Oregon – Earth Art Ag hiring Part-time Garden Educator

Portland, Oregon
Part-time Garden Educator
 

Earth Art Ag is a Portland-based non-profit that teaches garden education in 11 public K-8 schools.  We are currently hiring a Part-time Garden Educator for the 2017-2018 school year.  This position requires flexible hours, excellent time management skills, experience working with youth in a garden/farm setting, and a passion for making garden education accessible and culturally meaningful to all students.

WHEN:  late August 2017- June 2018 (with the opportunity to stay on for the following school year)

WHERE:  2 schools in SE Portland, OR

TIME:  2 days/week Sept-June (no programming in Dec.), approx. 15-20 hrs/week

PAY:  $17-18/hr (DOE) + 10% health/retirement benefits

TO APPLY:  Send a cover letter, resume, and three references to Djamila Moore (Education Director) at djamila@earthartag.org by July 14, 2017.

Please see full job description here: EAA Part-time Garden Educator Job Description 2017

More info at our website:  earthartag.org

Oregon – Rogue Valley Farm to School hiring Executive Director

Ashland, Oregon

Position Announcement

  • Position: Executive Director
  • Reports to: Board of Directors
  • Employment Type: Full-time
  • Location: Ashland Oregon
  • Start date: August 2017
  • Application deadline: June 5, 2017 or until filled

Position Summary

Rogue Valley Farm to School is seeking a skillful professional to lead the nonprofit organization under the strategic direction of the Board of Directors. The Executive Director will be responsible for daily operations, finances, fundraising strategies, programs, and personnel. The Executive Director will ensure the execution of RVF2S’s mission, maintain and build strategic relationships, and represent the organization to the community. This is an incredible opportunity for someone who is passionate about quality nutrition education programs for children and the community, and sustainable agriculture.

About Rogue Valley Farm to School

Established in 2009, Rogue Valley Farm to School (RVF2S) educates children about our food system through hands-on farm and garden programs, and by increasing local foods in school meals. We inspire an appreciation of local agriculture that improves the economy and environment of our community and the health of its members.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Administration and management: Oversee the implementation of the RVF2S strategic plan through on-farm nutrition education, school garden, and farm to cafeteria programs. Support staff in developing relevant, collaborative projects and programs at the community, regional, and statewide levels.

  • Fiscal management: Develop and monitor the annual budget, oversee income and expenditures, prepare fiscal reports for the Board of Directors, and oversee payroll. Ensure that sufficient funds are raised to meet annual budget and cashflow needs with the cooperation of staff. Oversee grant and donor management, reporting, and relationships.

  • Staff management: Set the tone for a respectful and cooperative work culture that motivates employees. Recruit new staff as necessary. Assist staff in development of strategic work plans, facilitate professional development training opportunities; and complete annual evaluations.

  • Board relations: Work closely with the Board on development of organizational policies and plans. Provide the Board with regular updates on organizational activities and any developments that may significantly affect the organization. Attend Board meetings.

Required Competencies

  • Demonstrated commitment to RVF2S mission and values of integrity, equity, and community

  • Fundraising experience in the nonprofit sector

  • Knowledge of nonprofit structure and governance

  • Excellent written and verbal communication as well as public speaking skills

  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team environment

  • Exceptional facilitation, group dynamics, and group decision-making skills

  • Organized and diligent record-keeping skills with great attention to detail

  • Experienced community organizer with strong networking skills, able to develop trusting relationships with diverse individuals from different backgrounds

  • Flexibility and adaptability, able to meet the needs of a range of cultures, people, and organizations

  • Stress management and composure

Preferred Qualifications

  • Knowledge of local food systems and sustainable agriculture

  • Commitment to continuous learning

  • Experience running small businesses

  • Experience with school administrations and school boards

Compensation

  • Competitive salary dependent on experience; $45 – 49k

  • Benefits include flexible schedule and work environment, medical care stipend, and generous leave policy

  • The Executive Director is an at-will employee, exempt from overtime

Working Conditions

  • RVF2S encourages all employees to continue our tradition of integrity by representing the organization’s mission and modeling the behaviors that the organization teaches. We value our employees’ loyalty and honesty and we encourage open communication. We strive to provide a rewarding employment environment.

