ESTATE GARDEN TECHNICIAN, Mills River, NC

ESTATE GARDEN TECHNICIAN
Location: Mills River, NC
Employment Type: Full-time

The Estate Garden Technician is responsible for operating our organic garden that provides produce for the Taproom Restaurant, the Pilot Brewery and other specialty events at our Mills River Brewery. It is key that this person communicates at a high level, is a team player and is passionate about growing produce and working with a sustainably minded and innovative company. The Estate Garden Technician coordinates with the Taproom Garden Supervisor and Executive Chef on the vegetable, fruit, herb and flower needs of the Brewery and works closely with other Natural Resources department staff to ensure the successful operation and production of the garden.

DUTIES

Work closely with the Taproom Garden Supervisor to determine seeding, transplanting, propagation, pest control, harvest, and prep for consistent, quality produce and egg delivery to kitchen
Collaborate and work as a teammate with kitchen management in a dynamic working environment with many menu changes and special event needs
Grow, clean and deliver needed produce to supply Taproom and Pilot Brewer
Maintain garden area aesthetics with help of Interns, temporary employees and Natural Resources staff
Operate various types of equipment and hand tools to perform the listed fieldwork and associated work involved in operating the garden
Collaborate with the Taproom Garden Supervisor, Executive Chef and brewers to plan the garden rotation to meet Taproom/brewery needs
Assist Natural Resources Team members when needed in other areas of the brewery grounds
QUALIFICATIONS

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education & Experience

Experience in hands-on, outdoor work that is associated with vegetable, herb, and fruit production is required. The ideal candidate will have thorough knowledge and experience of all organic vegetable, fruit and herb production methods including propagation, planting, harvest, seasonal varieties, pest control, plant health and nutrition, growth habits, irrigation, and greenhouse operations. This would include minor maintenance and repairs of equipment and infrastructure related to gardens and greenhouses.
A degree, Associates or Bachelors, in Agriculture, Horticulture, or a closely related field is preferred
At least three years’ experience in agriculture, horticulture or organic vegetable production on a small-scale farm is preferred – sorry, home gardening experience will not suffice
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Ability to work independently and effective communication skills are essential to success in this position
Ability to take lead position in working with coworkers, interns, and temporary employees in the vegetable garden
A strong ability to communicate, verbally and written, with immediate team members and other departments
Ability to work alone or with crewmembers with minimal supervision
Knowledge of organic input use as related to garden
Ability to operate power tools, tractors, and implements with minimal supervision and in a safe manner
Ability to keep equipment cleaned after use
Knowledge of irrigation timers/systems and the ability to make adjustments, changes and to make repairs to the irrigation systems
Travel

Occasional travel required, primarily to acquire garden related materials, maintain farmer relationships, and attend appropriate conferences for personal development

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee will be exposed to adverse weather conditions and occasionally work near moving mechanical parts. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet, but may occasionally be moderate or require hearing protection.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The employee must be able to lift up to 50 pounds without assistance, and maneuver 100 pounds safely and with proper body mechanics. While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to stand and walk; climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. Occasional computer and documentation work will require the employee to sit for temporary periods. The employee is frequently required to reach with hands and arms and talk or hear.

Additional REQUIREMENTS to consider before applying

You must have a positive attitude and the ability to work closely with other team members
You must be able to work outside, in all weather conditions, and be willing to get dirty
A pattern of regular, prompt, dependable attendance as well as a consistently positive attitude and the ability to be flexible as the workload shifts is essential to this critical support position
Must have a valid Driver’s License with a driving record free of any major violations in the last five years
The selected candidate will be required to pass a post-offer, pre-employment background check.
You must be at least 21 years of age to work for Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
**Applications will be accepted until Midnight Pacific time on Monday, January 29, 2018**

For more information: https://chk.tbe.taleo.net/chk06/ats/careers/requisition.jsp?org=SIERRANEVADABREWINGCO&cws=1&rid=1795

 

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HOP YARD TECHNICIAN, Chico, CA

HOP YARD TECHNICIAN
Location: Chico, CA
Employment Type: Full-time
We are looking for a passionate and knowledgeable agriculture professional to become our first HOP YARD TECHNICIAN. This is a new role, which will work in all aspects of Organic Estate Hop production including operation of related equipment. Recently Certified Organic by Oregon Tilth, our Estate Farm is a well-loved part of the family deserving of the best care possible. If your dream job involves organic farming, the smell of freshly tilled soil, and row after row of glorious hops, apply today!

