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November 22, 2013 – 12:52 pm
In Washington DC , the Howard G. Buffett Foundation and the University of Wisconsin-Madison announced the launch of the 2014 Agricultural Innovation Prize in cooperation with the United States Department of Agriculture.
The competition is open to U.S. undergraduate and graduate students across all academic disciplines and runs through spring 2014, when teams will compete for the chance to win $215,000 in prize money, with a grand prize of $100,000; making this the largest agriculture-focused student competition in the world.
The contest encourages student teams to develop innovative plans to address social and agricultural challenges within food systems, improving the standard of living and quality of life for the world’s population.
Additional information is available on this website.
We are very happy to answer any questions, or follow-up with you about this new and exciting opportunity for students.
November 8, 2013 – 11:50 am
EDF seeks a talented, outgoing, and self-motivated Ag Sustainability Project Manager to play a significant role in the development and execution of EDF’s work to leverage the supply chain to drive conservation agricultural management at the scale needed to meet pressing environmental goals while meeting growing food demands. Learn more/apply.
October 25, 2013 – 9:54 am
Reporting directly to the Executive Director, the Economist will conduct policy and economic analysis in support of state and national-level strategies to support the transition to a Low Emissions Rural Development model. The Economist will focus work in select tropical regions delivering innovative, quantitative and original research in support of inter-disciplinary solutions to challenges of environmental sustainability and natural resource scarcity. The Economist will contribute to Earth Innovation Institute¹s work under the ³Forests, Farms, and Finance Initiative² currently focused on Central Kalimantan, Brazil (Mato Grosso) and Colombia and the ³Southern NGO Alliance² focused on Brazil, Mexico (Chiapas) and the Peruvian Amazon. Learn more. Please send cover letter referencing Job# 2307FHDCN13, curriculum vitae, and contact information for 3 firstname.lastname@example.org . Please reference Job# 2307FHDCN13 in the subject line of the email.
February 27, 2013 – 2:37 pm
REAL FOOD CHALLENGE GIM
Are you interested in sustainability,
social justice, or just eating good food?
Do you care about how or where your food was grown,
who grew it, or what it tastes like?
Does “real food” mean anything to you?
Whether “real food” already means a lot to you, or you just want to learn more about what it is and how we can bring more of it to Tufts, come to our GIM!
When: Wednesday, February 26th, 7pm
Where: Eaton 202
Who: A group of enthusiastic, committed food-lovers who want to work to be in control of what we eat in the dining halls while also acting as catalysts to transform the way our food system works on a larger scale.
What: A GIM to learn more about the Real Food Challenge, its platform, and how we as students can work with this organization to initiate change within the food system on campus.
Additional Info: http://db.realfoodchallenge.org/schools/150
February 22, 2013 – 3:43 pm
One Acre Fund is a start-up initiative that works with persistently hungry farm families in Kenya, Rwanda, and Burundi. Instead of giving handouts, One Acre invests in farm families to generate a permanent gain in farm income. Our “investment bundle” includes education, financing, inputs, and export market access.
One Acre Fund is looking to fill multiple positions, both in rural areas and Nairobi. We are looking for entrepreneurial, ambitious, and independent people who can be given large amounts of responsibility – immediately – to develop One Acre Fund’s program model. Expatriate staff have made significant contributions to our success, from building our monitoring & evaluation systems to scoping potential districts for expansion; from trialing new crops to managing and mentoring other staff. If you thrive in a fast-paced environment, have a strong work ethic, and are passionate about creating change in the lives of others, please consider joining our team!
For more information and to apply, click here.
February 7, 2013 – 3:18 pm
Deadline: March 31, 2013
Boston Natural Areas Network is looking for committed, energetic adults with a passion for the outdoors to work with YCC teens.
We are hiring for 3 staff positions:
• Field Manager/Coordinator (1 opening)
• Crew Supervisor (3 openings)
• Urban Agriculture Crew Supervisor (1 opening, begins mid-spring)
Click HERE to download job descriptions and requirements for all staff positions.
Send a detailed cover letter and resume to Dana Chepulis, Interim Program Manager at email@example.com. Please include your first and last name in the title of your file attachments. Staff Application Deadline: March 31, 2013.
February 5, 2013 – 3:34 pm
Deadline for application is February 17.
The NOFA/Mass Organic Land Care Program, in its 13th year, is the statewide educational and outreach resource for organic landscaping information. The coordinator position is for a self-starter with flexible hours who can not only develop and envision the job, but set his/her own schedule and coordinate/collaborate with NOFA/Mass staff, NOFA Accredited Organic Land Care Professionals (AOLCPs), other industry organizations and non-profits, and collaborate with CT NOFA and the Organic Land Care Program committee.
