Maryland – Charles County Government hiring Agriculture Business Development Manager  

La Plata, Maryland

The Charles County Agriculture Business Development Manager is responsible for developing, implementing and administering programs and initiatives to promote, market and enhance the County’s agricultural industries for the Charles County Economic Development Department (CCEDD).

The position serves as a Project Manager for developing, marketing and implementing programs and initiatives for the full range of local agricultural enterprises.  The position will develop and expand partnerships with key agricultural stakeholders to support and expand agricultural activities in Charles County.  The focus of the position will be on servicing the full range of needs of the agriculture industry in Charles County with an emphasis on innovative programming and marketing to expand, diversify and promote the agricultural sector. The position may assist with department general business retention and expansion activities.  He/she must be able to earn the confidence and respect of stakeholders in the agricultural community and collaborative resource partners.

Goals/objectives are set by the Chief of Business Development.  The employee will support Commissioner and CCEDD departmental goals and objectives, including those indicated in the department’s five-year Strategic Plan and the Charles County Comprehensive Plan.

Read the full description and apply here: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/charlescountymd/jobs/1755368/agriculture-business-development-manager?pagetype=jobOpportunitiesJobs

Washington DC – Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food and Agriculture hiring Mobile Market Driver/Operator

Washington, D.C.

JOIN ARCADIA’S MOBILE MARKET TEAM!

We are looking for an experienced driver to drive & operate our markets for the 2017 season!

Help bring local, affordable, fresh food to food insecure neighborhoods across DC!

Organizational Overview

Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food and Agriculture is a non-profit organization serving the Washington, DC-area. We raise awareness about healthy food and its sources, and establish innovative connections between sustainable local farms and consumers.

Arcadia is committed to increasing access to healthy, local, affordable food. We do this by applying the Food Truck model to Food Access.

Arcadia’s Mobile Markets are a retrofitted school bus and box truck that double as farmers’ markets on wheels. We take our markets to communities that don’t have grocery stores or affordable, readily available farm-fresh food.

By growing much of the produce ourselves at Arcadia Farm, we can offer affordable prices. By accepting SNAP/EBT (formerly known as “Food Stamps”), WIC and Senior FMNP vouchers – and by doubling the value of these benefits through a “Bonus Bucks” program – we are increasing food assistance redemption for healthier, unprocessed foods. And by making Mobile Market stops in the communities where SNAP/EBT, WIC and Senior FMNP beneficiaries live and work, we are able to effectively reach DC and Virginia residents who are in need of affordable food.

Arcadia is a small but growing organization, and the right candidate will have the opportunity to grow with us and become an integral part of our Mobile Market program. You will be the right candidate if you are able to combine a passion for building a strong, local and sustainable food system with the practical skills and experience listed below.

Job Description

Arcadia is hiring a seasonal, full-time Mobile Market Driver/Operator.  The job will entail driving one of the Mobile Market vehicles to and from market stops throughout the DC-metro area, and working with other Arcadia staff to operate the market stops. The Mobile Market Headquarters is located at 1800 Perry Street NE, 20018, approximately 1 mile east of the Brookland Metro Station. Duties include:

  • Setting-up and breaking down the market (i.e. tables, tents, shelves, etc.)
  • Conducting transactions, handling payments, and recordkeeping
  • Restocking products and maintaining the market’s appearance
  • Building rapport and mutual respect with our customers
  • Assisting in cooking demonstrations and outreach
  • Coordinating operations and outreach with partner organizations
  • Managing staff and volunteers within the market
  • Work closely with Mobile Market Director and Mobile Market Manager

Qualifications

  • Knowledge of and a passion for local and sustainable food, food access, and public health
  • Excellent geographic knowledge of and experience driving in Washington, DC preferred
  • Experience driving a large commercial vehicle preferred
  • A clean driving record
  • A Servsafe or Prometric Food Safety Manager Certificate preferred
  • DOT Medical Exam certificate preferred
  • Ability to cheerfully work long days, potentially beginning early or ending late
  • Ability to lift 50lbs
  • Punctual and reliable
  • Customer oriented with experience in a retail setting
  • Experience working in the food industry (farming, restaurant, grocery, etc.) preferred, but not required
  • Community and team oriented
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Professional in demeanor, highly organized, and accountable
  • Ability to perform in a fast-paced environment with competing demands
  • Spanish fluency a plus but not required.

