Illinois – Food Works hiring Farm Beginnings Assistant Facilitator

Carbondale, Illinois

Now Hiring!

Farm Beginnings® Assistant Facilitator

Food Works, a non-profit organization centered in Carbondale, IL, seeks a part-time Assistant Facilitator for the Farm Beginnings program. Our mission is to advance sustainable food systems in the 23 southernmost counties in Illinois. Our programs feature farmer-to-farmer peer education and consumer education and engagement.

Join our food community of farmers, artisans, brewers, bakers, vintners, educators, musicians, chefs, consumers, and activists to help restore our sustainable local food system, centered in southernmost Illinois home of the Shawnee Hills and the Shawnee National Forest.

Farm Beginnings® helps farmers build and grow sustainable farm businesses through farmer- led seminars and mentoring in southern Illinois. Farm Beginnings® is equally committed to leadership development toward positive social change. This Farm Beginnings Assistant Facilitator position will work directly with beginning and established farmers as well as helping to build larger community support and understanding around beginning farmer issues and growing the sustainable local food system.

The ideal candidate has some farming experience, Farm Beginnings® or farm education/mentorship experience, is an effective communicator, and experienced in organizing and administering learning opportunities. Farm Beginnings is a winter seminar series for beginning farmers followed by a growing season internship. The Assistant Facilitator’s primary responsibility will be co-facilitating learning seminars, planning and logistics; coordinating guest presenters; conducting evaluations; ensuring preparations; and conducting follow-up and evaluations. The Assistant Facilitator will work 8-15 hours/week Sept.-February including 1-2 weekends per month (either Sat or Sun TBA); then 5-8 hours per week during other months. The Assistant Facilitator must attend if possible one out-of-town, two-day training in February (or March) and one out- of-town, two-day training in July/August (Travel costs are covered).

This part-time position will focus on Farm Beginnings work based in Carbondale, Illinois and serving a 23-county area of southernmost Illinois. The Assistant Facilitator will be supervised by Kathleen Logan Smith, Food Works Executive Director.

Details :

Salary at $16-$20/hour based on qualifications. The Asst. Facilitator receives a $25/month phone stipend.

For more information seewww.fwsoil.org/staff.  Food Works is an equal opportunity employer

To Apply:

Please submit a cover letter, resume highlighting skills and experience, and writing samples to: Kathleen Logan Smith, Executive Director via email: Kathleen@eatsouthernillinois.org or via mail: P.O. Box 3855, Carbondale, IL 62902, 618-370-3287. Please send any email attachments as pdf files. Other file formats will not be opened.

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Illinois – Food Works hiring Program Coordinator

Carbondale, Illinois

Now Hiring!

Program Coordinator

Food Works, a non-profit organization centered in Carbondale, IL, seeks a part-time Program Coordinator. Our mission is to advance sustainable food systems in the 23 southernmost counties in Illinois. Our programs feature farmer-to-farmer peer education and consumer education and engagement.

The Program Coordinator will have three areas of responsibility: Food Access program activities which include outreach to farmers markets throughout the region; management of the indoor Winter Community Farmers Market in Carbondale, IL; and administration of the Southern Illinois Farming Alliance peer education and networking programs. The Coordinator works to expand SNAP/Link access to Southern Illinois Farmers markets; promotes use of SNAP/Link at farmers markets; collects and monitors data related to farmers’ market access; manages the Winter Community Farmers Market (Opens Nov/Dec-March) in Carbondale and administers the Farming Alliance. The Coordinator will also work with farmers to identify needs and opportunities, produce newsletters, web content, and social media messaging, schedule educational on-farm Field Days, and develop workshops and trainings as needed.

The ideal candidate is responsible, professional, friendly, and organized. She or he has farmers market, project and volunteer management, communications and event planning experience. The candidate must be able to use the Microsoft Office suite of products (or their equivalent), work some weekends and evenings; must be able to travel in the 23-county southernmost Illinois region, and must be licensed and able to drive.

To apply send a letter of introduction, resume, references and writing samples to: kathleen@eatsouthernillinois.org. List “Program Coordinator” in the subject line and send all attachments as pdf files. Other formats will not be opened. Or mail application materials to: P.O. Box 3855, Carbondale, IL 62902. Please include your ideal schedule/hours and salary.

Food Works is an equal opportunity employer

For more information visit: http://www.fwsoil.org

Illinois – Fresh Picks Farmer Alliance hiring Sales Representative

Niles, Illinois

Fresh Picks Farmer Alliance Sales Representative

Call on wholesale prospects to sell local farm products.

