Rio Grande Farm Park Farm and Land Manager, Alamosa, CO

The Farm Manager is responsible for managing food production and the land of the Rio Grande Farm Park, a 38-acre property owned by the SLV Local Foods Coalition. Primary responsibilities are working with the commercial and family farmers, maintenance and security of the Farm Park equipment, buildings, and land projects.

Job Specifications:
.8 FTE May to October (32 hrs/week); .5 FTE November to April (20 hrs/week)
Compensation: $18 Depending on Experience
Plot for own projects (outside of work time) with fees waived
Flexibility with timesheet/accountability required; Growth Potential if funding allows
Discount at Food Hub

Duties & Responsibilities
● Assist in selection and recruitment of commercial farmers
● Supervise commercial farmers
● Assist commercial/family farmers with crop production
● Actively coordinate with family farm liaison, meet regularly during the season
● Supervising farmers’ yield accounting
● Manage and maintain farm equipment and tools
● Be regularly available for farmers during growing season
● Establish communication structure with farmers and RGFP leadership
● Complete full-site inspections at least 5 days per week
● Supervise interns or volunteers if needed
● Conduct education and assist with farmer cooperative
● Assist with and work within the RGFP budget
● Assist with year-round, profitable food production including greenhouse
● Supervise weed control

Education and Experience
● Experience with organic production and/or regenerative/sustainable farming practices
● Good team player, good people person with welcoming personality
● Ability to communicate with and respond to the needs of multiple stakeholders
● Passionate about work and willing to get dirty; likes their hands in the soil
● Accountable to farmers, leadership and community at large
● Understands building soil health, preparing the land, and composting
● Spanish speaker preferred
● Tractor and other farm equipment experience
● Experience with drip irrigation systems preferred
● Ability to lift loads weighing up to 60 lbs. and extensive periods of standing or
● Ability to be on call and flexible with schedule- early mornings, evenings, or weekends

For more information: https://www.slvlocalfoods.org/pdf/RGFP-FarmManagerPosition2020.pdf

Agricultural Marketing Specialist (Organic Auditor) USDA, Various Locations

Open & closing dates: 02/12/2020 to 02/18/2020

Salary: $66,167 to $86,021 per year

Summary
Incumbents serve as Auditors for the Agricultural Marketing Service’s (AMS) National Organic Program’s (NOP) Accreditation Division. Incumbents may be based anywhere in the U.S. The NOP may select multiple candidates for this position.

Responsibilities
The duties described are for the full-performance level. At developmental grade levels, assignments will be of more limited scope, performed with less independence and limited complexity. The duties may include, but are not limited to: Conduct regulatory compliance audits of certifying agents, foreign government conformity assessment systems, and foreign government accreditation bodies, to determine compliance with USDA organic regulations and applicable international standards. Interpret complex management system documentation as it relates to USDA organic regulations and applicable international standards Assist in the development or revision of assessment procedures for accredited certifying agents and foreign government conformity assessment systems. Maintain current knowledge of organic and conventional agricultural production, handling and marketing practices, relevant international standards and applicable regulatory requirements.

Qualifications
Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement, including specialized experience and/or education, as defined below.

FOR THE GS-12 LEVEL: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-11 level) that may have been obtained in the private or public (local, county, state, Federal) sectors which demonstrates:

Auditing, assessing, and evaluating organic agricultural programs or organizations for compliance with USDA regulations and policies.
Applying the USDA National Organic Program regulations
Experience with certified organic crop production, wild crop harvesting, livestock production, or food processing; or experience participating in the certification process of such operations.
Using electronic management systems to track, manage, and report workflow, activities, and performance measures.

Note: There is no education substitution for this grade level.

For more information: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/559041400

Garden Educator, Center for Urban Agriculture and Gardening Education, DC

Salary Range: $60,542 – $67,505

Closing Date: Open Until Filled

Location: 4200 Connecticut Avenue NW Washington, DC 20008

Brief Description of Duties
The Project Associate reports to the Assistant Farm Manager of the Center for Urban Agriculture and Gardening Education (CUAGE) of the College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences (CAUSES) of the University of the District of Columbia (UDC), and is an integral part of the visionary team of Land-grant professionals dedicated to improving quality of life and economic opportunity through urban agriculture and gardening. Consistent with the Land-grant mission of CAUSES, the Project Associate has two primary responsibilities: project implementation and community outreach and education. This includes coordinating outreach in two Wards of the District of Columbia; assessing community needs related to urban food production, food preparation and value addition, food distribution, and waste and water management; developing, implementing and assessing educational programs in urban agriculture and gardening education to address identified needs; and collaborating with community partners, including District and Federal agencies, schools, non-profit and private sector organizations to achieve identified goals and objectives.

