Maryland – Campbell Foundation hiring Program Director, Agriculture

 Annpolis, Maryland

Program Director, AGRICULTURE

Now funding in the Chesapeake Bay watershed for 20 years, the Keith Campbell Foundation for the Environment was established to improve the conditions of America’s largest estuary system: the Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays. The Campbell Foundation seeks to identify, broaden and strengthen leadership and community based organizations to protect living resources in and around the Bay.

Convinced of the lifestyle and economic benefits offered by a thriving Chesapeake Bay system, Keith Campbell as founder and Chairman has focused the Campbell Foundation on engaging others in partnership to build support for a healthy Bay. Partnerships with grantees and key stakeholders continue to be a focal point in delivering on the Campbell Foundation’s mission.

Indeed, all parties must take scientifically-based and strategically focused action to address the most critical problems facing our natural resources. For additional information on the Campbell Foundation, please visit our website.

The Campbell Foundation is seeking a talented and experienced Program Director, Agriculture who will be responsible for managing partnerships with the grantees of our Chesapeake Initiative. This position plays a key role in the implementation of the Agriculture Program in the Bay watershed and in creating common ground between highly diverse stakeholders such as our grantees, business interests, farmers, decision-makers and the community at large.

The Agriculture Program is focused on supporting:

  • The founding and evolution of 360° stakeholder driven, consensus-based, problem-solving groups
  • Projects that leverage emerging consumer preferences and supply chain mechanisms
  • Development of, and trials for promising new technologies and methods that help to support on-farm performance while enabling changes that yield environmental benefits
  • Develop operational specifications for all program initiatives, ensuring alignment across staff, including distinct program officer deliverables with clear delivery dates and explicit accountabilities;
  • Prepare timely, candid, actionable reports to the President;
  • Develop and utilize forward-looking models and program assessments to properly evaluate resource allocation across areas of grant making;
  • Ensure that the Program effectively utilizes the Foundation’s database to support efforts to research and track grants, grantee institutions, and their performance relative to the Program’s strategic plan and its metrics;
  • Maintain an awareness of emerging issues, polices, programs, and organizations that may affect the Foundation’s ability to carry out its mission, and propose potential strategic and tactical adjustments to the President when necessary, and
  • Oversee and ensure effective operations of the office administration and of the Executive Assistant.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • At least 10 years of experience in managing a foundation program or non-profit organization or a significant department with a mission of sustained environmental focus with multiple, diverse stakeholders, with 5+ years in an executive position such as Vice President or Program Director and managing minimally 3-5 direct reports;
  • Bachelor’s Degree; Master’s degree in relevant field preferred.
  • An engaging leader with exceptional interpersonal and participatory influencing skills to interact with staff, President, conservation community and grantees as well other partners with differing perspectives and interest;
  • Deep interest in diverse points of view; meeting new people; exploring new perspectives and challenging current thinking with the ability to create new common ground;

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Maryland – The Farm Alliance hiring Farmer’s Market Coordinator

Baltimore, Maryland

Farm Alliance Market Coordinator, 2018

Position Description

April 2018

The Farm Alliance is seeking  part-time help (10-15 hrs/week) coordinating our Saturday morning Waverly Farmer’s Market stand. Responsibilities include: being the primary staff member at the market, inventorying,  purchasing, and organizing market supplies, keeping accurate sales records, driving the Farm Alliance vehicle to market, and coordinating use of the vehicle on non-market days. Saturday schedule is 5:30am-1:30pm weekly except for January through March when it is biweekly. The Market Coordinator reports to the Executive Director.

Market day duties include: preparing for market (5:30 am), working market (7am-noon), and cleaning up after market (noon-1:30pm). Other duties will include keeping accurate sales records, making cash deposits, ordering market supplies, and tracking and communicating market data. One farmer member of the Farm Alliance will serve as the second staffer at the market stand to support the Market Coordinator every Saturday.

