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Posted: June 10, 2015 | Location: Santa Cruz, California

CCOF Certification Services, LLC (CCOF) is seeking a Farm and/or Livestock Certification Specialist to work in the Santa Cruz, California office performing organic farm certification. Applicants must be able to work in a fast-paced office environment with significant job responsibilities. This job requires knowledge of organic production practices, and the ability to work independently and as a team with other professionals. The job also requires customer service skills, the ability to manage data, and the ability to work within a regulatory environment.To master this position requires approximately one year of successfully completing an intense and rigorous training program – only those who are willing to participate in this training need apply.This position requires full time computer work, does not include on-site inspections of certified organic operations, and is not likely to include field work in the future. There may be infrequent opportunities to represent CCOF at trade shows or conferences and to engage with clients directly in other settings, depending on interest and availability to travel. Certification Specialists interact with clients via phone, email and formal letters as well as occasional in-person office meetings.View the full job description.

Posted: June 2, 2015 | Location: Aromas, California

About the Role With guidance from the Applied Research Manager, the Research Organic Agronomist III will develop a research and extension program to assist organic berry growers (blackberry, blueberry, raspberry, and strawberry) improve their fruit quality and production efficiency while minimizing their environmental impacts. Duties will include the design and implementation of research trials, data collection, analysis, interpretation, and presentation of results in both written and oral formats. Collaboration with other Driscoll’s departments (Production, Global Agronomy, and Breeding) and other Driscoll’s Production regions within North America (the Pacific Northwest, Santa Maria, Oxnard, and Baja California) as well as professionals from academia and private industry is expected. About the Company Driscoll's is the leading supplier and marketer of organic and conventional strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and blackberries in the world. A fourth-generation, familyowned and operated company, Driscoll’s has built upon the genetic work and innovation of our founders to fulfill our mission to ‘Continually Delight Berry Consumers.’ We utilize traditional plant breeding methods to create plant varieties (genetic breeds) that produce ONLY THE FINEST BERRIES™. This plant material is then patented, cultivated in Driscoll’s nurseries and supplied to our independent farmer partners around the world to grow Driscoll’s brand berries. Driscoll’s company culture is rooted in our mission, values, and commitment to creating a supportive work environment that fosters open and friendly communication, encourages collaboration and team interaction, and provides clear focus and direction. 
 
 At Driscoll’s, we’re committed to Growing Great People. This means that we help our employees learn about and support our overall business strategies. We also provide opportunities for individuals to grow along with the company. Most importantly, Driscoll’s encourages our employees to achieve their career growth and cultivate their personal well-being. For more information about our company, including our Mission and Values, please go to www.driscolls.com. Responsibilities Implementation of organic research and demonstration plots in collaboration with Driscoll’s growers. Collection of data including pest control, soil and water quality, yield and fruit quality and labor impacts from field and greenhouse research trials. Analysis and summarization of data. Presentation of results to growers, production staff, and the Driscoll’s management team. Work both internally and externally with employees and growers to support and promote the Company Mission and Values. Follow Company policies and practices while representing Driscoll’s in an ethical and business-like manner. Others duties as assigned by management. Requirements A Bachelor of Science or Master’s degree in Biology or discipline related to the agricultural sciences. A minimum of two years’ experience designing and implement breeding and research test plots. Spanish speaking/reading/writing skills are required for this role. Comfortable assimilating data from various sources to provide comprehensive, multiperspective analytical approach to the business needs and meaningful insight. Ability to manage ongoing projects simultaneously. Background knowledge of production agriculture is required. Valid CA driver’s license, clean driving record including insurance eligibility is required. Ability to safely operate a vehicle on farm roads and ranches. Must be able to work an extended schedule to accommodate business objectives. To Apply, please answer the questions below and follow application instructions as noted: If selected, what date are you available to start work? Please list all classes you have completed in plant or soil science, entomology or other agricultural sciences? Also, please provide a brief description of how your education will assist you to perform the duties of this position. Please write a paragraph or two in Spanish describing your values, capabilities and career goals and more specifically, why you would be the best candidate for this position. Please answer the questions above and submit them to Cassandra Carvajal (cassandra.carvajal@driscolls.com) along with a copy of your resume as soon as possible. Please also apply online via our career page at www.driscolls.com to Job #741138. Thank you.

