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Jan 24 22

Regional Food Systems Program Coordinator

by Maya J. Sze

As Regional Food Systems Program Coordinator you will work directly with the Northwest Food Hub Network to grow our regional food economy and increase institutional sales for small-scale family farms and farmer-owned cooperative food hubs. This role serves as the primary coordinator and facilitator of the Network and works directly with representatives from all of the Network’s core partners to improve the economies of rural communities in the Northwest through the growth of institutional market channels (hospital, university, K12) for small scale producers and cooperative food hubs.

Job Title:              Regional Food Systems Program Coordinator
Reports To:         Center Director, Cooperative Development Center
FLSA Status:        Full Time/Salaried
Location:              Remote, preferably within the Northwest region. Office
space available at Mission West (407 Main Street SW, Ronan, MT)
Funding Condition:    All program-related positions at Mission West Community
Development Partners are to be considered as year-to-year depending upon
available funding for programs and satisfactory job performance

ABOUT US:
Mission West Community Development Partners (missionwestcdp.org) (formerly known as Lake County Community Development) is a non-profit, community economic development organization serving Lake, Sanders, and Mineral Counties, the Flathead Reservation, in Western Montana. We are located close to Flathead Lake and the Mission Mountains, and an hour and half from Glacier National Park, Kalispell, and Missoula.

Join a progressive, dedicated team of community economic development
professionals in advancing our mission to enhance the quality of life and
sustainable economic well-being for all residents of the communities we serve.
As one of the four core pillars of our community development model, the
Cooperative Development Center brings resources, education, and technical
assistance to existing and developing cooperatives with a strong focus on food systems development through growing agricultural and farmer-owned
cooperatives.

The Northwest Food Hub Network (www.nwfoodhubnetwork.com) is a collaboration of three cooperatively-owned food hubs in Washington and Montana with over 200 farms across the Northwest, all with the goal of connecting institutions with locally-grown and values-driven food. Working together, the Network offers the volume, availability, variety, and price point needed by institutional and wholesale customers and provides supply chain transparency to aid customers in meeting their values-based procurement goals.

ABOUT THE POSITION:
As RFPC you will work directly with the Northwest Food Hub Network to grow our regional food economy and increase institutional sales for small-scale family farms and farmer-owned cooperative food hubs. This role serves as the primary coordinator and facilitator of the Network and works directly with representatives from all of the Network’s core partners to improve the economies of rural communities in the Northwest through the growth of institutional market channels (hospital, university, K12) for small scale producers and cooperative food hubs.

IN THIS ROLE YOU WILL:
– Work closely with the Center Director in the implementation and management of the scope of work in MW’s Regional Food Systems Partnership Grant (Scaling the NW Food Hub Network)
– Facilitate weekly meetings of the NWFHN, quarterly meetings with partners and stakeholders, and collaborate with food systems partners and MW staff to organize annual food hub summits
– Plan and coordinate food safety and other trainings
– Assist with developing and publishing resource materials, website updates, social media content, marketing material, etc. relating to the NWFHN and the RFSP grant objectives
– Engage and communicate with local, regional, and national organizations,
partners, and external stakeholders in a variety of sectors
– Work with the diverse staff, boards of directors, and members of producer
cooperatives, including making site visits to food hubs and possibly farms
– Gather and synthesize information and research to advance programs and
projects
– Assist the Center Director in developing funding/investment sources, and
writing grant proposals
– Work with Center Director to evaluate program impact and complete grant
reporting
– Work with Mission Mountain Food Enterprise Center staff (a division of Mission West) to develop value-added processing opportunities and products for regional foods
– Learn new skills and complete professional development by attending trainings and conferences and participating in cooperative development networks
– Work on other regional food systems development projects as may be assigned with the opportunity to focus on specific program areas based on skill, experience, and interest

WE’D LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU IF:
– You are passionate about developing resilient, economically thriving rural
communities and strong food systems.
– You are a self-directed person who can proactively and independently structure and manage projects and are ready to jump quickly into your role working with many partners.
– You have experience in food systems or cooperative development (or a related non-profit role).
– You have some experience in business development, food and ag systems, and/or grant writing and management (bonus if you have experience working on federal grants).
– You’re a confident facilitator with good verbal and written communication
skills and are comfortable interacting with a diverse range of coworkers,
community members, boards of directors, public officials, community and
business leaders among others.
– Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experienced required.
– Supervisory Responsibilities: None

