Friday, August 26, 2016

Campbell's Soup Company Senior Food Law Counsel, Camden, NJ

The Senior Food Law Counsel will provide legal support on a broad spectrum of regulatory, food safety and government policy issues concerning Campbell’s global businesses.  The lawyer also will oversee the regulatory compliance of a portfolio of iconic brands, including Campbell’s soups, V8 beverages, Pepperidge Farm baked goods, Goldfish baked snacks, Swanson broths, Prego Italian sauces, Pace salsas and sauces, Plum Organics foods, Bolthouse Farms foods, Garden Fresh Gourmet sauces, Kjeldsens, Royal Dansk and Arnott’s baked biscuits and snacks. 
The Senior Food Law Counsel will have an especially important role in support of Campbell’s Quality Assurance and Food Safety functions in a global environment marked by increasing government focus on food safety and consumer protection.  The lawyer will also advise various R&D and marketing teams on innovation, product formulation, claims and labeling claims, among other matters.
The Senior Food Law Counsel position will be based in Campbell’s World Headquarters in Camden, New Jersey

For more information see

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Earth Justice Associate Attorney, Denver, Colorado

The Rocky Mountain Office of Earthjustice, located in Denver, Colorado, is seeking applicants for two Associate Attorneys to begin work in the summer or fall of 2016.
The Rocky Mountain Office has nine attorneys, including this position, handling a range of cases involving, among other things, the protection of public lands and wildlife from fracking, mining and off-road vehicle damage; species protection under the Endangered Species Act; defending important riparian areas from groundwater pumping; challenging the mining and combustion of coal and oil shale; and utility rate-setting proceedings to expand clean energy sources like rooftop solar.  We are also helping communities fight off environmental impacts from uranium mining and milling in Utah and in the greater Grand Canyon area, and we anticipate growing our environmental justice docket.  Our goal is to produce the highest quality legal work in a diverse, inclusive, supportive environment.
Additional information may be found at  

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Director of the Center for Agricultural Law & Taxation

 Iowa State University’s College of Agriculture & Life Sciences is seeking to fill the position of Director of the Center for Agricultural Law & Taxation. The job posting can be found here. More information about CALT can be found here.

If you are interested in the position yourself or if you would like to suggest a candidate, please call John Lawrence, Associate Dean, Extension Programs and Outreach, at 515-294-7801. Those with more informal inquiries are also welcome to call me at 515-294-6365 and send me an email

 Kristine A. Tidgren
Assistant Director
Center for Agricultural Law & Taxation
Iowa State University

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Earthjustice Seeks Applicants for Summer 2017 Law Clerk Positions

Earthjustice Seeks Applicants for Summer 2017 Law Clerk Positions

Several offices are actively involved in issues that affect Native communities.  These include the Alaska offices (one in Juneau and one in Anchorage), the Northwest office located in Seattle, the Mid-Pacific regional office in Honolulu, the Rocky Mountain office in Denver, and the Northern Rockies office in Bozeman.

Download additional information and apply through this link.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Tyson Foods Corporate Counsel II

Corporate Counsel II
Tyson Foods
Northwest Arkansas

This position is primarily responsible for proactive counseling and training and the defense of inspections, claims and citations in all aspects of occupational safety and health-related law.

Other responsibilities include counseling and matter management of claims and litigation in all facets of the Team Member employment relationship. Other general responsibilities include a demonstrated ability to effectively and timely communicate with and respond to clients, including senior managers, along with an ability to provide competent risk assessment advice.

The successful candidate relies on extensive experience and sound judgment to independently plan and accomplish goals and possesses an in-depth knowledge of health and safety laws and a wide variety of legal concepts, practices, and procedures in employment litigation. A wide degree of creativity, collaboration, and latitude is expected.

Requirements Education: Law degree from an accredited law school, and a license to practice law in at least one jurisdiction.

Experience: 4+ years of legal experience with a high level of competency in occupational safety and health law. Employment law experience necessary and labor law experience preferred.

Computer Skills: Standard computer skills.

Communication Skills: Superior written and verbal communication skills.

Special Skills: A team player with a demonstrated ability to effectively communicate with and respond to clients in a timely manner, including the ability to provide competent and practical risk assessment and business advice. Strong interpersonal and organizational skills.

Supervisory: May supervise direct reports, and will work with administrative support staff. Provides functional supervision for support staff such as assigning work and training, and may provide functional advice or cross-training to other attorneys.

Travel: Travel is required but varies with workload.

The job notice states that Tyson is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, national origin, color, religion, age, genetics, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or veteran status.

For more information, and to apply, go to the Tyson Foods website:

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Food Systems Specialist - Arizona Dept of Health Services

Phoenix, AZ: Food Systems Specialist - Health Program Manager II Bureau of Nutrition and Physical Activity with the Arizona Dept of Health Services Summary: This position is responsible for Advancing Arizona’s efforts to promote and increase access to healthy, affordable and locally grown food. The Food Systems Specialist is responsible for providing training and technical assistance to local farmers and businesses, developing policies, and building partnerships with external partners to promote policy change initiatives for healthy eating. This position is responsible for writing state plans to obtain federal grants, planning for services, overseeing contractors through the ADHS procurement processes, planning budgets and payments for services, and writing policies and procedures. Responsibilities include: – Providing leadership in planning, developing, coordinating, evaluating, and implementing comprehensive policy, systems, and environmental change strategies related to food systems to prevent obesity and chronic diseases. – Assisting with or leading trainings, workshops, and conferences in order to increase knowledge related to food systems. – Planning, conducting, and evaluating trainings for authorized growers, markets, and local agencies. – Providing technical assistance to local agencies, local agriculture industries, growers, and communities. – Recruiting and maintaining partnerships with hunger advocates, local agricultural industries, government agencies, food banks, farmers’ market managers and supporters, growers, retailers, and others. – Supporting a diverse multi-cultural workforce that reflects the community, promotes equal opportunity at all levels of ADHS, and creates an inclusive work environment that enables all individuals to perform to their fullest potential free from discrimination. See the full job posting and learn how to apply here: -- Kate Nault O'Neill

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Graduate Assistantships: LL.M. Program in Ag & Food Law

The LL.M. Program in Agricultural & Food Law has a few places remaining in our face-to-face and distance tracks for Fall 2016, for full or part-time enrollment. With an expanded curriculum and a deep base of alumni relationships, our Program prepares attorneys for a career in agricultural and food law. Visit our website and our blog for additional information.

