School Gardens Specialist, Federal Way, WA

  • Location: Educational Service Center
  • Hours per Day:  8 hours per day;
  • Salary: $50,640/yr

First consideration will be given to applicants that apply by midnight of December 16, 2019.

POSITION SUMMARY: The School Gardens Specialist will be responsible for developing a district-wide K-12 school gardens program. This program will support Goals 2 and 4 of the Strategic Plan by nourishing the whole child through developing calming natural spaces, providing produce to families in our community, and by supporting content mastery in multiple subjects through hands-on and engaging learning experiences. The primary responsibilities of this position include developing systems to support and maintain existing school gardens in Federal Way Public Schools, collaborating with content facilitators to develop lessons that integrate school gardens into curriculum guides, and forming partnerships with community organizations to support the gardens and distribute produce.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

 

  • Create and maintain a detailed inventory of existing school gardens.
  • Develop a school garden program infrastructure including:
    • Expectations around maintenance and management
    • Positions/task descriptions for volunteers
    • Garden coordination and training
    • Volunteer management and training
    • District water usage and resource management parameters
    • Processes and procedures regarding new school gardens
  • Support lesson development in partnership with content facilitators to integrate the school gardens into curriculum guides for multiple subjects with a focus on STEM/STEAM.
  • Develop and maintain partnerships including
    • Teaching for Learning to develop and implement garden-based lessons
    • Maintenance and Facilities
    • Community-based organizations for support, volunteers, and fundraising
    • Decatur’s CTE Agriculture Program to deepen the partnership between the high school scholars and other school gardens
  • Support garden summer learning programs
  • Support the Storming the Sound with Salmon program by assisting with fish tank set-up and maintenance
  • Work with schools and Teaching for Learning to coordinate grant opportunities
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:
Education and Experience
Associate’s degree in a related field
Three (3) years of experience in Pacific Northwest or comparable sustainable/organic gardening

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:
Bachelor’s degree in related field
Experience working with diverse populations and food cultures
Training and Experience in Outdoor Education
Teaching experience with scholars and adults
Experience designing and facilitating trainings
Experience in Curriculum and lesson development
Experience in Program Management and Development
Master Gardener Certification

For more information: https://www.applitrack.com/federalway/onlineapp/default.aspx?AppliTrackJobID=6034&ref=

Agroecology Scholars Program in Research and Extension, NC State, Raleigh, NC

10-week (May 28 – August 5, 2020) individualized summer research and extension experience, participants will learn about sustainable agriculture and community food systems from a broad systems perspective, while receiving close mentorship and access to cutting edge research and professional development training. Participants receive a $4,000 stipend, apartment-style housing on the NC State campus, and the opportunity for post-summer travel to a scientific meeting. No previous research or extension experience is necessary, and members of demographic groups that are underrepresented in the sciences are especially encouraged to apply.

ASPIRE Program Components:

The ASPIRE Program will provide participants with diverse research, education, extension and professional development opportunities focused on sustainable agriculture and food systems. Students will work with their faculty and graduate student mentors on research for 3.5 days each week, and will meet as a group 1.5 days each week to participate in professional development training. The ASPIRE program activities are organized into five main program elements that include:

  1. Introductory tour of NC agriculture: 4-day tour across diverse agroecosystems and communities throughout NC.
  2. Faculty-mentored research training: Each student will be matched with a sustainable agriculture research project, NC State faculty research mentor, and a graduate student mentor who is conducting similar research.
  3. Extension training: All students will participate in integrated education and agricultural extension related group activities on a biweekly basis.
  4. Professional skills development and agriculture career exploration: All students will participate in a diversity of weekly professional development activities, as well as meetings with local businesses and nonprofits that support sustainable agriculture and food systems work.
  5. Research Presentation Opportunity: Students will have the additional opportunity to present their research at a national conference following the ASPIRE program to further professional network and career opportunities.]

Participants receive a $4,000 stipend, apartment-style housing on the NC State campus, and the opportunity to present their research at a scientific meeting after the program. No previous research or extension experiences necessary.

