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Posted: April 22, 2014 | Location: Santa Cruz, California

The Technology Director determines CCOF's needs for information management and manages the development and implementation of systems and programs to meet those needs in a cost-effective, timely manner. The Technology Director manages information technology functions including systems applications and development, database administration, financial systems, desktop support, website development and maintenance, intra- and inter-networks, and internal communications regarding IT matters. The Technology Director oversees a broad array of technical services and innovations serving a wide range of stakeholders including in-house staff, remote staff, members, clients, prospective clients, and members of the general public. View the full job description.

Posted: April 21, 2014 | Location: Forest Ranch, California

We are looking for an energetic harvest "intern" to work on our farm and at farmer’s markets during the 2014 harvest season (May-August). Do you have an interest in working on an established certified organic farm, in a beautiful part of California surrounded by miles of forests? The season is short, the hours are long, the days are hot, but the view is splendid! Housing may be provided. We are currently taking applications (resume + letter of interest) for paid internships for the 2014 season; this position involves co-managing the harvest crew, oversight of packing crew, quality control and logistics. Contact us for more information info@sierracascadeblueberries.com.

Posted: April 21, 2014 | Location: Santa Cruz, California

The HR/Accounting Specialist performs payroll, accounts payable, and other accounting functions. The Specialist also serves as the lead human resources point of contact for staff inquiries and is responsible for many of the organization's day-to-day HR functions. Works with the COO to review and recommend changes to HR policies and procedures. Convenes and leads Servant Leadership Working Group to review and improve employee training and company culture. Reports to Accounting Supervisor. View the full job description.

Posted: April 14, 2014 | Location: San Francisco, California

Veritable Vegetable is seeking a full time Purchaser. We provide full service distribution of certified organic fresh fruits and vegetables to retailers, restaurants, and wholesalers. Veritable Vegetable is a woman owned business, founded on principles of cooperation, participatory management, and ethical business practices. Located in San Francisco, California, we have been creating community alliances and promoting sustainable agriculture since 1974. We are the oldest organic produce distributor in the nation. Primary Responsibilities: Identify, evaluate, qualify and develop business relationships internally and externally with farmers and vendors Maintain, grow and strengthen relationships with organic farmers and within the industry and food systems community Represent our company as the grower’s distributor of choice Communicate our company values to staff, our community and all outside contacts REQUIREMENTS: 3+ years of experience in procurement and planning process within Food and Beverage Industry Knowledge of logistics and ability to work closely with our Transportation Department Knowledge of organic produce industry regulations and publications Outstanding relationship building skills; ability to manage strong vendor relationships Must possess strong communication and presentation skills Proficient in MS Office suite software applications Self-motivated, highly organized team player Strong analytical skills and creative problem solving capabilities An entrepreneurial and collaborative spirit DESIRED SKILLS: Project management Strong writing skills; experience with marketing communications (i.e., writing blogs) Strong skills utilizing databases Experience training growers (e.g. crop planning, production planning) Knowledge and/or experience in food safety compliance This is a full time exempt position.

Posted: April 8, 2014 | Location: San Francisco, California

Veritable Vegetable is the oldest organic produce distributor in the U.S. Widely regarded as the leader in our industry, we provide full service distribution of organic fresh fruits and vegetables to retailers, restaurants, schools, corporate campuses and wholesalers. Veritable Vegetable is a women owned business, founded on principles of cooperation, participatory management, and ethical business practices. Located in San Francisco, California, we have been creating community alliances and promoting sustainable agriculture since 1974. Please visit our website: www.veritablevegetable.com After 40 years, we are still growing, with 130 full time staff and continuing to pioneer sustainable food systems. We are looking for a dynamic, innovative Office Manager to support our executive management team and participate in our unconventional approach to doing business. SUMMARY The Office Manager will effectively organize, run and support all daily front office activities as well assist managers as directed. They will focus on organization, daily ordering and maintaining of supplies and assisting executive managers and operational flow. They are required to assist internal and external customers and maintain a friendly and professional demeanor at all times. PRINCIPAL DUTIES: Manage Front Office and Reception. Assist Managers with a variety of administrative duties, including telephone support, document preparation, generating reports, filing and other office management functions. Maintain office and break room supplies. Manage Bulk Buy Program. Oversee production and distribution of company newsletter. Assist with preparation of presentation/marketing materials. Help organize company meetings and events. Assist with administrative projects as needed. Assist with facilities management as needed. QUALIFICATIONS: Ability to translate broad objectives into step-by-step process. Ability to define, communicate and manage project plans to ensure effective project deliverables. Ability to design and implement processes, procedures and tracking systems. Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, etc.) Ability to communicate complex subjects in a clear, distilled manner. Ability to communicate at all management levels and across multiple functions. Ability to build solid relationships and influence cross-functional partners. Ability to work both independently and as part of a team. Ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously and meet deadlines. Ability to remain calm under pressure. Ability to adapt to frequently changing requirements. Desire to think creatively and proactively to develop new problem-solving approaches. Deep understanding of a values based approach to all aspects of business with specific emphasis on food systems. Willingness to learn all aspects of sustainable agriculture and food systems. Strong desire to participate in the defining and development of a truly sustainable business model. EXPERIENCE: 5 + years’ experience in Office Management or Administrative Assistance. Background in food and distribution industries preferred. Knowledge of Agriculture and proficiency in Spanish a big plus. Veritable Vegetable offers an excellent work environment, competitive salaries and great benefits. Email your resume and cover letter and salary requirements to hr@veritablevegetable.com or fax to 415-920-0448. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourage applicants from all diverse backgrounds.

