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Vermont Youth Conservation Corps’ Food and Farm Program is Hiring

The Farm @ VYCC is hiring for several AmeriCorps positions! 
 
The Vermont Youth Conservation Corps’ Food and Farm Program is a dynamic youthdevelopment, diversified agriculture and food security initiative. We believe in the power that food has to connect us to the land, our community, and each other. We engage young people in organic farming and culinary education on our historic 400-acre campus in 
Richmond, Vermont where we grow organically certified vegetables and pasture-raised chickens that are distributed to more than 400 families through our 
nationally recognized Health Care Share program. 
 
Project Leads (7 positions) 
 
Project Leads serve on the farm from freezing March mornings, through sweaty July days, until crisp October evenings. They serve out in the fields, in 
greenhouses, work with livestock, and jump in to problem solve the daily challenges of the farm. Project Leads bring their adaptability, commitment, 
and passion for food & farming to the farm program. 
 
Crew Leaders (7 positions; 5 youth crew leaders and 2 production crew leaders) 
 
Farm Crew Leaders’ responsibilities shift across the season. Spring is for learning and doing: tending crops in greenhouses and planting the fields; working with volunteers. In summer, they lead either a youth or young adult crew. In fall, they harvest mountains of vegetables in support of Health Care Share program. There are two types of Crew Leader positions- leading a crew of youth or young adults. Regardless of age, crews work in all areas of thefarm; they plant and harvest, care for livestock, and explore how to cook with what they’ve grown. 
 
To learn more and apply: https://www.vycc.org/apply/lead/ 

Lily Bradburn (they/them)

Community Health Program Manager

Vermont Youth Conservation Corps

802-307-2421

The Farm at VYCC exists on unceded traditional lands of Abenaki peoples.

VYCC.org | @thefarmatVYCC |Yes! I want to support VYCC!

Winter Term 2022 Wetland Mapping Internship at VT Dept. of Environmental Conservation

Spend your Winter Term helping the State of Vermont cataloguing and mapping valuable wetland ecosystems and get Middlebury academic credit while doing it. The internship will focus on updating Geographical Information Systems (GIS) mapping products, as well as providing assistance in the form of data management. In this internship the individual will learn how to identify wetlands remotely, digitize and attribute wetlands in ArcGIS, and how integral mapping is to the success of wetland protection. Tasks will focus on developing and improving wetland mapping products in the Esri ArcPro environment and include:

  • digitizing and coding historic wetland delineations,
  • editing existing wetland datasets,
  • learning how to map wetlands remotely via “heads up digitizing”

The intern will have the support of professionals with mapping experience who will provide training in aerial interpretation and other mapping tools. At the end of the internship, mapping efforts will be reviewed and then published publicly online to the VT Natural Resources Atlas

Super Seniors: Two Positions at Vital Communities Focusing on Housing & Transportation

This just in from Middlebury alum, Sarah Brock ’11, Program Director, Climate, Energy, Transportation:

We’ve got two openings on our program team here at Vital Communities, and looking for passionate, community-minded folks. This is a team hire, and we are open to bringing on someone who is passionate about community-based solutions, even with less experience. Could be a good fit for a recent grad who is excited about working on many intersecting issues. Our team is increasingly looking at all our work with a lens of climate and community resilience.

Vital Communities, a regional nonprofit located in White River Junction, VT, seeks two full time additions to our Housing and Transportation Team to develop and implement integrated, community-based projects that work toward affordable, safe, efficient, reliable, and equitable transportation and housing in the Upper Connecticut River Valley. Successful candidates will have a passion for working collaboratively with community members, volunteers, and peer organizations. Qualifications include excellent project management, communication, and collaboration skills, and an understanding of transportation and home creation as complex, dynamic systems. 

Full job description at vitalcommunities.org/join-our-team. Email resume and cover letter to hr@vitalcommunities.org. Vital Communities will begin reviewing applications on November 1, 2021. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.  

Seniors: Are you Passionate About the Environment? Join ECO AmeriCorps in VT

I was sent contacted by recent Middlebury alum, Naomi Cutler ’20 who is finishing out her ECO AmeriCorps job at the Middlebury Area Land Trust (MALT). she wrote to tell me “I’m reaching out to let you know that the applications for next year ECO just opened up this past week: https://dec.vermont.gov/administration-innovation/eco. I don’t know how much you know about this program, but it has been a fantastic experience for me so far. Since I really didn’t have a clear picture of what I wanted to do in the environmental field, it has helped me refine both what I want to continue doing, and what I definitely don’t want to do any more. I just wanted to pass it along to you in case you have more seniors who are interested in the environment and are looking for a 1-year position to get their foot in the door.”

To learn more about the MALT position, feel free to reach out to Executive Director, Jamie Brookside Montegue, jamie@maltvt.org.

Food System Jobs in VT

Below are the latest Food System Jobs as posted in the Vermont Food System News, May 2021 newsletter. Recent grads and seniors, there are quite a few entry-level opportunities available:

Food Programs Coordinator Position with HOPE

HOPE (Helping Overcome Poverty’s Effects in Addison County) will be looking to hire a Food Programs Coordinator.

Job Description 

We are looking for a competent Program Coordinator who is passionate about healthy food and food justice to undertake a variety of program tasks. You will carry out important operational duties including oversight of a large, thriving Food Shelf, farm pickups, leading groups in farm gleans, distribution of produce to other charitable food sites, implementation of pop-up food distribution events, and more. Must be detail-oriented, comfortable working with diverse groups, and able to foster successful working relationships with volunteers. 

 Responsibilities 

  • Plan and coordinate food education events 
  • Help build positive relations in the community 
  • Ensure the provision of healthy food to those who are food insecure in a manner which respects dignity, choice, and empowerment 
  • Plan and implement food education activities 
  • Oversee the smooth operation of a clean, well stocked food shelf 
  • Ensure that surplus supermarket and bakery goods are ready for distribution each morning 
  • Keep updated records and create reports or proposals 

Skills 

  • Proven experience as program coordinator or relevant position 
  • Knowledge of using fresh produce to create healthy meals 
  • Knowledge of food safety practices 
  • Tech savvy, proficient in MS Office and social media 
  • Excellent time-management and organizational skills 
  • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills 
  • Detail-oriented and efficient 
  • Valid driver’s license 
  • Experience in driving a truck helpful 
  • Minimum of 2 years experience in local food systems 
  • Ability to work outside in varying weather conditions, and to lift and carry boxes of food 

To apply, send resume and letter of interest to receptionist@hope-vt.org 

Summer Internship Helping to Address Food Insecurity in Addison County

HOPE (Helping Overcome Poverty’s Effects), a poverty-relief non-profit in Middlebury, is looking for a Middlebury College student to intern with their Local Food Access Program for summer 2021. This program seeks to increase the availability of fresh fruits and vegetables to low income families and individuals through on-farm food rescue, also know a gleaning. We seek an intern to work directly with our Food Programs Coordinator and support staff in the gleaning and distribution of local produce.  Our position is entirely in-person and involves a majority of outdoor farm-related work, as well as some office work. Through this work interns will be exposed to a wide variety of community stakeholders in the charitable food system and gain knowledgeable first-hand experience in agricultural surplus management.

This position is from July-August and is unpaid. Applicants would need to ensure their own room and board. We encourage all potential applicants to apply for funding through the CCI. Interested students can apply HERE via Handshake and applications will be accepted up to March 22nd. If interested students have any questions they can contact the Center for Careers and Internships at cci@middlebury.edu.