Missouri – EarthDance Farm hiring Youth Programs Coordinator

Ferguson, Missouri

Position Description: Youth Programs Coordinator

Now Hiring: Youth Programs Coordinator at EarthDance Farm

EarthDance Organic Farm School is seeking applicants for the AmeriCorps position of Youth Programs Coordinator. The successful candidate for this position will work to expand EarthDance’s Youth Exploring Agriculture & Health (YEAH!) programs to serve more children and families by developing new partnerships with groups that serve youth to provide farm-based education and enrichment to more low-income youth. The Youth Programs Coordinator will work with young people ages 5-21 around fresh food, nutrition awareness and cooking skills, and empowering youth to become food leaders.

The position will begin in August 2018. AmeriCorps positions entail a 12-month commitment, but may become a full-time permanent position pending funding and organizational need.

Organization: EarthDance

Mission: EarthDance sustainably grows food, farmers, and community, one small farm at a time, through hands-on education and delicious experiences.

Position: Youth Programs Coordinator

Location: EarthDance Organic Farm School, 233 S. Dade Ave, Ferguson, MO 63135

Hours: 40 hours/week

Job Description Summary:

EarthDance is seeking a self-motivated and resourceful individual with excellent communication, educational, and interpersonal skills to serve as our Youth Programs Coordinator. The highly qualified candidate will possess an understanding of youth education, nutrition and cooking awareness, organic farming/ gardening, and passion for the good food movement.

The Youth Programs Coordinator will:

-Develop partnerships with groups that serve youth

-Provide farm-based education and enrichment to more low-income youth

-Recruit, train, and retain adult volunteers to serve as Field Trip Docents in order to increase EarthDance’s capacity to serve large groups of youth.

-Develop “on the road” food and farming related eating lesson plans for drop-in school visits

-Promote EarthDance’s programs– seasonal youth employment, teen volunteer opportunities–through outreach to schools and other avenues for connecting with young people. Continue reading

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Missouri – EarthDance Farm hiring Volunteer Coordinator

Ferguson, Missouri

Position Description: Volunteer Coordinator

Now Hiring: Volunteer Coordinator

EarthDance Organic Farm School is seeking applicants for the AmeriCorps position of Volunteer Coordinator. The successful candidate for this position will build the capacity of EarthDance through the exploration of available community volunteer support, improvement of the organization’s ability to train, track, and appreciate volunteers, and continual commitment to maintain highly effective volunteer management practices.

The position will begin in July 2018. AmeriCorps positions entail a 12-month commitment, but may become a full-time permanent position pending funding and organizational need.

Organization: EarthDance

Mission: EarthDance sustainably grows food, farmers, and community, one small farm at a time, through hands-on education and delicious experiences.

Position: Volunteer Coordinator

Location: EarthDance Organic Farm School, 233 S. Dade Ave, Ferguson, MO 63135

Hours: 40 hours/week

Job Description Summary:

EarthDance is seeking a self-motivated and resourceful individual with excellent communication, organizational, and interpersonal skills to serve as our Volunteer Coordinator. The Volunteer Coordinator’s time will be spent on the farm, leading farm tours and volunteer crews; in the office scheduling, tracking and strategizing; and in the community, recruiting volunteers and communicating with partner organizations.

The Volunteer Coordinator will:

-Develop EarthDance’s volunteer management system

-Coordinate volunteer activities on the farm and at special events

-Follow up with volunteer groups and individuals to build lasting volunteer relationships

-Create documents and databases, and establish protocols for recruiting, training, and retaining and tracking volunteers

-Research best practices for volunteer management

-Implement new procedures

-Write a monthly Volunteer Newsletter

-Promote, schedule, and lead private farm tours

-Coordinate with EarthDance staff to determine the organization’s volunteer needs for on farm and special events

-Update the volunteer management manual of procedures and documents to serve as training materials for future staff members Continue reading

Missouri – EarthDance Farm hiring Marketing and Outreach Coordinator

Ferguson, Missouri

Position Description: Marketing and Outreach Coordinator

Now Hiring: Marketing and Outreach Coordinator at EarthDance Farm

EarthDance Organic Farm School is seeking applicants for the AmeriCorps position of Marketing and Outreach Coordinator. The successful candidate for this position will work with community members and organizational partners to build EarthDance’s capacity to serve low-income individuals by conducting outreach to build relationships with Ferguson community members and increase community awareness of EarthDance’s offerings. The Outreach & Marketing Coordinator will make Earthdance’s services and information about food security and healthy eating more visible to Ferguson neighbors and surrounding communities by engaging these groups through the organization’s social media channels and communication with local media outlets.