Posted: June 1, 2015 | Location: Nevada City, California

We have an immediate opening for a full time employee starting in June. Riverhill Farm is a thriving, successful twenty-acre farm three miles from Nevada City, California near the canyon of the Yuba River. The farm is at the end of a dead end road. It's always quiet, and the farm is teeming with wildlife. We cultivate ten acres of mixed vegetables and perennial berries, and we’re certified organic. Our markets include three farmers’ markets, our farm stand at the farm, our local natural foods co-op and local restaurants. We sell our produce direct to customers through our innovative Friend of the Farm program. More information about the farm can be found on our website at www.riverhillfarm.com, and you can find photos of the farm via the Riverhill Farm Facebook page. The term of employment is through the end of the season in December. For an interested employee, there may also be winter work, and the whole crew restarts employment in March. Employees are paid hourly (the typical week is a 40-hour work week) and, in rotation with the rest of the crew, one farmers’ market per month on a Saturday. We pride ourselves on the quality of our produce, the beauty of our farm, and our relationship with our community. We are a small, tight-knit group working together to bring beautiful produce to our community, and to enhance the lives of our community through healthy food, a healthy and diverse ecosystem, and by maintaining a farm that is open to the public. Many of our customers have children that have grown up coming to our farm, and those weekly visits to our farm stand encourage a deeper understanding and experience of our dependence on a healthy environment as well as an appreciation of the quality of good, tasty food. Over the fourteen years that we've been in business, we've constantly adapted to enhance the economic, environmental and social viability of the farm. We've developed many systems and made many choices about what we grow for the farm to be economically viable and for the work load to be balanced, manageable and productive. Our sales are strong in the various markets we grow for. As farm owners, we are fully engaged in the process and products of the farm, and we personally attend all of our farmers' markets in order to maintain a strong relationship with our customers and with our community. Together with the farm owners, farm employees at Riverhill Farm are involved in: • Greenhouse production of transplants; • Care of transplants, including thinning, irrigation and fertilization; • Field planting; • Field cultivation and weeding; • Drip installation and irrigation management; • Pruning, trellising and other crop maintenance activities; • Harvesting and packaging; • Record keeping; • Farm stand and farmers’ market sales; • End of season preparations for winter, including cover cropping. The preferred applicant will have 1-2 years of experience in agricultural production and be able to demonstrate increasing responsibility over time. An applicant should be internally motivated to help operate a diversified organic production system, and be able to work independently with close attention to quality and detail. Applicants should be energetic, physically fit and without significant physical limitation. In order to be successful, applicants should be able to demonstrate experience and knowledge in one or more of these areas: organic seedling production, vegetable crop production and management, cane berry production and management, knowledge of general organic production practices, and experience in direct sales of farm products. Familiarity with farm machinery and equipment operations is desired but not required. The preferred applicant must make a commitment for the full term of one season, and will be given preference if he or she is competent to take on increased responsibility for farm operations and management over time, including staying on for multiple years. Areas of increased responsibility include production planning and management, irrigation management, tractor work, and yearly planning. Housing is available, and pay is commensurate with experience. To apply, please send a detailed letter of interest and a complete resume, including at least three professional references, preferably farm related, to alan@riverhillfarm.com. All qualified applicants will receive a reply. A farm visit is a condition of an offer of employment.

Posted: April 23, 2015 | Location: Healdsburg, California

Preston Farm and Winery is an organic and biodynamic farm and winery. We grow produce for the local community and distribute via farmers' markets, local restaurants, and through our on-site farm store. We are now seeking help for the 2015 growing season. Primary responsibilities include: Assisting farmer with harvesting, propagation, bed preparation, planting, weeding, irrigation, greenhouse maintenance, seed collecting, packing, delivering, and farmers’ markets.

Posted: April 16, 2015 | Location: Marshall, California

We are looking for a hard-working, curious individual to join our dairy farm team. Activities include feeding calves, maternity and newborn calf care, cleaning pens with a skid-loader, and moving cattle groups. Responsibilities • Pasteurize and deliver milk to pre-weaned calves • Observe calf health and report to herd manager • Provide care to fresh cows and newborn calves • Clean cow and calf pens with a skid-loader and replace fresh bedding • Move cows to the milking area from their pen or pasture Qualifications • Strong work-ethic • Team-oriented • Excellent communication skills • Willingness to learn This position requires regular evening and weekend hours. This position requires regular lifting of 50lb bags and occasional lifting of newborn calves that can weigh up to 100 lbs. This position requires working outdoors and occasionally in inclement weather. This position requires working around large dairy cattle. Benefits: Salary DOE - $10.50 to $13.00; company sponsored medical and dental insurance; vacation pay, holiday pay, sick days, LTD To Apply: Please respond with resume or experience via email at jobs@strausmilk.com with the subject line General Dairy Farm Worker.

