California – Sierra Harvest hiring Farm Crew Member

Nevada City, California

Job Title:  Farm Crew Member

Type: Employment / Education

Employment Type:  Part-time and Full-time

Category:  Farming/Agriculture

Company Name:       Sierra Harvest
313 Railroad Ave, Suite 201
Nevada City CA 95959

Job Details:

Learn to farm!  Hone your skills with Farm Crew!  Apply now to join a cohort of early-career farmers working and learning on sustainable farms throughout Nevada County, California.  Host-farm job opportunities vary from part-time to full-time.  Some include housing.  In addition to on-the-job training, Farm Crew members will meet every other week for advanced production skills classes taught in the field by local experts.  At least one season of experience is strongly encouraged.  To learn more and apply, visit our website:  https://sierraharvest.org/farm-crew/

Duties & Responsibilities:

Job responsibilities and wages will be determined by individual host farms. Our host farms produce a diversity of crops including vegetables, fruit, flowers, eggs, milk and meat. Examples of the type of work you may be doing: growing starts in the greenhouse, prepping soil for planting, planting, weeding, irrigation, trellising, harvesting, post-harvest washing and packing, selling at market, making deliveries, animal care and all the other aspects of running a commercial farm.  Early mornings and inclement weather to be expected.  To learn more about our host farms, visit https://sierraharvest.org/farm-crew-2018-host-farms/

Farm Crew members are required to attend advanced production skills class every other week from May to November.  The proposed classes for the 2018 season are:

  • Transplants and Direct Seeding for Production Success
  • Plant Propagation and Green House Management
  • Natural and Organic Fertilization and Composting
  • Row Crop Irrigation, How to Take a Soil Test and Interpret the Results
  • Identifying Pests, Beneficial Insects and Management Options
  • Soil Tillage, Cultivation and Ecological Weed Management
  • Crop Planning, Successions, Seed Ordering
  • Wholesale Basics
  • Build Soils with Cover Crops
  • Permaculture for a Rich and Abundant Future
  • An Introduction to Biodynamics
  • Small Farm Mechanics and Maintenance
  • Crop Season Extension Ideas

Experience & Education:

Ideal candidates for Farm Crew are:

-Serious about a career in sustainable farming and ranching,
-Prepared to commit to and work hard for a commercial farming operation for an entire season,
-Have spent at least one season farming,
-Ready and willing to build community with other Farm Crew members,
-Committed to independent learning.

Application Instructions:

To learn more and apply, please go to https://sierraharvest.org/farm-crew/.

Applications must be submitted by 12/31/17.  After an initial screening, qualified applicants will be passed on to host-farms for hiring for the 2018 season with positions offered by March 2018.  Start dates will be determined by host farms.

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California – Oz Farm hiring Farm Manager

Point Area, California

 

Farm Manager

Oz Farm & Retreat Center

Full Time Position

Oz Farm is seeking a full time Farm Manager for our certified organic, 10-acre mixed fruit and vegetable education based farm.

Oz Farm is a 240-acre farm and retreat center on the Mendocino Coast, 130 miles north of San Francisco.  Oz is home to a 10-acre farm & orchard, an 8-month farm apprenticeship program, rustic facilities for retreats & events, a small community, and is completely off-grid.

Job Summary

The Farm Manager manages all aspects of food production and apprenticeship education.  This is a full time position. This position reports to the Director of Operations.

Experience, Qualifications, and Skills

  1. At least three years of experience as a manager of food, flower, and herb production on a farm scale
  2. Commitment to organic farming practices and philosophies with comprehensive knowledge of small scale, sustainable farming practices and synergy between food systems, social justice, and the natural world
  3. Knowledge of maintaining soil health, irrigation systems, composting, pest and weed control etc.
  4. Familiarity with adhering to CCOF rules and regulations
  5. Experience managing and educating apprentices
  6. Excellent interpersonal skills involving clear communication, time management, prioritizing, and delegating
  7. Ability to be self-motivated and self-managing and to work both independently and collectively
  8. Clean DMV record
  9. Excellent record-keeping skills and computer literacy where necessary
  10. Passion for Oz Farm’s mission and work to educate apprentices, grow food for our community, and provide a beautiful space for retreats and events

