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Greening of Detroit - Citizen Forester Assistant

POSITION: Citizen Forester Assistant

DEPARTMENT: Green Infrastructure


The Citizen Forester program was developed in response to the organization’s need to manage the large number of volunteers that come out to participate in the Greening of Detroit’s weekend tree plantings. As a Citizen Forester, many skills are utilized during tree plantings. A working knowledge of tree identification and maintenance techniques are often necessary as well as volunteer management and community engagement skills as Citizen Foresters are intricately involved in planting trees, overseeing volunteers and communicating with neighborhood residents. The Citizen Forester Assistant will assist the Environmental Education Manager with the recruitment, training, implementation and reporting that is associated with the Citizen Forester program during the planting season. The position will extend from September 1st -– mid November. The ideal candidate will be available 15-20 hrs/wk and will be available to work all Saturdays during the aforementioned time period, with the rest of the work week having much flexibility. The position will be paid at $10/hr, and internship credit may be available under the terms of the college or university attended if the applicant is a student.

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Two-year Postdoc Fellowship - Research on Food Systems Resilience to Climate Change

The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC), located in Annapolis, Maryland, invites applications for a two-year postdoctoral fellowship beginning early January 2014 that will be a part of a new SESYNC–USDA collaboration to catalyze data-driven research on food systems resilience to climate change.

SESYNC seeks applications from PhD-level researchers with an interest in and/or prior research experience with data-driven analytical and/or modeling approaches to synthesize existing climate, socio-economic, demographic, and environmental data to address pressing questions related to food/agro-ecological systems resilience to climate change. The fellow will also lead the planning, organization, and management of the new SESYNC–USDA “Data to Motivate Synthesis” Program. This program will provide a unique opportunity for 25 early career scholars to co-develop research projects through a series of data exploration workshops with the cyberinfrastructure support needed to understand and predict food systems resilience under a changing climate.

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Seeley Farm - Full Time Field Crew

Seeley Farm, a small, certified organic vegetable farm in Ann Arbor, is hiring for a full time field crew position. The job begins immediately and continues through late November. Pay is based on experience. Must be comfortable performing all duties on the farm: hoeing, planting, harvesting, lifting, etc.

Please disseminate widely. Those interested can email Alex at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or call 734-604-2820.

Argus Farmstand

Argus Farm Stop is now hiring team members for full & part-time positions. The Farm Stop is an everyday farmers market opening in August on the west-side of Ann Arbor. They are looking for team members who are passionate about local foods, and have a strong independent and positive work ethic.

If you're interested, or know someone who might be, you can learn more and apply on their website!

Tillian Farm Development Center - Program Director

Tilian Farm Development Center is seeking a dedicated half-time Program Manager to help continue and grow its Anchor and Incubator farm programs.  The candidate will plan and conduct both formal and informal educational programs for incubator farmers and other interested individuals. In addition, the Program Manager will be the face of Tilian to the Community and other interested parties.  The job posting is below.  Thank you for your attention.

Position Title: Tilian Farm Program Manager

Reports to: Food System Economic Partnership Board of Directors 

FLSA: Part-Time Salaried/Exempt 


            The mission of the Tilian Farm Development Center is to facilitate farm business development by providing infrastructure support and programming that reduces barriers for new farmers while strengthening the food system in southeast Michigan.  Through its Incubator Farm Program, Tilian provides land, equipment and resources for new farm businesses.  In addition, Tilian supports incubator farmers through multiple strategies including: a mentorship program comprised of experienced farmers and other business leaders; facilitating connections with local businesses and institutional produce buyers; identifying financial resources for beginning farmers; and assisting farmers with the transition to their own land.  The Tilian Farm Development Center is a program of the Food System Economic Partnership (FSEP), a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization formed in 2005 to catalyze change that results in vibrant and sustainable food economies in communities across southeast Michigan. 


            The Program Manager will oversee program development and implementation of both the Incubator Farm Program and the Anchor Farm Program at the Tilian Farm Development Center near Ann Arbor, Michigan.  The Incubator program is completing its fourth season and the Program Manager will be responsible for recruiting and selecting a new cohort of incubator farmers, providing on-site management and technical support, and coordinating with other staff to create a meaningful mentorship program and series of pertinent educational workshops for incubator farmers.  This is a challenging opportunity for a person excited about supporting new farmers and strengthening connections within the larger food community.

 Excellent candidates for this position will possess strong knowledge of organic vegetable and/or livestock production, experience facilitating groups, skills in business planning and development, a demonstrated aptitude for cultivating relationships within the greater food and business community,and a self-motivating work ethic.  Ideal candidates will have previous experience running a market farm, including experience with year-round production techniques including hoophouse use.

The Program Manager position is part-time (average 20 hrs/wk with seasonal variation) and is funded through December 2015 via a grant through the Americana Foundation and funding through Jackson County Government.  FSEP is currently pursuing additional funding to extend the position beyond the expiration of the grant.  

 Essential Functions:

 On-site program management:

 ·         Work with the Tilian Program Advisory Committee to recruit and select new incubator farms for the next growing season.

·         Coordinate infrastructure and equipment use and sharing by incubator farmers and ensure compliance with farmer leases and all operating standards.

·         Maintain a regular physical presence at Tilian and be available to incubator farmers.·         Provide on-site technical assistance to program participants related to the daily operations of a year-round diversified vegetable farm including: planting, cultivation, soils, pest and disease management, harvest and post-harvest handling, marketing and distribution.  

·         Facilitate monthly farm meetings with Tilian participants to facilitate peer-to-peer learning and provide technical assistance.

·         Serve as the main point of contact for the Tilian Farm Development Center, including website inquiries and social media updates.

·         Cultivation and harvest of approximately .5 to .75 acres of vegetables weekly. 

·         Market Tilian Farm Development Center at various events locally through tabling and attendance.

Program development and implementation: 

·         Document activity data and report on program deliverables under the Americana Foundation Grant, with support from the FSEP Board of Directors.

·         Lead the development and delivery of a formal mentorship program for Tilian participants.

·         Lead the development and delivery of business planning and marketing workshops for Tilian participants and the delivery of networking opportunities for farmers with institutional buyers.

·         Develop and update program material for the Incubator Farm Program, including job descriptions, standard operating procedures, etc.

·         Work with the FSEP Board of Directors and the Tilian Program Advisory Committee to create and implement program budgets for 2015 and beyond, as required.

·         Meet regularly with the FSEP Board Contact on a mutually agreeable schedule.

·         Attend monthly meetings of the Tilian Program Advisory Committee.

·         Attend meetings of the FSEP Board of Directors as necessary.


·         Minimum of 2 years of farm management experience 

·         Extensive knowledge of organic or ecological vegetable production 

·         Extensive experience in the use of farm equipment (including tractors) 

·         Demonstrated success at program development and implementation 

·         Demonstrated ability to work well with people from a variety of backgrounds 

·         Excellent written and verbal communication skills 

·         Comfortable documenting and reporting on grant deliverables

·         Excellent computer skills, especially spreadsheets, word processing, email and common social media

 Additional Desired Skills

·         Experience in business planning and development

·         Experience with informal or formal education

·         Hoophouse and season-extension production experience

·         Livestock, grain, or fruit production experience

Dates: Aug 11, 2014 - December 31, 2015, with continuation based on funding

Compensation: TBD based on experience  

To apply: please send resume, cover letter, and 3 references to:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  

Subject line: Tilian Program Manager

Application Deadline:  July 11, 2014.

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