The position will begin in August 2018. AmeriCorps positions entail a 12-month commitment, but may become a full-time permanent position pending funding and organizational need.

Organization: EarthDance

Mission: EarthDance grows food, farmers, and community through hands-on education and delicious experiences.

Position: Marketing and Outreach Coordinator

Location: EarthDance Organic Farm School, 233 S. Dade Ave, Ferguson, MO 63135

Hours: 40 hours/week

Job Description Summary:

EarthDance is seeking a self-motivated and resourceful individual with excellent communication, organizational, and interpersonal skills to serve as our Marketing and Outreach Coordinator. The highly qualified candidate will possess an understanding of the good food movement, marketing, and interacting with diverse communities and public audiences.

The Marketing and Outreach Coordinator will:

-Regularly attend community meetings and events (City Council, Neighborhood Association, Ferguson Florissant School District, etc.) in order to develop and strengthen relationships with Ferguson residents

-Coordinate and serve as point person for off-farm outreach events to promote awareness of EarthDance (tabling at events such as back-to-school/health/green fairs)

-Write for local media outlets on behalf of EarthDance

-Create and execute a social media plan and content

-Strengthen relationships with organizational partners (St. Louis Food Policy Coalition, United People Market, Emerson YMCA)

Requirements:

-Experience working with diverse populations

-Professional, friendly, and enthusiastic personality

-Experience working independently and in a team environment with successful outcomes

-Demonstrated strong time management and organizational skills

-Ability to work effectively in a demanding, high-energy environment and manage multiple priorities, while maintaining a sense of humor

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Missouri – EarthDance Farm hiring Grants and Development Associate

Ferguson, Missouri

Position Description: Grants and Development Associate

Now Hiring: Grants and Development Associate at EarthDance Farm

EarthDance Organic Farm School is seeking applicants for the AmeriCorps position of Grants and Development Assistant. The successful candidate for this position will build EarthDance’s capacity through the exploration of available funding resources, the collaborative execution of a fund development plan, and the co-creation of grant proposals. The Grants and Development Associate will work closely with other development staff and the Managing Director to build a strong foundation of support for EarthDance to continue to its mission.

The position will begin as early as late July, pending selection of the right candidate.  AmeriCorps positions entail a 12-month commitment, but may become a full-time permanent position pending funding and organizational need.

Organization: EarthDance

Mission: EarthDance sustainably grows food, farmers, and community, one small farm at a time, through hands-on education and delicious experiences.

Position: Grants and Development Assistant

Location: EarthDance Organic Farm School, 233 S. Dade Ave, Ferguson, MO 63135

Hours: 40 hours/week

Job Description Summary:

EarthDance is seeking a self-motivated and resourceful individual with excellent written and verbal communication, organizational, and interpersonal skills to serve as our Grants and Development Assistant. The highly qualified candidate will possess an understanding of the good food movement, research skills, and attention to detail.

The Grants and Development Assistant will:

-Research, apply for, and obtain grant funding for EarthDance programs and operations

-Complete grant reports

-Assist with the execution of the organization’s annual fund development plan

-Assist with the planning and execution of Farmers Formal, EarthDance’s major annual fundraising event and other fundraising events and opportunities

-Secure both cash and in-kind donations for farm and office

Requirements:

-Demonstrated strong time management and organizational skills

-Professional, friendly, and enthusiastic personality

-Strong persuasive writing skills

-Experience working independently and in a team environment with successful outcomes

-Ability to work effectively in a demanding, high-energy environment and manage multiple priorities, while maintaining a sense of humor Continue reading

Arkansas – Apple Seeds hiring VISTA Positions

Fayetteville, Arkansas
Apple Seeds, an education non-profit in Fayetteville, Arkansas, is looking to fill two VISTA positions starting August 20.
– Cooking in the Schools Coordinator
– Farm Lab Coordinator

 

The job descriptions can be found on our website at: https://appleseedsnwa.org/get-involved/
The listings are available at: my.americorps.gov. Type in “VISTA” as the program and “Arkansas” as the state and you should find the two open positions.
I’ve also attached the job descriptions.
ABOUT APPLE SEEDS:
For more than 10 years Apple Seeds has been serving Northwest Arkansas. In that time the organization has made great strides, positively impacting the community—student surveys show improved attitudes toward healthy food and heightened knowledge of nutrition. Apple Seeds reached nearly 7,000 students in 2017 through its programs. Apple Seeds provides a variety of programs, including Farm Lab, Farm to Table cooking classes, Food Ambassadors, Cooking in the Schools and school garden workshops. For more information visit www.appleseedsnwa.org.

