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Food Hub Manager at Sprout Urban Farms (Battle Creek, MI)

Sprout Urban Farms is a nonprofit organization based in Battle Creek, Michigan. All of our work is focused on healthful, affordable, fair food access for all residents, reconstructing our food system through food sovereignty. We achieve this through multiple programs:

  1. Resource Center at Bright Star Farm - Supporting the environment for residents to be successful in growing their own food in their own neighborhood or school through seed sharing, tool lending, greenhouse use, technical assistance, and outreach support.
  2. Fresh on Wheels Mobile Market - This program delivers produce for sale in those neighborhoods that no longer have a produce aisle nearby. We specifically focus on our senior populations in assisted living facilities and subsidized housing developments.
  3. Sprout Food Hub - In an effort to support existing small farmers and create the economic climate to support new farmers, we purchase wholesale produce locally, in addition to our own farming operation, to support purchasing from local restaurants, hospitals, schools, institutions and individuals.

Summary

We are seeking an experienced, hands-on, creative and determined Food Hub Manager to lead and grow the organization’s Food Hub efforts. The Food Hub Manager reports directly to the Executive Director.

The Food Hub Manager’s primary role is to understand the needs of and provide support to Sprout staff to ensure excellence in all aspects of processing, packaging, aggregation, and distribution. A successful candidate for this role will work to create and manage systems that streamline work and product flow while ensuring standards are met. We are looking for a collaborative but independent thinker, who is naturally curious about how things work, is numbers savvy, and has an analytical mindset. The Food Hub Manager reports to the Executive Director. S/he must develop and maintain good working relationships with staff, suppliers, members, and customers. The Manager will work in a team approach with the Operations and Farm Manager. The Manager may at times be asked to help out in other areas not listed in this summary as needed.

Desired Capabilities and Background

Looking for someone with a bachelors degree and two years of related work experience or the equivalent preferred. Educational and experience qualifications maybe waived depending on other qualifying factors.

The successful applicant for this position will be the person who best demonstrates the following work skills and characteristics:

  • An ability to build, organize, and manage all operation systems of the food hub, including aggregation, processing, inventory control, equipment use, sanitation checks, record keeping and product distribution.
  • An ability to handle all accounts payable and receivable for the business enterprise. Proficient use of QuickBooks or a comparable software program.
  • We are in the customer service business. This position requires close customer contact to build and maintain healthy relationships and connections to farmers and local food system partners as well as to effectively build and mange a customer base. The food hub’s success requires the manager to be committed to exceeding expectations.
  • Must be committed to maintaining the highest levels of food sanitation and food safety in our plant. Knowledge of sanitation systems, knowledge of HACCP systems, Good Handling Practices (GHP) and Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) is critical.
  • Hardworking, able to get to work early as needed; pitch in to help in the processing rooms or drive the delivery vehicle when the need arises.
  • Ability to multi-task and give attention to multiple details with a solution - focused orientation.
  • Excellent communication skills will be necessary to correspond with staff, customers, producers and other local food partners.

Instructions and Disclaimer

To apply for this position, please send your resume to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  and fill out the application by visiting the link below:

http://goo.gl/forms/WqWuPWpOAm

If you have any issues in submitting your application, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

The deadline to apply for this position is January 16th, although applicants will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

For more information about Sprout Urban Farms, please see www.sprouturbanfarms.com.

Fisheries Naturalist Aides - Indiana Department of Natural Resources

Gain valuable job knowledge with the Indiana Division of Fish and Wildlife this summer. IDNR annually employs approximately 25 seasonal aides to assist biologists with fisheries projects. To apply, please email a resume with employment history and college transcripts to the address below.

Compensation

$10.54/hr; Subject to change

Responsibilities and Assignments

Seasonal naturalist aides are hired approximately spring through fall to assist district fish management and research biologists, hatchery managers, in conducting field and laboratory investigations. This includes lake and stream fish population surveys, angler surveys, fish population estimates, water quality analysis, vegetation management and fish culture activities.

Aides assist with biological research projects by gathering and processing data, and performing related duties such as operating, maintaining and constructing the equipment used to collect the data.

Working Conditions

Seasonal naturalist aides work outdoors in all types of weather conditions. Physical labor can include lifting, walking and working in and around water and a variety of outside and indoor environments. Work assignments may include varied schedules and hours.

Requirements

Seasonal naturalist aides must have a valid driver license and an acceptable driving record.

Desired Skills

Applicants for these positions are expected to have basic knowledge of math and scientific methods, as well as the ability to communicate effectively with the public. Students with a background in fisheries/aquatic sciences are preferred.

Location

Positions are available statewide. Some locations provide limited free housing. Please indicate geographic preference (North/South) with resume and transcripts.

Application Process

Desired position start dates vary from early spring to early summer. Please email resume and school transcript to Jerri Smith (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) for consideration. Please include earliest starting date and latest ending date

Organic Farmer Training Program at MSU

MSU's Organic Farm is (as of 12/8) currently accepting applications for their 2015 cohort of the Organic Farmer Training Program at Michigan State University. Apply now, space is limited! The program begins March 2 and runs thruNovember 20, 2015. They have two different types of scholarships available:
  • Merit & Need-based Scholarships; these scholarships typically range from $500 to $4,000 and are applied directly to program fees.
  • Our new Michigan Good Food Charter Scholarship for People of Color; one-two scholarships will be awarded in 2015 in the amount of $10,000 and are disbursed directly to the student.
The application for admission and the scholarship applications can be downloaded here: http://msuorganicfarm.org/organic-farmer-training-program-application
 
If you have questions or would like more information, contact Denae Friedheim at 517-449-3290 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Community Food Programs Coordinator - Food Gatherers

Community Food Programs Coordinator

Reporting to the Manager of Community Food Programs, the Community Food Programs Coordinator provides support and management of Food Gatherers' direct client distribution programs and serves as a liaison to partner programs and represents Food Gatherers to all stakeholders in accordance with the established guidelines and values.

The Community Food Programs Coordinator serves as the point of contact for partner agencies, performs monitoring site visits, develops and implements training for partner programs and oversees special programs, such as the Summer Food Service Program. 

Job description and application instructions HERE.

To apply, submit the following to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

1. Resume (word or pdf)
2. Cover Letter (word or pdf)
3. A separate document (word or pdf) with answers to the following questions:

a ) What makes you a unique candidate, and what strengths will you bring to this position?

b) What experience do you have with various communication methods (phone calls, meetings, trainings, workshops, presentations, etc...) to diverse stakeholders (community partners, clients, government partners, etc..)?

Applications are considered as we receive them, so we encourage you to apply as soon as possible.

Food Hub Manager at Sprout Urban Farms

Sprout Urban Farms is seeking an experienced, hands-on, creative and determined Food Hub Manager to lead and grow the organization’s Food Hub efforts. The Food Hub Manager reports directly to the Executive Director.

The Food Hub Manager’s primary role is to understand the needs of and provide support to Sprout staff to ensure excellence in all aspects of processing, packaging, aggregation, and distribution. A successful candidate for this role will work to create and manage systems that streamline work and product flow while ensuring standards are met. We are looking for a collaborative but independent thinker, who is naturally curious about how things work, is numbers savvy, and has an analytical mindset. The Food Hub Manager reports to the Executive Director. S/he must develop and maintain good working relationships with staff, suppliers, members, and customers. The Manager will work in a team approach with the Operations and Farm Manager. The Manager may at times be asked to help out in other areas not listed in this summary as needed.

For more information and to apply, please visit their website.

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