Posted: April 4, 2014 | Location: San Francisco, California

Warehousers work with team members on the Swing Shift to receive, warehouse, and ship fresh organic produce in a safe, accurate, and timely manner while maintaining high quality standards with minimal product loss. The position reports to the Warehouse Supervisor and takes direction from Warehouse Team Leads. Responsibilities: Pull customer orders in an accurate, timely, and safe manner Complete pick slips accurately and neatly Build proper (safe and sturdy) pallets and load product to meet truck completion deadlines As directed by IC or Receive Lead participate in the safe and efficient flow of incoming product to ensure timely availability of product for order pulling Provide accurate accounting of received product Be familiar with storage requirements, product sensitivity, and handling needs Stock incoming product, rotating new stock into old, and dating lots Understand and comply with VV’s safety policies, procedures, and best practices and encourage co-workers to do the same Maintain warehouse in a green, clean, and orderly condition Report equipment and facilities issues to Warehouse Supervisor and Facilities Manager Successfully complete training on the safe use of material handling equipment and consistently operate equipment in a safe manner Report product quality issues to Team Lead and Inventory Control Attend and participate in Warehouse crew meetings Participate as required in other tasks to ensure achievement of warehouse department goals Qualifications: At least 2 years of full time work experience High school diploma or GED Physical Requirements: Must be able to consistently lift up to 55 lbs. without assistance Must be able to lift more than 55 – 70 lbs. with assistance Must be able to stand, walk, bend, twist and perform a variety of other physical functions on a consistent basis Must be able to walk and stand on concrete floors for prolonged periods of time Must be able to follow safety procedures (i.e., proper lifting techniques) Must be able to work in varying environments including the ability to withstand cold temperatures with proper protective clothing for long periods of time The regular schedule for Swing Warehouser positions is: Monday – 1:00 pm – 9:30 pm Tuesday – Off Wednesday – Off Thursday – 2:00 pm – 10:30 pm Friday – 1:00 pm – 9:30 pm Saturday – 2:00 pm – 10:30 pm Sunday – 2:00 pm – 10:30 pm Compensation: $17.00 - $20.00/hour Company Description: Veritable Vegetable provides full service distribution of certified organic fresh fruits and vegetables to retailers, restaurants, and wholesalers. Veritable Vegetable is a woman owned business, founded on principles of cooperation, participatory management, and ethical business practices. Located in San Francisco, California, we have been creating community alliances and promoting sustainable agriculture since 1974. We are the oldest organic produce distributor in the nation.

Posted: April 2, 2014 | Location: Santa Cruz, California

CCOF is seeking a Policy Director. The Policy Director will have one of the most rewarding and visible leadership opportunities in the organic field as CCOF continues toward its vision of being the leading voice for organic. View the full job description.

Posted: March 17, 2014 | Location: Fresno, California

Implement and manage riparian habitat restoration projects using standard agricultural techniques in the Central Valley including tractor and gator operation and maintenance, herbicide application and reporting, irrigation techniques, drill and broadcast seeding, seed collection and processing, large-scale planting, and vendor management. Supervise field staff and manage project budgets. B.S. in agri-science, or related. Five years of appropriate work experience. PCA or QAL preferred. Email resume and references to info@riverpartners.org (no phone calls).

