Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Be the CSA Manager at Riverdog Farm!

Riverdog Farm is a 450 acre certified organic, diversified family farm that grows vegetables, fruits, nuts, and raises pastured chickens and pigs. We are located in the beautiful Capay Valley. Our philosophy is that by taking care of our employees, land, and animals, we are helping to create and sustain a better food system. We have been helping to bring organic, seasonal, local food to the fore of the sustainable food movement throughout Northern California for over 25 years. We sell our products year round at Berkeley and Sacramento Farmers Markets, to regional restaurants, wholesale distributors and to CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) customers.

Position Summary:
Riverdog Farm is seeking a qualified, enthusiastic candidate to join our small but driven office administrative team. This person will be responsible for managing the CSA program, web-store and assist in other administrative office tasks such as sales support, food safety and organic compliance, and manage one area farmers market per week. Must be willing to take on additional responsibilities as needed. This is a full time on farm position that comes with competitive health and dental benefit employer contribution.
Duties & Responsibilities: 
CSA and Web-store Management
The csa manager is responsible for all administrative aspects of the csa program and web-store, including but not limited to: account maintenance and billing, customer service, logistics, marketing and promotion of on and off farm events, creating and publishing a weekly newsletter and working in collaboration with field and sales managers to build the weekly CSA box. Web store tasks include online inventory management, customer service and support, publishing a monthly newsletter and promotions.
Office Support
Office support duties include invoicing, sales support, basic office tasks, handling basic HR health insurance inquiries, working in partnership with the owners of the farm to address CCOF certification and food safety compliance tasks, and performing quarterly water sampling.
Farmers Market
We participate in 4 weekly farmers markets per week. On farm market managers drive a box truck to the market location where they direct and assist with setup, sales, and break down of stall before returning to the farm. Must be able to lift and carry 50lbs. repeatedly, know how to drive a manual transmition vehicle, and responsibly handle cash and farm inventory. Market days are long, and require some hours of overtime.
Education & Experience: 
Required Qualifications:
• Minimum 1 year experience working on an organic farm or with other local, seasonal food systems such as CSA’s, Farmers Markets, produce retail or vegetable distribution companies
• 2 years experience working in customer service and sales positions
• Exceptional customer service and account management skills
• Exceptional written English and verbal communication
• Experience using QuickBooks and MS Office Suite
• Valid California Drivers license
• Must be able to lift 50lbs. and climb in and out of the back of a box truck repeatedly.
• Strong work ethic, detailed oriented, trustworthy and able to work both independently and as part of a cohesive team in a fast paced, busy environment.
Preferred Qualifications
• Spanish language skills
• Experience using Farmigo CSA and Web-store Software
• Advanced computer and analytic skills
• Prior experience driving manual transmition box trucks
Application Instructions: 
Please email resume and cover letter to: csa@riverdogfarm.com. No phone calls please. We will contact you to schedule an interview if your experience and qualifications match our requirements.

Cooperative Development Specialist- Food and Agriculture, California Center for Cooperative Development