  • The Executive Director can expect a flexible working schedule that includes occasional evening and weekend work hours. The Executive Director is expected to budget, schedule, and track work time to achieve an appropriate work-life balance. The organization has a great office space near downtown, the bike path, and public transportation.

Rogue Valley Farm to School provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sex, national origin, age, disability, genetics, marital status, or sexual orientation.

Apply
Please apply by emailing a single pdf file to board@rvfarm2school.org.

Please include a cover letter including the experiences that qualify you for this position, a resume, 2-3 writing samples including a grant narrative, and three professional references.

http://www.rvfarm2school.org/hiring

http://mailchi.mp/rvfarm2school/transitions-1309705

Oregon – Gathering Together Farm hiring Farm Cultivator & Market Driver

Philomath, Oregon

2017 Gathering Together Farm Cultivator & Market Driver

Gathering Together Farm is hiring a full-time seasonal (April – November) employee to work in our vegetable cultivation program and farmers market sales. We are searching for individuals passionate about organic farming willing to work hard, efficiently, and consistently for producing and selling organic crops.

Job Description

The work schedule will be on-farm weed control operations Tuesday-Friday, and a 13 hour day on Saturday driving a box truck and selling produce at farmers markets. Successful candidates will learn nuances of weed control and market sales strategies of over 50 transplanted and direct-seeded vegetable crops.

On Tuesday – Friday, the candidate will communicate with the cultivation manager for prioritizing field tasks, and operating tools and machinery including cultivator tractors, rototillers, weed wackers, wheel & hand hoes, and propane flame weeders.

Saturdays will consist of driving a 35,000 GVW manual transmission box truck to and from the Portland Metro area, and meeting a local crew of employees to sell vegetables at farmers markets. This includes unloading the truck, setting up the booth with artistic flair, and engaging customers with tact and warmth.

Qualifications:

  • Mechanical aptitude and knowledge of basic gasoline engine function and troubleshooting.
  • Experience operating small engines and tractors.
  • General knowledge of vegetable crops.
  • Ability to drive a manual transmission truck with air brakes. The successful candidate will obtain a Farm Endorsement from the DMV.

Competencies

  • Independence and self-motivation
  • Communication, collaboration, and teamwork
  • Flexibility and problem-solving
  • Stress management and composure

Physical Requirements:

  • The employee is regularly required to sit, stand, reach, bend, kneel, stoop, climb, and push, pull, and lift items weighting 50 lbs.
  • Ability to wear a backpack-mounted propane tank weighing up to 45 lbs.
  • The position requires manual dexterity, auditory and visual skills, and the ability to follow written and oral instructions and procedures.

Compensation:

  • Hourly wages depending on experience
  • Farm Lunch and vegetables

About Gathering Together Farm:

GTF has been farming certified organic vegetables in Philomath OR for over 30 years, and has become an imbedded component of the local food system community. Owned and operated by husband and wife John Eveland and Sally Brewer, the farm employees a large number of people in production and distribution of our produce. Visit us online at http://www.gatheringtogetherfarm.com.

How to Apply:

Please download an application from our website at https://www.gatheringtogetherfarm.com/jobs, and send it to sales@gatheringtogetherfarm.com.

Oregon – Rogue Farm Corps hiring FarmsNext Interns

Various Locations, Oregon
APPLY TO ROGUE FARM CORPS TO MAKE FARMING A PART OF YOUR FUTURE!  APPLICATION DEADLINE IS MARCH 15TH!  APPLY NOW!
 