Posted: March 17, 2014 | Location: Modesto, California

Implement riparian habitat restoration projects using standard agricultural techniques in the Central Valley including tractor and gator operation and maintenance, herbicide application and reporting, irrigation techniques, drill and broadcast seeding, seed collection and processing, large-scale planting, and vendor management. Supervise field staff and manage project budgets. B.S. in agriculture science, or related science. Five years of appropriate work experience. PCA or QAL preferred. Email info@riverpartners.org (no phone calls).

Posted: March 13, 2014 | Location: Pescadero, California

About the Farm Blue House Farm is forty acres nestled at the end of a small agricultural valley in Pescadero, California. We grow a diverse variety of certified organic vegetables, fruits and cut flowers year-round. Now in our ninth growing year, we supply our farmers' markets, CSA and wholesale accounts with the highest quality produce available. We are seeking two new Resident Staff members to begin this spring. JOB POSITIONS – RESIDENT STAFF Basic responsibilities include: Assisting with greenhouse sowings, watering, and fertilizing Field irrigation and fertilizing, both overhead and drip Basic tractor work (advanced tractor work available with experience) Orchard work (primarily harvesting and thinning, some pruning) Truck packing and unpacking Washing, sorting, and packing produce Occasional transplanting, hoeing, and harvesting Vending at 1-2 farmers markets per week, which includes driving a box truck, customer service, detailed record-keeping, attention to detail and repetitive heavy lifting Occasional store and restaurant deliveries The work requires the physical and mental capacity to contribute daily to an often rigorous, fast-paced, and deeply rewarding agricultural practice. Staff work part time (20-35 hours per week) from January through March and full-time (50+ hours per week) from April through December. Qualifications Applicant should be self-motivated, hard working, eager to learn, have excellent people skills, great multi-tasker, and be in good physical condition. Ability to perform certain tasks such as heavy lifting (over 50#), repetitive grasping, standing, bending, and walking (No applicant will be rejected because of a condition or impairment that, with reasonable accommodation, does not prevent performance of work.) Although we try and keep the work here varied, farming is inherently repetitive. Applicant needs to have a minimum of 2 years growing experience on a production farm. The ability to speak basic, conversational Spanish is strongly desired. Ideal applicant is willing to make a two-year minimum commitment. Most staff stay for 2-3 years. Reliable transportation is required, as we are 5 minutes from the tiny town of Pescadero, 20 minutes to grocery stores, forty-five minutes from Santa Cruz, and one hour from San Francisco. Housing and Compensation On-farm housing is available for rent and is strongly encouraged. Housing is in an old farmhouse and is shared with two other staff. Starting pay depends on experience. Group health insurance is provided. Produce provided and plenty of trading possibilities at farmers markets. A multi-week winter and a one-week mid-season unpaid vacation is encouraged. It is a high priority of the farm to provide a quality experience to those working here. The farm participates in the Central Coast CRAFT farmer-training program. An ideal applicant is interested in participating in many aspects of a small-scale, diversified farming operation and has a serious interest in developing the skills necessary to start their own farm.