Posted: April 14, 2015 | Location: Santa Cruz, California

The Events Coordinator is responsible for the successful execution of CCOF events, including our annual membership meeting and conference, fundraising and donor stewardship events, farm tours, trainings, and other events as needed. The events coordinator reports to the Development Manager and executes events in collaboration with various departments, including development, policy, marketing, and the CCOF Foundation. View the full job description.

Posted: April 2, 2015 | Location: Santa Cruz, California

CCOF Certification Services, LLC (CCOF) in Santa Cruz, California is seeking a full or part time Inspection Operations Specialist to work performing tasks related to organic certification inspections. Work in the Santa Cruz, CA office is preferred but remote work or other flexible work arrangements may be considered for a qualified candidate. Applicants must be able to work in a fast-paced office environment with significant job responsibilities. This job requires the ability to work independently and as a team with other professionals. The job also requires customer service skills, contractor management, the ability to manage data, and to work within a regulatory environment. View the full job description.

Posted: March 31, 2015 | Location: Napa, California

Napa Grass Farmer is a beyond organic regenerative meat farm (700 acres) in the heart of wine country, seeking a Production Manager for its third year of operation. The farm is currently serving restaurants and 220+ club members the healthiest best tasting meats in the country. This is not a learn as you go position, you must have serious experience with working on a grass farm for at least one year, or several years engaged with various livestock management positions. This position belongs to someone that has the consistency and fortitude to handle the day after day tasks, executing and directing others to accomplish them promptly, with consistent attention to detail. We need a problem solver, someone with enough critical thinking and resourcefulness to solve tough logistical long term problems. A positive mental attitude is absolutely necessary to ensure your team is happy and resilient when handling any stressful situations. Your work will ensure the weekly meals for hundred’s of families across the valley which will grow to thousands’s across the bay area within the next two years. The production manager will have 5 key responsibilities: Budgeting and Planning Yearly Growth of Herds - Chicken, pork, cattle, and sheep management - Ability to plan and meet required inventory numbers for sales team - Must have previous experience planning out years budget for production The Breeding of Livestock (Sows, Sheep, Cows & Some Chickens) - Must understand breeding, gestation, and delivery cycles and plan accordingly - Responsible for bringing in new genetics and culling when necessary The Raising of Livestock (Chickens, Turkeys, Pigs, Sheep, Cattle) - You must know the animals’ ecological diets, lifestyles, and design systems to meet these needs - Alan Savory’s Holistic Management is a must. - The scheduling of staff and training of interns The Delivery of Livestock to the Appropriate Butcher - This will include late night or early morning loading (well before dawn) - Loading must be well planed to ensure no stress for livestock. The Updating of a Farm Operations Manual - Your work will have a lasting permanent impact as you build and update an operations manual for staff and interns. This will make your job easier as you will be able to effectively pass on tasks to others. Essentially your goal is to raise the best tasting healthiest meat while improving the environment and giving the animals an amazing life. Incidentally it doesn't hurt to challenge the status quo of the meat industry along the way :) Position includes base pay with additional commission based on monthly objectives. Qualified for additional profit sharing after first 2500 hours with the company. Position requirements include: - Valid driver’s license - 2-3 minimal years livestock management experience - Ability to lift a minimum of 50 lbs. on a regular basis - Heavy experience with tractors and other farm related equipment. - Ready for Irrigation Challenges - Able to install or direct the installation of Fences, Gates, Pens - Able to do basic carpentry to repair pens if necessary - Knowledge of electric fences and solar charging systems - Dependable to oversee the maintenance and upkeep of vehicles & tractors (no mechanic skill required) - Soil Knowledge & Holistic Management Knowledge If you are absolutely confident that this describes who you are and the life work you want to take on, please send a cover letter, resume, and references to info@napagrassfarmer.com.

Posted: February 27, 2015 | Location: Santa Cruz, California

CCOF Certification Services, LLC (CCOF) is seeking a Handler Certification Specialist to work in the Santa Cruz, California office performing tasks related to organic processor & retailer certification. 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 and the ability to work independently and as a team with other professionals. The job also requires customer service skills, the ability to manage data, and the ability 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. View the full job description.