Seeking a SNAP Services Ambassador for 2017!

Summer 2017 Seacoast Eat Local Stipended Position: SNAP Services Ambassador

we're hiring!

Join the Seacoast Eat Local team for the 2017 Market Season and help us make healthy, local foods accessible to all individuals!

This is a seasonal, stipended position from May 22, 2017-November 6, 2017 which is geared towards an immediate post-graduate or individual seeking part-time, temporary work. The position is 30 hours per week, with hours that will reflect farmers’ market schedules, and will include Saturdays and Sundays.

Background: Seacoast Eat Local is a non-profit organization focusing on expanding the accessibility of local foods to all people throughout the greater Seacoast. Over the past 4 years, SEL has expanded SNAP acceptance services at farmers’ markets. Colloquially known as food stamps, SNAP benefits are accepted at farmers’ markets SEL coordinates with, and SNAP customers are able to take advantage of two different incentive programs to help extend their ability to purchase local foods at farmers’ markets. Extensive information on our history and programs can be found on our website: www.seacoasteatlocal.org.

This is a young, dynamic organization with lots of potential for autonomy and growth. The staff person for this position will be part of a high-energy team and expected to be strongly self-motivated and independent. All ideas and initiatives will be open for discussion and this could be an exceptional learning opportunity for a young professional to spread their wings!

Qualifications:

This position is geared towards an immediate post-graduate, although all applicants will be considered equally. Candidates must have strong verbal skills, attention to detail and be comfortable in public and retail settings. A background in agriculture, nutrition or human services is preferred. Applicants must have access to a working vehicle and should be able to lift up to 50lbs and be willing to transport market supplies in their vehicle.

Position Description: This is a 30 hour/week position providing SNAP services and incentives programs at participating summer markets. The staff person will be responsible for attending participating summer markets at various locations throughout our service region over the duration of the market season. They are ‘the face’ of our services at markets and must be able to build strong, mutually respectful relationships with vendors, volunteers, market managers and SNAP recipients. They should be friendly and welcoming of all individuals and able to answer, with training, questions about SNAP participation. This staff person will run all SNAP transactions, provide market incentives, keep records regarding vendor reimbursement and follow protocol surrounding data tracking for SNAP/USDA guidelines. Attention to detail and record keeping skills are a necessity.

Hours and Compensation: This is a 30 hr/week, short term position, but commitment to the position through November 4 is required. The vast majority of hours will be completed at markets, located across our service region from Exeter, NH to Kittery, ME. A flexible schedule is a must, as most markets extend into the evening hours or are held on weekends. However, hours will remain consistent from week-to-week once set. A smaller portion of hours will be spent performing record keeping and market outreach.

The total paid compensation for this position will be $7,300, or $10.00 per hour. An additional $200 in market dollars will be provided.

To Apply: To apply for this position, please send a resume, cover letter and two contacts for reference to Jillian Hall, Seacoast Eat Local Director of Programs, at jill@seacoasteatlocal.org. The priority application date for this position is May 1, 2017. Applicants should expect to interview in person, in Dover, at least once.

Help Wanted: Three River Farmers Alliance

Three River Farmers Alliance is hiring!

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Job Description: Part-time Driver/Customer Service

Three River Farmers Alliance is seeking a motivated individual to play a key role in our local food collective marketing and delivery service.

 

Responsibilities:

  • Deliver a wide variety of product to different establishments. Attention to detail is a must.

  • Follow route and time schedule

  • Load, unload, prepare, inspect and operate delivery vehicle

  • Ask for feedback on provided services and resolve clients’ complaints

  • Collect payments

  • Inform on new products and services

  • Complete logs and reports

  • Follow DOT regulations and safety standards

 

Requirements

  • Ability to drive a 16ft box truck.

  • Ability to lift 50lbs

  • Valid Drivers License

  • Good/Clean driving record

  • Excellent organizational and time management skills

  • Excellent problem solving skills

  • Ability to obtain DOT health card

 

Commitment: 15-25 hours / week.  Wednesdays and Thursdays required. Requires driving box truck and the ability to lift fifty pounds.

 

Our ideal candidate has a strong interest in local food, has a background in food or agriculture, has excellent communication skills, is comfortable driving a truck, and has the ability to work independently.

 

Send cover letter and resume to erin@threeriverfa.com.

 

Three River Farmers Alliance is a farmer-owned local food delivery service based in the Seacoast area of NH. Learn more at www.threeriverfa.com

Help Wanted: Flying Goat Farm

Flying Goat Farm has two seasonal positions available right now! What a great chance to get involved with an amazing farm.

