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CEFS is currently seeking volunteers to help with hands-on farm work at the Small Farm Unit. Download a volunteer application form here (.doc) or (.pdf).

Employment Opportunities

 

Summer Sustainable Agriculture Internship Program Assistant

Anticipated Hiring Range

$11.50/hr, includes housing

Work Schedule

Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm and other times as needed.

Job City & State

Goldsboro, NC

Essential Job Duties

This position of the Sustainable Agriculture Internship Program Assistant (PA) is to assist in carrying out activities associated with the Sustainable Agriculture Internship summer program located at the Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS) in Goldsboro, NC from approximately May 27-August 1, 2015.

The PA will provide an important point of contact for the 12-14 course participants who will live on-site near the Small Farm Unit at CEFS. It is essential that the PA possess a positive attitude, ability to work and communicate with a diversity of people and is able to provide a safe environment for building community and cohesion among intern participants.

It is required that the PA live on-site with the interns and have a valid driver’s license to transport students to the related internship activities. The PA position is under the shared supervision of the CEFS Assistant Director of Education Programs and theCEFS Extension and Outreach/Internship Coordinator.

Coordination of interns and internship activities during the 8 week program (June 2 – July 25) may include: coordinating living conditions for interns, driving interns to field or community visits, assisting with setting up related activities or discussions with faculty and providing information about Goldsboro events and town services for interns all related to the success of the CEFS Sustainable Agriculture Summer Internship Program.

Minimum Experience/Education

B.S. Degree in or from a related field of either agronomy, agroecology, horticulture, ecology, soil science, agriculture extension/education, or animal science OR equivalent job experience. Previous experience coordinating educational programs helpful.

Departmental Required Skills

Being a strong communicator, highly organized, motivated, and ability to work with a wide variety of audiences is a must. Position will require a valid driver’s license and the ability to operate a 15-passenger van (must take van driving proficiency test). Ability to prioritize tasks is necessary, while considering input from the multiple teaching team of faculty and staff at CEFS is required. Good problem-solver.

Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education

Some experience with gardening, farming or good systems helpful. Familiarity of Goldsboro and Wayne County community are a plus. Previous experience coordinating educational or other programs helpful.

Application Instructions

Apply online at https://jobs.ncsu.edu/postings/48497

You will be prompted to upload a cover letter, resume, and 3 references.

AA/EOE

NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.

Individuals with disabilities requiring disability-related accommodations in the application and interview process, please call 919-515-3148. 
Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. If highest degree is from an institution outside of the U.S., final candidates are required to have their degree verified at www.wes.org. Degree must be obtained prior to start date.

NC State University participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.

 

NC Choices Project Coordinator

Essential Job Duties

The NC Choices Project Coordinator will: 1) work closely with the Director, Project Manager, and University research and Extension personnel to provide farmers with technical support and resources to improve production, processing, and marketing of niche meats, including pork, poultry, beef, lamb and goat raised in pasture-based or other niche production systems; 2) develop publications, fact sheets, web-based tools, and other informational resources for producers and meat processors regarding best business practices, effective marketing , and regulatory and/or policy issues that affect the niche meat sector; 3) plan, implement and facilitate educational workshops and conferences for producers, processors, and buyers; 4) manage NC Choices’ website and listserve; 5) prepare and implement presentations about niche meat processing and marketing issues for diverse audiences; 6) assist with the development of grant proposals, grant reports and project evaluation activities; and 7) develop and maintain relationships with local, regional and national partners and affiliates.

Minimum Education/Experience

Master’s degree or Bachelor’s degree plus alternative or equivalent professional training or experience; preferably in Sustainable Agriculture, Agriculture Education, Extension Education, Animal Science, Environmental Science, food and/or meat science or related fields.

Departmental Required Skills

Candidates should have familiarity with a wide array of animal production systems, meat processing, food-service, marketing and food safety as related to meat or have relevant background and be able to quickly engage in these areas. Experience working directly with farmers is highly desirable as is experience producing processing and/or marketing meat. Candidates should have experience in targeting messaging, crafting and delivering thematic messaging in sustainable agriculture (and/or local niche meat production).In addition, the candidate needs to be exceptionally organized and an excellent communicator.

Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education

A successful candidate will have experience working within the NC niche meat industry and will have a demonstrated ability to work with a broad array of collaborators including farmers, meat buyers, meat processors, and research and extension personnel. Experience in event, workshop and conference planning is preferred as well as in fundraising. The individual selected for this position should be familiar with the NC Niche Meat industry and be able to present to large and diverse audiences, be exceptionally well-organized, and a strong writer.

Required License or Certification

NC Driver’s License

Application Instructions

Apply online at https://jobs.ncsu.edu/postings/49296

You will be prompted to upload a cover letter, resume, and references.

AA/EOE

NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.

Individuals with disabilities requiring disability-related accommodations in the application and interview process, please call 919-515-3148. 
Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. If highest degree is from an institution outside of the U.S., final candidates are required to have their degree verified at www.wes.org. Degree must be obtained prior to start date.

NC State University participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.