California – Coastal Roots hiring Community Farmer

Encinitas, California

Position:                 Community Farmer

Status:                    Regular, Full‐Time, Non‐Exempt

Hours:                    40 hours per week, Sunday-Thursday. Evenings, weekends, and holidays on occasion.

Reports to:          Assistant Operations Manager

About Coastal Roots Farm

Coastal Roots Farm (CRF) is a nonprofit community farm and education center. We cultivate healthy, connected communities by integrating sustainable agriculture, food justice, and ancient Jewish wisdom.

Since our inception in 2014, Coastal Roots Farm has provided dignified access to fresh food for those who need it most. Inspired by Jewish agricultural practices, we raise organic crops and share the harvest with our community through pay-what-you-can farm stands, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs, and direct donations to local hunger relief organizations. Through field trips, workshops, agricultural festivals, and community events, we offer hands-on education and invite our neighbors to connect to the land and each other.

Coastal Roots Farm is located in Encinitas, CA on approximately 15 acres of land. Our Farm consists of vegetable gardens, greenhouses, a food forest, animal pastures, compost systems, and a vineyard. Coastal Roots Farm was incubated by the Leichtag Foundation and received 501(c)(3) public charity status in 2016.

 Position Overview

The Community Farmer will support the operational teams with the cultivation, development, maintenance and follow through of projects within the following five organically maintained production areas: vegetables, food forest, vineyard, chicken runs, and composting program.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The essential functions include, but are not limited to, the following:

Production Areas:

  • Support crop production on the farm, including pest management, greenhouse propagation, transplanting, weeding, watering, and
  • Support infrastructure development, irrigation, farm maintenance, cleanliness and organization, distribution efforts, occasional deliveries, and farm stand shifts.
  • Lead volunteers as
  • Collect data and support organized record
  • Support resource development for department as
  • Chicken coop and chicken run upkeep and care.
  • Incorporate Jewish agricultural practices into the development and management of the

Education and Events:

  • Assist in implementation of farm education and events.
  • Host guests and lead occasional tours, highlighting our
  • Provide support for Coastal Roots Farm programs and

General Administration:

  • Participate in regular staff

Required Qualifications and Experiences

The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • At least 1 year of relevant work experience or a relevant college degree, especially within the fields of organic/biodynamic farming focused on vegetable production and Community Supported
  • Passion for interacting with, educating, and leading a diversity of community participants, volunteers and staff of varied ages and
  • Knowledge and passion for community farming, food justice, food systems development,
  • Strong knowledge of agricultural equipment use and
  • Cooperative, service‐oriented attitude and ability to work independently and take initiative, set priorities and see projects through to
  • Strong communication, interpersonal and relationship development
  • Ability to be open and flexible to new ways of working with diverse
  • Creative skills and ability to experiment to attain new, better strategies, approaches, and solutions to
  • Flexibility and willingness to take on a variety of tasks along with an ability to work effectively in a highly collaborative, team
  • Strong work ethic and ability to perform strenuous physical labor in inclement weather.
  • Excellent computer skills and proficiency in Microsoft
  • Detail
  • A valid driver’s

Preferred Qualifications and Experience

  • Certification in organic farming and/or experience with biodynamic
  • Food safety
  • Technical knowledge and familiarity with irrigation construction, troubleshooting, and
  • Knowledge of species and climate specific to Southern
  • Experience as an agricultural or environmental
  • Familiarity with Jewish agricultural or arboreal concepts, texts, and
  • Project management
  • Training in active listening and constructive communication techniques such as Non‐Violent Communication, meeting facilitation,
  • Understanding of working within a non-profit organization.

Reporting Relationship

Reports directly to the Assistant Operations Manager.

Compensation

Salary commensurate with experience. Coastal Roots Farm offers a competitive benefits package.

Typical Working Conditions

The Community Farmer will work outdoors conducting a variety of tasks, often times repetitive and under the supervision of a multitude of coordinators. There will be exposure to Southern California outside temperatures, chemicals used in the agricultural industry, and loud noises.

Essential Physical Tasks

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

 Continuous walking, standing, climbing, stooping, bending, kneeling, reaching, lifting and pushing/pulling up to 50 lbs., cutting and carrying.

