Illinois – Food Works hiring Program Coordinator

Carbondale, Illinois

Now Hiring!

Program Coordinator

Food Works, a non-profit organization centered in Carbondale, IL, seeks a part-time Program Coordinator. Our mission is to advance sustainable food systems in the 23 southernmost counties in Illinois. Our programs feature farmer-to-farmer peer education and consumer education and engagement.

The Program Coordinator will have three areas of responsibility: Food Access program activities which include outreach to farmers markets throughout the region; management of the indoor Winter Community Farmers Market in Carbondale, IL; and administration of the Southern Illinois Farming Alliance peer education and networking programs. The Coordinator works to expand SNAP/Link access to Southern Illinois Farmers markets; promotes use of SNAP/Link at farmers markets; collects and monitors data related to farmers’ market access; manages the Winter Community Farmers Market (Opens Nov/Dec-March) in Carbondale and administers the Farming Alliance. The Coordinator will also work with farmers to identify needs and opportunities, produce newsletters, web content, and social media messaging, schedule educational on-farm Field Days, and develop workshops and trainings as needed.

The ideal candidate is responsible, professional, friendly, and organized. She or he has farmers market, project and volunteer management, communications and event planning experience. The candidate must be able to use the Microsoft Office suite of products (or their equivalent), work some weekends and evenings; must be able to travel in the 23-county southernmost Illinois region, and must be licensed and able to drive.

To apply send a letter of introduction, resume, references and writing samples to: kathleen@eatsouthernillinois.org. List “Program Coordinator” in the subject line and send all attachments as pdf files. Other formats will not be opened. Or mail application materials to: P.O. Box 3855, Carbondale, IL 62902. Please include your ideal schedule/hours and salary.

Food Works is an equal opportunity employer

For more information visit: http://www.fwsoil.org

Washington – Sustainable Connections hiring Food & Farming Project & Marketing Specialist

Bellingham, Washington

Organization:  Sustainable Connections, www.SustainableConnections.org
Title:  Food & Farming Project & Marketing Specialist
Reports to:  Food & Farming Program Manager
Location:  Bellingham, WA
Status:  Regular/Full-Time, Non-Exempt
Application Deadline:  April 12th  

Summary
Join Sustainable Connections, an entrepreneurial non-profit organization that works with dozens of partner organizations and over 2,000 businesses a year to transform and model an economy built on sustainable business practices. Be a part of our team, supporting a community of food and farming businesses and working to increase local food consumption in NW Washington. Sustainable Connections is a results-oriented, small team workplace located in downtown Bellingham.

Due to steady growth in the Food & Farming Program, we are adding a new position to build the capacity of the program that will work closely with the Program Manager to grow the Eat Local First Campaign, lead and support annual events and publications, and work closely with partners at

Whatcom Farm-to-School to spearhead a community marketing strategy. The Food & Farming Project & Marketing Specialist reports to the Food & Farming Program Manager, working closely with the rest of the Food & Farming and Communications team members.

The ideal candidate will be knowledgeable and passionate about local food systems, experienced working with marketing campaigns, and enthusiastic about working with local businesses to share the work of Sustainable Connections throughout the region. This is a great opportunity for someone with exceptional marketing and project management skills to grow and further develop a nationally recognized organization that has already made significant impacts in our region.

Primary Responsibilities

 Project Management (30%)

  • Lead in planning and execution of the Whatcom Food & Farm Finder and Culinary Agritourism Map, two widely-used publications throughout the Puget Sound region, in collaboration with the Communications Manager and Food & Farming Outreach Coordinator. Compile content and oversee distribution and outreach.
  • Plan and execute details for Whatcom County’s September Eat Local Month.
  • Oversee Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) project, including hosting two events per year, coordinating the CSA Farmer List, employer connections, and community outreach.

Farm-to-School Marketing Coordination (25%)

  • Work closely with Whatcom Farm-to-School team to implement a community marketing strategy centered around “What We Feed Our Kids Matters” and the Harvest of the Month campaign, connecting the dots between local food, schools, and local food businesses.
  • Work with F&F Outreach Coordinator and Communications Manager to implement communitywide Harvest of the Month campaigns, collateral, and business resources and toolkits.

 Eat Local First Business Outreach (25%)

  • Work closely with F&F Program Manager to implement campaign outreach and marketing strategy        Conduct ongoing business outreach and one-on-one marketing consultations with food and farming businesses of all kinds.
  • Track campaign deliverables and document best practices.