Applications are due February 21, 2020, or until all positions are filled.

Mobile Farm Truck Manager, Savannah, GA

Forsyth Farmers’ Market
Position: Farm Truck 912 Manager

The mission of the Forsyth Farmers’ Market is to promote understanding and
participation in a local food system that supports sustainable production and
increases access to local products.

Overview:
The Forsyth Farmers Market is seeking a Farm Truck Manager for our Farm Truck
912 program.  Farm Truck 912, a farmers’ market on wheels, is a project of the
Forsyth Farmers’ Market and primarily serves neighborhoods with little access
to fresh, healthy food. The Farm Truck manager will be responsible for the
operation of all mobile market sites, coordination of associates or
volunteers, procurement of stock and other duties that promote the success of
Farm Truck 912.

Responsibilities include:
• Procuring all necessary permits and licenses
• Planning, scheduling, and overseeing all Farm Truck 912 stops/events
• Ordering and maintaining all resources for Farm Truck 912
• Maintaining clean and organized food storage facilities
• Receive, store and input data into Shopkeep application for all products
• Maintain accurate records and ensure vendors are paid in a timely manner
• Driving and maintenance management of 20’ step van (stick shift)
• Coordinate with the Education and Outreach Coordinator, and Director
of Farm Truck 912 to plan and organize outreach and educational activities related to Farm Truck 912
• Research and develop educational materials related to produce and farmers
• Promote FFM’s SNAP enrollment services and EBT doubling program; refer
customers to appropriate staff for SNAP applications/renewals
• Promote Farm Truck 912 to potential customers in vicinity of truck
• Training/scheduling/managing volunteers to support Farm Truck 912 activities
• Coordinate with Americorps VISTA volunteer to manage social media/
marketing for Farm Truck 912
• Recruit for, and actively participate in Farm Truck 912 committee activities
• Other duties as assigned by Forsyth Farmers’ Market Exec. Director or Director of Community Programs

Preferred Experience:
• Experience working/organizing in a diversity of communities,
especially in low-income communities of color
• Strong understanding of food justice concepts, nuanced anti-oppression
lens, and experience in practical application of justice concepts, including
but not limited to food, economic, racial, gender, immigrant, etc.
• 2+ years experience working in retail, customer service, and/or
business management at a managerial level
• Experience working with/handling fresh produce
• Excellent organizational, writing and social skills
• Punctual and ability to work independently
• Ability to manage multiple tasks, projects and documents
• Experience working in outdoor settings in a variety of hard weather conditions
• Experience in volunteer recruitment and training
• Experience utilizing application software such as Word, Excel, Google Docs/Sheets
• Experience using social media applications, such as Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter

Requirements:
Candidate must have a clean (no more than two moving violations in the past
two years) driving record (will be checked) and current, valid Georgia
Driver’s License and must be able to drive a manual transmission (stick-
shift).  Candidate should also be comfortable with physical labor and able to
lift at least 50 pounds of weight. This a predominantly outdoors position,
which will require an ability to withstand (under safe conditions) rain,
extreme heat and cold weather. This job is 32-40 hours per week.  Candidates
must be able to work evenings and weekends.

Salary and Benefits:
• Pay starting at $16.50 per-hour
• Accrued paid time off (up to 18 days) + 12 paid holidays
• Maternity/paternity leave

For more information: https://forsythfarmersmarket.com/jobs

Apprenticeship, Staunton, VA

AMI Farm and Food Fellowship

Now in its ninth year, Allegheny Mountain Institute’s fully sponsored 18-month Fellowship prepares and empowers individuals to become teachers and ambassadors for a more vibrant and accessible local food system. Selected Fellows spend six months in immersive training on our mountain farm campus (Phase I) and one year in service work with food-related non-profit partner organizations (Phase II). AMI is an educational non-profit organization with the mission to cultivate healthy communities through food and education.

