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- Posted January 19, 2018 at 3:45pm
- Deadline Open until filled
- Location Burlington, Vermont
- Type Full Time
Interested in advancing the youth garden movement with the nation's leading resource for garden-based learning? KidsGardening.org (KG) is seeking an Executive Director (ED) to join this growing organization in early 2018. The ED is responsible for leading and advocating initiatives that make KG the hub for school gardening nationwide. The ED has overall responsibility for setting strategic direction and ensuring KG achieves its mission, goals, and long-term sustainability. The ED must have experience and expertise in all areas of management, including fundraising, program execution, financial management, and marketing communications.
Ideal candidates possess a passion for experiential education, gardening, environmental stewardship, children's health and community building.
Visit www.kidsgardening.org/executivedirector to learn more about KidsGardening and view the full position description.
To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter to AmeliaD@kidsgardening.org.
Vermont Agency of Agriculture - Working Lands Enterprise Initiative
- Posted January 16, 2018 at 8:54am
- Deadline January 29th, 2018
- Location Montpelier, Vermont
- Type Full Time
The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets seeks a dynamic individual to join the Agricultural Development Division as a Working Lands and Business Development Specialist. This position will collaborate with the Agency of Commerce and Community Development and Department of Forest, Parks and Recreation on supporting successful working lands enterprises and the evolving supply chain network critical to growing sustainable communities and economies of agriculture, food, forestry, and wood manufacturing. The scope of work will include managing the Working Lands Enterprise Initiative grant program and Working Lands Enterprise Board, guiding policy priorities and committee activities, as well as grantee outreach and management.
The mission of the Vermont Working Lands Enterprise Initiative is to strengthen and grow the economies, cultures, and communities of Vermont's working landscape. The Working Lands Enterprise Board achieves this by making essential catalytic investments in critical leverage points of the Vermont farm and forest economy, and facilitating policy development to optimize the agricultural and forest use of Vermont lands.
This position will also coordinate business development activities to access financial assistance and appropriate technical assistance essential for increasing production, profit margins, and job creation. The position will have ongoing engagement with agriculture and food based businesses as well as forestry and the wood manufacturing supply chain, industry stakeholders, and nonprofit and public-sector partners. This Working Lands and Business Development Specialist should expect to be part of a dynamic team committed to building partnerships, engaging one-on-one with Vermont businesses and support organizations, and managing an evolving financial assistance and stewardship program.
Please note: This Senior Agriculture Development Coordinator’s official duty station will be located at the Agency’s Chittenden County office, in Williston, but their first 6 months of training will occur primarily at the Washington County office, in Montpelier. This position will be expected to accommodate both this short term arrangement and long term permanent location.
Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility (VBSR)
- Posted January 13, 2018 at 11:28am
- Deadline February 8th, 2018
- Location Burlington, VT
- Type Part Time
Encourage Vermonters to shop local and support our communities!
Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility (VBSR) seeks a part-time (20 hrs/wk) Program Manager to lead VBSR’s Local First Vermont (LFVT) Program: manage the development, sales, marketing and distribution of the Buy Local Resource Guide and Coupon Book and mobile app; educate the public on the advantages of supporting a local economy; and hire and supervise employees for LFVT products, programs and services. Qualified
Candidates will have excellent communication and organizational skills plus experience with sales and digital marketing. VBSR offers a fun and engaging work environment and competitive compensation package. Join us!
The Local First Vermont Program Manager leads and coordinates all functions of the Local First Vermont Program, including Buy Local Resource Guide and Coupon Book, and mobile app. This position reports to VBSR’s Executive Director.