We have several remaining Graduate Assistantships (GAs) to award. GAs are only available to full time LL.M. candidates who enroll in our face-to-face program. These GAs provide for a full tuition waiver plus a $5,000 stipend per semester in exchange for part-time work designed to enhance the student's education and build their professional reputation. While awards may shift to accommodate the expertise of applicants, GA placements are likely to include:
  • An opportunity to work with firms practicing food law, including one placement with our alumna, Lauren Handel, Handel Food Law
General law school GAs may also be available and include 
  • An opportunity to work with Accelerated JD candidates from foreign jurisdictions, assisting them with their transition to a U.S. law school setting;  
  • An opportunity to teach a Pre-Law Political Science class that introduces undergraduates to basic elements of our legal system and encourages them to explore a legal education:
  • An opportunity to teach an Upper Level Legal Writing class that focuses on Civil Pre-Trial documents (opportunity limited to attorneys with practice experience and/or LRW teaching experience);
    Interested attorneys and graduating 3Ls should complete the LL.M. application and indicate their interest in one or more of the GA opportunities.  Awards are highly competitive. Contact us for additional information at or call (479) 575-3706.
    It is always the goal of the LL.M. Program to attract candidates that reflect the rich racial, cultural, ethnic, and geographic diversity of a global food system, expanding the reach and resources to all who seek to promote food justice.

    Friday, July 15, 2016

    Executive Director, Green Mountain Farm-to-School (GMFTS)

    Job Opening: Executive Director
    Status: Full-time, permanent
    Position Description

    Green Mountain Farm-to-School (GMFTS) seeks a dynamic, passionate, experienced nonprofit leader who will grow our efforts to strengthen local food systems in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom. The Executive Director (ED) will:

    Lead GMFTS by managing the finances, staff, programs, and structure required to enact GMFTS’s mission

    Ensure GMFTS’s sustainability by managing the budget in cooperation with the board

    Increase GMFTS’s visibility by serving as the external face of the organization and developing partnerships to support the organization’s mission

    Be responsible for the implementation of the GMFTS Strategic Plan, as well as setting and achieving ambitious goals in cooperation with the board.

    The ED must have a passion for the GMFTS work, demonstrated strengths in marketing and fundraising, a strategic vision, and the ability to support day-to-day operations of a small organization. Complete job description here.

    To Apply

    Send a resume, cover letter, and short professional writing sample (such as strategic plan, board memo, email, or grant application) to Please indicate how you learned about this position. Background check will be required. Deadline is 08/31/2016; applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until that date.

    GMFTS is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to maximizing the diversity of our organization. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply.

    About Green Mountain Farm-to-School

    Green Mountain Farm-to-School (GMFTS) is a nonprofit organization located in Newport, Vermont. Our mission is to restore and strengthen local food systems in the Northeast Kingdom by promoting positive economic and educational relationships among schools, farms, and communities. We create healthy communities by working across the food system with capacity building, resource development, and technical assistance through GMFTS school gardens, Farm to School Programs, a food hub, a food truck, and statewide marketing campaigns.

    Thursday, June 30, 2016

    Associate Counsel, Domestic Policy, National Pork Producers Council


    TITLE OF POSITION: Associate Counsel, Domestic Policy                             

    DEPARTMENT: Public Policy

    SUPERVISOR’S TITLE: Assistant Vice President & Counsel, Domestic Policy

    NATURE OF POSITION: The Associate Counsel, Domestic Policy supports the efforts of the National Pork Producers in monitoring and engaging on issues impacting livestock and pork production. The Associate Counsel will work closely with the Assistant Vice President & Counsel, Domestic Policy to provide legal and strategic guidance regarding regulatory and consumer market challenges to pork production. The Assistant Counsel will support all NPPC mission areas in both Washington DC and Des Moines including, but not limited to, Science and Technology, Industry Relations, and International Affairs to ensure maximum success of NPPC initiatives and its advocacy agenda. 


    • Persuasively advocate on issues of concern to NPPC and its members.

    • Monitor, research, analyze, advise, and engage on the legal aspects of government and market driven challenges to pork production.

    • Engage with Executive branch regulatory agencies, Congressional offices and committees, industry standard setting organizations, and the judiciary.

    • Prepare and keep current background papers on various issues.

    • Draft statements for congressional and regulatory hearings and other matters.

    • Work closely with other program areas of NPPC, including, as appropriate, Communications, Domestic Policy, Science and Technology, International Affairs and Trade, and Industry Relations to ensure consistency and maximum impact of NPPC’s advocacy agenda.

    • In concert with relevant NPPC staff, consult with outside experts to determine the impact of actual and proposed laws, regulations, policies and practices on the business operations of pork producers.

     • Participate in NPPC committees as needed. 

    • Participate and lead in coalitions that further NPPC objectives.

