Hello food system folks! Do people tell you that you’re pleasant to work with, competent, and a dedicated worker? If so, then one (1) of our four (4) open positions in Texas may be a good match for you. All are full-time. Please share with others too!
We have three (3) positions to support farmers markets across Texas to increase sales of Texas-grown fruits and vegetables to SNAP shoppers. These farmers market support positions are all remote and will require travel within Texas. Texas residents and those willing to relocate to Texas are preferred; (no relocation costs are paid.)
We have one (1) Education Specialist position to lead the Farm-to-Kids Texas after school program in Elgin, TX and support online course development for adult learners with TXFED.org. This position requires in person work in Elgin, TX and travel within central TX.
Courtney Long, program manager, ISU Extension and Outreach Farm, Food and Enterprise Development Program, firstname.lastname@example.org, 515-460-3227
ELGIN, TEXAS – A growing number of practitioners across the US are working to create and enhance thriving, equitable local and regional food systems. These food system practitioners have identified a need for professional development opportunities to build their skills and capacities and are pleased to release their report today.
In August 2019, the USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) formed a cooperative agreement with the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Farm, Food and Enterprise Development Program to work with national partners to develop a set of core competencies that food system practitioners deemed essential to their success.
Under the leadership of program director Craig Chase and program manager Courtney Long, a diverse group of more than 30 partners including the Texas Center for Local Food, identified nine core competency categories for food system practitioners. Categories range from community capacity and equity to policy and business development.
The group then agreed upon a set of sample learning objectives related to each competency. Finally, based on a national survey, the team developed a matrix of existing curricula from providers across the US that can meet one or more of the learning objectives.
“Relating to agricultural marketing, extension educators identified a need for curricula that address emerging markets and consumer trends,” said Courtney Long. “Building skills in those areas will help food businesses and farmer clients improve profitability.”
“As a result of the burgeoning consumer interest in local food, we are seeing expanding career opportunities across the food system from increasing food access to enhancing economic development to catalyzing food business opportunities to reducing food waste,” said Sue Beckwith, Executive Director of the Texas Center for Local Food. “By identifying the requisite core competencies and essential skills, we have created the foundation for focused professional development that will increase our effectiveness and quality of work individually and collectively.”
The next step recommended by the project team is to create an online public access portal listing existing curricula based on the identified competencies. The portal also would offer information to assist food systems practitioners in understanding the logistics of accessing the curricula (location, costs, registration, etc.)
The Texas Center for Local Food provides education, research, and technical assistance to create regional food systems in Texas that support prosperous family farms, healthy Texans and vibrant rural economies. The Texas Center for Local Food is financially supported by members. We invite you to join us today to support this important work. TexasLocalFood.org
This article in the Austin Chronicle (March 8, 2019) highlights the latest players in the burgeoning Austin consumer packaged goods (CPG) world. We want the best of these companies to locate in Elgin where we have land, farms and a strong labor force. At the Texas Center for Local Food, we’re raising funds now to build the Elgin Local Food Center to provide jobs and opportunities for our region’s talented food entrepreneurs.
And yea, we want to help them buy from our Texas family farms! So hey you up and coming CPG companies, drop us a line.
The Texas Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Services is looking for Soil Conservationists in 27 cities across Texas.
Vacancy announcement NRCS-18-0570-DE-CF, Soil Conservationist, GS-0457-05/07/09, opened September 14, 2018. The scheduled closing date of this announcement is September 21, 2018. Full details of the positions can be found at: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/510944300.
Open Positions are available in the following Texas cities:
Texas Organic Farmers & Gardeners Association (TOFGA) is a statewide non-profit organization supporting farmers, ranchers, and gardeners who produce organic and sustainable food and fiber in Texas. With a focus on education and community, TOFGA promotes the many benefits of organic agriculture and encourages its use throughout Texas.
Position Summary: The role of the Operations & Membership Manager is to oversee administrative tasks, manage and grow the membership program, and assist with planning and execution of special events, particularly the annual conference. There is significant opportunity for growth in this position as the organization plans for expansion and excellence.
Reports to: TOFGA Board of Directors, with regular support from Board President and other officers/members as needed.
Classification: Non-exempt, part-time
Pay: Starting at $15/hour
Hours: 20-30 hours/week
Develop and maintain Operations Handbook
Participate in strategic planning, workplan development, and monitoring
Assist bookkeeper with bank deposits and accounts payable
Maintain all insurance, corporate filings, contacts, and admin files
Co-manage grant contracts and reimbursement requests in tandem with grants manager, grants committee, and bookkeeper
Respond to inquiries by phone and email; process mail
Monitor social media and maintain an active TOFGA presence through multiple outlets
Coordinate outreach volunteers
With assistance of the Board Secretary, publish the monthly e-newsletter
Support consistency of messaging in all communications
MEMBERSHIP & DEVELOPMENT
Manage membership program, management software, and recruitment plan
Send out welcome letters, perks, and acknowledgements of donations
Submit application materials by September 15, 2018
TOFGA is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran, or disability status. sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran, or disability status.