Main Focus: Project Management, Sales & Marketing
- Manage the production, sales, and distribution of the Buy Local Book and Mobile App
- Manage the advertising sales and sponsorship sales for the Buy Local Book and Mobile App
- Maintain and grow Local First Vermont’s merchant participation and brand awareness
- Educate the business community and the public on the advantages of supporting a local economy
- Hire and supervise employees or subcontractors for Local First Vermont and Buy Local products, programs and services
- Be a positive contributor to VBSR Staff Team and team-wide efforts, including membership growth and organizational development
Qualifications & Experience:
- Excellent oral and written communication skills
- Excellent organizational and project management skills
- Good sales skills and good marketing experience
- Ability to work independently
- Experience with printing and proofreading
- Experience managing print, design and media projects
- Personal vehicle necessary, statewide travel required
- Ability to lift and carry items weighing 40-50 lbs
- Occasional evenings required
Work Culture & Environment:
- Opportunity for all staff to contribute ideas
- Sense of community
- Employee/team recognition and/or celebrations
- Independent/autonomous work
- Focus on social responsibility in the work/workplace
- Diversity valued, welcomed and encouraged
- Opportunity for flexible hours and remote work
VBSR is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, veterans, people of color, individuals with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ community and individuals from diverse and often underrepresented populations are encouraged to apply.
- Posted January 7, 2018 at 1:18pm
- Deadline Open until filled
- Location Shelburne, VT
- Type Full Time
Come join the cheese team at Shelburne Farms! We are currently seeking a motivated, dependable, hardworking, quality focused cheesemaker to help produce our award-winning farmhouse cheddar cheese.
Primary duties include:
-Cheese production throughout every step of the process, from the arrival of milk to final press
-Responsible for overall cleaning, sanitation and food safety
-Transporting the milk with our haul truck from the dairy to the cheese room
-Cheese processing, including cutting, waxing, packaging, and labeling for retail sale
-Assisting in performing order fulfillment and shipping, especially during the holiday season
-Sales and marketing assistance at farmer’s markets, demos, food shows, and farm programs
General requirements and qualifications:
-Cheesemaking experience preferred but not required; any commercial food production or experience in a commercial kitchen is helpful
-Knowledge and understanding of milk and cheese chemistry
-Commitment to cleaning, sanitation and food safety
-Significant physical strength and endurance, including the ability to lift 50-60 lbs. multiple times throughout the day
-Team player that is flexible, hardworking, fun to work with and wants to learn more about the art and science of cheesemaking
Shelburne Farms is a 1,400 acre working farm, National Historic Landmark, and nonprofit educational organization. We’ve been producing award-winning, raw milk cheddar at the farm for over 30 years. The farm is located on the shores of Lake Champlain and just a short drive from Burlington. For more information about the farm visit www.shelburnefarms.org
Salaried, year-round position with health care, 401(k), and other benefits.
Hurricane Flats Farm
- Posted January 7, 2018 at 11:04am
- Deadline Open until filled
- Location South Royalton, VT
- Type Full Time
Hurricane Flats, a successful organic vegetable and hay farm in central Vermont, is looking for farm help for the upcoming growing season. The position entails fieldwork, selling at farmer's market, making hay, as well as other farm related duties.
We are looking for a person that is willing to work hard and fast, think on their feet, learn, and put in the necessary hours to ensure the farm's success. This is a partnership track position, in which the right individual will have the opportunity to become a part owner of the farm.
Starting pay will be commensurate with experience, with the possibility of a season ending bonus, housing is available. Send cover letter and resume to Geo at email@example.com.
Food Solutions New England
- Posted January 5, 2018 at 11:01am
- Deadline January 21st, 2018
- Location Durham, New Hampshire
- Type Full Time
The Communication Director will be responsible for developing and leading the Food Solutions New England (FSNE) network’s communications strategy. In addition to guiding the network’s communication strategy, the Communication Director will be responsible for content development and management of FSNE’s websites, social media sites (Facebook and Twitter), newsletters, campaigns, storytelling, and media relations.
The position is based at the Sustainability Institute at UNH which serves as the backbone, or coordinating entity, for the FSNE network. The Communication Director will work with FSNE to grow and strengthen the network. The Communication Director will also be responsible for coordinating communications partnerships with organizations across the network, as well as with the UNH Sustainability Institute and UNH Communication and Public Affairs.
In addition to possessing a well-rounded set of communications skills, the Director is expected to bring proven communications expertise in one or more areas (e.g., social media, graphic design, storytelling, videography, photography, etc.) that will complement and advance existing communications capabilities of FSNE and the Sustainability Institute. This is a highly collaborative position that requires being in conversation with diverse stakeholders in a co-creative way.