Seasonal Dairy Farm Position: Cheesemaking
Acton, Maine

goatFlying Goat Farm is looking for an Assistant Cheesemaker for our 2016 production season. We will begin cheesemaking in late April and continue to increase production through the end of May. Our production season lasts through Thanksgiving when we dry off our does. Assistant Cheesemaker duties occupy approximately up to 15-20 hours per week during peak production. Weekend and evening flexibility during the transition period of March through May is a plus, but schedule should be steady once the season’s routine is established. Compensation is $15/hr

Flying Goat Farm is a licensed creamery in Acton, Maine. We will be milking 26 does in 2016 and expect to be producing approximately 140-150lbs of cheese weekly. Our customers include local farmers’ markets as well as locally owned and operated grocery stores and restaurants.

Responsibilities:
* Successful applicant will be trained in all aspects of cheesemaking.
* Sterile technique for handling dairy products
* Pasteurization process and documentation
* Cheesemaking procedures for different types of cheese
* Maintenance of aging cheeses
* Packaging, labeling, logging inventory for all dairy products
* Filling orders for wholesale customers
* Filling and logging cooler contents for farmers’ market days

Applicants should:
Be interested in a commitment through the milking season which lasts from March through November
Be punctual, reliable, observant and detail oriented
Be able to lift a 5 gallon pail of water (50lbs) repeatedly
Be interested in the processes involved in operating a farmstead creamery
Be interested in and committed to the local food movement in New England

Please  email  flyinggoatfarm@gmail.com with your resume, three references that we may contact and a cover letter describing your interest in this position.

Seasonal Dairy Farm Position: Farmers’ Market Sales (Southern ME/NH)

Flying Goat Farm is looking for 2 or more individuals to man our farmers’ market tables at various markets through the year. Successful applicants will be friendly, patient, and willing to learn about what we do at our farm in order to communicate effectively and answer customer questions at markets. We will provide on the job training and a 3 to 4 market trial period to ensure you are a fit for our markets. Availability on Saturday mornings is a must. Total hours per week, approximately 6-12 per position. Compensation: $10/hr

Responsibilities Include:
* Pick up of all farmers’ market supplies at the farm the morning of market.
* Transportation of all market supplies to market location, set up and breakdown of table and running sales in between.
* Answering questions and communicating with customers in a friendly manner while facilitating sales.
* Security of cash box, point of sale equipment, market supplies and product during working hours.
* Return of all market supplies and unsold product directly after market close.

Successful Applicants Will:
Hold a valid driver’s license and clean driving record.
Be friendly and customer oriented
Be punctual, detail oriented, reliable and observant
Have an interest in and commitment to supporting the local food movement
Be interested in all aspects of running a farmstead creamery business

Please emailflyinggoatfarm@gmail.com with your resume, three references and a brief cover letter describing your interest in this position.

Visit Flying Goat Farm on facebook and at their website

Community Roots at Coppal House Farm Seeking Part-Time Farm Educator

From Community Roots at Coppal House Farm:

Part-Time Farm Educator, Summer 2015

Community Roots at Coppal House Farm in Lee, NH is currently seeking a part time farm educator to help run our farm camp. The camp runs for 6 weeks Tue/Wed/Thurs from 9am-1pmJuly 7–Aug 13. Camp participants are 5–10 years old. Days are spent outside, gardening, exploring, ponding, learning about the farm, animals, food, and nature.

Hours are 8:30–1:30. It is also helpful if you are available for a few hours a week in June for program planning and preparation. Candidates must love working with children, being outside, and having fun. Any experience with farming, gardening, ecology, etc, is very helpful! We welcome your ideas and creativity, so be prepared to help plan some fun activities! Must have reliable transportation and be able to commit to all 6 weeks.

Community Roots is a small farm-based education program in its third year of operation. This is an excellent opportunity for the right person with lots of passion and ideas for farm/environmental education. There may be additional opportunites in the future to help grow our program. We will hire someone as soon as the right person comes along!

Please send your resume/job history and a brief letter, as soon as possible, explaining why this position is of interest to you to Pilar at: info@communityrootsnh.org. For more information on Community Roots, visit www.communityrootsnh.org.

Would You Like to Work With Us?

Now is your opportunity!  Seacoast Eat Local is hiring a Program Coordinator to assist the Director in executing our many projects.

