New York – Capital Roots hiring Farm to School Organizer

Troy, New York

Farm to School Organizer

About Capital Roots – Capital Roots is striving to create a more vibrant and equitable food system in New York’s Capital Region. We work to reduce the impact of poor nutrition on public health in New York’s Capital Region by organizing community gardens, providing healthy food access, offering nutritional and horticultural education for all ages and coordinating urban greening programs in Albany, Rensselaer, Schenectady and southern Saratoga Counties.  Our mission is to nourish healthy communities by providing access to fresh foods and green space for all.

This full-time position provides an exciting opportunity to work in the rapidly developing field of Farm-to School. Candidate will work closely with staff deeply knowledgeable of local food system, but will be actively involved in program creation and managing relationships with partners. Requires an organized and self-motivated candidate committed to local food. We are looking for someone with experience in project management, who can work as well alone as they do in team settings.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor’s Degree and 1-2 years of professional work experience preferred.
  • Excellent computer and communication skills are
  • Clean driving record required
  • Must have a positive attitude, high energy level, ability to work with a diverse community and possess a genuine interest in Capital Roots’

RESPONSIBILITIES  INCLUDE:

  • Develop and maintain relationships with several school districts and dozens of farm partners
  • Serve as primary school district contact
  • Identify and help mitigate barriers to Farm to School for these districts and farms
  • Work closely with Capital Roots food hub staff and partners to avoid duplication of services
  • Connect districts to resources to increase local food purchases
  • Work with school administrators, food service directors and suppliers to implement the program
  • Maintain aspects of project data collection and grant rep
  • Assist in the creation and delivery of local food surveys, tastings and trainings

USEFUL  KNOWLEDGE/EXPERIENCE:

  • Food service/safety
  • Knowledge of school systems/ bureaucracies
  • Farm and/or food advocacy
  • Produce distribution

SALARY & BENEFITS:

  • This position is a full-time position (40 hours per week) paid at an hourly rate of $13.00/hr.
  • Comprehensive health care coverage with fully covered employee premiums and low-cost co-pays and dedu
  • Generous time off every year that includes paid holidays, vacation & sick time, and personal day
  • Employer funded pension plan – company contributions begin after 2 years of employment
  • Eligibility for the federal government’s Public Student Loan Forgiveness program
  • Flexible work envi

To learn more about Capital Roots, go to www.capitalroots.org. Capital Roots is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to creating a multicultural organization. We actively seek a diverse pool of candidates, especially candidates of color. We   encourage all qualified candidates to apply. We will not discriminate in our hiring on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, age, gender, religion, sexual orientation, or disability.

Send cover letter and resume (no calls please!) to:

Matthew Schueler, Grow Center Planner Capital Roots
594 River Street, Troy NY 12180

Or by email: edcenter@capitalroots.org

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Virginia – Allegheny Mountain Institute hiring Urban Farm Intern

Staunton, Virginia

Cultivating Healthy Communities Through Food and Education

POSITION TITLE: Allegheny Mountain Institute (AMI) Urban Farm Intern

MISSION:
Allegheny Mountain Institute (AMI) is a 501(c)3 educational nonprofit organization that cultivates healthy communities through food and education.

VISION:
A thriving network of collaborative, vibrant communities who value the connection between food and health.

HISTORY:
AMI was founded in 2011 (as Allegheny Mountain School) as an intensive hands-on cooperative experiential learning and training program designed to teach members of our communities to grow and prepare their own food and to understand the nutritional benefits of eating seasonally.

The URBAN FARM AT VSDB PROGRAM:
Allegheny Mountain Institute manages and operates the AMI Urban Farm at VSDB (Virginia School for the Dead and Blind) in Staunton, VA. The farm project provides students of all ages with a place to learn, play, and grow outdoors, and provides a resource for nutritious food for the community. Our 3-acre site consists of a 2-acre vegetable farm, educational gardens, outdoor classroom and kitchen, orchard, and diverse native habitat plantings. The farm hosts community work days, teacher trainings, as well as workshops for our surrounding  communities.

GENERAL DEFINITION AND PURPOSE OF WORK:
The Urban Farm Intern will report to the AMI Urban Farm Manager and is responsible for assisting in all operational aspects of the AMI Urban Farm at VSDB. The position will fulfill daily and weekly tasks to support the Urban Farm Manager.

DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE POSITION:
The Urban Farm Intern will assist with operations of the 3-acre farm site, including intensive vegetable production, orchard and berries, educational gardens, and native wildlife habitat plantings. In addition, the Urban Farm Intern will work closely with the horticulture teaching staff at Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind (VSDB) to carry out garden-based education curriculum at the farm.