To learn more and apply, please visit the UNH Job Page. All applicants MUST apply through the UNH job page. The position is number PS0704FY18, Communication Director, Food Solutions New England.
- Posted January 4, 2018 at 9:44am
- Deadline January 28th, 2018
- Location Barre, VT
- Type Full Time
FULL TIME, NON-EXEMPT
This full-time finance associate position consists primarily in maintaining A/P and A/R and assisting the CFO and HR. An ideal candidate is confident, comfortable making independent decisions, able to maintain confidentiality, can provide a high level of quality customer service and problem solving, is organized, familiar with accounting procedures and accounting software, detail-oriented, accurate, tactful and diplomatic. The ability to become proficient in Vermont Foodbank policies and procedures is required.
Essential Functions and Responsibilities:
- Works cooperatively and be able to communicatewith staff and volunteers to support the mission of the Foodbank to meet and sustain Foodbank goals;
- Positively contribute to an organizational culture of safe and secure food handling, warehousing and distribution;
- The Foodbank relies on volunteers every day to fulfill our mission. All Foodbank employees must support our culture of philanthropy by treating every volunteer with appreciation and respect;
- Participate in special events, committees and sort-a-thons;
- Responsible for all accounts payable (invoice tracking, inputting and payment) and vendor accounts including W9s and annual processing of 1099s. Assist warehouse staff with invoice and credit tracking;
- Train new hires on VFB tax exemption procedures and keep tax exempt laminates updated. Obtain tax refunds as necessary;
- Assist CFO directly with fixed asset inputting and monthly depreciation;
- Keep vendor certificates of liability updated in accounting software;
- Maintain all aspects of A/R including, but not limited to:
- Cash logging of checks and special event donations;
- Record agency and miscellaneous payments in Ceres 2009;
- A/R and miscellaneous monthly balancing, creating and distributing monthly statements;
- Maintain yearly membership spreadsheets and issue quarterly membership invoices;
- Process cash inventory credit memos and invoices;
- Maintain matching coop credit spreadsheets and issue credits when appropriate;
- Issue all agency donation credits;
- Track aged accounts receivables on a regular basis and document collection efforts while providing excellent customer service;
- Backup for payroll duties to include but not limited to time records and payroll processing;
- Assist in yearly audits;
- Maintain Petty Cash box, gift cards and credit cards;
- Answer phones and assist reception as needed;
- Create and maintain SOPs as needed;
- Assist, when needed, CFO with monthly bank reconciliation & general ledger entries;
- Backup for CFO for inventory month end;
- Actively pursue efficiency improvements for position include but not limited to maximizing software potential, paperless options, streamlining tasks.
Other Skills and Abilities:
- Employee must be able to work independently and respect confidentiality.
- Employee must be able to lift a minimum of 10 pounds.
- Employee must be able to work flexible hours, including evenings and weekends.
- Excellent interpersonal and team skills are necessary with the ability to work independently in taking charge of assignments.
- Employee must be proficient in oral and written skills, critical thinking and have a firm command of the English language.
- A high level of knowledge of the Microsoft © Office Suite (Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Word and Outlook) is expected.
- A valid Vermont Driver’s License.
- 3-year motor vehicle report (MVR) showing a clean driving record.
- Posted January 2, 2018 at 2:06pm
- Deadline January 20th, 2018
- Location Keene, NH, New Hmapshire
- Type Full Time
JOB SUMMARY: The Farm Manager is responsible for ensuring the farm’s production is profitable and aligned with our vision and mission. This includes adhering to the principles of holistic land management, humane treatment of animals, and providing superior experience for visiting members of the public. The Farm Manager is responsible for ensuring the equipment, grounds and facilities are well maintained.
ESSENTIAL FUNTIONS: (Note: the following list of essential functions is not exhaustive, and may be supplemented as necessary.)
1. Livestock: Develop and implement a livestock program using holistic management principles that is profitable and serves a demonstration for other farmers.
