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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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.

Tennessee – University of the South Farm hiring School Garden Network Coordinator AmeriCorps VISTA

Sewanee, Tennessee

University of the South Farm hiring School Garden Network Coordinator AmeriCorps VISTA

 

AmeriCorps VISTA Position

40 hours/week

Develop a school garden network through connecting existing school gardens and assisting with the construction of new school gardens throughout Grundy, Marion and Franklin Counties in Tennessee . The VISTA Member will also coordinate regular network meetings involving schools garden directors and stakeholders.

This person must be a self-starter who is excited to help grow the school garden program on the South Cumberland Plateau.

Lean more about the SCP VISTA Program

Key Responsibilities

  • Recruit and build school garden support network
  • Building self-sustaining system in schools for each garden
  • Engage and train teachers and staff members in garden education
  • Recruit and coordinate volunteers to maintain gardens

Qualifications

  • Works will with many personality types
  • Self- motivated, hard worked, able to work and meet goals independently
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Enjoys being around children and has a friendly demeanor
  • Ability to, lead, and instruct all types of people with varying levels of gardening experience

Hours

  • Full time – 40 hours/ week
  • Start Date: February 21st 2017
  • Living stipend of $990/ month is provided

Apply today

REAL School Gardens hiring Regional Director

Washington, DC

REAL School Gardens
Regional Director, Mid-Atlantic

Position Summary

REAL School Gardens seeks a Regional Director to lead the organization through the next exciting phase of growth, creating learning gardens that grow successful students.  The Regional Director will have the overall responsibility of ensuring sustainability, stewarding key stakeholders, and successful program outcomes in the Mid-Atlantic region.

The ideal candidate is a passionate leader and communicator with a track record of successfully raising funds, engaging a variety of stakeholders and managing staff.  Further, the ideal candidate is highly entrepreneurial, a self-starter and is enthusiastic about the mission.

This position reports to the Executive Director.

This is a unique opportunity to contribute to academic achievement through innovative outdoor classrooms and gardens and work with a dedicated team of talented professionals.

Key Responsibilities

  • Serve as a thought leader, spokesperson and driver of strategic partnerships in relevant education circles
  • Lead the development of annual organizational short- and long-term plans in the region
  • Lead the region’s program and fundraising efforts
  • Identify and develop partnerships with school districts and schools in the region
  • In collaboration with the executive director and program staff, ensure programs achieve clear, measurable results and the impact is evaluated and communicated
  • Manage and motivate staff to achieve their objectives by providing necessary resources, professional development, performance management, and a positive work environment that supports excellence, cultural competency and mutual respect
  • Identify, build, engage and lead members of the regional advisory board to leverage their talents and energy across relevant aspects of the organization
  • Maintain and elevate the REAL School Gardens brand and reputation in Washington, DC and the greater Mid-Atlantic region among public, private and nonprofit stakeholder groups

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Minimum five years of professional experience
  • A track record of successfully raising funds for an organization or cause
  • Innovative and entrepreneurial background
  • A proven ability to move initiatives forward, identify opportunities, take reasonable risks, manage challenges, and achieve the desired results
  • A strategic thinker and visionary with experience operationalizing a vision into a realistic work plan
  • A skilled leader with an ability to motivate, coach, and develop an experienced staff and board
  • Superb strategic communication skills and the proven ability to empower a diverse set of key stakeholders
  • Positive, optimistic, and energetic personality
  • Confident and inclusive leadership style
  • A sense of humor and perspective

About REAL School Gardens

REAL School Gardens creates learning gardens in low-income elementary schools and trains teachers how to use them to improve student engagement and academic achievement. Our learning gardens are outdoor classrooms that contain a variety of features – including earth science stations, perennial beds, and butterfly gardens – and are designed for ease of maintenance.  A diverse range of features helps enrich academic lessons for all elementary grade levels and subject areas.

How to Apply

Interested candidates should submit a resume and cover letter here.

FoodCorps hiring FoodCorps Members

East Lansing, Michigan

The deadline for applications for the 2012 class of FoodCorps members is quickly approaching!  FoodCorps is seeking people to serve in Michigan who are passionate about the mitten state and who are committed to improving food landscapes across the state.   For more information, click here.  Applications are due on March 25.

FoodCorps is a national non-profit that addresses the health of the children of our nation using a three recipe ingredient for change: providing hands-on nutrition education, growing and tending school gardens, and getting healthy local food onto school cafeteria trays. So far this year these service members have reached over 20,000 children in 10 states. The members in Michigan have collectively built a school garden hoophouse, revitalized 5 school greenhouses and gardens, helped connect school food service staff with farmers to source local and fresh food, and creatively taught in classrooms and after school programs, reaching over 5,526 children to date.