Vermont – Salvation Farms hiring Vermont Commodity Program Manager

Winsooki, Vermont

Organization: Salvation Farms

Position Title: Vermont Commodity Program Manager

Supervisor: Executive Director

Employee Status: Full Time, Exempt

Starting Annual Salary: $37,000

Primary Location: Winooski, VT

To Apply: Email cover letter and resume to Theresa Snow, Executive Director, at

Program Summary

Salvation Farms’ Vermont Commodity Program operates Vermont’s first surplus crop food hub. The food hub aggregates approximately 5,000 pounds per week of “un-marketable” crops from farms across the state. From the food hub, crops are distributed to charitable and institutional food sites.

The Vermont Commodity Program operates through a workforce development training program. Enrolled trainees clean, quality assess, case-pack, and minimally process surplus crops while gaining job readiness skills and exposure to potential employers. Volunteers also help the Vermont Commodity Program meet its production goals.

This is the first operation of its kind in the nation.

Position Summary

The Vermont Commodity Manager is responsible for maintaining the Vermont Commodity Program operations, related training program, and partnerships. This position ensures Good Manufacturing Practices and Standard Operating Procedures are created and followed by all who enter the food hub. Food safety, product quality, and operational sophistication, safety, and efficiency are upheld by this staff person. The Manager is responsible for administering and supporting training in a safe working and learning environment for individuals with barriers to employment, i.e. ex-incarcerated, out-of-school youth, those in recovery, etc. The Manager fills a vital role in supporting the growth and evolution of this program.

Primary Duties (include but are not limited to)

  • Ensure workplace and food safety, quality controls, and compliance with standard operating procedures
  • Manage production, product sourcing/marketing to farmers, transportation logistics, product development (raw packing and minimal processing), end-product marketing, product distribution and sales, and traceability
  • Oversee pack-room activities, engage in produce cleaning, packing, and processing alongside trainees and volunteers
  • Oversee daily activities of trainees with particular focus on operational training, work, and field trips
  • Engage in trainee recruitment, enrollment, orientation, operational training, conflict management and developing pathways to employment
  • Collaborate with co-workers, partners, and trainee caseworkers/support service agencies
  • Maintain product inventory, supplies, crew productivity, and associated tracking systems
  • Measure program impact and outcomes; generate periodic reports
  • Manage facility and equipment upkeep; maintain service records
  • Manage sub-lease and facility shared use arrangements
  • Manage volunteers and interns
  • Supervise AmeriCorps VISTA member
  • Collaborate with staff, AmeriCorps VISTA, and partners to:
  • improve operations; i.e. refine production line elements, establish new distribution avenues, etc.
  • administer training; aid in refining the workforce development program
  • Engage in some elements of program and product marketing material creation, community outreach, partner meetings, program expansion, capacity building, budget building, fundraising, and strategic planning


  • Highly organized, efficient, and pragmatic
  • Operations and/or food manufacturing experience; writing, refining, implementing SOPs
  • Demonstrated success training, managing, and working in teams
  • A desire to support workforce development and skill building initiatives for individuals in transition
  • Able to work in partnership with staff and communicate effectively with diverse groups of people
  • Ability to work independently, a self-starter with effective time management skills
  • Ability to coordinate priorities and exercise appropriate judgment and discretion
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent record keeping skills, computer and data entry skills
  • A passion for local agriculture, resource management, and social justice
  • A valid driver’s license
  • Ability to lift 50 pounds
  • Available to work some nights and weekends

Benefits & Work Environment

  • Paid time off and holidays
  • Health insurance available (Employer covers 75% of premium)
  • Access to training and professional development opportunities
  • This position is based in Salvation Farms’ Winooski Facility – some travel will be required
  • Mileage is reimbursed at $.40/mile for all approved work travel

Washington – Good Cheer Food Bank hiring Garden Apprentice

Langley, Washington
Good Cheer Food Bank Garden Apprentice
Start Date: flexible, April or May 2018; June possible for the right candidate
Application Deadline: May 31, 2018
Compensation: $400 living stipend, a homestay at no additional cost, food from the gardens and food bank, and lunch every day. Workers compensation provided through WA State Farm Internship Project.
The Good Cheer Food Bank is seeking a second apprentice to round out our seasonal garden team! Apprentices are key players in our Fresh Food on the Table Program, which seeks to create a zero-waste food bank that champions fresh, local produce. They will assist the Garden Manager in managing 1.5 acres of mixed vegetable production and all farm and garden tasks including seed starting, greenhouse management, cultivating, weeding, harvesting, composting, and record keeping; and some non-profit management like volunteer coordination, outreach, fundraising, and aspects of event planning. The apprentices will also have the opportunity to assist the Produce Manager in the Food Bank during peak harvest season with processing excess produce (canning, freezing, drying etc.), sorting donations and keeping the store refrigerator stocked with local goods. Apprentices will also participate in volunteer work parties at partner sites: South Whidbey School Farms and South Whidbey Tilth.
Some farming or gardening experience appreciated, but enthusiasm for growing and sharing food is a must have. Candidates must also be hard working and practical; flexible and responsive to changing circumstances due to weather and unexpected events; willing to maintain high standards of communication, follow-through, and collaboration; have the self-motivation and integrity necessary to manage their time effectively; reliable with the ability to shift gears from farmer to non-profit employee. Ability to lift 50lbs.
Apprentice work an average 35 hours per week, seasonally variable. There will occasionally be weekend work watering starts, opening and closing hoop houses, assisting at special events, and gleaning produce from the Saturday farmers market. Responsibilities will be shared with other apprentices and with the Garden Manager.
Position end date is flexible, but no later than October 31, 2018
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To apply email a cover letter, resume and 3 references to

Washington – Good Cheer Food Bank hiring Gleaning Coordinator

Whidbey Island, Washington

Are you passionate about food justice, community outreach, and volunteer management? Want to make a difference serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA and increase the healthy food accessible to food insecure populations?

Serve with Rotary First Harvest’s Harvest Against Hunger (HAH) program to reduce food waste while alleviating hunger. Since 2009, HAH has placed over 115 AmeriCorps VISTA members with 45 host site organizations, to engage with over 25,000 volunteers, and recover over 5 million pounds of fresh healthy produce for families in need across the country.

Position Description

The Gleaning Program Coordinator at Good Cheer Food Bank will continue to develop volunteer recruitment and retention strategies, coordinate gleans, participate in asset mapping, and plan the long-term sustainability of the program. This AmeriCorps VISTA position will be part strategist and part storyteller, working to strengthen public recognition and support for food recovery efforts. The gleaning program coordinator will streamline systems to share excess food with hunger relief network partners, and support volunteer programs that divert food from the waste-stream by processing blemished or excess produce into value-added food products that can feed hungry families all year long.

See the full job description for more information.