Position

The Program Coordinator is responsible for the execution of the marketing and programming efforts of Seacoast Eat Local. In this newly established role, the Program Coordinator will be the key person for organizing and implementing the work of the organization. This position reports to the Director of Programs.

The position is 40 hours per week at $15.00 per hour with benefits.

Responsibilities

● Coordinate and manage the SNAP, Seacoast Harvest, and Winter Farmers’ Market programs with support from the Director of Programs and the Board of Directors

● Advance Seacoast Eat Local’s presence in social media through content generation/sourcing, posting, monitoring, analysis and reporting

● Lead content generation and email marketing efforts

● Support fundraising efforts by performing outreach for donations and sponsorships and by participating in grant proposals as needed

● Plan and coordinate the Seacoast Eat Local Winter Farmers’ Markets including onsite hands-on presence of all (currently twelve) markets

● Manage the setup/takedown and coverage of the SNAP/Debit booth at the farmers’ markets, both summer (currently five per week) and winter

● Maintain accurate records, correspondence, and donor database records

● Participate in and assist with implementation of new programs and events that extend the work and mission of Seacoast Eat Local

● Mobilize and coordinate a pool of dedicated volunteers to carry out program activities

● Develop work assignments and projects and provide task supervision to assigned volunteers

● Possess and continually increase knowledge of local food sources, connections and trends

Qualifications

● Bachelors Degree or equivalent, relevant work experience

● Minimum of 1 – 3 years experience in organizing and implementing programs and events, preferably in a nonprofit environment

● Relevant experience in event management

● Strong proficiency in general computer, software and device use

● Demonstrated aptitude for learning and using new technology and software programs

● Ability to solve problems and manage conflict to ensure strong collaborative program execution

● Excellent verbal and written communication skills, with exceptional attention to detail, and the ability to create content for a variety of needs and audiences

● Demonstrated ability to work without close supervision, creating and executing a solid work plan for her/himself

● Ability and willingness to work nights and weekends

● Enthusiasm for being in front of the public at events and markets

● Personal qualities and a communication style that reflects professionalism, integrity, credibility, and a commitment to and passion for the mission of Seacoast Eat Local

For consideration, please email your cover letter and resume to info@seacoasteatlocal.org by May 31st.

We’re Hiring! Director of Programs

Seacoast Eat Local is hiring a Director of Programs for a newly established Full Time position:Carrots

 

Organization

Seacoast Eat Local was founded in 2006 with the mission to connect people with sources of locally grown foods and advocate eating locally for the health of our environment, community, culture and economy. Through advocacy, organizing and education, we work toward a sustainable local food system that meets the needs of both producers and consumers. Our work includes operating a SNAP/EBT Farmers’ Market Program, organizing winter farmers’ markets, producing a local food guide, Seacoast Harvest, sponsoring workshops and events, and providing information through our email newsletter, blog and website, www.seacoasteatlocal.org

 

Position

The Director of Programs is responsible for the operational success of Seacoast Eat Local ensuring seamless program delivery and fiscal accountability.  In this newly established role, the Director of Programs will be the key external face of Seacoast Eat Local in the community. This position reports to the Board of Directors.

 

Responsibilities

Program Leadership and Execution

  • Ensure successful execution of SEL’s core programs, Winter Farmers’ Market, SNAP Program, and Seacoast Harvest, and future initiatives that are developed

  • Evaluate the results of these key initiatives and help determine best courses of action to evolve and grow the programs

  • Determine budget needs and assess financial requirements and results for the core programs, in conjunction with the Board of Directors

 

Staff Planning and Oversight

  • Establish plan, recruit, train and oversee paid staff, interns and volunteers to ensure adequate and qualified team members to carry out the program activities

  • Direct, plan and manage the work of the Program Coordinator

  • Provide coaching, feedback, and evaluation of Program Coordinator, including a plan for professional development

 

Fundraising

  • Develop and execute Seacoast Eat Local’s annual fundraising plan in conjunction with the Board of Directors

  • Lead fundraising efforts to deliver financial goals of the organization, including writing grants, developing public appeals, coordinating and overseeing fundraising events, and soliciting sponsorships

  • Work with the Board of Directors to expand development opportunities for Seacoast Eat Local

  • Maintain responsibility for the donor management database

 

Documentation and Reporting

  • Assemble and report results of the key programs and special events identifying opportunities for growth and improvement

  • Establish consistent, objective program performance evaluation standards and/or metrics