Primary Responsibilities of the Job

  1. Manage and coordinate all aspects of work within the farm
  2. Manage and coordinate crop planning, greenhouse production, field maintenance & harvest
  3. Co-Coordinate and supervise Farm Apprentices from March- November
  4. Co-Educate and inform Farm Apprentices on farm curriculum through discussion sessions and hands on demonstrations to teach farming and garden techniques
  5. Update educational curriculum to keep Apprenticeship program current with best farm practices
  6. Collect data and documentation to track performance measures and meet the standards of organic certification
  7. Manage the farm’s budget and finances
  8. Manage produce and apple accounts through the organization of orders, harvests, invoicing, and deliveries
  9. Oversee the maintenance of irrigation systems and manage equipment and infrastructure
  10. Coordinate with retreats and events for produce orders
  11. Participate in weekly Oz Farm staff meetings when appropriate
  12. To be flexible with the tasks required for the business, depending on the needs of Oz Farm, which may include tasks other than those related strictly to Job Description

 Physical Requirements of the Job

  1. Employee must be able to do physical farm work including harvesting, hoeing, stake pounding, and digging
  2. Drive and operate farm vehicles, tractors, and small machines
  3. Ability to lift up to 60lbs
  4. Handle use of tools and machinery

Responsibility of Community Member

  1. Participate in weekly staff meetings
  2. Abide by all Oz Farm Policies & Protocol
  3. Participate in cooking rotation
  4. Respect & care for communal spaces

Compensation

  1. Compensation of this position is commensurate with experience beginning Salary is $20,000 per year
  2. 6 hours paid sick leave and 2 weeks vacation in the slow season.
  3. On- Site private 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom, cabin with full kitchen, storage, and car access
  4. Oz provides bulk staple foods and produce from the farm
  5. Staff can participate in Oz Farm courses and events free of charge and use the Oz farm facilities

To Apply

 Please refer to http://www.ozfarm.com for background on Oz Farm and our programs.

We are accepting applications until position is filled.  Estimated start date for the job is early January.

Qualified applicants should email a cover letter, resume, and list of current references to produce@ozfarm.com with the subject “Farm Manager Position”

Please email produce@ozfarm.com with any questions of inquiries regarding this position.  Thank you.

California – Bernier Farms hiring Site Manager

Sonoma County, California

Bernier Farms is looking for a Site Manager

Bernier Farms is a CCOF certified organic farming operation on 8 acres located in the Healdsburg area of Sonoma County, CA. Our family has  farmed in the area for over 40 years.

The farm is a year round certified organic diverse vegetable and fruit operation with an emphasis on varietal garlic and specialty vegetables for local restaurants and farmers markets.

Bernier Farms is looking for a long term full time employee who sees farming as his/her career of choice and has excellent leadership skills. The applicant should be physically fit and enthusiastic about farming and possess great communication and community building skills.  A minimum of three years of farming experience and some tractor experience is required.  The manager will work with and lead the farm crew with various tasks.  The manager will be involved in crop planning, greenhouse seeding and maintenance, irrigation, direct seeding, transplanting, maintaining, harvesting, packing produce for sales and selling the vegetables at our local markets.

The position is available now.  However there is flexibility regarding the start date.

Housing is available on site.

A more detailed job description is available upon request.

Compensation will be based on experience.

Applicants may send a cover letter and resume to bernierfarms@gmail.com.

California – BYA hiring Environmental Training Center Urban Agriculture Educator

Berkeley, California

BYA
Job Description
*Non-Exempt Position*
Environmental Training Center (ETC) Urban Agriculture Educator

AGENCY DESCRIPTION:
BYA’s holistic services are designed to shift so-called “individuals at-risk” into
“individuals with promise” by utilizing a continuum of care approach that emphasizes 3
core areas: Education, Health and Well-Being, and Economic Self-Sufficiency. To do this
work, we create teams of diverse professionals from the fields of education, mental
health, workforce development, and recreation that work collaboratively to meet the
psycho-social, emotional, and economic needs of those most vulnerable in our
community. We meet individuals where they are and build upon any gift, talent or ability
that they possess. We inspire them to reach their full potential with staff who act as
coaches and mentors that help individuals captain their own ships.