Posted: March 11, 2014 | Location: Rockport, Washington

Job Purpose: The Site Director is responsible for all aspects of business, research, production and outreach at the Cascadian Farm Home Farm. The Site Director will provide strategic leadership for the Home Farm aligned with our brand mission and will lead our organic farming research and outreach efforts while working closely with the Cascadian Farm team, organic industry leaders and our agricultural research team. The Site Director will oversee all personnel and operations to ensure stewardship of the Cascadian Farm brand, quality of service and cost-effective management of resources. Cascadian Farm® is one of the country's leading brands of organic foods. The story of Cascadian Farm begins over 40 years ago on a little stretch of land next to the Skagit River in the Cascade Mountains of Washington. Today Cascadian Farm has grown beyond our original farm and is recognized as a pioneer in converting conventional farms to organic. Acquired by General Mills in 2000, Cascadian Farm sells cereals, bars, frozen fruits and vegetables, spreads and juices. The heart of our brand, our Home Farm produces mostly fresh blueberries, along with organic strawberries, raspberries, hardy kiwis, peppers, corn and pumpkins, operates a farm and ice cream stand and serves the organic community through research and education. Position Details: Reports to Small Planet Foods Organic Industry Ambassador Location: Rockport, WA Travel: Some Weekend & extended hours required during summer & travel season Major Job Responsibilities: Organic and Sustainable Farming Leadership Evolve our Home Farm, in partnership with our farmer, into an organic farming research and education demonstration farm Build and maintain relationships with the organic and sustainable agriculture community Lead our organic farming research efforts in collaboration with our Organic Ambassador, agricultural research staff and our research partners Provide technical expertise in organic and sustainable farming practices and issues General Management Responsible for overall operations & financial results of 20 acre diversified farm, office and roadside stand with annual sales of $500k. Directly manage Field Supervisor, Stand Manager and Office Manager and indirectly lead 15-plus person seasonal team. Maximize employee performance through: A robust Performance Management Process Ensuring continuous employee development Managing and cross-training staff to maximize operational efficiency Ensure operations comply with local, state and federal regulations (including, but not limited to, Good Agricultural Practices, Health Department and USDA National Organic Program) as well as General Mills Policies (including, but not limited to, Financial, Human Resources, Safety and Food Safety). Fill in for staff as needed. Ensure a smooth running operation by doing whatever needs to get done. Marketing / Customer Service / Outreach Responsible for marketing the Home Farm and supporting brand initiatives connected to the Home Farm Maintain active involvement in local community initiatives Ensure that consumers and customers who visit the farm are delighted by the experience and ensure all staff exhibit service excellence Coordinate and lead tours to the farm in partnership with sales and the brand team Ensure that Home Farm marketing and retail experience is aligned with Cascadian Farm brand message and history Be a physical presence in the store, with consumers, with the Cascadian Farm brand team and in our Skagit County community Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree required with a degree in one of the following desired: organic agriculture, sustainable agriculture, agricultural economics, soil science, environmental science Experience in the organic industry required with emphasis on organic research and emerging trends in organic farming systems. The ideal candidate will bring with them a network from within the organic community which they can leverage to advance our goals Five years’ people management experience required Experience in retail management highly desired Experience managing a farm or with farm direct marketing is a plus Demonstrated collaborator with strong verbal and written communication skills, organizational savvy and influence skills Demonstrated ability to lead, motivate, and develop staff effectively To Apply: Please use this link to apply to the position: http://jobs.generalmills.com/redirect.aspx?jobid=52250567

Posted: March 10, 2014 | 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. The person in this position 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. View the full job description.

Posted: March 6, 2014 | Location: San Francisco, California

Earl’s Organic Produce, Inc., a leading distributor of organic produce throughout Northern California, is seeking a Receptionist/Administrative Assistant. Primary responsibilities include: Answer and direct incoming calls Greet visitors Fax/email price lists upon request Place orders for office, warehouse, and janitorial supplies, & maintain inventory of supplies Manage incoming/outgoing mail Assist with payroll distribution Facilitate flow of information throughout the company Update internal office documents as needed Print daily reports Assist with miscellaneous projects for other departments Assist Marketing Manager in developing Earl’s social media and web presence Assist Human Resources Manager in maintaining accurate and updated files Organize interoffice events Opportunities for assisting with demos and other events on weekends. Ideal candidate would have: Knowledge of, or at least interest and enthusiasm in, organic agriculture/produce is a must Proficiency in Microsoft Suite, especially Word and Excel Experience with Photoshop or Publisher Ability to work successfully with limited supervision a must Ability to take direction from multiple supervisors and take initiative Experience with various social media platforms Excellent time management and organizational skills Punctual Must be able to comprehend, understand and speak clear English Cheerful demeanor, good interpersonal skills, and a sense of humor! Position requirements include: This is a full time position. Hours are 7am – 3pm, Monday through Friday Please submit a cover letter and resume to katherinev@earlsorganic.com. Thank you in advance for your interest! Earl’s Organic Produce works to embrace diversity in all its forms; it strives to be an inclusive community that fosters an open, thoughtful, and productive environment.

