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Food Access Specialist

Organization for Refugee and Immigrant Success

The Organization for Refugee and Immigrant Success (ORIS) is an ethnic, community-based organization.  Our mission is to aid in the resettlement of refugee and immigrant groups in the state of New Hampshire by providing assistance, training, resources, and opportunities that promote self-sufficiency.  Our experienced, multinational, multilingual staff team offers a wide range of programs, including: food security, market-based agriculture, bridging case management, cultural orientation, and youth enrichment.


ORIS will hire a Food Access Specialist for its New American Sustainable Agriculture Project (NASAP) to 1) assist in operations for two incubator farm sites that provide land-based training and opportunities for new Americans to grow food, and 2) coordinate a Mobile Market.  The Food Access Specialist will be responsible for assisting the Farm Manager to coordinate shared farm activities, including land tilling, management of farm based conservation programs, implementing and maintaining shared farm infrastructure.  This position will also be responsible for providing training and technical assistance to NASAP participants with production related issues, including but not limited to crop rotation, soil fertility management, integrated pest management, season extension and production planning. This position will also coordinate the delivery of produce through the Mobile Market vehicle.

Requirements:
  • Have excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Be well organized, self-motivated, and exceptionally accountable
  • Have 3-5 years of experience in sustainable vegetable production and/or farm management
  • Have experience working with refugees or other populations with diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds preferred
  • Proficiency in a language spoken by the new American farmers is not required but will be considered an asset (Maay Maay, Swahili, Kirundi, Nepali)
  • Experience with construction, and/or operating and maintaining both tractors and small engines is not required but will be considered an asset
  • Have a reliable personal vehicle and a clean driving record
  • Experience driving large vehicles and/or trailers will be considered an asset
  • Have basic computer skills, including email, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft Excel
  • Be able to work a flexible schedule, including some evenings and weekends

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to lift and move up to 50 lbs on occasion
  • Able to stand for long periods of time and work outside in all types of weather
  • Able to sit at a desk and work in an office setting to execute job responsibilities
Responsibilities:
  • Assist with incubator farm production activities, that will provide land-based training and opportunities for new Americans to grow food
  • Assist in implementing farm activities including spring tilling, fall cover cropping, crop rotation, soil conservation, greenhouse best practices and other whole farm management plans for ORIS owned site in Dunbarton and leased site in Concord
  • Ensure farmer compliance with standard operating procedures (SOPs) for food safety, handling, and packing
  • Provide on-site consultation and technical assistance including practices such as safe handling and packing, irrigation, row cover, greenhouse management, etc.
  • Support infrastructure development including irrigation systems, hoop houses and soil enrichment
  • Support farmers with organic pest management, following all guidelines and procedures under general applicators permit.
  • Coordinate and document farmers’ production activities including taking photographs and assisting growers with farm records
  • Coordinate farm site volunteers as scheduled
  • Attend relevant workshops, trainings, conferences and stay informed on best practices
  • Timely production of regular reports
  • Participate at regular project meetings and other events as scheduled.
  • Coordinate Mobile Market, including handling, packing, and delivery of produce to low income housing developments and medical clinics
  • Staff the Mobile Market during its open hours
How to Apply:

Interested applicants send a cover letter and resume to mschwartz@refugeesuccess.org

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Estimated Start Date: March 1, 2019

ORIS is an equal opportunity employer.

Job Location:

Manchester

Date Added: February 5, 2019

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