Student Worker for Biodynamic Research at UGA

Student workers needed for organic research projects Work will include a mixture of field, greenhouse, and lab duties. Must be able to work outdoors in all conditions as needed. Looking for reliable students with a positive attitude and interest in applied organic research. ~ 10 to 20 hrs./week @$10/hr. Contact Dr. Elizabeth Little in the Department of Plant Pathology elittle@uga.edu

Asst. Farm Manager, Sterling Colleg

COMPANY DESCRIPTION
Founded in 1958 in Craftsbury Common, Vermont, Sterling College is the leading voice in higher education for environmental stewardship. The College was among the first colleges in the United States to focus on sustainability through academic majors in Ecology, Environmental Humanities, Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems, and Outdoor Education. Sterling College is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and is one of only eight federally recognized Work Colleges in the nation.

JOB DESCRIPTION

An integral part of the Sterling College community, the Sterling Farm serves a threefold purpose:

  • To demonstrate a range of techniques used in sustainable, agroecological production systems;
  • To foster a working laboratory for academic inquiry; and
  • To provide nourishing food for its campus community.

The daily management of the farm is shared among the Farm Manager, and two Assistants, and a team of student employees. Each of the Assistant Managers carry responsibilities according to their own skill-set, and work collaboratively under the supervision of the Sterling Farm Manager, with the support of the Sterling College Sustainable Agriculture Instructional Team.

We are currently seeking an Assistant Manager to take primary responsibility for livestock production. This is a full-time, 40 hr/wk, salaried position. Though work hours will primarily be completed Mon-Fri, weekend work will be required on a rotating basis. This Assistant Farm Manager position includes housing.

Duties and Expectations:

With training and mentoring from the Farm Manager, the Assistant Farm Manager is responsible for the following:

  • Work with a team of student employees. She or he is responsible for supervising work crews and creating an educationally stimulating work setting, to facilitate completion of all farm management tasks.
  • Coordinate with the faculty and staff to ensure the Sterling curriculum, and kitchen are well supported throughout the seasons. The Assistant Manager interacts with classes, helps supervise land management by students involved in independent studies, and ensures availability of land resources for research and other academic uses.
  • Help manage production, coordinate harvests, manage infrastructure, maintain the farm landscape in an organized and aesthetically pleasing manner, and work directly with the Sterling kitchen to facilitate order placement and fulfillment.
  • Act as the voice of the Sterling Farm, through community announcements and awarenesses, periodic on-farm events, and presentations to prospective students, community members and other visitors to the College. This requires public speaking, informal presentations, garden tours, and attendance at agricultural events, both on- and off-campus.
  • Develop management protocols and keep records to track production and profitability.
  • Collaborate with the Farm Manager and other Assistant Manager in all areas of the farm as the need arises.

Qualifications:

Applicants should have 1-2 seasons of experience farming in a production or educational setting; teaching experience, preferably in a small-scale farm environment; a demonstrated ability to work independently and as a part of a team. Management experience on a diverse farm or a similar system is preferred, and the completion a B.A. or B.S. program in an appropriate field by the start date of the hire is required.

Compensation:

The Sterling Sustainable Agriculture Assistant Manager position is a 12-month renewable position that includes a salary of $15,750; on-campus housing & meals; a professional development stipend of $300 to be used on your choice of workshops, conferences, or classes; and eligibility to enroll in Sterling College full-time employee benefits. There are two Assistant Manager positions and at least one of the two positions is required to live on campus. Being an integral part of the campus community is a key aspect of this position, therefore it is expected that you will maintain exemplary personal and professional boundaries.
The position’s start date is October 1st and the College will begin to review applications immediately. Applicants should include a résumé, a cover letter describing your interest in the position and three references sent to Gwyneth Harris, Sterling College Farm Manager, atgharris@sterlingcollege.edu.

Manager, The Kenyon Farm

Reporting to the Director of Green Initiatives and serving in a full-time capacity, the Kenyon Farm Manager is the chief administrator of the Kenyon Farm overseeing the student farmers and supporting the KF mission:

The Kenyon Farm is a student-centered program focusing on experiential learning, sustainable food systems and food production. Our mission is to engage the Kenyon community in a small-scale farming operation in the context of a liberal arts education and to support the academic values of Kenyon College.

The Farm Manager, working with the student farmers, is responsible for developing the KF’s role as an educational resource and providing the Kenyon community with opportunities to engage with the study and research of food, agriculture and the environment through academic inquiry and extracurricular activities. The Manager may contribute to courses related to sustainable agriculture and support faculty who integrate the KF into their courses. The Manager is also responsible for increasing access to local, sustainably-raised food to campus and the broader community.

