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Gleaning & Volunteer-Outreach Coordinator: Northern Front Range

(UpRoot) measurably reduces surplus
in Colorado, supports the economic stability of farmers and increases the nutritional security of our state’s residents.

We envision a mindful, humane and equitable Colorado foodshed where farmers are valued for who they are: a cornerstone of our society.

Role description

We are seeking to fill the role of a part-time gleaning and volunteer-outreach coordinator who will be responsible for gleaning operations along the northern Front Range. There is the potential for a candidate with a high EQ and excellent critical-thinking and problem-solving skill sets to expand this role into one that includes leadership responsibilities in 2022.

Specific responsibilities include:

Implementing strategic outreach to farms across the northern Front Range through email, phone calls, and farm visits to expand UpRoot’s impact and producer network for gleans
Nurturing established relationships with local growers (e.g., farmers) and working to determine on a weekly basis what is available for gleaning and/or pick-up
Organizing gleaning events where volunteers will come to a farm to harvest food for distribution to local hunger-relief and/or social-service agencies
Implementing Covid-19 best practices when organizing on-farm events
Fostering existing relationships with local hunger-relief and social-service agencies and coordinating pick-ups and/or distribution of gleaned food
Recruiting and training volunteers, as needed, and supervising volunteer gleaning events
Taking photographs of gleaning events, and coordinating with UpRoot team members to create event flyers and social media posts about past/upcoming events
Expanding current gleaning efforts by introducing UpRoot’s work to local growers and hunger-relief and social-service agencies with whom we have not yet partnered
Meeting grant deliverables and expectations, including data collection, reporting and evaluation methods
Must haves:
Experience in outreach to stakeholders (such as volunteers, farmers, customers, community groups, elected officials)
Strong interpersonal and relational skills
A valid driver’s license and reliable, personal transportation (you may be required at times to deliver gleaned food in your own vehicle)
Passion for food justice and food systems change
Experience and comfort coordinating volunteers and speaking publicly
The ability to lift 40 lbs.
Preferred:
Organizing, campaign, or outreach experience
Agricultural or food-systems experience
An outgoing personality and can-do attitude
Conversant in Spanish
An entrepreneurial spirit and a flexible schedule
This is a part-time, non-exempt role that will begin in mid-June with a potential to continue year round. The rate of pay is $18 per hour for an average-maximum of 20 hours per week. Mileage reimbursement for role-specific duties is set at $0.35 per mile.

Compensation

This position is hourly, at 18/hr. for up to 25 hrs/week during harvest season. Application instructions Email

Interested?

Please include your C.V. and a brief (yep, keep it short and sweet and sincere) cover letter or note sharing why you're interested in food- and economic-justice work.
Much obliged!

Time’s up: June 12, 2021

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