Posted: February 14, 2014 | Location: Sebastopol, California

Job Title: Development & Communications Associate Background: The California Climate and Agriculture Network (CalCAN) is a collaboration of California’s leading sustainable agriculture organizations and allies advocating for policy solutions at the nexus of climate change and agriculture. We cultivate sustainable agriculture movement leadership to face the challenges of climate change and to serve as the sustainable agriculture voice on climate change policy in California. We advocate for policies that protect farmland, support on-farm renewable energy and energy efficiency and increase resources for California farmers and ranchers to implement innovative on-farm conservation practices that mitigate and adapt to climate change while providing other environmental and health co-benefits. Job Description: The Development & Communications Associate works closely with CalCAN’s Executive Director to support and enhance CalCAN’s fundraising, communications and administrative functions. Primary areas of responsibility include: Assist with grant applications and reports Research on potential new sources of corporate and foundation funding Assist with managing events such as farm tours, workshops, a biannual conference and roundtable meetings Edit and assist with design and production of written materials such as fact sheets and reports Manage membership and media databases Administrative tasks such as bookkeeping and financial reports as needed CalCAN is a small non-profit organization. Staff members assume many diverse responsibilities and do much of their work independently while maintaining good team communication and coordination. This is a new position for the organization and to some extent can be shaped to fit both the needs of CalCAN and the skills and interests of the successful candidate. Qualifications: Eligible applicants must possess the following skills and experience: Interest in sustainable agriculture and/or climate change Minimum of two years paid, intern or volunteer experience in non-profit administration, communications and/or fundraising Facility with a variety of software tools for information management (e.g., spreadsheets, databases), website management and publication design Strong written communications skills Self-directed and collaborative work style Terms: This is a half-time salaried position. The position will be located in Sebastopol. The optimal start date is April 2014. Compensation: Salary is competitive with small Bay Area non-profit organizations and will be decided based in part on the experience of the successful candidate. To Apply: Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, a writing sample (maximum four pages), and the names and contact information for three references to Renata Brillinger, CalCAN Executive Director (renata@calclimateag.org). Please no phone calls. Position will be open until filled. Interviews start in March.

Posted: February 4, 2014 | Location: Santa Cruz, California

CCOF Certification Services, LLC (CCOF) is seeking a Grower Certification Service Specialist to work in the Santa Cruz, California office performing tasks related to organic farm certification. The person in this position 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 practices, and the ability to work both 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. View the full job description.

Posted: February 4, 2014 | Location: San Francisco, California

Earl’s Organic Produce, Inc., a leading distributor of organic produce throughout Northern California, seeks a broadly-skilled Salesperson for our San Francisco Wholesale Produce Market headquarters. Under the direction of our Sales Manager, the selected candidate will perform daily sales activities in order to supply our wide customer base with the highest quality products and customer service. The candidate will work closely with other members of the sales team as well as the purchasing team to ensure an efficient movement of product that meets the needs of our customers as well as our vendors. The selected candidate will be available to start shortly after offer acceptance. Responsibilities will include: Close monitoring of daily inventory levels, and product quality and condition Grows relationships with customers through anticipating needs, product knowledge, and committing to their success. Executing multiple sales orders throughout each workday, while making decisions in critical times without assistance Communicating pertinent customer needs and promotional opportunities to Purchasing and Sales team members in a timely and specific manner, both verbally and in written form Aggressively seek new customers in field Have a sense of responsibility, be self motivated, and have a sense of urgency to resolve fast pace job duties Participating in the marketing of larger volume, grower-represented deals Actively supporting other team members in an engaged and lively fashion Contributing to process improvement and team development efforts Participating in additional company projects and activities Position requirements include: 2-5 years hands-on fresh organic produce experience, preferably in a quality control, retail merchandising, or sales An ability to maintain a customer-focused perspective In-depth understanding of quality requirements of discerning retail and institutional customers Attention to detail Appreciation of fresh produce aesthetics and varietal range Organized, even-tempered communication skills Positive approach to alternate points of view; an ability to create agreement Experience working as a member of a high performing team Basic understanding of the natural and organic foods industry Desire to grow individually and to learn how to best support other team members Facility with inventory database programs and basic desktop application software Ability to maintain a dynamic and verbally animated pace throughout the workday Ability to lift a minimum of 50 lbs. on a regular basis Earl’s Organic Produce provides a highly competitive compensation package, including medical, dental and company-sponsored retirement programs. Qualified candidates are encouraged to submit a cover letter, resume, and three references to jobs@earlsorganic.com. Thank you in advance for your interest! Position is open until filled. Earl’s Organic Produce works to embrace diversity in all its forms; it strives to be an inclusive community that fosters an open, thoughtful, and productive environment.