AGENCY VALUES:
We believe in diversity and in delivering holistic services in a culturally competent and
appropriate manner to improve the lives of children, youth, and families. We work to
give voice to the voiceless and to defend the poor. We work to change the educational
system, juvenile justice system, foster care system, and health care system in order to
give individuals and their families’ opportunities to reach their full potential and to
control their own lives and destinies. Our desire is to help children, youth, and families to enjoy their lives to the fullest while empowering the next generation and repairing the
damage done to our multiple populations by the political, educational, and economic
system. Ultimately, we assist those most vulnerable to live out their best lives. We seek
team members who share these values and beliefs.

GENERAL FUNCTION:
Under the general supervision of the Associate Director and/or his/her designees and the
direct supervision of the Environmental Training Center’s Program Coordinator or
his/her designee, the BYA Environmental Training Center’s Urban Agriculture Educator
serves an important function by helping maintain BYA’s quarter-acre community orchard and half-acre market garden and by training and supervising youth and young-adult Urban Farming Interns in agricultural skills and food justice principles. The ETC Urban Agriculture Educator also works with groups of younger students in the BYA Orchard.
Additionally, the ETC Urban Agriculture Educator builds beneficial relationships
between BYA and community organizations for outreach and fundraising purposes.

RESPONSIBILITIES
PROGRAM FACILITATION:
● Develops curricula and facilitates youth programming in production farming,
edible forestry, food justice, and seasonal culinary arts.
● Create a safe, caring, and structured atmosphere for youth in the BYA Urban
Farming Internship program. Uses an inquiry-based youth empowerment
framework, in which youth feel valued, physically and emotionally respected,
engaged in their community, and excited to participate.
● Coaches youth interns in building career and college readiness skills including
punctuality, accountability, taking initiative, strong work ethic, following
directives, constructive communication and attitude, and respectful teamwork.
● Ensures that youth interns maintain at least a 2.5 Grade Point Average and attend
Study sessions, including credit recovery sessions and/or high school diploma
completion workshops.
● Ensures that youth interns’ timesheets, reviews, and ongoing feedback are
completed as needed. Assists in addressing supervision issues as needed,
including excess tardiness, absenteeism, and performance or behavioral issues
during youth’s internship. Provides positive feedback to interns in a timely
manner.
● Supervises, trains, and engages individual and group volunteers in BYA Urban
Farm activities on a weekly basis.
● Performs other duties as necessary or as requested by your supervisor.

URBAN FARM MAINTENANCE:
● Designs and maintains a community orchard management plan.
● Helps maintain both the community orchard and market garden sites in
collaboration with other ETC Staff and youth interns, including developing
seasonal planting and maintenance schedules, fruit tree pruning, feeding,
mulching, watering, harvesting and pest management, maintaining compost piles
and worm bins, rotating row crops, greenhouse propagation, maintaining and
improving irrigation systems, and implementing organic ecological design
principles.
● Harvests fresh produce for monthly Open Garden Farm Stands, BYA Food Give
Away, Parent Association dinners and BYA events with other ETC Staff and ETC
youth interns.
● Helps to maintain all farming-related equipment, ensuring that tools and
equipment are used properly and remain in good working condition.
● Coordinates with other ETC Staff to plan Urban Farm tasks on a daily, weekly,
and seasonal basis.
COORDINATION OF YOUTH GROUPS IN THE BYA ORCHARD:
● Communicates with BYA’s Extended Care Program Coordinator regarding the
schedule of the Extended Care Students’ weekly activities in the Orchard. Designs
and supervises weekly programming for BYA after school youth, ages K-8th
grade.
● Coordinates orchard rental partnerships including naturalist-based children’s
centers. On an as-needed basis, writes and updates Memorandums of
Understandings between BYA and relevant organizations, and collects payment
for use of the Orchard when applicable.

COMMUNITY OUTREACH AND FUNDING REQUESTS:
● Contacts and coordinates with local organizations relevant to the ETC program in
order to increase enrollment, solicit donations, recruit volunteers, organize
workshops or field trips for interns, or collaborate on projects.
All employees are required to contribute positively to the workplace.