DUTIES

This position will be responsible for accomplishing oversite of the Estate Hop yard
Works with Agriculture Manager and brewing department to determine appropriate acreage to be farmed, hop varieties, and quantities to be grown
Maintains productive communication with ag department management and brewers for hop needs/delivery
Attaches farm implements such as chisel, disc, Weed Badger, air blast sprayer, and Soller harvester to tractor
Operates tractor in and around hop yards to till soil and plant and cultivate crops.
Drives and operates farm machinery to till soil, plant cover crops, apply organic fertilizers, herbicides, and pesticides, and oversees hop harvesting
Maintains irrigation systems and irrigates hop yards
Coordinates any necessary hop field infrastructure and maintenance
Demonstrates and explains farm work techniques and safety regulations to new workers
Lubricates, adjusts, and makes minor repairs on farm machinery, implements and equipment
Assists in decision-making concerning when and how to transplant, cultivate, fertilize, irrigate, and harvest the Organic Estate Hops
Assists in selection and purchase of planting stock and farm machinery, implements, and supplies as needed
Acts as back up in other Agriculture team roles, as needed

QUALIFICATIONS

Education & Experience

Minimum of three years of experience in crop production, including chemical applications required
Minimum of three years of experience in hands on hop yard production experience required
Minimum of three years of tractor/heavy equipment experience required
A degree in agriculture preferred
Experience with organic practices preferred
Agriculture chemical application certification / qualified applicator license preferred
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (Required)
A consistently positive attitude and ability to work closely with agriculture department management and brewing department employees
Ability to maintain farm area aesthetics with help of interns/staff
Ability to keep equipment cleaned after use
Ability to plan yearly hop yard work to meet brewing and field health needs
Ability to work alone or with crew members with minimal supervision
Knowledge of organic input use as related to crop needs
Knowledge of irrigation timers/system to be able to make adjustments, changes and repairs
Ability to safely operate power tools, forklifts, personnel lifts, back-hoes, tractors, and implements with minimal supervision
Ability to effectively collaborate with brewing staff to meet company needs for Estate hops
Ability to work flexible hours during peak production and harvest times
Work Environment
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to wet or humid conditions (non-weather); work near moving mechanical parts; outdoor weather conditions; extreme cold; extreme heat.
The noise level in the work environment will fluctuate and will require hearing protection and safety glasses during various operations
Must be comfortable working at heights of 20’
Must be able to work in all weather conditions throughout the year
Physical Demands

The employee must be able to lift up to 60 pounds without assistance, and maneuver 100 pounds safely and with proper body mechanics.
Daily work can involve standing, kneeling, climbing, bending at the waist, repetitive hand and arm movements, climbing off and on tractors, and sitting for extended periods on tractors
Walking and working in uneven field conditions and working at heights of 20’
During the production season there will be night time work completing pest control operations
Additional REQUIREMENTS to consider before applying…

The shift for this role will most likely be Monday thru Friday, 7:00 am – 3:30 pm or 6:00 am – 2:30 pm
MUST have a valid Driver’s License with a driving record free of any major violations in the last FIVE years
Occasional travel is required, primarily to hop growing areas/conventions for continuing education
Selected candidate will be required to pass a post-offer, pre-employment background check.
You must be at least 21 years of age to work for Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

**Online applications will be accepted until Midnight PST on Monday, January 22, 2018**

For more information: https://chk.tbe.taleo.net/chk06/ats/careers/requisition.jsp;jsessionid=5FACF06CBB928454FAF65561814FEB24?org=SIERRANEVADABREWINGCO&cws=1&rid=1797

Farm Crew, Island in Maine

SEASONAL FARM CREW 2018
We are hiring for seasonal vegetable crew member positions for the 2018 growing season. This position will start in May and go until October. Applicants must be able to commit to the full growing season. Compensation includes $10/hour plus housing, produce, and staff discounts on meat and dairy products.

QUALIFICATIONS
Previous organic vegetable production experience preferred, but not required. Candidate without farming experience must have previous experience with other forms of physically demanding work.
Demonstrated ability to maintain a positive attitude and consistent work flow in all weather conditions.
Demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team
Previous experience living and working with others in a farm setting preferred
Ability to lift up to 50 lbs regularly and perform a variety of tasks efficiently and consistently
Comfortable engaging farm guests and community members
Ability to visit the farm for a working interview preferred. Accommodations will be provided.
Regular responsibilities will include: seeding, watering, weeding, planting, harvesting, bed preparation, sales at markets, washing and packing orders, livestock chores, cleaning bins and maintaining work spaces. Potential for additional winter work beyond the summer growing season.

