Remote Opportunity – Barnraiser hiring Temporary Content Writer

Remote Work Opportunity

Looking for an excellent writer ASAP to create unique content for our growing website (www.barnraiser.us) for the next 30 days. Applicants must be fluent in English and understand basic sentence structure.

OVERVIEW: Barnraiser is looking for a few GREAT content writers to help us create the largest directory of good food and healthy living companies.

TO DOs: Create business Q/A content for business profiles on our platform. You’ll be given a list of companies to research and write Q&A content for business profiles. Transfer data into our Barnraiser admin portal. There is a short training involved.

SKILLS: Efficient and good time management, creative writing, strong evaluation skills, detail oriented, fluent in English and has an excellent understanding of grammar, reliable, strong communication skills, ability to meet & exceed goals.

SUCCESSFUL ENGAGEMENT: Meet & exceed weekly entry goals, bi-weekly check-ins to go over process and resolve issues, direct & prompt communication if issues occur.

WHY YOU SHOULD BE INTERESTED: Long term project potential, fun & interesting work for those that love food, work for a mission driven company.

Serious applicants only – If interested: please send resume and cover letter WITH a writing sample to madeline@barnraiser.us – will contact ASAP if interested in hiring to set up a quick interview and detailed walk through of requirements.

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Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship seeks Applicants

Various locations

Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship Seeking Applicants

Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship (DGA) is the first accredited Apprenticeship program for farming in the United States. Apprentices are paid, full-time employees of the farm, and participate in a 2-year program that consists of over 3700 hours of employment and mentoring under a Master Grazier, and 288 hours of related courses, including courses in Pasture Management, Milk Quality, Herd Health, Dairy Nutrition, Soils, Nutrients, and Composting. Apprentices develop skills that prepare them for positions in management, partnership, and farm ownership, and also have access to professional financial analysis and business planning support.  In addition to the Master Grazier mentor, Apprentices are supported by the DGA program, itself, in the form of an Education Coordinator who facilitates discussion groups with other Apprentices, pasture walks on other farms, and monitors curriculum work between the Master and the Apprentice. This program was started in Wisconsin, and is now being administered in Pennsylvania and some neighboring states by PASA, the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture.

DGA and PASA are currently looking for applicants to build an Apprentice pool for the region. We are in the process of enrolling Master Graziers, as well. To learn more about DGA, and to apply, use this link: https://www.dga-national.org/

Pasture-based, grazing dairies are economically viable, environmentally sustainable farms that can provide meaningful livelihood for motivated individuals.

Applicants must be at least 18 years old and have a high school diploma or GED.

Middlebury FoodWorks hiring Coordinator & Teaching Assistants

Various Locations

https://middlebury.peopleadmin.com/postings/12454

A FoodWorks Coordinator & Teaching Assistant will be hired to work in each of the three locations:
Louisville, KY, Washington DC, Middlebury, Vermont

Time commitment: April 1 – August 6, varying hours week

Approximate time requirements:
April – 20 hours total plus orientation trip to Middlebury; May – 40 hours total, June/July – 25 hours of work per week plus living with students

Travel costs are covered as well as room and board from June 5 to August 5.

Ability to drive and current driver’s license without violations in the last 3 years. Must have use of a car during the 9-week session.

Position Summary:
Middlebury FoodWorks (http://www.middlebury.edu/foodworks) is a nine-week cohort fellowship program for students interested in local food and sustainable development, currently operating in Louisville, Kentucky, Middlebury, Vermont and Washington, D.C. Its mission is to provide summer experiential opportunities that enhance student learning and engagement in food studies. Each student works four days a week in a paid internship focused on a different aspect of the food system. On the fifth day, students participate together in a curriculum designed to meet targeted learning objectives on sustainable agriculture and ecology; food systems; community and economic development; nutrition and health; and other topics such as food security and justice, policy, culture and traditions.

The FoodWorks Coordinator/T.A. will oversee day to day operations of the program. The coordinator will organize and manage locations and activities for each 5th Day, live with students in student housing the entire 9 weeks, encourage weekly dinners with fellows, and participate in organized social and civic events and activities. The coordinator is the daily contact person for the students at each site. They assist the FoodWorks Site Director with student life and all program elements to ensure the fellows experience a meaningful summer. They are in contact with the lead Faculty, FoodWorks Director, and Site Director and facilitate key discussion topics for 5th Days. The FoodWorks Coordinator/T.A. will be supervised by the Site Director and FoodWorks Director.

