Field Gleaning / Harvest Coordinator in Tacoma, WA

Making A Difference Foundation
  • Full Time
  • Tacoma, WA
  • $39,000 - $52,000 a year USD / Year
  • Applications have closed

The Field Gleaning Coordinator is responsible for coordinating our Gleaning Program. They must develop and maintain a network of farmers, volunteers, and interns. They must harvest crops and fruit from residential Farms, farmers’ fields, and any other sites, then distribute it to our food bank clients.
The priority for this position is to oversee and coordinate all Gleaning activities and maintain relationships with our partners.
This is a Part Time position that requires the employee to work approximately 25-40 hours per week, 22 weeks per year during the gleaning season (June – October 31st). Depending on the gleaning schedule, The hours are flexible throughout the week.

The primary responsibilities of the Gleaning Coordinator include, but are not limited to:
Outreach and development of ongoing relationships with weekly volunteers and farmers at the market
Recruit, retain, train and schedule volunteers for gleaning activities
Participate in gleaning most Saturdays from June through October
Provide professional level food rescue and gleaning service, accurate inventory reports and salvage logs
Support Food Bank managers to plan for and complete food distribution
Drive a truck and transport produce from markets and other donation sites to distribution sites
Coordinate maintenance of website and social media outlets
Create public communications such social and print media, gleaning Seasonals with farmers
During the season create and send a once a week email newsletter sharing current activities, create special gleaning events, and send other announcements to volunteers and for recruiting purposes

Volunteer Management include, but not limited to:
Cultivate and support volunteers, onboarding, offseason training, develop and implement recruitment campaigns
Ensure safe product handling, teach techniques for proper gleaning
Plan, direct and lead the work of 1-2 interns Skills
Help volunteers sign up, answer questions, and track volunteer hours in system per site

Very organized, efficient, dependable, must have integrity
Strong computer skills, record-keeping, and data entry skills
Strong oral communication, marketing, writing, phone and public relation skills
Managerial abilities including planning, delegating, and task facilitation Qualifications
A high school diploma required, college degree preferred
1 year or more of leadership/management experience required
Ability to drive a truck, valid driver’s license required, clean driving record; CDL preferred
Demonstrated interest or background in farming, non-profit administration, sustainable agriculture, nutrition, or social work preferred
Demonstrated ability to interact, direct and collaborate with diverse populations, including those who are experiencing mental illness or substance abuse
Physical Requirements
Ability to lift and move up to 50 pounds for extended periods
Ability to listen and speak
Ability to reach, bend, kneel, and squat

Must have a valid drivers license.

MADF is an equal opportunity employer and thus values diversity in our organization. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

Eloise Cooking Pot Food Bank is a program of making a Difference Foundation. MADF is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.

Health Care Plan (Medical, Dental & Vision)
Retirement Plan (401k, IRA)
Wellness Resources
Free Food & Snacks
Short Term & Long Term Disability
Family Leave (Maternity, Paternity)
Paid Time Off (Vacation, Sick & Public Holidays)
Life Insurance (Basic, Voluntary & AD&D)