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

 

YouthGROW Coordinator, Worcester, MA

Position Available: YouthGROW Coordinator

Start Date: January/February, 2017

Application Deadline: January 8, 2017 Hours: 40+ hours/week, some nights and weekends required.

Compensation: Salary range, $30k-$40k, DOE, and a benefits package commensurate with work in a small nonprofit, including health & dental insurance, 12 paid holidays, 2 weeks’ vacation, 3 personal days, and 12 sick days. Supervision: The YouthGROW Coordinator reports to the REC’s Director of Programs

DESCRIPTION The Regional Environmental Council, Inc. (REC), a grassroots, nonprofit, environmental and food justice organization with a 45-year history working for environmental sustainability and social justice in Central Massachusetts is seeking a full time (40+ hr/week) Coordinator to manage the operational and strategic aspects of the REC’s YouthGROW Program. Established in 2003, YouthGROW (Youth Growing Organics in Worcester,) is a year-round summer and afterschool urban agriculture-focused youth development and employment program for low- income teens. YouthGROW employs 32-40 low-income high school-age teens (ages 14-18) who gain leadership and jobs skills as they maintain two urban organic farms. YouthGROW participants complete a curriculum focused on Professional Development, Leadership Skills, Urban Agriculture, and Social Justice (PLUS,) through participation in a 6-week summer intensive and monthly workshops, internships, and community service. YouthGROW fosters youth leadership in Worcester’s most food insecure communities, uses youth employment to build educational models that improve the local food system, and advocates for creative youth employment and youth development opportunities in Worcester’s lowest income neighborhoods. The program uses a consensus-based youth leadership model that builds youth leadership and participation into program development and decision-making. The Coordinator is responsible for planning and managing all aspects of the program, including but not limited to: curriculum development, youth training, staff and youth hiring, management & supervision, problem-solving, and case management. The Coordinator will serve as direct supervisor for program staff and volunteers, including: one half time urban farms manager, one full time AmeriCorps service member, 4-8 interns, 3-4 part-time seasonal youth workers, and 32- 40 youth (including 3-4 “Junior Staff” and 6-7 “Youth Leaders”). The Coordinator is also responsible, in collaboration with the Director of Programs and the Executive Director, for managing relationships with partner agencies, funders, youth development agencies, social service agencies, and other community partners and stakeholders, and is responsible for tracking and timely reporting of all program outcome data for program evaluation purposes. This position includes some evening, early morning, and weekend commitments and occasional overnight trips. We are seeking candidates with a strong understanding of and commitment to the social justice mission of the program and the agency, cultural competency to meet the needs of our diverse youth participants, and organizational skills needed to achieve the goals of the program in an effective and professional manner. Prior experience with positive youth development and mentorship, college access programming, farming/gardening, and/or healthy food access/food justice advocacy is desirable.

RESPONSIBILITIES Key responsibilities include: supervision of youth and adult staff, curriculum development and implementation, youth mentorship, case management and referral, and workforce and urban agriculture training for youth. YOUTH DEVELOPMENT  Refine, develop, and offer asset driven youth development programming for 32-40 teens with a focus on workforce development, youth development, and food justice  Develop, provide, and promote high quality curriculum and program structure for 6 week summer intensive and year-round afterschool program  Recruit, train, supervise, and provide individual case management and mentorship for 32-40 teen participants from age 14 through high school graduation  Create and implement creative and responsive training materials for youth and adult staff to increase program efficacy and cultivate youth leadership  Develop and implement cultural competency and racial justice/equity training materials for seasonal staff and interns  Work closely with youth leaders and adult staff to advance social entrepreneurship aspects of the program against revenue goals (sales of farm produce and value-added products, e.g., hot sauce)  Organize and coordinate monthly retreats, community service opportunities and internships for youth participants  Track quality and frequency of youth participation and manage all program outcome data tracking and evaluation requirements HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGEMENT  Manage hiring processes, training, and paperwork for youth summer employment  Hire and supervise seasonal staff, interns, and youth  Supervise Urban Farms Manager and AmeriCorps Mass Promise Fellow  Manage 2 summer program sites, including logistics (food, transportation, materials scheduling, etc.) FUNDRAISING  Direct fundraising for special youth projects and trips and support grant writing for program specific funding opportunities in collaboration with Management & Development staff LEADERSHIP  Represent YouthGROW program in local and statewide coalitions and cultivate new partnerships with youth-serving organizations  Represent YouthGROW in youth job advocacy/education groups and engage youth in promoting progressive public policies around this issue  Attend and supervise overnight youth retreats and conferences Other duties as assigned

