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    Fishkill Farms seeks motivated production manager/assistant manager for 100 acres of orchard, berries, vegetables on our family-owned farm. This is a unique opportunity to work with an experienced team growing diverse, healthy, sustainable foods and selling through U-Pick, CSA and farmers markets, in the beautiful Hudson Valley near NYC. Job includes horticulture, pest management, harvest, packing, managing staff, direct marketing etc. Multiple positions available, wide range of experience and qualifications will be considered. Salary, housing, benefits BOQ. Contact Joshua.Morgenthau@gmail.com.

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    Food Animal Concerns Trust (FACT) is now accepting grant applications for its Fund-a-Farmer Project! The Fund-a-Farmer Project provides small grants to qualifying humane farmers who need assistance in improving the welfare of their farm animals. Grants of up to $1,500 will be awarded for projects that (1) help farms transition to pasture-based systems, (2) improve the marketing of their humane products, or (3) more generally enrich the conditions in which farm animals are raised. Working, independent family farmers that raise pigs, broiler chickens, laying hens, dairy cows and/or beef cattle are eligible to apply for any of the three types of grants.  Projects involving goats and sheep are only eligible for marketing grants. Applications must be submitted online or postmarked by May 1, 2013, for awards made in August 2013. View guidelines and apply online at www.fundafarmer.org. Contact Lisa at grants@foodanimalconcerns.org or 773-525-4952 with questions.

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    HGP seeks an experienced and dedicated Farm Manager. We are looking for an enthusiastic, outgoing and organized person skilled in sustainable agriculture, production, marketing, business management and building partnerships. The ideal candidate will also have a sincere commitment to ending homelessness and have experience working with individuals facing homelessness and/or mental health challenges. The Farm Manager will work to create and maintain an economically robust farm with exemplary sustainable agriculture practices.

    The Homeless Garden Project (HGP) is a nonprofit corporation based in Santa Cruz, CA that provides job training and transitional employment to people who are homeless. In addition, HGP has a vibrant community volunteer and education program. The training, employment, education and volunteer programs take place in an organic farm and related enterprises. Products produced in the training program are sold through our Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program, at our onsite Farm Stand, at our year-round retail store, through our online store, and wholesale to other retailers. Production provides for a real work environment and is also a meaningful source of revenue for the Project.

    Under the general supervision of the Executive Director, the Natural Bridges Farm (NBF) Manager oversees all aspects of the farm program, including production of agriculture crops, CSA, crops used in the production of value-added products, marketing, greenhouse management, and the farm business planning and management.

    Hours: 40 hours/week, occasional weekends, holidays and evenings

    Salary: $30,465 -$33,114 annually commensurate with qualifications and experience

    Applications: Mail resume, cover letter and contact information for three references to Darrie Ganzhorn, Executive Director, P.O. Box 617, Santa Cruz, CA 95061 or email to darrieg@homelessgardenproject.org.

    Resume review begins: February 8, 2013. Resumes will be accepted until position is filled. Please contact Darrie Ganzhorn for the complete and detailed job description.

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    And that’s why we’re looking for a Vineyard Manager to leave a lasting impression on our certified organic and biodynamic farming legacy. From beneficial insects and mobile chicken coops to canopy management and the annual arrival of over 2000 sheep to “control” weeds, you’ll have a lot of impact on our quality and yield. If you enjoy covering a lot of turf, embrace variety and challenge, and want to work with and mentor a good group of people, then we’d like to hear from you.
    Basic Function:

    You will be responsible for the shared management and development of 950+/- acres of certified organic and Biodynamic wine grapes on Mendocino County ranches to assure delivery of grapes of optimal quality and quantity for the Bonterra, Fetzer Coro, Sanctuary, Fetzer Mendo, and other brands. With direct responsibility for the management of specific assigned ranches, you will oversee and direct tasks of hourly ranch crews through Crew and Ranch Leaders in order to correctly accomplish needed tasks in a safe and efficient manner. In addition, you will be responsible for coordinating contract labor, staff training, hiring, layoff, and timekeeping requirements with the Vineyard Office Administrator, Human Resources, Payroll, and Vineyard Finance teams. You will manage equipment resources in a safe, efficient, and cooperative manner with other Vineyard Manager and Vineyard Shop Manager in order to meet production and quality goals.

    Responsibilities:

    40% Vineyard & Crop Management
    • Working together with Vineyard Director and other Managers, prepare annual farming plans for Mendocino County ranches. Implement vineyard plans, organize purchases and vineyard crews, manage equipment and resources necessary to successfully farm ranches and produce organic and Biodynamic grapes of the highest quality and quantity.
    • Responsible for crop, fertility, pest, and disease management, and data. Based on data collected, implement the appropriate form of management in order to farm to certified Organic and Biodynamic standards.
    • Responsible for records management of crop data, historical farming data (i.e., bud break, weather, frost, etc.). Direct and oversee the data collection process and ensure validity of data collected.
    • Assist in the hiring of outside vendors or contractors for various services.
    • Interact with Winemaking team in order to produce fruit that meets desired goals of wine programs.

    25% Vineyard Finance & Planning
    • Working with Vineyard Director, prepare annual expense and capital budgets to meet farm plan, production, and cost goals. Attend annual budget review and preparation meetings. Assist in planning function of vineyard department. Review invoices, budget, cost center reports, etc. with Vineyard Management Team and Vineyard Finance team on monthly basis.
    • Responsible for managing vineyard expenses within budgetary guidelines.

