Virginia – Project Grows hiring Food Access Coordinator

Augusta County, Virginia

PROJECT GROWS

FOOD ACCESS COORDINATOR

SUPERVISOR: FARM MANAGER

Project GROWS (PG) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit educational farm with a mission to improve the overall health of children and youth in Staunton, Waynesboro, and Augusta County, Virginia. We cultivate health by connecting children to nutritious food through 1) hands-on, gardenbased education and 2) access to nutritious local food. Project GROWS
cultivates 4 acres of mixed vegetables and perennial fruit on our farm in Augusta County, Virginia where we grow 25,000 pounds of food each year. We serve over 3,000 local youth each year with gardening, nutrition, and cooking education, and partner with 22 local agencies on food programs including field trips, summer camps, and farm to school tastings.

General Statement of Responsibilities

The Food Access Coordinator (FAC) will work closely with all members of the PG team including the PG Executive Director, Farm Manager, Farm Assistant, and Education Manager.
The FAC will primarily be responsible for 3 core areas of food access programming:
 Farmer’s markets: management, planning, promotion, fundraising, programs, and oversight (North Augusta Farmer’s Market, Waynesboro Farmer’s Market, Youth-Run Farm Stand in partnership with the Boys & Girls Club, Health Department WIC (women and infant children) market)
 Farm sales & donations: (develop relationships with partner organizations such as the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank and cafeteria managers at local public schools, assist with CSA member promotion and relationship management, establish wholesale partners, develop systems to record data)
 Community outreach & marketing – volunteer appreciation events, and summer volunteer night series, community garden work days, working with community partners on off-site garden development.
Other Job Responsibilities Include:
 Develop systems for tracking quantitative and qualitative data in order to accurately measure the impact of food access programs in the community and be able to relay that information via grant reports
 Work closely with community partners to develop additional food access programming in the community
 Chair a Food Access Program committee of the board
 Participate in farm tasks, garden education, special events, volunteer management, and administrative tasks as needed.
 Assist in leading farm tours and occasional workshops as well as willingness to speak at conferences, and to donor groups and other community groups.
The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications and experience:
 Most importantly, Project GROWS seeks a flexible individual who is willing to take part in all PG responsibilities and be part of a dynamic team
 Excellent communication and leadership skills, and ability to work well with variety of customers, vendors, and community members including youth from diverse backgrounds
 A minimum of 2 years nonprofit or related work experience
 Detail-oriented with considerable attention to customer service, and timely communication
 A track record of success working in a cooperative team environment requiring a high level of planning, communication, and documentation
 A desire to improve our local food system, work to understand the underlying causes of barriers to food access in our community, and come up with creative solutions as part of a team
 Strong work ethic with a willingness to learn and work efficiently, as well as able to follow direction

Physical Attributes and/or Environmental Issues
The position is very much a “textured” position requiring of the Food Access Coordinator to be both comfortable in an outdoor setting gardening, comfortable working  independently in an office setting, as well as comfortable providing instruction and/or workshops to youth and adults on and off-site.
Other Requirements:
 Cell phone communication
 Frequent computer and internet access
 Reliable transportation
 A valid driver’s license
 Ability to lift up to 50 pounds
 Criminal background checks will be required for final applicants

Compensation
This is a paid position starting at $15-$18 an hour negotiable based on experience.
This is a year-round, 30 hr/wk position. Benefits include paid time off and a share of farm produce. Applicants must be available to work most Saturdays during the farmer’s market season (May to September).

TO APPLY
Please send a resume, cover letter, and 2 references to Jenna Clarke, Executive Director, at jenna@projectgrows.org.