General Responsibilities:

  • Attend two day training and student orientation in April in Middlebury, VT.
  • Coordinate and manage site specific orientation upon arrival in June.
  • Oversee day-to-day operations of the program. Prepare for arrival of interns , maintain regular communication with interns, have emergency forms and other documentation signed, conduct employer meetings, coordinate interns’ arrivals and meet them at the airport as needed, help them acclimate and form a community
  • Oversee residential arrangements for summer interns.
  • Collaborate with FoodWorks Faculty to plan course components.
  • Organize 5th Day activities in collaboration with FoodWorks Director, Site Director and Faculty.
  • Fifth Days: Contact key local food stakeholders to gather ideas and feedback as well as insert them into the program as appropriate; conduct appropriate groundwork and investigation through site visits, presenter preparation, etc. to ensure quality programming.
  • Coordinate logistics, materials, transportation, meal and agenda for each session within the budget provided;
    Provide adequate communications to interns to participate fully in 5th Days;
  • Serve as the 5th Day discussion and reflection leader. Connect 5th Day themes to what is happening locally, nationally, globally and to internships and coursework.
  • Monitor progress and make adjustments as appropriate.
    Provide regular updates and check-ins with FoodWorks Director, Faculty, Site Director to ensure smooth implementation and coordination;
  • Facilitate informal weekly dinner and discussion with interns to expand upon internship, 5th Day, and community experiences.
  • Help students network and connect with leaders in the local food movement. Serve as a resource to interns.
  • Help Site Director with any housing pre-summer work.
    Troubleshoot employer and intern issues with FW Site Director.
  • Create weekly newsletter with employers, interns, mentors and Middlebury alumni.
  • Coordinate closing event and intern departures.
  • Conduct evaluation in coordination with other FoodWorks staff and faculty.

Qualifications
Education: Current graduate student or recent graduate of Food Systems master’s program preferred. Will consider undergraduate with food-related degree and at least 2 years of food systems work experience.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Candidate must demonstrate expertise and familiarity with food leaders and businesses in city where candidate is applying.
  • Knowledge about food system issues, organizations and approaches to solving problems.
  • Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills, including strong oral and written communication abilities.
    Passion for educating others about food systems.
  • Patience, flexibility, tact, diplomacy and good judgment.
  • Compassionate and eager to work with college students.
    Able to work well with administrators, faculty, and staff.
  • Ability to drive and current driver’s license without violations in the last 3 years. Must have use of a car during the 9-week session.
  • Ability to manage and defuse conflicts.
  • Simple computer skills (e-mail, word-processing, blogging, spreadsheet manipulation).

Supplemental Questions for Posting

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. Please indicate which location you would prefer to work.
  • Middlebury, Vermont
  • Washington, DC
  • Louisville, KY

Applicant Document

Required Documents

  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume/C V

Note: Application Deadline is January 31, 2016. Apply on the Middlebury College website: https://middlebury.peopleadmin.com/postings/12454

 

Tetra Tech hiring Food Experts

Location Flexible

Tetra Tech, a leading multidisciplinary engineering and environmental consulting firm consistently ranked number 1 in Water Services and Environmental Management by Engineering News Record (ENR), is actively pursuing local food experts to support community technical assistance projects throughout the U.S. The successful candidate(s) will work as a team member to support outreach, planning and facilitation assignments related to community local foods assistance projects, under the direct supervision of a Project Manager. Typical responsibilities include: communicating with local communities and federal partner agencies to clarify community project goals, workshop planning, onsite outreach and facilitation, and preparation of a next steps strategy memo summarizing community workshop outcomes. Example community assistance projects include:

  • Creating year-round, downtown markets featuring foods from local farmers.
  • Planning cooperative grocery stores to help revitalize small-town main streets and existing neighborhoods.
  • Creating centrally located community kitchens or food hubs to aggregate and market local foods.
  • Incorporating downtown/neighborhood revitalization strategies such as business incubators to help entrepreneurs start food-related businesses on existing main streets.
  • Making it easier and safer for people to walk or bicycle to farmers markets and local restaurants.
  • Helping schoolchildren to grow their own food, and making healthy local food accessible to families, including via SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) and WIC (Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children) benefits.
  • Developing community gardens in walkable, transit-accessible places.

