Ohio – Gorman Heritage Farm hiring Manager

Cincinnati, Ohio

Gorman Heritage Farm ​Crops, Grounds & Facilities Manager Application
Job Description
Job​ ​Title:​ ​Crops, Grounds & Facilities Manager
Reports​ ​to:​ ​Executive Director
Category:​ ​Full time
Classification​: Non-exempt
Beginning​ ​Pay​ ​Scale:​ $30,000 – $35,000 annually, depending on experience, plus benefits

Purpose

Plans, budgets, implements and evaluates the crop production programs of Gorman Heritage Farm working in collaboration with other GHF staff and the Land Use Committee. Manages crop production, use and sales. Manages Farmyard volunteers. Maintains grounds and facilities in conjunction with the Land Use Committee and volunteers. Supports the Gorman Heritage Farm mission, promotes membership and acts as an advocate for GHF.

Job​ ​Responsibilities

Create, manage and document annual and long range plans for crop production and orchard. Select crops appropriate for educational purposes, market, animal feed, pastures, and bedding. Plant, irrigate, tend, harvest, utilize on Farm and sell crops each season.
Work to replenish soil/maintain soil health through use of cover crops, on-farm compost and crop rotation.
Responsible for grounds maintenance of Gorman Heritage Farm including moving, trimming and snow
removal as needed.
Responsible for maintenance of buildings, fences and other structures in farmyard.
Annual and monthly program budgeting. Responsible for achieving budgeted revenues and maintaining
expenses.
Assure compliance with standards for safety, best practices and overall aesthetics of fields, trails, grounds and
facilities.
Work with Livestock Manager to assure pastures are suitable for grazing.
Provide education as needed for GHF school groups, tours, summer camps, adult education, visitors, exhibits
and demonstrations. Collaborate with Education and Program Managers assuring that the farm offers
exemplary adult, family and children’s educational programs and workshops.
Supervise volunteers (including AmeriCorps, volunteers, interns or stipend workers) working in the fields.
Attend weekly Farmyard meetings and monthly Land Use Committee meetings
Represent Gorman Heritage Farm with environmental, agricultural, and educational organizations both locally
and nationally. Stay up to date on current trends and new developments in the field.
Other duties as assigned
Education/Skills​

At least 5 years experience required. Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree is a plus.
Collaborative leadership style and strong team player.
Strong oral communication skills. Fun personality. Proficient in public speaking.
Ability to work with and teach a variety of ages.
Computer skills required but not limited to: Google Suite.
Nonprofit experience preferred but not required.
Physical​ ​demands​

This position requires very strenuous physical activities. The work is performed both indoors and outdoors in all kinds of weather.

Equipment​ ​operated​

Tractors, cultivator, baler, manure spreader, combine and other farm equipment as well as zero turn mower, hand tools, copier, telephone, and other equipment found in office, farm and teaching environment.

Visit https://form.jotform.com/73164335492155 to apply

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Michigan – Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities hiring Fellows

Traverse City, Michigan
Are you passionate about increasing access to healthy food for all members of a community? Apply today for a Food Equity Fellowship with the Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities based in Traverse City, MI.

Groundwork is seeking a dynamic post-graduate or mid-career professional who will work with Groundwork to help increase access to healthy food in communities throughout northwest lower Michigan.

As a Fellow you will work with nonprofit staff on important projects, build policy expertise and gain valuable professional development skills. This fellowship is an excellent opportunity to experience food and farming policy advocacy while working for a well-established, community-based nonprofit organization.
Responsibilities will include:
  • Developing, designing, and maintaining resources used by anti-poverty advocates throughout the region
  • Developing comprehensive “healthy food environment” plans for area food pantries, including developing content for a toolkit on how to create a food pantry environment centered around equity and health;
  • Surveying food insecure families in Benzie and Antrim counties, and interviewing willing participants in order to provide a qualitative summary of rural food insecurity to accompany quantitative data;
  • Preparing written or video content about Groundwork’s food equity work for the website and social media;
  • Conducting research on grant opportunities, partnerships and other program resources;
  • Collaborating with staff on new ideas, directions, and venues for training and communications with local advocates (including teachers, parents, school administrators and community members);
  • And, generally supporting the Food & Farming Program Director as needed.
Professional Requirements 
The candidate must demonstrate:
  • Experience in, and passion for food and farming issues, particularly in food and health equity;
  • Experience organizing community leaders around social justice initiatives;
  • Strong writing and communications skills;
  • Working knowledge of social media platforms, specifically Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
Personal Qualifications
Groundwork seeks the following qualities in successful candidates:
  • Strong commitment to Groundwork’s mission and programs;
  • Understanding of and enthusiasm for resiliency principles;
  • Proven ability to organize priorities, with keen attention to detail and deadlines;
  • Self-directed working approach and initiative;
  • Professional and pleasant demeanor;
  • Strong interpersonal communication and teamwork skills;
  • And, a sense of humor and positive outlook.
Duration and Term Dates
The Spring Fellowship term lasts from January 15th – June 15th, 2018.
Compensation, Benefits, and Application Procedure
This is a paid fellowship position requiring a minimum of 25 hours per week. Successful applicants will receive a stipend of $4,000. Other benefits include access to an incredibly vibrant community in northern Michigan and schedules flexible enough to enjoy the wondrous forests, clean rivers, and the magnificent Great Lakes shoreline that distinguish our region.
To apply, please complete the Fellowship Application by November 17th, 2017. Selections will be made in early December.