    • Take on other assignments and projects which may be outside of primary issue area as needed.


    • Juris Doctorate required.  

     Skills/Relevant Experience: 

    • Must be eligible for membership in the District of Columbia Bar (current membership preferred). 

    • Experience with litigation, strategic planning, and a strong understanding of the Administrative Procedures Act. 

    • Be independent and highly self-motivated.

    • Have an ability to work collaboratively in a diverse, team-oriented, work environment with NPPC members and staff.

    • Be flexible and able to adapt to changing circumstances.

    • Have an ability to analyze and interpret legislative proposals, proposed rules, and corporate governance.

    • Have excellent written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to make persuasive and convincing presentations.

    • Have a comprehensive understanding of legislative and political processes.

    • Be very organized and able to function effectively in high pressure situations.

    • Prior experience in the livestock sector, or agriculture, is desired but not a requirement.

    Travel: Requires some travel. Must have valid driver’s license and good driving record. 
    Location: The position is based in Washington DC.

    References: References required.

    • A background check will be conducted.

    Please email cover letter, resume and references to Michael Formica at

    Monday, June 27, 2016

    National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, Two positions: Policy Director and Grassroots Advocacy Coordinator

    Policy Director:

    NSAC is currently seeking a passionate, highly experienced policy professional who will build upon the Coalition’s accomplishments over the past 28 years. Please see the position announcement here. To apply, e-mail cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to: (e-mail applications are required). For other inquiries contact James Sunshine at

    Grassroots Advocacy Coordinator:

    NSAC is currently seeking a Grassroots Advocacy Coordinator to help us build grassroots power and win campaigns through coordination of NSAC’s 100+ member organizations and outreach to their respective grassroots membership. Please see the position announcement here. To apply, please send resume, your salary history, the names and contact information of three references, and a brief cover letter including an explanation of your interest in the position, in one single Word document or pdf, to

    Teaching Positions, Department of Agricultural & Resource Economics, North Carolina State University

    Lecturer, Agriculture & Resource Economics

    Position Number 00105219

    The Lecturer position will have full responsibility for teaching ARE 309 course (Environmental Law and Economic Policy) in the Fall of 2016 and Spring of 2017. The course is designed to touch upon some of the major areas of environmental law while providing an understanding of the institutional structures that support these laws to students in the Agricultural Business Management major and many others majors for which a basic understanding of environmental law is useful.

    Course topics include: a basic understanding of the American federal system in the context of environmental law; basic administrative procedure for environmental regulations; the National Environmental Policy Act; constitutional issues; air quality regulations; water pollution; rights to use water; management of hazardous and solid waste; hazardous substance remediation; local environmental controls; preservation of natural areas; energy and the environmental issues, as well as other current relevant issues.

    Responsibilities include teaching a lecture section and advising students each week, as well as writing, administering, and grading exams and any other assessments the lecturer uses in the course.

    For more information and to apply, visit the NCSU Human Resources site.

    Agricultural Law Lecturer

    Position Number 00100514

    Develop and conduct an undergraduate teaching program in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics in agricultural law. Teaching will be conducted for the two year Associate Degree (Agricultural Institute) program and the four year (Baccalaureate) undergraduate program. The Lecturer will teach six sections or courses per year – fall and spring semesters in the areas of agricultural law. This will include both domestic and international aspects of the food and agricultural contract system (from a legal perspective). The Lecturer will develop course material suitable for delivery through distance education media and approximately two of the sections or courses taught will be via Distance Education. The person in this position will also have significant responsibilities in advising students (and optional student departmental club activities). Summer teaching opportunities may exist.

    For more information and to apply, visit the NCSU Human Resources site.

    Tuesday, June 14, 2016

    Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University Seeks Transactional Food & Beverage Law Clinic Director

    Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University Seeks Transactional Food and Beverage Law Clinic Director

    The Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University seeks to hire a Director for its new Transactional Food and Beverage Law Clinic, to start September 1, 2016.  This new clinic is part of a collaboration between the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) to serve the direct legal service needs of food justice organizations, farmers, and food entrepreneurs in the greater New York region by increasing capacity of the legal community to meet those needs through education of law students and training of lawyers.

    The Director/Managing Attorney of the Haub Transactional Food and Beverage Law Clinic will serve as lead attorney on all clinic projects.  He/she will work with Professor Margot Pollans, the Food Law Initiative Faculty Director, to identify clinic clients and overall clinic development.  The managing attorney will also work with NRDC and other key partners on appropriate clinic projects.  During the academic year, the managing attorney will supervise clinic students and will co-teach a weekly clinic seminar.  The managing attorney will take the lead in developing the curriculum for the clinic seminar.  The managing attorney will also assist with fundraising efforts and participate in teaching and planning for Food Law Initiative workshop programs.

    3+ years transactional legal experience
    New York State bar admission (or admission in an another state and willingness to sit for the New York bar at the first opportunity after hiring)
    demonstrated fundraising ability
    excellent analytical and writing skills and demonstrated success in advocacy and client management
    significant experience working with food system issues and a commitment to the mission of the Food Law Initiative
    teaching (or other supervisory) experience 

    Start date: September 1, 2016
    Position duration: two years with possibility for extension depending on funding
    This is a full-time non-tenure track position and the Director will solely be an employee of the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University.
    Salary will be commensurate with experience.  Competitive benefits package.