Equipment Used

Mechanical and manual tools used in compost production, laying hen production, agriculture and landscape maintenance.

Application Process: Please visit our website, https://coastalrootsfarm.org/the-farm/#job-opportunities and click on the View and Apply for Open Positions link to apply online.

Coastal Roots Farm is an equal opportunity employer.

 

 

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Vermont – Food Connects hiring Food Hub Logistics Manager

Brattleboro, Vermont

Food Hub Logistics Manager

About Food Connects

Food Connects is a dynamic and growing nonprofit organization based in Brattleboro, VT that delivers locally produced food as well as educational and consulting services aimed at transforming local food systems. Founded in 2013, Food Connects is a catalyst for food systems change by connecting the next generation with their food, local farmers with new markets, and school chefs with school food.

Job Summary

The Food Hub Logistics Manager (FHLM) is responsible for coordinating day to day operations of Food Connects’ mission-driven food hub. Food Connects delivers source-identified local food from over 50 farms and value-added producers to over 100 wholesale customers,  Deliveries are twice a week, managed through an online platform.

The FHLM supports Food Connects’ innovative and dynamic food system programming, helping to drive the continued growth and evolution of the organization and its food hubs. Food Connects is a small, horizontally-structured organization, which means that a collaborative process is used for occasional big picture decisions like hiring, creating organizational policies, outreach, fundraising, and conducting an annual peer review.

The FHLM is based in the Food Connects office in Brattleboro, VT, and is a full-time, year-round non-exempt salaried position.

Collaboration

  • The Food Hub Logistics Manager reports directly to the Food Hub General Manager.

  • The Food Hub Logistics Manager coordinates the drivers to build and and manage their daily logistical plans and act as reference point for their questions and communications about the day’s pickups/deliveries. Drivers ultimately report to the General Manager.

  • The Food Hub Logistics Manager also works closely with:

    • The Food Hub General Manager to coordinate sales and distribution efforts.

    • The Food Hub Sales Manager to compile orders and meet customers needs.

    • The Administrative and Marketing Coordinator to implement social media marketing strategies and event coordination.

Schedule

  • 40 hours/week; approximately 8:30am to 4:30pm, Monday through Friday.

  • Urgent logistical issues may occasionally require immediate calls and texts outside normal hours on ordering and delivery days (currently M-F).

  • Occasional meetings and events on evenings and weekends (with plenty of advance notice).

  • Occasional regional travel required

Job Responsibilities

Food Hub Coordination

  • Act as primary point of contact for order logistics and distribution, including fielding and resolving customer/producers issues.

  • Manage daily operations, including: receive and process customer orders every Monday and Wednesday; send regular order reminders; assist customers with the ordering process; invoice or credit customers/producers for extra/missing/damaged items.

  • Keep accurate financial records of food hub purchases; manage invoicing and invoice adjustments and accounting in the online commerce site; manage records of distribution; track and report on distribution errors.

  • Maintain accuracy of customer and producer information..

  • Build and maintain close working relationships with customers, producers, and other distribution partners.

  • Generate optimized driving instructions and coordinate with the drivers over the course of every delivery day.

  • Communicate with drivers throughout their routes  and assist them as needed in product aggregation and distribution.

  • Maintain accurate mileage and driver hour records.

Inventory Management

  • Lead warehouse operations, including stock management, product intake, order picking + preparation.

  • Actively manage product inventory numbers both at physical storage space and within online commerce system.

  • Manage purchase orders for maintaining inventory of stocked items.

  • Proactively communicate with producers regarding product availability and supply.

Business Development

  • Identify ways to improve the food hub program, and its distribution operations in particular, and help put those strategies into action.

  • Assist Administrative and Marketing Coordinator in developing and implementing a social media strategy for the Food Hub.

  • Assist Food Hub General Manager with meetings and events.

  • Assist Food Hub General Manager and Food Hub Sales Manager where possible with sales activities like lead development, customer and producers onboarding, etc.

  • Represent Food Connects in opportunities for Food Hub education and outreach.

