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Grow the NYC local food system with Local Roots NYC!

We seek to grow Local Roots NYC as a mindful business that empowers New Yorkers to be home chefs by offering the freshest, local, sustainable food through our weekly produce markets that pop up in neighborhood bars, cafes, or your office. We offer recipes to pair with our weekly offerings, engaging culinary workshops, and a community of food-loving New Yorkers. We believe a stronger connection to our food, neighbors, and land can create tremendous positive change.

We are a small team with a big vision; we support each other in our work, geek out about food and farms, work hard, encourage creativity, and embrace ideas for improvement and new programming.

Sales Team Leader and Product Developer

Local Roots NYC is seeking a hard working, energetic, and multi-talented individual to be our Sourcing Team Leader and Sales Associate. You will work closely with our founder and producers to help diversify our food offerings for Winter and Spring, curate weekly shares, and place orders with producers. You will work with our producers to crop plan for unique items or produce special small-batch products for our members. As Sales Associate, you will be responsible for growing our Farm Share membership base and develop relationships for institutional sourcing. You will play an integral part of increasing the support we provide our local producers and will help connect more New Yorkers with farm-fresh produce, thus strengthening our local food system and encouraging your fellow New Yorkers to cook at home. This position will also include site management for one of our pick-up locations to enhance your engagement with our food community.

This job is ideal for someone who is motivated, goal oriented, friendly, and can effectively work within a tight budget. We are a small team with a big vision; we support each other in our work, geek out about food and farms, work hard, encourage creativity, and embrace ideas for improvement and new programming.

Responsibilities
– Create sales strategies, actively seek and grow membership to our Farm Share program
– Leverage current customer base to generate new members through a brand ambassador and referral program
– Engage with customers and those passing by our markets in a sales capacity
– Develop and monitor optimized promotional plans
– Establish new institutional sourcing relationships with schools and universities
– Create sales goals, self-monitor progress, successfully increase sales
– Conduct basic training of sales techniques to staff
– Report to founder bi-weekly sales progress
– Create effective ways to promote the variety of products we offer
– Be a positive and knowledgeable representative of Local Roots NYC at events and throughout our community
– Work with farmers to diversify crops based on community feedback and find varieties that could enhance sustainability efforts and reduce food waste
– Curate weekly shares for our markets and place orders with producers
– Help to implement a program of developing value added products
– Manage a Local Roots market: checking members in, distributing food, suggesting recipes, cultivating a vibrant and social shopping experience

Qualities
– Ability to clearly articulate the service and value proposition of Local Roots NYC to possible customers in fast paced environments
– Proven successful sales experience
– Experience in community building or developing brand ambassador programs
– Strong interpersonal skills. Must be personable and enjoys speaking with others
– Cooks frequently and has a proficient understanding of farms, agriculture, and sustainability growing practices
– Able to articulate and share effective sales techniques with co-workers
– Works efficiently and able to meet deadlines
– Able to establish order and systems in a rapidly changing environments
– Extremely organized and able to multi-task
– Self-starter and a team player, able to successfully execute projects with minimal management
– Interest in food sourcing and can provide “out of the box” ideas to extend our region’s seasonality to offer an all year round service
– Eager to improve systems and offer ideas for growth
– Minimum of 1 year experience working in the NYC food or ag industry
– Eager and willing to “jump in” when needed for additional projects
– Familiar with the dynamics of healthcare facilities, schools, or other institutions desired
– Experience with guerilla-style marketing preferred
– Experience working with corporate wellness programs preferred
– Strong network in the food industry, preferred
– Can create big results with a small budget
– Seeks a small business work environment that is fast paced and fluid. Looking to grow with our company
– Passionate for the mission of Local Roots NYC and our values
– Confident, entrepreneurial spirit, hard working, flexible, friendly, eager, compassionate demeanor

Work Perks
Free veggies and fruit
Paid vacation and sick time
Discounts on our products
Fun and kind coworkers
Weekly group lunch
Work closely with amazing local producers and be a champion for our food system
Being part of a team that values your ideas and personal well-being
An immersive experience in food distribution and a local food system

Pay
This position is $16-20 based on experience with commission, and an opportunity for salary

How to apply
Please send a cover letter to [email protected] with subject title “Sales and Product Development Position” by August 25 that addresses the following questions:
1. What are two sales strategies you believe could prove successful for Local Roots NYC? One of these should use our values as a marketing tool: high quality foods, community, transparency, empowerment, and/or kindness

2. Why does this position resonate with you and what skills and experiences do you have that will strengthen the work of Local Roots NYC through this position

3. What are ways you express gratitude towards coworkers and customers?

Community Market Site Leader

Local Roots NYC is looking for site leaders to help manage our weekly produce markets at neighborhood bars and cafes and will ideally live in the same neighborhood as the market you manage.

The Community Market Site Leader must be able to convey information about our farms and suggest recipe ideas to members, learn about food transparency and share with others, set up and break down markets, and help others pick up their food. You will also have the opportunity to strengthen our neighborhood outreach. It’s a fun and engaging way to learn more about local and seasonal foods and meet other like-minded New Yorkers.