    25% Personnel Management
    • Coordinate hires, rehires, staff reductions, etc. for workforce of 110+/- employees. Responsible for timekeeping and tracking of employee hours worked, by task and location. Work closely with crew leaders, Payroll and Vineyard Finance team to ensure the timely and accurate collection of payroll data.
    • Ensure employees are held accountable to Company Employee Handbook guidelines and meet specified goals through annual review process.
    10% General Departmental Management /Other
    • These duties include safety, finding new products, working with Compliance Process Manager on materials compliance, management of experimental vineyards, labor housing management. Ability to identify trends, draw conclusions, and make recommendations.
    • Responsible for safety meetings and adherence to all safe practices. Responsible for compliance with OSHA regulations.
    • Participation in community and/or farming functions on behalf of the company.
    • Aid with and provide tours and informational meetings to support product marketing and sales, potential for travel for same.

    Must Experience:

    • A Bachelor of Science degree in Viticulture or related field plus minimum five years prior viticulture or vineyard management experience, or equivalent education/experience combination.
    • Ability to delegate work, set clear direction, manage workflow, mentor, coach, train, and develop subordinates’ skills. Ability to foster teamwork among staff members.
    • Excellent vineyard farming ability and experience in vineyard planning and development.
    • Thorough understanding of finance and budget processes and ability to apply to vineyard tasks.
    • Commitment to safety excellence and training of employees.
    • Engagement in continual innovation and improvement of farming practices and people management.
    • Exceptional organization skills to track farming data and maintain accurate records.
    • Bilingual skills: Field Spanish, required.
    • Developed computer skills in programs such as Excel, Word, Database, Email, Weather programs, and Internet.
    • Forklift certification (or ability to obtain upon hiring), knowledge of and ability to operate wheel, crawler, and construction tractors, farming implements, as well as ATV and utility machines.
    • Ability to communicate effectively and professionally with all levels of employees and outside contacts such as vendors, sales/marketing staff, agencies, and contractors in both written and verbal forms.
    • Requires on-call status for emergencies and may require weekend and nighttime call-ins during various growing seasons.
    • Valid CA Driver’s License. Requires travel between ranches.

    Preferred Experience:

    • Thorough knowledge of organic and biodynamic farming practices and certification standards, preferred.

    Physical:
    Ability to lift and carry 40lbs; ability to drive motor vehicle long distances and travel extensively within the assigned region ; able to work in all weather conditions including hot/cold weather temperatures, mud, dust, soft soil, uneven terrain.

    Location:
    Position located at Fetzer Vineyards’ Bonterra Organic Vineyards in Mendocino County. On-site Vineyard Manager housing provided.

    Fetzer Vineyards’ corporate office is located at 12901 Old River Rd Hopland, CA 95449 Hopland is a small town of less than 800 people located at the start of the Redwoods of Northern California. It is about a two hour drive, along scenic U.S. Route 101, north of San Francisco. No relocation available for this position.

    About Fetzer Vineyards:
    Our multi-site California winery operation includes 1000 acres of farmed vineyards and 3 million cases produced annually. Operations include Mendocino County winery, production and vineyard locations; Paso Robles winery and Jekel vineyard operation in Greenfield, with a combined sales of approximately $185 Million and combined employment of 305 with an additional approximately 40 seasonally.

    To apply:
    Please email your resume to: careers@fetzer.com, with “Vineyard Manager” in the subject line. Must pass pre-employment drug screen, background, & DMV check. AA/EOE/M/F/D/V

    We couldn’t be more excited to be part of Viña Concha y Toro which occupies an outstanding position among the world’s most important wine companies. With consolidated sales in 2011 of over US$850 million and more than 29 million cases sold globally, the company shows the strength of its business model and international leadership, with a presence in over 135 countries.

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  • 02/14/13--10:02: Calves for Sale
  • 2012 Calves for sale. Various weights to fit your needs! Steers and heifers all ranch raised with care. Gentle calves Black and Charolais X. All CCOF organic and GAP Level 4 certified. Heifers would be great replacements to start organic herd!

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    Porkville Ranch is a 2,000 acre property located in Yorkville, California. Porkville is home to the only breeding population of the Italian Cinta Senese pig outside of Italy. The mixed woodlands and oak savannah habitats found at Porkville are similar in climate and natural productivity to the Tuscan forests that have supported Cinta since the Middle Ages. Our pure bred pigs are raised humanely in an extensive forest and pasture system, and marketed as specialty whole-carcass forage fattened heritage pork, to Bay Area restaurants, trend-setting chefs and specialty butchers. The business is in early stage start up, and we are looking for an experienced outdoor swine stockperson to join this dynamic project.

    The Swine Program Manager is responsible for the daily operational activities of the extensive swine program at Porkville Ranch. This position will help plan, coordinate and participate in all aspects of swine production, including:
    - Swine husbandry;
    - Breeding program supervision;
    - Manure management and composting;
    - Transport to slaughter facility;
    - Maintenance of pig fencing and containment systems;
    - Management and maintenance of feeding and watering systems;
    - Maintenance of swine housing and equipment;
    - Management of production records;
    - Maintenance of strict bio-security measures;

    This position will be responsible for:
    - Daily care, accountability, protection and well being of all animals in the swine program, as well as other species within Porkville’s multi-species farming system
    - Upkeep of the permanent and mobile facilities associated with swine production and animal husbandry
    - Supervising seasonal and/or full time staff

    Recommended skills/experience include:
    - Three years swine management experience, preferably in an extensive outdoor / pasture-based system
    - Demonstrated success applying ecological farming principles and practices, such as intensive rotational grazing, organic animal husbandry, nutrient cycling of grazing animals, soil ecology, and accompanying record keeping
    - High school diploma/GED required, Bachelors Degree strongly recommended (relevant major encouraged)
    - Farm machinery and implement operation
    - Mechanical repair and maintenance
    - Foreign language skills encouraged (Spanish, Italian, German)

    Compensation commensurate with experience; employment package includes salary and insurance.

