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Duties & Responsibilities: 

  • Carry out WFU’s database and website management role in the LFPA project with guidance from the Director of Special Projects, WFU’s Local Foods Organizer, and in collaboration with applicable WFU departments (including Membership, Communications, etc.) 

  • Leveraging existing database capabilities and organizational systems to grow and improve the WI Local Foods Directory

  • Provide customer service support to current and prospective WI Local Food Directory participants

  • Provide administrative support to the WI-LFPA project and WFU project staff (such as assembling data, drafting reports, conducting research, coordinating logistics, and tracking timelines)

  • Support monthly food system calls, team meetings, and other program events

  • Co-create vision and concrete plans for the ongoing maintenance and development of WI Local Food Directory

  • Demonstrate a focus on participant value, loyalty, and trust. Build positive relationships with project participants, partners, and vendors and anticipate stakeholder needs

  • Receive regular coaching to trouble-shoot and solve problems in real time 

  • Support website maintenance and external communications, as needed

  • Regularly communicate via email, phone, in-person meetings, and video conferences 

  • Track and report data and project outcomes

  • Ensure confidentiality of records and compliance with privacy policies and other data policies

  • Complete weekly reports and participate in regular team meetings to report progress, seek synergies, and evaluate impact

 

Required Qualifications: 

  • High School diploma or GED required

  • Demonstrated proficiency with database management (GrowthZone experience appreciated)

  • Access to reliable internet connection to enable remote work

  • Familiarity with online meeting software, teleconferencing, and various office software (Google Suite and Microsoft Office experience preferred)

  • Ability to multitask, create goals, meet deadlines and creatively solve problems

  • Ability to take feedback and implement changes in real time 

  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail

  • Ability and willingness to communicate with a broad diversity of colleagues, members, partners, and community stakeholders

  • Strong commitment to WFU's values and the revitalization of rural communities

  • Working understanding of local food and farming systems

  • Ability to professionally represent organizational values to diverse stakeholder audiences 

 

Other Expectations: 

  • Ability to work independently in a remote location without direct supervision 

  • Willingness to report to a WFU office location (Madison or Chippewa Falls, WI) at least 3 days per week for team building and creative work

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and emotional intelligence (proficiency in multiple languages appreciated)

  • Experience with project management and implementation

  • A belief that ordinary people possess the capacity to be leaders and agents of change
     

Special Qualifications:

Wisconsin Farmers Union is seeking individuals with unique personal and professional experience in areas that meet identified goals of our members. Candidates with work and/or academic experience in the following areas should identify those qualifications in their application materials to be considered:

  • Information and Technology Services

  • Website Design

  • Business Management

  • Supply Chain Management

  • Geography or Sociology

  • Public Health

  • Communications or Public Relations

 

Compensation and Benefits:
Dependent on experience, $40,000/year starting. Compensation includes medical, dental, vision, life, long and short-term disability insurance, employer contribution to a simple IRA retirement account, and generous paid time off package.

 

Duration: 1year with possibility for extending based on funding

 

Applications Reviewed As Received: Qualified applicants will be invited to participate in a virtual interview process conducted via videoconference. Please submit cover letter and resume to: llangworthy@wisconsinfarmersunion.com 

 

The Wisconsin Farmers Union prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, national  origin, ancestry, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, family/parental status, age, disability,  socio-economic or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These include employment, youth and adult programs, membership, selection of vendors, appointment of board members and selection of  grantees, volunteers and representatives.

We are currently hiring for 2024 Farmers Union Camp Summer Staff Positions!

We are seeking applicants for multiple summer staff positions. If interested in working at camp, please fill out the application below.

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Summary:

Wisconsin Farmers Union is looking for summer staff/camp counselors who love being outside and who love kids. Our staff spend much of the summer outdoors and having fun while working, teaching, and learning together. Internship positions, especially related to agriculture, water/watershed education, diversity/equity/inclusion, and/or communications/media, can typically be designed to suit your needs.

 

The medic will perform as part of the Leadership Staff team. They are responsible for ensuring the health and care of our campers during their stay at camp. No two days are exactly the same, from dispensing and recording medications to assisting with first aid, to taking time to join in on the camp activities. 

 

Salary: 

$600/ week or $120/ day. Pay during training is $500/ week. Room, board, and food is included.

Summary:

Wisconsin Farmers Union is looking for summer staff/camp counselors who love being outside and who love kids. Our staff spend much of the summer outdoors and having fun while working, teaching, and learning together. Internship positions, especially related to agriculture,  water/watershed education, diversity/equity/inclusion, and/or communications/media, can typically be designed to suit your needs. THERE'S A POSSIBILITY FOR A SUMMER STAFF POSITION TO BE TURNED INTO A PAID INTERNSHIP POSITION.

 

Salary: 

$450/ week or $90/ day. Pay during training is $400/ week. Room and board are included.