  • Analyze trends in the programs, identify issues and develop and recommend solutions to further the mission of the organization

  • Ensure program results and supporting documentation for funders are prepared in accordance with funding requirements/requests

 

Marketing

  • Oversee the development and execution of Seacoast Eat Local’s marketing plans, as approved by Board of Directors

  • Coordinate marketing and outreach efforts to expand participation in key programs to achieve Seacoast Eat Local’s strategic plan goals

  • Network, facilitate and support events to extend the work and mission of Seacoast Eat Local

 

Committee Oversight

  • Establish, recruit, and lead committees to assist in the planning and execution of operational work

  • Engage committee members in decision-making and communication of projects and events

 

Qualifications

  • Bachelors Degree or equivalent, relevant work experience

  • Minimum of 4 – 5 years experience in project management in a nonprofit environment preferred

  • Proven experience in fundraising, grant writing and event management resulting in measurable successes and consistent growth

  • Proficiency in using technology as a reporting tool; strong proficiency in general computer and device use

  • Demonstrated aptitude for learning and using new technology and software programs

  • Strong project management skills managing multi-faceted programs

  • Proven results mobilizing, inspiring and coaching paid and volunteer staff that delivers expected outcomes

  • Ability to solve problems and manage conflict to ensure strong collaborative program execution

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, with exceptional attention to detail, and the ability to create content for a variety of needs and audiences

  • Demonstrated ability to work without close supervision, creating and executing a solid work plan for her/himself and for staff

  • Ability to establish strong partnerships and build collaborative efforts across a wide range of community members

  • Ability and willingness to work nights and weekends

  • Hands-on work ethic and enthusiasm to be in front of the public at events and markets

  • Personal qualities and a communication style that reflects professionalism, integrity, credibility, and a commitment to and passion for the mission of Seacoast Eat Local

 

To Apply: For consideration, please email cover letter and resume to: info@seacoasteatlocal.org by May 10th.

Help Wanted: Two Farmers Farm

Two Farmers Farm in Scarborough, Maine is seeking a farm crew for the 2015 season:

twofarmersFull- and Part-Time: Organic Vegetable Farm Seeks Farm Crew

Two Farmers Farm is a four-season, Certified Organic produce farm located in Scarborough, ME.

 

We seek to fill two positions for general, skilled farm work:

 

Full-Time (1 available) – Tuesday through Friday (40 hours per week), from mid-April 2015 to late-November 2015. No experience necessary. $10/hour.

 

Part-Time (1 available) – Tuesday and Friday (20 hours per week), from mid-April 2015 to late-November 2015. Strong focus on harvesting, washing, and packing produce. No experience necessary. $10/hour.

 

These farm crew positions offer an opportunity to work outside and learn many aspects of organic vegetable production. We look to hire individuals who are self-motivated, appreciate hard work, and are cheerful.

 

Details of the positions, including how to apply >

 

Help Wanted: Three River Farmers Alliance

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Help Wanted: Customer Service Rep & Driver

Three River Farmers Alliance is seeking a motivated individual to play a key role in our local food distribution service. Our ideal candidate has a strong interest in local food, has a background in food or agriculture, has excellent communication skills, is comfortable driving a truck, has strong computer/technology skills, and has the ability to work independently. Three River Farmers Alliance is a farmer-owned local food delivery service based in the Seacoast area of NH. Learn more at Three River Farmers Alliance

Weekly Responsibilities:

Mondays

  • Contact customers to remind them of the deadline for ordering or answer questions they may have

  • Technical assistance for customers

  • Send reminder email and push message to customers

  • Cold-calling / cold-emailing to new accounts

Wednesdays & Thursdays

  • Delivery of goods to client list

  • Customer service during drop off

Tuesdays & Fridays

  • Schedule meetings with new accounts

  • Visit new accounts to drop off pamphlet and talk about service

  • Develop additional outreach materials

  • Work on new account paperwork regarding S.O.P.’s & food safety

Throughout the week

  • Technical assistance for customers

  • Email or phone support for questions

  • Social media posts and other outreach

Commitment: 30-40 hours / week. Requires driving box truck and the ability to lift fifty pounds. Some driving on non-delivery days for new client contact.

To apply: Send cover letter and resume to admin@threeriverfa.com

Help Wanted: Brookford Farm

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Brookford Farm is seeking a Wholesale/Retail Associate. For further information and to apply, contact
brookfordfarm@gmail.com

Wholesale/Retail Associate

Brookford Farm is seeking a full time Regional Sales Associate who has a passion for local, sustainably raised food, and the sales skills needed to grow sales in New Hampshire and southern New England. The position will be responsible for growing and retaining existing wholesale and retail accounts and expanding the farm’s regional sales territory.