Education of the broader community is a key component of the Allegheny Mountain Institute, and a competitive applicant will have an interest in this area. All of our work is rooted in organic, regenerative agricultural practices, so the AMI Farm Intern should have a deep philosophical and operational agreement with such methods

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS/ TASKS:

  • Regular garden set up and maintenance, including:
  • Irrigation systems and repair.
  • Inspections and managing repairs of the farm infrastructure; garden fences; trellises, electric wire, rodent traps, etc.
  • Coordinate compost pickups with the VSDB cafeteria and control composting system.
  • Grass Cutting, weed management and mulching as needed.
  • Responsible for maintaining a high standard of cleanliness, neatness and order at the AMI Urban Farm at VSDB.
  • Assist in crop production through planting, harvesting, processing, and inventory control.
  • Establish best practices and processes for AMI Farm record keeping systems.
  • Meet regularly with AMI staff team, to review and plan.
  • Perform administrative tasks essential to the smooth operation of the operational farm.
  • Plan, coordinate and participate as an AMI ambassador in public visits and educational outreach events as needed, including Educator workshops for curriculum development.

QUALIFICATIONS: KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:

  • Minimum 2 years of experience in organic vegetable production and management, post-handling, and processing for sale and storage.
  • Knowledge and experience with perennial fruits, berries, medicinal herbs, perennial systems, and no till farming.
  • Ability to operate a BCS walk-behind tractor and related implements.
  • Willing to learn about developing sustainable food systems.
  • Ability to multi-task and has organizational skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (both written and verbal).
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
  • Working  knowledge  of  organic  practices  including  nutrient  management,  pest  and  disease management, weed management, and post-harvest processing and storage.
  • Interest in growing and managing native wildlife habitat plantings.
  • Computer proficiency, including Excel, Microsoft Office.
  • Willingness to learn Sign Language is a plus.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS OF THE POSITION:

  • Applicant must be comfortable working outside.
  • Applicant must be able to lift 50 (+) pounds regularly.
  • VSDB requires this intern to pass a criminal background check.
  • Must have valid Driver’s License and good driving record.
  • Willingness to work occasional nights and weekends for special events.

COMPENSATION:
This is a full-time, nonexempt position, available immediately and running through December 15, 2017. Pay is

$9/hour. Benefits package includes: farm-grown food share, workers’ compensation coverage, and earned vacation/sick leave, plus holidays. This position requires occasional weekend and evening work.

NON-DISCRIMINATION POLICY: Allegheny Mountain Institute does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, age, sexual orientation, national and ethnic origin, disability, political affiliation, or marital status. AMI is an equal opportunity employer.

TO APPLY: Please send a single compiled .pdf file including a cover letter and resume to david@alleghenymountainschool.org. No phone calls or mailed applications, please.

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.

Washington – Cloudview Farm hiring Educator/Market Gardener

Ephrata, Washington

Educator/ Market Gardener (full-time paid position)

Cloudview Farm offers a variety of on-farm experiences for student and community groups.  We are seeking an educator who can both maintain our current offerings and develop Cloudview Farms’ programming. The educator will also help with garden operations. To give visitors a more authentic experience the Educator/ Market Gardener should be familiar with the gardens and animals.

Most visitors are preschool-3rd graders that come for 90-minute field trips and choose between a six plant part lesson and a plant life-cycle curriculum. In 2016, we offered summer day camps for the first time and hope to expand our camps and programming when school is not in session. We also collaborate with an elementary school on a door-to-door school fundraiser selling carrots. As new groups approach us with unique goals we innovate to meet their needs. Also in 2016, first time visitors included culinary students from and area technical high school, wheelchair-bound patients from a physical rehabilitation center, and a professional teacher training academy.

Job responsibilities:

  • Support and maintain current garden education programming

    • Lead approximately 30 preschool-3rd grade student field trips in the spring and fall with groups of 10 to 60 students.

    • Organize and manage summer day camps

    • Host 10 to 15 8th grade students from Lakeside Middle School in Seattle for one week in the fall.

    • Emcee the Annual Fall Festival during the 1st Saturday in October.

  • Promote and expand garden education programming

  • Promote education programs through social media, website, and email announcements

  • Coordinate with other farm and garden staff to develop gardens and property that support programming

  • Give public presentations

  • Work in the garden to support the CSA and farmers’ market programs

    • Harvest, wash, and pack produce

    • Provide garden labor including weeding, mowing, cultivating, seeding, transplanting

    • Participate in CSA box deliveries

Skills and Experience:

  • At least 2 years outdoor education experience, management preferred

  • Farm or garden experience

Compensation:

  • $21,000-$24,000 starting salary depending on education and experience

  • Housing, utilities, trash, internet, and  farm food included

To learn more about Cloudview Farm visit www.cloudviewfarm.org.

