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Ecology Action
5798 Ridgewood Road
Willits, CA 95490
contact[at]growbiointensive.org

 

  • Order Fulfillment
    Head Position
    Bountiful Gardens
  • Receptionist, Retail
    Sales & Cust. Svc.
    Bountiful Gardens
  • Admin. Assist.
    & Data Mgr.
    at EA Headquarters
  • Office Manager
    at Ecology Action
    Headquarters
  • Executive
    Assistant to
    EA Director

Help Wanted: Order Fulfillment Head

Location: Bountiful Gardens Store, Willits, CA
Start Date: November 1, 2016


Bountiful Gardens, (www.bountifulgardens.org) is an heirloom seed company that has sold seeds and garden supplies by catalog and website for almost 30 years and is now operating a retail non-profit store in Willits, CA. We are a project of Ecology Action, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, which teaches its own sustainable gardening method, GROW BIOINTENSIVE® California-, nation- and worldwide. We are looking for order fulfillment staff to serve our present customers and help us expand into new markets.

Skills Needed:

Computer Skills: Familiarity with Quickbooks, Excel, Microsoft Office, and basic website use.

Excellent organizational and planning skills, with attention to detail

Administrative and supervisory skills, as well as ability to work with other department heads and General Manager

Some basic gardening experience is desirable. Candidates must be willing to learn about our gardening method and our seed inventory in order to serve our customers. We can provide a workshop at our garden, as well as printed materials. More advanced questions from customers can be referred to our horticulturist.

Fluency in English required. A second language would be a plus, particularly Spanish.

Job Description: 

• Download and process online orders, delegating specific tasks as needed. Resolve problems involving orders.

• Answer phones and take phone orders

• Supervise the receptionist, shipper and the temporary staff in the Order Fulfillment Department.

• Work with other department heads (Seeds and Marketing), as well as the General Manager to facilitate work flow, make a budget, solve problems, expand markets, etc.

• Work with Bookkeeper and General Manager on budgets and reports.

• Make sure that supplies and equipment are ordered and maintained.

• Answer written and electronic mail.

• Stay familiar and current with our catalog, website, and inventory.

• Supervise our seed donation program. Work with Ecology Action Staff and Board to develop new programs and markets, such as rack sales, bulk sales, and other retail partnerships.

Salary and Benefits: This is a permanent position that is full-time from November through May and part-time from June through October at an hourly rate of $13 per hour. As sales increase, hours and responsibilities will increase accordingly.

Holidays: Full-time employees have the following nine days off: New Year's Eve, New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving (2 days), and Christmas (2 days).

Medical Reimbursement/Vacation/Sick Time/Family Emergency Leave: After completing one year of employment, full-time employees will receive up to $600 reimbursement per year for dental, vision and medical, plus a $200/month stipend to be used towards medical insurance, preventative care, etc., and up to two weeks of paid sick days and/or family emergency leave. Exceptions can be made by the Director.

Vacations: Full-time staff receive 5 days (40 hours) paid vacation after one year of service and 10 days (80 hours) after two years and annually thereafter, and 15 days (120 hours) after 10 years. If the vacation benefit is not used within the year, it is paid to the staff person at the end of the year. Vacation benefits are earned on the basis of how many hours were worked the previous year.


______________________

Timeline and Application Procedure:

We are hoping to fill this position soon. Please send cover letter and resume to::
Ecology Action, 5798 Ridgewood Rd., Willits, CA 95490 or email: contact[at]growbiointensive.org 

Applications will be accepted until we find the right candidate. Thank you for your interest in Ecology Action, GROW BIOINTENSIVE and Bountiful Gardens!