Michigan – Tamarack Camps hiring Farber Farm Manager

Ortonville, Michigan

POSITION DESCRIPTION

Position:         Tamarack Camps, Farber Farm Manager                            
Reports To:     Camp Maas Associate Director

Tamarack Camps, established by the Fresh Air Society, builds a vibrant community by providing enriching Jewish camping experiences for children and families, respectful of financial ability.

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Position Summary & Accountabilities:

New Farm Development

The Farber Farm Manager (FFM) is a new position at Tamarack Camps. We are looking for a farm manager who will help lead in the construction, management and programming of the Farber Farm.  The FFM will be an integral member of the planning team to fully establish agricultural and educational operations on our new site. The FFM will work very closely with staff and lay leadership, under the direct supervision of the Camp Maas Associate Director.

Specific farm development objectives include:

  • Develop soil building, including irrigation, tilling and chiseling, as well as planting and managing of a cover crop in the main farm fields and orchard.
  • Provide leadership in finalizing the development of the design for beds, irrigation, paths, and plantings of main farm fields and orchard.
  • Manage increasing areas of production as they are planted.
  • Participate in planning of landscaped areas of the site and implement planting of edibles, natives, and other perennials – in specific planting beds, along paths and edges, and exterior of the site.
  • Finalize and implement plans, infrastructure/mechanics, and routines for future animal care.
  • Provide leadership to develop an overarching vision incorporating Tamarack Camps’ core values and mission to its new agricultural operations.
  • Develop a vision and plan for composting and nutrient cycling on the site, including all organic waste generated on site and considering use of organic waste from nearby sources, (i.e., kitchen).
  • Complete interior of propagation greenhouse and propagate for spring planting.
  • Collaborate with new Farm Educator on crop plans and timeline to deliver curriculum for Campers in summer of 2018, as well as for Outdoor Ed.

Farm Management

The FFM is responsible for the operation of the Farber Farm in accordance with best science-based practices in organic growing methods. The expectation is that the farm will be designed and managed to optimize efficient food production, effective education and training, and resource conservation. Responsibilities cover all aspects of production (including propagation), orchards, composting, pest management, irrigation, and animal husbandry (eventually goats, bees, chickens). The crop plan (annuals, orchard, edibles across the farm) should be oriented to serve the Farm’s camp community, the wider Metro Detroit Jewish and general communities.

The FFM is responsible for maintenance of all planted areas of the Farber Farm and adjacent sites, including those areas that do not produce food. This includes irrigation, pruning, weeding, pest-management, mulching, and anything else required to maintain the health and beauty of the planted areas, which may include: farm field beds, orchard installation and maintenance, the nearby Sensory Garden, as well as the large, uncultivated field. The FFM will work with the Camp Maas Associate Director to ensure proper coordination of activities and staff management around the site.

Facilities

The FFM is responsible for overall farm maintenance (with support as needed from the Camp’s Facilities Manager) as well as cleanliness and maintenance of all farm tools and the production, growing, processing, storage, and other areas used by and managed by the farm team. The FFM will also work with the agency CFO to create and manage the farm budget.

The FFM will be responsible for building his/her team, e.g., identifying the work of seasonal farm woofers/fellows, Farm Apprentice/Assistant; (these are currently un-funded positions, but based on the vision, may be added). The FFM is also responsible for collaborative planning and ongoing work with the Farm Educator.

The FFM is responsible for taking a continual improvement approach to farm operations protocols, systems, and procedures as well as instructional materials, while maintaining appropriate continuity and predictability with the camp program staff, farm workers, and other staff.

Youth, Family, and Public Programs

The FFM also works with Tamarack Camps Adventure & Retreat Center to ensure that camp and other year-round visitors to the farm are integrated into the farm in meaningful, productive, and educational ways. The FFM is responsible for supporting the Farm Educator in identifying appropriate farm tasks for students, campers, and adults during various year-round programs.