Hours

The Mobile Market Driver/Operator position will run from early May through the end of October 2017 (approximately 34 weeks)

The Driver/Operator will work up to 40 hours a week.

Mobile Market stops are Tuesday through Saturday. Once hired, the Driver/Operator will coordinate with the Mobile Market Director to establish a regular work schedule that optimizes everybody’s availability and the market’s staffing needs.

Compensation

The Mobile Market Driver/Operator will be paid $18/hour.

To Apply

Please e-mail your resume, cover letter, status of DOT Medical Card and Food Safety Manager Certification or any questions to Jeremy Mauck, Mobile Market Director, at Jeremy@Arcadiafood.org.  

Applications reviewed on rolling basis until position is filled. Position starts in early May.

Arcadia is committed to a policy of equal employment opportunity and does not discriminate in the terms, conditions, or privileges of employment on account of race, age, color, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, or religion or otherwise as may be prohibited by federal and state law.

Maryland – Fair Farms hiring Interns

Maryland

Fair Farms Internship

Summer 2017

Fair Farms, a campaign for food and farm sustainability in Maryland is offering a summertime paid internship for a college student. The right candidate is an agricultural sciences major, environmental science, natural resource conservation, sustainability, nutrition, public policy, or similar.

The main role of the intern will be to assist the outreach coordinator, legal fellow, communications manager and executive director in the day-to-day operation of the Fair Farms campaign. This may include, but is not limited to writing assignments, farm visits, event management and tabling, social media and digital engagement, public policy and other opportunities.

A working knowledge of contemporary environmental justice issues as pertains to food and farming is strongly encouraged. Your ability to make sound decisions, work independently, be self-motivated, be a strong writer, be a fierce advocate for issues surrounding sustainability — and work in sometimes-inclement weather (heat and rain) are essential.

The internship runs from a flexible date in June until August and pays $12 an hour. The intern will be expected to track their hours, mileage and expenses. The intern will be expected to work from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at least three days a week.

Requirements:

  • Undergraduate or graduate student
  • Background in the food, farm or environment
  • Experience working in a diverse group that may include urban and rural interactions
  • Experience with social media
  • Ability to work independently
  • Ability to interact with the public

How to Apply

Email shelby@fairfarmsnow.org
Please include “Summer Intern” in the subject line, along with a resume, references, and a brief cover letter specifying why you have a strong passion for working with our food system.

Maryland – Clark’s Farm hiring Vegetable Production Manager

Ellicott City, Maryland

Clark’s Farm is Hiring! 

Are you looking for a great farming opportunity? Do you want to grow vegetables and know there is a market for them? Do you want to help make decisions where and when to expand? Come join our farm and help us grown our produce operation and keep our customers satisfied!

Clark’s Farm is a family farm in central Maryland (Howard County). We run a summer vegetable garden, on farm retail store, and CSA. We also operate a petting farm and raise 100% grass fed beef and pasture raised pork.

www.clarklandfarm.com

www.facebook.com/ClarksProduce

Description: Clark’s Farm is looking for someone with produce growing experience to expand our organic produce operation. Our farm produce stand is open every day July 1 through Labor Day and our CSA runs for 12 weeks. There is plenty of room to expand here and we are looking for the right person to make that happen!

Job Duties: 

  • Planning, planting, and other garden prep (including tractor work)
  • Irrigation set up, weeding, trellising, harvesting, and packing
  • Prioritizing tasks for helpers during the busiest season
  • Plan, pick, and pack CSA
  • Be comfortable interacting with customers and working at farm market.

Qualifications: Positive attitude, self motivated, passionate, ready to share knowledge and to learn, hard working, time management skills, organizational skills. Must have farm experience with growing vegetables successfully.

Details: Approximate dates for employment March1-Nov 30, with year round work possible. Compensation will be based on experience.

This is a great opportunity for someone who is looking for land to grow! We have the market, land, and capacity to grow our business. We are just looking for the right person to expand the operation!