Iowa – Practical Farmers of Iowa hiring Strategic Initatives Assistant

Ames, Iowa 

Practical Farmers of Iowa is Hiring a Strategic Initiatives Assistant

Practical Farmers of Iowa is seeking a diligent, respectful and passionate person to serve as assistant for the strategic initiatives team. For over 30 years, Practical Farmers has worked to equip farmers across the state (and beyond) to build resilient farms and communities. The strategic initiatives team works creatively to build collaborative projects between the private and public sectors that accomplish the goals of our farmer-members on the broader Iowa and Midwestern landscape.

The strategic initiatives assistant will support that team by 1) managing schedules and mailings; 2) tracking farmer completion of cost-share program requirements; 3) serving as the team’s primary event and meeting planner, 4) helping the team coordinate effectively with key partners; 5) assisting with outreach and farmer speaker coordination; 6) gathering supporting information for grant proposals and reports; and 7) providing administrative support to general field crops programming. Practical Farmers offers a flexible, fast-paced work environment with opportunities for independent initiative and professional development.

Duties

  • Schedule meetings and manage calendars using digital platforms
  • Respond to questions from farmers about cover crop cost-share programs
  • Manage mailings and track paperwork to and from farmers
  • Solicit and track farmer attendance at PFI events and partner events
  • Coordinate logistics of field days, conferences and other events (i.e. RSVPs, food, venue prep, expense tracking)
  • Staff field days and conferences as needed (i.e. moderating sessions, taking photos, helping with event set up and clean up, selling merchandise, taking notes)
  • Assist with writing, editing and proofing of articles and promotional materials as needed
  • Assist with tracking and meeting project deliverable deadlines
  • Represent PFI at field days, meetings and conferences with key partners and constituencies
  • Support general field crops program activities
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications and Characteristics

  • Strong writing, public relations and other general communication skills required
  • Ability to schedule, organize and conduct events required
  • Experience with Microsoft Word and Excel required
  • Two or more years of experience in meeting and event planning and/or administrative support for a high-performing team with external partners preferred
  • Experience with G Suite applications (Calendar, Sheets, Drive, etc.) preferred
  • Ability to work efficiently and accurately in a fast-paced team environment
  • Ability to communicate effectively with farmers, farm leaders, staff, media, agribusiness and the general public
  • Enthusiasm for project development and implementation
  • Ability to meet deadlines
  • Ability to work on several tasks at once.
  • Detail oriented and well organized
  • Flexible and adaptable
  • Ability work independently and within a team
  • Motivated and a self-starter

This is a full-time position based in our Ames office. Salary is competitive, based on experience and qualifications. This position requires some travel (mostly in Iowa), a valid driver’s license, the ability to lift 50 pounds and the ability to walk long distances.

The position reports to Alisha Bower, strategic initiatives manager. Practical Farmers is a family-friendly employer. The position includes full health care benefits, a flex plan, short- and long-term disability, life insurance and generous paid time off. Employer contribution to a 401k retirement plan is offered after one year of employment.

Please apply by sending cover letter, resume and references to Alisha Bower at alisha@practicalfarmers.org by Friday, May 11, 2018.

 

 

 

 

 

Minnesota – Open Arms of Minnesota hiring Temporary Part-Time Farm Assistant

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Open Arms of Minnesota:

Temporary Part-Time Farm Assistant

Organizational Summary:

Open Arms of Minnesota (OAM) is a nonprofit that prepares and delivers healthy, nutritious food to people living with life-threatening illnesses. Our mission is to nourish body, mind and soul. In our state-of-the-art kitchen, OAM staff members and more than 6,000 volunteers create meals specifically designed for our clients’ nutritional needs. We use fresh and, whenever possible, organic ingredients, including produce from our own Open Farms gardens. Volunteers deliver the meals throughout the Twin Cities metro area to approximately 1,000 clients, caregivers and dependents each week, providing nourishment and hope for families dealing with life-threatening illnesses. There are no fees for any of Open Arms’ services. Open Arms is a volunteer-driven organization and is culturally unique in our high commitment to an excellent volunteer experience.