Responsibilities:

  • Identify prospects
  • Make sales calls and visits
  • Open Wholesale Accounts and increase sales.
  • Assess potential needs and interest
  • Maintain relationships and good communications
  • Demonstrate product knowledge including pricing and availability and enthusiasm
  • Take orders and communicate with buyers. Prepare contracts, invoices and availability sheets
  • Organize system for tracking and follow-up

Qualifications:

  • Outgoing and upbeat personality
  • Good communication and listening skills
  • Highly motivated, innovative and persistent
  • Good organization and attention to detail
  • Excited about growing the supply of organic foods from local farmers
  • Sales experience. Knowledge of and experience working with vegetables and fruits a plus

Compensation and Benefits: $35,000 to $45,000 annually plus commission based upon experience. 1 week vacation, paid holidays, employee discount of 20% on our local organic foods.

Hours and Location: Full-time. Meetings at headquarters in Niles. Can be home-based. Service clients throughout Chicago region.

About Fresh Picks:

The mission of Irv & Shelly’s Fresh Picks is to make healthy food accessible to more people in urban areas through connection and support of local farmers. Since 2006, we have worked to help build a local food infrastructure, increase the supply of local organic food and connect people in the Chicago region with sustainable farmers that work to protect our health and the environment. (www.freshpicks.com)

Fresh Picks offers internet ordering and delivery of local and organic fresh foods to individual households, businesses and institutions in the Chicago region. The Sales Representative will work to increase sales for farmers in the newly formed Fresh Picks Farmer Alliance http://tinyurl.com/oktlg3a. The Fresh Picks warehouse successfully operates as a Food Hub for local food aggregation operating the necessary logistics for ordering, cold storage, handling, packing and delivering product.

To Apply:

Submit cover letter and resume to:
Irv & Shelly’s Fresh Picks
5625 W Howard St
Niles, IL 60714
Recruiting@freshpicks.com

Illinois – The Country Experience hiring Farm Interns

Galena, Illinois

Camp Description

The Country Experience is a week-long sleepaway camp for 7-12 year olds on a working family farm near Galena, Illinois. Our environment has been prepared so campers can be “inside the fences” and participate in hands-on experiences with real-world tools to contribute to the farm, build life skills, and develop their character.  

Job Description

The Country Experience is seeking to hire farm interns with a passion for farm life and who enjoy working independently, with kids, and peers. Farm interns will be responsible for the daily farm operations and work alongside the staff, counselors, and campers to maintain a homestead-style farm.  Farm work changes seasonally, tasks include caring for the animals (food, water, health, environment), garden maintenance, landscaping, mowing, harvesting, preparing for market, baking/canning, guiding small groups of campers for projects, help with Fall Farm Stay weekends, welcoming families and school groups to the farm, farm tours, etc. Farm interns should have both a passion for working outside on the farm and engaging with youth.

Schedule & Timeframe

April – November. Must be able to commit to at least a 3 month block of time. Lodging and all meals are provided.

Duties & Responsibilities

Responsibilities include:

  • Feeding and watering animals in the morning and evening, guiding the feedings when guests are helping
  • Responsible for planting, weeding, watering, harvesting, cultivating, mowing, and any other maintenance alongside other staff and campers
  • Farm spaces responsible for include orchards, vegetable gardens, flower gardens, lawn, pastures, foraging plants, peripheral fence lines, pond
  • Excellent communication skills with youth, families, and guests who stay at the farm.  
  • Run the farm as organically and chemical free as possible
  • Ensure that all daily needs of the farm are met and that camper tasks are completed
  • Jump in to help whenever needed.  Spring: planting, camp prep, open house events, weekend farm stays, etc.  Summer: camp meal preparations, morning fishing groups, weekend camp reset, hosting alongside owners for farm stay meals, assisting with outdoor pizza oven nights, staffing school visit groups and
  • Be encouraging to campers, families, school groups, and guest as they engage in farm operations

Desired Qualifications

Applicant must be in school for agricultural sciences or have interest in agriculture as a career. Experience with youth a plus.  Interest in working with youth a must.  Applicants must be at least 18 years of age. Ideal applicants should be bright eyed and bushy-tailed, enjoy plants and animals, excel at physical labor, work well with children, be patient, be a great problem-solver, and see the glass as half full.

Compensation

Lodging and all meals.  Many options available- farmhouse, camping, cabin (depending on the season), or screened in porch.   During camp, we all cook and eat together.  We will teach you a lot.  You will work hard.  We will grow together personally and professionally.  You will get to choose what you are interested in a good part of the time and also work shoulder to shoulder with us on whatever needs doing.  We can write you an amazing letter of recommendation that will serve you well in future endeavors.  

