Tuesday, April 26, 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: www.law.ucla.edu/Resnick.


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 http://www.grownyc.org/greenmarket.

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 https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/431957200/.

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 foodsafety@equalexchange.coop

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: www.federation.coop.

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 http://www.nad.usda.gov/
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 USAJobs.gov 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 http://www.vermontlaw.edu/community/about-vls/employment-opportunities.

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 cblake@vermontlaw.edu.

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