    For a full job description, please see:

    or email Margot Pollans,

    Thursday, June 2, 2016

    Human Rights Attorney, Fair Food Standards Council (FFSC)

    About FFSC

    The mission of the Fair Food Standards Council (FFSC) is to monitor the development of a sustainable agricultural industry that advances the human rights of farmworkers, the long-term interests of growers, and the ethical supply chain concerns of retail food companies through implementation of the Fair Food Program (FFP), a unique worker-led, market-driven social responsibility program that emerged from the Coalition of Immokalee Workers' successful Campaign for Fair Food. The FFP has been recognized by human rights experts as "the best workplace-monitoring program" in the US and "one of the great human rights success stories of our day." To learn more, please see the FFSC's annual report.

    About the Position

    Attorneys make findings of fact and apply the Fair Food Code of Conduct to those facts; draft comprehensive reports; negotiate corrective action plans; carry out complaint intake, investigation and resolution through negotiation or formal decision drafting; conduct legal research; prepare memoranda of law on issues affecting farmworker rights; and make presentations to staff and director, as well as the public. FFSC is based in Sarasota, FL, with work-related travel throughout the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic. Salary and benefits are competitive within the non-profit sector.

    For more information and to apply, visit the full posting here.

    Monday, May 30, 2016

    Food Safety Specialist: Whole Foods, SE Region

    Food Safety Specialist - Whole Foods Market
    Birmingham, Alabama Area

    Job description:

    Regional Food Safety Specialist will support and sustain store, regional, national and global programs and specifications in Food Safety, Good Organics principles, and Occupational Safety. They will partner with store leadership, regional support and Global Food Safety in providing support to store teams to maintain and improve compliance and excellence in all facets of the above. The individual in this role will be responsible for supporting stores and facilities in the South region. This position is based out of Atlanta, Ga. Chapel Hill, NC and Birmingham, AL. Position reports to Associate Coordinator of Risk Management.

    For more information, visit the LinkedIn site -

    Sunday, May 22, 2016

    Commodity Futures: Internship and Part Time Law Clerk Positions

    The Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Office of the Inspector General (CFTC OIG) is seeking a law student to fill an unpaid summer internship position. The internship is a great opportunity to learn about the IG community (which combats fraud, waste, and abuse in government) and about the CFTC and the regulation of commodity markets in the United States. Duration of internship and work hours are negotiable. If interested, please send an email to describing your interest, and please attach a resume or CV. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

    CFTC OIG is also accepting applications for a part-time law clerk position HERE. This position is aimed at recent law school graduates who have taken, or will be taking, the bar exam. Applications for the law clerk position will not be considered unless submitted through the USAJOBS website. The listing closesMay 31, 2016.

    Tuesday, May 10, 2016

    Director of Child Nutrition Policy & Programs: Hunger Free New York City

    Hunger Free New York City (HFNYC) is seeking a full-time Director of Child Nutrition Policy and Programs to support its work to ensure that every child in New York City and America has access to sufficient, nutritious food. By increasing participation in federal child nutrition assistance programs, including school meals, the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), and Women, Infants, Children (WIC) program, we connect kids with the food they need to grow and thrive. The Director of Child Nutrition Policy and Programs will work with Hunger Free America (HFA) and Hunger Free NYC staff and community partners - utilizing advocacy, outreach, communications, and volunteerism - to promote child nutrition programs and services locally and nationally. This position is based in New York City and reports to the Chief Executive Officer.

    Duties and Responsibilities:

    The Director of Child Nutrition Policy and Programs will:
    • Direct the organization’s policy, outreach, technical assistance, volunteerism, and research work on child nutrition programs, with a particular focus on the National School Breakfast Program (NSBP), SFSP, and WIC.
    • Direct HFNYC’s Summer Meals Outreach Program, including managing a team of AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Associates and interns in community outreach, to increase participation in SFSP in NYC.
    • Develop and maintain positive working relationships with local, state, and federal child nutrition program administrators and keep abreast of program rules and regulations, policy guidance, and other issues regarding child nutrition programs.
    • Monitor major child nutrition policy developments; collaborate with the Policy and Communications Departments to respond, when appropriate.
    • Serve as NYCCAH’s main liaison with local, state, and federal officials, as well as local, state, and national nonprofit organizations and stakeholders, regarding child nutrition programs.
    • Provide technical assistance to NSBP, SFSP, the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), and WIC sites to advance best practices that increase access and utilization of these programs; develop reports on best practices and challenges in those programs.
    • Collaborate with HFA’s Strategic Volunteerism Department to recruit and manage volunteers for outreach and other service opportunities with SFSP, WIC, and other child nutrition programs.
    • Collaborate cross-departmentally to provide education, training, and technical assistance to national service participants and other partner organizations to increase their ability to conduct and coordinate child nutrition program outreach and volunteerism.
    • Collaborate with the Development Department to prepare proposals, progress reports, and other materials for funders.
    • Prepare draft materials – e.g. public testimony, grant proposals, fact sheets, press releases, outreach materials – for the media, funders, elected officials, partner organizations, and the public.
    • Create and update sections on the Hunger Free America website regarding child nutrition programs.
    • Perform other duties as assigned.

    The ideal candidate will have:
    • A Bachelor’s Degree with at least 4-5 years of related experience. A Master’s Degree in social work, public health, nutrition, public administration, public policy, non-profit management, or a related field is a plus.
    • Experience working at either a nonprofit organization or a government agency on outreach and/or policy work relating to child nutrition and/or federal safety net programs.
    • Demonstrated success in developing and managing child nutrition and/or related programs.
    • Demonstrated ability to effectively supervise staff, national service members, interns, and volunteers.
    • Knowledge of federal child nutrition programs and the NYC school system, including SchoolFood.
    • Experience providing training and technical assistance to non-profit organizations.
    • Excellent writing, communication, research, and analysis skills.
    • Strong interpersonal, collaborative, and relationship-building skills.
    • Demonstrated organizational and management skills, with proven ability to multi-task effectively.
    • Positive, self-starter attitude; ability to take initiative, think creatively, and work independently.
    • Demonstrated experience in community engagement, including working in diverse neighborhoods and with people from diverse backgrounds.
    • Commitment to Hunger Free America’s mission to end hunger in the United States.
    Salary and Benefits:

    Salary will be competitive with other similar positions in nonprofit organizations. Hunger Free NYC offers benefits to all full-time employees, including a health insurance plan. Employees also receive paid vacation, holiday, and sick time.