How to Apply

Please email us a message about why you would love to be on the farm this summer with youth and what will make you a great member of our farm community.  Please also attach a resume with past camp experiences and any other applicable qualifications we should know about! Thank you!

Looking forward to hearing from you.  -Claire (Camp Manager) and The Amstutz Family

Illinois – The Country Experience hiring Camp Counselors

Galena, Illinois

Camp Description

The Country Experience is a week-long sleepaway camp for 7-12 year olds on a working family farm near Galena, Illinois. Our environment has been prepared so campers can be “inside the fences” and participate in hands-on experiences with real-world tools to contribute to the farm, build life skills, and develop their character.  

Job Description

The Country Experience is seeking to hire dynamic camp counselors who are passionate about farm life, fresh air, working with youth, self-discovery, and growth. Counselors will be full-time residents and guide a group of campers in weekly farm experiences including caring for animals, tending to gardens, and preparing meals. As a counselor, you will be an integral part of camp whether it be helping children contribute to the farm, playing capture the flag in our forest, crafting hand-tossed pizzas for the outdoor pizza oven, leading small groups in the garden or with animals, sharing a freshly harvested family-style meal, telling campfire stories, playing mud tug-of-war, or bonding with a new farm animal. Become a key member on our farm this summer and help kids learn something about themselves, and learn a great deal about yourself along the way.  The ideal candidate is a fierce worker and fun to be around, has the ability to improvise, able to pick up cues and jump in to guide or help, can engage with campers and families appropriately, and thrives on overwhelming sense of accomplishment after each day.

Schedule, Room & Board

Season runs May 30th – August 25th. Counselors are expected to stay on the farm as a resident for the duration of the summer. Camp is in session Monday-Friday. Some Sunday preparation and Saturday farm work will be needed. The counselors will each have their own cabin for the summer.  Campers of the same gender will also occupy the cabin during their week stay.  Separate staff area with wi-fi, tv and storage is located in the lower level of the farm house.  All groceries and meals are provided.  The nearby town of Galena has attractions and shops for all your farm life needs.

Duties & Responsibilities-Counselors are responsible for:

  • Building an enthusiastic and productive culture in your cabin and any small group you are a part of
  • Guiding chores and projects in a way that allows for an active and confident camper role
  • Tending to all animal needs alongside campers
  • Planting, cultivating, and harvesting the large gardens using a variety of landscaping tools
  • Deciding with campers how to use the plentiful fruits and vegetables grown on the farm in our meals
  • Washing dishes post-meals alongside campers
  • Sleeping overnight in cabins with campers and ensuring safety and comfort
  • Playing games with campers- sweating and getting dirty alongside them!
  • Working on building projects or on artisan crafts
  • Serve as a “camp parent” which includes assisting with showering procedures, first aid, sunblock, hydration, personal hygiene, rest times, and medication reminders
  • Dealing with behavioral needs and issues in a positive and supportive way
  • Bonding with campers and providing guidance and leadership to campers
  • Fully participating and engaging in farm-life, modeling the behavior we wish to see from our campers

Desired Qualifications

Applicant must have an interest in experiential learning, agricultural work, animal care, or education. Interest in Montessori and character development a plus. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age. Experience in farmstead living, basic small construction skills, baking, canning, and organic gardening a plus. Ideal applicants should be bright eyed and bushy-tailed, like animals, enjoy farm life and physical labor, work well with children, be patient, be a great problem-solver, and see the glass as half full.

How to Apply

Please email us a message about why you would love to be on the farm this summer with youth and what will make you a great member of our farm community.  Please also attach a resume with past camp experiences and any other applicable qualifications we should know about! Thank you!

Compensation

Counselors receive $250 a week plus lodging and meals. Counselors also receive a $50 bonus at the end of the season. You will also receive memories for a lifetime, opportunity to be creative in a large leadership role, and an amazing letter of recommendation if you earn it!

Illinois – The Country Experience hiring Camp Ch

Galena, Illinois

Camp Chef

Camp Description

The Country Experience is a week-long sleepaway camp for 7-12 year olds on a working family farm near Galena, Illinois. Our environment has been prepared so campers can be “inside the fences” and participate in hands-on experiences with real-world tools to contribute to the farm, build life skills, and develop their character.  