If you are interested please send a message with a brief description of yourself and your interests, your resume, and/or questions to Nora at clarksbeef@gmail.com before March 4, 2017

Colchester Farm hiring Apprentices

Galena, Maryland

Colchester Farm Seeks Farm Apprentices

Located in Galena on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, Colchester Farm is a non-profit small-scale farm that produces a wide range of produce, eggs, and honey for approximately 200 CSA members and two local farmers’ markets. The farm leases 15 acres of land from a 350-acre farm and follows organic practices but is not currently certified. The operation is entering its fifteenth season in 2017.

Each year, Colchester Farm offers apprenticeships to individuals interested in gaining hands-on experience in sustainable vegetable production and the marketing of produce through community supported agriculture and farmers’ markets.

For the 2017 season, we are looking for a team of 2 advanced apprentices (Feb or March through December) 1 full season apprentice (April through early December) and two summer apprentices (3 months: late May-late Aug). Anyone with a serious interest in agriculture, good work ethic, sense of humor and the ability to do the physical work of farming will be considered. For our advanced apprentice positions, we are looking for applicants with at least one season of farming experience.

Compensation includes a stipend, on-farm housing, and produce and eggs from the farm.

For more information visit: www.colchesterfarm.org or contact Theresa Mycek, CSA manager, manager@colchesterfarm.org.

To apply, please submit a resume with references and a cover letter describing your interest in an apprenticeship at Colchester Farm CSA to manager@colchesterfarm.org.

Maryland – The Farm at Our House hiring Manager/Co-Owner

Brookeville, Maryland

The Farm at Our House seeks a Manager/Co-Owner who is willing to make a significant  commitment to the production, development, marketing and sales of organically certified mixed vegetables, small fruits, pastured eggs and shiitake mushrooms on and off the farm. This is a great opportunity for someone who wants to farm full time in Montgomery County, Maryland. The Manager/Co-Owner plays a critical role in working with the existing owner, who is also a full time high school teacher during the school year, to lead the farm management team and provide oversight of full time employees, college interns, Our House residents and high school volunteers in the summer. The Manager/Co-Owner must be willing and able to collaboratively oversee the entire farm operation.

The Farm at Our House is located in Brookeville, Maryland, 15 miles north of Washington, DC. We grow certified organic fruits and vegetables and produce pastured eggs on 5 acres and manage an additional 11 acres. The farm is located on 140 acres owned by Our House www.our_house.org, a residential job training center for young men ages 16-21.  Our House residents have the opportunity to work on the farm, earn income, and develop job skills to prepare for adulthood. The Farm at Our House does not own the land we farm, but we do have a license to the land and 9 year collaborative relationship with Our House Inc., the landowner. We currently gross $100,000/ year, manage a 100 member 26-30 week CSA, sell at 2 local farmers markets, and to local restaurants and grocers.

Responsibilities in Partnership with Existing Owner:

  • Management— supervise and lead 2 other farm management team members, 2-4 college interns, Our House trainees, and seasonal high school employees.
  • Production—lead and perform field work, including supervision of staff: planting, cultivation, irrigation, harvesting, packing of crops, and care of laying hens; assist with mushroom production, equipment maintenance/repair, capital projects, and care of 8 acre field.
  • Marketing—possibly represent farm at one or more weekly farmers markets or CSA pickup site; ensure delivery of produce to wholesale customers; manage produce allocation among markets, wholesale and CSA; contribute to newsletter, website, and marketing materials.
  • Administration—play a lead role in budgeting, crop rotation planning, crop/variety selection, capital project planning; coordinate with Our House leadership and staff; communicate with CSA members; ensure work is documented and organic certification requirements are met.
  • Business Development- Help develop a long-term business strategy, share responsibility for the farm’s continued existence and future development.

Estimated Time Allotment:

Open to negotiation, but might look like the following:

  • Production and on-farm supervision: about 60% of time
  • Marketing: about 20% of time
  • Administration: about 20% of time

Required Qualifications:

Minimum of three years of farming experience, basic tractor skills and understanding of tractor implement use and capability, seed starting and direct seeding knowledge, very good communication and organizational skills.

Desired Qualifications: 

Experience working with at-risk young people, administrative and supervisory experience, marketing experience, small fruit expertise.

Compensation:

Negotiated with the co-owner on an annual basis, and based on the farm’s success.

Please forward resume, cover letter, and three references to farm owner Marc Grossman, at thefarmatourhouse@gmail.com or call him at202 412 5698 with questions about this opportunity.