Responsibilities:

Academic Integration and Student Engagement

Collaborate with the Director of Green Initiatives and the faculty to promote and guide experiential learning with the KF acting as a living laboratory for coursework. Integrate the KF across disciplines to support a discourse on food and agriculture and how they relate to environment, culture, economies, ethics, and public health. Support academic research projects in partnership with students and faculty.

Develop extracurricular programming for students to introduce them to the KF including volunteer workdays, community events, speakers, pre-orientation, etc.

Farm Operations

Manage daily operations of the KF based on a plan created in collaboration with student farmers, interested faculty and the college Food Service Provider (AVI). Supervise student farmers in plan implementation including but not limited to crop planting and harvesting, soil management, and animal management.

Organize the harvest, preparation and delivery of farm products to customers including AVI.

Maintain detailed tracking of all aspects of farming operation including crop and animal selection, planting maps, and revenues.

Maintain a record of valuable information and “lessons learned” from farming operations.

Employee Management

Manage two to six student farmer employees who live at the farmhouse including hiring, orientation and training, supervision and evaluation.

Manage summer interns including hiring, supervision and evaluation.

Collaborate with local farmers and facilitate their engagement with students and faculty.

Strategy and Administration

Assume primary accountability for leadership and direction of the KF in developing project goals and strategy with attention to curricular engagement, expansion of farm production and public educational programming.

Engage and update key constituencies on operations at the KF. Foster, promote and strengthen interactions among various departments and introduce new employees to the KF.

Collaborate with Office of Communications on marketing the KF and on online resources such as website and social media.

Maintain knowledge of leading sustainable food programs in higher education and best practices at campus farms to guide the direction of KF development and to enhance opportunities for academic inquiry. Collaborate with Director of Green Initiatives to promote those opportunities.

Develop annual budget and maintain detailed accounting of expenditures and revenues for the farm.

Collaborate with Office of Development on funding support.

Property Care

Collaborate with Office of Residential Life and Maintenance Department on care of farmhouse and property.

Minimum Qualifications

Academic background with coursework related to agriculture or food systems.

2+ years experience growing produce and raising livestock with sustainable practices.

2+ years experience in project management.

Proven ability to multi task, consistently meet or exceed deadlines and goals, and work effectively with diverse groups and individuals.

Must be self-directed, organized, attentive to detail and enthusiastic about sustainable agriculture.

Kenyon College is a nationally prominent, private liberal arts college where academic excellence goes hand in hand with a strong sense of community and close relationships among students and professors.

Compensation and Benefits

Salaries at Kenyon are competitive and commensurate with experience. In addition to an attractive salary, Kenyon offers benefits for employees and their family members. Children of employees are eligible for 100% tuition waivers at Kenyon, and through the Great Lakes Colleges Association, children of employees are eligible for 85% tuition waivers at fifteen other of the nation’s finest liberal arts colleges.

We also offer health and dental insurance, TIAA/CREF retirement, and many other benefits, including provisions for a spouse, families, and domestic partners. Details about benefits as well as conditions of employment are described more fully in our Administration and Staff Handbook.

For more information: http://careers.kenyon.edu/cw/en-us/job/492388/manager-the-kenyon-farm

 

Univ. Michigan Sustainable Food Program Specialist(s)- Two Jobs

Job Description
The University of Michigan is growing its efforts in sustainable food systems education! Two full-time positions are available to support this work, including the new Campus Farm Manager and the University of Michigan Sustainable Food Program (UMSFP) Specialist. The Campus Farm Manager position, based in Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum, will steward the growth and operations of the Campus Farm with an emphasis on student leadership and formal and informal learning opportunities. The UMSFP Specialist, based in Student Life, will further the UMSFP mission to foster collaborative leadership that empowers students to create a sustainable food system at the University of Michigan while becoming change agents for a vibrant planet. These positions will work closely together. L

Job Summary
The University of Michigan Sustainable Food Program (UMSFP) is a student-driven initiative formed in 2012 that focuses on promoting education, building community, and producing sustainable food. Its mission is to foster collaborative leadership that empowers students to create a sustainable food system at the University of Michigan while becoming change agents for a vibrant planet. UMSFP builds on a long history of interest in and work on food sustainability issues on campus. Faculty members and student groups were working on food issues for nearly a decade before the foundation of UMSFP. This program, however, fills various needs that existed in 2011 and continue today, including a need for central organization for this work and the lack of a campus farm to serve as a space for experiential education, hands-on community building experiences, and on-campus food production. UMSFP is spearheaded by a student Leadership Team, with guidance from an Advisory Board, but the core work of UMSFP is carried out by its 12 student organization Member Groups which carry out their individual missions within the broader mission of the program. Students have laid the groundwork for growth of this program, with an operating manual, business plan, and standard operating procedures, and have developed a network of stakeholders across campus and the community. The Program Manager joined the UMSFP team in 2014 to support student initiatives and serve as a stable point of contact within that stakeholder network.

