Friday, December 16, 2016

National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition - Policy Specialist in Washington D.C.

NSAC is hiring a Policy Specialist to join our DC team!

For a position description and instructions on how to apply, please see the position announcement on our jobs page:

This full-time, salaried position will be part of our policy team focusing on a wide range of federal sustainable farm and food policy issues. We are seeking an applicant for this position with experience in conservation / environmental policy; the position portfolio also includes a role in NSAC's racial equity work.

We are actively seeking applications from folks historically under-represented in this field, including but not limited to women and people of color.

Sarah Hackney | Grassroots Director
National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC)
110 Maryland Ave NE, Suite 209
Washington, DC 20002-5622

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Congressional Research Service, Washington, DC

The Congressional Research Service is seeking applications for the position of Legislative Attorney (Administrative Law) in Washington, D.C.

The application period opened on Dec. 15, 2016 and will close on January 11, 2017.   For more information, go to USA Jobs at

Food Studies Faculty Position - Southern Maine

The University of Southern Maine is seeking applicants for a full time, tenure track position with teaching and scholarly expertise in the study of local, national, and/or global food systems. Possible academic fields include Sociology, Economics, Geography, Environmental Policy, Public Policy or a graduate interdisciplinary program in Food Studies.  The faculty’s appointment will be a joint appointment in Food Studies and Economics, with a primary commitment to the USM Food Studies Program but with support and mentoring from Economics and related faculty in the social sciences. The position is open to either a beginning assistant professor, an assistant professor with 2 or more years of full time faculty status or a beginning associate professor with commensurate experience.

Apply online at

Molly D. Anderson
William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Food Studies
119 Franklin Environmental Center on Hillcrest
Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT 05753

Phone:  802.443.3644

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities: Fellowship & Americorps Opportunities


The Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities offers three fellowship cycles: Fall (September-December), Spring (February-May), and Summer (June-August) in Traverse City, Michigan, in addition to some remote opportunities. 
Groundwork Fellows will complete projects alongside our policy staff, attend conferences and networking sessions, and receive professional development training. Each fellow will complete an independent project to complement Groundwork’s program areas based on their area of expertise, and present this project to conclude their term. The Groundwork fellowship program aims to address key issue areas in our community and showcase cross-program understanding of community resiliency. As a fellow, you will focus on your individual program area while benefiting from a dynamic, supportive professional community addressing a variety of issues. 
Successful fellowship applicants will be awarded a competitive stipend in addition to assistance with housing and unique opportunities in our local community. A minimum of 25-35 hours per week is required for summer fellowships. 15-25 hours per week is required for fall and spring fellowships. Depending on the institution, current students may be eligible to earn academic credit. 
Groundwork is also a service site for AmeriCorps VISTA and FoodCorps full-year service programs. All available positions are posted below.
Currently we are seeking applications for Spring and Summer terms for the following:


Groundwork Center seeks a dynamic, self-starter to assist with connecting local food to healthcare and wellness initiatives in our region, as well as support in carrying out a statewide policy initiative focused on school children’s health and local economy entitled 10 Cents a Meal for School Kids & Farms. Click here to learn more.


Groundwork Center seeks a dynamic, self-starter to implement strategies to increase access to healthy food in communities throughout northwest lower Michigan. Click here to learn more.


Groundwork Center seeks a dynamic, self-starter to assist with advancing a Great Lakes Business Network to support action on the Line 5 oil pipeline operates in the Straits of Mackinac, as well as support for the newly formed Michigan Climate Action Network. Click here to learn more.


Groundwork Center seeks a dynamic, high-level undergraduate or graduate student or mid-career professional who will work with Groundwork to catalyze the 100% Local Clean Energy movement here in northwest Michigan – and spark an energy revolution across Michigan and the Midwest. Click here to learn more.

For questions about fellowship opportunities contact Meghan McDermott at to learn more.


We are currently supporting the hiring of an AmeriCorps VISTA service member to begin service in late 2016 or early 2017. Duties include teaching farm to school lessons in classrooms for grades K-6, maintaining school gardens, and assisting food service with efforts to procure more local, healthy food. This is a full-time, paid position, with a one-year service commitment. Applications are expected to go live in the next few weeks. More information on the farm to school program at Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District can be found at

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

ALDF Animal Law Litigation Fellowship

ALDF Animal Law Institute Litigation Fellowship

Animal Legal Defense Fund
The Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) is extremely pleased to announce a new Litigation Fellowship with the ALDF Animal Law Institute, a first-of-its-kind program that, by training classes of promising litigators in strategic impact litigation, will further ALDF’s mission to protect the lives and advance the interests of all animals.
About ALDF:
For more than three decades, the Animal Legal Defense Fund has been fighting to protect the lives and advance the interests of animals through the legal system. Founded in 1979 by attorneys active in shaping the emerging field of animal law, ALDF has blazed the trail for stronger enforcement of anti-cruelty laws and more humane treatment of animals in every corner of American life. Today, ALDF’s groundbreaking efforts to push the U.S. legal system to end the suffering of abused animals are supported by hundreds of dedicated attorneys and well over one-hundred thousand members. Every day, ALDF works to protect animals by:
  • Filing groundbreaking lawsuits to stop animal abuse and expand the boundaries of animal law;
  • Providing free legal assistance to prosecutors handling cruelty cases;
  • Working to strengthen state anti-cruelty statutes;
  • Encouraging the federal government to enforce existing animal protection laws;
  • Nurturing the future of animal law through Student Animal Legal Defense Fund chapters and our Animal Law Program;
  • Providing public education through seminars, workshops, and other outreach efforts.
In addition to our national headquarters in the San Francisco Bay Area, the Animal Legal Defense Fund maintains an office in Portland, Oregon.
About the Animal Law Institute Litigation Fellowship:
The Fellow will learn to develop state and federal strategic impact litigation that betters the lives and legal status of animals. The Fellow will operate as part of a team, but will ultimately be responsible for the innovation and success of his or her projects while developing litigation skills. The model applicants must have earned a J.D. within the past three years, excelled in school, earned strong work references, and have a sincere and proven interest in animal protection. The primary focus of the fellowships is on civil animal law issues, but all Fellows will be exposed to criminal anti-cruelty cases as well.
The Fellowship begins in the Fall of 2017, lasts roughly two years and is based at ALDF’s headquarters in Cotati, California. The position offers a salary of $55,000 annually, full medical and dental benefits, and a casual office environment, including companion animals.
The application deadline for this position is January 1, 2017. The position will remain open until filled. Recent graduates interested in applying should email a cover letter, résumé (including 2-3 professional references), original writing sample, and transcript (unofficial is okay) to Please include all materials into a single PDF file, Only complete applications will be considered. In the alternative, materials can be sent to:
Animal Legal Defense Fund
National Headquarters
525 East Cotati Avenue
Cotati, CA 94931
Attention – Wendy Cromwell