Davis, CA
The Cooperative Development Specialist will support projects involving people who are interested in starting cooperatively owned businesses within the food system, including marketing fresh and value-added fruits and vegetables, retail grocery stores, and farms operated as worker cooperatives. The specialist will also provide ancillary education related to general farm production and marketing, and business planning. Many of our project partners include groups who speak English as a second language. The agriculture projects include those based on fruit, vegetables, grain, and processed food producers in separate projects and includes working with local technical assistance provider partners for each project. This position allows for the Specialist to grow into work within other sectors, including housing and non-rural service oriented worker cooperatives.
Duties & Responsibilities: 
As a Cooperative Development Specialist, you’ll be:
• Talking to farmer who produce many different crops, ranchers, and small business owners in the food supply chain about strategies for improving their businesses through cooperation
• Completing market research and feasibility studies, including conducting producer surveys, interviews with key informants, and building financial pro formas
• Assessing the readiness of organizers and helping them get to the next level
• Developing relationships with partners with specific expertise in different areas to help our clients make strategic decisions
• Developing presentations and written materials for trainings
• Organizing and marketing conferences
• Evaluating current and potential projects and preparing progress reports for funders
Education & Experience: 
• 5 years of combined experience working in agriculture, fresh fruit/veg distribution, or retail food sectors
• At least one experience starting an organization (non-profit, for-profit, or cooperative organization)
• Experience conducting research including designing written surveys, conducting interviews, and analyzing data
• Strong communication and presentation skills
• High degree of competency using Excel, Powerpoint, and Word
• Self-motivated, highly organized team player
• An entrepreneurial and collaborative spirit
• Ability to travel statewide an average 2-3 times per month; occasional national travel
• BA or MS in Ag Econ, Business Administration, Managerial Economics, Community Development, or other field related to food or agriculture.
Application Instructions: 
Send resume, cover letter, references, and completed CCCD application (link available at http://www.cccd.coop/about-us/job-opportunities)

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Work for American Farmland Trust!

Program Manager, Farms for the Next Generation 
Northampton, MA • Programs
American Farmland Trust (AFT) is the nation's leading nonprofit organization dedicated to saving the land that sustains us by protecting farmland, promoting sound farming practices, and keeping farmers on the land. AFT’s Farms for the Next Generation initiative harnesses AFT’s broad expertise protecting farmland, facilitating farm succession and land access, and planning for agriculture and food systems, to support future opportunities for farmers and ranchers to earn a living and make a life on the land.

The Program Manager for Farms for the Next Generation is responsible for collaborating with national and regional staff to advance AFT’s work through education and outreach, policy research, technical assistance, and network coordination.  The Program Manager is a full-time position that reports to the Assistant Vice President of Programs and is based in AFT’s Northampton, Massachusetts office. 

Major Responsibilities: 
• Manage individual projects and train-the-trainer programming including budgets and project reimbursements 
• Develop educational content and materials 
• Organize, manage and deliver convenings, workshops, conferences and other in-person educational activities
• Create and deliver curriculum for on-line courses and other remote educational activities
• Communicate with and coordinate a network of educators and service providers
• Coordinate meetings, manage relationships with collaborators, partners and allied organizations; cultivate new relationships to expand the network 
• Research policies and programs and develop policy recommendations to advance Farms for the Next Generation objectives 
• Write white papers, policy briefs, professional reports and blogs
• Effectively represent AFT programs and policy positions to external stakeholders 
• Communicate regularly with AFT national and regional staff on strategy and network priorities 
• Communicate with the media, AFT members and the general public on Farms for the Next Generation 
• Support fundraising efforts including grant and proposal writing
• Other duties as assigned
• Eight years of progressively responsible professional experience or an advanced degree and five years of professional experience in a field or fields related to agriculture; farmland retention, protection, transition and access; food systems; land use planning; public policy 
• Knowledge of adult education and proven experience creating curriculum, delivering and managing professional development trainings 
• Proficiency with online meeting and training technologies, video conferencing, desktop sharing
• Track record engaging and collaborating with diverse populations and professional backgrounds 
• Experience working with farmers, ranchers and agricultural landowners
• Outstanding verbal, written and multi-media communication skills 
• Proven ability to perform legal and policy research 
• Strong project management skills and experience managing complex or multiple projects, government grants, workload and finances under deadline
• Supervisory experience including motivating, leading, setting objectives, and managing performance
• Experience with fundraising and fee for service contracts
• Proficiency with Office Suite, including PowerPoint; Geographical Information Systems preferred
Personal Requirements
• Passion for AFT’s mission 
• Penchant for thinking creatively and strategically 
• Proactive, decisive, and able to prioritize
• Independent self-starter 
• Poised, considerate and respectful team player  
• Willingness to learn and grow 

Application Deadline: June 11, 2018