The Program Specialist supports the student-driven nature of this program by directing the administration and management of student development, programming, and budgetary aspects of UMSFP. This includes, but is not limited to, working closely with UMSFP student Leadership Team to coordinate programming; mentoring student leaders in navigating the university and creating lasting change; overseeing the trajectory of UMSFP and the Campus Farm; operating the program budget in partnership with student leaders; working with student leaders to document procedures for creating and maintaining on-campus gardens; serving as point of contact for key university departments such as Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum (MBGNA), Graham Sustainability Institute, Occupational Safety and Environmental Health (OSEH), Office of Campus Sustainability (OCS), and various academic departments, and acting as liaison between student leaders and campus and off-campus entities.

Duties & Responsibilities
Student Supervision and Mentorship (25%)
• Provide support and guide the UMSFP student Leadership Team, Campus Farm interns, and Member Group Council by facilitating efficient communication and acting as a point of contact within the Ann Arbor area community and serving as an expert in navigating within the University
Campus and Community Relations (25%)
• Promote a positive relationship with all internal and external stakeholders, especially students
Champion efforts for diversity, equity and inclusion within UMSFP and the campus community
• Meet regularly with U-M stakeholders to cultivate relationships and strategically guide the growth of the program
• Serve as a constant contact point at U-M for both external groups (unaffiliated with U-M) and internally (OSEH, Student Life, MBGNA, Graham Institute, OCS, faculty, staff, students and others) to facilitate communication between the annual Leadership Team, Member Groups, the University, and community partners
• Join students in representing UMSFP at pertinent events to create visibility and cultivate community and University relationships (on and off campus fairs like Earth Fest, Festifall, Local Food Summit, Harvest Festival, etc.)

Campus Farm Operations (15%)
• Collaborate with Campus Farm Manager to connect the Campus Farm with student groups, activities, events, and projects
• Partner with Campus Farm Manager to orient summer interns and work-study students with Campus Farm and Cultivating Community
• Collaborate with Campus Farm staff and students to compile and streamline the use of summer volunteering lists
• Create a bridge between Michigan Dining and Campus Farm in providing high quality produce to food service outlets across campus such as U-go’s and Fields Café
• Partner with Campus Farm students and staff to establish practices and messaging regarding a high standard of safety and quality with food production, harvesting, processing, and distribution
Programming (20%)
• Provide logistical support for student-driven programming that integrates a diversity of interests around campus (e.g., UMSFP Harvest Festival and other educational events)
• Coordinate with Leadership Team and Campus Farm staff if necessary in developing program ideas originating from outside UMSFP (e.g. Telluride summer course visits to Campus Farm, CSP Summer Bridge Scholars Program, General Electric leadership development day, Local Food Summit)
• Assist student farm staff and UMSFP Leadership Team, with guidance from MBGNA and UMSFP Advisory Board, in meeting goals of UMSFP Business Plan and adjust goals accordingly
• Support students in developing inclusive programming

Development (5%)
• Serve as the PIC for student-driven fundraising activities
• Help identify and secure U-M and other sources of funds that are inaccessible to students acting alone (e.g., Transforming Learning for a Third Century funds)
• Work closely with fundraising staff in Student Life, the Graham Institute, and Matthaei Botanical Gardens to identify and apply for pertinent funding opportunities to support staff, including student interns, and projects
• Budgeting (5%)
• Manage the program budget in consultation with the Leadership Team and MBGNA
• Provide the necessary credentials to authorize spending for UMSFP and the Campus Farm

Strategic Planning and Visioning (5%)
• Steward a long-term vision for the program based upon experience with the Leadership Team and Member Group Council each year

