Sussex Conservation District in search of an Agricultural Conservation Planner

Agricultural Conservation Planner with nutrient management experience needed.  Must be proficient with computers, including MS Word, Excel, databases, and ArcGIS a plus.  Good communication skills a must.  Works well with others and independently.  Field work required.  BS in agriculture, environmental science, or natural resources preferred.  A DE Nutrient Management Certification must be obtained as a condition of employment within one year.

Send resume to Ag Conservation Manager, 21315 Berlin Road, Unit 4, Georgetown, DE 19947 or via email at bryan.jones@de.nacdnet.net no later than May 16, 2018. SCD is an EEOC Employer.

The full job description can be found at https://www.sussexconservation.org/contact-us/employment.html.

Farm Stand Manager Wanted

We are a family farm in northern Harford County, Maryland with several satellite stands in the area.  We are currently looking for a manager to run one of the stands.    The responsibilities are as follows:

  • Pick up inventory at the farm daily
  • Set up and maintain the stand throughout the day with good presentation
  • Deliver ending inventory and receipts back to the farm daily

Qualified applicants:

  • Must be of good character and trustworthy
  • Must be willing to work standing outdoors for 9-10 hours daily during the months of late June through August.
  • Must have a small pick up truck or SUV suitable for hauling produce
  • Must have an active smartphone with texting capabilities
  • Must be responsible, reliable and punctual
  • Must be able to fill out an I-9 and pass a detailed background check
  • Must be 18 years or older
  • Must be able to lift 40 pounds

As a location manager, you are expected to provide excellent customer service. This includes greeting each customer as they arrive and providing any recommendations in their selection of our produce.

Pay is on a commission basis.  The better you do, the more you make!
This is a position that can be shared, if desired.  Housing is also a possibility.
For more information and to apply, contact us at brad@bradsproduce.com.

Paid Internship Working with Real Blue Hens

This summer and fall, the University of Delaware’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources will offer 2-3 students the opportunity to get paid and obtain hands-on learning experience with live blue hens from the UD flock!

Students will be displaying our UD Blue Hens using our custom-built trailer, talk to the public about the birds, and answer questions. The student interns will receive training on the history and husbandry of the birds, and then will be responsible for the daily care of the birds for the summer and fall, up until the end of the UD home football games. Interns will be required to visit the chickens once per day, 2-3 times per week, to provide feed, clean waterers, check temperatures, and monitor the overall well-being of the birds. Each visit should take 20-30 minutes but students will be paid a minimum of an hour for each visit. Visits will begin on June 1, 2018 to allow the birds to become familiar with the students and allow students to get to know the birds. The interns will be trained on how to use the trailer and to use a golf cart to pull the display trailer to the six UD home football games in the Fan Zone in front of the stadium. There will be several other UD events that students can display the Blue Hens at such as an Alumni event in June, Ag Day, etc. to earn additional wages.

Students must be able to commit to working a minimum of three hours at each of the UD home games slated for:

 

Date Opponent Location Start Time
Thursday, 8/30 Rhode Island Delaware Stadium 7:00 pm
Saturday, 9/8 Lafayette Delaware Stadium 3:30 pm
Saturday, 9/15 Cornell Delaware Stadium 3:30 pm
Saturday, 10/13 Elon Delaware Stadium 3:30 pm
Saturday, 10/27 Towson Delaware Stadium 3:30 pm
Saturday, 11/17 Villanova Delaware Stadium 12:00 pm

Students interested in working with blue hens over the summer and educating the public on all the facts surrounding Delaware’s state bird in the fall should e-mail Prof. Alphin at ralphin@udel.edu or call (302) 831-0825.

ENVIRONMENTAL NONPROFIT SEEKS CAMPAIGN STAFF

The Fund for the Public Interest is seeking hard-working individuals with good communication skills and a passion for social change to fill citizen outreach and Field Manager positions across the country this summer.

If you are looking to make a difference working to protect the environment and public health, gain real-world work experience and skills you can use, make money, and work with great people, then this is the job for you.

Our Mission:

The Fund for the Public Interest is a national non-profit organization that runs campaigns for America’s leading environmental and social change organizations, like Environment America. We launched the Fund in 1982 to help find ways to engage people on the most pressing problems of our day and turn that support into solutions. By having face-to-face one-on-one conversations we give millions of people the opportunity for their voices to be heard, through petitions, emails, small donations and meetings. That’s people power, and that’s what it takes to make change.

This summer we will be working with U.S. PIRG and Environment America to stop plastic pollution, tackle climate change, and keep pesticides out of our food supply. Apply HERE!

