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Farm to School Coordinator (White River Junction, VT)

The Farm to School Coordinator is a new position at Vital Communities. The Upper Valley Farm to School Network has merged into our Valley Food & Farm program, and this position will be responsible for coordinating farm to school activities, with support and collaboration from fellow staff. The position will work toward these long-term goals: Students enjoy and understand their connection to local food and farms, and make healthy choices based on that connection; Communities actively support their local FTS program; FTS leaders are growing in number and connectedness; FTS programs are growing in number and effectiveness; Farmers benefit from a greater connection to schools in their community
Read the full job description here.

Assistant Director of Sustainability/Farm Manager, Depauw University (Indiana)

Sustainability is both an institutional commitment and a community value, exercised daily as DePauw University pursues our commitment to carbon neutrality by 2040. The Office for Sustainability seeks an individual to work with the Sustainability Director to lead day-to-day activities of the Sustainability program at DePauw. We are seeking a thoughtful, reflective individual with an understanding of the urgency of anthropogenic climate disruption and a passion for sustainable solutions that support our education mission. This position will report to and work closely with DePauw’s Sustainability Director; and will engage and empower our campus and community toward becoming more socially, economically, and environmentally just.

This individual will also manage and work on the one-acre campus farm, primarily from May to September. Responsibilities will include but not be limited to planting plants, weeding, trimming, cleaning, keeping all records for the campus farm, making plans to expand the farm, and interfacing with Bon Appetit, local food pantries, and other interested parties.

Learn more.

Work Study Position, New Entry Sustainable Farming Project (Lowell, MA)

The New Entry Sustainable Farming Project is seeking a work-study eligible Tufts graduate student to serve as our Farmer Training Course Assistant. Must be available on Wednesday evenings from 5 – 9 pm and able to travel to Lowell, MA. Course meets from October – December and again January – March on Wednesday evenings for a 3-hour session. Responsibilities include: preparing course materials for trainings; scheduling speakers and field trips to farms/markets; coordinating logistics for training courses; attending training sessions and providing technical assistance to participants; evaluating training sessions; and assisting in revisions of training manuals. If interested, please send a cover letter and resume to Jennifer Hashley, New Entry Director: jennifer.hashley@tufts.edu

Campus Farm Manager, Duke University (North Carolina)

 

APPLICATION DEADLINE: October 4th, 2013

Durham, NC – The Duke Campus Farm is a one-acre fruit and vegetable farm dedicated to serving the Duke community with fresh, healthy, sustainable produce and providing an educational facility around all things food related.

 

Applications are currently being accepted for the Program Coordinator position with the Duke Campus Farm.  The Program Coordinator is responsible for furthering the mission of the Duke Campus Farm in two primary areas: 1) increasing access to local, organic, and sustainable food on campus, primarily from the Duke Campus Farm; and 2) growing the farm’s role as an educational resource that provides the Duke community with opportunities to engage with the study and research of food, economics, agriculture, human culture, and the environment through academic inquiry and extracurricular activities.

 

Learn more.

 

Educational Program Coordinator – theMOVE (Cambridge, MA)

theMOVE (getoutma.org) organizes farm-volunteer workdays for diverse urban groups throughout Metro Boston, to connect our participants hands-on with fresh food, and with the labor and land that sustain us. We focus most of our outreach towards low income communities, people of color, and youth. We primarily work with schools and community organizations to set up trips for their groups, but we also host occasional open sign-up trips for individual adults and families. We are seeking an energetic Educational Program Coordinator to coordinate and lead our trips this season.
CORE RESPONSIBILITIES
The responsibilities of the position will vary, but will foremost comprise the coordination of farm-volunteer trips:
(a) match/schedule groups with appropriate farms, and plan out trips using varied transportation;
(b) facilitate workdays, oversee the work, and keep volunteers motivated and cared for (we will strive to have
two staff members on all trips; the program coordinator will oversee at least 2/3 of them);
(c) lead reflective educational activities (including pre/post sessions at groups’ program sites across Boston);
(d) administer a simple impact survey at end of trips, and tabulate data.
 Additionally, the educational programs coordinator will:
(a) conduct outreach to community groups to get new audiences excited about farm-volunteering;
(b) develop reflective/educational activities for use on trips, to expand our existing curriculum;
(c) refer participants to further community engagement/education opportunities, and develop systems to do so;
(d) support fundraising and community event organizing efforts, as needed.
COMPENSATION: $16 per hour (no health/vacation benefits)
HOURS: 40 hours per week (flexible scheduling – will range 30-50 hours/week)
DURATION: May 1 to November 15
For more information and to apply, click here.

