Job Opportunity: Skidmore CSA Student Coordinators (2 positions)

Description:

Skidmore’s CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) will launch its first season during the Fall 2013 Semester. The CSA will have weekly pick-ups for its subscribers in the Murray-Aikins Dining Hall. Farmers will deliver the bulk vegetables to the Dining Hall, which will then be distributed to subscribers via weight or another pre-determined quantity during the pick-up window on Friday afternoon from 3-5 p.m. The Student Coordinators will facilitate pick-up by moving the vegetables from the farmer’s truck to the pick-up area, setting up the pick-up area, ensuring that pick-up goes smoothly, and cleaning up and putting away the table and display after the members have picked up. They will be responsible for being the face of the CSA during pick-up time, or supporting the farmer(s) when they are able to be there, and making sure that any member questions or issues are taken care of in a courteous and professional manner.  The Student Coordinators will also help with education and outreach on campus as related to the Skidmore CSA.  Pickup dates will run from September 6th through November 26th.

Duties:

  • Coordinate volunteers, or if there are no volunteers from amongst the subscribers for a particular week, set-up and break down the subscriber pick-up table on Friday afternoons prior to 3 pm.
  • Display the vegetables for the share during pick-up in an attractive and efficient manner
  • Communicate with Gordon Sacks and Kristine Reynolds at 9 Miles East and Sustainability Coordinator Riley Neugebauer to make sure that pick-up runs smoothly
  • Attend any meetings related to the ongoing organization of the CSA
  • Communicate any feedback or criticism from the subscribers to the farmers and Sustainability Coordinator.  Help develop communication tools or surveys at the end of the semester to gather feedback as well.
  • Take the lead on coordinating publicity, display, and education projects such as cooking demonstrations, nutrition education, or information about sustainable agriculture
  • Write stories to contribute to the weekly newsletter
  • Check the Skidmore CSA gmail and communicate any issues or concerns
  • Take leftover produce each week to Franklin Community Center or the Economic Opportunity Council in downtown Saratoga Springs to be donated.

Qualifications:

  •  Interest and/or background in local agriculture or CSAs
  • Ability on Friday from 2-6 p.m. to work during the pick-up window and help with setting up and tearing down.

Compensation:

  •  A half share of the CSA, which is equivalent to 3-6 pounds of vegetables per week

To apply:

  • Submit a brief cover letter, resume, and the name of a Skidmore reference (faculty or staff)  by April 15, 2013 to rneugeba@skidmore.edu.
  • Please direct any questions to Riley Neugebauer, Sustainability Coordinator at rneugeba@skidmore.edu.

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