    How to Apply:

    To apply, submit a resume, a cover letter detailing your qualifications for this specific position, and a brief writing sample, to:


    Please use e-mail subject line, “Director of Child Nutrition.”

    Hunger Free NYC is an equal opportunity employer. People of all races, sexual orientations, ages, faiths, economic and social backgrounds, genders, physical abilities, and national origins are strongly encouraged to apply.

    The position is open until filled.

    Friday, May 6, 2016

    Farm and Food Legal Fellow, Conservation Law Foundation (CLF)

    Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) is seeking a legal fellow to work in its Rhode Island Advocacy Center. Working with the director of the Rhode Island Advocacy Center, as well as program staff, the Rhode Island Farm and Food Legal Fellow will be responsible for a suite of work related to CLF’s Farm and Food Initiative. Responsibilities will include identifying and advocating for policy changes, building coalitions, developing and overseeing a direct legal assistance pro bono network, conducting outreach and trainings, and communicating with the press and the public.

    This position is based in CLF’s Providence office. The position will be full-time for two years, with the possibility of extension contingent on fundraising.

    The ideal candidate will:
    • Have a J.D. and be a member of a state bar (Rhode Island Bar membership strongly preferred);
    • Have experience working with issues relating to agriculture, aquaculture, or other elements of the food system;
    • Have experience working with private law firms;
    • Have demonstrated experience with policy advocacy;
    • Have strong interpersonal skills, including the proven ability to work with people from different backgrounds and communities;
    • Have the ability to understand and explain scientific issues related to CLF’s environmental advocacy;
    • Have excellent organizational skills;
    • Have exemplary oral and written communication skills;
    • Be able to manage multiple advocacy projects;
    • Be a mature self-starter, able to work both independently and as a productive team member;
    • Be a persuasive, credible, well-prepared advocate;
    • Have the capacity to develop expertise in relevant non-legal technical or policy areas.

    To view the full posting and to apply, visit the CLF website.

    Wednesday, May 4, 2016

    Local and Regional Food Systems Policy Advisor, USDA Marketing and Regulatory Programs

    This position is located in the Office of the Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS). AMS facilitates the strategic marketing of agricultural products in domestic and international markets while assuring fair trading practices and promoting a competitive and efficient marketplace to the benefit of consumers of U.S. food and fiber products. The Office of the Administrator is responsible for the overall planning and administration of the broad marketing, regulatory, and related Departmental programs and activities assigned to AMS.

    The incumbent serves as a Local and Regional Food Systems Policy Advisor and, as such, plays a critical role in advising Agency, Mission Area, and Departmental officials on key issues and decision-making processes on a variety of complex, important, and sometimes controversial activities concerning Departmental and interagency local and regional food systems policies and relevant programs. Primary responsibility includes coordination and leadership of the USDA Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Initiative.

    To view the full posting and to apply, visit the USAJobs portal.

    Monday, May 2, 2016

    Attorney Advisor, USDA Office of the General Counsel, Washington, D.C.

    There are two USDA OGC Attorney Advisor positions announced on USA Jobs.

    From the announcement:

    These positions are located in the Food Assistance International and Rural Division (FAIR) at the headquarters of the Office of the General Counsel (OGC) in Washington D.C., which is an independent legal agency within the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) that provides legal advice and services on a centralized basis to the Secretary of Agriculture and all other officials and agencies of the Department with respect to all USDA programs and activities.

    There are two positions associated with this vacancy.

    • The primary purpose of one position is to provide legal services to the Rural Development Mission Area, which provides financial and technical assistance to enhance economic development and improve the quality of life for rural America. The emphasis of this position will be advising on the single family and multi-family programs of the Rural Housing Service. 
    • The primary purpose of the other position is to provide legal services to the Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services Mission Area, which administers programs that provide food assistance to vulnerable populations across the country including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and the School Meals programs.
    For more information, visit USAJobs.  Applications for these positions will only be open until Monday, May 16, 2016.  

    Tuesday, April 26, 2016



    START DATE: JULY 1, 2016


    The Resnick Program for Food Law and Policy (“Resnick Program”) is dedicated to studying and advancing solutions for improving the modern food system. Covering a wide range of local, national, and global food law and policy topics and issues, the program seeks solutions in support of a food system that embodies the values of transparency, accountability, and equity and that yields improved health and sustainability outcomes for all.

    Leveraging our location in Los Angeles — an unrivaled global capital of diverse food cultures and consumers, in a state that grows more food than anywhere else in the world — the Program examines the ways in which the modern food system shapes consumers’ physical, economic, social and environmental health. More information about the program is available at our website:


    The Resnick Program plans to launch a Food Law and Policy Clinic during the 2016-2017 academic year. The Food Law and Policy Clinic will be aimed at both student development and creating on the ground impacts. The clinic’s programmatic mission will be to facilitate sufficient access to socially, economically, and environmentally sustainable food and to improve food environments particularly for low income populations and marginalized communities. To achieve this goal, the program will provide assistance to groups who: 1) seek to expand healthy food access and improve food environments, and 2) are engaged in work that supports transition to sustainable food production and equitable distribution. The Clinic will train approximately eight to16 students per year (depending on whether the clinic runs one or two semesters) and focus on developing student skills, creative problem solving, professional responsibility, and an understanding of local government law and food law and policy issues.

