Tennessee – Stony Creek Colors hiring Agricultural Operations Supervisor

Springfield, Tennessee

Position: Agricultural Operations Supervisor

Company: Stony Creek Colors, an emerging company based in Springfield, TN, manufactures bio-based textile dyes that improve profitability and sustainability for farmers, while empowering our customers – fashion brands and textile mills – with greater transparency. We deliver the most reliable and sustainable plant based colorants to the textile industry worldwide, helping fashion brands meet their goal of reducing hazardous chemical use. Stony Creek Colors has developed complete agricultural supply chains based on new, specialty crops like indigo to replace imported, petroleum-based synthetic textile

Job Description: The mission of the agricultural operations supervisor is to ensure reliable availability and delivery of high-quality biomass from our partner contract farmers. The company has a successful history producing natural indigo across Tennessee and is now seeking an experienced agricultural operations supervisor to expand crop production in and around Robertson County, TN.

Responsibilities:

  • Supervise daily operations to achieve annual production plan
  • Establish and supervise comprehensive crop scouting program
  • Schedule and coordinate production and harvesting with processing plant manager and contract farmers
  • Oversee maintenance of agricultural equipment
  • Ensure accurate and timely data collection and reporting
  • Coordinate on-farm research activities
  • Supervise a small team of agricultural operations associates
  • Interface with contract farmers and greenhouse growers to provide feedback and guidance on conditions and practices
  • Assist with off-season research planning and execution
  • Recruit farmers and greenhouse growers for future acreage expansion
  • Other duties as required
  • Occasional overnight travel may be required (equipment purchase, etc.)

Requirements:

  • High school diploma or equivalent required. Post-secondary (associates or bachelors) degree in agriculture-related field preferred.
  • 3+ years operating and maintaining heavy machinery (experience with agricultural equipment preferred)
  • Detail-oriented
  • Strong organizational and project management skills, with the ability to prioritize competing tasks logically
  • Follows tasks through to completion
  • High standards of excellence with ability to initiate difficult conversations and require accountability when needed
  • Comfortable in changing environment
  • Good driving record
  • Basic computer and mathematics skills

Preferred:

  • 3+ years farm supervisory experience in mid-scale farm production or agricultural R&D environment using progressive row crop farming techniques
  • Knowledge of tobacco farming techniques and equipment
  • Successful record of executing farm research projects and incorporating results into future commercial farming practices
  • 3+ years managing network of contract farmers
  • 3+ years supervising farm workers
  • Knowledge of tools and software to facilitate managing geographically-dispersed farmland
  • Working knowledge of Spanish

To apply, please send your resume and cover letter to: jobs@stonycreekcolors.com.

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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.

Portland Community College hiring Learning Garden Educator

Portland, Oregon
Oregon State Service Corps Position Description
ORGANIZATION: Portland Community College-Rock Creek Campus,Sustainability Office http://www.pcc.edu/about/sustainability/on-campus/rock-creek.html
ORGANIZATION MISSION: The PCC Rock Creek Campus values: Learning, Community, Connectivity, Sustainability, Health, Wellness and Safety, and commitment to Aesthetics and Design choices which embody these values.
POSITION: Learning Garden Educator
LOCATION:17705 NW Springville Road, Portland, OR  97229
SUMMARY OF POSITION:
The Learning Garden Educator will support the campus Sustainability Office by leading educational activities for the Learning Garden, solid waste, recycling and composting efforts, and other sustainability-related projects. The 3.6 acre campus Learning Garden includes 48 raised beds (32 for food production and 16 for community members), approximately ½ acre of row crops, a cob tool shed with solar powered irrigation, earthen oven with a green roof, rainwater catchment, 65-tree orchard, berries, grapes, kiwis, bee hives, plus public art pieces throughout. Recruiting, training and supervising community-based learning students, PCC club members, community and PCC volunteers in support of the garden will be a key component of the job. Additionally, the Learning Garden Educator will lead current hunger relief efforts and expand the Learning Garden’s impact in reducing PCC’s greenhouse gas emissions.
ESSENTIAL  RESPONSIBILITIES:
1.Complete daily Learning Garden activities such as propagation, planting, weeding, and
harvesting food.
2. Manage, coordinate, and track students in community-based learning activities in the
Learning Garden.
3. Lead educational activities such as tours and garden workshops for raised bed users, students, and the broader community on the topics of growing food, healthy eating, and personal health.
4.Support hydroponic and passive solar hoop house season extension plantings.
5. Design and create electronic and print outreach materials to market and publicize the
Sustainability Office and Learning Garden events and  initiatives.
6. Recruit, supervise and track the participation of PCC community volunteers for Learning Garden work parties, events, and other  activities.
7. Facilitate compost education, outreach and help oversee the daily collection of pre and post
consumer waste among faculty, staff and students to support the Rock Creek Loop (vermicompost, geo bins).
8. Work with Associated Students of PCC (ASPCC) and resource centers (i.e. Veterans & Queer
Resource Centers) to engage and serve nontraditional and underserved student populations on campus and in the Learning Garden.
9. Collect ongoing data related to food production, food waste, compost, volunteer hours and
other projects.
10. Complete and submit in a timely manner all OSSC/AmeriCorps required reports and timesheets.
11.  Participate in OSSC/AmeriCorps sponsored orientation, trainings, meetings and disaster-related activities.
MARGINAL  RESPONSIBILITIES:
1. Support the Learning Garden’s social media presence, e.g., website and Facebook.
2. Conduct online research for sustainability efforts as needed.
PREFERRED  QUALIFICATIONS:
1. An independent, self-motivated, creative and resourceful individual who enjoys working with
diverse groups of people, both in the office and outside (rain or   shine).
2. Ability to manage multiple projects and events and complete assigned tasks in a professional,
organized and timely manner.
3. A Bachelor’s degree  with hands on garden and/or farming  experience.
4. Ability to dig, kneel, and lift 50  pounds.