Accokeek Foundation hiring Livestock Manager

Accokeek, Maryland

Accokeek Foundation Livestock Manager

Position Overview

The Accokeek Foundation seeks a Livestock Manager for its Heritage Breed Conservation Program on a 200-acre site in Piscataway Park. The site includes two working farms, the National Colonial Farm (living history tobacco planter farmstead) and the Ecosystem Farm (8-acre sustainable agriculture demonstration). The Heritage Breed Conservation Program includes the breeding of Milking Devon cattle and Hog Island sheep, as well as the exhibiting of Ossabaw hogs and a variety of heritage breed poultry. In addition to managing all aspects of animal care (including rotational grazing), the Livestock Manager works with Foundation staff in pasture management and care of infrastructure and equipment. The Livestock Manage also supports the Foundation’s agricultural and educational programs. S/he is a hardworking, resourceful, detail-oriented individual with excellent project management and people skills, a sense of humor, and an interest in historic preservation and environmental sustainability.

About the Accokeek Foundation

The Accokeek Foundation was established as a non-profit organization in 1957 to protect the land from development, and to preserve the view from Mount Vernon across the Potomac River. The Foundation helped lead the effort to create Piscataway Park and continues its work on this landscape through a cooperative agreement with the National Park Service. Today, our mission is to cultivate passion for the natural and cultural heritage of Piscataway Park and commitment to stewardship and sustainability. Through on-farm educational experiences and innovative programming we are connecting people to the land and engaging them in creating a sustainable world.

Specific Responsibilities 

  • Routine care and management routine care and management will meet or exceed the current standards for humane and sustainable care of livestock as specified by the US Humane Society,
  • Maintain sufficient populations of livestock and poultry to support the Accokeek Foundation’s program needs, including breeding of Milking Devon cattle and Hog Island sheep.
  • Maintain relevant records and registrations for all livestock.
  • Sell, trade or share breeding stock when possible to reputable buyers and breeders.
  • Provide livestock, hay and pasture management components to the Foundation’s sustainable agriculture initiatives.
  • Maintain and improve appropriate open spaces in hayfields, selected forest buffers and pasture, with the goal of a high quality rotational grazing and multi-species grazing program.
  • Work with students, interns, volunteers and the general public to support the Foundation’s heritage breed, natural resource and agricultural programs.
  • Act as Site Supervisor, overseeing interpreters or volunteers, when needed.

Professional Experience and Qualifications

  • Associate degree or higher, or equivalent educational training.
  • Four years farming experience with personal responsibilities for management of livestock.
  • Experience in operating relevant machinery.
  • Computer skills (e.g., Word, Excel).
  • Physical stamina to perform necessary tasks involved in a sustainable agriculture operation.
  • Knowledge of current-day environmentally sustainable agricultural practice and the role of animals therein
  • Creative problem-solving skills, initiative, sound judgment, diplomacy and discretion, as well as the ability to maintain poise and professionalism under pressure,
  • Ability to exercise independent decision making skills while also working within the Foundation’s management structure, understanding the significance of organizational culture and the special requirements of a non-profit organization.
  • Experience and/or openness to working with draft animals is a plus.

Highly Desired Qualities

  • Personal commitment to sustainable agriculture and environmental stewardship.
  • Strong interest in education, including designing interactive learning experiences
  • Experience in drama, including both third-person and first-person living history interpretation
  • Experience working with children
  • Willingness to work in costume when needed

Hours, Start Date/Duration, and Compensation

Full-time position (40 hours per week, exempt from overtime pay). Schedule is 8 am to 4 pm, Tuesday-Saturday, with flexibility to work other times on occasion (eg. birthing season). Starting salary range is $30-32,000 per year. The Accokeek Foundation provides a generous employee benefit package including health insurance, paid vacation, holiday, sick leave, and a retirement plan.

To Apply

Please send a resume and a cover letter that details your interest and experience related to this position. Send by mail to “3400 Bryan Point Road, Accokeek MD 20607 or by email to info@accokeek.org. PLEASE use “Livestock Manager” in the subject heading.

The Accokeek Foundation conducts background checks in order to insure the safety and well-being of the organization’s staf and visitors. This position is open until filled. The Accokeek Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

3400 Bryan Point Road | Accokeek, Maryland 20607 | p: 301-283-2113 | http://www.accokeekfoundation.org