Rogue Farm Corps is the only organization in Oregon that offers structured, entry-level and advanced farmer education and training programs rooted in real-world farm businesses. For complete program descriptions, information on our host farms, and applications, visit http://roguefarmcorps.org/farmsnext
 
We still have a handful of entry-level FarmsNext internship program. Spend a full season (April- October) in this entry-level residential program that combines hands-on training and skills-based education in sustainable agriculture.
As a student intern, you will live and learn on a host farm, participating in up to 1,500 hours of on-farm training and learning in-depth skills from your mentor. Your residential farm training experience is combined with farm tours, classes, and discussion circles throughout the region, as well as opportunities for independent study. Interns are exposed to a vast array of knowledge and expertise by engaging in the daily life of vibrant, agricultural communities.
More info and applications are at: http://roguefarmcorps.org/farmsnext

Oregon – Schoolyard Farm hiring Field Hands

Portland, Oregon

About Schoolyard Farms:

Schoolyard Farms (SYF) is a nonprofit that creates healthier communities by teaching about and growing food on underused schoolyards. Since it was founded in 2012, we have reach thousands of kids each year through our various programs, increasing the likelihood that they’ll grow up to be healthy adults. We have a total of 1.5 acres in production at 2 schools, where 1,100 kids received hands-on garden lessons. We’ve grown 6,000 pounds of produce harvested for the community each year. Our two farm sites are at Candy Lane Elementary, our one-acre pilot farm where we host our summer camp, and at New Urban High School, our half-acre farm where we host our youth job-training program. We harvest produce from the farms for our 85 member CSA, restaurants and our partner schools. Both farms are located in Milwaukie, OR–a quick drive from downtown Portland.

Field Hand Position:

The 2017 Schoolyard Farms employee will participate in all aspects of running a small-scale production farm. Schoolyard Farms grows over 40 different annual and perennial fruits and vegetables. The produce is grown for an 85-member CSA, Head Start, local grocers and the school cafeteria. Our ideal candidate has a background in farming, and a passion for outdoor education. This position is hands-on, and can be physically rigorous. The field hand will work primarily with the farm manager, and is an integral part to the Schoolyard Farms community, working alongside garden educators, summer camp participants, students, and volunteers. We’re willing to train the right person.

Time Commitment:

  • April – October 2017, 20 hours per week
  • Tuesday thru Friday from 8:30-1:30 pm, two days a week will be spent at the Candy Lane Farm and two days will be at the New Urban Farm. Schedule negotiable for the right candidate.
  • Some schedule flexibility required for special events with advance notice.

Responsibilities:

  • Field work: Schoolyard Farms does most of their farming by hand. This includes seeding, planting, weeding, harvesting, bed preparations, watering, trellising, washing and packing produce
  • Small machine maintenance and operation, including weed whackers, mowers and tillers
  • Wash/pack on harvest days (Tuesdays & Wednesdays)
  • General farm maintenance: tool and equipment care
  • Produce sales and customer interaction
  • Working with youth (primarily students from New Urban High School) and mentoring summer interns from New Urban High School’s job training program

Qualifications:

  • Must pass a criminal background check
  • Demonstrated experience with some farming and gardening
  • Physical fitness and ability to lift 50 lbs.
  • Positive, can-do attitude
  • Self-motivated: farm work requires physical and mental endurance, and farm days are spent outside in any weather
  • Flexible: Farm work is dynamic, field hand must be able to shift gears quickly and efficiently
  • Collaborative: field hand must be comfortable working as a team
  • Owns a reliable vehicle for transportation

Preferred Qualifications:

  • At least one year farming experience
  • Experience working with children elementary to high school age

Benefits:

  • $11/hr
  • Hands-on training in small-scale, sustainable farming practices

How to Apply:

Please submit a resume and cover letter answering the following questions: (1) Why do you want to work at Schoolyard Farms? (2) What prior experience do you have with farming and/or gardening? (3) What experience do you have with physical work? (4) What three attributes would co-workers, family and friends all agree that you possess? to Schoolyard Farms’ Farm Manager, Annika La Fave, at annika@schoolyardfarms.org by 5:00pm on Friday, March 10, 2017.

Schoolyard Farms provides equal employment opportunity for all persons regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, marital status, political affiliation, affectional orientation or gender identity, status with regard to public assistance, disability, sex, or age.