2. Chores: Develop and implement a system for daily chores including care, grooming and feeding of animals. Provide supervision, training and support for volunteers and staff to deliver exceptional care for livestock and farm animals. Provide relief milking for the dairy operation on a regular basis.
3. Draft Horses: Develop a series of programs that increases revenue generated from the farm’s draft horses such as hay/sleigh ride experience, workshops and demonstration.
4. Feed: Produce hay seasonally to provide feed for livestock at Stonewall Farm (providing farm has access to haying equipment) or source feed from other farms. Manage feed expenses by procuring feed in most economical manner.
5. Maple Sugar Production: Assess the farm’s maple sugar production operations, make recommendations to improve efficiency and profitability of operations. Manage the maple production operation from setting up lines, collecting, boiling and bottling sap.
6. Equipment: Develop and implement a facilities and equipment maintenance schedule adhering to manufacturer recommendations for routine maintenance and repair. Ensure all equipment is properly stored and safety plans are in place to ensure safety of all employees and visitors to the farm. Maintain registration and inspections schedule for all farm vehicles.
7. Facilities Maintenance: Develop and follow a routine maintenance schedule to ensure buildings are properly maintained, adhere to all relevant safety and building codes. This includes the dairy, horse barn, equipment sheds, sugar house, and small animal sheds. Coordinate with outside contractors as needed to complete work according to Stonewall Farm policies.
8. Grounds: Ensure the grounds are well maintained and represents the farm in a positive manner. This includes the driveways, forest, trails and pastures. Coordinate and assist in snow removal for the entire property along with the Farm Hand.
9. Education: Teach education programs for school groups, farmer education workshops and the general public related to livestock, pastures management, maple sugaring and draft horses.
10. Business Plan Development: Ensure the farm’s production generates a profit by working with the ED to develop a business plan and budget that identifies sources of revenue, expenses and then monitors financials on a regular basis ensure production is on track to meet goals.
11. Perform other duties as assigned.
The Farm at the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps (VYCC)
- Posted December 29, 2017 at 1:08pm
- Deadline May 1st, 2018
- Location Richmond, VT
- Type Full Time
The Vermont Youth Conservation Corps is a 501c3 service, conservation, and youth development organization. Our mission is to teach young people personal responsibility through meaningful work that connects us to the land, community, and one another. To instill these skills and values, VYCC enrolls young people in paid work opportunities. Our model is strong and simple: Youth Corps Members work together in small groups, guided by highly trained Crew Leaders, to complete high priority projects in conservation and agriculture.
Headquartered on historic Vermont farmland, our Food and Farm program employs youth and young adults in the Health Care Share, a community-based public health project that connects Vermont families unable to afford or access nutritious food with a weekly share of farm fresh produce.
Available positions include:
AmeriCorps Project Lead – This position involves both food production and programmatic aspects of the Health Care Share, including guiding youth crews and volunteers working on the project.
During pre-season months, Project Leads focus on Health Care Share project planning, Food & Finance curriculum refinement, and preparing for youth crews. During the summer field season, Project Leads coordinate project details and logistics, facilitate Food & Finance classes, and provide a productive, safe working environment for youth crews to grow and deliver Health Care Shares to partnering medical centers. During the Fall season, Project Leads coordinate the remaining weeks of the Health Care Share, arranging and leading projects for volunteers and afterschool youth crews
AmeriCorps Team Leaders –
Crew Leaders are responsible for leading a crew of 4-8 high school youth through daily work and education projects, including the harvest, wash and pack of all Health Care Share produce. They act as teachers, coaches, and role models to Youth Corps Members while building a healthy, safe, and positive community for their crew. Crew Leaders collaborate with their peers, Project Leads, and year-round Farm staff to complete agriculture projects to high standards while using the experience in food and farming to train youth in life and job skills.
AmeriCorps Leadership Development Crew –
LDC is a peer-led team of 6-8 young people (21-27 yrs) who live and work together to grow produce and raise poultry for the Health Care Share, while teaching and mentoring our high school Youth Corps Members. LDC Members live with their crew in yurts or lean-tos, have access to community living spaces with modern amenities and all food grown on farm (vegetables, eggs, meat). LDC is an experience for individuals interested in vegetable and livestock production, construction, youth development, and all things food. Most importantly, LDC is an experience for people who want to join a team and work together to meet a larger goal: providing job training youth and fresh food to families in need.