______________________

Ecology Action is one of the oldest long-term sustainable agriculture research projects in the world and has spent over 40 years developing and teaching the GROW BIOINTENSIVE® Sustainable Mini-Farming Method. This low-tech (but sophisticated) farming method, based on universal scientific principles, helps small farmers maximize agricultural yields, build soil fertility, and minimize inputs of water, energy, and off-farm nutrients. Our work has demonstrated results in helping successfully helping communities in the U.S. and globally in 151 countries in virtually all climates and soils where food is grown to grow plentiful and nutritious food without depleting precious natural resources and while growing fertile soil. Our programs are centered at The Jeavons Center Research and Demonstration Garden/Mini-Farm located in Willits, CA.

Help Wanted:Receptionist, Retail Sales,
and Customer Service Position

Location: Bountiful Gardens Store, Willits, CA
Start Date: November 1, 2016


Bountiful Gardens, (www.bountifulgardens.org) is an heirloom seed company that has sold seeds and garden supplies by catalog and website for almost 30 years and is now operating a retail non-profit store in Willits, CA. We are a project of Ecology Action, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, which teaches its own sustainable gardening method, GROW BIOINTENSIVE® California-, nation- and worldwide. We are looking for order fulfillment staff to serve our present customers and help us expand into new markets.

Skills Needed:

People skills: able to help customers in a friendly, professional way both in person and on the phone.

Gardening knowledge and expertise.

Ability to present our products in an appealing and exciting way, as a fellow gardener.

Good computer skills and basic clerical skills. Ability to stay organized and follow-through.

Fluency in English required. A second language would be a plus, particularly Spanish.

Job Description: 

• Answer the telephone, take phone orders, and assist walk-in retail customers

• Answer garden questions by phone, email, and in person • Stay familiar and current with our catalog, website, and inventory

• Maintain and expand the retail space, working with the marketing dept.

• Process and fill online orders as directed by the Order Fulfillment Head

• Sort mail and email; redirect or answer as needed. Do filing, receive deliveries, and other routine clerical tasks. Mail out catalogs and donations.

• Work with the Order Fulfillment Head, Marketing Department, Seed Department and seasonal temporary staff to make sure that our customers are served accurately, quickly, and efficiently.

• Use social media to publicize the business, in consultation with the Marketing Department.

• Help host workshops and open-house sales events with the Seed Department and outside presenters.

Salary and Benefits: This is a permanent position that is full-time from November through May and part-time from June through October at an hourly rate of $13 per hour. As sales increase, hours and responsibilities will increase accordingly.

Holidays: Full-time employees have the following nine days off: New Year's Eve, New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving (2 days), and Christmas (2 days).

Medical Reimbursement/Vacation/Sick Time/Family Emergency Leave: After completing one year of employment, full-time employees will receive up to $600 reimbursement per year for dental, vision and medical, plus a $200/month stipend to be used towards medical insurance, preventative care, etc., and up to two weeks of paid sick days and/or family emergency leave. Exceptions can be made by the Director.

Vacations: Full-time staff receive 5 days (40 hours) paid vacation after one year of service and 10 days (80 hours) after two years and annually thereafter, and 15 days (120 hours) after 10 years. If the vacation benefit is not used within the year, it is paid to the staff person at the end of the year. Vacation benefits are earned on the basis of how many hours were worked the previous year.


______________________

Timeline and Application Procedure:

We are hoping to fill this position soon. Please send cover letter and resume to::

Ecology Action, 5798 Ridgewood Rd., Willits, CA 95490 or email: contact[at]growbiointensive.org 

Applications will be accepted until we find the right candidate. Thank you for your interest in Ecology Action, GROW BIOINTENSIVE and Bountiful Gardens!

______________________

Ecology Action is one of the oldest long-term sustainable agriculture research projects in the world and has spent over 40 years developing and teaching the GROW BIOINTENSIVE® Sustainable Mini-Farming Method. This low-tech (but sophisticated) farming method, based on universal scientific principles, helps small farmers maximize agricultural yields, build soil fertility, and minimize inputs of water, energy, and off-farm nutrients. Our work has demonstrated results in helping successfully helping communities in the U.S. and globally in 151 countries in virtually all climates and soils where food is grown to grow plentiful and nutritious food without depleting precious natural resources and while growing fertile soil. Our programs are centered at The Jeavons Center Research and Demonstration Garden/Mini-Farm located in Willits, CA.