Oregon – Rogue Farm Corp hiring Interns

Various Locations, Oregon
APPLY TO ROGUE FARM CORPS TO MAKE FARMING A PART OF YOUR FUTURE!  OUR APPLICATION PERIOD IS ROLLING UNTIL MARCH 15TH BUT EARLIER APPLICATIONS WILL HAVE MORE OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE TO THEM.
 
Rogue Farm Corps is the only organization in Oregon that offers structured, entry-level and advanced farmer education and training programs rooted in real-world farm businesses. For complete program descriptions, information on our host farms, and applications:http://roguefarmcorps.org

Plenty of spots left in our entry-level FarmsNext internship program. Spend a full season (April- October) in this entry-level residential program that combines hands-on training and skills-based education in sustainable agriculture.
As a student intern, you will live and learn on a host farm, receiving up to 1,500 hours of on-farm training and learning in-depth skills from your mentor. Your residential farm training experience is combined with farm tours, classes, and discussion circles throughout the region, as well as opportunities for independent study. Interns are exposed to a vast array of knowledge and expertise by engaging in the daily life of vibrant, agricultural communities.
Only 2 spots remaining for the advanced FarmsNOW apprenticeship program! This program is designed for those with farming experience, who are seeking mastery in the art and business of sustainable agriculture. Hands-on training, classes, seminars, and guidance on farm business development will help you gain the skills to plan, design, and run integrated farming systems on your own.
This full-immersion program is designed those who have completed another training program, or have two years of on-farm experience. You will live and learn on a host farm, receive up to two seasons of on-farm training, and learn in-depth skills from their mentor farmer.

Oregon – The 47th Ave Farm hiring Fieldwork Manager

Portland, Oregon

The Farm:

The 47th Ave Farm has 20 years of experience running a year-round 200 member CSA and selling to award winning Portland restaurants. We are hard working, committed to continuous improvement & serious about growing great food sustainably and profitably.

We farm at two different locations and we’re hiring for both sites:

  • On Grand Island, an agricultural oasis just south of Dayton, Oregon we have 38 acres of beautiful river bottom soils. The farm is very close to the Willamette river and we grow a mix of vegetables, cover crops and pasture there. The crew at this farm lives in the Salem, Newberg, McMinnville area.
  • At Luscher Farm we partner with the Lake Oswego Parks & Rec Dept to manage 12 acres on the edge of the urban growth boundary. This historic dairy is now an amazing urban farm on slightly sloping clay loam soils. We grow a mix of vegetables and cover crops there. The crew at this farm lives in the Portland metro area.

All of our farm properties are managed sustainably using cover crops between vegetable rotations, beneficial insects, organic fertilizers, drip irrigation,  conservation tillage techniques and no synthetic chemicals. This holistic farming system improves the tilth and fertility of the farmland. It also protects the woods, wetlands and communities that surround our farms.

Job Description:

We are hiring a Fieldwork Manager to coordinate tilling, weeding & irrigation at our farm. Driving the tractors doing primary tillage, cultivation and irrigation will be a significant part of this person’s job. The Fieldwork Manager will work with the Owner and Farm Manager to prioritize, schedule & carry out tillage, weeding, watering and equipment maintenance on the farm. The majority of the work will be done independently, but occasionally tasks will also involve working with and supervising a crew. The Fieldwork Manager will also be responsible for quality control, time tracking, and record keeping related to fieldwork on the farm. We are looking for a person who already has at least year of experience managing fieldwork & driving tractors in organic vegetable systems. This job will also include working with the rest of the crew on other tasks like seeding, transplanting and harvesting.

The work on our farm requires physical strength and stamina. Attention to detail is also important, as the Fieldwork Manager will need to manage the records related to fieldwork & equipment maintenance. A good sense of humor definitely comes in handy too!

During the summer the Fieldwork Manager can expect a 40-50 hour workweek including occasional Saturday work parties. Winter hours are less. The farm is a fertile learning ground for those who are willing to work hard. If you are a person with tremendous energy and enthusiasm for farming (and tractors!) and if you have the experience we’re looking for, please fill out our application form and send it to us with your resume and references.

Job is is open until filled

Employment Start Date: March/April ‘17

Application and more info available at http://www.47thavefarm.com/jobs-at-the-farm/

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