Michigan Organic Listserv
May 14, 2010

By: Vicki Morrone and Danielle Craft

CS Mott Group for Sustainable Food Systems

Job Opportunities

DeLano Farms CSA Manager Opening
Position: DeLano Farms CSA Manager at the Kalamazoo Nature Center, Kalamazoo, MI.
Summary of Position: The DeLano Farms Manager position is a regular, full-time position with responsibilities including, but not limited to, overall management of the DeLano Farms with emphasis on the development of a Community Supported Agricultural (CSA) model.  Responsibilities include crop production, planning and management, staff supervision, budget management, planning, and shareholder relations.  This position will work with KNC educators in providing opportunities for the public to experience and learn about sustainable agriculture.  The DeLano Farms Manager reports to the Vice President of Education of the Kalamazoo Nature Center and works closely with the all KNC staff.  The position is full-time year round with a seasonally variable work schedule and will be required to be on-call with the farm at all times.
Abilities and Skills: The DeLano Farms Manager must possess a strong appreciation for farming, the land and the extraordinary agricultural and cultural history of the Kalamazoo Nature Center. The DeLano Farms Manager must enjoy working with people and must be able to work independently with a minimum of supervision.  This person must able be willing to learn new skills through professional development opportunities in order to meet the broad range of tasks that will be assigned to the position.
The DeLano farm is a part of the 1,100 acres owned by the Kalamazoo Nature Center, a not-for-profit organization which is open to the public.  The DeLano Farms Manager will work closely with the land management staff to integrate farm practices into the previously established land management plan.  Interpretive and educational programs will be developed to utilize the CSA and associated lands to inform visitors about the farm’s history and the role of agriculture in our society. In addition, management decisions will reflect sound resource protection and management principals. As a result, the DeLano Farms Manager must possess excellent people skills, and be able to adjust to farming methods and practices that are not normally found on a typical farm. The DeLano Farms Manager may also be required to assist with other non-CSA farm tasks.
Salary and Benefits: Starting salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications.  This position also includes an excellent fringe benefits package with group health insurance, vacation and sick pay, option to enroll in a flexible spending account and a company matching contributions to a simple IRA.  On-site housing is also available.
How to Apply:
Please submit by: May 17, 2010 a resume, cover letter, three references & your salary requirements to:
Jenn Wright, Vice President of Education
Email: [log in to unmask]
Fax: 269-381-2557
Or mail to:Kalamazoo Nature Center, Attn: Jenn Wright, 7000 N. Westnedge Ave., Kalamazoo, MI  49009
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Americorps VISTA Community/School Garden Summer Program Coordinator


Position: Americorps VISTA Community/School Garden Summer Program Coordinator The MSU Extension - Leelanau County office is accepting applicants for an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer position for ten weeks this summer, for the dates June 14 - August 20th.

Qualifications: The ideal candidate will have a college degree, excellent communication and organizational skills, enjoy working with children, have experience with culinary arts and/or gardening, and be passionate about promoting the consumption of home grown and locally grown produce.  Other desirable skills include teaching experience, and computer skills in Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Publisher. This job requires the ability to work independently as well as collaboratively.
Duties: Activities may include (but are not limited to: 1) providing support to Leelanau County School gardens and Leelanau Community Garden; 2) assisting with social marketing and programming promoting consumption of local produce in Leelanau County; and 3)  support Bridge Card implementation at Leelanau County Farmers Markets.
Salary: Compensation for this position is $208 per week, plus a $1000 educational award that can be used toward future classes or student loans (or $250 cash).  Position is based on 40 hrs per week. The position will be based at the MSU Extension -Leelanau County office, located near Suttons Bay, Michigan.
How to Apply:  Applicants should apply by sending a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references before 5 pm, May 19th.  All materials should be submitted to MSU Extension –Leelanau County, 8527 E. Government Center Dr., Suite 107, Suttons Bay, MI  49682.  Or via email:  [log in to unmask].   

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