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Vermont Housing & Conservation Board (VHCB)
- Posted August 12, 2019 at 10:24am
- Deadline September 4th, 2019
- Location Montpelier, VT
- Type Freelance
The Vermont Housing & Conservation Board (VHCB) seeks a consultant to develop a concise list of investments needed to address the issues laid out in the 2018 Exploration of the Future of Vermont Agriculture report.
Purpose: VHCB, in collaboration with UVM Extension, the Vermont Land Trust, the Intervale Center, and the Center for an Agricultural Economy (CAE), seeks to identify a comprehensive set of investments required over the next decade to respond to anticipated shifts in Vermont land use, production systems, and farm viability.
The 2018 Exploration of the Future of Vermont Agriculture report, along with other recent efforts, including the Vermont Dairy & Water Collaborative, resulted in an urgent call to action. The project partners believe that upcoming challenges to Vermont’s agricultural sector will require unprecedented investment and coordination among organizations. The goal of this project is to identify and articulate the collective investments needed in land conservation, farmland access, and business and technical assistance activities for Vermont’s agricultural sector over the next decade.
We are seeking a consultant who can work with the project partners between September 2019 and January 2020 to collect data from each organization on past investments and impacts and anticipated trends, further research trends in Vermont’s agricultural sector, facilitate the project partners to come to consensus on priority investments, and write a report based on the work. The report will need to include a variety of considerations in order to build an evidence-based case for the recommended investments, including but not limited to:
Historical data on the scale of investments and impacts
- Land conservation
- Farmland access
- Business and technical assistance
Projections on changes in the agricultural sector over the next decade
- Incoming vs. retiring farmers
- Land use trends
- Farms and acreage affected by these trends and changes
- Level of financial and technical assistance needed to support positive outcomes given these trends and projections
Recommended investments based on historical data and projected needs
- High level budgets to show how investments will address needs
- Role that each organization and potentially other partner organizations will play in the work
- Anticipated impacts, by investment type
Scope of Services Requested: The consultant shall work with VHCB on the work described above, including the following activities:
- Facilitate three meetings with project partners
- Collect historical program data and anticipated trends and needs from project partners
- Conduct research on trends in the Vermont agricultural sector
- Develop a framework that uses historical data and anticipated needs to estimate future investment recommendations
- Draft and finalize a report with background information and investment recommendations
Timeline: Approximately September 2019 through January 2020.
Recommended scope and timeline:
- Facilitate one half-day meeting with VHCB, UVM Extension, Intervale Center, Vermont Land Trust and CAE staff to collaboratively: clarify the scope of activities to be included in the report; determine a set of research questions based on which data will drive the analysis; and identify a list of experts who can provide the necessary data.
- Produce a report outline to guide the collection and analysis of information
- Meet individually with project partner staff to collect relevant data on historical program investments and impacts
- Develop definitions to delineate and clarify program services (technical assistance, research, general outreach/promotion, educational programs, economic development initiatives, etc.)
- Conduct research on trends in Vermont’s agricultural sector (may require interviews with topical experts)
- Develop a framework for determining needed investments (e.g., formulas for estimating funding needs; tables to show relationships between organizational funding needs)
- Facilitate one half-day meeting with project partners to assess project status and address outstanding questions
- Continue to collect information from project partners and conduct research
- Develop a draft set of projections related to agricultural production, land conservation, and farm transfers based on historical data and anticipated changes in the agricultural sector
- Complete a first draft of the report
- Facilitate one all-day meeting with project partners to review project results and come to consensus on a list of recommended investments
- Facilitate report revisions and finalization
- Provide digital archive of all project notes for future reference by project partners
Proposal Format: Proposals should include a description of approach to be used to accomplish the scope above; experience and qualifications of the consulting team; hourly or per diem rates for all individuals to be compensated; a total, all-inclusive maximum proposed cost to perform the scope of work; links to sample work products/reports if applicable; and three references. VHCB will not be responsible for expenses incurred in preparing this proposal (RFP) and such costs should not be included. Please note that additional materials and notes from meetings leading up to this RFP may be available to those developing proposals.
Evaluation and Selection: Staff at VHCB and project partner organizations will evaluate proposals and may request a meeting by phone to discuss your proposal in advance of making a decision. Decisions will be made by September 16, 2019. Proposals will be evaluated based on the following criteria:
- Qualifications and experience of the principal(s) who would be conducting the activities and preparing reports;
- Prior experience with similar projects and references;
- Sample work product and reports;
- Quality and clarity of proposal in addressing scope and goals;
- Ability to meet timeframe of the proposed project;
- Proposed approach to project; and
- Proposed cost.