EDUCATION/REQUIREMENTS:
● B.A. in environmental education or related field from a four-year college or
university or equivalent experience and 2 years of experience working with an
urban farm education, forestry education, or similar project.
● Must have excellent organizational and coordination abilities as well as
interpersonal and communications skills.
● Must be able to work with youth from diverse backgrounds. Must have
experience working in communities of color.
● Enthusiastic about community-based youth work; strong interest in implementing
food justice activities for teens and young adults.
● Ability to respectfully supervise and manage 8-10 youth and young adults ages
14-24 with consistent employment agreements and consequences.
● Arboriculture experience working with stone fruit, citrus, and pome.

WORK-SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS:
Ability to lift up to 50 pounds and participate in the physical needs of arboriculture and
horticulture.

OTHER REQUIREMENTS:
-Must be insurable under BYA’s coverage to operate BYA vehicles
-Valid California Driver’s License or State Identification
-Proof of ability to work in the US
-First Aid Certificate
-CPR Training
-Background Check through GoodHire
-Transcripts of most advanced degree program

HOURS:
30 hours per week; Some Saturday work sessions. Potential for growth based on funding.

BENEFITS:
● Health Benefits up to $250 per month for the employee when working 30 hours or
more
● Sick Leave Benefits when working more than 30 hours per week as well as sick
leave pursuant to the California Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of
2014
● Dental and Vision available at group rate and paid by employee
● AFLAC Disability and Long-Term Disability insurance plan available at
employee cost
● 403 (b) Retirement plan; no Employer match

COMPENSATION:
$18-20 hourly dependent on experience
Health benefits/Sick Leave when working 30hrs or more per week
APPLICATION: E-mail cover letter, resume, and 3 references to
ssilverman@byaonline.org with the Subject Line: ETC Urban Agriculture Educator
or fax to 510-849-1421. No phone calls please.
Application deadline October 20, 2017

California – BYA hiring Urban Agriculture Educator

Berkeley, California

BYA
Job Description
*Non-Exempt Position*
Environmental Training Center (ETC) Urban Agriculture Educator

AGENCY DESCRIPTION:
BYA’s holistic services are designed to shift so-called “individuals at-risk” into individuals
with promise” by utilizing a continuum of care approach that emphasizes 3 core areas: Education, Health and Well-Being, and Economic Self-Sufficiency. To do this work, we create teams of diverse professionals from the fields of education, mental health, workforce development, and recreation that work collaboratively to meet the psycho-social, emotional, and economic needs of those most vulnerable in our community. We meet individuals where they are and build upon any gift, talent or ability that they possess. We inspire them to reach their full potential with staff who act as coaches and mentors that help individuals captain their own ships.

AGENCY VALUES:
We believe in diversity and in delivering holistic services in a culturally competent and
appropriate manner to improve the lives of children, youth, and families. We work to give voice to the voiceless and to defend the poor. We work to change the educational system, juvenile justice system, foster care system, and health care system in order to give individuals and their families’ opportunities to reach their full potential and to control their own lives and destinies. Our desire is to help children, youth, and families to enjoy their lives to the fullest while empowering the next generation and repairing the damage done to our multiple populations by the political, educational, and economic system. Ultimately, we assist those most vulnerable to live out their best lives. We seek team members who share these values and beliefs.

GENERAL FUNCTION:
Under the general supervision of the Associate Director and/or his/her designees and the direct supervision of the Environmental Training Center’s Program Coordinator or his/her designee, the BYA Environmental Training Center’s Urban Agriculture Educator serves an important function by helping maintain BYA’s quarter-acre community orchard and half-acre market garden and by training and supervising youth and young-adult Urban Farming Interns in agricultural skills and food justice principles. The ETC Urban Agriculture Educator also works with groups of younger students in the BYA Orchard.

Additionally, the ETC Urban Agriculture Educator builds beneficial relationships between BYA and community organizations for outreach and fundraising purposes.

RESPONSIBILITIES PROGRAM FACILITATION:
● Develops curricula and facilitates youth programming in production farming,
edible forestry, food justice, and seasonal culinary arts.