To learn more, visit www.openarmsmn.org

Position Overview:

This temporary part-time hourly position contributes to the fulfillment of Open Arms’ mission by assisting the farm coordinator with our urban farm operations and CSA program and building support for our Open Farms program. Additionally, this position is responsible for planting, harvesting, preparing, packaging and delivery of vegetables, as well as maintaining and developing communications and relationships with volunteers and donors of Open Arms. The person in this position must enjoy working closely with volunteers, as she/he will supervise and closely interface with hundreds of volunteers over the growing season. As with all OAM staff positions, this position is responsible for helping ensure volunteers and interns have an exemplary experience during all interactions with Open Arms, and is expected to consistently maintain a high level of customer service to all guests, clients and fellow team members.

Open Date:   March 1st, 2018                                Closing Date:  Until filled

Primary Job Responsibilities:

  • Assist farm coordinator with the following:
  • Daily farm operations including seeding, transplanting, weeding, harvesting, irrigating, maintenance and record keeping
    • Maintaining farm infrastructure, tools and equipment
    • Preparation for and management of volunteer groups, interns and individual volunteers
  • Lead volunteer groups at farm sites
  • Provides an outstanding environment and experience for all volunteers by
    • Regularly seeking out meaningful and positive interactions with volunteers
    • Ensuring volunteers have access to tasks and projects
    • Maintaining a positive, friendly and helpful attitude at all times
    • Setting an example to other staff by consistently providing high quality customer service, and modeling positive conflict resolution
  • Crop production
  • Pest and disease control
  • Operation of hand-tools and other farm equipment such as a rototiller and mower
  • Assist in outreach with the local community to build relationships and foster engagement
  • Other duties as assigned

Requirements:

  • Prior experience in farming and production
  • Prior experience with CSA, Farmers Market and Wholesale Markets
  • Good organizational skills and multi-tasked abilities
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Ability to troubleshoot and problem solve independently
  • Great organizational skills and ability to adapt quickly to the changing needs of the business
  • Excellent communications and human relations skills
  • Flexible and varied schedule
  • Positive and friendly attitude
  • High work ethic and demonstrated reliability
  • Ability to effectively lead, communicate and inspire groups of volunteers
  • Willingness and ability to learn new techniques and skills
  • Ability to work independently and as a team member
  • Valid MN driver’s license
  • Sensitivity to diversity and able to work respectfully with wide array of co-workers and members of the community
  • Ability to adhere to attendance and punctuality requirements, to meet time-sensitive client and business needs
  • Basic computer skills
  • A passion for the mission and values of Open Arms

Physical Requirements:

  • Able to effectively use standard garden tools
  • Able to work effectively in most weather conditions
  • Able to lift high volumes of supplies, vegetables or other materials up to 50lbs.
  • Able to stand, sit, walk, bend, stoop and twist. Requires full range of motion, manual dexterity and eye-hand coordination.  Requires corrected vision, full color vision, sense of smell and taste, and hearing to normal range.
  • Able to provide your own transportation to and from farm sites

Reports To: Farm Coordinator

Range: $15 per hour                                              Location:      2500 Bloomington Avenue S                                                                                                                     Minneapolis MN 55404

Hours: Average of 20 hours per week, varied and flexible schedule

To Apply:

Please send resume and cover letter detailing pertinent experience to:
OAM HR

    • Email:             jobs@openarmsmn.org
    • Fax:                612.872.0866
    • Mail:                2500 Bloomington Avenue S, Minneapolis MN 55404
    • NO CALLS PLEASE

Benefits:

This position is eligible for a benefits package, including medical/life/AD&D/STD/LTD insurance and personal time off (PTO).  An employee-paid dental plan is also available.

Open Arms of Minnesota is committed to hiring and fostering a diverse and inclusive workforce that leverages the skills and talents of all employees in our organization, regardless of race, gender, national origin, age, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, familial status, disability  or socioeconomic status. We encourage diverse candidates to apply for this position.

Equal Opportunity Employer