  • Collaborate with Food Hub General Manager on projects to improve logistics, accounting, data management, and distribution systems.

  • Collaborate on business planning, fundraising efforts, grant proposals and reports, software testing, etc. as needed.

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Utah – Youth Gardens Project hiring Education Coordinator

Utah – Youth Garden Project – Education Coordinator VISTA
 
Position Overview: 
Under the direction of the Youth Programs Director, the Education Coordinator will collaborate with all YGP staff, community partners, and schools to help build the capacity of our youth programs. We are looking for an individual who is flexible, collaborative, able to work independently, exhibits strong leadership, and is enthusiastic about using the profound process of growing food as a classroom to teach academic and life lessons to youth of all ages and backgrounds.
Term of Service Dates: August 19th, 2018-August 30th 2019
 
Benefits:
  • VISTA members are expected to work 40 hours per week across two sites: Grand County High School and Youth Garden Project
  • End of service award ($5,920 education award voucher or approximately $1,800 cash stipend)
  • Living allowance ($472.22/every other week)
  • Healthcare allowance/ Child care (if applicable)
  • Relocation/settling in allowance
  • Non-competitive eligibility status for federal jobs (ie for 1 year after service VISTAs can be non-competitively selected for federal jobs, like those with the Park Service, BLM, or other agencies.  Applicants do not have to compete, and the hiring process can be much easier!)
  • VISTA members will be certified in CPR and First Aid; certification opportunity will be provided if applicant is not already certified
  • For more info visit: https://www.vistacampus.gov/in-service/benefits-service
 
Required Skills and Experience:
  • Candidate must have experience working directly with youth in school/school-garden settings, designing curriculum, and/or  working in non-traditional education spaces
  • Graduate of an accredited university or college
  • Strengths in time management, prioritizing/prioritization, delegating tasks, and multi-tasking
  • Advanced verbal and written communication skills with external and internal audiences across all populations
  • Highly organized through prep and execution of programs including data collection,  participation tracking, and evaluation
  • Record of sound job performance and project management based on results
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite, Quickbooks, and G-Suite
 
Primary Duties and Responsibilities: 
The Education Coordinator is responsible for the assessment, planning, development, organizing, and leading of youth program activities in the following areas:
Garden Ambassador Job Training Program
  • Continue development of the overall structure of the pilot program
  • Help recruit applicants and conduct interviews
  • Co-train, manage, and mentor participants
Grand County High School Programs 
  • Design and implement internship program through the Career Technical Education (CTE) program
  • Develop curriculum for Food Sciences and/or Agriculture classes
  • Work with SPED teacher(s) to create and facilitate lesson plans
8th Grade Environmental Science Elective Class 
  • Collaborate with teacher(s) about objectives and content of the class
  • Write lesson plans and teach the fall and spring courses
 
Afterschool Programs
  • Create and lead workshops with Grand County Middle School BEACON Afterschool Program
  • Co-facilitate and plan for the winter Garden Thyme after school program
  • Build capacity around and enhance Tea Time
Garden Classroom Field Trips
  • Organize and update materials
  • Update or develop new Garden Classroom Curriculum based on teacher, intern, or Youth Programs Director feedback and/or change in State Standards.
General Organizational Capacity Building 
  • Develop new teen programs (beyond those listed above) by assessing community/school needs, identifying potential areas of growth, and conducting research
  • Build relationships with the schools and their teachers, and families of program attendees
  • Inventory and acquire supplies for the infrastructure of the youth programs
  • Track numbers for grant writing purposes
  • Assist with grant-writing and fundraising beyond normal work hours
  • VISTA members will be certified in CPR and First Aid; certification opportunity will be provided if applicant is not already certified
  • VISTA members are expected to work 40 hours per week
TO APPLY: 
Please e-mail a brief cover letter and an attached resume with three professional references to Youth Programs Director, Julie Zender, julie@youthgardenproject.org. Applicants are also required to apply through Americorps VISTA website: https://my.americorps.gov/mp/listing/viewListing.do?id=81077&fromSearch=true.
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Utah – Youth Garden Project hiring Community Programs Coordinator