Saturday Farmer’s Market:

  • Prepare for, work, and clean up after the Waverly (32nd Street) Farmer’s Market
  • Be the primary representative of the Farm Alliance at Waverly every Saturday
  • Track market inventory and work to improve current systems

Operations/logistics:

  • Communicate with members about what produce they are sending to market each week and what is to be done with leftovers
  • Communicate with Executive Director to go over data and give updates
  • Coordinate meetings of the Farm Alliance Marketing committee
  • Maintain & order supplies for Waverly Market (such as: tables, crates, berry packs, rubber bands, fruit crates/baskets, etc.)
  • Use Smartsheets to track farmer’s market data

Job Requirements:

  • Valid driver’s license held for at least one year
  • Ability to lift up to 50 pounds
  • Ability to perform basic computer tasks, use Microsoft Office, and be comfortable with Google

Mail and Google Drive (Docs, Sheets, etc.)

  • Experience growing and/or marketing produce
  • Ability to communicate effectively with community members and organizational partners

Hours – This position is based on the expectation of an average of 12 hours/week. Hours will be primarily

Tuesday-Saturday, year round.

Position Terms – Pay is $17-20 per hour, commensurate with experience.

If interested, contact Mariya at mariya@farmalliancebaltimore.org. No phone calls, please.

EEO Statement: The Farm Alliance of Baltimore does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

Maryland – Charles County Government hiring Agriculture Business Development Manager  

La Plata, Maryland

The Charles County Agriculture Business Development Manager is responsible for developing, implementing and administering programs and initiatives to promote, market and enhance the County’s agricultural industries for the Charles County Economic Development Department (CCEDD).

The position serves as a Project Manager for developing, marketing and implementing programs and initiatives for the full range of local agricultural enterprises.  The position will develop and expand partnerships with key agricultural stakeholders to support and expand agricultural activities in Charles County.  The focus of the position will be on servicing the full range of needs of the agriculture industry in Charles County with an emphasis on innovative programming and marketing to expand, diversify and promote the agricultural sector. The position may assist with department general business retention and expansion activities.  He/she must be able to earn the confidence and respect of stakeholders in the agricultural community and collaborative resource partners.

Goals/objectives are set by the Chief of Business Development.  The employee will support Commissioner and CCEDD departmental goals and objectives, including those indicated in the department’s five-year Strategic Plan and the Charles County Comprehensive Plan.

Read the full description and apply here: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/charlescountymd/jobs/1755368/agriculture-business-development-manager?pagetype=jobOpportunitiesJobs

Maryland – Fair Farms hiring Interns

Maryland

Fair Farms Internship

Summer 2017

Fair Farms, a campaign for food and farm sustainability in Maryland is offering a summertime paid internship for a college student. The right candidate is an agricultural sciences major, environmental science, natural resource conservation, sustainability, nutrition, public policy, or similar.

The main role of the intern will be to assist the outreach coordinator, legal fellow, communications manager and executive director in the day-to-day operation of the Fair Farms campaign. This may include, but is not limited to writing assignments, farm visits, event management and tabling, social media and digital engagement, public policy and other opportunities.

A working knowledge of contemporary environmental justice issues as pertains to food and farming is strongly encouraged. Your ability to make sound decisions, work independently, be self-motivated, be a strong writer, be a fierce advocate for issues surrounding sustainability — and work in sometimes-inclement weather (heat and rain) are essential.

The internship runs from a flexible date in June until August and pays $12 an hour. The intern will be expected to track their hours, mileage and expenses. The intern will be expected to work from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at least three days a week.

Requirements:

  • Undergraduate or graduate student
  • Background in the food, farm or environment
  • Experience working in a diverse group that may include urban and rural interactions
  • Experience with social media
  • Ability to work independently
  • Ability to interact with the public

How to Apply

Email shelby@fairfarmsnow.org
Please include “Summer Intern” in the subject line, along with a resume, references, and a brief cover letter specifying why you have a strong passion for working with our food system.

Maryland – Clark’s Farm hiring Vegetable Production Manager

Ellicott City, Maryland

Clark’s Farm is Hiring! 

Are you looking for a great farming opportunity? Do you want to grow vegetables and know there is a market for them? Do you want to help make decisions where and when to expand? Come join our farm and help us grown our produce operation and keep our customers satisfied!

Clark’s Farm is a family farm in central Maryland (Howard County). We run a summer vegetable garden, on farm retail store, and CSA. We also operate a petting farm and raise 100% grass fed beef and pasture raised pork.

www.clarklandfarm.com

www.facebook.com/ClarksProduce

Description: Clark’s Farm is looking for someone with produce growing experience to expand our organic produce operation. Our farm produce stand is open every day July 1 through Labor Day and our CSA runs for 12 weeks. There is plenty of room to expand here and we are looking for the right person to make that happen!

