Iowa – Practical Farmers of Iowa hiring Strategic Initatives Assistant

Ames, Iowa 

Practical Farmers of Iowa is Hiring a Strategic Initiatives Assistant

Practical Farmers of Iowa is seeking a diligent, respectful and passionate person to serve as assistant for the strategic initiatives team. For over 30 years, Practical Farmers has worked to equip farmers across the state (and beyond) to build resilient farms and communities. The strategic initiatives team works creatively to build collaborative projects between the private and public sectors that accomplish the goals of our farmer-members on the broader Iowa and Midwestern landscape.

The strategic initiatives assistant will support that team by 1) managing schedules and mailings; 2) tracking farmer completion of cost-share program requirements; 3) serving as the team’s primary event and meeting planner, 4) helping the team coordinate effectively with key partners; 5) assisting with outreach and farmer speaker coordination; 6) gathering supporting information for grant proposals and reports; and 7) providing administrative support to general field crops programming. Practical Farmers offers a flexible, fast-paced work environment with opportunities for independent initiative and professional development.


  • Schedule meetings and manage calendars using digital platforms
  • Respond to questions from farmers about cover crop cost-share programs
  • Manage mailings and track paperwork to and from farmers
  • Solicit and track farmer attendance at PFI events and partner events
  • Coordinate logistics of field days, conferences and other events (i.e. RSVPs, food, venue prep, expense tracking)
  • Staff field days and conferences as needed (i.e. moderating sessions, taking photos, helping with event set up and clean up, selling merchandise, taking notes)
  • Assist with writing, editing and proofing of articles and promotional materials as needed
  • Assist with tracking and meeting project deliverable deadlines
  • Represent PFI at field days, meetings and conferences with key partners and constituencies
  • Support general field crops program activities
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications and Characteristics

  • Strong writing, public relations and other general communication skills required
  • Ability to schedule, organize and conduct events required
  • Experience with Microsoft Word and Excel required
  • Two or more years of experience in meeting and event planning and/or administrative support for a high-performing team with external partners preferred
  • Experience with G Suite applications (Calendar, Sheets, Drive, etc.) preferred
  • Ability to work efficiently and accurately in a fast-paced team environment
  • Ability to communicate effectively with farmers, farm leaders, staff, media, agribusiness and the general public
  • Enthusiasm for project development and implementation
  • Ability to meet deadlines
  • Ability to work on several tasks at once.
  • Detail oriented and well organized
  • Flexible and adaptable
  • Ability work independently and within a team
  • Motivated and a self-starter

This is a full-time position based in our Ames office. Salary is competitive, based on experience and qualifications. This position requires some travel (mostly in Iowa), a valid driver’s license, the ability to lift 50 pounds and the ability to walk long distances.

The position reports to Alisha Bower, strategic initiatives manager. Practical Farmers is a family-friendly employer. The position includes full health care benefits, a flex plan, short- and long-term disability, life insurance and generous paid time off. Employer contribution to a 401k retirement plan is offered after one year of employment.

Please apply by sending cover letter, resume and references to Alisha Bower at by Friday, May 11, 2018.







Iowa – Red Earth Gardens hiring Farm Production Manager

Tama, Iowa

We are looking for a Farm Production Manager to join our team at Red Earth Gardens!

Red Earth Gardens (REG) is located on the Meskwaki Settlement in east-central Iowa, near the towns of Tama and Toledo. We are a Tribally-funded and controlled organic produce farm. In the last year, we have started expanding to include perennial fruit and nut production and on-farm education services. At this exciting time of growth, we are looking for the right person to manage our current 5 acres of annual production and be a leader and part of our team.

REG is a commercial farm and is the for-profit component of the Tribe’s Meskwaki Food Sovereignty Initiative (MFSI). The mission of Red Earth Gardens is to provide quality organic produce, employment, and community-based education that celebrates Meskwaki culture and lifeways. You can learn more about Red Earth Gardens, the Meskwaki Food Sovereignty Initiative and the Meskwaki Tribe on the Tribe’s website, Meskwaki Food Sovereignty Initiative and Red Earth Gardens Facebook pages.


