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Gleaning Assistant (Community Harvest of Central Vermont)

Organization Community Harvest of Central Vermont
Location 146 Lord Road
Berlin, Vermont 05602
Description

Community Harvest of Central Vermont (CHCV), Central Vermont's gleaning organization for the past 9 years, is looking to add a part-time Gleaning Assistant for the 2022 season. CHCV brings the community together through gleaning to recover surplus food produced on area farms to feed those with limited access to healthy, fresh local food, and in the process, helps the community to gain a greater awareness and appreciation of the local food system, healthy eating, and waste reduction.

Position Summary

This position will work closely with CHCV’s Executive Director and volunteers to recover surplus vegetables and fruit from Central Vermont farms and other food producers. Responsibilities of this position will include the regular pickup and occasional delivery of donated vegetables from local farms to recipient sites. This position will also be responsible for general upkeep and maintenance of CHCV’s facility, vehicle and supplies.

The Gleaning Assistant should be comfortable taking direction, thinking on their feet and able to contribute in a fast-paced workplace.

Specific Responsibilities

Gleaning, Farm Pick-ups & Food Processing

  • Support Executive Director with facilitation of gleaning and farm pick-ups by preparing supplies, communicating clearly with farmers and CHCV team, setting up for the tasks, truck organization, and record keeping.
  • Instruct volunteers on proper handling, packing, safety, and quality standards.
  • Motivate groups of volunteers to achieve harvest or packing goals.
  • Pack and grade produce for distribution to recipient partners maintaining high food safety and quality standards.

Facility and Operational Tasks

  • Oversee general upkeep, regular cleaning, and organization of CHCV’s facility, tools, supplies, and vehicle.
  • Assist with compost practices, as needed.

Preferred Qualifications & Experience

  • 2+ years of experience of vegetable production, either on a commercial farm, community garden, or similar setting required. Knowledge of local fruit and vegetable varieties, harvesting and/or food handling experience, preferred.
  • Proven ability to effectively communicate with a wide range of audiences in various settings both verbal and written. Experience in leading and motivating groups typically through 1+ years supervising groups and/or managing volunteers and/or teaching desired.
  • Strong attention to detail and demonstrated ability to follow and internalize specific instructions and processes in a fast-paced environment.
  • 2+ years of customer service experience in a fast-paced environment, desired
  • Possesses an understanding and appreciation of the local food system, healthy eating, and waste reduction. Experience working or volunteering in non-profit(s) which address hunger relief, waste reduction or agricultural issues desired.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office suite and/or G suite software.
  • Must be able to repeatedly lift 50+ pounds in various conditions. This position is physically demanding and requires an aptitude for manual labor.
  • Valid US driver’s license and reliable transportation required. Ability to drive a pick-up truck and mid-size cargo van required. Use of your own reliable vehicle desired.

All work will take place throughout Central Vermont, with the majority occurring in Berlin. Likely hours are 10-20 hours a week through mid-December, with potential for a year-round position for the right candidate.

Learn more about how you can help us help everyone eat local! See CommunityHarvestVT.org for program information.

Date Posted June 15th, 2022
Deadline Open until filled
# of Positions Available 1
Type Part Time
Compensation Compensation is $16-18/hour based on experience.
How to Apply Accepting applications until position is filled. Interviewing will begin as soon as the week of June 20th. Interested applicants should submit: - Cover letter with description of past agricultural work; interest in local food system/food security; experience leading groups, and, hours/week desired and details about availability - Resume in PDF format to CommunityHarvestVT@gmail.com

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