Minimum Job Requirements
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in agriculture, horticulture, landscape architecture, botany or related field relevant to gardening and agriculture, Master’s preferred.
A minimum of three years of experience in increasingly responsible community education positions, a strong work ethic and love of sustainable agriculture.

For more information: https://udc.applicantstack.com/x/detail/a2hbyxhinlpm/aahj

Children’s Garden Program Coordinator, UGA Botanical Garden, Athens GA

Benefits Eligibility Benefits Eligible
Full/Part time Full Time

Standard – Tuesday – Saturday 8am – 5pm
Some additional evening and weekend times as needed.
Advertised Salary: $28,000-$32,000
Posting Date: 01/30/2020
Proposed Starting Date: 02/24/2020
Special Instructions to Applicants

Position Summary
This position is responsible for managing and overseeing programmatic and horticultural activities in the Alice H. Richards Children’s Garden. Duties include assisting the State Botanical Garden’s education department with horticultural education and programming for the garden, including summer camps, field trips and learning by leading. Participates in mentoring and training student interns. Opens the Children’s Garden each morning and sets up any temporary displays and items needed for permanent exhibits.

This position also performs all duties associated with design, maintenance and care of the outdoor displays and collections of the Alice H. Richards Children’s Garden. Duties are directly related to the design, installation and care of the collections, woody and herbaceous plant material and annual display crops. Seasonal designs, plant selection, ordering (as needed), and careful attention to accession record keeping and plant labeling are critical components of this position.

Qualifications
Requires technical knowledge in the field acquired through an apprenticeship, a 2-year degree, or professional certificate. Please contact your Human Resources office for an evaluation of education/experience in lieu of the required minimum qualifications.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies
• Experience working in a learning environment, especially with children.
• Enjoy and feel comfortable interacting and working in close proximity to general public, in a safe and friendly manner, answering questions regarding horticulture collection.
• Hands-on, relevant horticulture work experience
• Strong knowledge of plant materials and landscape maintenance techniques; proficient in operating various landscaping tools and equipment.
• Strong knowledge of integrated pest management (IPM), disease and insect control.
• Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively at all levels.
• Proven ability to perform simple tasks independently after being given assignments.
• Adherence to all health and safety guidelines.
• Demonstrates highest level of professional and ethical conduct.

For more information: https://www.ugajobsearch.com/postings/140969

Farm Manager, Saltcather Farm, SC

The Farm Manager at Saltcatcher Farms has the opportunity to play an active and integral role in the planning and development of a unique and pioneering project and program working with a broad range of organizations and individuals in rural South Carolina. In the first year, the Farm Manager position will be focused on reaching the infrastructure and programmatic goals as well as managing the daily operations for Saltcatcher Farms at the current location.

The position includes all aspects of daily operations of the 5-acre site including the planning, planting, maintenance, harvesting, distribution, and oversight of the garden as well as those staff and contractors working on-site. In the future, the position will include in-ground production management at the alternate location. As a farm grounded in sustainability, the operation needs to include an understanding of the environmental, social, and economic aspects of the farm operation including utilizing organic practices (non-certified), empowering community members through education, and acting as a catalyst for social entrepreneurship by engaging in and promoting revenue generating activities on the farm. This includes annual vegetable and perennial production, laying hens, and management of revenue generating distribution activities (FoodShare, raised bed kits, etc). This position requires commitment to and skill with working collaboratively with people from many backgrounds and creativity in managing the unique challenges of a teaching farm growing above ground. The Farm Manager will coordinate the Growing Green Jobs farm activities, ensure produce delivery to FoodShare and other customers, and work with the Community Engagement Manager and organizational partners to ensure a strong connection to the community (including working with volunteers). The Farm Manager will be responsible for continuing to build healthy soil for production – serving as the steward for an environmentally, economically and socially viable farm. This position will report to the Executive Director, work collaboratively with the Community Engagement Manager, and supervise the activities of maintenance staff and interns.

Compensation
This is a full-time, exempt employee position at 40 hours/week. This position requires some evenings and weekend work, as well as a heavier workload during the season over the off-season. Adjustments to hours worked and a flexible work schedule are available. The hourly rate range is $20 – $22/ hour, depending on qualifications and experience. Saltcatcher Farms provides a generous benefits package including employer paid group health insurance, 401k match, paid sick and vacation time and holidays in accordance with the Southeastern Housing and Community Development Handbook.

