Oregon – Rogue Farm Corps hiring Advanced Interns

Various Locations, Oregon

RFC’S ADVANCED APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM

Are you ready to take your education and training to the next level and kick start your farming career? RFC’s Apprenticeship Program is the next step towards learning to manage and run a diversified farming operation.

The Apprenticeship Program is an advanced on-farm program combining hands-on training and skills-based education for those seeking mastery in the art and business of sustainable agriculture.

This full-immersion program is designed for those who have completed RFC’s Internship Program, or have two years of on-farm experience. You will live and train full-time on a host farm, receive up to two seasons of on-farm training, and learn in-depth skills from your mentor farmer.

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO APPLY, PLEASE VISIT: HTTP://ROGUEFARMCORPS.ORG
ON-FARM TRAINING AND HANDS-ON LEARNING (~40+ HOURS/WEEK)

RFC’s Apprenticeship Program is designed for the individual who already has a solid foundation of farm knowledge and skills but is looking to deepen their experience managing a successful farm business with the goal of running their own farm enterprise. The majority of the program will be focused on learning by doing.

Over time, you will be expected to share responsibilities with the farmers. These tasks will generally include overseeing farm crews and harvest crews, processing, tractor cultivation, field walks and observation, record keeping, product deliveries, marketing, irrigation, and general farm maintenance.

CLASSES AND SEMINARS

In addition to the hands-on training provided by the host farm, apprentices will attend a series of classes facilitated by RFC, Oregon State University Extension’s Small Farms Program, and other agricultural service agencies.

Topics may include:

• Farm and Production Planning: Crop Plan, Tillage Plan, Seeding Plan, Cover Cropping
• Pest & Disease Management: IPM, Farmscaping, Organic Treatment Methods
• Seed Production, Variety Selection, Stewardship
• Conservation/ Restorative Agriculture: No Till, Hedgerows, Restoration Techniques, Dryland Farming
• Food Safety & Post-harvest Handling
• Irrigation Methods + System Design + Repairs
• Soil Health Management: Fertility + Nutrient Management Plan, Soil Science, Soil Test Interpretation
• Tractors and Equipment: Implements, Maintenance + Repair
• Animal Systems and/ or Perennial Systems, Pastures, Integrating Veg/Animal, Holistic Management
• Farm Carpentry and Building Infrastructure
• Managing People on the Farm, Labor Costs, Communication Systems
• Scaling Up + Exploring Distribution Channels
• Marketing: Market Research/ Assessment & Niche Selection
• Certification Programs + Record keeping
• Insurance Needs and Considerations
• Overview of Farm Business Planning, Visioning, Legal + Business Structure Considerations
• Enterprise Selection & Diversification, Evaluating and Improving Profitability
• Farm Finances- Financial Preparedness, Bookkeeping, Creative Financing & Funding Panel
• Accessing Land- Leasing Land, Purchasing Land, Working with Land Trusts & Conservation Easements, Oregon FarmLink, Networking Opportunities, Accessing Service Providers

ONE-ON-ONE FARM DEVELOPMENT COUNSELING

Rogue Farm Corps staff will work closely with you to identify additional course work and resources to support your entrepreneurial development.

PEER-TO-PEER NETWORKING

You will have the opportunity to meet and network with local farmers and agricultural professionals in the community you are working in. Rogue Farm Corps will organize farm tours and will host potluck discussion circles to bring together folks from across the farming community.

PROGRAM DETAILS

The Apprenticeship Program will run for up to two full farming seasons. You will complete up to 3,000 hours of on-farm time over the course of two seasons. Room, board, and stipend packages vary from farm to farm. In any case, you can expect safe, secure housing, farm produced food and some staples, and a monthly stipend in the range of $700-1000 or an hourly wage.

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO APPLY, PLEASE VISIT: HTTP://ROGUEFARMCORPS.ORG
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Oregon – Rogue Farm Corps hiring Interns

Various Locations, Oregon

Are you looking to start a career in sustainable agriculture? RFC’s Internship Program is a great launching point for beginning farmers and ranchers with little or no previous experience.

The Internship Program is a full season entry-level residential program combining hands-on training and skills-based education in sustainable agriculture.

As an intern, you will live and train full-time 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.

TO LEARN MORE AND APPLY PLEASE VISIT: HTTP://ROGUEFARMCORPS.ORG

ON-FARM TRAINING (~40+ HOURS/WEEK)

The Internship is a hands-on learning experience. The vast majority of your time will be spent learning by doing. You will train alongside your mentor and independently to develop skills while accomplishing daily tasks that move your host farm along through the season.

Rogue Farm Corps works closely with farm mentors to provide you with a skill-based curriculum that is unique to your host farm.  Our Chapter Coordinators will conduct formal on-site evaluations with interns and host farmers to ensure that your education and training goals are being met.

EDUCATIONAL EVENTS: CLASSES, FARM TOURS, AND DISCUSSIONS (~3-5 TIMES PER MONTH)

To augment your training and learning at your host farm, you will join other interns in your local region for classes that teach practical skills as well as foundational concepts and knowledge, farm tours, discussion circles and potlucks throughout the agricultural region. These are led by Rogue Farm Corps staff, agricultural professionals, and expert farmers. You can expect a variety of teaching approaches and locations, from traditional classroom settings to experiential on-farm settings.

INDEPENDENT PROJECTS (~1-2 HOURS PER WEEK)

During the course of the farming season, every intern will complete an independent project, submit a report and make a short presentation at the end-of-season Closing Dinner. Examples of previous independent projects include raising a small flock of ducks for market, constructing a root crop storage room, developing recipe cards for market customers, and building an outdoor cob oven.

PROGRAM DETAILS AND REQUIREMENTS

The Internship Program begins somewhere between March 15 and April 15 and concludes somewhere between October 15 and November 15 depending on your host farm.

Room, board, and stipend packages vary from farm to farm. In any case, you can expect safe, secure housing, farm-produced food and some staples, and a monthly stipend. Each host farmer determines the details.

To successfully complete the program, you will complete 1,000 to 1,500 hours of on-farm training time, submit weekly reflective journal entries, complete an independent project, and attend all outlined classes and farm tours.

TO LEARN MORE AND APPLY PLEASE VISIT: HTTP://ROGUEFARMCORPS.ORG

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.