Additional Roles and Responsibilities

The FFM may be occasionally asked to work in areas outside of the responsibilities described above. This is a start up farm, so flexibility, working with team members and lay leaders, and thinking “outside the box” is essential.  The FFM participates in weekly staff meetings and other organization-wide meetings and processes, and performs administrative tasks essential to the smooth operation of the farm.

Qualifications, Experience, and Education:

Three to five years prior experience in farming and farm management required. BA or associate degree in farming agriculture related field preferred.

Salary, Benefits, Schedule:

Full-time annual salary of $45,000-$50,000 (based on experience), plus year-round housing.

The FFM will also receive all benefits as described for year-round employees of Tamarack Camps.

If interested, please contact Sean Morgan, Associate Director at smorgan@tamarackcamps.com or 216-952-9033

Arkansas or Massachusetts – Heifer USA hiring Apprentices

Perryville, Arkansas or Rutland, Massachusetts

LIVESTOCK/GARDEN APPRENTICE

Heifer USA invites applicants to be part of the inaugural apprentice program at Heifer Ranch in Perryville, Arkansas and at Heifer Farm in Rutland, Massachusetts. Participants agree to a one-year commitment, with the possibility of extension. This program will offer hands-on agricultural experience in both market gardening and livestock production.

The goal of the apprenticeship program is to provide education, mentorship and technical assistance to foster the development and capacity of new and beginning farmers to launch their successful farm enterprises. We will select four apprentices at each site who will experience hands-on technical training in sustainable agriculture, pasture-based poultry and livestock production, organic market gardening, value added production and food safety. Field experience will be complemented with trainings covering business planning, record keeping, marketing and relevant legal and tax topics.

At both sites, apprentices will benefit from connections to established, successful farms, farmer-to-farmer technical assistance, fully-furnished housing on-site, and a monthly stipend to cover living expenses. This is an opportunity to help Heifer USA shape this program, and we hope you join us in the journey.

APPLY

Please contact us at heiferusa@heifer.org or call 1-855-3HEIFER option 4. Heifer USA is proud to use sustainable agriculture and food system work as tools for promoting social justice. We are intentionally inclusive of limited resource and socially disadvantaged communities and individuals.

Heifer USA works with small-scale farmers to help them transform their communities. Farms become strong, community-focused businesses that support their families and spark economic growth in rural America. With hands-on learning and access to livestock and horticulture experts, we teach farmers how to grow their sustainable farm enterprise while caring for the Earth. We invite the public to join the work that directly aids our project at Heifer Farm and Heifer Ranch.

Wisconsin – Brix Cider hiring Cider Supply Chain Assistant

Barneveld, Wisconsin 

Now hiring!

Job Title:  Cider Supply Chain Assistant

Location:  Barneveld, WI (with work in surrounding rural areas)

Background

Brix Cider is a small but growing company making hard cider in Southwest, Wisconsin (see brixcider.com for more information).  We source local apples from family farms to make high quality, craft cider.  We are planning to expand our supply chain this fall harvest season to include several local orchards, and we are looking to hire two, part time Cider Supply Chain Assistants to assist with apple harvest, collection, transport, and pressing.  This is a great opportunity to get started with a new company in a growing local, craft cider industry.

Job Description

The Cider Supply Chain Assistant will travel to small orchards in Southwest, Wisconsin along with other members of the Brix Cider team to harvest apples.  Some of the orchards will be managed and easily accessible, while others will consist of clusters of wild or seedling apple trees on more challenging terrain.  The primary responsibilities of the Cider Supply Chain Assistant will be to pick apples, load them onto a truck, transport them back to our farm or processing facility, and assist with apple pressing.  What better way to spend the autumn than travelling to orchards and picking apples, right?

Schedule

The position is part-time (15-30 hours per week) Monday through Thursday, primarily in the mornings and afternoons.  Hours may vary based on picking conditions at each site.

The position runs from the end of August through late November.  For the right person, we may consider longer term, year-round employment in our new cider production facility and pub (scheduled to open in early 2018).

Pay

$12-$14 per hour depending on skills and experience

 Required Skills

  • Dependable, hard-working, friendly
  • Able to lift and carry 50 lb bushel boxes repetitively
  • Able to pull or push a harvest cart weighing approximately 200 pounds
  • Willing to work outdoors even in inclement weather
  • Comfortable working on a ladder with a harvest bag for extended periods of time
  • Works safely
  • Works efficiently
  • Works well with others

Desired Qualifications

 Interest in and/or knowledge of apples and cider

  • Experience working on farms or in similar environments
  • Experience in food processing and/or fermentation

 Other Requirements

  • The Cider Supply Chain Assistant will be responsible for his or her own transportation to our farm in Barneveld or to other orchards in the area

How to Apply

 Applications are due by August 15th, 2017.  The application should include:

  1. Cover letter
  2. Resume
  3. Contact information for 3 references, including: name, description of relationship, email, and phone number
  4. Also, when you contact us, please note what days and times you are available

Applications should be sent to Matt and Marie Raboin by email:  matt@brixcider.com and marie@brixcider.com

Ohio – Gorman Heritage Farm hiring Livestock Assistant

Gorman Heritage Farm is a 122-acre working farm and outdoor education center, inviting visitors to explore and learn the history, methods and values of a working family farm in a natural setting.