SCHEDULE , WORKPLACE, AND BENEFITS:
– Full-time, remote position (but we also have an office available for you in
downtown Ronan, MT in the beautiful Mission Valley if you prefer to work in-person).
– Normal office hours are Monday through Friday between 8-5pm, but occasional evening and weekend work is required to attend meetings, community events, and conferences. Out of town travel will be required occasionally.
– We encourage employees to maintain a healthy work-life balance, and this
position will have a flexible schedule.
– 100% employer-paid health insurance with optional additions for family, dental and vision (employee paid) effective on the first day of the month following date of hire
– Employer contribution to retirement savings program
– Life insurance
– Two weeks PTO in addition to paid holidays and sick leave
– Salary for Position: $40,000-$42,000

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to the Cooperative Development Center Director, Kaylee Thornley at kaylee.thornley@missionwestcdp.org.
Applications will be accepted through January 31, 2022. Early applications are encouraged, and applications will be considered as they are received. For questions, call 406-676-5919 or learn more at missionwestcdp.org/regional-food-systems-program-manager/

Jan 24 22

Field Technician

by Maya J. Sze

Field technician on neonate ungulate capture project, University of Wyoming

The Monteith Shop at the University of Wyoming is seeking 3 enthusiastic field technicians to assist in field work assessing vertical transmission (i.e., from mother to offspring) of chronic wasting disease (CWD) in mule deer. This is a highly collaborative research project, in close partnership with other research groups at the University of Wyoming and the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. Technicians will work near Casper, Wyoming, in the beginning of the summer and near Kemmerer and Big Piney, Wyoming, at the end of the summer.

The primary responsibilities of each technician will be to find newborn mule deer to equip them with GPS collars and investigate the cause of mortalities when they arise. Adult female mule deer have been fitted with vaginal implant transmitters (VITs), which will inform efforts to find their offspring. Technicians will be expected to drive field vehicles (4×4 trucks and ATVs) on rugged roads, work closely in a 2-person team, and spend long days hiking through mountainous country in often extreme environmental conditions. Technicians will also be expected to safely handle and collect samples from newborn mule deer. After fawns are born, technicians will be expected to assist with a variety of other tasks, including vegetation surveys, data entry, examining camera trap photos, and more. The study area is a mix of private and public land, and technicians will be expected to interact respectfully and frequently with landowners.

Expected start date is 20 May 2021. The end date is flexible, but technicians will be expected to work until mid-to-late August. Housing will be provided, although technicians may be expected to camp while working. Technicians will not use their personal vehicles for any work-related activities, although personal vehicles will be necessary for time off. Compensation is $1400 per month.

Required qualifications:
–       Completed or in-progress degree in wildlife ecology, wildlife management, rangeland ecology, biology, ecology, or similar field
–       Ability to work well in a small team and to make good decisions in remote settings
–       Ability to and interest in hiking 5 – 12 miles per day in high desert environment
–       Flexibility in working irregular hours when fawns are being born
–       Valid driver’s license
–       Compliance with COVID protocols

Preferred qualifications:
–       Experience in radio telemetry and navigating using a GPS
–       Experience in newborn ungulate captures and animal handling (e.g., drawing blood)
–       Experience identifying the cause of mortality for newborn, young, and adult ungulates
–       Rangeland plant identification and vegetation surveys

To apply, please send a single PDF with a cover letter, resume/CV (can be more than 1 page and can highlight work outside of wildlife), and contact information for 3 references to Rhiannon Jakopak at caspermuledeer@gmail.com. In your application, please address your relevant experience, enthusiasm for wildlife ecology, and how this position might fit into your longer career goals. References should be able to speak to your ability to work in situations with little supervision and in small teams. Deadline to apply is February 23, 2022. Applications will be reviewed as they are received, and the positions will be filled as soon as suitable applicants are found. Applicants will receive a response that their application has been received.

Jan 24 22

Stream Ecology Technician

by Maya J. Sze

Temporary Stream Ecology Technicians
San Juan River, NM, CO, UT.
Department of Biology
Pittsburg State University
Pittsburg, KS

Positions: 2 seasonal stream ecology technicians

Salary: $10.00 per hour; up to 999 hours per year. Housing and travel-related research expenses will be covered.

Closing date: February 18th or until filled.
Start date: 01 July 2022
End date: 30 September 2022 (potentially earlier)

Description: We are seeking 2 temporary technicians to assist with a research project in the San Juan River of New Mexico, Colorado, and Utah. Technicians will assist with sampling backwater habitats, which are the preferred rearing habitat of early life stages of the federally-endangered Razorback Sucker and Colorado Pikeminnow. Sampling will involve the quantification of abiotic (e.g., depth; turbidity; substrate) and biotic (e.g., algal and macroinvertebrate biomass; nonnative fish density) backwater features. There is a large field component involving several extended float trips to collect data along a 55-mile river reach in between Shiprock, NM and Montezuma Creek, UT. Completing data collection float trips will require camping in remote areas for up to 6 days at a time. Lastly, technicians will be expected to aid in processing macroinvertebrate samples while off the river. 

