Florida – Arden Community Farm hiring Farm Director

Palm Beach County, Florida

COMMUNITY FARM DIRECTOR

The Community Farm Director is responsible for community farm production and coordinating educational and outreach programming for the farm at Arden. She/he will manage the staffing requirements for the site, including seasonal interns and volunteers, and is responsible for hiring and managing the farm crew, including the assistant farm manager.

The Community Farm Director serves as a local food ambassador and ensures that the daily farm operations will uphold the values at Arden in providing fresh, healthy food and farm-based community and educational activities to residents and community members.

Roles & Responsibilities:

  • Develop and implement a farm management plan: crop selection, planting schedules, weed management, fertility management (cover cropping, compost, crop rotation, etc.), pest and disease management, and irrigation design, maintenance and management
  • Develop and maintain farm infrastructure
  • Hire and direct the management of staff, interns and volunteers
  • Coordinate harvests, manage post-harvest handling and ensure product quality control
  • Manage vegetable, fruit, herb and flower production and distribution
  • Manage all production-related tractor work
  • Purchase farm supplies and seeds
  • Maintain detailed farm records
  • Oversees all farm activities including farm tours, programs and events
  • Coordinate farm outreach into community as local food ambassador
  • Maintain a clean, safe, and organized work environment

Minimum Qualifications:

  • 3-5 years farming experience; employee management experience
  • Experience with all aspects of daily farm activities, including but not limited to tractor operation, cultivation, organic pest and disease control, harvest, post-harvest handling and distribution, marketing
  • Commitment to organic agriculture
  • Ability to lift at least 50 lbs and perform work outdoors in all weather conditions

Desired Qualifications:

  • 2 or more years farm management experience
  • Experience farming in Florida
  • Experienced operation of tractors and other farm equipment
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Clean driving record and licensed to drive in Florida

Compensation:

Pay scale is commensurate with experience, length of contract, and demonstrated ability to manage employees and increase production/revenue.

Interested:

Please send cover letter and resume to Monica Hollins at mrh@freeholdcommunities.com.

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Florida – University of Florida hiring State Food Systems Specialist

Gainesville, Florida

State Food Systems Specialist

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Job no: 503423
Work type: Staff Full-Time
Location: Main Campus (Gainesville, FL)
Categories: Agriculture/Life Science/Vet Medicine, Education/Instructional
Department:60451000 – AG-FAMILY NUTRITION PROGRAM

Classification Title: Education/Training Spec II
Job Description: The Family Nutrition Program (FNP) is the Florida component of the SNAP-Ed program (formerly food stamp nutrition education).   The Florida Farm to School and Community Program within the Family Nutrition Program envisions a state in which Farm to School and Community is an essential component of robust food systems and the quality and impact of its programs contribute substantially to the quality of life for school children, farmers, and their communities. This position will provide statewide leadership, education, and technical support in support of the program’s goals and objectives.  This position will supervise, train, and support regional Farm to School Specialists in their efforts to support capacity building among school food authorities, farmers, and communities to increase the availability of specialty crops in the school lunch program and to increase the number of farmers selling to local farmers markets using appropriate procurement processes while meeting state and federal food safety standards.  The Food Systems Specialist  will promote and expand Farm to School activities at the state and county levels within an extensive and diverse statewide network of school authorities, parents, and children; farmers and distributors; University of Florida Extension faculty and administrators; staff of federal and state agencies; and representatives from other public and private organizations. The position will be responsible for: coordinating with school food hubs; providing support and training for school, child care, and community gardens; promoting farmers’ market nutrition education; designing and developing  training programs to support Farm to School and Community program priorities; leading communication among team members; performing outreach to the public; and planning and implementing meetings and training events.

Ongoing Training and County Program Support
•           Implement and manage training in each of the following areas: school food procurement (in collaboration with FDACS); school, child care, and community gardens; access to healthful foods; working with vendors and farmers’ markets; and other areas as needed.
•           Provide technical support and assistance to FNP supervisors in creating on-going training opportunities for program assistants using established program assistant core competencies as a guide.
•           Work collaboratively with other state-level education specialists to develop and provide training support to counties.
•           Create presentations for statewide and national meetings and conferences.
•           Assist with county site visits and program reviews.
•           Identify research-based educational materials, including but not limited to, curricula, fact sheets, and brochures for project participants and recipients.

Supervision of Regional Specialists
• Provide leadership to regional specialists in all aspects of their job, including training on food safety and food systems, connecting school authorities to Florida farmers (in collaboration with FDACS), designing and implementing school and community gardens, and working effectively with Extension faculty and other team members.

• Conduct weekly or monthly “check-ins” to ensure regional specialists have the support and resources required to complete their jobs.
• Conduct site reviews to ensure regional specialists are appropriately and consistently implementing program objectives.
• Evaluate regional specialists on an annual basis.
• Approve and monitor time and leave requests.

This positions supervises ten Education/Training Specialist IIs, and three Extension Program Assistants that work in school food hubs.