Help Wanted: Administrative Assistant
and Data Manager

Location: Ecology Action Headquarters, Willits, CA
Start Date: October 31, 2016


Ecology Action is a non-profit organization focused on sustainable agriculture research and education. We are seeking a full-time Administrative Assistant/Data Manager to support day-to-day management activities of the organization.

Job Duties Include:

  • General office management and secretarial skills (research, filing, correspondence, ordering supplies, etc.).
  • Word processing, data management, email, internet, etc.; must be comfortable using Mac OS.
  • Data collection and compilation (crop yield and treatment data from research farm).
  • Basic statistical analysis of farm data (Microsoft Excel).

Qualifications: 

Good writing skills, excellent spelling and grammar, computer proficiency, ability to access to email and use the internet efficiently, comfortable working with the public.

Good working knowledge of basis statistical analysis - some coursework or experience with advanced statistical programming packages preferred.

Self-directed and innovative but able to work well with others, comfortable multi-tasking and able to quickly learn on-the-job skills.  

Must have reliable daily transportation to and from work, and be willing to commute to the site for work. We are located about 20-30 minutes out of Willits, CA on a well-maintained road (partially paved).

We are hoping to find someone with a sharp attention to detail and a discerning eye for subtle differences in quantitative and qualitative characteristics in regard to multiple datasets.

Flexibility, patience, a sense of humor, respect and understanding for others, especially people who do not understand the importance of data and statistics, are all highly desirable.   

Familiarity with sustainable farming is desirable, but not necessary. We are working to create a world in which farmers can be a part of creating a sustainable, abundant future. The most important qualification for any Ecology Action job applicant is to love what we're doing and want to be part of making these things happen. 

Specific duties include:

  • Daily: Administrative Assistant
    Assisting in day to day workings of the office including: handling telephone and email correspondence; mailing and shipping books and documents; filing documents; organizing information and research materials; ordering publications; running local errands, etc.
  • Seasonal: Data Management Duties.
    Working with the Director, train staff, apprentices and interns in data collection techniques (specified by the Ecology Action Garden Manual – you will be trained in these techniques before training others) at the beginning of six-month Summer Internship Course, which begins mid-April annually.
    • Reviewing data log sheets at the relevant research sites as follows:  
      • Weekly at the Ecology Action Headquarters and Golden Rule Community in Willits
      • Monthly at the Green Belt Site in Mendocino, CA
      • Quarterly at the Demonstration Site in Palo Alto, CA
    • Monitoring data sets for accuracy as they are developed and completed, and communicating with staff and students when corrections need to be made.
    • Using Microsoft Excel to process the data collected by the staff and students.
    • Maintaining data log sheets compiled by the staff and interns. For example, at the end of December, remove any remaining log sheets that are complete for annual crops.  When all data sheets have been completed, all log sheets for the year should be checked organized by section and bed. Summary Data Sheets for each crop should be updated in January and February with the date revised at the bottom of the page in the format used for this, so everyone can know if they have the latest information.  Issuing copies of these sheets to relevant staff members.
    • Update relevant sections on data collection in the Garden Manual each November.  For example, update the date at the bottom of the page, so everyone can know if they have the latest information.

Salary and Benefits: The position is long-term, full-time staff position (35-40 hours per week) with an hourly rate of $10 to start.  Part-time and/or flexible work hours may be negotiated for the right candidate.

Holidays: Full-time employees have the following nine days off: New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving (2 days), and Christmas (2 days).

Medical Reimbursement/Sick Time/Family Emergency Leave: After completing one year of employment, full-time employees will receive up to $600 reimbursement per year for dental, vision and medical, plus a $200/ month stipend to be used towards medical insurance, preventative care, etc., plus two weeks of paid sick days and/or family emergency leave. Exceptions can be made by the Director.  