Maplehill School and Community Farm
- Posted August 9, 2019 at 9:35am
- Deadline September 1st, 2019
- Location Plainfield, Vermont
- Type Full Time
Serve Your Community Through AmeriCorps at Maplehill School and Community Farm as a Farm to School AmeriCorps Member!
The Vermont Youth Development Corps AmeriCorps (VYDC) program is recruiting AmeriCorps members for the 2019-2020 service year! AmeriCorps is a national service program that creates community service opportunities across the county, and VYDC places AmeriCorps members throughout Vermont to promote hope, justice, and well-being for all Vermont youth and families. The Maplehill School is one of the sites with which VYDC places AmeriCorps members and one of the sites for which VYDC is actively recruiting.
The Farm to School AmeriCorps Member supports:
Farm to School and community outreach activities, including assisting youth in learning about & completing farm chores, shopping for and serving meals, co-coordinating community events, building partnerships with local organizations and leading weekly Harvest of the Month cooking demonstrations.
The Maplehill School Healthy Food Program, which provides healthy, locally grown food to our students and staff year-round, including working with the Farm to Table Coordinator to plan and cook meals as well as working with the Farm Educator to tend to the farm and garden.
Programming that the AmeriCorps member supports involves healthy nutrition, culinary life skills, humane animal care and food production basics - including planting, tending, harvesting, preserving crops.
General programming at Maplehill School includes but is not limited to attending field trips, mentoring students, participating in electives, vocational training and PE activities.
A car is needed for monthly travel to AmeriCorps training and site specific travel between campuses. Maplehill School is located in Plainfield, VT. Minimum age requirement is 23, with a clean driving record and a commitment to a full time year of service beginning Sept 1.
$14,100 living allowance for service term
$6,095 education award that can be used for qualified student loans or continuing education
Loan forbearance/deferment for qualified student loans
Extensive professional development opportunities
Mileage for service-related travel when in service
Healthcare and childcare assistance (if full time position)
Black Dirt Farm
- Posted August 8, 2019 at 1:09pm
- Deadline August 8th, 2019
- Location Greensboro Bend, Vermont
- Type Part Time
The Farm Mechanic & Route Operator plays an important role in managing the farm’s equipment maintenance and repair, as well as operating the farm’s food scrap collection operation one day per week. This self-driven role will be responsible for maintaining the good working-order of all equipment on the farm and supporting the continued success of the food scrap collection route.
Job Tasks and Requirements
By and large the role will include the following tasks:
Route Operation – (30% of time)
- Weekly collection of food scraps from customers
- Operation of generator, hot water pressure washer, and 12-volt fresh water pump.
- Daily tracking and reporting of data.
- Visually inspecting containers for contaminants and removing them.
- Customer service as needed while on customer premises.
- Collection of sawdust as needed and delivery of sawdust to customers.
- Occasional farm tractor operation as needed.
- Weekly & monthly meetings.
Equipment Repair and Maintenance – (70% of time)
- Oversee farm equipment repair and maintenance, including overall project/task management, preventative maintenance and associated schedule, repair, and equipment histories, as well as documenting procedures that will need to be replicated in the future. This role will execute as much repair and maintenance work as possible. The applicant does not need to know how to repair everything. Of equal value is the ability to recognize when a repair should be handled by a third-party. The applicant will be responsible for coordinating third-party repairs and maintaining strong relationships with equipment shops we work with.
- Oversee the mechanical shop, its organization and its tools.
Misc equipment and operations
- Back up chores when necessary
- Special projects as necessary
- Record keeping – recording time, managing equipment repair and maintenance logs, and other related information tracking as requested.
- Three years mechanical repair experience; preferably with small engines
- Five years driving experience and ideally, one year of commercial or heavy truck driving experience
- Excellent work ethic and appreciation for efficiency.
- Excellent time management and organizational skills.
- Superior personal skills, including communication, stress management, and teamwork.
- Willingness to follow and develop protocol. Curiosity about and ambition for operational excellence.
- This job requires the operator to:
- Handle containers up to 350 pounds (on wheels).
- Lift 100 pounds safely.
- Climb in and out of truck bed routinely with comfort.
- Shovel heavy material for extended periods of time.