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Virginia – Allegheny Mountain Institute hiring Farm and Food Education Fellows

Staunton, Virginia

Applications Available for Farm and Food Education Fellowship

Allegheny Mountain Institute (AMI) is seeking applicants for its fully-funded Farm and Food Education Fellowship. Now in its seventh year, the 18-month Fellowship prepares and empowers individuals to become teachers and ambassadors for a more vibrant and accessible local food system. Selected Fellows spend six months in immersive training on our mountain farm campus (Phase I) and one year in service work with non-profit partner organizations (Phase II). AMI is an educational non-profit organization with the mission to cultivate healthy communities through food and education based in Staunton, VA.

Phase I – Farm Study (April 22-October 31, 2018)

  • Gain hands-on experience in sustainable fruit and vegetable production, small animal husbandry, beekeeping, homesteading skills and more on our mountain farm in Highland County, VA.
  • Study regenerative farming, nutrition and wellness, permaculture design, and community development through expert guest instructors, field trips, and educational sessions.
  • Explore local food system leadership opportunities and participate in school gardens, farmers markets and other community events.
  • Stay in handcrafted cabins, study in wifi-equipped common spaces and share farm-fresh meals supplemented with whole food staples.
  • Receive $1,000 upon successful completion.

Phase II – Service Application (January 2- December 31, 2019)

  • Work with AMI and Partner Organizations to help build healthy communities through food and education in Highland and Augusta Counties.
  • Contribute to projects such as: developing school gardens and site-based curriculum, creating infrastructure for local food systems, growing food and increasing food access, and teaching nutrition and cooking.
  • Build leadership skills through monthly professional development sessions and continuing education opportunities.
  • Receive an annual salary of $18,000 (less payroll taxes, paid bi-weekly)

Applicants must be physically fit, able to lift 50 pounds, walk distances up and down steep hills, work outdoors for extended periods of the day, and be comfortable living and working communally as a team in a remote, mountain setting.

Applications are due by February 1, 2018 and are available at: www.alleghenymountaininstitute.org. Applications are considered on a rolling basis and are reviewed as soon as complete. For more information and questions, please e-mail: jessa@alleghenymountainschool.org.

 Allegheny Mountain Institute admits candidates of any race, color, gender, sexual orientation, religion or national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to Fellows. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, religion or national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship programs, and other school-administered programs.

Massachusetts – New Entry hiring Incubator Farm Site Coordinator

Dracut, Massachusetts

Incubator Farm Site Coordinator, New Entry Sustainable Farming Project (temporary, part-time)

Posted: Aug / 10 / 2017

ORGANIZATIONAL DESCRIPTION
New Entry Sustainable Farming Project’s (New Entry) mission is to improve our local and regional food systems by training the next generation of farmers to produce food that is sustainable, nutritious, and culturally appropriate and making this food accessible to individuals regardless of age, mobility, ethnicity, or socio-economic status. In doing this work, New Entry provides critical training, career development, and economic opportunity to new farmers. New Entry is a fiscally sponsored project of TSNE MissionWorks.

JOB SUMMARY
The Incubator Farm Sites are one of the cornerstones of the Farmer Training program at New Entry. After graduating from New Entry’s Farm Business Planning Course, participants have the option of leasing land for up to 3 years on the incubator farm. Many of the incubators choose to sell produce to New Entry’s Food Hub, among other markets.

The Incubator Farm Site Coordinator is an hourly (max of 18 hours/week), temporary position (August – mid-November) that will manage New Entry’s two incubator farm sites and equipment. Primary duties will include mowing, weed whacking, tillage, seeding and managing cover crop, basic equipment maintenance, organization of storage areas and tool sheds, and ensuring irrigation and electricity are functioning properly.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
Manage New Entry’s multiple incubator farm training sites using organic and sustainable production practices;
Conduct farm services, including land preparation/tillage, custom tractor work, the use/management of greenhouse, irrigation, cooling/storage, and other farm supplies and equipment in order to maximize impact of New Entry resources;
Maintain farm equipment and facilities, including tractors, grounds, other tillage equipment, greenhouses and irrigation systems in order to ensure continuity of incubator farm site operations;
Maintain farm grounds and field edges to keep field edges and common areas free of weeds or vegetative overgrowth;
Determine equipment and supply needs and make purchases and coordinate with contractors in order to ensure integrity of their work;
Maintain soil health of fallow plots through active cover cropping;
Perform other related duties as assigned.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS
Ability to lift up to 50 lbs.;
Ability to work outside in all weather conditions;
Ability to safely operate heavy machinery (45 hp and 65 hp tractors) and various PTO implements on small acreage and in tight spaces;
Ability to assess equipment maintenance needs and address promptly;
Ability to walk on uneven terrain;
Valid drivers’ license and clean motor vehicle record.