    Qualified applicants please submit a resume and cover letter to Kaye Jones (kaye@fpfarm.com) by March 11th, 2013.

    www.fpfarm.com
    Front Porch Farm

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    California agricultural producers who are certified organic or transitioning to organic production are invited to apply for technical and financial assistance through a national organic initiative administered by USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). Applications for the second ranking period of 2013 are due at NRCS offices by April 19, for funding consideration this fiscal year.

    Over $3 million in special organic funding is available to eligible producers in California as part of the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). Organic producers can receive up to $20,000 per year or $80,000 over six years through the special organic EQIP funding. The assistance targets over two dozen core conservation practices, including conservation crop rotation, cover crop, nutrient management, pest management and prescribed grazing.

    This is a nationwide initiative to provide assistance to certified organic producers as well as producers transitioning to organic production. Applicants must either have an organic system plan or certify they are working toward one. Organic producers also may apply for assistance under general EQIP. Interested producers are encouraged to contact their local NRCS Service Center.

    NRCS has provided leadership in a partnership effort to help America's private land owners and managers conserve their soil, water and other natural resources since 1935. For more information about NRCS, visit www.nrcs.usda.gov.

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  • 03/04/13--12:10: Farm Help Wanted
  • Certified organic farm in Tomales, CA seeks seasonal farm help starting in April through November. Will be involved in all aspects of the farm including: seed starting, planting, harvesting, irrigation, maintenance, and sales at farmers market. Housing available, hourly wage, and farm fresh eggs and produce.

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    We offer a huge selection of seat belts including 2 point (lap only) non-retractable or retractable seat belts. Also, easily order online micro-switch seat belts that will not let the equipment start up until the operator has buckled up. Many colors and sizes to choose from. Trailer accessories also.

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    Featherstone Fruits and Vegetables (www.featherstonefarm.com) has many
    job openings for the coming season and into the future. We are a 160
    acre diversified vegetable farm having both a very active CSA and
    thriving wholesale markets. We are located in Rushford MN, 2 hours
    south of St. Paul MN. These include positions from operating
    equipment, warehouse management, to productions assistants. We offer
    year round employment for many positions with the possibility of
    on-farm housing. We off competitive wage based on experience, paid
    time off, all the fresh produce you can handle, fun work environment,
    and are employers with heart. Please send letter of interest, resume
    and 3 references to employment@featherstonefarm.com, while we try to
    keep the list of job openings up to date on our website we usually
    have more then what are listed. We will continue to have openings
    until this post is removed and hire all throughout the year.

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    POSITION DESCRIPTION:
    Manually plant, cultivate, and harvest crops for the Farm Stand and Organic Kitchen. Use hand tools, such as shovels, trowels, hoes, pruning hooks, shears, and knives. Duties may include tilling soil and applying fertilizers; transplanting, weeding, thinning, or pruning crops and landscaping; cleaning, packaging, and loading products. May repair fences and buildings, participate in irrigation activities and miscellaneous maintenance of the Farm Stand and Organic Kitchen. Also, set-up for and help with special events and tours.

    • Set up and operate irrigation equipment.
    • Operate tractors, tractor-drawn machinery, and self-propelled machinery to plow, harrow and fertilize soil, or to plant, cultivate, and harvest crops.
    • Repair and maintain farm vehicles, implements, and mechanical equipment.
    • Harvest crops by hand.
    • Inform farm managers of crop progress.
    • Record information about crops, such as fertilizer use, yields, or costs for CCOF records.
    • Dig and plant seeds, or transplant seedlings by hand.
    • Weed, thin, or prune crops and landscaping.
    • Repair buildings, fences, and other structures.
    • Participate in the inspection, sorting, packaging, storage, and post-harvest treatment of crops.
    • Unload products off of Local Route truck
    • Perform miscellaneous maintenance and upkeep of Farm Stand

    POSITION REQUIREMENTS:
    Experience : 3+ years field work experience, organic experience a plus
    Other Requirements:
    - Ability to operate a tractor and forklift
    - Knowledge of irrigation practices
    - Must be able to lift up to 50 lbs

    WORK ENVIRONMENT:
    Outdoor farming/agricultural environment subject to weather extremes and exposure to heavy equipment. Work depends on the season, such as the times when crops are planted or harvested. Field workers may work extended hours and/or days per week during planting and harvesting.

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    Round Pond Estate, a premium Napa Valley winery, is seeking a Head Gardener to oversee the care and maintenance of an extensive organic estate landscape. This unique estate includes organic vegetable gardens, flower cutting gardens and 5 acres of California/ Mediterranean landscaping. Position includes participation in garden design and layout, daily landscape maintenance, supervision of garden personnel and outside contractors.

    Experience Required

    • 5 years of hands on estate gardening experience
    • Organic & Biodynamic growing techniques
    • Irrigation installation & maintenance, with emphasis on water conservation
    • Soil Fertility & Composting
    • Propagation & Planting of annuals, perennials, fruits & vegetables, as well as shrub and tree maintenance
    • Tool & Equipment Maintenance
    • Farm Livestock, including chickens, horses and bees

    Qualified candidate must be enthusiastic, dedicated to organic principles, skilled in communication, and processes ability to work both independently and as a team member.

