From Emily Worm, ATH Gleaning Network Manager:  We’re looking for another gleaning coordinator to join our ranks. Right now, we’re in the midst of gleaning season and could really use a hand.  Please spread the word about this position!

Gleaning Coordinator –Part time, Seasonal

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 will start immediately and continue through October. 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.

About After the Harvest
ATH’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 to food banks, pantries and kitchens to feed our hungry neighbors, primarily in Greater Kansas City and in the states of Kansas and Missouri. 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 assists 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, 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 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.

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 lift up to 40 lb. boxes.
  • Ability to drive ATH pick-up truck 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 either a Saturday or Sunday. Some office work will be required after gleanings and on non-gleaning days.

Skills Required

  • 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

Time frame & Hours

  • July through October
  • 20-25 hours a week, 4-5 hours a day, usually in the morning
  • Will require work on some Saturdays or Sundays
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule based on gleaning events.

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.
  • We are looking for a gleaning coordinator who can start as soon as possible.

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