Food & Farming Program Support (20 %)

  • Work closely with F&F Program Manager to compile research and content for a NEW Community Food Atlas project, an online resource hub for food & farming businesses and organizations.
  • Collect best practice stories and content for case study creation for Food & Farming Program and Eat Local First.
  • Represent SC at events and with external partners as necessary.
  • Support outreach & logistics for other Food & Farming Program projects as needed.
  • Other related duties as assigned—We expect this position will grow and evolve over time.

Experience/Education Requirements

At least three years of professional experience in project management and/or marketing. Knowledge of food systems and prior work with food and farming businesses highly preferred.

Skills & Qualifications

The ideal candidate has:

  • Experience and/or education in food-based businesses/sustainable food systems and marketing (including PR, newsletters, updating websites, etc.)
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills and the ability to represent Sustainable Connections in a professional manner with diverse constituencies
  • Excellent writing and communications skills; basic design skills are a big plus!
  • Proven competence to assess priorities, manage a variety of activities in a time-sensitive environment, and meet deadlines with attention to detail and quality
  • Great passion for the mission, vision, and values of Sustainable Connections o        An action-oriented, entrepreneurial, flexible, and innovative approach to planning work
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative and to work proactively and independently; excels in an open office environment
  • Basic working knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Office, and MailChimp preferred

Compensation

This is a full-time, regular, non-exempt position; salary is DOE. Benefits include starting with 16 days paid time off/year and a 6-day holiday break from Dec. 25-Jan 1. Additional benefits include a great office space adjacent to downtown Bellingham, fun and supportive coworkers, a flexible working schedule, and the opportunity to help lead a nationally recognized organization! Late May/early June preferred start. 

To Apply:  Qualified applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references by email only to info@sustainableconnections.org. Please write “Project & Marketing Specialist Application” in the Subject. Applications are due April 12, 2017.

Sustainable Connections complies with all federal, state, and local laws which prohibit discrimination in employment.

 Sustainable Connections is an equal opportunity employer that believes it is the responsibility of the company and all its employees to ensure there is no discrimination against any employee or applicant for employment based on race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, marital status, military service, sexual orientation, gender identity, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, genetic information, or any other protected status.

Middlebury College hiring FoodWorks Coordinator & Teaching Assistant

Washington, D.C.

https://middlebury.peopleadmin.com/postings/12454

Middlebury College is hiring a FoodWorks Coordinator & Teaching Assistant for Washington DC

Time commitment: April 1 – August 6, varying hours week

Approximate time requirements:
April – 20 hours total plus orientation trip to Middlebury; May – 40 hours total, June/July – 25 hours of work per week plus living with students

Travel costs are covered as well as room and board from June 5 to August 5.

Ability to drive and current driver’s license without violations in the last 3 years. Must have use of a car during the 9-week session.

Position Summary:
Middlebury FoodWorks (http://www.middlebury.edu/foodworks) is a nine-week cohort fellowship program for students interested in local food and sustainable development, currently operating in Louisville, Kentucky, Middlebury, Vermont and Washington, D.C. Its mission is to provide summer experiential opportunities that enhance student learning and engagement in food studies. Each student works four days a week in a paid internship focused on a different aspect of the food system. On the fifth day, students participate together in a curriculum designed to meet targeted learning objectives on sustainable agriculture and ecology; food systems; community and economic development; nutrition and health; and other topics such as food security and justice, policy, culture and traditions.

The FoodWorks Coordinator/T.A. will oversee day to day operations of the program. The coordinator will organize and manage locations and activities for each 5th Day, live with students in student housing the entire 9 weeks, encourage weekly dinners with fellows, and participate in organized social and civic events and activities. The coordinator is the daily contact person for the students at each site. They assist the FoodWorks Site Director with student life and all program elements to ensure the fellows experience a meaningful summer. They are in contact with the lead Faculty, FoodWorks Director, and Site Director and facilitate key discussion topics for 5th Days. The FoodWorks Coordinator/T.A. will be supervised by the Site Director and FoodWorks Director.

General Responsibilities:

  • Attend two day training and student orientation in April in Middlebury, VT.
  • Coordinate and manage site specific orientation upon arrival in June.
  • Oversee day-to-day operations of the program. Prepare for arrival of interns , maintain regular communication with interns, have emergency forms and other documentation signed, conduct employer meetings, coordinate interns’ arrivals and meet them at the airport as needed, help them acclimate and form a community
  • Oversee residential arrangements for summer interns.
  • Collaborate with FoodWorks Faculty to plan course components.
  • Organize 5th Day activities in collaboration with FoodWorks Director, Site Director and Faculty.
  • Fifth Days: Contact key local food stakeholders to gather ideas and feedback as well as insert them into the program as appropriate; conduct appropriate groundwork and investigation through site visits, presenter preparation, etc. to ensure quality programming.
  • Coordinate logistics, materials, transportation, meal and agenda for each session within the budget provided;
    Provide adequate communications to interns to participate fully in 5th Days;
  • Serve as the 5th Day discussion and reflection leader. Connect 5th Day themes to what is happening locally, nationally, globally and to internships and coursework.
  • Monitor progress and make adjustments as appropriate.
    Provide regular updates and check-ins with FoodWorks Director, Faculty, Site Director to ensure smooth implementation and coordination;
  • Facilitate informal weekly dinner and discussion with interns to expand upon internship, 5th Day, and community experiences.
  • Help students network and connect with leaders in the local food movement. Serve as a resource to interns.
  • Help Site Director with any housing pre-summer work.
    Troubleshoot employer and intern issues with FW Site Director.
  • Create weekly newsletter with employers, interns, mentors and Middlebury alumni.
  • Coordinate closing event and intern departures.
  • Conduct evaluation in coordination with other FoodWorks staff and faculty.

Qualifications
Education: Current graduate student or recent graduate of Food Systems master’s program preferred. Will consider undergraduate with food-related degree and at least 2 years of food systems work experience.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Candidate must demonstrate expertise and familiarity with food leaders and businesses in city where candidate is applying.
  • Knowledge about food system issues, organizations and approaches to solving problems.
  • Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills, including strong oral and written communication abilities.
    Passion for educating others about food systems.
  • Patience, flexibility, tact, diplomacy and good judgment.
  • Compassionate and eager to work with college students.
    Able to work well with administrators, faculty, and staff.
  • Ability to drive and current driver’s license without violations in the last 3 years. Must have use of a car during the 9-week session.
  • Ability to manage and defuse conflicts.
  • Simple computer skills (e-mail, word-processing, blogging, spreadsheet manipulation).

Applicant Document

Required Documents

  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume/C V

Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems hiring Assistant Farm Garden Manager

Santa Cruz, California

Job Available at the Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems (CASFS) in the UCSC Farm Garden

An assistant farm garden manager position is now available at the UCSC/CASFS Farm. This is a full-time position; see the details below.

To apply, go to the UCSC Employment website, www.ucsc.edu/about/employment.html

Click on the Staff Employment link, then click on the Search Postings link (in the upper left-hand bar) and enter the job #1505965

Please note that the Initial Review Date is October 25, 2015.

Summary Statement Under the direct supervision of the Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems (CASFS) Farm Garden Manager, The Assistant Manager will perform tasks and assist in the management of the daily operations of the CASFS Farm Garden and greenhouses, acting independently, as part of a team and leading student audiences. The Assistant Manager will also use their experience as a grower and mentor to support the instruction of apprentices, advanced apprentices and undergraduates, with a focus on building agricultural skills and the capacity of participants to work with others to create more equity in the U.S. and global food systems.
Qualifications / Competencies A Certificate in Ecological Horticulture or equivalent work experience.
Broad foundation of knowledge and experience related to organic soil fertility management, crop production and the associated skills of irrigation delivery, weed management, pest and disease management, harvest and post harvest handling of vegetables, small fruits and cut flowers.
Knowledge of organic propagation methods, and experience growing crops from seed, cuttings and divisions, as well as the greenhouse management skills to optimize plant health and productivity.
Experience leading activities and mentoring in an applied agricultural setting, and the ability to employ a range of methods to assist learners from diverse backgrounds.
Interpersonal and communication skills to respectfully and effectively interact with diverse audiences and stakeholders.
Ability to take direction, and work both independently and as part of a team to meet the needs of a complex production and education environment.
Demonstrates ongoing initiative, and a strong desire to continue growing as a lifelong learner so as to share new skills and capacities with many audiences.
Embodies values that create and maintain a welcoming environment, and demonstrates respect for diversity and difference.
Preferred Qualifications / Competencies Demonstrated experience working for equity and justice in the food system and the desire to facilitate conversations that engage learners to think about their role in changing the food system.
Experience with season extension techniques, resource conservation, direct market sales, and the desire to improve production efficiencies, with the goal of increasing sales revenue.
Experience with organic certification standards and associated record keeping to maintain compliance with USDA NOP standards.
Experience using a front-end loader, tractor mounted forklifts, mowing, and operating small engine equipment such as weed whackers and BCS walking tractors, as well as light carpentry skills.
Ability to communicate effectively in Spanish or another language in addition to English.