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  • 03/27/13--14:58: Gardeners - Retreat Center
  • We are looking for those unusual individuals who have experience or interest in gardening AND who desire a wholesome lifestyle of physical work, community involvement and personal inner development. Are you a seeker? Are you interested in a lifestyle which combines work, inner development and living in community? Do you thrive in an environment with a rigorous schedule and encouragement to take responsibility?

    If you say YES! Join 40 or so like-minded people from around the world at Odiyan Retreat Center. Live on 1,000 breathtakingly beautiful acres overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Northern CA. Odiyan is a long-standing all-volunteer Retreat Center guided by Buddhist teachings. Our community treats work as a practice in awareness, concentration, and energy: a kind of ‘meditation in action'.

    Living at Odiyan includes:
    Housing - share a comfortable room with outdoor deck with one roommate.
    Vegetarian meals - share or learn cooking skills in the large community kitchen.
    Classes/discussion groups- study and reflection based on work and daily life as a catalyst for inner development
    Monthly living allowance - $120 per month.

    Working at Odiyan includes but is not limited to: Organic vegetable gardening, Ornamental flower gardening, Landscaping, Construction, Vegetarian cooking.

    Participation at Odiyan is a wholesome and active lifestyle engaging body, mind and spirit in a healthy setting of nature, wide open spaces, sacred beauty, fresh air, clean water, nutritious food. Please be strong, healthy and able to engage manual work.

    The minimum age is 23 years old. We ask for a minimum six month commitment. Couples are welcome to apply. We cannot accept pets. Call our volunteer office or email to have details and application emailed to you.

    We are seeking applicants who can start in this spring and summer 2013. (March through August)

    No religious affiliation is required to live and work at Odiyan. Please be able to engage manual work on a daily basis. The minimum age is 23 years old. We cannot accept pets. Couples are welcome to apply. The minimum commitment is six months, with possibility of longer-term community membership.

    Call our volunteer office 510-981-1987 or email to have more details and application emailed to you. We are seeking applicants who can start in April, 2013 through August 2013.

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    The Fund-a-Farmer Project is a competitive microgrants initiative to help farmers implement projects to improve animal welfare on their operations. Food Animal Concerns Trust (FACT) will award grants of up to $1,500 for projects that (1) help farms transition to pasture-based systems, (2) improve the marketing of their humane products, or (3) more generally enrich the conditions in which farm animals are raised.

    Working, independent family farmers that raise pigs, broiler chickens, laying hens, dairy cows, and/or beef cattle are eligible to apply for any of the three types of grants. Projects involving goats and sheep are only eligible for marketing grants. Farmers can now apply directly online! More information about grant guidelines, eligibility requirements, project examples, and the application can be accessed at www.fundafarmer.org. Applications are due by May 1 and grants will be awarded in August 2013. 

    If you have any questions, please call (773) 525-4952 or email grants@foodanimalconcerns.org.

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    We have a large currently non-commercial organic garden and small cabin available for possible work/trade for an experienced organic gardener. Located in the Santa Cruz mountains between Santa Cruz and Watsonville, CA. There is currently about an acre of developed beds, and several acres of mature and new trees. Another acre is available for development, and additional property nearby is being terraced, and planted with trees, ponds, produce, etc... Woofers provide seasonal labor, and a tractor and several utility vehicles are available for heavy work. Property is 20 acres total surrounded by timberland, on a private road, that is quiet but not remote (20 min. to Watsonville, 40-45 min. to Santa Cruz). Chickens provide eggs, goats would be desired. A large solar array supplies power for residences, greenhouses, workshops, and a good well. A sawmill, and local redwoods, firs, tan oaks and madrones have produced several utility buildings, and a new green house is planned. We would prefer someone that is extremely knowledgeable regarding permaculture, organic gardening and sustainable agriculture, to help work, manage and design the garden. Ideal for someone with additional source of income from teaching, writing, seminars, retirement, lottery winnings, whatever. Please contact Joe at woodyfranklin4@gmail.com, or call (831) 761-9004.

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    The University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE), a statewide program with local development and delivery, is seeking an academic advisor to conduct a multi-county-based extension, education and applied research program to lead and expand agriculture as an integral part of urban growth and population change and land use and public policies that enable productive use of urban land.  The Area Urban Ag Advisor will address critical urban issues of sprawl, vacant city lots, and public desire for safe local food, food insecurity and community livability.

    CLOSING DATE: To assure full consideration, application packets must be received by May 5, 2013 (open until filled)

    The Bay Area which is home to over 7 million people and over 100 cities and towns, it continues to have productive working landscapes that provide a diversity of food for regional and worldwide markets. Twenty million tons of food a year are produced on the roughly ten million acres of agricultural land within 100 miles of the Golden Gate.  This includes more than 80 different crops and livestock products, not counting their myriad of varieties. Bay Area farming operations are diverse in their acreage, scale of operations, and markets.

    Over the past decade local governments have begun to explore programs that preserve agricultural land, and some are starting to support limited agriculture economic development efforts. Some county governments in the region have established agricultural advisory task forces and food councils to address agricultural issues. Several counties, including Alameda and Contra Costa counties, have amended county zoning to allow expanded direct marketing and value-added facilities.  Some county governments, such as San Mateo and Contra Costa counties, are considering local food purchasing policies that require county departments to purchase food from local farmers.