Job Description:
Currently we have paid Canvasser and Field Manager positions open in 25+ cities across the country, including Philadelphia. These are full-time summer positions available from May through August at an average of $500-650 per week.

Responsibilities:
-Help the directors launch the campaign and build a team of staff this summer
-Build membership and raise money for environmental and social change groups
-Educate and engage citizens on pressing issues
-Recruit, train, and manage a team of staff in the office and in the field
-Meet with the directors each week to evaluate progress and provide input on hiring decisions, goals, and priorities

You will also have the opportunity to organize press conferences and build coalitions with other non-profit organizations. While on staff, you will gain knowledge of pressing concerns facing our country, learn how to effectively generate public support, and obtain a firm understanding of the political process.

To apply online or learn more, visit: www.summerjobsthatmatter.org or call us directly at 1-800-75-EARTH!

Gladys Wilkins Seeding the Future Scholarship Fund

The Milton Community Foundation (MCF) and John Potocki of Salon Milton are proud to announce the Gladys Wilkins Seeding the Future Scholarship Fund. Four scholarships of $3,000 each will be awarded to a student in Sussex County, Delaware who wishes to pursue a career in sustainable agriculture.

The MCF is currently accepting applications from Sussex County high school seniors, as well as Sussex County high school graduates currently attending a college or university in the field of agricultural science. Deadline to apply is June 15, 2018.

Applicants must be residents of Sussex County, Delaware, and must show proof they plan to pursue studies in agriculture at a college or university level. Applicants must also submit transcripts showing they’ve maintained a B average or higher in middle and high school levels. To apply, submit a brief essay (350-500 words) about why you believe you’re the best candidate for the award, and why agriculture is important to you. Be sure to include your full name, address, telephone number and at least two references. Send your application to jbpotocki@aol.com.

Gladys Wilkins was born and raised in Milton, in the farmhouse she called home until her death in December 2013. The house is a classic Sussex County farmhouse, sturdy and strong just like Gladys. In winter the home was heated by wood stove in the kitchen and coal in the living room. In summer, there was no air conditioning, windows were opened for nature’s own cooling. A long dirt lane leads to the farmhouse, which is surrounded by land once farmed by Gladys and her husband Norman. The couple also operated a school bus. Agriculture was very important to Gladys, who believed in an honest day’s work and good, clean living. She was quick with a joke, remembered everyone’s name and, usually, a little story about everyone she knew. Her clutch of chickens was almost as famous as she was. A dozen eggs from Gladys’ prized hens fetched hundreds of dollars each year at the Milton Historical Society fundraiser.

Nominations Now Open for Seitz Award

The Division of Student Life and the Office of the Dean of Students are thrilled to share that nominations are open now through May 4 for the Seitz Award, celebrating outstanding first- or second-year students at the University of Delaware. this annual award recognizes a first- or second-year student who embodies the student-created “We Are Blue Hens” values statement. All UD faculty, staff, and students may submit nominations here.

The fund for the George and Margaret Collins Seitz Award was established in 1954 at UD by Margaret Seitz to honor the memory of her mother and father. This annual recognition, which includes a $1,500 award, is presented each spring to a first- or second-year student who exemplifies outstanding character by demonstrating and encouraging in others the following values:

  • Respect – We support the inherent right for all members of our community to have a voice and freely share their ideas. We acknowledge that an environment where there is mutual respect and dialogue, leads to greater learning.
  • Openness – We believe that diversity is not enough. Diversity is acknowledging that differences exist. Openness means that we are accepting of learning from and engaging with all members of our community.
  • Innovation – We challenge all Blue Hens to be bold and creative as we strive for a better world. We will be committed to progress, while recognizing the value of past experiences. Our education provides us limitless opportunities to move ourselves and others forward.
  • Engagement – We will take an active role in the life of the university, both as learners and contributing community members. We know that true growth comes from being an active and engaged participant in our experiences.
  • Mentorship – We seek to become visionary and passionate Blue Hens who understand our role in fostering society’s next generation of responsible and ethical leaders. We will build relationships that foster excellence, support, and accountability.

The full “We Are Blue Hens” values statement can be found here.

Nominees must be matriculated UD first- or second-year students in good academic and disciplinary standing. They may be from any major, may live on or off campus and are not required to demonstrate financial need. The award winner is determined by a committee comprised of UD faculty, staff and students and will be announced prior to the end of the spring semester.

All University of Delaware faculty, staff, and students may nominate a student for this award. Nominations will be accepted through May 4, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. and must be submitted via the online form.