Qualifications: Currently pursuing or have already attained a Bachelor of Science degree with an emphasis in stream ecology, aquatic sciences, or fisheries management. The applicants should have experience working in lotic systems and familiarity with basic sampling methods. Preference will be giving to applicants with prior rafting and remote camping experience.

Application: To apply, please send an e-mail to Blake Hansen (bghansen@gus.pittstate.edu; 801-529-2747) with an updated CV that includes relevant details and contact information for three references.

See https://www.pittstate.edu/biology/ for more information about the Department of Biology at Pittsburg State University.

Jan 24 22

Research on Food Labeling in Online Grocery Stores

by Maya J. Sze

Directed Study Opportunity – Research on Food Labeling in Online Grocery Stores.  

Are you looking for a research-oriented directed study opportunity related to food and nutrition policy? Dr. Sean Cash (Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy) is looking for one or more students interested in contributing to a project that seeks to characterize and monitor the availability of food labeling information in online grocery stores.

Participating students will work closely with the research team to support online data collection and coding with the goal of identifying irregularities and gaps in nutrition data reporting across national online food retailers. RAs should be familiar with Excel and have an interest in food policy, but do not need coding experience as training will be provided as part of the directed study. You should be able to commit approximately 8 hours/week over the course of the semester.

Directed study participants will have the opportunity to gain experience in data collection and can also tailor parts of the study to encompass their own goals and interests. You will also be joining a research team that includes Dr. Cash, Julia Reedy, and Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian at the Friedman School and Prof. Jennifer Pomeranz, a public health lawyer at New York University, among others. You can also find out more about this topic in this recent Tufts Now story on our work on food labeling in online grocery stores.

If interested, please send an email of introduction and a updated resume and availability to Julia Reedy at Julia.reedy@tufts.edu.

Jan 24 22

REU Internship in Plant Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

by Maya J. Sze

Overview: We seek 1-2 motivated and enthusiastic undergraduate students for a summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) internship in Dr. Erika Hersch-Green’s Plant Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Lab at Michigan Technological University. This is a 10-week, full-time, paid internship. Dates are flexible but will run from approximately the beginning of June through mid-August 2022. The selected student will receive a $5000 stipend (~$500/week for the 10-week duration), up to $1000 to defray travel costs to Houghton MI, and will be provided with research funds to support their project.

The selected student(s) will be mentored by Dr. Hersch-Green to contribute to an ongoing NSF-funded research project that focusses on the interacting roles that nutrients, disturbance, plant genome size, and plant morphological/chemical/physiological traits have on community dynamics and species interactions (herbivores, pollinators, etc.). Data from this project is collected at experimental sites that are part of the NutNet and DRAGnet (for design and background see https://nutnet.org/) research consortiums in which plots are exposed to different nutrient and disturbance treatments.

Selected student(s) will develop and conduct an independent research project that contributes to the overall goals of the larger research project. Students will have opportunities to conduct laboratory, field, and/or greenhouse work and field work will be done locally at our experimental field site and/or by accompanying graduate students to other sites in the NutNet/DRAGNet research consortium.

Eligibility:  Applicants must currently be a (1) U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or permanent resident and (2) an undergraduate freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior graduating no earlier than September 2022 or a high school senior that will start their undergraduate education the following fall semester after the REU program.  We are especially encouraging applications from students from traditionally under-represented groups in biology/STEM fields (i.e., African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, other Pacific Islanders, students with disabilities, first generation college students, veterans, women, LGBTQ students) as well as students from institutions with limited research opportunities (e.g., community colleges) and/or students in financial need. Applicants should be flexible to adapt to the ever-changing constraints and opportunities associated with field research.

To Apply: Applications should be submitted to Dr. Hersch-Green by email (eherschg@mtu.edu) no later than March 1st, and should include the following documents: (1) letter of interest that describes your educational background, career goals, and how this internship will contribute towards those goals, (2) current curriculum vitae/resume, and (3) unofficial transcripts. Additionally, please arrange to have two letters of recommendation emailed directly to Dr. Hersch-Green by the application deadline.

Dec 18 21

Communications Manager

by Maya J. Sze

HOPE for Small Farm Sustainability is looking to hire a full-time Communications Manager


We are an educational nonprofit that aims to support the regional food system from the bottom up, starting with our farmers. Feel free to visit our website for more information on what HOPE is all about. 
An ideal candidates would have experience in social media management, digital marketing, and/or other communication skills. This individual will be tasked with designing and executing a communications plan to expand brand recognition throughout the region as well as engagement levels for in- person programs and social media platforms. HOPE is a small organization that requires flexible individuals. If you are a creative self starter and self manager with good listening and communication skills we ask you to apply!