Rancho Mastatal hiring Apprentices

Costa Rica

2016 Apprenticeship in Sustainable Living: Permaculture, Natural Building, and Homesteading Skills at Rancho Mastatal

www.ranchomastatal.com

Nestled against the virgin rainforest of La Cangreja National Park, Rancho Mastatal Sustainable Education Center has been teaching, exploring, and promoting techniques of living harmoniously in the landscape for 14 years. Renowned for it’s natural building and delicious culinary spreads of fresh homemade food, the Ranch offers profound, innovative and authentic apprenticeships throughout the year.  Apprentices will experience a rural Costa Rican community, delight in 325 acres of pristine forests and waterfalls, and participate in a working permaculture farm.

Currently we are seeking applicants for our twelve month 2016 Apprenticeship in Sustainable Living beginning January 2016.

2016 Program Overview

Participants in Rancho Mastatal’s Apprenticeship in Sustainable Living live and work with amazing people at the Ranch and in Mastatal. They make lifelong friends, participating in a style of living that oftentimes changes them forever. This experience offers the unique opportunity to become a part of the magic and beauty of a remote area of Costa Rica, while simultaneously learning tangible skills to take back home.

Our goals for this program are to:

  • empower individuals who are genuinely interested in creating a more sustainable world.
  • be a “living laboratory” for experiential education and the daily practice of skills you can use for the rest of your life.
  • inspire and enable individuals to continue to develop creative solutions and generate positive social change and sustainable practices in their own lives and communities after they leave.
  • prepare a group of capable individuals to help manage and care-take the Ranch during the months of August, September, October and November.
  • provide post-apprenticeship support through our networks.

We offer five to seven positions for our year long apprenticeship and a limited number of half year positions. The year long apprenticeship costs $475 per month for the first 7 months and includes your Wilderness First Responder Certification. The last 4 months of the apprenticeship is run as a work-trade. The total cost for the year long apprenticeship is $3,325. The cost of the half year apprenticeship is $375 per month.

Half year positions are only for the second half of the calendar year. The training differs significantly from full year positions in that it is done over a shorter period of time, and much of it will be led by the full year apprentices as part of their learning process. Roughly half of this time period occurs during our caretaker season, when the Ranch Core Team is absent from the site. This is an ideal opportunity for individuals interested in learning the in’s and out’s of managing our site and systems.

Dates and Instruction

Start Date Year-Long Apprenticeship:  January 16, 2016
End Date Year-Long Apprenticeship:  December 16, 2016
Start Date Half-Year Apprenticeship:  June 18, 2016
End Date Half-Year Apprenticeship:  December 16, 2016
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Eastern Market Corporation hiring Fresh Food Fellows

Detroit, Michigan

Eastern Market Farm Stand

Fresh Food Fellow Description
April 2012

Eastern Market Corporation (EMC), the 501(c)(3) non-profit management and development organization of Detroit Eastern Market, operates seasonal farm stands at various locations in order to improve fresh food access in the City of Detroit and beyond. Eastern Market Farm Stands sell produce at small farmers markets, community, corporate, and healthcare sites. In the 2012 Season the Farm Stand Fellows will serve as healthy ambassadors to over 17 weekly partner locations from mid-June through mid-October, while simultaneously learning about the challenges and opportunities of building a sustainable regional food system.

FELLOW SUMMARY
The Fresh Food Fellow opportunity is a seasonal (June-October) part-time position requiring a 20-30 hour per week commitment by the candidate to learn from and engage with a variety of experts and organizations working with EMC to build a more inclusive and diverse food system. This is a unique opportunity to work with the oldest public market in the United States, and southeast Michigan’s undisputed historic urban food hub.

This position offers Fellows an opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge and training in entrepreneurship, regional food systems, nutrition, marketing, food safety, and basic open-book finance. The Fellows will be exposed to a diverse array of customers and colleagues during Farm Stand operation, as well as opportunities for professional development throughout the season.

RESPONSIBILITIES
 Participation in one week training program, speaker series, and educational tours
 Farm Stand set up (including marketing and merchandizing of Farm Stand displays)
 Assist guests with prompt service in sale of vegetables, fruits, plants, and flowers
 Educating guests on nutritional and culinary uses of local produce
 Execute cash, Bridge Card, and Double Up Food Bucks sales, calculate end of day sales
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Growing Hope hiring part-time Finance Manager

Ypsilanti, Michigan

Position Title: Finance Manager

Growing Hope is a grassroots non-profit organization dedicated to empowering individuals, groups and communities through community gardening and increasing access to healthy food.

Position Description

We are seeking an experienced and dedicated part-time Finance Manager.  This position is responsible for the financial management—including bookkeeping, financial reporting, accounts payable/receivable, and grant & contract budget reporting. We are looking for someone who understands and is excited about our mission and about building the long-term sustainability of our organization from the inside out. Continue reading