Education and Experience
Demonstrated ability to work in a collaborative and professional manner
Ability to work in a matrix organization with multiple lines of accountability
Experience organizing people to consensus
Experience in leadership development and mentoring of others
Strong work ethic and positive attitude
Willingness to work a flexible schedule with seasonality of workload demands
Strong written and verbal communication skills
Bachelor’s Degree with 1-2 years relevant experience
Energy, passion, and patience to support and grow the sustainable food community on campus
Desired Qualifications*
Experience working in a university setting as staff or student organizer
Experience with small-scale farming, ideally with working knowledge of permaculture or strong willingness to learn
Experience working with multiple stakeholders including, faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community partners
Experience managing budgets
Experience in grant writing or business development
Degree in education, leadership, environmental science, and/or sustainable agriculture
Master’s Degree or comparable experience

Learn more about these positions by going to the UM Jobs Career website at http://umjobs.org/. Search for the UM Sustainable Food Program Specialist job by job opening ID – 128551. Search for the Campus Farm Manager by job opening ID – 128358.

Organic Farm Manger – Free Housing

About Us: Pineywoods Farm is a certified organic farm located near Lagrange, Georgia. The farm is comprised of eight productive acres including a 3/4 of an acre in high tunnel production. We have finished our initial plantings and since spring we have harvested close to six tons of produce from our high tunnels.
The farm seeks to create a model of sustainable agriculture to be replicated around the south. We will create closed loop systems and focus on ecologically sound and financially sustainable production. You can learn more by visiting our website: http://www.pineywoodsfarming.com

JOB DESCRIPTION
Pineywoods Farm is seeking a creative, industrious, and productive Farm Manager to oversee and operate organic vegetable production on the farm. We are looking for someone who works hard, who is able to manage others, and who will work with outside staff to create a professional, integrated farm business. The manager will be expected to actively participate in all of the day-to-day work with employees in addition to applicable office work. An experienced organic farmer is available to support operations for the first year. This is an opportunity for a candidate with a significant amount of experience to grow and excel in organic agriculture. This is not an easy job, but the tools are in place for the passionate and practiced candidate to succeed.

Responsibilities:
Prepare, oversee, and manage marketing efforts including wholesale and local direct sales.
Operate farm plans within established budgets.
Plan, manage, and execute planting, cultivation, irrigation, harvesting, and cultural management of all crops.
Oversee disease and pest management.
Purchase farm supplies and seeds.
Maintain detailed farm records.
Maintain a clean, safe, and organized work environment.
Recruit, and manage seasonal and permanent employees.
Train staff in the safe use of equipment and tools.
Work effectively and cooperatively with the Pineywoods team to maintain set standards.

Experience Required:
3 to 5 years of organic fruit and vegetable production.
Understanding of agricultural management principles such as: whole farm planning, crop rotations, integrated pest management, cultural management of perennial crops and tree fruit, cover cropping, soil and plant sciences,
Experience running and maintaining farm vehicles, equipment, hoophouses and greenhouses.
Experience in business management.
Experience in crop planning and budgeting.
Abilities & Skills:

A positive upbeat attitude and willingness to be flexible with a commitment to achieving long-term goals and visions.
Able to multi-task is a must. The farm is comprised of several separate fields that all have to be managed effectively
Able to work with a sense of urgency.
Creative and high-energy.
Ability to communicate cordially, professionally and effectively with employees and customers.
Must be able to manage people effectively.
Must be self-motivated and able to take responsibility for all farm activities.

Compensation:
Salary starts at $35,000 or willing to discuss alternatives forms of compensation such as profit sharing and targeted bonuses. Fully renovated housing is provided at no charge please see website for pictures. http://www.pineywoodsfarming.com

Job Type: Full-time

Required experience: Farming: 3 years

For more information: http://www.pineywoodsfarming.com/

Sustainability Program Coordinator

Program Coordinator at Georgia Southern to assist with the development, planning, communication, implementation, and assessment of sustainability programming for Georgia Southern University. The Program Coordinator will work with the Director to oversee the operations of existing programs including Tailgate Recycling; RecycleMania; Environmental Community Cinema; Sustainability Seminar Series; No Impact Week; GreenFest; Campus Community Garden and Food Waste Composting; Residence Hall Recycling Incentive Programs; assist with the coordination of the Afterschool Garden Program; and develop new programs as needed to further sustainability education and engagement.