Responsibilities
– Setup and breakdown of the weekly market
– Engage with and assist Local Roots members in picking up their groceries
– Inspire our members with creative cooking and recipe ideas
– Attend monthly staff meetings
– Learn about shares and the farms we work with to convey information to members
-Inspire our members with creative cooking and recipe ideas
– Engage and build community around the work of Local Roots in the neighborhood
– Conduct outreach for new members through flyering in the neighborhood, as well as at weekly markets

Qualifications
– Have lived in neighborhood the market is located for at least six months or know neighborhood well.
– Passionate about the local food system
– Extremely organized and pays close attention to detail
– Part of a strong social network or experience as a community organizer
– Outgoing, friendly personality and an enthusiasm to convey information
– Excellent customer service and communication skills, must be well-spoken
– Sales experience preferred
– Ability to problem solve on the spot, good at multi-tasking
–  Enjoys working independently in a customer service oriented environment
– Interested in building community around local food at our markets
– A love for cooking at home, familiar with seasonality of produce in NYC
– Active in social media and proficient in food photography preferred

Compensation
This position is unpaid. Instead, we offer a full share of vegetables managing a market and other food items for each additional site (additional sites not mandatory). You will be more active in NYC’s local food system, be closer to your food source, and share your knowledge and passion of food or nutrition with others.

Time Commitment  Local Roots markets run once a week, on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday evenings. Most sites span a two hour pick up window, with some additional time for set up and break down. The commitment is about 3 hours weekly. Site leaders must be able to commit to the weekly timeframe for their given site,

To apply, send a few sentences stating why you would like to be a site leader and resume to [email protected] August 25 with subject line “Site Leader Position”. Please include availability; market locations and times can be found on our website.

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Soil to City Storyteller: Social Media, blogger, and food photographer

Our Soil to City Storyteller will tell the journey our food takes from soil to city as well as engage our community through social media and blog development. This individual will enhance our web presence and assist in the management of a Local Roots Market. You will play an integral part of our organization and will be included in the decision making at Local Roots NYC. This position will provide an opportunity to use your creativity and social media marketing skills to strengthen our food system. It will also give you a hands on experience with the local food landscape in NYC and you will be in direct contact with innovative farmers and food producers.

Responsibilities:
– Connect our community with their food by helping to tell the stories of our farmers and other food partners through social media, web based efforts, and various forms of documentation (photography and film)
– Document recipe instructions through photography and film
– Form relationships between Local Roots NYC and other like-minded food groups through social media platforms.
– Help strategize and implement various educational/marketing campaigns
– Develop content for blog and write product descriptions for ecommerce
– Pilot our new recipe/food education subscription share
– Create flyers and food “look books”
– Enhance Pinterest with recipes
– Engage more New Yorkers with our local roots food system
– Manage a Local Roots market (see above description)

Qualifications:
– Has a strong online presence and has used social media/web for business purposes
– Experience with engaging and activating communities on social media
– Has relationships with local food groups, food bloggers, chefs, food publications, and others within the NYC local food landscape
– Strong attention to detail and comfortable with being persistent to obtain farmer updates
– Strong writing and storytelling skills
– Strong organizational and time management skills
– Skilled in food photography and videography
– Knowledgable about SEO optimization for web and social media
– Responsible for developing and implementing marketing strategies
– Has an understanding of blog development
– Experience in sales preferred
– Experience with Adobe Suite, final cut or another film editing program
– Past experience with or has a great passion for the local food system and sustainable living. Puts their passion to practice with their own life
– Cooks at home, familiar with seasonality of produce in NYC
– Self driven and ability to present and execute new ideas for projects
– Social, fun, and creative while also hard working

Time Commitment A minimum of 15 hours per week is required for this position. Within that time commitment, you must be available during one of our market hours.

Compensation: Pay is hourly plus a complimentary vegetable share, and discounts to other market offerings. This position begins ASAP.

To apply, send a brief cover letter and resume to [email protected] by May 10 with subject line “Soil to City Storyteller”. Please include availability; market locations and times can be found on our website. Cover letter should include:
1. What is your ideal work culture?
2. How do you express gratitude towards your coworkers?
3. How would you use your skills to show the values we hold dear to our hearts at Local Roots: a strong connection with your farmer, community, authenticity, kindness, and sustainability. Please be specific as possible.

 

Past Positions
Soil to City Operations Assistant Manager

Ever wonder how food gets from farm to city? The Soil to City Operations Assistant Manager will play a vital role in our food system by transporting and organizing food from our home base in the lower Manhattan to our CSA locations. This includes organizing inventory and delivering to our CSA sites, heavy lifting, and on the spot problem solving. This position is fast paced and fun, will put you in contact with many of our farmers and producers and will bring you to various neighborhoods throughout NYC. In addition to the operations work, this associate will manage CSA markets and help distribute our farm produce to members of the community. The position will provide an overall knowledge of a local food hub along with fun and rewarding interactions with our CSA and farm community.

