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- Posted January 2, 2019 at 10:08am
- Deadline Open until filled
- Location Craftsbury Common, VT
- Type Full Time
The Livestock Manager reports to the Director of the Rian Fried Center and is primarily responsible for managing and overseeing the livestock and draft animals on the Sterling College Farm. The Livestock Manager coordinates with and takes direction from the Draft Animal Educator with regard to the care of the draft animals and works cooperatively with the Garden Manager to plan and execute farm operations in a way that supports student learning and the work of the sustainable agriculture and food systems faculty while also supplying a meaningful portion of the food consumed by the College community.
The Livestock Manager’s primary responsibilities include:
Day to day management and care of all livestock, currently including a 20-ewe sheep flock, small nurse cow herd, up to 15 sows and feeder pigs, layer and broiler flocks
Draft horse and oxen care and management in coordination with and as directed by the Draft Animal Educator;
Upkeep and management of grazing systems, pastures, barns, fences, livestock health, feed and feeding systems;
Coordinating with classes & instructors that use livestock and draft animals in order to help ensure a positive and engaging student learning experience;
Working with faculty, staff, and students to develop, articulate, and implement appropriate livestock systems;
Overseeing, instructing, and inspiring student work crews on the farm;
Maintaining exemplary farm operations and facilities;
Planning for management systems and livestock production to fulfill the needs of the Sterling Kitchen and Community Supported Agriculture shares;
Supporting the Director of the Rian Fried Center in the creation and monitoring of the farm operating budget.
The Livestock Manager shares responsibility for ensuring coverage of farm tasks during breaks in the college schedule. This may include chore coverage; recruiting, scheduling, and supervising student workers; and providing “on-call” backup to the Farm. While these responsibilities will be assigned and planned on a mutually agreeable schedule, the Livestock Manager recognizes that unplanned emergency coverage may be required of the position.
Development of land management goals in accordance with the tenets of the campus Land Management and Farm Vision documents;
Interfacing with the community and our visitors, through an educational lens.
Additional responsibilities include:
Low stress handling of large and small livestock;
Intensive, regenerative grazing management;
Compost building and maintenance;
High tensile and temporary electric fence building, maintenance, and use;
Basic farm carpentry;
Compost application, soil fertility and health management;
General equipment use (tractor, rototiller, weed wacker, chainsaw, mower)
Other valued qualities/skills for this position include the following:
A robust knowledge of plant, soil, and animal science;
Knowledge and experience in food handling and processing (ie: preservation and storage techniques, meat cutting, charcuterie; cheesemaking, food safety, etc.);
Outdoor living skills;
A strong connection to the environmental humanities;
A deep commitment to ecological agriculture and food systems; and
Tractor and/or draft animal use in support of crop production systems.
Desired Qualifications include:
At least four seasons of experience farming in a production, educational, or comparable setting;
Management experience on a diversified and integrated crop and livestock farm;
Teaching and/or personnel training and management experience, preferably in a small-scale farm or other hands-on, environmental education setting;
A demonstrated ability to work effectively and productively, both independently and as a part of a team;
The completion a B.A. or B.S. program in an appropriate field by the start date of the hire is strongly preferred;
A willingness to be an integral part of the campus community is also a key aspect of this position.
Sterling College and the Rian Fried Center for Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems:
Founded in 1958, Sterling College is the leading voice in higher education for environmental stewardship and rural place-based education. The College was among the first liberal arts colleges in the United States to focus on sustainability through academic majors in Ecology, Environmental Humanities, Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems, and Outdoor Education. Among the smallest colleges in the nation, Sterling is home to the innovative School of the New American Farmstead and the Wendell Berry Farming Program, is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, and is one of only eight federally recognized Work Colleges in the nation.
The College has received national attention for becoming one of the first institutions in the U.S. to divest from fossil fuels. Sterling has been recognized for its sustainability initiatives by Sierra Magazine and earned a STARS Gold Rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. The Real Food Challenge ranked Sterling the number one college in the U.S. for two consecutive years, 2015 and 2016, for its commitment to serving locally sourced sustainably produced food.
Sterling College maintains a diversified farm operation on 130 acres of mixed pasture, gardens, and forest. An integral part of the Sterling College community, the Sterling Farm serves a threefold purpose: to foster a working laboratory for academic inquiry; to demonstrate a range of farming and forestry practices used in sustainable, agro-ecological production systems; and, to provide nourishing food and timber resources for our campus community. Students are integrated into the farm and forest through coursework, the Work College program, and as a part of the Sterling College community. Students complete daily chores, conduct research, perform experiments, and receive hands-on experience growing crops, managing livestock, working with draft animals, and stewarding the College’s woodlot.
- Posted December 28, 2018 at 9:51am
- Deadline Open until filled
- Location Williston, VT
- Type Full Time
We’re a group of health-focused, earth-loving, think-outside-the-box world changers (for real!) operating the first full-scale cricket farm in Vermont. We’re farming the world's most sustainable protein to fuel you, your kids, your workout buddies, your pets...your whole tribe. Join us!