    To view the full position announcement and to apply, visit the UCLA recruitment webpage.

    Monday, April 25, 2016

    Food Systems Consultant -- Washington State

    The Washington State Food System Roundtable (FSRT) is looking for an
    individual or a firm to work with our existing membership for approximately
    eight months throughout the remainder of 2016.

    Consultant Services Requested:  We want to build support to strengthen
    Washington’s food system and are looking for individuals/firms that will
    effectively communicate the Roundtable goals, successfully engage
    stakeholders, and identify the most viable stewardship of the vision and
    action strategies.

    At this juncture we are looking for letters of interest (LOI) by May 10, 2016
    from prospective consultants in two distinct areas:
    1.      Staff Support:
    Eight months of staffing support for furthering the work of the Roundtable.
    This includes deep stakeholder engagement, preparing for and facilitating
    Coalition meetings, finalizing the Prospectus and supporting the development
    of a sustainable Stewardship model to ensure long-term sustainability.
    2.      Communications:
    Develop and implement a comprehensive communications strategy to effectively
    promote our work.

    For the full version of this solicitation please email

    Friday, April 15, 2016

    FARMroots Legal Volunteer Opportunity, Greenmarket, GrowNYC

    Organization Information

    Greenmarket is a program of GrowNYC, a NYC-based non-profit organization. Greenmarket's mission is to promote regional agriculture and ensure a continuing supply of fresh local produce for New Yorkers. Greenmarket supports farmers and preserves farmland for the future by providing regional, small family farmers with opportunities to sell their fruits, vegetables and other farm products to New Yorkers.

    FARMroots is Greenmarket’s Technical Assistance Program that provides both aspiring and established Greenmarket farmers with business technical assistance and training designed to ensure the long-term viability of participating farms and farmland. Technical assistance is provided through both in-house services and through the engagement of consultants. 

    FARMroots offers a wide range of Beginning Farmer programming, as well as Technical Assistance support for established producers in the following key areas: 

    • Farm Succession and Land Transfer 

    • Financial and Business Planning 

    • Legal Assistance 

    • Strategic Marketing 

    • Access to Capital 

    • Food Safety and Risk Management 

    To learn more about Greenmarket and FARMroots, visit

    Legal Volunteer Opportunity Overview 


    The summer legal volunteer will have the opportunity to contribute to a number of ongoing projects in the Technical Assistance areas listed above by providing legal support to all members of the FARMroots team. Responsibilities may include researching, drafting, and editing both internal and client-facing materials; correspondence with clients, partners, attorneys, consultants, and other stakeholders; and providing organizational and administrative support as needed. 

    The summer legal volunteer will have exposure to the many areas of law that impact agricultural producers. Legal topics that may be encountered include business formation, contract negotiation, estate planning, real property leases, land use and conservation, tax, labor and employment, intellectual property, food safety, and regulatory issues.


    The summer legal volunteer will be located at the GrowNYC office in New York, NY.

    Ideal Qualifications:

    • Rising 2L or 3L 

    • Strong research, analytical, writing, and communication skills 

    • Ability to work independently, resourceful, and collaborative 

    • A demonstrated commitment to food and agricultural law and policy issues 

    • Background, coursework, or previous work experience in food or agriculture is preferred


    The summer legal volunteer will be supervised by the FARMroots Program Director and the FARMroots Business Planning and Legal Specialist.

    Time Commitment:

    This summer legal volunteer opportunity requires a 10 to 12 week commitment, approximately 15 hours per week with some flexibility. This is an unpaid volunteer opportunity. Students are highly encouraged to seek public interest fellowship funds or arrange to receive academic credit from their law school.


    Applications for the summer legal volunteer will be accepted until April 22, 2016. Please email a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to:

    Jack Hornickel, Esq.

    FARMroots Business Planning and Legal Specialist 

    Greenmarket, GrowNYC 

    100 Gold Street, Suite 3300 

    New York, NY 10038 

    (212) 341-2256 

    GrowNYC is an equal opportunity employer.

    Analyst in Agricultural Policy, Library of Congress

    Analyst in Agricultural Policy, Library of Congress

    The application period for this position has been extended to April 22, 2016.

    See job posting on USA Jobs at

    Thursday, April 14, 2016

    Food Safety Coordinator, Equal Exchange

    The Food Safety Coordinator is responsible for ensuring that Equal Exchange’s food safety programs meet or exceed all federal, state, and local food safety regulations to protect the health and wellbeing of everyone in our supply chain: farmers, workers, and customers. This position is based out of West Bridgewater, MA, with occasional travel to Equal Exchange warehouses, suppliers, and co-packers.

    To Apply:
    Please send your resume, cover letter and answers to the application questions below to

    Job Description:
    Employment Status: Full Time, Regular Exempt Position
    Hours: 40 hours/week
    Starting Salary: $42,000
    Benefits: Health/dental/vision insurance coverage, vacations, holidays, sick days, eligibility for worker ownership
    Departments: Support Operations
    Report to: Support Operations Manager

    For more information and to apply, visit the equal exchange website.

    Sunday, April 10, 2016

    Director: Rural Training & Research Center, Federation of Southern Cooperatives

    Position Announcement
    Director - Federation's Rural Training and Research Center

    The Federation of Southern Cooperatives/LAF, is a regional cooperative and rural development organization, serving a membership of Black farmers, landowners, cooperatives and other low-income rural people in the Southeast. We are seeking an
    experienced, energetic and creative person to serve as the Director of the Federation's Rural Training Center in Epes, Alabama. The person will report to the Federation's Executive Director, based in Atlanta, be a member of the organization's Executive Staff and will have day-today responsibilities to operate and develop the RTRC facilities and demonstration farming and forestry components, located on 850 acres in Sumter County, Alabama; and supervise the programs and staff of the organization based at the RTRC, and other related activities of the Alabama State Association of Cooperatives.