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Portland Community College-Rock Creek Campus hiring Learning Garden Educator

Portland, Oregon
Learning Garden Educator – AmeriCorps
ORGANIZATION: Portland Community College-Rock Creek Campus, Sustainability Office http://www.pcc.edu/about/sustainability/on-campus/rock-creek.html

ORGANIZATION MISSION: The PCC Rock Creek Campus values: Learning, Community, Connectivity, Sustainability, Health, Wellness and Safety, and commitment to Aesthetics and Design choices which embody these values.

POSITION: Learning Garden Educator (2 positions)

LOCATION: 17705 NW Springville Road, Portland, OR  97229

SUMMARY OF POSITION: 

The Learning Garden Educators will support the campus Sustainability Office by leading educational activities for the Learning Garden, solid waste, recycling and composting efforts, and other related sustainability projects.  The 3.6 acre on campus Learning Garden includes 51 raised beds (for food service and community members), approximately ½ acre of row crops, a cob tool shed with solar powered irrigation, earthen oven with a green roof, rainwater catchment, 65-tree orchard, berries, grapes, kiwis, bee hives, plus public art pieces throughout. Recruiting, training and supervising service learning students, PCC club members, community and PCC volunteers in support of the garden, will be a key component of the job. Additionally, the Learning Garden Educator will lead efforts to develop new hunger relief efforts and expand the Learning Garden’s impact.

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

1. Provide daily Learning Garden activities such as propagation, planting, weeding, and harvesting food.

2. Manage, coordinate, and track student community-based learning activities in the Learning Garden.

3. Lead educational activities such as tours and garden workshops for raised bed users, students, and the broader community on the topics of growing food, healthy eating, and personal health.

4. Support hydroponic and passive solar hoop house season extension plantings.

5. Design and create electronic and print outreach materials to market and publicize Learning Garden events and initiatives.

6. Recruit and supervise community volunteers to participate in Learning Garden work parties, events, and other activities.

7. Facilitate compost education and outreach among faculty, staff and students to support the Rock Creek Loop. (vermicompost, electric Rocket Composter).

8. Work with Associated Students of PCC (ASPCC) to engage and serve non-traditional and underserved student populations on campus and in the Learning Garden.

9. Collect ongoing data related to food production, food waste, compost, volunteer hours and other projects.

10. Complete and submit in a timely manner all OSSC/AmeriCorps required reports and time sheets.

11. Participate in OSSC/AmeriCorps sponsored orientation, trainings, meetings and disaster-related activities.

MARGINAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

1. Support the Learning Garden’s social media presence, e.g., website and Facebook.

2. Conduct online research for sustainability efforts as needed.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

1. An independent, self-motivated, creative and resourceful individual who enjoys working with diverse groups of people, both in the office and outside (rain or shine).

2. Ability to manage multiple projects and events and complete assigned tasks in a professional, organized and timely manner.

3. A Bachelor’s degree is preferred along with hands on garden and/or farming experience.

4. Ability to dig, kneel, and lift 50 pounds.

Dates of Service: 

September 1-2, 2015: Two-day, one night OSSC member orientation (Aldersgate Retreat Center).

~September 8, 2015 – July 31, 2016 — 1700 hours over 11 months

Member Benefits:

• Full-time OSSC members receive a taxable education award of $5,730 to cover the costs of current education or to repay qualified student loans

• A taxable stipend of up to $12,530 (members only receive a stipend while serving)

• Loan forbearance (after successful completion of a term of service, AmeriCorps will pay the accrued interest on qualified loans, which is taxable)

• Basic medical insurance (covers members only, not dependents; vision and dental not included)

• Child care allowance for those who qualify

• Professional development, trainings and networking

TO APPLY: 

Please email ONE PDF or Word document that includes a 1 page cover letter, no more than 2 page resume with 3 professional references toelaine.cole16@pcc.edu by Tuesday, June 30, 2015 at midnight (PST). Application review will begin July-1-2 and first round of interviews will take place July 6-9.  Final decision will be made July 27-31, 2015.

CONTACT: Elaine Cole, Ph.D., Sustainability Coordinator,   971-722-7635,    elaine.cole16@pcc.edu

This position is available to all without regard to race, color, national origin, disability, age, sex, political affiliation or in most instances, religion. Qualified individuals with disabilities and those from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.  We provide reasonable accommodation for qualified individuals.