- Execute semi-repetitive tasks over time
- Operate outdoors, in variable weather
- Bend, stoop, and climb stairs
- Excitement about compost, farming and the food system.
Hours per week: 24-30 hours per week, with potential for growth.
Vermont Compost Company
- Posted August 8, 2019 at 9:02am
- Deadline Open until filled
- Location Montpelier, Vermont
- Type Full Time
Vermont Compost Company, a leading compost and potting soil company for organic growers, is looking for a Fulfilment & Operations Officer.
This position starts at $15/hour. Benefits include: paid time off, 3% matching IRA, partial health insurance reimbursement and more. This job is full-time, year-round, outdoor work. The standard work week is Monday through Friday, 8am to 4pm.
Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
- Coordinating with the Fulfillment and Operations Department and the Sales Department to ensure all potting soil and compost orders are completed accurately, while maintaining the highest soil product quality
- Bagging and building pallets of bagged soils, preparing them for shipping
- Routinely operate machinery and heavy equipment: loading trucks, running the bagging machine, turning compost piles, snow plowing, etc.
- Assisting customers, vendors, delivery drivers and other Vermont Compost departments as needed
Vermont Compost is a very busy, dynamic workplace. The Fulfilment and Operation Officer position requires a positive attitude, flexibility and attention to detail. We are looking for someone who is patient, friendly and willing to work with others on team projects -- but can also work independently if need be. Some previous experience operating machinery and heavy equipment (or a strong desire to learn) is helpful and desired for this position. Training will be provided. Must be able to lift 50lbs, repeatedly, over the course of a day. Opportunity to provide support to the Poultry, Livestock (chickens and donkeys), Composting, and Soil Lab Departments may arise depending on need and interest.
Rutland Area Food Co-Op
- Posted July 31, 2019 at 7:16pm
- Deadline Open until filled
- Location Rutland, VT
- Type Full Time
The Rutland Area Food Co-op is seeking an energetic community-oriented leader to serve as our General Manager.
- Create and implement store policies and procedures with the goal of fostering an environment which will ensure success.
- Build and maintain positive relationships with owners and the greater community in order to promote the RAFC mission and broaden community participation.
- Establish and evaluate development goals and priorities, including the assessment of capital needs and performance objectives for department managers.
- Monitor budget progression which includes identifying deviations and taking corrective action to meet established goals.
- Efficiently and effectively organize and oversee the Co-op’s operations which includes monitoring the overall store condition to meet budgetary goals and customer service standards in order to ultimately ensure profitability.
- Meet business and organizational goals including current operational goals as well as future expansion goals.
- Facilitate the hiring, orienting, training, supervision, scheduling, timely and thoughtful evaluation, promotion, discipline and/or dismissal of all Co-op staff
- Oversee and collaborate on marketing efforts in order to increase public awareness of the Co-op’s products and services as well as contribute to community education.
- Ensure a safe and healthy workplace for all employees which includes consistent staff meetings, measurable objectives and performance standards, staff training and opportunities for development and an employee handbook.
The General Manager is accountable to and serves at the discretion of our Board of Directors. The Board and GM work together to establish and implement goals and policies. Reporting will include directing and monitoring all financial operations of RAFC including operating, capital and cash budgets as well as interpreting financial statements to the board at monthly meetings.
The job responsibilities and duties listed above are representative only and not exhaustive of the tasks that the general manager may be required to perform.
- Retail management experience including responsibility for setting sales goals, product merchandising, purchasing and pricing guidelines, marketing and bottom-line decisions
- Embrace values that align with a cooperative business
- Experience with operating and capital budgeting and management
- High level of communication skills, including written and verbal
- Ability to analyze and report on financial performance as well as proficiency in accounting, bookkeeping and financial statements
- Proven ability to build, develop and lead a team, including delegation skills
- Experience with strategic planning
- Ability to lift heavy objects and be on feet for 8 hours/day
- 5+ years of experience in natural foods and/or Co-op retail management
- Knowledge of natural and organic foods
- Experience with fundraising and/or owner loan campaigns
- Proficiency with point-of-sale systems and QuickBooks
- Knowledge of the care and maintenance of retail/food store equipment including coolers, freezers, sanitizers, ice makers, scales, compressors and evaporators.