    Persons interested in applying for this position should mail or email a letter of interest and an up-to-date resume to:

    John Zippert, Director of Program Operations
    Federation of Southern Cooperatives/ Land Assistance Fund
    P. O. Box 95, Epes, Alabama 35460. 
    The deadline for submitting your application is April 20, 2016.
    More information on the mission, membership and programs of
    the Federation is available at our website:

    Thursday, April 7, 2016

    Executive Director, University of Arizona Natural Resources Users Law & Policy Center

    The University of Arizona College of Agriculture & Life Sciences (CALS) and James E. Rogers College of Law have partnered to create the University of Arizona Natural Resources Users Law & Policy Center (NRULPC). The center will include a Law Practice Group to address the currently unmet legal needs of ranchers, farmers, miners and others whose business involves the use of natural resources and whose business often takes place on “working landscapes.” The Center will also support research, education and outreach to the resource users community. The Executive Director will report to the head of Cooperative Extension for all non-legal functions and the Dean of the College of Law for all law related functions.

    Duties & Responsibilities

    Implement, manage and provide leadership to the NRULPC, in three phases:

    Phase 1. Engage stakeholders and the full range of CALS and university experts in natural resources to determine priorities for the NRULPC. The NRULPC will provide private and public lands natural resource users information and assistance when they face complex legal environments. The Executive Director will be tasked with determining which issues to focus on first based upon the needs of the industry.

    Phase 2. Hire a Legal Director to establish a Public Interest Law Clinic within the Center that will offer College of Law and CALS students experiential learning opportunities by providing legal services and policy advice to resource users. The clinic will serve as a foundation to seek external funding to expand into the second phase.

    Phase 3. Work with the Legal Director to establish a Law Practice Group, which is akin to a law firm, that will employ post-graduate legal fellows who can provide more advanced representation as full time lawyers and who will become a new source of legal expertise for the commercial world in this broad area, as well as CALS students whose expertise can inform policy work and research—this will be a clear contribution to Arizona’s and the nation’s economic development.

    Collaborate with stakeholders, internal and external to the University.

    Design and implement a consultative structure to ensure regular feedback and input from intra- and extra-mural stakeholders.

    Report quarterly to intra- and extra-mural stakeholders.

    Work with the Development teams in Law and CALS, develop and implement a fundraising plan so that the NRULPC is self-sustaining within three years of inception.

    Travel will include face-to-face meetings, conferences, law/policy meetings, workshops, etc. The person will coordinate and attend face-to-face meetings with stakeholders such as Mining, Ranching and Forestry businesses. Plus attend law/policy meetings with the following types of agencies: Farm Bureau, Family Farm Alliance, Agribusiness and Water Council, Arizona Cotton Grower’s Association, the Arizona Cattleman’s Association (travel will be state-wide, but also throughout the West, and perhaps DC). Selected candidate should provide their own transportation.

    Other duties as assigned.

    For more information and to apply, visit the University of Arizona Human Resources website.

    Wednesday, April 6, 2016

    Student Trainee (Appeals Officer) USDA, National Appeals Division

    The National Appeals Division is an independent office within the U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) that reports directly to the Secretary of Agriculture.

    The mission of the National Appeals Division is to conduct impartial administrative appeals hearings and reviews of adverse program decisions made by officers, employees or committees of designated agencies of USDA.

    This position serves as a Student Trainee signed to the appeals staff and/or regional office. Under the direct supervision of the Supervisory Appeals Officer (SAO) and the Deputy Regional Director (DRD).

    The salary shown in this announcement reflects the base rate of pay for the Federal government. The salaries for each location are: Alexandria, VA ($53,435 - $69,460) 1 vacancy) and Cordova, TN ($48,968 - $63,654) (2 vacancies).

    For more information visit the National Appeals Division Homepage at
    One or more positions may be filled using this Job Opportunity Announcement.


    The Pathways Student Trainee (Appeals Officer) GS-09 position will provide assistance in a variety of functional areas, including, but not limited to, review Director review requests filed by parties and preparing review determinations for the Director, and reviewing Administrative Judge determinations. Such duties involve:
    Examining first level National Appeals Division (NAD) decisions regarding direct and guaranteed rural housing loans and serving, commodity programs, deficiency payments, commodity loans, crop disaster programs, livestock programs, conservation programs, payment eligibility, and price support program which come before NAD;
    Participating in examining evidentiary hearings in which one or both sides may be represented by an advocate or attorney;
    Preparing memoranda in support of determinations for review by an experienced staff member and signature by the Director on regulatory issues;
    Evaluating first level decisions to assess whether decisions are consistent with laws and regulations and their general applicable interpretations;
    Performing administrative duties such as: gathers and reviews a variety of narrative and/or statistical data to prepare reports;
    Conducting analyses of data to support conclusions or recommendations for action.

    For more information and to apply, visit the site.