Essential Job Functions
• Supervise undergraduate interns and coordinate volunteers to carry out the programs to educate and engage the campus community.
• Provide presentations and training to different groups and departments on campus.
• Create and maintain events spreadsheets, program and events production timelines and event checklists for the Center for Sustainability’s events.
• Develop educational campaigns to support behavior change in students, staff and faculty to conserve energy and water and reduce waste; determine the strategies and campaigns that are the most effective use of time and resources
• Assists the Director with the marketing and communication associated with Center for Sustainability’s activities.
• Assist in the preparation of grant proposals, research materials, outreach publications, and educational “packets” that accompany sustainability projects.
• Develop mutually beneficial external partnerships and serves as liaison to support broader goals for sustainable systems, such as recycling, transportation, food, restoration and energy
• Organize and maintain records of programs, volunteers, etc.
• Assist with assessment of each program as related to the Center for Sustainability’s goals

Required: Master’s Degree by September 1, 2016 in Environmental Science, Public Administration, Sustainability, or related field.

Salary: Minimum $31,879 – Midpoint $39,827

For more information: http://employment.georgiasouthern.edu:80/postings/27381

Community Garden Manager

Community Garden Manager- New Haven Land Trust

The New Haven Land Trust engages people in stewardship and cultivation of the land for a healthier community and environment.

The Land Trust is a small non-profit the maintains six nature preserves totaling close to 80 acres, manages over 50 community gardens across the city of New Haven, and offers educational programs about the environment, land, and nature. We harness the strengths of community members, volunteers, employees and our other organizational partnerships in a positive, yet dedicated way. If you are someone who puts all your energy and passion into the projects you implement, takes ownership over the organization’s mission and ongoing projects, and who enjoys working collaboratively with a diverse group of individuals, then you will fit in at the Land Trust.

Position
The New Haven Land Trust seeks a Community Garden Manager to manage the Land Trust’s Community Garden Program. We are seeking an individual with strong interpersonal skills, organizational skills, knowledge of gardening and a passion for community and environment, who can both handle the logistical challenges of managing the fifty community gardens operated by the Land Trust and maintain positive relationships with community members from all around New Haven.

Work Commitment
The Garden Manager will work 40 hours per week and will report directly to the Executive Director.

Compensation: $40,000/year with benefits.

Primary Responsibilities
Outreach and communications: Serve as the primary contact for all garden-related matters and assist with the Land Trust’s outreach to increase the level of active participation in our gardens and provide support for existing and new gardens. In some cases, leading information sessions at neighborhood meetings or local events will be required of the job. In addition to communication with the public, the Garden Manager will be required to collaborate with partner organizations in New Haven.

Garden logistics and budget: Handle all garden-related logistics including facilitating infrastructure improvements, soil deliveries, water access issues, vendor relationships, garden budgeting and purchasing. This includes both handling the ongoing demands and needs of the gardens, and forecasting future requirements and visioning of how to improve the delivery of gardening support services in the future.

Education: Serve as an educational resource for gardeners in one-on-one and group settings by providing expertise and support.

Garden volunteer coordinator: Manage volunteer days in gardens and the logistics leading up to these days.

Liaison and representative: Assist with coordination, attend and in some cases lead various stakeholder meetings such as our monthly Garden Coordinator meeting and Food Policy Council meetings related to urban gardening.

Data management: Manage all data relevant to the Land Trust gardens including gardener contact information, garden infrastructure needs, gardener surveys, soil delivery and other shipments to gardens, soil quality and testing in gardens and grant-related accounting.

Grant writing and reporting: Assist office staff with grant writing and reporting related to the Community Garden Program.
Responsibilities will vary with specific tasks assigned as needed and to address the changing needs of the organization.

Ideal Skills and Qualities

The Garden Manager must demonstrate the following skills, experience, and expertise:
Strong organizational and skills: Candidates must be highly reliable with a keen sense of responsibility. They must bring a can-do attitude to their work, with a creative approach to solving problems. They must have an ability to manage a large amount of information required of an organization handling the needs of 50 different community gardens. This includes an ability to multi-task and work well under pressure.
Strong communication and interpersonal skills: This includes oral and writing skills and an ability to relate to and communicate effectively with people of diverse backgrounds and styles. Experience running meetings, giving presentations and resolving conflict is desired. Spanish speaking ability is a plus.

Expertise in gardening: Demonstrated experience and strong knowledge of gardening. Ideal candidates will have experience in various farm and garden settings including experience teaching others about agriculture. Master Gardener is a plus.

Excellent project management skills: Proven track record in setting project objectives and timelines and managing tasks against a project plan. Ability to manage multiple project components and make adjustments in response to changing conditions.

Knowledge of New Haven: Knowledge of New Haven’s diverse neighborhoods and in particular New Haven’s food system and environmental arena is highly desired
Passion for environmental and food system issues is required.

Please send cover letter and resume by July 1, 2016 to lauren.bisio@newhavenlandtrust.org. Please include “Garden Manager” in the subject line.