Gleaning Coordinator Job Description
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, which starts early June and continues through mid-October, presents a very special opportunity for the right nature-loving and people-oriented individual who wants to make a difference in our community.

About After the Harvest
After the Harvest rescues nutritious fruits and vegetables from going to waste and donates them to agencies that serve hungry people. Our volunteers glean after the harvest, picking what’s left in farmers’ fields and picking up already harvested leftover produce. The majority of the funds we raise helps secure semi-truckloads of donated produce that might otherwise end up in landfills. After the Harvest, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, is the largest produce donor to Harvesters—The Community Food Network.

Gleaning Coordinators assist with the logistics of gleanings including: planning, leading, and follow-up. We value our partnership with our farmers and gleaning coordinators ensure that farmers have positive experiences with ATH and volunteer gleaners. We value our volunteers equally and require that coordinators engage them, work right along with them, and make sure they are having a good time and are staying safe while gleaning.

Responsibilities

  • 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. May also include delivering produce.
  • Communicate with farmers before, during and after gleanings.
  • Take photos and engage in social media during and after gleaning.
  • Ensure accurate recordkeeping of gleaning event and enter 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.
  • Other duties as time allows.

Requirements

  • 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 the trunk or other. Ability to drive ATH produce van when needed.
  • Ability to lift up to 40 lb. boxes.
  • Schedule: Prescheduled gleanings take place on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings from 7:30am-10:30am. Coordinator will need to be available at the minimum from 7:15am to 12pm on those days to allow for delivery of produce and data entry. During busy weeks, you may be responsible for leading an additional gleaning. We will work with your schedule. Additional gleanings can take place seven days a week (including some infrequent Sundays), depending on when farmers’ crops are ready to harvest. Some office work will be required after gleanings and possibly on non-gleaning days.

Skills Required

  • Ability to work with volunteers of all ages and backgrounds, including small children
  • Ability to lead groups
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Experience with Salesforce or horticulture, a plus
  • Microsoft Office and basic computer skills

Time frame & Hours

  • Early June through mid-October
  • 20-25 hours a week, 4-5 hours a day, usually in the morning
  • Will require work on Saturdays and some Sundays

Benefits

  • $12-$14 per hour
  • Mileage reimbursement
  • Fun and friendly atmosphere at the ATH office at 406 W. 34th St. Suite 816, KCMO
  • Learn about local farms and horticulture.

Please send resume and cover letter to Emily Worm at emily@aftertheharvestkc.org.