Vacations: After 1 year, full-time employees will receive 1 week’s paid vacation time; after 2 years, 2 week’s paid vacation time; after 10 years, 3 week’s paid vacation time. 
______________________

Timeline and Application Procedure:

We are hoping to fill this position by the end of September. Please send cover letter and resume to:

Ecology Action, 5798 Ridgewood Rd., Willits, CA 95490 or email: contact[at]growbiointensive.org

Applications will be accepted until we find the right candidate. Thank you for your interest in Ecology Action!

Help Wanted: Office Manager

Location: Ecology Action Headquarters, Willits, CA
Start Date: October 31, 2016


Ecology Action is a non-profit organization focused on sustainable agriculture research and education. We are seeking a full-time Office Manager to perform day-to-day
management activities for the organization.

Job Duties Include:

  • Overall office management (research, filing, correspondence, ordering supplies, etc.).
  • Secretarial and computer tasks (word processing, data management, email, internet, mass-mailings, etc.). Must be comfortable using Mac OS.
  • Acting as the organizational point of contact/liaison for Ecology Action projects, programs, and personnel.
  • Keeping track of internal bookkeeping and liaising with bookkeeper and accountant.
  • Interaction with the public on behalf of the Director. Includes fielding media inquiries, visit requests.

Qualifications: 

Excellent organizational and writing skills, spelling and grammar, a high level of computer proficiency, ability to access to email and use the internet efficiently, comfortable working with the public.

Self-directed and innovative, able to work well with others, comfortable coordinating across projects, a good multi-tasker, able to quickly learn on-the-job skills.  

Must have reliable daily transportation to and from work, and be willing to commute to the site for work. We are located about 20-30 minutes out of Willits, CA on a well-maintained road (partially paved).

We are hoping to find someone with a sharp attention to detail and an enthusiasm for working with people.

Flexibility, patience, a sense of humor, respect and understanding for others are all highly desirable.   

Familiarity with sustainable farming is desirable, but not necessary. We are working to create a world in which farmers can be a part of creating a sustainable, abundant future. The most important qualification for any Ecology Action job applicant is to love what we're doing and want to be part of making these things happen. 

Specific duties include:

  • Leading the day to day workings of the office including handling telephone and email correspondence; mailing and shipping books and documents; filing documents; organizing information and research materials; ordering publications; running local errands, etc.
  • Coordinating with organizational projects and programs: liaising with Bountiful Gardens staff, Common Ground Garden staff, Newsletter Editor, Webmaster, project leads, and interns.
  • Workshop and tour preparations (all tasks will be coordinated with the Garden Manager.
  • Intern and Apprentice Program Assistance (Coordinated with Executive Director, Garden Manager and acting Apprentice Program Interface) Assist interns and apprentices with obtaining visas, medical insurance, plane tickets; vacation and trip coordination; acquiring needed clothing or other supplies, such as phone calling cards. Help with facility set-up prior to intern/apprentice arrival, as needed.
  • HR work: hiring lists, bio collection, orientation, acceptance letters.
  • Internal bookkeeping coordination: donations database input/processing, donation acknowledgements, PayPal transactions, tax letters and annual report coordination with Communications Director.
  • DonorPro/SalsaLabs Fundraising Software Operation: form letters (for mail merges), donation entry, donation source tracking (funds and appeals) Comp NL reporting (triannually w/ giving history), Life Member reporting (annual w/ giving history), custom query and report building, constituent coding and maintenance, good/bad address maintenance. Online forms: creation and maintenance (donations, 3DW, tour, internship w/ ancillary docs).

Salary and Benefits: The position is long-term, full-time staff position (35-40 hours per week) with an hourly rate of $10 to start.  Part-time and/or flexible work hours may be negotiated for the right candidate.

Holidays: Full-time employees have the following nine days off: New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving (2 days), and Christmas (2 days).