    Bay area consumers, many of whom take pride in their region and its unique quality of life, are advocating the idea of preserving family farms, and many have embraced the idea of eating locally.  This growing interest has created a number of issues:  the use of urban vacant land for farming, county/city zoning and planning policies, food-processing and distribution policies, food access and justice issues, and environmental and ecological food production. The Bay area interest in urban agriculture and sustainable food systems provides an ideal opportunity for conducting valuable research and extension.

    Our Culture:

    Working at UC ANR offers a career with a history and a future.  Since the first Advisors were hired in California almost 100 years ago, we have maintained our central purpose as stewards, problem-solvers, catalysts, collaborators, and educators.  Academics in UC ANR enjoy a network of colleagues across our system of local offices, statewide programs, 3 colleges and 1 professional school in the UC system. Our culture is characterized by collaboration and entrepreneurship in a vibrant working environment. New academic staff are mentored and supported by this network of colleagues.

    The UC ANR vision guides priorities in research, education, service, and resource allocation.  ANR envisions a thriving California in 2025 where healthy people and communities, healthy food systems, and healthy environments are strengthened by a close partnership between the University of California and its research and extension programs and the people of the state.  The University remains connected and committed to the people of California, who enjoy a high quality of life, a healthy environment, and economic success in a global economy. The full Strategic Vision is available at:  http://ucanr.edu/About_ANR/Strategic_Vision/.

    Alameda County, the headquarters for this position, is located in the East Bay region of the San Francisco Bay Area.  Alameda County is the seventh most populous county in California, and has 14 incorporated cities and several unincorporated communities. Approximately 1.5 million people reside in the county. Alameda County is now one of the most ethnically diverse regions in the Bay Area and the nation.  According to the California Department of Education, there are 53 languages spoken in the K-12 public school systems. 

    The county has more than 350 parks and 18 school districts.  Public agencies in Alameda County are very active in encouraging programs in pollution prevention and integrated pest management. 

    Please visit the following websites for more information regarding UC Cooperative Extension in Alameda, Contra Costa, San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties:

    NATURE AND PURPOSE:

    The County Director is responsible for the coordination and overall operation of Cooperative Extension programs in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties.  Responsibilities includes oversight of effective educational and research programs, direction and leadership of academic and support staff assigned to county Extension programs; maintaining effective communication within the University and county government, securing adequate county Extension budgets, developing and maintaining good working relationships with public and private agencies and with both Alameda and Contra Costa Counties.

    Extension:

    The Area Urban Ag Advisor will work with a diverse group of colleagues and clientele to provide local leadership in planning and developing educational programs to address the needs of clientele in Alameda, Contra Costa, San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties. Extension activities will be delivered to clientele including urban agriculture producers, community service organizations, non-governmental organizations, city, county, and policy decision makers involved in urban agriculture.  Specifically, the advisor will provide information and advice to city and county government to improve and coordinate policies and programs that facilitate and support urban agriculture and the production of value added agriculture products.  The advisor will provide information and analysis on the levels and trends in consumer demand for agricultural products to assist urban agricultural producers in their decision-making, marketing, processing, and distribution.

    The advisor will use a mix of traditional and emerging outreach tools including individual consultations, field days, tours, meetings, web conferences, ANR publications, peer-reviewed journals, online learning, web content systems and repositories, social media, impact and evaluation tools, along with specialized and public media outlets appropriate to the clients.

    Research:

    The Area Urban Ag Advisor will work with a network of UC scientists and collaborators contributing to urban agriculture. The advisor will make significant contributions to the study of urban agriculture through science and policy analysis support on market opportunities, scale of production, and infrastructure requirements. The advisor will work collaboratively to provide local leadership for planning, coordinating and conducting applied research activities related to  urban agriculture in Alameda, Contra Costa, Santa Clara, and San Mateo  Counties. The academic in this position will be expected to interact with UC ANR program teams, specialists, advisors and others within the research/extension network to develop, strengthen and expand the local delivery of statewide programs.

    MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES:

    • Conduct and report regular needs assessments to identify priority issues or problems relevant to the local clientele groups being served.
    • Develop and implement effective UC ANR Cooperative Extension applied research and educational programs to address the identified priority needs of the clientele that are consistent with ANR’s Strategic Vision and ANR initiatives: http://ucanr.edu/files/906.pdf
      • Conduct applied research designed to monitor changes and solve locally relevant problems.
      • Disseminate useful, science-based information to inform clientele, using extension methods that are responsive to clientele needs and appropriate for the audience and situation.
      • Maintain and promote Cooperative Extension’s credibility by providing science-based knowledge and skills independent of personal or parochial interests.
      • Evaluate programs and report accomplishments, results, and potential or actual impacts to scientific and lay audiences.
      • Develop collaborative teams with other UC ANR academics, campus-based specialists and faculty and/or others, to address priority issues for UC ANR.

    RELATIONSHIPS: The Advisor/County Director is administratively responsible to the Associate Director of Cooperative Extension.

    AFFIRMATIVE ACTION: An understanding of and commitment to UC ANR’s affirmative action goals and commitments is expected of all advisors.

    EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:  A minimum of a Master's Degree is required, though other advanced degrees are encouraged, in disciplines such as agricultural, natural resource, and community economics and development, business and marketing development, and agricultural production science.  An educational background and/or work experience in agricultural production, and food processing, land use policy development, and marketing and business planning is desirable.  A demonstrated ability in applied agricultural research and extension of information is desirable.  Excellent written, oral and interpersonal communication skills are required.  Skills to communicate effectively in a second language are desirable.   Demonstrated administrative leadership and personnel management is desirable.