Experience Requirements:
At a minimum, the successful candidate will have a background and bachelors degree in agricultural/local food related field and 5 or more years of related experience. Education and demonstrated work experience related to strong communication and public speaking skills are required, along with background or training in local food systems, innovative marketing, and/or urban agriculture and local food business entrepreneurship. Must be computer literate and have knowledge of MS Word.

Relocation Assistance: None

Tetra Tech is committed to maintaining a diverse workforce and is an equal opportunity employer. If you are interested in this exciting role, please send your resume and salary requirements by email to RTP-water@tetratech.com. No phone calls please.

Quivira Coalition New Agrarian Program hiring Apprentices

Various Locations

Starting a career in regenerative agriculture? Want to develop technical skills in grassfed beef production, dairy management and cheesemaking, or heirloom fruit tree cultivation and holistic orchard management?
The Quivira Coalition New Agrarian Program seeks applicants for its 8-month (March to Nov 2016) on-site apprenticeships at:

San Juan Ranch in Alamosa, CO
San Juan Ranch is a certified organic, grass-fed beef ranch located in the San Luis Valley near Saguache, Colorado operated by George Whitten and Julie Sullivan. The apprenticeship curriculum includes Holistic Management, animal husbandry, range health monitoring, planned grazing, herding, ranch infrastructure maintenance, improving soil by grazing cover crops on irrigated cropland, finishing process for grass-fed cattle, low-stress livestock handling, and organic certification. In addition, the curriculum may include a series of professional development opportunities. Apprentices emerge from the program with tangible skills, both technical and interpersonal, that are essential for successful employment in sustainable agriculture, and for eventual ownership and management of their own operation.
Start Date: Approximately March 1, 2016 (Apprentices will attend an orientation at the end of the week of March 15 in the Santa Fe area.)
Application Deadline: December 1, 2015
Apply at: http://quiviracoalition.org/New_Agrarian_Program/San_Juan_Ranch_/index.html
James Ranch Artisan Cheese in Durango, CO
James Ranch Artisan Cheese manages a small herd of Jersey cows for the production of raw milk and small-batch cheeses in the beautiful Animas Valley near Durango, Colorado. Operated by Dan and Becca James, James Ranch Artisan Cheese is one of several family-run enterprises on the larger James Ranch. This dairy and cheesemaking apprenticeship offers professional training for aspiring agrarians committed to a life and career at the intersection of conservation, sustainable agriculture, and artisan foods. The apprenticeship includes hands-on experience with all aspects of dairy operation and cheese production, including low-stress animal handling, milking, cheese making, affinage, biological monitoring, marketing, financial planning, Holistic Management, and land stewardship.
Start Date: Approximately March 14, 2016 (Apprentices will attend an orientation at the end of the week of March 14 in the Santa Fe area, then will officially start at the ranch March 21.)
Application Deadline: December 1, 2015
Apply at: http://quiviracoalition.org/New_Agrarian_Program/The_James_Ranch_Artisan_Cheese/index.html

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Real Time Farms hiring Food Warrior Interns

Real Time Farms, an online crowd-sourced food guide, is currently hiring interns for the Summer 2012 Food Warrior internship program, which will run from May 21st through August 20th. We are hiring Food Warriors in Boston, Chicago, Denver, Providence and Washington DC.

The goal of Real Time Farms is to collectively document the entire food system, so whether eating in, or dining out, you can trace your food back to the farm it came from and feel good about the food you eat. Our Food Warrior Program is integral to this social mission.

Description
Food Warriors work to bring the stories of their local food producers and artisans to life, through photos, video, stories, and growing practices. In so doing, you will be connecting everyday consumers to the information they need to make informed decisions about what they eat. You will learn about food photography, food blogging, and documentary film, and have a chance to apply your new skills while directly interacting with local producers: taking photos, recording and editing video, collecting information on growing practices and personal stories, and contributing to the Real Time Farms blog. Exemplary work may be considered for inclusion in Slow Food USA’s blog. Continue reading