- Familiarity with writing business plans and sourcing financing for large projects
- An understanding of food systems, and economic & environmental sustainability
Littleton Food Co-op
- Posted July 31, 2019 at 3:44pm
- Deadline Open until filled
- Location Littleton, New Hampshire
- Type Full Time
We are looking for an exceptional, experienced Meat Cutter!
Are you looking for an exceptional FULL-TIME job? Are you excited about local foods, giving great customer service and do you want to get involved with a vibrant and unique community?
This is no ordinary retail job.We provide a safe, supportive work environment; opportunities to build skills; support career development; and encourage involvement in decision making. We also have lots of fun!
Candidates should be:
- Dedicated, reliable, positive and enthusiastic
- Customer service gurus that go the extra mile in providing outstanding service every day.
- Flexible, available evenings, weekends and holidays
- Excited about people, teamwork, quality products and creating a fun environment!
- The opportunity to work for one of the best area employers.
- Medical benefits
- Competitive starting wage with regular wage increase opportunities
- Paid time off and Paid Holidays
- 15-20% discount on employee purchases
- 401k program with company match up to 4%
Is this the opportunity that you’ve been searching for? Let us know by completing an employment application at:www.Littletoncoop.org
The Littleton Food Co-op in Littleton, NH provides equal opportunity for advancement to all applicants and employees in a manner that does not discriminate against any person because of race, gender, religion, age, national origin, marital status, disability, gender orientation, citizenship status, veteran status, and any other characteristic protected by local, state or federal law. Littleton Food Co-op is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Vermont Youth Conservation Corps (VYCC)
- Posted July 24, 2019 at 10:38am
- Deadline August 19th, 2019
- Location Richmond, VT
- Type Full Time
Looking for a job in the fall? The Food and Farm Program is looking to fill fall positions!
Dates: September 2nd - November 1st
Schedule: Monday-Thursday, 8-4:30 pm, 9 weeks
Details: The position does not include housing.
Tasks include weeding, harvesting, washing, packing vegetables for our Health Care Share as well as animal chores and preparing the farm for winter.
•Must be 17 years or older
•Openness to learning, working hard outside, meeting new people, and receiving feedback.
•Willingness and commitment to following all immediate and general crew policies.
•Ability to work, learn, grow in a small tight-knit community.
•No prior experience or special skills are needed.
VYCC has a deep commitment to excellence. We believe we are strongest when our team includes members with a broad range of life experiences. We strive to achieve this at all levels of our organization, and actively encourage and recruit, develop, and retain the most talented people from a diverse applicant pool. VYCC is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.
Interested? Check out our website to apply: https://www.vycc.org/join/fall-young-adult-richmond-farm-crew/
Vine Ripe Greenhouse Construction
- Posted July 23, 2019 at 8:45am
- Deadline Open until filled
- Location Roxbury, VT
- Type Full Time
Looking for a reliable, dependable, flexible, hardworking, skilled laborer for greenhouse/hoophouse construction in and around New England through November.
Must have reliable text, phone, email, transportation and driver's license.
Must be located in the Central VT/Mad River Valley/Northfield/Roxbury/Randolph/Montpelier area, have some building/carpentry skills, a real willingness to work hard, and not be afraid of heights.
Must be willing to work long days, and be available for multi-day overnight jobs both in and out of state.
This position is physically demanding. Good pay for the right person. Must love dogs!
Go to www.vineripe.net/employment for more information
Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
- Posted July 22, 2019 at 9:25pm
- Deadline August 12th, 2019
- Location Montpelier, VT
- Type Full Time
Consider joining one of the hardest working and most fulfilling teams in state government!
The Meat and Poultry Inspection Section is looking for a Chief to further its mission of protecting public health by ensuring that regulated and exempt Meat and Poultry establishments in Vermont produce a safe product, by ensuring truthful labeling of meat and poultry products, by providing technical assistance to producers, processors and retailers regarding the inspection process, and working in conjunction with the Meat Safety Compliance and Enforcement Specialist to ensure state-wide application. The incumbent for this position is considered the subject matter expert in Vermont for USDA FSIS policy regarding the state meat and poultry inspection program. Work involves administration of a regulatory program and coordination of program-wide implementation of state and federal laws and regulations to maintain a designation from the USDA Secretary of Agriculture of at least "equal-to" the USDA Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS), as well as other duties typical of a state supervisor.
Work is performed under the general direction of the Deputy Director of the Food Safety Consumer Protection Division, and involves interaction with the inspection team, public, business owners, state and federal officials on a daily basis. Supervision is exercised over the Meat Program Supervisor, and two upper-level specialist positions. Duties are largely performed in an office setting, with travel to conduct establishment reviews, site visits, and occasional out-of-state meetings.