To apply for this position, please send a cover letter and resume to cloudviewephrata@gmail.com.

Massachusetts – Land’s Sake Farm hiring Green Power Assistant Educator

Weston, Massachusetts

Green Power Assistant Educator

Temporary, Full-Time, At-will employee

Dates of Employment: August 7th -August 25th
Supervisor/Reports to: Education Coordinator

Green Power

The Green Power program engages youth entering grades 6-9 and offers seven independent weeks of full day sessions through the summer.  This program is a local food immersion program focused on all aspects of food… growing, planting, cultivating, harvesting, distributing, and eating.  Students participate in growing the Junior Farmer field, go on local agriculture field trips, participate in livestock management, learn about the hunger relief organizations Land’s Sake partners with, and cook a community meal with a chef.

Position Summary:

The Green Power Assistant Educator’s primary goal is to deliver high quality summer programs.

With support from the Education Coordinator, the Green Power Assistant Educator is responsible for implementing the unique Green Power program. This position will include the additional responsibilities of: assisting with Junior Farmer Field preparation and maintenance, assisting with livestock care, general branch and organizational development and other non-education related tasks. The Green Power Assistant Educator works collaboratively with other staff to effectively manage the inherent risks of working on a farm, maintain our unique farm aesthetic, teach and follow best management practices for sustainable food production. Collaboration and effective communication between the other branches of the organization are vital for this job; along with all staff, the Green Power Assistant Educator works diligently to carry out mission oriented goals and objectives.

Responsibilities:
Green Power:
● Coordinate program related logistics, specifically with adjunct educators, community partners/organizations and Land’s Sake staff
● Implement mission-based curriculum
● Lead the Green Power Program with the Education Coordinator
● Communicate with parents as needed
● Write articles for the newsletter, blog posts, or social media updates as needed
● Gather weekly feedback from participants and parents

Other Responsibilities:
● Assist with management of the Junior Farmer Field
● Assist with the management of a variety of livestock
● Assist with other non-education related tasks as needed

Qualifications:
● Applicant must have at least one year of college experience
● Teaching and/or youth leadership experience in a school or non-traditional setting with proven ability around youth safety, group management and discipline
● Experience in leadership role at a camp, after school program, or other youth program
● At least one full season’s experience of farm work or experience in garden planning/management
● Experience with management of a variety of livestock
● The ability to multi-task and work independently
● Respectful, clear and patient interpersonal communication skill set that allows for collaborative work across departments
● Professional character that is consistent, capable, self-directed, well organized, flexible, personable, and is able to maintain composure in a changing environment
● Comfortable with public speaking and networking
● Access to a car and valid driver’s license
● Must be able to pass CORI check
● Current First Aid and CPR certification
● Basic computer and office skills including Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc

Essential Functions:
● Must be able to maintain visual and auditory awareness of a group
● Must be able to negotiate various types of terrain on the farm and in the
forest
● Must be able to communicate (both written and verbal) clearly and effectively
with staff, participants, and other constituents
● Must be able to lift and carry up to fifty pounds

Employment dates:
● Programming: 8:00am-4:00pm, August 7th – August 18th

  • Week of August 21 – 25: Flexible schedule, 10 – 30 hours depending on interest

Salary & Benefits:
● Salary: $12/hour
● Professional development opportunities including trainings in areas of job
related interests
● Organic produce and flowers grown on the farm

To Apply:
Please apply ASAP, as we are looking for someone to start August 7th. Please email a resume and cover letter, detailing how your skills and experience meet the qualifications of the position and stating how you heard about this opportunity to education@landssake.org

 

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.”

Oregon – Earth Art Ag hiring Part-time Garden Educator

Portland, Oregon
Part-time Garden Educator
 

Earth Art Ag is a Portland-based non-profit that teaches garden education in 11 public K-8 schools.  We are currently hiring a Part-time Garden Educator for the 2017-2018 school year.  This position requires flexible hours, excellent time management skills, experience working with youth in a garden/farm setting, and a passion for making garden education accessible and culturally meaningful to all students.

WHEN:  late August 2017- June 2018 (with the opportunity to stay on for the following school year)

WHERE:  2 schools in SE Portland, OR

TIME:  2 days/week Sept-June (no programming in Dec.), approx. 15-20 hrs/week

PAY:  $17-18/hr (DOE) + 10% health/retirement benefits

TO APPLY:  Send a cover letter, resume, and three references to Djamila Moore (Education Director) at djamila@earthartag.org by July 14, 2017.

Please see full job description here: EAA Part-time Garden Educator Job Description 2017

More info at our website:  earthartag.org