● Create a safe, caring, and structured atmosphere for youth in the BYA Urban Farming Internship program. Uses an inquiry-based youth empowerment framework, in which youth feel valued, physically and emotionally respected,engaged in their community, and excited to participate.

● Coaches youth interns in building career and college readiness skills including punctuality, accountability, taking initiative, strong work ethic, following directives, constructive communication and attitude, and respectful teamwork.

● Ensures that youth interns maintain at least a 2.5 Grade Point Average and attend Study sessions, including credit recovery sessions and/or high school diploma completion workshops.

● Ensures that youth interns’ timesheets, reviews, and ongoing feedback are completed as needed. Assists in addressing supervision issues as needed, including excess tardiness, absenteeism, and performance or behavioral issues during youth’s internship. Provides positive feedback to interns in a timely manner.

● Supervises, trains, and engages individual and group volunteers in BYA Urban Farm activities on a weekly basis.

● Performs other duties as necessary or as requested by your supervisor.

URBAN FARM MAINTENANCE:
● Designs and maintains a community orchard management plan.

● Helps maintain both the community orchard and market garden sites in collaboration with other ETC Staff and youth interns, including developing seasonal planting and maintenance schedules, fruit tree pruning, feeding, mulching, watering, harvesting and pest management, maintaining compost piles and worm bins, rotating row crops, greenhouse propagation, maintaining and improving irrigation systems, and implementing organic ecological design principles.

● Harvests fresh produce for monthly Open Garden Farm Stands, BYA Food Give Away, Parent Association dinners and BYA events with other ETC Staff and ETC youth interns.

● Helps to maintain all farming-related equipment, ensuring that tools and equipment are used properly and remain in good working condition.

● Coordinates with other ETC Staff to plan Urban Farm tasks on a daily, weekly, and seasonal basis.

COORDINATION OF YOUTH GROUPS IN THE BYA ORCHARD:
● Communicates with BYA’s Extended Care Program Coordinator regarding the schedule of the Extended Care Students’ weekly activities in the Orchard. Designs and supervises weekly programming for BYA after school youth, ages K-8th grade.

● Coordinates orchard rental partnerships including naturalist-based children’s centers. On an as-needed basis, writes and updates Memorandums of Understandings between BYA and relevant organizations, and collects payment for use of the Orchard when applicable.

COMMUNITY OUTREACH AND FUNDING REQUESTS:
● Contacts and coordinates with local organizations relevant to the ETC program in order to increase enrollment, solicit donations, recruit volunteers, organize workshops or field trips for interns, or collaborate on projects.

All employees are required to contribute positively to the workplace.

EDUCATION/REQUIREMENTS:
● B.A. in environmental education or related field from a four-year college or university or equivalent experience and 2 years of experience working with an urban farm education, forestry education, or similar project.

● Must have excellent organizational and coordination abilities as well as interpersonal and communications skills.

● Must be able to work with youth from diverse backgrounds. Must have experience working in communities of color.

● Enthusiastic about community-based youth work; strong interest in implementing food justice activities for teens and young adults.

● Ability to respectfully supervise and manage 8-10 youth and young adults ages 14-24 with consistent employment agreements and consequences.

● Arboriculture experience working with stone fruit, citrus, and pome.

WORK-SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS:
Ability to lift up to 50 pounds and participate in the physical needs of arboriculture and
horticulture.

OTHER REQUIREMENTS:
-Must be insurable under BYA’s coverage to operate BYA vehicles
-Valid California Driver’s License or State Identification
-Proof of ability to work in the US
-First Aid Certificate
-CPR Training
-Background Check through GoodHire
-Transcripts of most advanced degree program

HOURS:
30 hours per week; Some Saturday work sessions. Potential for growth based on funding.