Evendale, Ohio

Job Title: Livestock Assistant
Category: Part time, 30-35 hours/week. 30 day probationary period.
Classification: Non-Exempt
Reports to: Farm Manager
Pay Scale: $12 – $14/ hour, based on education and experience.

Purpose:
Working under the direction of the Farm Manager to care for livestock and poultry, grounds and building maintenance, and assist with management of Volunteers.

Job Responsibilities:
Daily correspondence with and oversight of Farmyard Volunteers
Help prepare Farmyard and Animals for education groups
Feeding, watering, cleaning, and pasture rotation for livestock and poultry
Take notes related to animal health, feeding, and pasture rotation, as well as volunteer tasks, education groups, etc.
Grounds maintenance including mowing, trimming and snow removal as needed
Other duties as assigned.

Education/Skills: Bachelor’s Degree preferred, High School Diploma/GED and relevant work experience required. Basic knowledge of animal care, livestock experience preferred. Good communications skills. Positive attitude. Passion for the mission of Gorman Heritage Farm.

Physical demands: This position requires very strenuous physical activities. Must be able to lift 50 pounds independently. The work is performed both indoors and outdoors in all kinds of weather.

Equipment operated: Tractors, truck with trailer, utility vehicles, zero turn mower, weed eater, hand tools, power tools, computer, printer/copier, and other equipment found in office, farm and teaching environment.

To apply: Send cover letter explaining your interest in and qualifications for the position along with your resume to tricia@gormanfarm.org.

Illinois – Food Works hiring Farm Beginnings Assistant Facilitator

Carbondale, Illinois

Now Hiring!

Farm Beginnings® Assistant Facilitator

Food Works, a non-profit organization centered in Carbondale, IL, seeks a part-time Assistant Facilitator for the Farm Beginnings program. Our mission is to advance sustainable food systems in the 23 southernmost counties in Illinois. Our programs feature farmer-to-farmer peer education and consumer education and engagement.

Join our food community of farmers, artisans, brewers, bakers, vintners, educators, musicians, chefs, consumers, and activists to help restore our sustainable local food system, centered in southernmost Illinois home of the Shawnee Hills and the Shawnee National Forest.

Farm Beginnings® helps farmers build and grow sustainable farm businesses through farmer- led seminars and mentoring in southern Illinois. Farm Beginnings® is equally committed to leadership development toward positive social change. This Farm Beginnings Assistant Facilitator position will work directly with beginning and established farmers as well as helping to build larger community support and understanding around beginning farmer issues and growing the sustainable local food system.

The ideal candidate has some farming experience, Farm Beginnings® or farm education/mentorship experience, is an effective communicator, and experienced in organizing and administering learning opportunities. Farm Beginnings is a winter seminar series for beginning farmers followed by a growing season internship. The Assistant Facilitator’s primary responsibility will be co-facilitating learning seminars, planning and logistics; coordinating guest presenters; conducting evaluations; ensuring preparations; and conducting follow-up and evaluations. The Assistant Facilitator will work 8-15 hours/week Sept.-February including 1-2 weekends per month (either Sat or Sun TBA); then 5-8 hours per week during other months. The Assistant Facilitator must attend if possible one out-of-town, two-day training in February (or March) and one out- of-town, two-day training in July/August (Travel costs are covered).

This part-time position will focus on Farm Beginnings work based in Carbondale, Illinois and serving a 23-county area of southernmost Illinois. The Assistant Facilitator will be supervised by Kathleen Logan Smith, Food Works Executive Director.

Details :

Salary at $16-$20/hour based on qualifications. The Asst. Facilitator receives a $25/month phone stipend.

For more information seewww.fwsoil.org/staff.  Food Works is an equal opportunity employer

To Apply:

Please submit a cover letter, resume highlighting skills and experience, and writing samples to: Kathleen Logan Smith, Executive Director via email: Kathleen@eatsouthernillinois.org or via mail: P.O. Box 3855, Carbondale, IL 62902, 618-370-3287. Please send any email attachments as pdf files. Other file formats will not be opened.