QUALIFICATIONS
Agricultural training and experience in multiple aspects of farming and farm enterprise is essential. Prior farm management/farm business ownership experience a plus;
Ability to safely operate and maintain farm equipment and machinery, including up to a 65 hp tractor with multiple PTO-driven implements;
Highly organized and good attention to detail;
Self-motivated and self- directed. Ability to work well within a rapidly-changing environment;
Access to reliable private transportation necessary;
Ability to work a flexible schedule, including some evenings and weekends.

SALARY
This position pays $15-18 per hour, commensurate with experience. Hours per week range from 8-18 hours. This position does not include benefits.

TO APPLY
We strongly encourage online applications.  Please attach your resume and cover letter.

Apply online here.

We also accept applications by mail or fax. Send to:

TSNE MissionWorks
Attn: Employment Manager
NonProfit Center
89 South Street
Boston, MA  02111

Or fax to: 617.896.9393.

As an EOE/AA employer, TSNE MissionWorks and New Entry will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identification, veteran, or disability status.

Utah – Green Urban Lunch Box hiring FruitShare Coordinator

Salt Lake City, Utah

Our Mission at the Green Urban Lunch Box (GULB) is to empower people to engage in local food production by using the resources available in their community. We do so by connecting people to a creative network of spaces and opportunities. GULB runs 4 main programs: FruitShare, Back-Farms, the Small Farm Initiative, and the Mobile Market.

The FruitShare program maintains and harvests the unused fruit trees along the Wasatch Front. In 2018, this program’s goal is to harvest harvested 90,000 pounds of fruit that would have otherwise gone to waste. The FruitShare Coordinator, with the support of GULB staff, americorps, interns and volunteers, works to improve efficiency, relationships, and statistics for this program each year. This is a full time, year round, salaried position.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Provide supervision, inspiration, and support to staff, americorps, interns and volunteers within this program

  • Hiring and training various positions

  • Communicate, educate, resolve conflicts, and deepen relationships with homeowners

  • Ensure all data collection is accurate, up to date and input into the system

  • Advertising, sales, oversight, and execution of tree care services and internally raised revenue

  • Arranging partnerships, payments/details (if necessary), and carrying out drop offs for excess fruit

  • Continual work with support team to increase sustainability, efficiency, and growth

  • Evaluate and troubleshoot on a regular basis

Seasonal Responsibilities:

  • January – March (~40 hrs/wk)

    • Pruning the trees and removing branches

    • Advertising/promoting, collecting/recording payments, tracking notes and records

  • April (~30 hrs/wk)

    • Brewing and spraying compost tea

    • Advertising/promoting, collecting/recording payments, tracking notes and records

    • Thinning apricots

  • May- June (~50 hrs/wk)

    • Thinning apricots, peaches, nectarines, apples and pears

    • Data collection and input

    • Training new staff, americorps, and volunteers

    • Preparation for harvest season

  • June-October (~50 hrs/wk – ~40 hrs/wk)

    • Scout/Harvest

    • Training team on harvest protocol

    • Data collection and input

  • November – December (~20 hrs/wk – ~10 hrs/wk)

    • Reflect, evaluate, and prepare for the upcoming season

    • Assist Executive and Development Director in locating and applying for upcoming grants

Qualifications:

The FruitShare Coordinator will be committed to the Green Urban Lunch Box’s mission. All candidates should have proven leadership and relationship management experience.