Farm Management

  • Full-time, year-round position involving all aspects of annual fruit, vegetable and heirloom bean production in our 5+ acres of annual fields
  • Following Certified Organic practices, develop and implement crop plan, greenhouse schedule, soil fertility plan, and the planting and harvesting schedule for each growing season
  • Provide training and supervision of Red Earth Gardens staff and volunteers in all aspects of the farm greenhouse work, seeding, transplanting, weeding, fertilizing, mowing, washing and packing produce, produce deliveries, and some light carpentry and irrigation work
  • Operate and care for farm equipment: irrigation system, tractors, implements, etc.
  • Keep records for organic certification and daily farm activities
  • With Farm Manager, implement permaculture Master Plan including tree planting and on-going tree care
  • Research and coordinate installation of moveable hoop houses for season-extension
  • With Farm Manager and Business Development Coordinator, assist marketing efforts by communicating produce availability, maintaining inventory, and coordinating distribution/delivery of produce
  • Create weekly newsletter with farm updates and vegetable recipes as regular communication with TSA (Tribally-Supported Agriculture) members
  • May assist with staffing farm stand or going to farmers’ markets as needed

Business Development

  • With Farm Manager, create annual budget for farm operation and research, purchase and maintain farming supplies, tools and equipment
  • With Farm Manager and Farm Team Members, contribute to the development of a long-term integrated plan for farm operation including use of permaculture practices, a 10-acre food forest, an on-farm training program, educational services, and the development of value-added products
  • With Workforce Development Coordinator and Crew Leader, develop schedule and daily activities for on-farm trainees in the Promoting Tribal Economies Course job-skills program
  • Work with staff to submit information for grant reports as needed
  • Work in collaboration with community partners to increase understanding and appreciation for Meskwaki customs and traditional tribal economies, including traditional and local foods
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Degree or certificate in Horticulture, Sustainable Agriculture, or related field; or completion of on-farm internship or other training program
  • Three to five years of experience in vegetable farm production
  • Minimum of one year of supervisory and management experience
  • Working knowledge of greenhouse production, field production, and organic certification requirements
  • Ability to manage time and resources labor, equipment, prioritizing tasks, etc
  • Adaptability, reliability, good communication skills and a positive attitude are a must
  • Valid Driver’s License and qualifies to become an acceptable driver under the Tribe’s insurance policy
  • Must be able to frequently lift 50 pounds and work outdoors for long periods of time
  • Experience working in positions that require effective communication and teamwork
  • Good computer skills, including use of all Microsoft programs
  • Ability to speak in public during farm tours and provide guidance on food and farming topics during farm tours, administrative planning, and community meetings and events

This position is full-time, year round and includes health insurance; paid annual, sick and holiday leave; a retirement match plan; and other benefits.

Apply online on the Tribe’s Human Resources page.

Questions about the position can be sent to or .

Grass Run Farms hiring Farm Operations Manager

Dorchester, Iowa

Seeking: Farm Operations Manager

The Job: Grass Run Farms, producer and wholesaler of 100% grass fed beef, seeks a farm operations manager for the coordination and execution of its established grass-fed beef finishing and custom grazing operations, based in/near Dorchester, Iowa.

This position is an opportunity to manage and build many enterprises within our grass-fed beef production company. We’re looking for someone with foundational expertise in cattle farming and a desire to be accountable for the growth of a business.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

Ration preparation and cattle feeding on pasture

Cattle receiving, sorting and routine handling

Rotational grazing system management

Permanent and temporary fencing

Daily record-keeping and data management

Qualifications: Must have proven skill in all forms of communication, large animal husbandry, machinery operation, fencing, data management, and general farm maintenance. Ability to work independently, ask questions, handle challenging situations, and solve practical problems required. Previous employment in the cattle industry, animal nutrition, and/or business management preferred.

Specific Skills Required:

Cattle handling and care experience

Proficiency in digital communications, including e-mail, mobile phone and text communication

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Iowa Botanical Garden hiring Horticulturist

Fairfield, Iowa

Organic Horticulturist/Gardener for Iowa Botanical Garden

Earthborn Rainforest Garden – Fairfield, IA 52556

Oversee and personally care for virtually all aspects of the Earthborn Rainforest Garden, a tropical oasis in the heartland of Iowa. Maintain and creatively improve a brand new 11,000 sf greenhouse with tropical fruit orchard and botanical gardens. Responsibilities include such activities as: planting, watering, organic feeding, organic and biological insect control, weeding, plant health, pruning, harvesting, greenhouse controls, pond care, and education of visitors. Located next to the most progressive and green small town in the USA. View all details