Job Description

The Country Experience is seeking to hire dynamic camp staff who are passionate about farm life, fresh air, working with youth, self-discovery, and growth. The camp chef will be a full-time resident on the farm and guide small groups of campers through knife skills training, meal preparations, clean up, baking/canning. As chef, you will be an integral part of camp whether it be collecting eggs, playing games, incorporating freshly harvested vegetables into the menu, eating meals family-style, telling campfire stories.  Become a key member on our farm this summer and help kids learn something about themselves, and learn a great deal about yourself along the way. The ideal candidate is a fierce worker and fun to be around, has the ability to improvise, able to pick up cues and jump in to guide or help, can engage with campers and families appropriately, and thrives on overwhelming sense of accomplishment after each day.

Schedule & Timeframe

Season runs May 30th – August 25th. Staff is expected to stay on the farm as a resident for the duration of the summer. Camp is in session Monday-Friday. Some Sunday preparation and Saturday farm work will be needed. The chef will stay in the lower level of the farmhouse with private access, bedroom, and full bathroom. Adjacent to your quarters, there is a separate staff area with wi-fi, tv and storage.  All groceries and meals are provided.  The nearby town of Galena has attractions and shops for all your farm life needs.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Preparing a weekly, balanced, healthy menu and grocery list that utilizes farm produce
  • Maintaining the kitchen for both safety and function
  • Cooks appropriate amount and variety of food for each meal
  • Prepping all produce and meats prior to meal preparation time as needed
  • Preparing breakfast, lunch, and dinner alongside campers and other staff
  • Serving meals on time- 8am, 12pm, 6pm
  • Communicating with other staff the needs for each meal-time
  • Teaching knife safety and other related demos to campers in small groups on the first day of camp
  • Guiding the transfer of meal items to and from the gathering barn dining area
  • Facilitating kitchen clean-up with the group- leftovers, compost, dishes/sanitation
  • Guiding kitchen projects in a way that allows for an active and confident camper role
  • Lead or assist with additional food-related projects such as canning and baking
  • Leading by example
  • Work with other staff during non-camp days to prepare group meals
  • Being capable of and interested in stepping in as a camp counselor when needed, engaging in camp when not needed in kitchen
  • Pitching in on non-kitchen related farm projects as needed

Desired Qualifications

Applicant must be in school for culinary arts or have equivalent work experience. Interest in farm to table cooking a must. Experience in farmstead living, baking, canning, organic gardening, Montessori, and character development a plus. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age. Ideal applicants should be able to think on their feet, enjoy farmlife, work well with children, be able to juggle many hats, have good time management skills, and see the glass as half full.

How to Apply

Please message claire@thecountryexperience.com and include a letter expressing your personal interest, skills, and experience.  We would like to know about your character and why you would not only be an excellent camp chef but also great for camp and with campers.  

Compensation

Starts at $250 a week plus lodging and meals with an end of season bonus.

Illinois – Chicago Horticultural Society hiring Windy City Harvest Apprentice

Chicago, Illinois

CHICAGO HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY POSITION DESCRIPTION

Title: Instructor, Windy City Harvest Apprenticeship
Exemption Status: Exempt
Department:  Windy City Harvest
Reports to: Eliza Fournier
Regular or Seasonal: Regular
Full-time or Part-time: Full Time
Supervises: Apprentices
Position Overview:

Join a team of enthusiastic, dedicated and mission-oriented agriculturalists and job trainers! Windy City Harvest, a sustainable urban agricultural jobs training program, is seeking an experienced instructor. Our program uses a custom curriculum in four-season sustainable vegetable production. Hands-on activities in hoophouse, greenhouse, aquaponics and raised bed farming and a 14-week internship period are integral parts of the 9-month certificate program. Participants in the certificate program enroll as continuing education students of the City Colleges of Chicago at Arturo Velasquez Institute, 2800 S. Western, where the program is based.

Classroom goals are based on the implementation of a successful, sustainable production operation and associated green industry training and employment activities.  The Windy City Harvest instructor should have enthusiasm for and interest in working with program participants and a commitment to teamwork.

RESPONSIBILITIES

In this role you will be responsible for the following: 

  • Deliver classroom ( hours twice a week) and lab (six hours twice a week) curriculum for a class of 20-25 students with diverse educational backgrounds and needs.
  • Organize guest lectures of industry leaders and Windy City Harvest colleagues.
  • Adapt and continuously update written curriculum as needed for delivery in classroom and hands-on production setting. Update and refine hands-on lab activities, quizzes and written assignments to fully engage in Windy City Harvest farms.
  • Work with students to farm the Arturo Velasquez Institute site. Engage students in all aspects of farm work at other Windy City Harvest production sites.
  • Guide students and manage work-study interns with farm/growing assignments, including planting, weeding, watering and harvesting of produce. This includes the creation and implementation of weekly production schedules.
  • Supervise care of a small aquaponics at Arturo Velasquez Institute and instruct students on system maintenance

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