  • 2 years experience in nonprofits, urban agriculture, or related field

  • Strong marketing, public relations and conflict resolution experience with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders and cultures

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills

  • Proficient computer skills

    • (Google Drive, Gmail, and Google Calendar are a must, Salesforce and other web based apps are a huge plus)

  • Motivated self starter who will work collaboratively with a team

  • Willing to work outside in ALL weather conditions (while motivating others to do so as well)

  • Valid Drivers License

  • Ability to lift and carry 50+ pounds, bend over, and climb trees/ladders regularly

Please email Shawn@gulb.org to apply

Washington – Sustainable Connections hiring Food & Farming Project & Marketing Specialist

Bellingham, Washington

Organization:  Sustainable Connections, www.SustainableConnections.org
Title:  Food & Farming Project & Marketing Specialist
Reports to:  Food & Farming Program Manager
Location:  Bellingham, WA
Status:  Regular/Full-Time, Non-Exempt
Application Deadline:  April 12th  

Summary
Join Sustainable Connections, an entrepreneurial non-profit organization that works with dozens of partner organizations and over 2,000 businesses a year to transform and model an economy built on sustainable business practices. Be a part of our team, supporting a community of food and farming businesses and working to increase local food consumption in NW Washington. Sustainable Connections is a results-oriented, small team workplace located in downtown Bellingham.

Due to steady growth in the Food & Farming Program, we are adding a new position to build the capacity of the program that will work closely with the Program Manager to grow the Eat Local First Campaign, lead and support annual events and publications, and work closely with partners at

Whatcom Farm-to-School to spearhead a community marketing strategy. The Food & Farming Project & Marketing Specialist reports to the Food & Farming Program Manager, working closely with the rest of the Food & Farming and Communications team members.

The ideal candidate will be knowledgeable and passionate about local food systems, experienced working with marketing campaigns, and enthusiastic about working with local businesses to share the work of Sustainable Connections throughout the region. This is a great opportunity for someone with exceptional marketing and project management skills to grow and further develop a nationally recognized organization that has already made significant impacts in our region.

Primary Responsibilities

 Project Management (30%)

  • Lead in planning and execution of the Whatcom Food & Farm Finder and Culinary Agritourism Map, two widely-used publications throughout the Puget Sound region, in collaboration with the Communications Manager and Food & Farming Outreach Coordinator. Compile content and oversee distribution and outreach.
  • Plan and execute details for Whatcom County’s September Eat Local Month.
  • Oversee Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) project, including hosting two events per year, coordinating the CSA Farmer List, employer connections, and community outreach.

Farm-to-School Marketing Coordination (25%)

  • Work closely with Whatcom Farm-to-School team to implement a community marketing strategy centered around “What We Feed Our Kids Matters” and the Harvest of the Month campaign, connecting the dots between local food, schools, and local food businesses.
  • Work with F&F Outreach Coordinator and Communications Manager to implement communitywide Harvest of the Month campaigns, collateral, and business resources and toolkits.

 Eat Local First Business Outreach (25%)

  • Work closely with F&F Program Manager to implement campaign outreach and marketing strategy        Conduct ongoing business outreach and one-on-one marketing consultations with food and farming businesses of all kinds.
  • Track campaign deliverables and document best practices.

Food & Farming Program Support (20 %)

  • Work closely with F&F Program Manager to compile research and content for a NEW Community Food Atlas project, an online resource hub for food & farming businesses and organizations.
  • Collect best practice stories and content for case study creation for Food & Farming Program and Eat Local First.
  • Represent SC at events and with external partners as necessary.
  • Support outreach & logistics for other Food & Farming Program projects as needed.
  • Other related duties as assigned—We expect this position will grow and evolve over time.