Medical Reimbursement/Sick Time/Family Emergency Leave: After completing one year of employment, full-time employees will receive up to $600 reimbursement per year for dental, vision and medical, plus a $200/ month stipend to be used towards medical insurance, preventative care, etc., plus two weeks of paid sick days and/or family emergency leave. Exceptions can be made by the Director.  

Vacations: After 1 year, full-time employees will receive 1 week’s paid vacation time; after 2 years, 2 week’s paid vacation time; after 10 years, 3 week’s paid vacation time. 
______________________

Timeline and Application Procedure:

We are hoping to fill this position by the end of September. Please send cover letter and resume to:

Ecology Action, 5798 Ridgewood Rd., Willits, CA 95490 or email: contact[at]growbiointensive.org

Applications will be accepted until we find the right candidate. Thank you for your interest in Ecology Action!

Help Wanted:
Executive Assistant to the Director

Location: Ecology Action Headquarters, Willits, CA
Start Date: October 31, 2016


Ecology Action is a non-profit organization focused on sustainable agriculture research and education. We are seeking a full-time Office Manager to assist the Director in the day-to-day management activities for the organization.

Job Duties Include:

  • General office management (research, filing, correspondence, ordering supplies, etc.).
  • Secretarial and computer tasks (word processing, data management, email, internet, mass-mailings, etc.). Must be comfortable using Mac OS.
  • Interaction with the public on behalf of the Director.

Qualifications: 

Excellent organizational skills, good spelling and grammar, computer proficiency, ability to access to email and use the internet efficiently, comfortable working with the public.

Self-directed and innovative, able to work well with others, comfortable coordinating across projects, a good multi-tasker, able to quickly learn on-the-job skills.  

Must have reliable daily transportation to and from work, and be willing to commute to the site for work. We are located about 20-30 minutes out of Willits, CA on a well-maintained road (partially paved).

Flexibility, patience, a sense of humor, respect and understanding for others are all highly desirable.   

Familiarity with sustainable farming is desirable, but not necessary. We are working to create a world in which farmers can be a part of creating a sustainable, abundant future. The most important qualification for any Ecology Action job applicant is to love what we're doing and want to be part of making these things happen. 

Specific duties include:

  • Promptly reply to all inquiries that may come via mail, email, webpage, Facebook or phone.
  • Communicate with the national and international training centers on Director's behalf.
  • Coordinate yearly intern selection and acceptance process.
  • Coordinate translations of various publications.
  • Assist Director with fund-raising campaigns.
  • Advertise programs and workshops.
  • Social media upkeep.
  • Compile website updates to be sent to webmaster.
  • Compile John's book sales reports.
  • Enter titles to bibliography.
  • Order books and supplies.
  • HR – act as hiring manager Ecology Action and subsidiary organizations, check and file monthly timesheets, send payroll reminders.
  • General Office tasks – filing, organizing, cleaning, maintenance, answering phones.
  • Organize special events such as tours and workshops.

Salary and Benefits: The position is long-term, full-time staff position (35-40 hours per week) with an hourly rate of $10 to start.  Part-time and/or flexible work hours may be negotiated for the right candidate.

Holidays: Full-time employees have the following nine days off: New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving (2 days), and Christmas (2 days).

Medical Reimbursement/Sick Time/Family Emergency Leave: After completing one year of employment, full-time employees will receive up to $600 reimbursement per year for dental, vision and medical, plus a $200/ month stipend to be used towards medical insurance, preventative care, etc., plus two weeks of paid sick days and/or family emergency leave. Exceptions can be made by the Director.  

Vacations: After 1 year, full-time employees will receive 1 week’s paid vacation time; after 2 years, 2 week’s paid vacation time; after 10 years, 3 week’s paid vacation time. 
______________________

Timeline and Application Procedure:

We are hoping to fill this position by the end of September. Please send cover letter and resume to:

Ecology Action, 5798 Ridgewood Rd., Willits, CA 95490 or email: contact[at]growbiointensive.org

Applications will be accepted until we find the right candidate. Thank you for your interest in Ecology Action!


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