and a covering letter to recruitment@sussexhr.co.uk

Hours and salary will be discussed at interview.

Closing Date 28th July 2017

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Rwanda – Gardens for Health hiring Farm Fellow

Ndera, Rwanda

Fellowship Opportunity: Farm Fellow

Gardens for Health is seeking a dynamic and forward-thinking recent graduate to join our Agriculture Team in Ndera, Rwanda. Our Farm Fellow will provide thought leadership, and day-to-day management support on our 5-acre farm in Ndera, Rwanda.

Who We Are


We are a growing non-profit organization whose innovative approach works to bridge the gap between health and agriculture. We are based in Rwanda, with an office in Boston, and our core program works to integrate agricultural support and comprehensive health education into the clinical treatment of malnutrition. We currently work in partnership with 18 health centers in two districts of Rwanda. This year, we are working directly with 2,160 families – providing them with the seeds, knowledge, and support to help prevent and overcome chronic malnutrition.

As we grow our impact, our work is grounded in collaboration with, and a commitment to, the families and communities with whom we partner. Nowhere is this commitment more evident than on our demonstration and innovation farm. In many ways, our farm has been the heart and soul of our work; it is our head office and training site, source of many inputs for our community lunch program and health center program, in addition to various revenue generating initiatives and a “living laboratory” where we are able to grow inputs for our seed package and the accompanying agriculture education we provide to families in order to ensure that we are setting them up for long-term success.

Our Opportunity for You


In April 2015 we purchased our land, and with this new purchase comes an opportunity to think strategically about the role our farm can play now, and into the future. As we strive to balance research, food production for our community lunch program, multiplication of inputs for our home garden package, and space for training and staff development, our farm planning process has become a central focus of our agriculture team.

We are looking for a recent graduate who is an experienced and passionate farmer to work alongside our Farm Manager to think strategically about ways to use our land to advance our mission while serving our community.

As our Farm Fellow you will have the opportunity to do the following:

  • Contribute to the development and implementation of our farm plan, in the short and long term. Think creatively and strategically about how the farm can contribute to and offset the costs of the various programs it supports (Community Lunch, Health Center Program)
  • Propose new ideas for the use of the land to advance our mission and contribute to our organizational knowledge
  • Work with our Agriculture team to design and oversee the implementation of agronomic trials on our farm and play a lead role in data collection
  • Track and analyze farm data to make data driven cropping and planting decisions
  • Manage day-to-day farm activities such as planting, weeding, harvesting, coppicing and integrated pest management
  • Learn and experience how a farm functions in tropical Africa, and work with native crops and trees, pests, growing schedules and daily farm dilemmas that differ from a traditional for-profit temperate climate farm
  • Design and execute a plan to increase monetization of certain outputs on the farm and establish retail and wholesale relationships
  • Work closely with US Operations Manager to synthesize and present data related to the farm to support grant writing and reporting processes as well as social media and dialogue with donors

Are You the Right Fit?


  • Vision: You share our belief that growing healthy food can and should be a part of healthcare.
  • Relevant Work Experience: You have meaningful work experience in agriculture, including experience working on and/or managing a farm. Experience working in sub-Saharan Africa and/or experience with formal research methodology is a plus.
  • Social and Emotional Intelligence: You have a demonstrated ability to work with others across cultures and backgrounds with respect and collegiality.
  • Sense of Adventure: You are ready to spend 12 months living and working on a farm in Rwanda, and understand that electricity, hot water, and internet access will all fail at some point during your tenure.
  • Alignment with our Core Values: Your work style is grounded in a sense of collaboration and mutual respect, and you operate from a place of compassion and empathy for your colleagues and with the families we serve.
  • Flexibility: You know how to roll with the punches, and can find the positive in even the most challenging situations
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Education: You are a recent graduate with a degree in Agriculture, or a related field
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Language acquisition: You have demonstrated experience for acquiring new languages. French and/or Kinyarwanda is a plus.

Your Location: You will be based in Ndera, Rwanda, about 30 minutes outside of the capital city of Kigali. You will be living on the farm full-time, and will be one of the few staff members (including security) who will be present in the overnight hours.

What we will provide: 
This a 12-month fellowship opportunity we will provide housing on our farm, daily lunch, and all the fresh produce you can harvest. Please note that relocation costs will not be covered.

If you are ready to apply
: Send your resume and cover letter to careers@gardensforhealth.org with the subject line: “Farm Fellow.” In your letter, tell us why you are the right fit for this role. If we are interested, we will respond within 2 weeks to set up an initial phone interview. We will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis, so we encourage you to apply as soon as possible. The farm fellow will need to be in Rwanda to begin working by July 10th, 2017.

We look forward to meeting you!

