After the Harvest is looking for a part-time seasonal gleaning coordinator to lead and assist with the logistics of gleanings at local farms and orchards this growing season. This position will start June 6 and continue through October, averaging 20 – 25 hours per week. The position presents a very special opportunity for the right nature loving and people-oriented individual who wants to make a difference in our community.
After the Harvest’s mission is to prevent hunger by rescuing fresh, nutritious produce that would otherwise go to waste and distributing it to organizations feeding hungry people. With a small staff and the help of thousands of local volunteers, we glean (harvest) farmers’ fields of excess produce and pick up already harvested excess produce from farms and markets and transport it to food banks, pantries and kitchens to feed our hungry neighbors, primarily in Greater Kansas City. We also secure truckloads of donated fruits and vegetables (that might otherwise end up in landfills) from large commercial producers and supply it to Harvesters and other food banks.
Gleaning Coordinators assist with the planning, leading, and follow-up of gleanings. We value our partnership with our farmers and our Gleaning Coordinators ensure that farmers have positive experiences with ATH and the volunteer gleaners. We also value our volunteers and require that Gleaning Coordinators keep them engaged and work right alongside them, to make sure they are having a good experience, respecting the farm, and staying safe.
- Assist Gleaning Network Manager with planning and communications with volunteers, farmers, food banks and pantries prior to gleaning events.
- Meet and supervise volunteers at farms and orchards, explain farm-specific instructions and ensure safety during gleaning.
- Determine food distribution at the end of the gleaning, including communicating with food pantries and volunteer drivers.
- Duties may include delivering produce in the company van or your own vehicle.
- Communicate with farmers before, during and after gleanings.
- Take photos and engage in social media during and after gleaning.
- Ensure accurate recordkeeping of each gleaning event and that all relevant data is entered into database.
- Work with pantries to ensure receipts are received for food donations.
- Help to recruit and communicate with farmers as directed by Gleaning Network Manager.
- Driver’s license, good driving record, reliable vehicle to travel to farms (usually within 30-45 min. of KC) and to occasionally transport produce in your vehicle.
- Ability to lift up to 40 lb. boxes.
- Ability to drive ATH van when needed.
- Flexible schedule: Gleanings can take place seven days a week, depending on when farmer’s crops are ready to harvest. You will be gleaning approximately 3-4 mornings a week including Saturdays. Some office work will be required after gleanings and on non-gleaning days.
- Microsoft Office and basic computer skills
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills
- Ability to work with volunteers of all ages and backgrounds, including small children
- Ability to lead groups
- Experience with Salesforce or horticulture a plus
Timeframe & Hours
Part time, Seasonal: mid-June through October
20-25 hours a week, 4-5 hours a day, usually in the morning
Will require work on some Saturdays
This position requires an ability to work a flexible schedule based on gleaning events.
Pay Range: $14-16/hour
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We are looking for a gleaning coordinator who can start as soon as possible. Please send resume and cover letter to Clay Jarratt at firstname.lastname@example.org.