Program Administration
• Schedule and facilitate conference calls among PI, Extension faculty, and stakeholders.
• Document and disseminate best practices through statewide and local meetings using a variety of communication tools.
• Develop and coordinate schedules and timetables for project milestones and deliverables.
• Assist the PIs and fellow staff members to foster strategic partnerships within the institution and broadly throughout the state to work in collaboration with Florida Farm to School and Community partners.

Reporting
• Draft monthly project status updates for contract manager.
• Assist with completion of other reports as needed.

Normal Work Schedule: Monday through Friday8 am to 5 pm, 40 hours a week or more as needed. Most work will occur during business hours Monday through Friday8 am – 5 pm. Variation includes travel to counties for program visits and reviews; some weekend work may be necessary. Travel within Florida and to attend national meetings for training and outreach is required.

Advertised Salary: $50-$55,000 commensurate with education and experience
Minimum Requirements: Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate area and four years of relevant experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Preferred Qualifications: Management of multiple employees housed at locations around the state of Florida; excellent attendance history in prior positions; excellent oral and written communication skills, including a courteous and helpful manner in all communications; completeness, accuracy, and timeliness in all work, scheduling and event management experience; proficiency with MS office software, social media tools and other web computer applications are keys to success. Candidates must have a general knowledge of food systems, and some combination of experience in one or more of the following fields: nutrition, agriculture, marketing, curriculum development, program evaluation, and/or extension programming.

Candidates should have the ability to positively interact with a wide variety of business and organizational partners as an ambassador of the Florida Farm to School and Community Program and articulate the Program’s goals, strategies, and outcomes with confidence. Experience working in a college or university setting a plus. The successful candidate will manage and prioritize tasks, anticipate problems and work towards resolution without intensive management, pay attention to detail, exhibit superior time management and organizational skills.

Special Instructions to Applicants: This is a grant-funded, time-limited position. 435 Livescan background check required pre-employment.

Application must be submitted by 11:55 p.m. (EDT) of the posting end date.

Health Assessment Required: No

Advertised: 21 Aug 2017 Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close: 05 Sep 2017 Eastern Daylight Time

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The Family Garden hiring Farm Workers

Gainesville, Florida

Vegetable Farm Workers

Compensation: $11-$14/ hour DOE
Employment type: full-time

 

The Family Garden organic and fair farm in Gainesville, FL is looking for four full time farm workers. In the past we have always had experienced workers and have maintained a fast paced, efficient, respectful, and fair work environment. This past year our farm moved from Bell (the country) to Gainesville (the city), and unfortunately most of the folks who have worked with us did not make the move with us. So now we need you.Responsibilities include:
Picking produce
Washing and packing produce
Keeping things clean
Showing up every day and staying to get the work done

Ideally we want to hire people with experience working with organic vegetables, but if you are a fast learner and hard worker, we can work with that as long as you are familiar with doing some type of physical employment in the past.

This is not an internship or apprenticeship, it is a job. You will be treated with respect and you will need to respect the farm and others as well.

Pay: $11-$14/hour depending on experience
All the vegetables you can eat
2 hours accrued paid sick leave per week
Paid holidays
Workers compensation

Interested applicants should email applicable farm experience to Farm Coordinator Katie Conley at thefamilygardencsa@gmail.com

Cutrale Citrus Juices hiring Farm Manager

Auburndale, Florida

The Company: Cutrale Citrus Juices USA, Inc. is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of citrus products. Cutrale strives to consistently provide the highest quality, safe products, while providing wealth and welfare to our community and our environment.

The Job: Cutrale Farms requires the services of an experienced Farm Manager to oversee the operation of large grove located in Venus, FL. Responsible for management, planning and control farming operations from land preparation through quality harvest. A degree in agronomy AND/OR equivalent supervisory grove experience is required for this position.

An attractive salary and benefits package, as well as residence and transportation will be offered to the selected candidate.

To apply, please contact:

Teresa Durbin
Recruiter
(863) 965-5012

Youth L.E.A.D. hiring Youth Manager

Miami, Florida

Youth L.E.A.D. Youth Manager

JOB DESCRIPTION

Youth L.E.A.D. educates, empowers and employs underserved youth to adopt healthier diets while increasing access to healthy foods in their neighborhoods through gardens and farmers’ markets. For more information, please visit www.youthleadmiami.org.

JOB SUMMARY

Youth L.E.A.D. is seeking a dynamic, engaging, responsible, hardworking, self-motivated person to oversee all youth programming for the organization. The Youth Manager is responsible for: implementing the 12-week afterschool youth curriculum at 1-3 sites per year (training approximately 100 youth each year); coordinating out-of-school youth activities, field trips, guest speakers, and apprenticeships; acting as a liaison with parents and schools; supervising and engaging youth during community outreach, farmer’s markets, cooking and gardening efforts; and tracking and reporting on progress.

JOB DUTIES

  1. Recruit 20-40 youth each summer to begin Fall Programming in September.
  2. Partner with existing and new youth-serving partners to deliver curriculum to additional youth each summer.
  3. Implement the 12-week afterschool curriculum from September through December (weekly 2-hour session) for at least 20 youth each week. Continue reading