We’re in search of someone with a proven sales record combined with marketing vision, passion, creative energy and drive to lead B2B sales. Our products for the family tribe include cricket protein powder, whole roasted crickets, and energy bars; our products for the furry tribe line include dog and cat treats in the supplement category.
As a key member of an aggressively growing young company, you’ll be building the sales program from the ground up, in collaboration with a senior team comprised of founders & executives from Magic Hat, Seventh Generation and Gardener’s Supply Co. As the first member of a new sales force, you’ll develop strategies, define goals, and hire and train the sales team. There is the potential for equity for the right person, over time.
Fill a critical role in the company’s succession leadership. Join the Vermont entrepreneurial community by getting in on the ground floor of an exciting startup!
Reports to: President, BOD, BOA, investors, customers, vendors, and community
Management Responsibilities - Senior Team
• Participate in the development and execution of Annual Business Planning with focus on the Sales Plan, to include o Sales revenues & sales expenses from multiple revenue streams including wholesale, direct to consumer, and e-commerce o Company goals, objectives, timelines, metrics and performance
• Lead sales planning, execution and performance
• Participate in development of new products, packaging, and sales materials Sales Manager | flourishfarm.com 2019 Sales Responsibilities
• Define B2B sales goals and objectives and execute to plan o Sales targets include regional and national chains, key retailers, and food service accounts • Develop sales programming strategy: events, promotions and trade shows
• Become the resident expert on our brand: in markets, with customers, and with products and opportunities
• Support and execute marketing strategies and programs
• Inform R&D and product development in response to market opportunities and product research
• Identify niches, markets, customers with objectives and targets for each
• Meet and exceed sales goals
• Recruit, train, manage and mentor sales team to meet and exceed sales goals …
All of these are guided by a drive to bring every account a great experience: to engage, entertain and educate on the benefits of our cricket products for their business and their customers.
• Five years or more of previous sales experience and proven, verifiable track record
• Experience selling consumer products into chains
• Ability to execute the selling process in a manner that is concise, compliant, professional, ethical, and persuasive, and leads to the customer taking action
• Demonstrated experience in analyzing sales data
• Solid business acumen including excellent and persuasive business communication
• Demonstrated ability to work independently and exercise good business judgment
• Excellent computer skills
o Office 365, especially Excel o Experience with HubSpot CRM and Marketing Hub a plus
You’re the ideal candidate if you are/have:
• Passion for health, nutrition and/or environmental sustainability
• Ability to convey Flourish lifestyle & brand identity and a demonstrated ability to learn and apply nutritional, environmental and scientific product-related information
• Driver’s license with access to a fully-insured car for travel within New England and New York area
• Ability to travel overnight (to customer locations and for occasional trade shows, etc.) two times a month or so
• Live within commuting distance to Flourish Farm offices in Washington County, Vermont
• College degree a plus (not required)
• Self-motivated and goal-oriented, with strong time management skills
• Looking for an exciting growth opportunity Compensation
• Time off includes two weeks vacation (year one), holidays, and sick time (CTO)
• Health insurance
• Flexible schedule
• Working remotely, especially after the first 6 months
Vermont Youth Conservation Corps (VYCC)
- Posted December 27, 2018 at 10:05am
- Deadline Open until filled
- Location Richmond, VT
- Type Full Time
families who are unable to afford or access fresh, nutritious food with a weekly share of locally grown produce.
Available positions include:
AmeriCorps project lead-
This position involves both food production and programmatic aspects of the Health Care Share, including youth crews and volunteers working on the project.
During pre-season months, the member focuses on Health Care Share project planning, Food & Finance curriculum refinement, and preparing for youth crews. During the summer field season, the member will 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, the member will coordinate the remaining weeks of the Health Care Share, including arranging and leading projects for volunteers and after school youth crews
AmeriCorps Crew leader-
Leading a crew is an adventure unlike any you’ve ever had before! As a teacher, work supervisor, and a role model, you will be responsible for building a community, ensuring your crew’s health and safety, and teaching life and job skills. By professionally managing your work project and ensuring high-quality standards, you’ll stretch your comfort zones and bask in the sweet rewards that follow.
AmeriCorps Leadership Development crew:
Members live in yurts or lean-tos with their crew evenings and weekends, and participate in the Health Care Share project. Crews are co-ed and consist of up to eight Corps Members who come together from all walks of life to build strong bonds with each other and the surrounding environment. They work together to learn and practice sustainable agriculture, food security projects, and complete nutrition and cooking courses.
Compensation: AmeriCorps members receive a weekly living allowance, farm fresh food, and earn a Segal Education Award at the completion of service. Limited housing is available; please inquire to learn more.
* We are looking for adult leaders who are ready for a challenge and enjoy working with young people as teachers, mentors, supervisors, and role models. Excellent leadership is the most crucial factor in determining a crew’s success.
Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility (VBSR)
- Posted December 20, 2018 at 12:03pm
- Deadline Open until filled
- Location Burlington, VT
- Type Part Time
Do you have a passion for supporting locally owned businesses? Is shopping small a choice you make every day? Do you love meeting new people and discovering new Vermonter owned businesses? Well, do we have a gig for you!