Founded in 2007, Brookford Farm is in persistent pursuit of a high quality, diversified product line to match its grass based diversified organic farm.

Product Line

  • Dairy-yogurt, kefir, buttermilk, milk, butter, quark
  • Cheese–Raw Cheddar, Raw Blue, Camembert, Brie, Feta
  • Meats–Grass Fed Beef and Veal, Pasture Raised Pork and Chicken
  • Flour–Bread and Pastry Flour (farm grown wheat)
  • Vegetable–Year round supply, seasonal variations

Sales Associate Responsibilities:

  • Work with sales team to initiate and build relationships with retailers, food service, and distributors resulting in long term accounts with steadily increasing sales volume.
  • Secure weekly sales orders from accounts, cultivate order growth per account
  • Identify and attend public and trade events appropriate to our brand to sample, sell and promote products.

Requirements:

  • Have at least two years prior sales experience, preferably in southern New England and New Hampshire.
  • Be self-motivated, highly organized and outgoing with strong customer service background.
  • Be dynamic with customers, excellent communication skills.
  • Be located in New Hampshire, preferably central.
  • Have a valid drivers license, reliable transportation and availability to travel out of state.
  • Significant amount of regional travel.
  • Have a passion for grass based farming and for strengthening regional food systems.

Base salary + commission. Send resume to brookfordfarm@gmail.com.

Volunteering with Seacoast Eat Local

Here at Seacoast Eat Local, it is our mission to connect people with sources of locally grown foods and promote eating locally for the health of our environment, community, culture and economy. Through advocacy, organizing and education, we work toward a sustainable local food system that meets the needs of both producers and consumers.

Seacoast Eat Local is a volunteer-based non-profit organization, and our work is made possible by passionate volunteers from the Seacoast and beyond. It is through the continued support of so many that we are able to maintain and grow our programs, connecting consumers with farmers and making local food an available aspect of life for everyone in the Seacoast!

Volunteers helping set up before markets begin are appreciated by all!
Volunteers helping set up before markets begin are appreciated by all!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Volunteering with Seacoast Eat Local can take on many forms. We need your support across all of our programs. This can include

  • staffing info tables at community events,
  • helping farmers unload at our winter markets,
  • assisting in data collection for Seacoast Harvest,
  • working with our SNAP/EBT & Debit program at farmers’ markets,
  • gleaning local food for donation from markets and area farms,
  • and creating interest around a variety of local food events
Jess and Carina are helping glean produce for donation from the Portsmouth Farmers' Market.
Jess and Carina are helping glean produce for donation from the Portsmouth Farmers’ Market.

 

If you’d like to learn more about volunteer opportunities and how you can support the local agricultural community check out our Volunteer page. You can sign up for our volunteer email newsletter there and read about the different types of support we need to keep growing. The Winter Farmers’ Markets are just around the corner, our first in the series starts November 22. These community events can always use additional support to help them run smoothly and successfully. Click over to our Winter Farmers’ Market page to save the dates and learn more about the market.

There are a number of ways you can support the local food movement …

Join our stellar crew of volunteers. We need help getting the word out, running market activities, setting up during the winter markets or even just hanging posters around your town. Email leo@seacoasteatlocal.org for more info.
Volunteers are needed to help at the SNAP/EBT booth to help answer customer’s questions, assist the program coordinator with EBT and debit transactions, and to provide new EBT shoppers with information and a farmers’ market tour. Email snap@seacoasteatlocal.org for more info.

 

Jean Pauly working with the Rollinsford PD to collect food donations for their holiday food baskets. Through generous support from farmers and market shoppers, SEL was able to donate over 2,000 pounds of local food to area pantries during last year's winter markets season
Jean Pauly working with the Rollinsford PD to collect food donations for their holiday food baskets. Through generous support from farmers and market shoppers, SEL was able to donate over 2,000 pounds of local food to area pantries during last year’s winter market season

Another option is to support local food and agriculture with a donation to Seacoast Eat Local. Donate online or mail a donation made out to Seacoast Eat Local to 67 Airport Road, Newington, NH. Donations are tax deductible.

Help us spread the word! You can forward this blog, follow our blog, post a message online, text or invite a friend to go to your local farmers’ market. Farmers love your support!