 

Essential Functions:

  • Certified Sex Offender Registry and Criminal Background Checks are REQUIRED and will be completed for personnel files.

  • Be able to meet personal needs (bathing, toileting, dressing, diet management, etc.). 

  • Sleep in a non-air-conditioned, dormitory-style cabin (rustic, but with modern toilet/shower facilities) with up to 19 other individuals (total of 20 campers and staff) and fall asleep without assistance. (Numbers per cabin may be reduced, as appropriate, in accordance with the communicable disease risk management plan.) 

  • Be accommodated with multiple host families for extended overnight stays during outreach/events (for weeks of continuous travel). 

  • Move independently and function in outside environments that include direct exposure to sun, heat, cold, rain, wind, water, humidity, dirt, dust, noise, traffic conditions, and uneven surfaces. 

  • Communicate calmly, clearly, and effectively in a high-stress/emergency situation. 

  • Capable of maintaining effective mental, emotional and social interactions in our group-based, youth centered and community living program. 

  • Ability to maintain mental, emotional, and social resilience (such as handling stressful situations appropriately) needed for the job in a fast-paced, interactive environment. 

  • Ability to establish and maintain appropriate professional relationships and interpersonal skills (skills used to reduce stress, reduce conflict, improve communication, enhance intimacy, increase understanding, and promote joy). 

  • Ability to interact effectively with individuals and groups respecting social and cultural diversity and to maintain appropriate boundaries. 

  • Ability to use effective and appropriate self-care practices for maintaining overall wellness and capable of managing any chronic illness or condition (health care staff with minimum comprehensive first-aid certification is on-site). 

  • Ability to recognize and consider the needs of others (including campers and staff members) in daily interactions and decision-making.

  • Must be willing to step in and step up when necessary, without having to be explicitly told what to do; self-reliant and supportive to all staff.

  • Willing to step in when other staff need breaks.

 

Education and Competencies:

  • High School Diploma or higher preferred

  • Certified lifeguards encouraged to apply; certification may be made available to interested but non-certified hires.

  • Current certification in First Aid and CPR or individual is willing to complete certification course during designated training day.

  • Prior camp experience.

 

Communication:

  • Excellent oral communication skills.

  • Highly skilled at writing and presenting projects and activity plans.

  • Must maintain confidentiality of sensitive and confidential information.

 

Qualifications:

  • Experience, desire and ability to work with and relate to children and peers in an outdoor environment.

    • An interest in agriculture, the outdoors, cooperatives, and/or social justice and enthusiasm for sharing that interest with children is preferred.

    • Some knowledge and training in natural science is preferred.

  • A sense of humor, creativity, and initiative.

  • Desire and ability to work as part of a team.

  • Willingness to abide by the policies and practices of the Wisconsin Farmers Union.

  • Willingness to place the needs of campers and camp above personal desires.

  • Good health and stamina necessary to work in the camp setting.

  • The acceptance of irregular work hours.

  • The acceptance and understanding that employment is at a resident (overnight) camp.

 

Commitment:

  • Preparation and training begins June 4; position is live-in.

  • Residential camp begins July 16 and ends August 16, with time off July 1-5. There will also be 2 weeks of day camps scheduled June 26-30 and July 10-13. Camp activities throughout the day & evening, with time off scheduled each day, with some work days longer or shorter depending on the camp and other responsibilities.

 

Work Environment:

  • The work is performed on-site, almost exclusively outdoors at the organization’s 23 acre camp facility, WFU Kamp Kenwood, on the Yellow River Channel/Moon Bay area of Lake Wissota, adjoining Lake Wissota State Park.

  • Acceptance of irregular work hours.

  • Acceptance and understanding that employment is at a resident (overnight) camp.

 

Physical Demands:

  • This position requires the following physical activities: pushing, pulling, climbing, bending, stooping, kneeling, twisting, reaching, sitting, standing, walking, lifting, finger dexterity, grasping, repetitive motions, talking, hearing and visual acuity.

  • Assist the campers in emergency situations.

  • Able to lift and carry up to 50 pounds for short distances over uneven terrain in all weather conditions.

  • Possess strength and endurance required to maintain constant supervision.

  • Demonstrate sensitivity to the needs of campers.

  • Demonstrate enthusiasm, sense of humor, patience, self-control and ability to adapt well to changing situations.

  • Participate in structured and unstructured activities.

  • Provides excellent customer service to other staff members, campers, parents and visitors to camp.

  • Accept and follow directions both in verbal and written form.

 

The Wisconsin Farmers Union prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, national origin, ancestry, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, family/parental status, age, disability, socio-economic or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These include employment, youth and adult programs, membership, selection of vendors, appointment of board members and selection of grantees, volunteers and representatives.

Non-Discrimination Policy

The Wisconsin Farmers Union prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, national origin, ancestry, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, family/parental status, age, disability, socio-economic or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These include employment, youth and adult programs, membership, selection of vendors, appointment of board members and selection of grantees, volunteers and representatives.

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