    Tuesday, April 5, 2016

    Clinical Law Professor, Center for Agriculture & Food Systems, Vermont Law School

    Vermont Law School has a distinguished record of preparing students to serve their clients and the public interest. As the nation's leading environmental law and policy program (US News & World Report), which houses the nation’s most comprehensive sustainable food and agriculture law and policy program, we seek to fill the following position:

    Clinical Law Professor

    This new assistant professor position will work as a lawyer and teacher co-leading the Center for Agriculture and Food Systems’ (CAFS) dynamic clinical work with students, our LLM Fellows, and Program Officer for Legal Design to develop legal tools, resources and provide legal representation to support sustainable food systems. Responsibilities include developing creative legal resources for broad use; provision of legal advice; outreach and collaboration with local, national, and international organizations to amplify our progressive work; and representation of CAFS at conferences, professional organizations and vis a vis the media. For more about our leading edge clinic click here; for examples of our legal products click here. Teaching responsibilities include supervising students on projects & collaborating/assisting the other CAFS faculty in developing and teaching doctrinal courses. Requires min 2-3 yrs relevant legal practice exp, demonstrated commitment to sustainable food & agriculture, excellent analytical, research & writing skills, and interest in teaching. This is a two year position, with the second year dependent upon funding availability.

    For more information on this and other positions, please visit our website at

    Apply via the link above or send a resume and cover letter with salary requirements to Human Resources, Vermont Law School, P.O. Box 96, South Royalton, VT 05068 or to

    Vermont Law School is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity in our workforce.

    Wednesday, March 30, 2016

    Farm & Food Legal Fellow, Rhode Island Advocacy Center


    Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) is seeking a legal fellow to work in its Rhode Island Advocacy Center. Working with the director of the Rhode Island Advocacy Center, as well as program staff, the Rhode Island Farm and Food Legal Fellow will be responsible for a suite of work related to CLF’s Farm and Food Initiative. Responsibilities will include identifying and advocating for policy changes, building coalitions, developing and overseeing a direct legal assistance pro bono network, conducting outreach and trainings, and communicating with the press and the public.

    This position is based in CLF’s Providence office. The position will be full-time for two years, with the possibility of extension contingent on fundraising.

    The ideal candidate will:

    • Have a J.D. and be a member of a state bar (Rhode Island Bar membership strongly preferred);

    • Have experience working with issues relating to agriculture, aquaculture, or other elements of the food system; 

    • Have experience working with private law firms; 

    • Have demonstrated experience with policy advocacy; 

    • Have strong interpersonal skills, including the proven ability to work with people from different backgrounds and communities; 

    • Have the ability to understand and explain scientific issues related to CLF’s environmental advocacy; 

    • Have excellent organizational skills; 

    • Have exemplary oral and written communication skills; 

    • Be able to manage multiple advocacy projects; 

    • Be a mature self-starter, able to work both independently and as a productive team member; 

    • Be a persuasive, credible, well-prepared advocate; 

    • Have the capacity to develop expertise in relevant non-legal technical or policy areas.

    General Advocacy Work

    • Conduct outreach to a diverse set of Rhode Island food-system stakeholders to identify common legal issues; 

    • Build alliances and coalitions among community groups, public officials, business interests, and advocacy organizations; 

    • Develop and oversee a direct legal assistance pro bono network serving farmers, aquaculturists, food businesses, and food organizations (the Legal Services Food Hub);

    • Develop trainings to advise food-system stakeholders, pro bono attorneys, community groups, and other advocacy groups on legal and policy matters; 

    • Write public educational materials, articles, and opinion pieces; 

    • Educate and advocate to local, state, and federal legislatures and administrations; 

    • Engage in public outreach and speaking on advocacy initiatives; 

    • Work effectively with administrative support staff; 

    • Work with other CLF attorneys and communications and policy specialists; and 

    • Work with the media to amplify and disseminate CLF’s work and policy goals.

    Management Responsibilities

    • Participate in efforts to raise financial support for individual initiatives and for the organization as a whole, and prepare funder reports and related materials as requested by the Rhode Island advocacy center director and/or program directors; 

    • Be actively involved in the mentoring and recruiting activities for interns, staff, and volunteers; 

    • Prepare and present for management and board approval proposals for new work; and 

    • Participate in program strategic planning. 

    Experience in a nonprofit public interest advocacy setting is highly desirable. Candidate must be a registered member of a state bar (Rhode Island strongly preferred).

    Salary and Benefits

    CLF offers a competitive salary for a legal fellow, an extensive benefits plan, and an open, inclusive, and accepting work environment where differences are highly respected.

    CLF protects New England’s environment for the benefit of all people. A nonprofit, member-supported organization, CLF uses the law, science and the market to solve the region’s most challenging environmental problems from climate change to ocean conservation to transportation. Every day, CLF advocates stand up for New Englanders — in statehouses, courthouses and boardrooms, regulatory hearings and community gatherings — to forge innovative paths to environmental progress and economic prosperity for all in our region. To that end, CLF works with communities of color, and also communities that are economically or otherwise disadvantaged, which often suffer disproportionately the impacts of environmental degradation. CLF is committed to representing New England’s diversity in our staff, volunteers, boards and membership and creating a positive, inclusive workplace culture where all can thrive. People of color are encouraged to apply.

    To Apply

    Send your resume titled "your last name-first initial-resume" (e.g. "SMITH J RESUME") and a detailed cover letter titled "your last name-first initial-cover" (e.g. "SMITH J COVER") to Please make "Rhode Island Legal Fellow" the subject of your e-mail. No phone calls please. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

    Friday, March 18, 2016

    Temporary Position re: GM Labeling Compliance at Walmart

    Walmart has a new temporary position open in their Labeling Compliance Department. It's a 3-6 months project, working with our alumna Amy White and her colleagues.  This position will primarily focused on GMO labeling in Vermont, data capture and analysis, but the successful candidate would also likely be called upon to research legal/regulatory issues in a variety of interesting areas as they arise.

    If interested, send a resume and a cover letter to both Catherine Cosby, and Amy White,