Experience/Education Requirements

At least three years of professional experience in project management and/or marketing. Knowledge of food systems and prior work with food and farming businesses highly preferred.

Skills & Qualifications

The ideal candidate has:

  • Experience and/or education in food-based businesses/sustainable food systems and marketing (including PR, newsletters, updating websites, etc.)
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills and the ability to represent Sustainable Connections in a professional manner with diverse constituencies
  • Excellent writing and communications skills; basic design skills are a big plus!
  • Proven competence to assess priorities, manage a variety of activities in a time-sensitive environment, and meet deadlines with attention to detail and quality
  • Great passion for the mission, vision, and values of Sustainable Connections o        An action-oriented, entrepreneurial, flexible, and innovative approach to planning work
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative and to work proactively and independently; excels in an open office environment
  • Basic working knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Office, and MailChimp preferred

Compensation

This is a full-time, regular, non-exempt position; salary is DOE. Benefits include starting with 16 days paid time off/year and a 6-day holiday break from Dec. 25-Jan 1. Additional benefits include a great office space adjacent to downtown Bellingham, fun and supportive coworkers, a flexible working schedule, and the opportunity to help lead a nationally recognized organization! Late May/early June preferred start. 

To Apply:  Qualified applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references by email only to info@sustainableconnections.org. Please write “Project & Marketing Specialist Application” in the Subject. Applications are due April 12, 2017.

Sustainable Connections complies with all federal, state, and local laws which prohibit discrimination in employment.

 Sustainable Connections is an equal opportunity employer that believes it is the responsibility of the company and all its employees to ensure there is no discrimination against any employee or applicant for employment based on race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, marital status, military service, sexual orientation, gender identity, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, genetic information, or any other protected status.

Virginia – Paid Farm and Food Education Fellowship

Staunton, Virginia

Paid Farm and Food Education Fellowship – Allegheny Mountain Institute – Staunton, VA

The experiential 18-month AMI Fellowship prepares and empowers individuals to become teachers and ambassadors for a more vibrant and accessible local food system. Selected Fellows are fully funded to spend six months in immersive training on our farm campus (Phase I) and one year in service work with relevant partner organizations (Phase II).

Phase I – Farm Study
April 30-November 1, 2017

  • Gain hands-on experience in sustainable fruit and vegetable production, small animal husbandry, beekeeping, homesteading skills and more!
  • Study permaculture design, nutrition and wellness, community development with expert guest instructors, field trips, and daily educational sessions.
  • Free room and board in hand-crafted cabins. Receive $1,000 stipend upon successful completion.

Phase II – Service Application 
January 1- December 31, 2018

  • Work with AMI and Partner Organizations to help build healthy communities through food and education.
  • Manage school gardens, develop site-based curriculum, and teach cooking and nutrition.
  • Build leadership skills with monthly professional development sessions.
  • Receive stipend of $1,500/month (less payroll taxes) and Permaculture Design Certificate upon completion

Applicants must be physically fit, able to lift 50 pounds, walk distances up and down steep hills, work outdoors for extended periods of the day, and be comfortable living and working communally as a team in a remote, mountain setting.

 Applications are due by February 19, 2017 and are available at www.alleghenymountaininstitute.org. Applications considered on a rolling basis and are reviewed as soon as complete.

For more information, please visit www.alleghenymountaininstitute.org, the Allegheny Mountain Institute Facebook page, or email us at info@alleghenymountainschool.org.

Allegheny Mountain Institute admits candidates of any race, color, gender, sexual orientation, religion or national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to Fellows. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, religion or national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship programs, and other school-administered programs.

California – Good Eggs hiring Produce Supervisor

San Francisco, California

At Good Eggs, we’re building relationships through better food. If you’re passionate about leading a revolution in how food is sourced, bought, cooked and enjoyed, there’s a place for you at our table. Check our current openings below for to find a better way to grow and a new way for you to thrive.