Qualifications
3+ years vegetable farm management using sustainable agriculture practices
Experience in crop-planning, post harvest handling, and distribution specific to direct market outlets
Experience working with and building relationships with a wide range of diverse or underrepresented groups and individuals
Knowledge and interest in the unique and complex aspects of growing above ground
Experience operating and maintaining tools and farm equipment

Preferred additional qualifications
Interest and commitment to establish and maintain relationships with all staff, representatives of local and state agencies, other community organizations and individual community members
Working knowledge of organic farming standards and techniques
Experience in permanent raised-bed production
Experience in working with accounting staff to manage an operating budget
Experience in high tunnel production
Interest and experience living and working in a rural community
Training in food safety principles and practices
Basic carpentry and mechanical skills
Ability to manage assets resourcefully – equipment, labor etc.

To apply, send your resume and cover letter to rthomas@scrha3.org with “Saltcatcher Farm Manager” in the subject line. Applications are currently being accepted and the position is open until filled. Position posted 2/6/2020.

Food Hub Manager, Food Innovation Center,

Full Time
Pay Rate: $55,490 per year minimum
Department: Food Safety

Job Summary
Would you like to be part of the exciting and innovative Bronson Healthy Living Campus? Do you have a deep commitment to the local food system and experience managing a business or community program? If so, then Kalamazoo Valley Community College may have the perfect full-time opportunity for you!

KVCC is currently seeking a Food Hub Manager for ValleyHUB, the social enterprise food hub operating within the Food Innovation Center at the Kalamazoo Valley Bronson Healthy Living Campus. The successful candidate will manage the operations of the food hub, which actively manages the aggregation, distribution, light processing, and marketing of source-identified food products from local producers to satisfy institutional demand in Kalamazoo and greater Southwest Michigan. More information about ValleyHUB kvcc.edu/valleyhub.

Responsibilities of the Food Hub Manager
1) Managing food safety licensing, including overseeing food safety team, managing recall activities/preparedness, preparing for facility inspections, and maintaining/updating food safety manual. Ensure supplier farm compliance with ValleyHUB food safety standards.
2) Managing financial operations of ValleyHUB, including overseeing or coordinating with support staff who process payables/receivables, tracking budget and revenues, and maintaining customer/supplier records.
3) Working with Production Manager and customers to determine production quantities and timing, and coordinate distribution of produce grown on site at ValleyHUB urban farm.
4) Assisting with courses for culinary arts and other students in basic food processing, handling, and distribution.
5) Collaborating with KVCC staff and community partners in developing and implementing programming, including but not limited to: Community Outreach staff, local healthcare partners, Kalamazoo Valley Museum.

Minimum Qualifications
Appropriate education, training, experience and talents are requirements. An example of this would be a bachelors degree in business management, urban planning, organizational studies, food science, agriculture or a related field and a minimum of three years of experience in a coordinating or management role in a business or community based program, preferably in the food industry/system.

Candidate must bring a solid base of knowledge in agriculture and farm operations, food processing and kitchen operations, food safety, and sustainability in local food systems. Previous experience managing budgets and supervising personnel is essential, as is familiarity with Microsoft Excel and competency with web-based platforms for managing business functions (eg Local Line, Trello, Google Drive).

Work Hours: Core business hours 8 am – 5 pm
Posting Date 02/06/2020
Closing Date: 02/19/2020

For more information: https://jobs.kvcc.edu/postings/3377

Youth Farm Education Coordinator, Salem, OR

Marion Polk Food Share is the regional food bank leading the fight to end hunger in Marion and Polk Counties.  Support from our local community makes it possible for the Food Share to collect and distribute nutritious food for children, adults and seniors through more than 100 partner programs, including food pantries, meal sites and home-delivered meals and to carry out programs to address the root causes of hunger.

Statement of Purpose: To engage young people in increasing community food security through sustainable, urban vegetable farming and community-based produce distribution.

Summary of Role: The Youth Farm Coordinator is responsible for coordinating logistics and content delivery for both the Farm Crew and Farm Share Rx programs. This position increases the Youth Farm’s community impact by providing engaging volunteer opportunities, by organizing educational activities that inspire and empower youth, and by fostering a welcoming atmosphere wherein all members of the community participate in growing and enjoying farm fresh produce.

Education and/or Experience; Certificates/Licenses/Registrations:

  • Bachelor’s degree OR two years of experience in a related field.
  • Experience working with youth in farm/garden or environmental education.
  • Gardening skills required; experience working in a farm setting preferred.
  • Intermediate Spanish skills (written and verbal) preferred.

Pay: $16.08-$18.89 per hour, 32 hours per week

For more information: https://www.marionpolkfoodshare.org/about/careers/