Employment opportunities in Alabama food (as of April 4, 2016):
FARMING AND FOOD PRODUCTION:
Marble Creek Farmstead (Sylacauga, Talladega County):
Marble Creek Farmstead is a family farm that raises pastured chickens, pork, beef, lamb, goat, duck, turkey, and rabbit. They have a large egg business, and raise about one acre of vegetables for market gardens. They sell some products via wholesale channels, but mostly sell directly to the consumer via farmers markets and a pasture-raised meats CSA. In addition to the farm they also own a USDA processing facility located in Pell City Alabama where they process all of their meats including poultry. Open positions include: farm manager, vegetable gardener, poultry specialist, and/or livestock manager. Compensation is based on experience (Starting rate is at least $10/hr for no experience). Room and board is available for qualified applicants. Full description available here.
Bois D’Arc Farm (Marion, Perry County):
Bois D’Arc Farm is a 5300-acre organic farm currently producing grains and other heritage crops. The farm is developing test plots for crops including corn, antique wheat, upland rice, field peas, beans, sugar cane and sorghum, indigo, and possibly some older strains of culinary and medicinal herbs. They are hiring for a manager of these test plots, and this person will be responsible for planning, planting, caring for, and documenting all aspects of the test plots. The ideal candidate will have several years experience in organic farming and great enthusiasm for rare and heritage varieties; ideally this person will have experience growing heritage grains, though candidates without that specific skillset will also be considered. This manager’s work will be largely independent and self-directed, so accountability and good communication is important. The position is salaried and includes housing as well as medical insurance. Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis, and work starts immediately / ASAP. For more information contact Scott Peacock at peacock3448
FOOD PROCESSING, TRANSPORTATION, AGGREGATION, ETC:
Pell City Processing (Pell City, St. Clair County):
USDA inspected slaughter facility for beef, hogs, sheep, goats, chickens, turkeys, and other livestock, with a focus on the needs of sustainable, local, direct-market producers. Hiring for a head butcher and butcher apprentice positions, full job description and requirements available here.
NONPROFIT / ORGANIZING:
Druid City Garden Project (Tuscaloosa):
DCGP does school garden and other food-based education in Tuscaloosa, and is currently hiring for a number of positions, including:
- [FILLED] Program Director – full-time, salaried staff member. Applications are open until we fill the position
- [FILLED] Garden Teaching Fellow (2 positions open) – VISTA position. Applications due May 15th
- [FILLED] Public Relations Officer – VISTA position. Applications due May 15th
- [FILLED] Program Sustainability Officer – VISTA position. Applications due May 15th
- Development Officer – VISTA position. Applications due May 15th
More information on all of these positions, and details about how to apply, are available at: www.druidcitygardenproject.org/jobs.
[APPLICATIONS CLOSED] Alabama Rivers Alliance (statewide, based in Birmingham):
The Alabama Rivers Alliance seeks a full-time Alliance Coordinator to provide leadership and support for Alabama’s alliance of local watershed protection and community partner organizations. The ideal candidate will bring to the position passion, knowledge and experience in a number of the following areas: state water/environmental policy/science, grassroots organizing, organizational development, and advocacy campaign planning. Candidates must have excellent people skills and be comfortable relating to a broad range of people. The Alliance Coordinator reports directly to the Executive Director. The position is located in Birmingham, Alabama. More information at http://www.alabamarivers.org/job-openings/new-now-hiring-alliance-coordinator.
River Region Food Policy Council (based in Montgomery):
The River Region Food Policy Council is seeking unpaid summer interns to work with its new program, The Food Turn Up. The Food Turn Up is an inter-generational community food assessment process where the RRFPC learns from the Tuskegee, Ft. Deposit and Montgomery communities to find out what food related issues are most important to them (hunger, obesity, economics, transportation, waste, etc) and to assess how we can help them be more effective in resolving those issues. The culmination of this project will be a document supplemented with web and video content detailing the results of this tri-county community food assessment.
RRFPC is seeking self-motivated and community-minded interns for the summer and fall on a rolling basis. The internship is unpaid but they are very willing to work with students to satisfy their program or volunteer requirements, as well as providing the opportunity for a letter of recommendation and acknowledgement as a contributor to the assessment upon satisfactory completion of the internship. For more information check out the internship flyer and program description, and contact Natilee McGruder at 334-549-2462 or email@example.com.
Is your farm, business, or organization hiring? We’re happy to help get the word out to ASAN’s network! Listed positions must be based in Alabama (just over the border counts too!), and must relate to food, farming, land, environment, community-rooted business, labor, community organizing, and other fields relevant to ASAN’s mission and work. We prefer that the listing farm/business/organization be a current dues-paying member of ASAN. Please send listing (in keeping with the format used above) and/or any questions you may have, to alice[at]asanonline[dot]org.