    SALARY:  Beginning salary will be in the Cooperative Extension Advisor Rank and commensurate with applicable experience and professional qualifications.  For information regarding Cooperative Extension Advisor salary scales, please refer to the University of California, ANR website:  http://ucop.edu/academic-personnel/_files/1112/table28.pdf

    If the successful candidate is currently a UCCE Advisor, the candidate will be offered the position as a lateral transfer, retaining their current rank, step, salary, and definite or indefinite status.

    ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:  A background investigation will be required for the successful candidate, including fingerprinting and a criminal history clearance by the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

    This position is subject to the requirements and compliance of the California’s Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA).  Employment within UC ANR is contingent upon securing written acknowledgement to comply with California law.

    BENEFITS: The University of California offers comprehensive benefits including two days per month paid vacation, one day per month paid sick leave, and approximately thirteen paid holidays per year. Sabbatical leave is available to qualified academics.  ANR is part of UC’s Family-Friendly Policies. A variety of health and dental insurance plans are available, with employer contributions to the premiums. In addition, the University provides basic life and disability insurance, which may be supplemented at group rates. Workers' Compensation Insurance is provided. An excellent UC Retirement System is coordinated with social security, and optional annuity plans may supplement retirement. Automobile insurance is available. For more information, refer to the UC Benefits website at: http://atyourservice.ucop.edu.

    HOW TO APPLY:  To be considered, applicants must submit the following four components of the Application Packet to anracademicsearch@ucop.edu:

    1. Cover Letter
    2. ANR Academic Application Form— from the ANR website at: http://ucanr.edu/academicapplication
      • Please include a list of potential references. If you are selected for an interview, the search committee will contact the references you listed on the UC ANR application form (a minimum of four (4) and a maximum of six (6) names, current addresses, phone numbers and email addresses).  Please do not send letters of reference.
    3. Curriculum Vitae or Resume
    4. College Level Transcripts: Original transcripts preferred, however, legible photocopies of original transcripts will be accepted.

    Application and associated materials will not be returned to the applicant.

    A search committee will review all applications, interview candidates, and recommend individuals most suitable for the position.

    For information regarding this position, please contact:

    ANR Academic Personnel
    Academic Recruiter
    University of California, Ag & Natural Resources
    Pam Tise
    pdtise@ucanr.edu

    Voice:  (530) 752-7497; FAX:  (530) 752-7785
    E-mail Address:  ANRacademicsearch@ucop.edu
    Internet:  http://www.ucanr.edu/jobs

    Please refer to Position #13-03 in all correspondence.

    The University of California prohibits discrimination or harassment of any person on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, pregnancy (including childbirth, and medical conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth), physical or mental disability, medical condition (cancer-related or genetic characteristics), ancestry, marital status, age, sexual orientation, citizenship, or status as a covered veteran (covered veterans are special disabled veterans, recently separated veterans, Vietnam era  veterans, or any other veterans who served on active duty during a war or in a campaign or expedition for which a campaign badge has been authorized) in any of its programs or activities. University policy is intended to be consistent with the provisions of applicable State and Federal laws.  Inquiries regarding the University’s nondiscrimination policies may be directed to the Affirmative Action/Academic Personnel Executive Director, University of California, Agriculture and Natural Resources, One Shields Avenue, DANR Building, Hopkins Road, Davis, CA 95616

     

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    The University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE), a statewide program with local development and delivery, is seeking an academic advisor to conduct a multi-county-based extension, education and applied research program to optimize agricultural sustainability and diversification, regional food systems land use and public policy. The assignment area has a $1.3 billion annual agricultural production value, with Napa and Sonoma wine grape production accounting for $1 billion of this value currently.

    CLOSING DATE: To assure full consideration, application packets must be received by May 5, 2013   (open until filled)

    The area is characterized by 5,700 family farms that raise livestock and/or dairy, or grow tree and row crops. These operations are underpinned with off-farm incomes and include small-scale, peri-urban farms close to the Bay Area.  A host of issues face these farmers, including zoning and planning policies related to high agricultural land values, taxation and inheritance, succession, and varying capacities, skill levels and experience. Farm diversification is one option, but it requires changes in county development codes and county general plans, development of processing and distribution infrastructures, and willingness on the part of local agriculture to experiment. Greater education and awareness by county residents, schools, institutions, and consumers is also necessary in order to build and retain a competitive, productive and ultimately sustainable food economy.

    Working with county and regional partners, the Area Food Systems Advisor will address these critical issues with an integrated approach. Critical areas to be addressed include providing local farms with the tools needed to adapt to local marketing opportunities, building direct market infrastructures (e.g. local harvest facilities, processing hubs), and facilitating community partnerships. These areas would form the primary disciplinary focus of the North Bay Food Systems Advisor and will make significant contributions to the food system in this area thereby increasing the viability and profitability of the small and mid-scale farm sector.

    The expansive agricultural land base and numerous family farms in close proximity to the Bay Area consumer base provide an ideal opportunity for delivery of an impactful research and extension program in Sustainable Food Systems. There is a demonstrated and growing need for this type of position from all levels and partners in such a system.  Agricultural producers are increasingly calling for the kind of information and expertise this position will provide.  County governments and other policy makers have formally established goals for sustainability in their respective general plans with support and development of vibrant agricultural production explicitly integrated with those goals.  Other non-profits and agricultural industry groups are actively seeking models and solutions to marketing, processing infrastructure, and policy obstacles to connecting local producers and local consumers. This is an area position working with clientele in Marin, Mendocino, Napa, and Sonoma counties. 

