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Local Food Production Position (Center for an Agricultural Economy)

Organization Center for an Agricultural Economy
Location 140 Junction Road (PO Box 422)
Hardwick, VT 05843

Just Cut Kitchen Staff

 The Center for an Agricultural Economy (CAE) is looking to add a reliable individual for our Just Cut team! Experience preferred but will train motivated individuals that are a good fit.

This position is hourly, and requires a willingness to work in an industrial kitchen setting, maintaining good food safety practices, working closely with a team, and having a good work ethic.

Position:  Kitchen Staff 

Supervisor: Report to Just Cut Production Manager and  Program Manager

Salary: Hourly, beginning at $17.50/hr, with opportunity for increase 

Work Schedule: Starting immediately, 3 days per week. 

Summary of Position: Just Cut is a social enterprise at CAE that prepares locally sourced produce for use in institutional kitchens. This position will work in a team with the Facilities Manager and Just Cut Program Manager. The primary responsibility is to ensure the safe, efficient and cleanly processing and packaging of raw produce products into value-added products for institutions and bulk buyers. 

Employee Responsibilities:

  • Prepare, package, and ship weekly fresh and frozen Just Cut product orders (particularly beets, cabbage, potatoes, and carrots)
  • Ability to work in an industrial kitchen setting; warehouse inventory lifting, physical capability to move foodstuffs, dry goods, work in hot and cold settings, and work with food processing equipment is a necessity. 
  • Communicate all irregularities to the Just Cut Supervisor and follow all food safety protocols as communicated by Just Cut Supervisor or Facilities Manager (i.e. equipment malfunction, materials below par level, staff injuries, etc.)
  • Maintain a high level of cleanliness throughout production kitchens and warehouse

Skills: We’re looking for the right fit for making our Food Venture Center hum with activity. 

  • Ability to consistently lift up to 60lbs
  • Ability to work on your feet
  • Ability to take directions quickly and efficiently and able to follow established procedures
  • Ability to be detail oriented, and focused on specific tasks to completion
  • Ability to be on-time, to communicate to your teammates, and to carry out repetitive tasks

EOE Statement

Building community leadership, investing in relationships, and listening to the needs of the community are core principles CAE applies to all of our work. We encourage anyone interested in this position to reach out with any questions they may have before applying. CAE strives to foster an inclusive and supportive staff culture where learning and growth are supported. CAE believes an equitable food system is one with empowered communities that are socially and economically thriving with shared mutual goals.

Background on CAE

CAE was founded in 2004 to build a regenerative, just, and healthy local food system that creates socially thriving and economically vital rural communities. We do this through a range of programs that provide the infrastructure, education, and connectivity to forward our goals. Our approach is rooted in understanding specific community needs, and collaborating with local, regional, and statewide partners across sectors for long-term transformation and resilience.

CAE operates a full-service food hub at the Vermont Food Venture Center. Our support for farm and food businesses include business advising and technical assistance, as well as a farm-to-institution social enterprise, Just Cut, and local food delivery service. Our community programs are focused in the greater Hardwick area and include the 7-year Grow Your Own food independence collaboration with the Hardwick Area Food Pantry and others, and Place-Based Education collaboration with our local schools.

Date Posted May 25th, 2022
Deadline June 17th, 2022
# of Positions Available 1
Categories Food Production, Food Processing or Manufacturing
Type Part Time
Compensation Hourly, beginning at $17.50/hr, with opportunity for increase
How to Apply TO APPLY: Send resume and contact information for 2 professional references to Lotty:

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