Position Details:Position Title: Director of Operations
Classification: Full-time, salaried
Reports to: Executive Director
The Director of Operations oversees and completes a wide variety of operational, administrative, and managerial functions for Texas Farmers’ Markets, conducting three markets in Austin, Texas. The Director of Operations refines systems to enhance the efficiency of the market, maintains vendor relations, performs administrative tasks, directly supervises the Operations Team, volunteers, and other contracted laborers, and implements Food Access programs. There may be need for hours beyond the regular workday, or outside the target scope of 40 hours per week.
Operations and Administration
Acts as point of contact for vendor, customer service, and all other immediate issues at each market. Maximizes procedures for set-up through break-down of market to ensure ease of operation. Creates a safe, clean, enjoyable market experience for all vendors and shoppers. Updates emergency call lists and safety precautions
Conducts vendor relations. Creates market layouts (placement of vendors, events, etc.) to maximize market experience and vendor success. Communicates with and is accessible to vendors throughout the week, and sends recurrent correspondence to vendors with important notifications. Provides at market counseling on logistical and customer service issues. Responds to attendance/payment/general rule violations by vendors. Retrains and updates vendors at annual meetings. Assists vendors in health code permitting and compliance
Develops and maintains an Operations budget. Improves spending by reviewing sourcing and tracking expenditures. Responsible for Operations purchasing and budget attribution. In charge of storage and completes regular inventory of all market supplies in trailers and offsite units. Monitors and repairs equipment including scheduled maintenance
Reconciles financial records and deposits weekly revenue from markets. Generates and distributes vendor invoices, including annual membership fees, contracts and agreements. Promotes market merchandise sales
Maintains Austin Public Health permitting for Sample the Market booth, including renewal annually
Obtains accurate and current required certificates and licenses of vendors, e.g. organic certification, health permits, food handlers, liability insurance, etc.
Supports the Director of Marketing and Agriculture by managing logistics for special events. Directs special events such as visiting nonprofits, chefs and community groups on the ground. Creates original educational curriculum for Market Sprouts programming
Makes record of observations from markets. Improves systems that track metrics, provides data for evaluation and reports including customer and vendor satisfaction and crowd counts. Inputs data to support grant funding
Attends and leads regular meetings. Contributes to weekly conference calls and annual board and planning meetings
Provides Human Resources functions for the organization. Maintains awareness of applicable laws and revises and renews insurance policies on a yearly basis
Collaborates with Director of Marketing and Agriculture on creating signage and attractions to draw shoppers (including content that warrants social media distribution)
Aids in vendor recruitment and attends farm and ranch verification visits as needed
Assists with and provides staffing for the Austin Fermentation Festival
Perpetuates positive relationships with site partners and abides by city codes according to location
Represents Texas Farmers’ Markets and delivers original presentations at conferences and other related functions
Strives for growth through professional development and networking
Staffing and Management
Directly supervises the Operations Team (day-of market contractors) and other contracted laborers. Oversees paid staff including Market Coordinators, Crew, and Information Booth Assistants (Sampler, Community Composter, and Food Access Associate). Develops and implements an effective staffing structure that contributes to employee satisfaction and retention. Employs staff for additional labor as needed
Recruits and hires a diverse Operations Team. Conducts thorough interviews and checks references. Onboards new hires and collects appropriate tax information and paperwork. Orients new staff, arranges thorough training, and provides supplementary training materials where applicable. Creates a monthly schedule, accommodates time-off requests and responds to the ebb and flow of market staffing needs. Approves timesheets and distributes checks
Manages the Operations and Marketing Assistant. Collaborates with Director of Marketing and Agriculture to designate their regular responsibilities and provide feedback. Identifies opportunities for Operations and Marketing Assistant to relieve other members of the TFM team of miscellaneous administrative duties. Helps pilot the new role, analyzes the position, and makes adjustments as needed
Provides direct and immediate feedback to both vendors and staff. Thoughtfully approaches vendor and staffing related issues, tracks conversations to identify patterns and take further action when needed. Retrains, holds review sessions, and meetings as necessary to keep all individuals well informed and high performing
Recruits and engages volunteers. Schedules, greets, and conducts onsite training. Supports participants and works towards long-term and repeat volunteers
Tracks staff Food Handler’s certifications and prompts renewals when necessary. Secures Food Manager’s License for markets personally, and reregisters with city according to expiration dates