QUALIFICATIONS The position requires the following skills and experience:  Minimum two years professional experience working with high school aged youth  Supervision/management experience required  Self-motivated, detail oriented, highly organized and reliable  Ability to manage multiple tasks with competing deadlines  Must have a valid driver’s license with a clean driving record and regular access to a reliable vehicle  Farming/urban gardening experience desirable  Volunteer management experience desirable  Familiarity/experience with the Worcester community, particularly the Bell Hill and Main South neighborhoods desirable  Comfort with online collaboration tools, e.g., shared calendars, email, shared folders/files (Dropbox, Google Drive, Google Apps)  Excellent people and communication skills, both written and verbal  Previous experience working with people with diverse racial, ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds  Spanish language ability a plus  Interest in and commitment to social justice/food justice/environmental justice  Availability to work occasional evenings, early mornings and weekends

The Regional Environmental Council of Central Massachusetts (REC) is a grassroots non-profit organization dedicated to achieving universal healthy food access and social and environmental justice in the city of Worcester and beyond. REC is an equal opportunity employer committed to an inclusive workplace. People of color are strongly encouraged to apply. Send resume and cover letter to grace@recworcester.org (write “YouthGROW Coordinator” in subject line). Selected candidates will be contacted for an interview. No phone calls please.

Farm Team Member, Elm St. Gardens, Sparta, GA

COMPANY DESCRIPTIONElm Street Gardens is a one acre intensive market farm located in downtown Sparta, GA.  An urban garden in a rural town, specializing in diverse annual and perennial produce growing 12 months out of the year.  We market our produce in Sparta at the gardens, in Atlanta at two Farmer’s Markets and to a few local restaurants.

Elm Street Gardens is certified organic and practices no-till farming.  Our goal is to grow the most nutritious vegetables without disrupting the natural processes of soil culture and biology.  We utilize on farm compost and plant based mulch to add organic matter and feed the organisms in the soil.  We also incorporate spent mushroom substrate into our compost from our sister company, Sparta Mushrooms – an indoor mushroom growing facility across the street from the gardens.
In addition to vegetables we have a small number or laying hens, fruit trees and honey bees, that contribute to the overall health of our ecosystem.

JOB DESCRIPTION

We are looking to add a farm hand for the coming season, who will be involved in all parts of the growing process including seed starting, bed preparation, transplanting, weeding, harvest and farmers market sales.

Farming or gardening experience is a plus, but not necessary.  A good work ethic, positive attitude and good communication skills are a must.  As is the ability to learn quickly and move efficiently.

Since we are a small farm, our work is mostly with hand tools (wheelbarrow, rake, broadfork), and we work in all weather year round.

This would be a great position for someone who is passionate about sustainable food production and wants to learn how to grow.
This position will be from March 1 through October 2018 and preference will be given to those who can work the whole season.

Housing is available. Stipend is $1200 per month, going up to $1400 after three months of good work.
DEADLINE January 10, 2018

Harvest Against Hunger National – Georgia Gleaning, Tifton, GA

Harvest Against Hunger (HAH) is a program of Rotary First Harvest. Based in Seattle, the HAH program acts as a gleaning and produce recovery program incubator, working with partner host sites to place AmeriCorps VISTAs across Washington State and in a national cohort. These VISTA members serve as gleaning coordinators, building localized, sustainable produce recovery programs that grow connections between farmers and food banks to increase the amount of fresh nutritious produce available to people experiencing food insecurity. In Tifton, Georgia, the HAH project is located at the Georgia Gleaning Project of the Society of St. Andrew. The Harvest VISTA will strengthen and refine a sustainable system for state wide gleaning efforts, including volunteer coordination, grower outreach, grant writing and communication of SoSA’s mission to churches, community organizations, conventions, civic groups, and potential supporters. The Harvest VISTA will build systems that increase access of fresh and nutritious produce for food insecure individuals who often live at or below federal levels of poverty. Are you interested in hunger relief, food waste, sustainable agriculture, nutrition, or public health? Want to build your skills as a community organizer and leader by creating community buy-in and strengthening relationships between food banks and farmers? Interested in capacity building and program sustainability? Come join a network of committed AmeriCorps VISTA to increase the healthy food accessible to food insecure populations.