    Because of the importance of these agricultural industries to local economic sustainability and the overall viability of the industry, this Advisor position is well supported—not only by industry, but also by local growers, the community, and county governments. Proximity to the UC Davis campus and a network of colleagues affords the Advisor the ability to develop strong ties and work closely with Extension Specialists, Agriculture Experiment Station faculty, and graduate students to leverage cutting edge research in solving local problems. This includes strong working relationships with several community colleges and CSU Sonoma.

    Advisors enjoy a mixture of job tasks and settings: research in the field, conducting educational outreach for clients, and collaborating with academic colleagues on projects. UC Advisors are encouraged to pursue individual as well as team research projects.  Only at UC ANR do individuals have the ability to pursue research projects relevant to UC ANR’s mission, vision and established priorities, with access to research facilities and partners at a world-class university system, while working with some of the most productive farmland in the world.

    Our Culture:

    Working at UC ANR offers a career with a history and a future.  Since the first Advisors were hired in California almost 100 years ago, we have maintained our central purpose as stewards, problem-solvers, catalysts, collaborators, and educators.  Academics in UC ANR enjoy a network of colleagues across our system of local offices, statewide programs, 3 colleges and 1 professional school in the UC system. Our culture is characterized by collaboration and entrepreneurship in a vibrant working environment. New academic staff are mentored and supported by this network of colleagues.

    The UC ANR vision guides priorities in research, education, service, and resource allocation.  ANR envisions a thriving California in 2025 where healthy people and communities, healthy food systems, and healthy environments are strengthened by a close partnership between the University of California and its research and extension programs and the people of the state.  The University remains connected and committed to the people of California, who enjoy a high quality of life, a healthy environment, and economic success in a global economy. The full Strategic Vision is available at:  http://ucanr.edu/About_ANR/Strategic_Vision/.

    North Bay: The North Bay includes the counties of Marin, Sonoma, and Napa that border the north end of San Francisco Bay. Mendocino County, while not bordering the Bay, is closely tied to the region. The Bay Area consumer base (8+million) provides a unique opportunity for both agriculture production and food processors and purveyors to deliver high quality food and fiber products. These local economies are rooted in agriculture and agricultural-related businesses. The North Bay is home to the largest concentration of artisan cheesemakers in the state, and is long famous for its world-renowned wineries and unique wine growing appellations. Strong land protection programs & policies in these counties make land available for new producers as well as protecting current agricultural lands. The average age of a farmer in California is 57 and USDA expects 500,000 farmers will retire in the next 20 years. Building entrepreneurial and business skills is another area of need and opportunity. A young farmer program is starting up in Santa Rosa, and sustainable agriculture programs at three campuses of local community colleges in the region are gearing up to transfer students to 4-year colleges.

    Additionally, there is strong interest in developing sustainable food systems that contribute to food security. This is evidenced by the agriculture and food summits held in Sonoma (2011), Marin (2010), Napa (2009), and Mendocino in 2012. A 2010 report from the American Farmland Trust outlined Bay Area opportunities for direct marketing and food system development and reinforces the need for regionwide solutions to infrastructure problems. Despite the recent economic difficulties, there is strong demand for sustainably and regionally produced food products in the Bay Area; however, the lack of appropriate processing and distribution infrastructures and various regulations are significantly limiting the supply.  A broad-based approach is needed to ensure that economic, social and environmental interests are addressed comprehensively as the region’s food system is restructured. A North Coast Regional Food Systems Network is already in place. The group is composed of representatives from five northern California counties including three county supervisors, producers, farm bureau leaders, retail food outlets, local government departments, the financial sector, and underserved communities. The advisor would tap into this and other various food systems networks already in place in most counties.

    Please visit the following websites for more information regarding UC Cooperative Extension in Marin, Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino Counties:

    NATURE AND PURPOSE:

    Extension:

    Extension activities will deliver needed information and analysis to a diverse clientele related to food systems including agricultural producers, retailers, community service organizations, and policy and decision makers with the goal of building and coordinating sustainable food system partnerships. Specifically, the advisor will deliver marketing, business, and enterprise transition management (succession/regulatory) extension programs for producers, processors, and related groups. The advisor will provide agricultural value chain and regional economic data and analysis to county governments, business councils and leaders, and other organizations to improve and coordinate policies and programs that facilitate production of value-added agricultural products and therein the development of sustainable food systems.  The advisor will provide information and analysis on the levels and trends in consumer demand for agricultural products to assist retailers and agricultural producers in their decision-making about product market development, processing, and distribution.

    The advisor will work with a diverse group of colleagues and clientele to provide local leadership in planning and developing educational programs to address the needs of clientele in Marin, Mendocino, Napa, and Sonoma Counties and manage an ongoing extension education program using a mix of traditional and emerging outreach tools including individual consultations, field days, tours, meetings, web conferences, ANR publications, peer-reviewed journals, online learning, web content systems and repositories, social media, impact and evaluation tools, along with specialized and public media outlets appropriate to the clients.

    Research:

    The advisor will contribute regional agricultural production system analysis and development with a network of scientists and collaborators. The area advisor will make significant contributions to the study of sustainable food systems through science and policy analysis support on market opportunities, scale of production, and infrastructure requirements. Partners and clientele in the program area and region will benefit from extension and research on the concepts of a “sustainable food system” and the appropriateness of scale for building and managing the different system components such as production, processing, packaging, and distribution. The advisor will work collaboratively to provide local leadership for planning, coordinating and conducting applied research activities related to food systems in Marin, Sonoma, Napa, and Mendocino Counties.   The academic in this position will be expected to interact with UC ANR program teams, specialists, advisors and others within the research/extension network to develop, strengthen and expand the local delivery of statewide programs.

    MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES:

    • Conduct and report regular needs assessments to identify priority issues or problems relevant to the local clientele groups being served.
    • Develop and implement effective UC ANR Cooperative Extension applied research and educational programs to address the identified priority needs of the clientele that are consistent with ANR’s Strategic Vision and ANR initiatives http://ucanr.edu/files/906.pdf.
      • Conduct applied research designed to monitor changes and solve locally relevant problems.
      • Disseminate useful, science-based information to inform clientele, using extension methods that are responsive to clientele needs and appropriate for the audience and situation.
      • Maintain and promote Cooperative Extension’s credibility by providing science-based knowledge and skills independent of personal or parochial interests.
      • Evaluate programs and report accomplishments, results, and potential or actual impacts to scientific and lay audiences.
      • Develop collaborative teams with other UC ANR academics, campus-based specialists and faculty and/or others, to address priority issues for UC ANR.

    RELATIONSHIPS: The Advisor is administratively responsible to the UCCE Marin Director.

    AFFIRMATIVE ACTION: An understanding of and commitment to UC ANR’s affirmative action goals and commitments is expected of all advisors.

    EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:  A minimum of a Master's Degree is required, though other advanced degrees are encouraged, in disciplines such as agricultural, natural resource, and community economics and development, business and marketing development, and agricultural production science.  An educational background and/or work experience in agricultural production, and food processing, land use policy development, and marketing and business planning is desirable.  A demonstrated ability in applied agricultural research and extension of information is desirable.  Excellent written, oral and interpersonal communication skills are required.  Skills to communicate effectively in a second language are desirable.

    SALARY:  Beginning salary will be in the Cooperative Extension Assistant Advisor Rank and commensurate with applicable experience and professional qualifications.  For information regarding Cooperative Extension Advisor salary scales, please refer to the University of California, ANR website:  http://ucop.edu/academic-personnel/_files/1112/table28.pdf.

    If the successful candidate is currently a UCCE Advisor, the candidate will be offered the position as a lateral transfer, retaining their current rank, step, salary, and definite or indefinite status.

    BENEFITS: The University of California offers comprehensive benefits including two days per month paid vacation, one day per month paid sick leave, and approximately thirteen paid holidays per year.  Sabbatical leave is available to qualified academics.  ANR is part of UC’s Family-Friendly Policies. A variety of health and dental insurance plans are available, with employer contributions to the premiums. In addition, the University provides basic life and disability insurance, which may be supplemented at group rates. Workers' Compensation Insurance is provided.  An excellent UC Retirement System is coordinated with social security, and optional annuity plans may supplement retirement. Automobile insurance is available. For more information, refer to the UC Benefits website at: http://atyourservice.ucop.edu.

    HOW TO APPLY:  To be considered, applicants must submit the following four components of the Application Packet to anracademicsearch@ucop.edu:

    1. Cover Letter
    2. ANR Academic Application Form— from the ANR website at: http://ucanr.edu/academicapplication
      • Please include a list of potential references. If you are selected for an interview, the search committee will contact the references you listed on the UC ANR application form (a minimum of four (4) and a maximum of six (6) names, current addresses, phone numbers and email addresses).  Please do not send letters of reference.
    3. Curriculum Vitae or Resume
    4. College Level Transcripts: Original transcripts preferred, however, legible photocopies of original transcripts will be accepted.

    Application and associated materials will not be returned to the applicant.

    A search committee will review all applications, interview candidates, and recommend individuals most suitable for the position.

    For information regarding this position, please contact:

    ANR Academic Personnel
    Academic Recruiter
    University of California, Ag & Natural Resources
    Pam Tise
    pdtise@ucanr.edu

    Voice:  (530) 752-7497; FAX:  (530) 752-7785
    E-mail Address:  ANRacademicsearch@ucop.edu
    Internet:  http://www.ucanr.edu/jobs

    Please refer to Position #13-11 in all correspondence.

    The University of California prohibits discrimination or harassment of any person on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, pregnancy (including childbirth, and medical conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth), physical or mental disability, medical condition (cancer-related or genetic characteristics), ancestry, marital status, age, sexual orientation, citizenship, or status as a covered veteran (covered veterans are special disabled veterans, recently separated veterans, Vietnam era  veterans, or any other veterans who served on active duty during a war or in a campaign or expedition for which a campaign badge has been authorized) in any of its programs or activities. University policy is intended to be consistent with the provisions of applicable State and Federal laws.  Inquiries regarding the University’s nondiscrimination policies may be directed to the Affirmative Action/Academic Personnel Executive Director, University of California, Agriculture and Natural Resources, One Shields Avenue, DANR Building, Hopkins Road, Davis, CA 95616

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    CCOF Certification Services, LLC (CCOF) has an immediate opening for two Certification Specialists for positions conducting organic certification. One Certification Specialist will be in the Handler department conducting certification of processors /handlers and retailers. The other Certification Specialist will be in the Grower department conducting certification of farmers. Both positions will work within CCOF’s rapidly expanding USDA National Organic Program and internationally accredited organic certification program.

    Applicants must be able to work in a fast-paced office environment with significant job responsibilities. This job requires knowledge of organic production/processing practices, ability to work independently and as a team with other professionals. The job also requires customer service skills, the ability to manage data, and to work within a regulatory environment. To master this position requires approximately one year, so please only apply if you are willing to make a multi-year commitment. See the full job announcement.

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