Seven Month Term, April 16 – November 16, 2018
Local Food Hub is a nonprofit organization that partners with Virginia farmers to increase community access to local food. It provides the support services, infrastructure, and market opportunities that connect people with food grown close to home. Local Food Hub operates several food access programs for underserved populations in the Charlottesville-Albemarle County area. The Food Access Fellow will work with the Food Access Coordinator and other staff to effectively plan and execute food access programs. The position is based at the Local Food Hub warehouse in Ivy, Virginia.
The Food Access Fellow will help to procure, sort, and deliver fresh, Virginia-grown items to several distribution sites in the Charlottesville area. With guidance, the Fellow will manage logistics and supplemental materials, and will play a key role in relationship management and program development at each site. Additional educational work is likely to arise, such as coordinating cooking and tasting events, and representing Local Food Hub in several networks and coalitions.
This is a seasonal position, April 16 – November 16, 2018, with no guarantee of long-term employment. In conjunction with Local Food Hub staff, the Fellow will design a schedule of no more than 30 hours per week, Monday through Friday.
The successful candidate will be a self-starter, extremely detail oriented, have a passion for food, farming, and healthy eating, and able to commit to the entire season. Experience driving large vehicles a huge plus.
– Understand and articulate organization’s mission, strategy, and programs. Represent Local Food Hub in the community with professional demeanor.
– Work with Food Access Coordinator to procure Virginia-grown items from Local Food Hub partner farms to fill weekly shares with a diversity of food and within budget.
– Receive, quality check, portion, and sort products from farmers, and accurately pack out bag shares.
– Expertly load shares onto distribution vehicle and safely deliver to food access sites throughout Charlottesville. Must maintain the cold chain of products and demonstrate best practices for vehicle safety.
– Create support materials for participants, including digital and print.
– Contribute to planning and execution of special events, projects, and day-to-day business as instructed by management.
– Exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail
– Strong written and oral communication
– Strong interpersonal skills
– Flexibility, self-motivation, and ability to exercise independent judgment
– Valid driver’s license and reliable transportation required
– Ability to lift up to 40 pounds repeatedly, and to work in multiple temperature zones
– Experience with agriculture and/or local food systems work a plus
– Familiarity with fresh produce and simple food preparation a plus
– Experience driving large vehicles a plus
Monthly stipend will be provided, including a supplemental bonus upon the successful completion of the season. Qualified candidates please send cover letter and resume to email@example.com.