Utah – Youth Garden Project – Community Programs Coordinator VISTA

Position Details and Benefits
Under the direction of the Operations and Development Director, the Community Programs Coordinator VISTA will work directly with YGP’s many community-based programs and events. We are looking for an individual who is flexible, collaborative, able to work independently, exhibits strong leadership, and is enthusiastic about using the profound process of growing food as a healthy space for all members of the community to learn and grow. Please e-mail a brief cover letter and an attached resume with three professional references to Operations and Development Director, Kate Niederehe, kate@youthgardenproject.org. Applicants also required to apply through Americorps VISTA website: https://my.americorps.gov/mp/listing/viewListing.do?id=81299&fromSearch=true. Open until filled.
Term of Service Dates: August 19th, 2018-August 30th 2019
Benefits:
  • VISTA members are expected to work 40 hours per week
  • End of service award ($5,920 education award voucher or approximately $1,800 cash stipend)
  • Living allowance ($472.22/every other week)
  • Healthcare allowance/ Child care (if applicable)
  • Relocation/settling in allowance
  • Non-competitive eligibility status for federal jobs (ie for 1 year after service VISTAs can be non-competitively selected for federal jobs, like those with the Park Service, BLM, or other agencies.  Applicants do not have to compete, and the hiring process can be much easier!)
  • VISTA members will be certified in CPR and First Aid; certification opportunity will be provided if applicant is not already certified
  • For more info visit https://www.vistacampus.gov/in-service/benefits-service
 
Required Skills and Experience
  • Candidate must have experience in volunteer management, non-profit administration, and/or community development
  • Graduate of an accredited university or college
  • Strengths in time management, prioritizing/prioritization, delegating tasks, and multi-tasking
  • Advanced verbal and written communication skills with external and internal audiences across all populations
  • Highly organized through prep and execution of programs including data collection,  participation tracking, and evaluation
  • Record of sound job performance and project management based on results
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite, Quickbooks and G-Suite
Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
Community Programs Management 
Manages the following YGP community programs and events including managing supplies, recruiting volunteers/participants, scheduling with staff, marketing and public relations, and evaluating program inputs/outputs:
  • Weed N Feed & Volunteer Program
  • Rentals & Farm Stand Pilot
  • Year-round Workshops
  • Various alumni, coalition, and community events
Public Program Development & General Organizational Capacity Building
  • Design and implement new visible and inclusive educational resources for all ages and populations in the region
  • Assist in developing new partnerships and coalitions in the community to support existing and future programs and events
  • Assist with ongoing outreach to the community and YGP stakeholders (volunteers, partners, sponsors, alumni, etc.)
  • Assist in developing YGP’s CRM database, re-branding, and public image campaign
  • Assist with grant-writing and fundraising events – occasionally beyond normal work hours 

Pennsylvania – Greener Partners hiring Assistant Farmer/Educator

Wynnewood, Pennsylvania

Assistant Farmer/Educator at Delema G. Deaver Wellness Farm

Greener Partners (GP) seeks a part-time (20 hours/week) Assistant Farmer/Educator for our ½ acre Deaver Wellness Farm (DWF) at Lankenau Medical Center (LMC) in Wynnewood, PA. A partnership between GP and LMC, the DWF serves as a community resource for fresh food and education. As an extension of Lankenau’s Health Education Center, the farm is a field trip site for school-aged youth from the surrounding five county area. Through experiential learning in our half-acre living outdoor classroom, youth make connections between growing healthy food and growing healthy bodies. The farm also serves as a production site for over 30 varieties of chemical-free vegetables. Supporting Lankenau’s commitment to patient well-being, the produce is donated to primary care practices within the medical center and beyond. Patients of these practices receive fresh produce at their doctor’s visit, along with cooking and nutrition tips.

About Greener Partners

Greener Partners’ mission is to strengthen community health through food, farms and education. Since our founding in 2008, we have partnered with hospitals, schools and community organizations to farm and provide research-based education. Our programs are designed to improve access to fresh local food, increase fruit and vegetable consumption and empower individuals, particularly those in under-resourced communities, to grow their own food. Our mobile farm and food education program, Farm Explorer, gives people a direct experience with where their food comes from and motivates healthier eating. Our High School Leadership Program uses urban gardening, cooking, education and entrepreneurship as vehicles to develop leadership skills. Last year, our food security initiatives and programs on wellness and nutrition positively impacted more than 10,000 children and families from the five-county Philadelphia region.