Responsibilities for operations:

– Work with a small operations team to organize, label, move, and pack inventory for multiple CSA sites per day.
– Assist in dry & cold food storage management.
– Deliver produce with another staff member throughout the city, possibly delivering alone for Brooklyn locations.
– On the spot problem solving and multitasking.
– Maintain organization and an orderly routine throughout all deliveries.
– Assist in outreach for new CSA members.

Responsibilities for managing a CSA site:

– Management of a CSA site where you will set-up and breakdown, engage with and assist CSA members in picking up shares, and act as a liaison between our farmers and New Yorkers.
– Inspire our members with creative cooking and recipe ideas.
– Identify mission aligned partners to form relationships to grow the work we do.
– Attend monthly staff meetings.

Qualifications:

—Experience managing a staff and ability to delegate tasks
– Extremely organized and exceptional attention to detail as you must manage multiple tasks/projects.
– Punctual and trustworthy. We’re a small team so we need you to show up and be present!
—Understand that every task, no matter how trivial it may seem, is important to our small team.
— Recognize that transportation of food is an integral and important part of the food system.
—Finds manual labor satisfying and would enjoy organizing and packing the car (if you like Tetris, this is the job for you!)
– Must be a hard worker, passionate about your work, and enjoy collaboratively creating solutions, but also be able to troubleshoot problems independently. You should be comfortable with setting your own routine.
—Flexible and open to last minute changes
– Ability to solve problems on the spot in fast-paced situations
—Initiative to suggest solutions to problems
– Ensure successful delivery of produce to CSA locations
– Friendly and social personality with great customer service skills
– Valid drivers license
– Ability to carry 50lbs.
– Willingness to learn and improve
– Demonstrated experience in relationship building
—Experience with inventory
– Passion for cooking at home
– Experience with the local food landscape within NYC preferred
– Strong storytelling skills preferred
– Marketing and outreach experience preferred
— Experience with thoughtful details for customers

Hours: Tentative schedule is Tuesday-Thursdays, morning to til evening hours depending on our CSA schedule. Training to be first week in January with operations beginning January 10th. Though we have a break from April to May, this is not a seasonal position. We are looking for someone to grow with our company.

Pay: $15/hour and a complimentary vegetable CSA share

To apply: please send resume and a brief cover letter to [email protected] with subject line “Operations Assistant Manager”.  Cover letter should include:

1. What is your ideal work culture?
2. Describe how past jobs made you feel appreciated.
3. How do you express gratitude towards your coworkers?

Soil to City Operations Associate

Ever wonder how food gets from farm to city? The CSA Operations Associate will play a vital role in our food system by transporting and organizing food from our home base in the lower Manhattan to our CSA locations. This includes organizing inventory and delivering to our CSA sites, heavy lifting, and on the spot problem solving. This position is fast paced and fun, will put you in contact with many of our farmers and producers and will bring you to various neighborhoods throughout NYC. In addition to the operations work, this associate will help manage CSA markets and help distribute our farm produce to members of the community. The position will provide an overall knowledge of a local food hub along with fun and rewarding interactions with our CSA and farm community.

Responsibilities for operations:

– Work with a small operations team to organize, label, move, and pack inventory for multiple CSA sites per day.
– Assist in dry & cold food storage management.
– Deliver produce with another staff member throughout the city.
– On the spot problem solving and multitasking.
– Maintain organization and an orderly routine throughout all deliveries.
– Assist in outreach for new CSA members.

Responsibilities for helping managing a CSA site:

– Aide at a CSA site where you will help with set-up and breakdown, engage with and assist CSA members in picking up shares, and act as a liaison between our farmers and New Yorkers.
– Inspire our members with creative cooking and recipe ideas.
– Attend monthly staff meetings.

Qualifications:

– Extremely organized and exceptional attention to detail as you must manage multiple tasks/projects.
– Punctual and trustworthy. We’re a small team so we need you to show up and be present!
—Understand that every task, no matter how trivial it may seem, is important to our small team.
— Recognize that transportation of food is an integral and important part of the food system.
—Finds manual labor satisfying and would enjoy organizing and packing the car (if you like Tetris, this is the job for you!)
– Must be a hard worker, passionate about your work, and enjoy collaboratively creating solutions, but also be able to troubleshoot problems independently. You should be comfortable with setting your own routine.
—Flexible and open to last minute changes
– Ability to solve problems on the spot in fast-paced situations
– Ensure successful delivery of produce to CSA locations
– Friendly and social personality with great customer service skills
– Valid drivers license
– Ability to carry 50lbs.
– Willingness to learn and improve
– Demonstrated experience in relationship building
—Experience with inventory

Hours: Tentative schedule is Tuesday-Thursdays, morning to til evening hours depending on our CSA schedule. Training to be first week in January with operations beginning January 10th. Though we have a break from April to May, this is not a seasonal position. We are looking for someone to grow with our company.

Pay: $12/hour and a complimentary vegetable CSA share

To apply: please send resume and a brief cover letter to [email protected] with subject line “Operations Associate”.  Cover letter should include:

1. What is your ideal work culture?
2. Describe how past jobs made you feel appreciated.
3. How do you express gratitude towards your coworkers?