Local First Vermont is in search of energetic and enthusiastic sales associates who live locally to our sales territories. Local First Vermont is a program of Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility. Our mission is to preserve and enhance the economic, human, and natural vitality of Vermont communities by promoting the importance of purchasing from locally owned independent businesses. The Buy Local Resource Guide and Coupon Book is both a printed book and mobile app produced by Local First Vermont. The Local First Vermont Sales Associate recruits locally owned businesses in a determined territory to participate.
Primary Responsibilities: This is a temporary, part-time position. You will report directly to the Program Manager, however you will make your own schedule and work independently, primarily remotely. Local First Sales Associate’s primary responsibility is to recruit Vermonter owned businesses to advertise in the 10th edition of the Buy Local Book and Mobile App, using established tools and criteria. You receive an hourly compensation and commission on as many advertisements as you are able to sell during the ad sales period, which is February-May.
Veterans, people of color, 1st generation students, individuals with disabilities, women in STEM fields, members of the LGBTQ community, individuals with refugee status, adults changing careers or pursing a college degree, and individuals from diverse and often underrepresented populations are highly encouraged to join our work community.
NO PHONE CALLS, PLEASE.
Buffalo Mountain Food Coop
- Posted December 10, 2018 at 11:44am
- Deadline Open until filled
- Location Hardwick, VT
- Type Full Time
Buffalo Mountain Food Co-op is a retail food cooperative of 1800 members and sales of just over $2 million. We are looking for a General Manager to help us grow into our next phase of business life. Located in the rural town of Hardwick in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont, we are one of the anchor businesses in our village. Started in 1975, we have been the foundation for the local food movement in our area. We have operated with a collective management structure but with our size and competition we now need solid leadership and business skills to achieve our cooperative goals. Are you that person?
• Establishing organizational goals (including store sales goals), performance objectives, guidelines and best practices that are based on Board Policy and strive towards achieving them. • Oversee all store operations based on the goals, objectives, and standards of the organization. Maintain a viable Co-op store within a highly competitive and challenging marketplace. • Oversee, assist, inspire and supervise staff with a focus on positive reinforcement, empowerment and team building, to achieve all goals and objectives while providing a model of supportive and participatory leadership. • Develop a budget, direct all financial operations, and report to board on financial performance. • Implement a margin strategy with a goal of being price competitive while maintaining sufficient net income to support liveable wages. • Ensure a welcoming and well-maintained store environment for customers and staff.
• 2 - 5 years experience managing a cooperative, natural foods store, or similar business environment. • Knowledge of strategic planning, budgeting, pricing, margins, and product merchandising. • Experience working with a Board of Directors under policy governance. • Proven ability to build and lead a team through effective situational leadership. • Personal and professional values that align with cooperative principles. • Excellent verbal and written communication skills. • Proficiency using QuickBooks, Excel, Word, Windows, and a POS system. • Knowledge of the natural food industry, current trends in natural food co-ops, and local food systems. • A genuine interest in creating a meaningful, fun place to work where people grow, learn and change. We want our staff to be happy, feel nurtured, and be heard.
This is a full-time, salaried position. Interested candidates should send resumes to email@example.com
Farm & Wilderness Foundation
- Posted December 7, 2018 at 4:15pm
- Deadline March 15th, 2019
- Location Plymouth, VT
- Type Internship/Apprentice/Other
Farm Interns assist the farm managers in the care of the livestock, barns, and gardens and help administer program activities such as homesteading, crafting, and food preservation within the summer camps. Throughout the internship, the farm interns will learn hands on farm based skills including but not limited to animal identification, animal husbandry, pasture management, crop rotation, weed identification, various types of garden skills, and develop an understanding of community living. Using a beautiful wilderness and farm setting and innovative approaches toward teaching, organic farming, and environmental education, interns will become strong leaders by developing connections to each other and the land through work, service, and community. This position starts in April and runs through October. Applicants must be 21 years or older and have a valid driver's license.
- Farm interns assist the farm managers in the care of the barns, gardens, animals and all other farm concerns such as craft areas, food processing, greenhouse, haying, pastures, equipment, and structure maintenance.
- Undergo training throughout the season.
- Keep current on relevant farm issues.
- Lead programs individually as well as co-instruct.
- During the summer camp season farm crew will ensure the health of the animals, gardens, and pastures and assist the farm programs as needed at either the Indian Brook, Barn Day Camp/Salt Ash Mountain, Timberlake and Tamarack Farm facilities.
- Assist with work related to opening and closing of camps.
- Share cooperative living chores with physical plant crew including cleaning, cooking, barn chores and some group maintenance projects.
- Assist with seasonal and other necessary group maintenance projects as needed: firewood, lawn mowing, kybo digging (digging out the night soil from the outhouses), recycling, trash runs, town runs, building repairs.
- Posted November 14, 2018 at 3:01pm
- Deadline February 28th, 2019
- Location Wells, Vermont
- Type Full Time
Seeking person to be responsible for day to day operation of the creamery with help from an assistant creamery worker. Plan weekly production schedules, be in charge of making products, oversee record keeping, inventory, cleaning and sanitation, and shipping. Attention to detail is critical.