About Lankenau Medical Center

Lankenau Medical Center is an acute care hospital and medical complex located just outside the western city limits of Philadelphia on a 93-acre campus in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania. Part of Main Line Health since 1985, Lankenau Medical Center has been devoted to the health and wellbeing of the community since 1860, with a founding mission to serve all those in need. Its continued dedication to service, compassionate patient care, and superior clinical programs make Lankenau a preferred destination for care by people throughout and far beyond the Philadelphia region. As a longtime teaching hospital, Lankenau Medical Center is committed to maintaining high-level expertise across all clinical areas—from primary care and disease prevention to medical and surgical management of all organ system disorders.

DWF Assistant Farmer/Educator

The ideal candidate will be an engaging, creative and flexible educator skilled at delivering quality programs to diverse audiences in a wide range of settings. In addition, s/he will have some vegetable gardening and/or farming experience and a passion for healthy, whole food cooking. Most importantly s/he will possess the following: a strong and collaborative work ethic; commitment to GP’s mission; pro-active approach and flexibility; problem-solving skills; willingness to learn; attention to detail; receive constructive feedback, ask clarifying questions and take responsibility; ability to productively manage time; open communication; sense of humor; and an open mind. This position is ideal for individuals who enjoy cooking, working outside, manual labor, and who possess a positive, can-do attitude. This individual will report to the DWF Farm Manager/Educator. There is opportunity for growth with a successful candidate.

Responsibilities:

  • Co-lead engaging and inspiring farm-based lessons focused on connecting youth to where their food comes from, how it’s grown, and how to make healthy recipes
  • Collaborate on the development of engaging lessons that support farm and food education
  • Assist the Farm Manager with the coordination and implementation DWF programming at the farm and in various hospital and community settings
  • Develop educational materials and hand-outs for both youth and adult education
  • Assist with crop production: seeding, maintenance, harvesting, post-production
  • Gather relevant data for use in measuring program impact and outcomes
  • Manage a budget for Youth Education materials and supplies and report to DWF Farm Manager
  • Collaborate with the Lankenau Medical Center community, including health educators, medical professionals, community partners, and patients
  • Collaborate with LMC Health Educators to incorporate the DWF into specified classroom lessons at the Health Education Center
  • Assist with the planning and coordination of special events
  • Support outreach efforts about the program and develop community connections
  • Provide onsite tours and engage with diverse stakeholders and visitors
  • Participate in other GP Education programming and projects related to DWF, as needed
  • Complete assigned continuing education and training per Main Line Health requirements

Additional Qualifications:

  • Several years of experience leading experiential education, whether nature, farm/garden-based for various age groups, including lesson planning and group management
  • Experience with sustainable farming/gardening and seasonal cooking
  • Experience working with a diverse range of ages and populations in a variety of settings
  • Experience with and/or knowledge of food justice issues and the local food community a plus
  • Experience with program development or curriculum development a plus
  • Ability to work independently AND ability to collaborate with a diverse team
  • Positive and flexible in handling challenging situations or uncertainty
  • Well-organized and able to work flexible hours
  • Up-to date FBI, PA Criminal, and PA Child Abuse clearances (or ability to obtain)
  • Ability to lift 40 lbs., bend, move quickly and work outside
  • BA preferred, but not require

How to Apply:

Greener Partners seeks qualified candidates to grow our team with creative, hardworking and motivated individuals who are committed to Greener Partners’ mission and programming. Greener Partners is an equal opportunity employer committed to providing a progressive work environment for employees. This is a part-time, position with paid time off.  Salary starts at $17,000, based on experience.  We encourage people of color, LGBTQ, religious minorities, recent immigrants, and applicants from all generational, economic, and educational backgrounds to apply.  Please send resume and cover letter to jen.malkoun@greenerpartners.org

 

 

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

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.