Job Duties: 

  • Planning, planting, and other garden prep (including tractor work)
  • Irrigation set up, weeding, trellising, harvesting, and packing
  • Prioritizing tasks for helpers during the busiest season
  • Plan, pick, and pack CSA
  • Be comfortable interacting with customers and working at farm market.

Qualifications: Positive attitude, self motivated, passionate, ready to share knowledge and to learn, hard working, time management skills, organizational skills. Must have farm experience with growing vegetables successfully.

Details: Approximate dates for employment March1-Nov 30, with year round work possible. Compensation will be based on experience.

This is a great opportunity for someone who is looking for land to grow! We have the market, land, and capacity to grow our business. We are just looking for the right person to expand the operation!

If you are interested please send a message with a brief description of yourself and your interests, your resume, and/or questions to Nora at clarksbeef@gmail.com before March 4, 2017

Colchester Farm hiring Apprentices

Galena, Maryland

Colchester Farm Seeks Farm Apprentices

Located in Galena on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, Colchester Farm is a non-profit small-scale farm that produces a wide range of produce, eggs, and honey for approximately 200 CSA members and two local farmers’ markets. The farm leases 15 acres of land from a 350-acre farm and follows organic practices but is not currently certified. The operation is entering its fifteenth season in 2017.

Each year, Colchester Farm offers apprenticeships to individuals interested in gaining hands-on experience in sustainable vegetable production and the marketing of produce through community supported agriculture and farmers’ markets.

For the 2017 season, we are looking for a team of 2 advanced apprentices (Feb or March through December) 1 full season apprentice (April through early December) and two summer apprentices (3 months: late May-late Aug). Anyone with a serious interest in agriculture, good work ethic, sense of humor and the ability to do the physical work of farming will be considered. For our advanced apprentice positions, we are looking for applicants with at least one season of farming experience.

Compensation includes a stipend, on-farm housing, and produce and eggs from the farm.

For more information visit: www.colchesterfarm.org or contact Theresa Mycek, CSA manager, manager@colchesterfarm.org.

To apply, please submit a resume with references and a cover letter describing your interest in an apprenticeship at Colchester Farm CSA to manager@colchesterfarm.org.

Maryland – Sweet Leenie hiring Local Business Advocate

Baltimore, Maryland

Looking for a Local Business Advocate! 

Sweet Leenie helps local food businesses connect with their communities. We provide professional grassroots support to entrepreneurs who need people that put as much thought, care, and devotion into connecting with customers as they put into their businesses.

What started as just a small band of passionate individuals supporting local food businesses has quickly grown and developed a reputation for helping entrepreneurs kick-start their goals into reality.

We are searching for smart, self-motivated, entrepreneurial individuals with a flair for marketing and a shared love for small business. We are NOT a corporate organization. Individuality is what makes the Sweet Leenie’s brand special.

We are a quickly growing business, so all positions offer the opportunity for further promotion within the company. This could entail any of the following potential rolls: sales, account acquisition, administrative duties, merchandising, social media consulting, and truly any way you could think to apply your natural skills to a developing business (photography, videography, systems consulting, brand development, etc.)

JOB FUNCTIONS

Field/grassroots marketing in local sales locations to provide exceptional customer service to stores and consumers. You will be expected to relay product knowledge to consumers and interact with store staff in a way that reflects positively on our clients, generating higher sales, brand loyalty, and positive store relations. Innovating demonstration displays and coordinating with store staff.

POSITION REQUIREMENTS

  • Self-motivated
  • Friendly
  • Must own vehicle/have valid driver’s license
  • Outgoing- “social butterfly” friend at the party/gift of gab
  • Entrepreneurial/problem solver
  • Good time management skills
  • Experience communicating with strangers
  • Understands importance of small business/community

Part-time
$18/hour (starting wage)

HOW TO APPLY

Email shelbykalm@gmail.com
Please include “Local Business Advocate” in the subject line, along with a resume, references, and a cover letter specifying why you have a strong passion for local food, and what you might bring to an entrepreneurial environment.