Responsible for implementation of the SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), Double Dollars, and FMNP (Famers’ Market Nutrition Program) at all markets with the assistance of the Sustainable Food Center. Directly supervises Food Access Associates, oversees the Food Access tent, collects and inputs data to support program funding, and streamlines corresponding processes
Hires Food Access Associate for the market. Finds qualified candidates with support of the Sustainable Food Center and confirms prospective candidate’s proficiency in Spanish. Administers onsite training, delivers feedback, and creates schedules for the FAA. Updates FAA with changes to programs, tools to enhance the user experience and yield results towards program goals
Acts as ambassador for Texas Farmers’ Market’s participation in Food Access programs when liaising with SFC on related matters. Documents and reports as requested by each sponsor or grant. Attends meetings at the Sustainable Food Center as required, and facilitates extracurricular projects such as annual surveying
Monitors program equipment, including electronics and scrip (vouchers). Accountable for cellular and data plans associated with Food Access
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Excellent verbal, written, interpersonal and communication skills
Attentive to details and displays a strong aptitude for organization
Strong customer service skills- displays enthusiastic, outgoing, and helpful behavior
Team oriented as well as self-motivated
Good analytical skills- able to creatively problem-solve
Ability to initiate tasks and coordinate projects through completion with minimal management
Aptitude for prioritizing tasks and showcasing flexibility in the event of a change
Model ethical and professional integrity
Comfortable working with numbers, bookkeeping and POS technologies
Strong skills in MS Office and web-based applications
Willingness to learn and expand job skills
Flexible time schedule to accommodate variable hours and market activities a must
Competency in Spanish desired but not mandatory
Bachelor’s Degree or higher preferred
3+ years work experience in relevant work, preferably Farmers’ Markets or nonprofits
Minimum five years experience in people management
Must be able to work in field and at the markets that operate rain or shine
Should be able to lift ~50 lbs. and stand, walk, or sit for prolonged periods of time
ATX Jerky is looking to fill positions at their Elgin store location and for working at farmers’ markets. Detailed descriptions of both jobs are below. Contact Greg at (512) 796-1210 for more information.
Most Markets are on Saturday Mornings requiring the vendors to be set-up by 8:30am. The markets are generally open until 1pm. Set-up requires setting up folding 6′ tables, erecting a 10’x10′ folding tent, and carrying product (Jerky, Honey, Pickles etc…) in plastic tubs (up to 40lbs) and setting product onto tables for presentation. Cash boxes and credit card processing are provided by ATX Jerky; the market worker will need to have mobile phone access and internet service. We will provide the downloadable app needed as well as all supplies. This is a paid position. Payment is $40 per market plus 10% of sales. The general market averages from $75 – $125 for the market worker. Festival events are available offering more opportunity for sales and income. The market worker would be required to have reliable transportation, be able to pick up equipment and supplies from our warehouse pickup located in North Austin (Mopac & Wells Branch Pkwy) and have sufficient room for 3 tables, tent, tent weights, 2-4 plastic bins, roll-up banners. Liability Insurance and Valid Drivers License are required. After the market conclusion, drop off all product and equipment at same location. The position requires and outgoing personality to work farmer’s markets throughout the Austin Metro area. Offering samples and product knowledge are key and training and support is provided by ATX Jerky. This position is also available for Sundays (10am-2pm), Wednesdays (4pm – 7pm), Fridays (2pm-6pm) as well as the Saturdays. Market worker can work 1 or more markets per week. Very flexible scheduling.
Requires Food Handler License (we can assist to obtain). Position would require general restaurant type duties, health department requirements are a must. This includes wearing hats or hair nets, using disposable gloves when handling food, and proper temp control for sanitizing equipment. We manufacture Jerky and also many products made with our honey. This allows a wide array of duties throughout each shift. The duties would include (but are not limited to) preparing the beef with spices for the cooking process.; operating the dehydrating units; food prep; and packaging of the final product. We also deal with large volumes of cucumbers and other vegetables which we pickle and package for resale. Knife skills are a plus with this step. Applicants for this position are offered employment according to level of knowledge and experience in working in the food industry, stamina to stand for hours at a time, and cleanliness. Salary to be determined.
Seeking Full or Part Time Farm Assistants; Individuals or couple, join our growing Certified Organic vegetable and herb farm, a data driven operation, experience preferred but not required, diverse duties; Planting, Harvesting, Sorting & Packing, Weed control, Irrigation, open field and greenhouses maintenance, may require deliveries to San Antonio and Austin, Dorm available, reference required. Smoke and Drug free environment.
Contact Pedro Shambon Myfathersfarm@gmail.com or 830.822.0200.