Member Duties:
In Tifton, GA, the VISTA will strengthen a program model for produce recovery. The Harvest VISTA will actively recruit program participants and develop a project model using a three-pronged approach: Develop a recruitment plan with Society of St. Andrew to deliver a sustainable approach for volunteer management; Develop a grower outreach plan to introduce the gleaning program and solicit support from farmers and gardeners; Develop a plan to partner with other local and regional hunger relief efforts. Within this three-pronged approach, the Harvest VISTA will also streamline a mechanism to track and communicate with produce recovery partners. The Harvest VISTA will implement gleaning coordination and oversee program logistics. The Harvest VISTA will also develop a sustainability plan for the gleaning and produce recovery program.

Program Benefits: Relocation Allowance, Living Allowance, Childcare assistance if eligible, Training, Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend , Health Coverage* .

*For details about AmeriCorps VISTA healthcare benefits, please visit http://www.vistacampus.gov/healthcare

Terms:
Car recommended, Permits attendance at school during off hours, Permits working at another job during off hours .

Service Areas:
Health, Community and Economic Development, Community Outreach, Hunger .

Skills:
Public Speaking, Communications, Social Services, Fund raising/Grant Writing, Recruitment, Team Work, Community Organization.

For more information: https://my.americorps.gov/mp/listing/viewListing.do?id=68991&fromSearch=true

Garden Production Manager, Montana State University

Towne’s Harvest Garden Production Manager

Brief Position Overview
This position is the Production Manager for Towne’s Harvest Garden (THG), a learning-focused and student-operated certified organic vegetable farm coordinated by the Colleges of Agriculture and Education, Health and Human Development.
Salary $14.42 – 15.38 per hour, commensurate with experience, education, and qualifications

The Production Manager provides leadership for the overall management and operation of Towne’s Harvest Garden’s educational mission, crop production, and community outreach efforts.

Duties and Responsibilities
Develop and implement annual and 5-year production plans and record keeping systems for compliance with university accounting policies, certified organic status, good agricultural practice (GAP) and good handling practice (GHP) programs, and in support of instructional activities and student research projects.
Lead the operation of a diverse education-focused vegetable farm including management of: operations budget, seed and supply inventory, facility sanitation, tool maintenance and repair, greenhouse operations, cultivation, seeding, transplanting, soil fertility, pests, irrigation, harvest, packing, marketing, cover cropping, perennial plant care, and farm cleanup.
Supervise, inspire, and delegate tasks to student assistant managers and interns.
Cooperate with horticulture farm management and staff for efficient and harmonious use of shared resources and facilities.
Report regularly to THG director and advisory committee and produce an annual report documenting success in implementing annual and 5-year plans.
Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills
Bachelor’s degree in Horticulture, Environmental Science, Agronomy, Sustainable Food Systems, or related field, or an equivalent combination of relevant education and experience.
Successful experience in small-scale vegetable production.
Successful experience managing or supervising personnel or interns.
Competence with collaborative online word processing, spreadsheet, and farm management data collection systems

Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills
Master’s Degree in Horticulture, Agronomy or related field.
Knowledge of organic farming practices and techniques for season extension.
Experience in leadership and teaching.
Experience with community supported agriculture programs.

The Successful Candidate Will
Have the ability to use and maintain small-scale agricultural tools, equipment and machinery; exercise good judgment and demonstrate initiative; work well independently; be dependable, innovative and creative; demonstrate the ability to prioritize and organize details; establish and maintain cooperative and respectful working relationships with constituencies including students, administrators, faculty, co-workers and community members; and possess excellent written and oral communication skills.

Position Special Requirements/Additional Information
Shifts in excess of eight hours plus weekend and evening work will be required during the peak season.
Must possess current or be eligible to obtain a Montana driver’s license and have an acceptable driving record (less than 12 points). (Please do not include a copy of your driver’s license. The successful candidate will be required to provide a copy of his/her current driver’s license upon hire.)
This job description should not be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements, but a general description of the job. Nothing contained herein restricts Montana State University’s rights to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

Physical Demands
With or without reasonable accommodation; the person in this position must be able to:

Move objects up to 50 pounds in adverse weather conditions.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodations. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

For more information: https://jobs.montana.edu/postings/10401