About Good Eggs:

Good Eggs is an online market that delivers good groceries to customers’ homes throughout the Bay Area, seven days a week.

We’re making it easy for busy people to eat well at home by curating a marketplace full of the best local, organic produce, sustainable meat and fish, and delicious grocery staples. Order your groceries today on our site or iOS app, and they’ll be on your doorstep tomorrow. It’s that simple.

What’s driving us to get the best food into the hands of more people? Well, we’re on a mission to grow and sustain local food systems worldwide, and our entire passionate and creative team shares a common drive to change the world. If you hear that and think, “Hey! That’s me!”, please get in touch! We’re always looking for like-minded comrades to join the team.

About the Job:

As a Produce Supervisor, you’ll work collaboratively with a small team on the day-to-day functioning of our Food Hub. You’ll have a range of duties that help get great local food to our customers, detailed below. Experience and a passion for sustainable produce is required for this role.

Our Food Hub operates seven days a week, from 4am to 1am. The ideal candidate will have flexible availability as we anticipate working days and times will evolve over the coming months.

Major Responsibilities

  • Properly receive product as well as greet delivery drivers and farmers who deliver the goods and supervise staff acting as the Inbound Operations Lead.
  • Quality control at receiving and throughout duration of product storage in our Foodhub
  • Practice excellent produce handling to ensure high quality and delicious fresh produce.
  • Inventory cycle counts and FIFO procedures
  • Triage inventory issues, including placing last-minute purchase orders to ensure customers get everything they ordered
  • Prepare product for delivery to customers
  • Stock and organize on-hand product and packing materials
  • Communicate produce quality feedback  to internal teams to ensure a great customer experience
  • Work to find creative solutions to reduce waste
  • Taste delicious seasonal produce to ensure quality
  • Manage produce storage conditions, systems and equipment to ensure optimal quality and shelf life
  • Help develop daily and weekly schedule for Produce Team activities
  • Monitor and document team attendance and performance, then deliver feedback or disciplinary action if necessary
  • Provide guidance and support to Produce Team members in the completion of daily tasks

Special Projects & General Support for overall goals of Produce program; may include:

  • Ordering & Merchandising Support
    • Placing orders
    • Managing Marketplace product listings that vary by weight
    • Managing catalog products that yield multiple Marketplace products (bunched vs loose beets e.g.)
  • Bundle management and other merch tools to reduce spoilage
  • Review spoilage metrics and communicate them to the purchasing team and staff
  • Manage photo process (coordinating product shoots, matching photo to current product)
  • Create and document SOPs for current processes within Produce Team
  • Implement the weekly produce team accountability reports to improve overall produce quality and operational efficiency, take disciplinary action if necessary
  • Developing & implementing training programs
  • Cross-team communication around new process roll-outs, changes, etc

Qualifications

  • High School diploma or equivalent.  College degree a plus.
  • 3 or more years of produce experience.  Work in the areas of farming, farmers’ markets, grocery a plus
  • Experience working in a team environment
  • Leadership experience
  • Outstanding communication skills
  • Time management skills; experience working on a deadline
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Strong computer skills; ability to learn and use inventory management software

Competencies:

  • Passion for high quality produce
  • Hands-on approach to leadership
  • Meticulous attention to detail
  • A hustle mentality
  • Team-oriented mindset

Why work for Good Eggs?

  • Deepen your knowledge of locally produced food by engaging with our producer and eater community.
  • Incredible work environment with passionate, accomplished team members.
  • Locally-sourced team meals made by our on-site chefs, team visits to our local farmers and foodmakers, and employee discounts on amazing local food!
  • Most of all — Good Eggs offers an opportunity to use your energy, creativity and enthusiasm to participate in building a better food system.

To apply:

  • Please use the online Application Form
  • Include:
    • Your resume
    • A short cover letter (about 100 words), describing
      • Your interest in working for Good Eggs
      • Your previous warehousing or management experience

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