Salvation Farms

Gleaning Coordinator for Lamoille Valley Gleaning | Full Time

Category: Non-profit

Location: 49 Portland St, Morrisville, VT 05661


Organization & Program Summary

Salvation Farms’ mission is to build increased resilience in Vermont’s food system through agricultural surplus management. Our work explores diverse opportunities to respond to Vermont’s surplus farm food in an effort to build food system security and regional food resilience. We run a gleaning program, serve as backbone support to the Vermont Gleaning Collective, and have operated a surplus crop food hub and workforce development program. Other aspects of our work include technical assistance, creating resources for gleaners, supply chain development, experiential education, community building, cross-sector colleague collaboration, research, dialogue facilitation, and state, regional, and national engagement.

Our Lamoille Valley Gleaning (LVG) program dates back to the start of Salvation Farms (2005). Gleaning is the reaping of crops after the harvest. Today LVG serves upwards of two dozen farms and orchestrates weekly, year-round distribution of gleaned produce to more than 40 different recipient sites: youth organizations, Meals on Wheels kitchens, community programs, and food shelves. In recent years, LVG staff and volunteers glean and distribute 50,000-70,000 pounds annually of high-quality, locally grown produce that would have otherwise been lost on farms.

Position Summary

The Gleaning Coordinator is responsible for providing Lamoille Valley farms with professionally-coordinated gleaning services, engaging community members in hands-on learning and farm-fresh food rescue, and coordinating the regular distribution of surplus crops to create a more inclusive, secure local food system. The Gleaning Coordinator regularly partners with member organizations of the Vermont Gleaning Collective on regional or large-scale gleans, distribution, and program collaboration. Salvation Farms’ Gleaning Coordinator will serve a complementary role to the organization’s other agricultural surplus management strategies including such activities as minimal processing and brokering of Vermont’s farm surplus produce.

A strong candidate is a people person that has produce farming experience, physical and mental endurance, excellent time and people management skills, and the ability to oversee diverse responsibilities.

Primary Duties (include but are not limited to)

The Gleaning Coordinator manages all operational elements of the Lamoille Valley Gleaning program: field gleaning, farm pickups, distribution, and volunteer coordination. Specific tasks include:

  • Farm Relations: calls, emails, visits to maintain consistent contact, provide professional gleaning service
  • Volunteer and Crew Management: organization and oversight of gleaning crews and other volunteer tasks, orientation and training, maintaining health and safety
  • Harvest Techniques and Fresh Food Handling: teaching, directing, and correcting to ensure high-quality safe product handling
  • Storage and Distribution: guiding and overseeing the appropriate packing for specific crops, understanding storage needs and turnover timeframes, organizing distribution
  • Community Agencies/Sites: calls, emails, visits, providing professional delivery of gleaned crops
  • Data Tracking and Impact Measurements: recording volunteer involvement, farm, and crop-specific harvest/collection information, distribution of product

Other responsibilities include:

  • Representation and promotion of Salvation Farms and the Lamoille Valley Gleaning program to a diversity of stakeholders
  • Maintenance and development of community partnerships
  • Internal communication with supervisors, co-workers, AmeriCorps VISTA, and intern(s)
  • Support and assistance with organization-wide fundraising and events
  • Collaboration with members of the Vermont Gleaning Collective
  • Dedication to the betterment and enrichment of Lamoille Valley Gleaning services, including new or evolving program elements (distribution models, workforce development, etc.)

Qualifications

  • Highly organized, efficient, and pragmatic
  • Excellent verbal, written, and speaking skills, with the ability to effectively communicate with diverse groups of people; co-workers, partners, volunteers, donors
  • Thorough record-keeping, computer, and data entry skills
  • Self-motivated, disciplined, and committed to being both part of a team and leading a team
  • Farming and produce handling experience strongly preferred
  • Interest in agriculture, resource management, and engaging community
  • Understanding of inventory management and the principles of food safety a plus
  • Valid driver’s license required
  • Must be able to lift 30-50 pounds regularly and meet the demands of harvesting and distribution
  • Available to work early mornings, nights, and weekends as the job requires
  • Awareness of when to leverage support from other team members

Benefits & Work Environment

  • This position is based in our Morrisville office – regular travel will be required
  • Some nights and weekends will be required
  • Some remote work possible; home office reimbursement provided
  • DropBox is used to share files, Gmail is our email platform
  • Mileage is reimbursed at $ .40/mile for all approved work travel
  • Paid sick-time, personal-time, and holidays
  • Health insurance available (Employer covers 75% of premium)
  • Dental and Vision Insurance available (Employer covers 100% of premium)
  • Health Savings Account (HSA) available with employer contribution
  • Wellness Benefits available
  • Access to training and professional development opportunities

Schedule

An applicant considering the Gleaning Coordinator position must be able to manage an ever-changing schedule based on the demands of the farms being served and the surplus crops available. Throughout the year the position will average roughly 40 hours per week. During the earliest and latest months of the year, hours may be less than 40 per week, while during peak months of the seasons (July – October) hours will likely exceed 40 per week. There is no set schedule for this position during the peak field season. This position will require working early mornings, evenings, and weekends, often in adverse weather conditions.

Deadline:

To Apply:

To obtain application instructions, review the position description linked on Salvation Farms website: https://www.salvationfarms.org/get-involved/#jobs