* In all positions, we are looking for adults who are ready for a challenge and enjoy working with young people as teachers, mentors, and role models. Excellent Leadership is the most crucial factor in determining a crew’s success.
- Posted December 18, 2017 at 11:06am
- Deadline Open until filled
- Location Websterville, VT
- Type Full Time
SUMMARY Under direction of the HR Manager, the HR Administrator oversees and processes all bi-monthly payrolls, assists in the training of all Vermont Creamery’s benefit plans, FMLA, worker’s compensation, paid and unpaid time off, health and safety, and unemployment insurance. The HR Administrator also handles all executive assistant functions for the President and other leadership staff, fields HR related phone calls, assists with employee events and celebrations and maintains the integrity of all HR documentation.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES (Other duties as assigned):
- Administers the weekly and bi-monthly payrolls.
- Checks all employee hours and time off in E-time.
- Manages and coaches supervisors on E-time.
- Helps employees enroll on health, dental, accident, vision, 401K and other benefits.
- Assists in preparing materials and in presenting benefit plan changes to employees.
- Consults and advises employees on eligibility for company benefit plans and provides benefits orientation.
- Maintains employees’ medical files.
- Processes status changes and annual performance reviews.
- Assist employees with benefit related questions.
- Assists with the UI and FMLA programs.
Human Resources Administrative
- Maintains employees’ personnel files and keeps them up to date – records combined time off leave and tracks employees’ performance evaluations.
- Answers telephone, provides welcoming reception, and directs incoming calls when necessary.
- Handles the intake for workers compensation claims and maintains worker’s compensation files.
- Prepares and maintains HR letters– offers, terminations, FMLA, corrective action.
- Maintains Employee Handbook, updates policies, when needed.
- Updates, distributes and posts annual employment posters.
- Responds to notifications from state agency regarding unemployment claims filed by former employees.
- Schedules temporary workers with various temp agencies, when needed.
General and Leadership Team Administrative
- Helps to organize company inside activities: employee and children’s holiday party, summer picnic, flu shots, annual farmer’s meeting, etc.
- Functions as the executive assistant to the president and leadership team; books all travel and takes care of various administrative responsibilities, including maintaining the president’s calendar.
- Supports the creation and editing of presentations in Powerpoint, Excel, etc.
- Sets up VIP lunches and special meetings and events for the leadership team. • Assists in the administration of service awards and employee bonuses.
- Provides administrative assistance to QA Manager with training records for end of the year OSHA reporting.
- Assumes all duties required as the EEO Coordinator.
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE: Two-year associates degree or equivalent from two or four-year college, three years’ experience in benefits administration, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. A basic understanding of accounting is required as well. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be proficient in the Microsoft Office Suite, specifically Powerpoint, Excel, and Word.
- A working knowledge of Workday software is highly desirable.
- A "customer first" attitude and a pleasant demeanor.
- Self-starter and able to work independently.
- Knowledge of benefit programs and terms.
- Ability to understand and analyze plan documents and benefit contracts.
- Excellent telephone, writing and presentation skills.
- Ability to work as a team player.
- Strong analytical skills.
- Strong interpersonal skills to handle sensitive and confidential situations.
- Excellent problem solving skills.
- Thorough, organized, and detail oriented; able to establish priorities and meet deadlines.
- Independent judgment is necessary to plan, prioritize, and organize a diversified workload.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: (NOTE: the physical demands and work environment 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.) While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to stand, sit, walk, use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls; talk and hear, and reach with hands or arms. The employee is frequently required to climb or balance, and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee occasionally lifts and/or moves up to 25 lbs. Works comfortably in variable temperature environment. Requires ability to travel occasionally.
WORK ENVIRONMENT: While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly works in regular office conditions, production, inside cooler or in warehouse.
EXEMPTION STATUS: Non-exempt.