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Agroecology & Wellness Coordinator at Berkeley Food Institute - 14034

Job Title: 
Agroecology & Wellness Coordinator
Berkeley Food Institute
2199 Addison St University Hall Rm 15
94702 Berkeley , CA
US
Job Type: 
Job
Employment Type: 
Full-Time
Job Description: 

The Berkeley Food Institute (BFI) at the University of California, Berkeley is hiring a full time Agroecology & Wellness Coordinator. The Agroecology and Wellness Coordinator will serve as a professional staff liaison between Berkeley Student Farms, Berkeley Food Institute, Basic Needs Center, and supporting campus departments. This position will integrate principles of agroecology and wellness into student-led programming. They will do this by facilitating food deliveries to the UC Berkeley Food Pantry; providing mentorship and logistical support to all student-led campus gardens; and bolstering these spaces as sites of research, education, student wellness, and food production.

First application review: January 5, 2022.

For inquiries contact foodinstitute@berkeley.edu.

Duties & Responsibilities: 

- Project Management and Campus, Farm, and Basic Needs Coordination.
- Assists with assessing and monitoring policies and procedures for Berkeley Student Farms.
- Evaluates and investigates opportunities for improvement, working closely with all project partners to coordinate campus food production and distribution efforts designed to increase food security among students and staff and support the continuity of student leadership and internship opportunities across all campus gardens.
- To those ends, attend regular Berkeley Student Farms meetings, host regular office hours, and maintain direct communication by email, phone or in-person with participants in BSF as well as “Land as Wellness” project partners while respecting each organization’s governance structure.
- Provide best practices for food delivery, group calendaring, attendance tracking, harvesting, COVID safety compliance, and other necessary information.
- Serve as a professional staff liaison to campus colleagues involved in farms and gardens.
- Documents activities and follows up in accordance with relevant policies and regulations with Facilities, Grounds, etc.
- Provides research and writing support to grant proposals, meeting summaries and reports.
- Holds check-in meetings to ensure student groups and departments are logging their expenses for the financial reporting requirements of the “Land as Wellness” project.
- Communicates expense progress with grant reporters (Berkeley Student Farms members and Berkeley Food Institute staff).
- Ensures that campus farms and gardens meet university environmental health and safety standards.
- Contacts agencies and research partners as needed to coordinate planning.
- Seeks out community connections and partnerships that create experiential, land-based learning opportunities for students.
- Participates in training activities on research methods and measurement (approximately three trainings per semester) to student gardeners in seeding and greenhouse management, transplanting, irrigation construction and maintenance, harvesting, pruning, fertilization, and on-farm construction.
- Ensure that materials (tools, seeds, etc.) are well kept and available to all students participating in BSF. This may require as needed procurement of supplies with local vendors.

Education & Experience: 

- Thorough knowledge of safety, legal, cultural and regulatory requirements relative to field research responsibility.
- Thorough knowledge of the agroecology or food sovereignty research discipline, principles, concepts, analysis and/or operations.
- Thorough knowledge of or ability to quickly learn local customs and operations at Berkeley Student Farms.
- Experience managing farm and garden operations, including knowledge of crop planning, seeding, transplanting, irrigation, harvesting, pruning, plant care, soil management, etc.
- Ability to source critical farm and garden infrastructure, supplies, and materials.
- Proven ability to develop and maintain strategic relationships and partnerships.
- Excellent communicator, effective facilitator, and good problem solver.
- Cultural competency and humility to work across languages, cultures, styles, and opinions in a diverse public university context and produce results.
- Proven ability to work independently and with a team, and to meet deadlines with minimal supervision.
- Strong attention to detail and strong organizational skills.
- Proficient in basic office management software (Google Suite, Email, Word, Excel).
- Driving is required, a valid driver’s license and DMV check for driving record is required.
- Education/Training: Bachelor’s degree in related area and / or equivalent experience / training.

Preferred Qualifications
- Proven ability to work in ambiguous conditions and take relevant responsible action as required.
- Experience working with Indigenous plants, land preparation, and stewardship.
- Knowledge about agriculture, wellness and food justice organizations within the Bay Area and beyond.
- Experience with community building and conflict resolution.
- Education/Training: Master’s degree in related area and / or equivalent experience / training.
- Licenses: Food Handler Card

Application Instructions: 

See full job description and application instructions at:

https://food.berkeley.edu/jobs/now-hiring-bfi-field-researcher/

Job Categories: 
Farming/Agriculture