Job Overview
●  Manages all graphic designs
●  Creates content
●  Updates and revamps websites
●  Organizes and runs social media calendar
●  Does video editing

How to Apply?
Please send your resume and previous work examples (graphics and/or other communications) to our Executive Director, Diana Padilla at: hopeforsfs@yahoo.com.

Dec 18 21

Research Technician

by Maya J. Sze

The Kaplan Lab (https://www.entm.purdue.edu/ecolab) in the Department of Entomology at Purdue University (https://www.entm.purdue.edu/) in West Lafayette, Indiana, invites applicants for a research technician. This is a full-time (40 hr/wk) position. Duration is flexible, but the ideal candidate will stay for at least 6 months. Start date is January to March 2022; ending in summer/fall 2022. Hourly pay rate is commensurate with experience.

Individual will assist graduate students and postdocs in the lab on projects that include: i) helping to process and categorize bee and fly specimens in the lab; and ii) collecting pollinators from field sites (different cropping systems) and performing floral observations.

Qualifications:
-BS in entomology, ecology, plant sciences or a related field of biology
-Experience conducting lab or field research
-Prior experience with insects is preferred
-Must have a drivers license and be able to work independently

To apply, please send a cover letter, CV, and contact information for at least 2 references to Ian Kaplan (ikaplan@purdue.edu).

Dec 16 21

Marine Biology/Environmental Conservation/Fishery Management Internship

by Maya J. Sze

Dec 16 21

Research Assistant – Apply by Jan 31

by Maya J. Sze

Researchers at the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory (RMBL) in Colorado are seeking a research assistant for fieldwork in plant ecology for summer 2022. The field technician will primarily collect data for a long-term flowering phenology project and related demographic studies.

Expectations: Fieldwork can be strenuous and sometimes involves long days in inclement weather. Applicants with previous fieldwork or outdoor experience and familiarity with Rocky Mountain wildflowers are encouraged to apply, although no prior experience is required. We will train first-timers with a strong interest in botany or ecology. 

In addition to helping with fieldwork five days per week, the technician is expected to be an active participant in the research community, attending weekly evening seminars and periodic lab meetings.

Dates: We expect the field technician to work from May through August 2022. However, start and end dates are flexible to accommodate the best applicants.

Compensation: The research technician will live onsite at RMBL. We will provide room and board, station fees, a partial transportation subsidy, and a stipend.

Application: Please email: 1) your resume/CV, 2) a short cover letter highlighting A) why this job is of interest to you, what you hope to learn, and how this job relates to your goals and B) any experiences, skills, or qualities that you think are relevant to this job, and 3) names of 2-3 references to Rebecca Prather (rprather2@fsu.edu) by Jan. 31, 2022.

Dec 16 21

Fells Hike Leader

by Maya J. Sze

Dear Friends,

As many of you are already aware, the Friends of the Fells has been working to solicit feedback from our community on how we can advocate for a safer Fells following the disturbing attack that occurred in the Fells on November 26th.

Over the past week, it has become clear that one of the immediate steps that we can take in response to the community’s feedback is to increase the availability of guided group hikes programmed on our events calendar, and to expand this hike series to include more “recreational” trips (without specific themes) every month.  In order to meet this need, we will also need to expand our “hike leader” volunteer crew as soon as possible.

We are calling on any interested volunteers to reach out to us ASAP to discuss joining us as a hike leader!  While no specific subject-knowledge is needed to lead these new hikes, we ask that interested individuals:

    — have familiarity with a segment of trails/ specific routes (in any parking-accessible part of the Fells) to allow them to lead a group confidently for up to 90 minute of hiking;

    — are comfortable with up to 90 minutes of outdoor physical activity (we are open to leaders who can do so for easy, moderate, or semi-difficult routes in the Fells);

    — comfortable with leading groups of up to 10-15 participants;

    — are willing to take attendance prior to their hike, can adhere to our participant pre-registration hike requirements, and are willing to follow all DCR directives and advisories regarding guided hikes in the Fells.

For those volunteers who may be “on the fence” about leading groups solo, note that the Friends frequently schedules “hike escorts” of staff, board members, or veteran hike leaders to accompany each guided hike for support.

If you are interested in becoming a hike leader, please reach out to our guided hikes coordinator, Jill Geisler at jillgeisler50@gmail.com.

If you have any questions about leading hikes, or any other volunteer efforts, please feel free to reach out to me.

Thank you!

Jesse MacDonald
Friends of the Fells