Location: Cotati, California
Wendy Cromwell

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Assistant Professor Childhood Foods & Nutrition - University of Illinois

College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences: Assistant Professor of School/Childhood Foods and Nutrition - Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition (F1600143)
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Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition (FSHN) at the University of Illinois seeks an expert in school/childhood foods and nutrition to fill a full-time 9-month (academic year) tenure track-faculty position at the Assistant Professor level. The successful candidate will contribute to the FSHN Department’s core areas of integrated food, nutrition and health; food safety and security; and food materials science and engineering by pursuing discoveries in the psychosocial, environmental, educational, and technical aspects of school/childhood foods and nutrition programs, policies and practices, including food production, service, and management. The individual will develop an integrated program that evaluates a safe, nutritious, accessible, and affordable food supply in the school environment, setting the stage in childhood for life-long eating patterns and health outcomes. Disparities in school food systems as related to vulnerable children may be explored.

RESPONSIBILITIES: The successful candidate will establish and maintain an externally funded and independent research program focused on school/childhood foods and nutrition. Focus will be on applied sciences and extension of research findings. The successful candidate will teach in related areas, such as undergraduate-level community nutrition or a new course in foods systems, food service leadership, or food/nutrition policy and regulation and graduate-level food systems management or food policy development and implementation, as examples. Service-learning courses are likely, along with partnerships with school food service organizations and school systems. This position will involve research, teaching and service obligations.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: Candidates must have an earned doctorate in the food and nutrition sciences or related discipline. Evidence of professional promise and excellent interpersonal and communication skills are required.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Cross-training and postdoctoral training in nutritional sciences, food science and/or technology, hospitality management, and/or childhood development; ability to secure extramural funding; a strong publication record; ability to mentor students; experience in college-level teaching; and engagement in professional associations are desired.

PROPOSED START DATE AND LOCATION: August 16, 2017; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

APPLICATION PROCESS: Applications will be accepted until the position is filled; however, to ensure full consideration, applications must be received by January 15, 2017. Applicants may be interviewed before the closing date; however, no hiring decision will be made until after that date. To apply, please create your candidate profile and upload all required materials at

Friday, December 2, 2016

Ohio Food Policy Council Coordinator

Job Description

Ohio Food Policy Council Coordinator

Food policy councils across the state of Ohio promote the provision of healthy, local food, support farmers and local food and agriculture economies and are intentional about the planning for food and agricultural systems. These councils are often volunteer or part-time staff working with little outside support and limited opportunities to network and build collective capacity.

Objective – To build the capacity and network of Ohio’s food policy councils.

Position Summary

The Coordinator is a part-time position of 30-35 hours per week that will support the more than two dozen local and regional food policy councils/coalitions by centralizing resources, providing support for council policy work and by increasing opportunities for peer to peer learning and engagement in larger food system initiatives. The Coordinator will foster an environment of trust and collaboration among councils by supporting them individually, regionally and collectively and by enabling them to connect with and support broader food system initiatives.

Job Responsibilities

1. Research, analyze and summarize best practices and resources to be shared with local councils.

2. Engage council staff and volunteers to assess strengths, needs, goals, initiatives and opportunities, share resources.

3. Inventory existing policies as well as policy or program resource needs.

4. Seek ways to leverage additional support for local food systems

5. Review feedback from the InFACT dialogues and participate in ongoing listening sessions

6. Build peer to peer networks.

7. Lead fund raising activities to secure ongoing support for food policy coordination at the state level.

8. Manage expenses and provide regular budget and program updates to inform the Ohio Food Policy Network steering committee.

9. Build positive relationships with policy makers, food system stakeholders and organizations to advance the work of food policy.

10. Perform other duties, as required.

Required Qualifications

Experience with food and agricultural policy, health policy practice, and/or local and regional planning or related disciplines.

Ability to work independently and collaboratively, to quickly synthesize information and identify needs and resources and the build effective coalitions

Strong skills in facilitation, verbal and written communications, research and grant writing

Excellent project management and organizational abilities

How to apply

Review of applications begins on January 3,2017. Interested candidates are advised to apply by this date to receive full consideration, although the position will stay open until filled.

Your application should be addressed to Ohio Food Policy Network Steering Committee, and consists of three items: a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references (indicate relationship to you). In your cover letter please address how your experience and background meet the requirements of the position and include salary history and expectations. Please combine these as a single PDF file and submit via email to with subject line “OFPN Coordinator". Electronic submissions only; incomplete applications will not be considered.