Organic Land Care Program Coordinator – NOFA/Mass

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.

Skills required:
·       MS Word and Excel
·       Online social media networking proficiency
·       Interest in / basic familiarity with topics in organic land care and farming

Skills preferred:
·      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 julie@nofamass.org. Questions, email or call Julie at 978-355-2853. This position will start on March 15, 2013. For more information, click here.

Internships, Round the Bend Farm (South Dartmouth, MA)

Round the Bend Farm (RTB) was started in 2007; it is a 52 acre (with access to 25 acres more hayfield and pasture) farm located in South Dartmouth, MA. The farm enjoys the benefits of close proximity to the ocean, neighboring Audobon Society Sanctuary, and many close farms and friends. RTB has mainly produced animal and vegetable products (pork, eggs, milk, beef, vegetable, herbs and greens, lamb, mutton, wool, goat) in the past. We hope to diversify our produce to include hospitality and educational services and community service. We experience an abundance of opportunity – we capitalize on these opportunities with creative entrepreneurial solutions. The farm is beautiful. The ocean is visible and a nutrient rich sea mist blankets our fields and pastures each morning. Many things grow well at RTB.

The apprenticeship and foodie opportunities will take place from mid- April through mid- November. They will offer potential educational outreach and teaching opportunities in conjunction with a local non-profit; the Marion Institute (www.marioninstitute.org).

Apprentice:

Participate in the holistic experience that is diversified small farming in hopes of building confidence and skills to prepare you for an independent future. Round the Bend Farm seeks a farm apprentice to join the farm manager and one to three interns. We are looking for a person who is excited by the prospect of learning all things farming from vegetable gardening to seed saving to animal husbandry. We are looking for a self starter with a strong work ethic. Working closely with the farm manager, you will help to operate/create a small-scale holistic farm business and gain experiential skills to carry you into the future.

Resident Foodie:

Round the Bend Farm seeks a resident foodie to join the farm manager, small farm apprentice and the farm community. We are looking for a person who is excited by the prospect of immersion into a vibrant and diverse local food culture. We are looking for a self starter with a strong work ethic. Working closely with the farm manager, you will help to nourish a small-scale holistic farm business. You will specialize in food care and preparation while gaining experiential skills to carry you into the future.

For full position descriptions, see here.

Coyote Canyon Farm Internship (Morgan Hill, CA)

Coyote Canyon Farm has two apprenticeship positions available for the 2012 season: a full-season apprenticeship and a summer internship. We believe strongly in small-scale farming as a means of education, for ourselves and for others, and as a way of sharing in a community centered around food and local economy. To that end, we are seeking young farmers dedicated to farming and/or gardening, an outdoors lifestyle, creativity, and the hard work involved in running a CSA program.

The full-season apprenticeship, which runs from May 1 to November 1, introduces the apprentice to all aspects of running a small farm over the course of the growing season. This person will be expected to be a full working member of the farm, participating in crop planning, field preparation, propagation, planting, harvesting, deliveries, farmers’ markets, and office work. Our goal is to allow an individual to become a capable and knowledgeable small-scale agriculturalist, introduced not only to principles of sustainable farming but also to the larger community of small, sustainably-run farms in the area. The full-season apprentice receives a $200 monthly stipend.

The summer internship runs from June 1 to September 1, incorporating an individual into the daily routine, working alongside the farmers on the field. The goal of the summer intern should be to gain vital skills in the realm of sustainable agriculture. Our goal is to introduce the intern to the details and practices of raising plants from seed to harvest, taking care of our soil, and conceptualizing the needs of a small farm ecosystem.

Details and application info can be found here.

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