Position requires working closely with NOFA/Mass Education/Executive Director, Organic Land Care Program Manager (in CT), and volunteer NOFA/Mass Organic Land Care committee to:
- Develop, publicize, market and fully coordinate two professional-level trainings in Organic Land Care (one half-day intensive and one full day on Organic Turf) as well as educational programming and outreach events targeted at homeowners/ consumers (as deemed appropriate and where time allows)
- Maintain a NOFA/Mass Organic Land Care steering committee composed primarily of AOLCPs to help guide program development and sustainability and to build up the NOFA/Mass volunteer base on the land care topic
- Direct inquiries from the landscaper and consumer/homeowner community toward appropriate resources
- Collaborate with NOFA/Mass outreach staff and CT NOFA staff to promote and advocate for organic land care topics at OLC related events, trade shows and conferences
This part-time job will require approximately 300 hours per year, with the majority of hours worked between Oct. 1 and April 1. Starting compensation is $13/hour. Working with NOFA/Mass is for folks who have an entrepreneurial bent, see this work as part of a living in the world of organic sustainability and enjoy working with others who have a passion for social change.
· MS Word and Excel
· Online social media networking proficiency
· Interest in / basic familiarity with topics in organic land care and farming
· Accredited Organic Land Care Professional strongly preferred. The ideal candidate has direct experience in landscaping, horticulture, nursery production and/or soil fertility
· InDesign, Quark, PhotoShop or other design software experience helpful
· Marketing, outreach or community organizing experience is also helpful
Send resume, cover letter and 3 letters of recommendation to Julie Rawson at firstname.lastname@example.org. Questions, email or call Julie at 978-355-2853. This position will start on March 15, 2013. For more information, click here.
December 11, 2012 – 4:44 pm
Groundwork Somerville is seeking interns to help run our Somerville Maple Syrup Project, now entering its tenth year! Each winter we tap local sugar maple trees, collect the sap for 4-6 weeks, and run educational programming in the Somerville Public Schools’ second-grade classrooms, teaching about the science and history of maple syrup. Finally in early March, we host a two-day boildown event at the Somerville Growing Center, with music, snacks, tapping demos, and onsite syrup production.
We are looking to hire several interns in three areas: Fundraising & Marketing; Event Planning (aiding with coordination of the tapping and boildown); and Education. Interns should be able to commit at least 2-4 hours per week from mid-December through mid-January and more in late January through March; they must be able to attend the Boildown on March 8th and 9th, 2013; and they should be able to travel independently around Somerville, including the Union Square area.
Strong written and verbal communication skills, good organization, reliability, and responsibility are required, as well as self-motivation and a creative streak! While these internships are unpaid, we are happy to provide recommendations and references; in addition, interns will gain valuable skills in coordination, planning, fundraising, teaching, urban agriculture, and maple sugar production.
For more information and to apply, please click here.
July 19, 2012 – 8:10 pm
Located in Costa Rica, CATIE combines science, graduate education and technical cooperation. Its campus is located in a tranquil and secure natural area, rich in biodiversity, providing a high quality of life. Innovation, excellence, service, integration and appreciation of diversity, are some of the values of an institution which promotes professional growth, international and multicultural exchange.
For more information visit their website.
February 24, 2012 – 6:48 pm
I am thrilled to announce the inaugural Food, Farm, and Sustainability Institute at Hampshire College, a six week summer academic program designed for undergraduate students interested in sustainable agriculture and food studies. Please forward this email to anyone you know who might be interested in applying!
Overview: From June 4 to July 13, 2012, students, faculty, staff, and alumni will come together as a living and learning community at Hampshire College. Students will gain hands-on work experience with the guidance of the Hampshire College Farm Center staff, learn through inquiry-based projects mentored by faculty with a range of expertise, and acquire ownership of knowledge through independent research projects. The institute will follow food from its origin in the soil, through plant cultivation and animal management, address issues in public health and politics, and end up in the kitchen, breaking bread and assessing the character of the food we produce and eat. There will be numerous opportunities for community building through roundtable dinner discussions with local farmers and food producers, a weekly film series, and field trips to local farms emphasizing environmental and community sustainability.
Tuition for the six week program is $3,400, including communal lunch costs (students are responsible for breakfast and dinners as well as all weekend meals). Lodging is an additional $800 for students who wish to reside on campus. Hampshire recommends 8 academic credits for completion of the 6-week program. Students are encouraged to check with their home institutions for credit equivalent.
Online Application Deadline: March 1, 2012