New Roots Logistics Specialist
International Rescue Committee, Sharjha, United Arab Emirates
The New Roots Logistics Specialist will build the capacity of the New Roots program to help refugee farmers earn income through coordination of logistics for institutional, retail, community supported agriculture (“CSA”), and farmers market produce sales. This position supports New Roots’ goal of improving food security for the residents of Salt Lake County, with an emphasis on refugee and new American customers. This position reports to the New Roots Market Coordinator.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
Retail, Farmers Market and Institutional Sales Logistics
- Work with New Roots farm team and farmers to coordinate harvests, oversee post-harvest handling, transport and store produce, and make deliveries for Farm to School, Farmers Markets, and other retail sales.
- Help develop process and protocols for storing and labeling produce for retail and Farm to School sales.
- Support data collection and record keeping for production activities.
- Ensure excess produce from markets are donated to emergency food assistance programs, and that those donations are tracked.
- Assist in developing donation tracking tools that incorporate mapping and data collection.
- Follow all food safety and produce handling protocols, and assist farm participants in adhering to and documenting protocols.
- Assist in collection of New Roots customer payments, including tracking outstanding payments and collecting on overdue invoices.
- Collaborate with the New Roots Market Coordinator to distribute farmer payments from institutional sales and to support record keeping and communication with farmers on sales and payments.
- Assist in implementation of new technologies, particularly those that streamline produce sales to institutional markets, to make New Roots farmers more efficient and better prepared to manage logistics of small farm operations.
New Roots Support:
- Support IRC initiatives focused on increasing gender equity, including assisting in assessment and evaluation of gender equity in the New Roots Farming Incubator program, ensuring equal access to resources and communications, and identifying gaps in programming that may contribute to creating inequitable opportunities for engagement by participants.
- Additional responsibilities include supporting outreach and recruitment for New Roots programs, assisting in recruiting and managing volunteers to support programming, and other tasks as needed.
- Undergraduate degree in Agronomy, Agricultural Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Social Work, Community Development, or related field strongly preferred.
- Minimum of 1+ year related work experience.
- Demonstrated understanding of local foods system and agricultural marketing for small farmers.
- Demonstrated multi-cultural experience, including addressing gender specific issues.
- Strong organizational skills including: multi-tasking, prioritizing, planning, and effective time management.
- Motivated, flexible and ability to work independently.
- Fluency in written and spoken English, with bi-lingual ability preferred.
- Ability to communicate with limited-English speakers.
- Valid driver’s license, active insurance policy, and access to reliable transportation.
- Proficient in MS Excel and Word.
- Ability to lift 50+ lbs.
- Ability to work on Saturdays, some early mornings, and some evenings.