Specific duties of the Meat Program Section Chief position include:
- Manage the day-to-day planning, developing and directing of a comprehensive, multi-faceted state meat and poultry regulatory program and team
- Develops, reviews and promulgates meat inspection laws, rules and procedures
- Testifies before legislative committees as a subject matter expert to ensure statutory language remains consistent with Federal Acts and regulations.
- Annually prepares the state self-assessment (audit) submission to the USDA FSIS as required to maintain the program's "equal-to" status.
- Reviews prospective new establishments to determine if they meet the requirements for licensing and inspection, and provides technical assistance as necessary to inquiries received from the public and industry
- Develops and provides oversight of the Meat section budgets in conjunction with the Business Office
The full job specifications are available on the DHR Job Specifications website.
- Posted July 22, 2019 at 10:12am
- Deadline Open until filled
- Location Brattleboro, VT
- Type Part Time
About Food Connects
Food Connects is a dynamic and growing nonprofit organization based in Brattleboro, VT that delivers locally produced food as well as educational and consulting services aimed at transforming local food systems. Founded in 2013, Food Connects is a catalyst for food systems change by connecting the next generation with their food, local farmers with new markets, and school chefs with school food.
The Food Hub Delivery Driver is responsible for ensuring the safe, timely, and undamaged pickup and delivery of all Food Hub products. The Driver is part of a team of part-time drivers. The Driver would ideally have 1-2 regular weekly routes and be able to cover other unscheduled routes over the course of the week.
Food Connects sources a large variety of seasonal and year-round products from more than 60 local producers. To manage this, the Delivery Driver must have consistently exceptional organizational skills, record-keeping skills, and attention to detail.
The Delivery Driver serves as the public face of a community oriented food distribution network and provides courteous and respectful service to a wide variety of customers and food producers. It is a high-energy position that provides ample opportunities for those with interest in food systems to get to know local food producers and buyers in the Central New England area.
The Food Hub Delivery Driver reports directly to and coordinates before, during, and after every delivery route with the Food Hub Operations Manager for driving details.
This position is part-time with potential to increase hours overtime. The schedule is negotiable but candidates must be willing to commit to a minimum of 10 hours per week and available on at least one consistent day. Regular routes currently run Tuesday through Friday, generally 7:30 am to 3:30 pm. A regular weekend or Monday route will likely be added soon. Unscheduled routes can be requested any day of the week, with hours typically in the mornings or late afternoons, and in the evenings only occasionally.
- Ensures the safe, timely, and undamaged pickup and delivery of all Food Hub products in vehicles as large as a 24-foot reefer box truck.
- Receives routing information, and provides feedback to the Food Hub Operations Manager.
- Inspects and verifies the complete contents and quality of all Food Hub products during pickup and quickly communicates any shortages or other issues to the Food Hub Operations Manager.
- Modifies order slips at customer drops, as needed, and collects customer signatures and paperwork with each delivery.
- Coordinates directly with specific producers and customers to communicate ETAs and order status.
- Tracks and communicates mileage, hours and other pertinent issues for each route.
- Monitors the condition of all truck and refrigeration components, and reports and coordinates with the Food Hub Operations Manager around maintenance required.
- Performs regular food safety-related checks on truck and keeps required daily food safety records.
- Experience driving box delivery trucks or other comparably-sized vehicles
- General knowledge of veggies, fruits, and other locally-produced items.
- Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal: in person, over the phone, email, text.
- Excellent customer service skills.
- Strong organizational skills and a natural proclivity for keeping detailed records.
- Cheerful, professional presence.
- Reliable private vehicle for getting to the base location in Westminster, VT, and for occasional small deliveries. Mileage tracked and reimbursed at the federal rate.
- Reliable cell phone.
- At least 2 professional references.
- Note: CDL is NOT required.
- Experience in logistics and/or warehouse management.
- Experience with food distribution.
- Existing relationships with local food producers.
- Some mechanical knowledge/familiarity with diesel trucks.
- Familiarity with the geographical area of our delivery services (Windham County, VT; Windsor County, VT; Upper Valley, VT + NH; Cheshire County, NH). Physical Requirements
- Ability to repeatedly lift and move product (cases up to 50 lbs) throughout the workday.
- Ability to drive continuously for a full workday.