Phase 1 – Farm Study (May 11 – October 28, 2020)

  • Gain hands-on experience in sustainable fruit and vegetable production, poultry and animal husbandry, beekeeping, homesteading skills and more on our Allegheny Farm Campus in Highland County, VA.
  • Study regenerative farming, nutrition and wellness, herbalism, permaculture design, and community development through expert guest instructors, field trips, and educational sessions.
  • Explore local food system leadership opportunities through participation with school garden activities, a weekly farmers market, farm stay programming and more.
  • Experience living in a temperate deciduous forest on the Eastern Continental Divide, reside in handcrafted cabins, and share farm-fresh meals supplemented with whole food staples.
  • Phase I Fellows receive $1,000 stipend upon signature and commitment to the Phase II contract. Additional benefits include: room and board, paid time off.

Phase 2– Service Work (January 4 – December 17, 2021)

  • Apply Phase I training and work with AMI and Partner Organizations to help build healthy communities through food and education in Highland and Augusta Counties, Virginia.
  • Contribute to projects such as: growing food and increasing food access, developing local food system infrastructure, and creating and teaching site-based garden curriculum.
  • Build farming and leadership skills through monthly continuing education opportunities, field trips and workshops.
  • Grow through monthly mentorship and support by AMI staff.
  • Earn $10 per hour (less payroll taxes, paid bi-weekly). Additional benefits include: workers compensation coverage, paid time off and health leave.

Applications due February 10, 2020 at bit.ly/amifellowship2020

For more information:  www.amifellows.org.

Director of Farming, Ryder Farm, NY

PRIMARY LOCATION: Brewster, NY REPORTS TO: Executive Director

STATUS: full-time
SALARY: $46,000-$49,000 based on experience

 

Founded in 2011, SPACE on Ryder Farm has historically been a non-profit residency for artists and activists located on the grounds of a 224-year-old homestead in Brewster, NY. In 2016, SPACE expanded its mission and began providing agriculture-related administrative support to its co-tenant, Ryder Farm Cottage Industries (RFCI), who has farmed the land since 1979. In 2019, SPACE succeeded RFCI as the sole organic farming operation growing diversified vegetables, herbs and flowers.

The Director of Farming will report to the Executive Director and will join a team of seven full-time staff positions. The Director of Farming is part of the senior leadership team at SPACE, and is responsible for their area of expertise and for representing the organization as a whole and participating in organization-wide strategy. The Director of Farming will oversee the current farming operation which in 2019 covered approximately 6 acres and provided produce for:

  • A 140-member CSA;

  • Friday stand at the Union Square Greenmarket;

  • SPACE’s residency kitchen and farm-to-table events;

  • Roadside farmstand in Brewster.

The Director of Farming will act as the primary steward of the land to ensure best farm practices and a growing cycle that builds and maintains healthy soil. The Director of Farming supervises the day-to-day farm operations, including the management of the farm team. Additionally, the Director of Farming is responsible for farm administration including Organic Certification, recordkeeping and financial management. The Director of Farming will report primarily to SPACE’s Brewster, NY location, the Union Square Greenmarket on Fridays during the season and will occasionally be asked to attend events in NYC.

REQUIREMENTS 

Candidates must have 5 years experience with diversified vegetable production, and are required to have at minimum 2 years crew management and oversight of organic growing practices and certification protocols. Additionally, candidates must have 2 years experience overseeing a CSA of at least 70 customers. Applicants must have a valid driver’s license, reliable transportation and the ability to lift at least 50 lbs. The Director of Farming must have the resiliency to work outside in all conditions (heat, rain, snow, etc.) and have the necessary gear. Preference will be given to candidates who are comfortable and excited to represent SPACE in a front facing capacity. Experience with GAPS, nonprofit farming ventures and agriculture grants is a plus. Candidates that speak English and Spanish will be given preference.

MORE ABOUT THE POSITION 

SPACE on Ryder Farm is an ‘all-hands-on-deck’  grassroots organization. The Director of Farming should be dexterous, able and excited to lead in a multitude of ways. This is a full-time leadership position. The ideal candidate will have a willingness and genuine interest in engaging with SPACE’s non profit residency and their farming practices will be in line with SPACE’s overall mission and values. Health insurance stipend, paid time off, local housing support in Brewster (only if required). SPACE observes a semi-monthly payroll.