 

Panama – Kalu Yala Institute hiring Kitchen Manager and Head Chef

Kitchen Manager and Head Chef
Kalu Yala Institute

Panama
Start date May 1st, 2017 
Contact: Melissa Mazurkewicz, melissa.mazurkewicz@kaluyala.com

You have a passion for nutritious food and organization. You enjoy finding local producers that can provide a regular supply of fresh, healthy food in order to feed up to 200 people a day. You are an organizer and can plan 30 days in advance. You enjoy collaborating with chefs as well as spending time creating and updating spreadsheets. You promote creative expression of yourself and others via culinary arts in a mentorship role. You love working in an outdoor kitchen. You can delegate and empower others on your team. You know how to manage a budget and keep track of finances.

As Kalu Yala Kitchen Manager and Executive Chef you will manage our public house style on-site kitchen while attempting to be Zero Waste and source ingredients as local and seasonal as possible. You will carry out the vision and mission of our previous Executive Chef by operating a arts style kitchen, utilizing the creativity and skills of each kitchen team member.  At our off-the-grid location, you will make sure everyone is well fed, food is delivered on time and in the right quantity, and that the kitchen is kept meticulously clean and organized.

You will work Monday through Friday and coordinate that food is set up for the weekends. You will work with your supervisor to set goals and track them throughout the semester.

PREFERRED SKILLS

  • Spanish speaker

  • Wilderness First Responder or other medical training

  • CPR certified

  • Manual vehicle/4×4 experience

  • Flexible and resilient

  • Experience living in community

REQUIREMENTS

  1. 3-5 years working in a commercial kitchen with kitchen management experience or degree related to culinary arts with relevant experience

  2. Strong planner who enjoys organization

  3. Group leadership and managerial skills

  4. Experience cooking for large groups

  5. Conversational Spanish

  6. Excited to connect to members of the local community

  7. Desire to help fulfill the vision of Kalu Yala, expressed here: www.kaluyala.com

  8. Looking forward to living in a comfortable camp in the Panamanian jungle

BENEFITS

  • $2,000 per month in salary, which is actually quite significant in Panama’s jungles

  • Bonus based on performance review

  • Room + Board in our tropical wilderness camp

  • 6 weeks paid vacation, accrued semesterly

Mariri Jungle Lodge hiring Domestic Guru

Brazil

Hi everyone! Hope you are all good and enjoying life, or finding your strength if you are going through tough moments.

Im writing to you all to see if anyone is interested in this job offer or might know someone who is.

At the moment im living in a jungle lodge in the center of Brazil. It’s a healing center, 13 km into the jungle from the nearest town called Alto Paraiso de Goias.

Surrounded by a portal, with the land full of quartz, a natural water spring (from where we take the water we drink, bath, and swim, WATER FROM FIRST HAND! Amazing to have this quality of life J ) Jungle all around, a family of 30 monkeys, agrofloresta, many birds and all sorts of animals! The land is turning into an reserve area!we are doing our best to make that happen so we can protect the jungle and its wildlife for ever ❤

This house in the middle of the jungle, also works as an Airbnb. We have some rooms to rent out, a bamboo chalet and 2 tree houses. One at 25mts and and the other one at 10 mts! With stunning views from the cerrado ❤

We have permacultural gardens and agrofloresta going on as well!

We receive guests, but we are trying to focus more on retreats of all sorts. Yoga, meditation, dance, art, healing therapies and medicines.

We are also receiving volunteers and woofers from all around the world, which gives an interesting and fun diversity of people.

Mariri Jungle Lodge also works as an art residency, so again, artists from all over come to use this space as a location for their selfdirected projects.

Have a look in the website so u can a have a feel of what the place is about. And pics don’t even show the real beauty of it!

www.maririjunglelodge.com

We are looking for a person which we call our Domestic Guru. This position is available to start ASAP.

Its basically a cleaning position, of the house and rooms for rent. Together with feeding our pets, birds and taking care of the garden

We are looking for someone from our tribe. Who has interest in permaculture, agroflorestry, conscious, nature lover, willing to have a change of life or continue with it if you are already on that path

This space gives you the chance to live IN NATURE, to breath pure air , drink pure water. Learn from agroflorestry and permaculture, be in contact with travelers and artisit from all over the world. Have a sauna session once in a while after a long day of work. Swimming in pure water. Making yoga, and free time for you to develop your own projects.

So if you are interested or know someone who might be pleaaaaaaaase pass this on!!!

This position would be a long term job, minimum of 6 months, preferably 1 year.

Here is the job description

We are looking for a long term cleaner, our Domestic Guru

This position will be as a work exchange plus a Brazilian salary.

 

This role includes cooking, cleaning, washing, juicing, preparing the property and accommodation spaces for guests and generally ensuring the property maintains it’s fresh, clean, creative, and unique vibe.

