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

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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.

Michigan – Allen Neighborhood Center hiring AmeriCorps Positions

Lansing, Michigan

NEW ANC Ameri-Corps Job Positions

Allen Neighborhood Center of Lansing, MI  is seeking candidates for three full-time AmeriCorps positions. The AmeriCorps term is October 16, 2017 – September 26, 2018. Resumes and cover letters are due to Andrea Villanueva by August 7 at 5 pm. Please note in your cover letter that you are interested in applying for a position at ANC and include which position(s) you are most interested in. AmeriCorps service delivers rich experiences in community-building! You may email your resume and cover letter to: Avillanueva@ingham.org.

Position Descriptions:

AmeriCorps is a national service program that offers members a small living stipend and education award in exchange for a term of service, and is commonly known as the “domestic Peace Corps.”

Illinois – Food Works hiring Program Coordinator

Carbondale, Illinois

Now Hiring!

Program Coordinator

Food Works, a non-profit organization centered in Carbondale, IL, seeks a part-time Program Coordinator. 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.

The Program Coordinator will have three areas of responsibility: Food Access program activities which include outreach to farmers markets throughout the region; management of the indoor Winter Community Farmers Market in Carbondale, IL; and administration of the Southern Illinois Farming Alliance peer education and networking programs. The Coordinator works to expand SNAP/Link access to Southern Illinois Farmers markets; promotes use of SNAP/Link at farmers markets; collects and monitors data related to farmers’ market access; manages the Winter Community Farmers Market (Opens Nov/Dec-March) in Carbondale and administers the Farming Alliance. The Coordinator will also work with farmers to identify needs and opportunities, produce newsletters, web content, and social media messaging, schedule educational on-farm Field Days, and develop workshops and trainings as needed.

The ideal candidate is responsible, professional, friendly, and organized. She or he has farmers market, project and volunteer management, communications and event planning experience. The candidate must be able to use the Microsoft Office suite of products (or their equivalent), work some weekends and evenings; must be able to travel in the 23-county southernmost Illinois region, and must be licensed and able to drive.

To apply send a letter of introduction, resume, references and writing samples to: kathleen@eatsouthernillinois.org. List “Program Coordinator” in the subject line and send all attachments as pdf files. Other formats will not be opened. Or mail application materials to: P.O. Box 3855, Carbondale, IL 62902. Please include your ideal schedule/hours and salary.

Food Works is an equal opportunity employer

For more information visit: http://www.fwsoil.org