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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 continues to create community around local food through our network of CSAs while placing value on authenticity and responsible stewardship – not just of our local farmland but also of our city landscape. Our work is not purely an exchange of commerce but a network of relationships that help build a world that makes more sense to us: one where neighbors are thoughtful towards each other, we spend time with our friends over a homemade meal, and we know our farmers and food producers beyond just their name and brand to their passions and interests as individuals. Though a small organization, we’ve got big dreams we hope you can help us reach. We seek individuals who are hard working, always open to learning more and improving, easy to get along with, eager to suggest their own ideas towards a collaborative project, and passionate about the local food system.

 

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 CSA@localroots.nyc 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 CSA@localroots.nyc 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?

CSA Distribution Apprentice

The Distribution Apprentice will assist in the management of a CSA site as well as conduct outreach for members before the season begins. You must be able to convey the passion behind Local Roots NYC as well as tell the stories of our farmers to our CSA members. Our apprentices are an integral part of our organization and are included in decision making at Local Roots NYC. To those working at Local Roots NYC, we offer flexibility in forming their ideal food job that work within our mission statement and the opportunity to engage in various projects: from planning Meet Your Farmer Events to creating educational materials for youth. We value the work of all our team members and look forward to growing the local food movement with you. You will receive hands on experience at a small food hub, be an integral part of the farm-to-city connection, and have an opportunity to network with other food related businesses and organizations. Apprentices have either been hired or gone off to work at other great food organizations or urban farms.

Responsibilities
– Set-up and breakdown of a CSA site
– Assist CSA members in picking up shares and using the scale
– Learn about CSA shares and the farms we work with to convey information to members –Inspire our members with creative cooking and recipe ideas
– Help build partnerships with other community organizations and small businesses
– Conduct outreach for new CSA members through flyering or events, as well as at CSA pick up
– Attend monthly staff meetings
– Facilitate cooking demonstrations or other homesteading techniques (optional)
– Possibility of assisting in operations work 1 day a week at our home base, organizing inventory amongst CSA sites

Qualifications
– Have lived in neighborhood CSA is located for at least six months or know neighborhood well.
– Passionate about the local food system
– Interested in alternative food distribution systems
– Extremely organized and pays close attention to detail
– Outgoing, friendly personality and an enthusiasm to learn
– Excellent customer service and communication skills, must be well-spoken
– Sales experience
– 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 CSA pick ups
– A love for cooking at home, familiar with seasonality of produce in NYC
– Active in social media and proficient in food photography preferred
– Experience conducting cooking demonstrations a plus

Time Commitment A minimum of 6 hours per week is required for this apprenticeship and a preferred commitment of 6 months but a minimum of 3 months (January – March 30).

Compensation: This position is ideal for students receiving credit or those with an additional source of income. Depending on your time commitment, compensation is either school credit and a complimentary vegetable share -or- $10/hr, a complimentary vegetable share, and discounts to other CSA offerings.

To apply, send a brief cover letter and resume to CSA@LocalRootsNYC.org by December 20th with subject line “CSA DISTRIBUTION APPRENTICE”. Please include availability; CSA locations and times can be found on our website. Cover letter should include:
1. What is your ideal work culture?
2. Describe how past jobs made you feel appreciated
2. How do you express gratitude towards your coworkers?

Soil to City Content Apprentice:

Our Soil to City Content Apprentice will help to tell the stories of our farmers and other food producers as well as engage our community through social media and some blog writing. This individual will enhance our web presence and assist in the management of a CSA site. You will play an integral part of our organization and will be included in the decision making at Local Roots NYC. This position will 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 providers by helping to tell the stories of our farmers and other food partners through web based efforts and various forms of documentation (photography and film)
– Form relationships between Local Roots NYC and other like-minded food groups through social media platforms: instagram, facebook, twitter
– Assist in various educational/marketing campaigns
– Develop content for blog
– Management of a CSA site
– At CSA site: set-up and breakdown of site, and assist CSA members in picking up shares while acting as a liaison between our farmers and New Yorkers
– Possibility of assisting in operations work 1 day a week, organizing inventory amongst CSA sites

Qualifications:
– Has an online presence, past experience with engaging communities on social media
– Familiar with local food groups, food bloggers, chefs, food publications, and others within the NYC local food landscape
– 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
– Social, fun, and creative personality
– Strong attention to detail
– Persistent with strong interpersonal skills when contacting farmers and food producers for news updates and photos
– Strong writing and storytelling skills preferred or a desire to develop such skills
– Self driven and a desire to present and execute new ideas for projects
– Strong organizational and time management skills
– Experience with photography and videography preferred
– Demonstrated interest in local food
– Experience with Adobe Suite, final cut or another film editing program a plus

Time Commitment A minimum of 5 hours per week is required for this apprenticeship and a preferred commitment of 6 months but a minimum of 3 months (January – March 30).

Compensation: This position is ideal for students receiving credit or those with an additional source of income. Compensation is either school credit and a complimentary vegetable share -or- $10/hr, a complimentary vegetable share, and discounts to other CSA offerings. This position begins ASAP with part time work and more hours beginning the first week of June with some hours for CSA outreach in April and May. Training will occur in May.

To apply, send a brief cover letter and resume to CSA@LocalRootsNYC.org by December 20th with subject line “Soil to City Content Apprenticeship”. Please include availability; CSA locations and times can be found on our website. Cover letter should include:
1. What is your ideal work culture?
2. Describe how past jobs made you feel appreciated
2. How do you express gratitude towards your coworkers?