May also include some planting and caring for our veggie and herb garden.

Practical support with retreats and general assistance for the project coordinators.

Best suited to someone with an open and flexible attitude. Preferably a driver and should speak English. If Portuguese spoken big plus…willing to learn the local language.

 

Both positions may also be required to help host and manage WWOOFERS (Willing Workers on Organic Farms) and visitors/guests to the property in the absence of the main coordinators.

 

Additional Requirements

-We require you to be available and willing to stay on the land to provide the owner with the flexibility to be away for periods of time and trust that the property is taken care of in her absence.

 

Additional Comments

– We are looking for like-minded people with an open, flexible, down to earth attitude and approach to life. We are therefore open to accepting applicants wanting to contribute to the creative, spiritual, wellness-related activities taking place on the property under the proviso that it does not interfere with their regular tasks.

CONDITIONS

–          Minimum commitment of 6 months, with a preference for applications willing to come for 12 months or longer.

–          1 month trial as a normal volunteer to get a feel for each other

–          44 hours per week, usually spread in 5 8hs days and one 1/2 day. Most of the times the days off are during week days, as we usually have guests during weekends

You can choose to take one day of a week or four days off a month to explore the surrounding area.

We ask for flexibility during times where the owner is absent from the property and suggest that you discuss any plans for taking extended time (more than one day) away from the property with the owner

–          On site accommodation and help with transport to town for food shopping will be provided

–          A basic allowance for food and other expenses, which will be discussed upon receipt of your application remembering that we are a poor town in the centre of Brazil and wages here are very low so we need to be aware of this. The main interest should lie in an increased quality of life and an opening for a long-term partnership sharing abundance that we manage to create together.

–          Wireless Internet access is available and there are hot water showers

–          The local town offers plenty of amenities – restaurants, shops, internet cafes, laundry etc. but you would need your own car to come and go from the house or you can use local taxis/moto taxis.

–          Clean drinking water provided from the untouched waters of the mountains

–          Access to our stunning large rock mineral water pool, yoga temple and traditional Finnish sauna.

–          Due to our focus on being eco-friendly and sustainable, living conditions may be considered simple, but comfortable. You will use dry toilets, which we consider a more evolved way of dealing with our own “organic matter”.

 

 

If you are willing to apply for this position or have any questions please send as an email to info@maririjunglelodge.com

 

Thank you everyone for taking the time to read this and share it!

 

Blessings of love light and abundance for you all

 

 

Annie and Marianne

The Deli Down Stairs hiring Multiple Positions

London, England

The Deli down stairs has been providing Victoria park village with a friendly, locally minded service for over 7 years. We’re looking to expand our team.

We have four positions available;

–          Two positions for experienced foodies.

Looking for Food as a career
Kitchen / Cooking / Preperation experience a must
Delicatessen savvy; Good Cheese, Wine & Craft beers knowledge
Coffee experience a must

 –          Two shop assistants with Coffee making experience vital.

Food and hospitality experience preferable.
 Hours and salary vary and can be discussed upon application

 Ideally employees would be interested in food as a career. We’ve got a great community of locally run shop owners and customers who want the area to remain this way. Our philosophy is offering the highest quality products with the lowest impact to the planet. We source products that are sustainable and ethical. All of our packaging and energy is sourced from renewable organisations. We make food and salads in house for hot and cold lunches. Eat in and take away. We have a terrace area with seating inside and out. Hot and cold drinks are available.

If being part of a small family run business in a local community sounds like fun, then drop us your CV!

Sarah Fraser Steele
The Deli Downstairs
211 Victoria Park Road
London E9 7JN
07875 104 253
020 8533 5006
sarah@thedelidownstairs.co.uk

Rancho Mastatal Sustainable Education Center hiring Interns

Costa Rica

Nestled against the virgin rainforest of La Cangreja National Park, Rancho Mastatal Sustainable Education Center has been teaching, exploring, and promoting techniques of living harmoniously in the landscape for 12 years. Renowned for it’s natural building and delicious culinary spreads of fresh homemade food, the Ranch offers profound, innovative and intensive internships throughout the year.  Interns will experience a rural Costa Rican community, delight in 325 acres of pristine forests and waterfalls, and participate in a working permaculture farm.

Currently we are seeking individuals and couples for our:

Homesteading and Agroforestry Internship
August 1st through December 31st

Sustainable Living and Permaculture Internship

January 11th through July 11th

Animal Husbandry and Goat Caretaking Internship

Flexible dates, minimum 3 month commitment
As a working farm and education center we provide the opportunity for hardworking, conscientious, and responsible individuals to immerse themselves in techniques and technologies related to natural building, animal husbandry, sustainable agricultural, fermentation, homesteading, and community.  Continue reading