BENEFITS:
● Health Benefits up to $250 per month for the employee when working 30 hours or more
● Sick Leave Benefits when working more than 30 hours per week as well as sick leave pursuant to the California Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014
● Dental and Vision available at group rate and paid by employee
● AFLAC Disability and Long-Term Disability insurance plan available at employee cost

● 403 (b) Retirement plan; no Employer match

COMPENSATION:
$18-20 hourly dependent on experience
Health benefits/Sick Leave when working 30hrs or more per week
APPLICATION: E-mail cover letter, resume, and 3 references to ssilverman@byaonline.org with the
Subject Line: ETC Urban Agriculture Educator or fax to 510-849-1421. No phone calls please.
Application deadline October 20, 2017

California – UC Santa Cruz hiring Field Site Assistant Manager

Santa Cruz, California
We’re excited to announce that the Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems (CASFS) at UC Santa Cruz is hiring a Field Site Assistant Manager!
The Field Site Assistant Manager will aid in all aspects of education, production, and research in the Field Site, which currently covers  ~11 acres of tractor cultivated grounds.  The assistant manager will be heavily involved in facilitating the management of the fields to support the diverse programmatic offerings at CASFS including  but not limited to: the Apprenticeship in Ecological Horticulture, Mentoring advanced apprentices, UCSC undergraduate internships, faculty and graduate/undergraduate research trials, ENVS class trials and visits, and more.
Daily actives will involve crew management, marketing management and support, irrigation management and support, tractor driving and implement use, purchasing, and various record keeping and reporting duties.
The assistant manager will report directly to the Field Production Manager, Kirstin Yogg.
For additional questions on the position and timelines please contact Kirstin Yogg (kyogg@ucsc.edu).
TO APPLY: Look for position #1707440 or follow this link.  The initial review date for this position is 9/28/2017.

California – Beltane Ranch hiring Inn & Event Chef and Organic Garden Manager

Glen Ellen, California

Inn & Event Chef and Organic Garden Manager

Prepare and serve dynamic full breakfasts for 4-16 guests 5 days a week, multi-course dinners, food & wine pairings and tasting events for 12 – 150 guests 25+ evenings a year, pack seasonal picnics and prepare meals for special projects. Chef works in an open kitchen and holds multiple additional responsibilities.  As Organic Garden Manager, Chef works directly with Garden & Produce Foreman to grow produce and herbs for all meals served.

Candidate should demonstrate an interest in and appreciation for creative wine country cuisine, wine-pairing, agritourism, sustainability and the ability to converse comfortably with guests and clients.  Ideal candidate enjoys preparing inspired food with fresh ingredients and creatively using seasonal harvests on the fly.  Knowledge of and interest in seasonal agriculture is important, as well as the desire to be hands-on in the garden. Working with a close team at a small business in a historic building, candidate should be a quick-thinking team player and creative problem-solver, who works calmly and effectively with multiple distractions.

Responsibilities include: Designing custom menus, planning, cooking, baking, plating, serving, clearing, washing dishes, kitchen clean-up; Hiring and managing additional kitchen help for larger events; Working with Produce Foreman to grow as many ingredients as possible, sourcing and ordering others and being accountable for maximizing this opportunity while minimizing waste; Reporting food cost and event expenses; Communicating directly with special event clients; Preserving seasonal foods in useful and creative ways for future use (canning, dehydrating, pickling, curing, freezing); Taking and modifying reservations and processing sales on occasion.

Skills and Charateristics Desired:

 

  • Cooking & baking
  • Food Preservation
  • Ability to accommodate dietary restrictions when necessary
  • Excellent intrapersonal communication skills
  • Computer-proficiency

 

  • Creativity, Flexibility, Ability to take and give direction well.

Breakfast 5 days a week 7am-11am plus additional hours planning & executing day and evening events and projects. Event Season requires long hours and many weekends. While breakfast is served year round, the slower season offers more flexibility and fewer hours overall with time focused on garden & menu planning.

Compensation: Salary, Commensurate with experience. Benefits available after trial period include employer-paid health insurance and paid vacation. On site housing is available for the right candidate and can be included.

International applicants and those looking for a short term Chef-in-Residence program are encouraged to apply.

Six generation family-owned and operated Beltane Ranch prides itself in offering a fun and supportive work environment. Our culinary offerings have grown extensively in the last few years and we would like to find the right candidate to grow with us.

Our team is dedicated, talented and friendly, and many have been with us for over 20 years.

Cover letter and resume should be sent to

Beltane Ranch Attn: Lauren Krause, lauren@beltaneranch.com (mailing address is P.O. Box 415, Glen Ellen, CA 95442)