For more information: https://www.spaceonryderfarm.org/director-of-farming

Garden Manager, Sonoma County, CA

We are seeking a residential Garden Manager for our 1.5 acres of highly diverse hand-tilled organic garden which has served as an inspiration to gardeners, farmers, and landscapers for over 45-years. The Garden Manager manages and implements all aspects of our demonstration, food production and educational garden which grows food primarily for OAEC’s programs and rentals and has a close relationship with our Kitchen Manager, staff and community. The position is 36 hours per week and can start as early as mid-January 2020. While we prefer someone who wants to live on-site at OAEC, we will also consider a local applicant who lives off-site.

36 hrs per week – Residential position living at OAEC (preferred)

Application Deadline: 5:00pm, Thursday, December 12, 2019

Hire date: Mid to late January, 2020

The Occidental Arts and Ecology Center (OAEC) is an 80-acre demonstration, education, advocacy center and organic farm. OAEC’s work focuses on cultivating ecological literacy and building the capacity of civic and social movement leaders and organizations to guide their communities toward an ecologically regenerative, economically viable, and socially just future. We offer a diverse yet interrelated set of projects and partnerships to achieve our mission including modeling resiliency, training change makers, building the capacity of communities and organizations, and policy advocacy.

 

For more information: https://oaec.org/job-listings/garden-manager/?fbclid=IwAR0QvGeFjjaJoa8d0OxtC71QRuGNvy3PyI5ye9-jDDUG9lE1ukZPov9Krgo

Summer Internship, Turner Farm, ME

Turner Farm is a diversified organic seaside farm on the island of North Haven in the Penobscot Bay of Maine, twelve miles off the coast of Rockland. We grow small scale, high value, Certified Organic vegetables, herbs, and flowers, using passive solar hoop houses and heated greenhouses. We raise pigs in the woods and maintain a small herd of beef cattle and a flock of laying hens in rotation on our hilly pastures. We serve the communities of North Haven, Vinalhaven, and Rockland with fresh organic produce available at our Farm Stand, the Farmers’ Market, area grocery stores and food co-ops, and featured at several popular restaurants.

We are hiring seasonal farm crew positions for the 2020 growing season. One position will start in April and end in November, with the potential for extension beyond the main growing season. Two to three additional crew members are needed for the height of the season in June-September. Farm crew members are responsible for the day-to-day work and success of the farm. We offer a supportive and encouraging work environment, engaging crew members to view the farm on the smallest detail to the biggest picture of how it all fits together. We work efficiently on teams and independently and welcome feedback and observations as we move through the day, weeks and season. Regular responsibilities include: seeding, watering, weeding, planting, harvesting, bed preparation, sales at markets, washing and packing orders, cleaning equipment and maintaining work spaces. Much of our work is focused around our high tunnel and greenhouse production, especially tomatoes, cucumbers and greens. Livestock work includes managing pastures through moving fences and animals, providing water and feed as needed. Daily chores include opening and closing greenhouses and high tunnels, watering vegetables, checking deer fences, feeding and watering livestock, and collecting eggs. Applicants must be able to commit to the full growing season – either the full season of April – November or the short season June-September. Compensation includes $12/hr plus housing on-site, vegetables, and staff discounts on meatand farm stand products. Please let us know which season you are most interested in when applying.

Qualifications:

 

  • Previous organic vegetable production experience required. Experience with livestock preferred.

  • Demonstrated ability to maintain a positive attitude and consistent workflow in all weather conditions.

  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team. Applicants must be reliable and able to work safely and effectively with minimal supervision.

  • Applicants must be able to receive instruction both verbally and in writing, be comfortable with giving and receiving regular feedback and able to quickly adapt to changes for a variety of tasks.

  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs regularly and perform a variety of physical tasks efficiently and consistently.

  • Comfortable engaging farm guests and community members while working.

  • Previous experience living and working with others in a farm setting preferred.

  • Ability to visit the farm for a working interview preferred. Accommodations will be provided

For more information: https://www.turner-farm.com/employment