Hope's Harvest Gleaning Associate - Full time, Seasonal

Position Announcement: Hope’s Harvest Gleaning Associate
Reports to: Hope’s Harvest Operations Manager
Full Time, Hourly, Seasonal 6/3/2024 - 12/6/2024

Positon Summary
The Hope’s Harvest Gleaning Associate (GA) at Farm Fresh Rhode Island will be responsible for
supporting the organization and staff, stakeholders, volunteers, and partners in organizing and leading gleaning trips with the purpose of recovering and distributing surplus food to people in need. The GA also supports distribution, inventory management, and collecting/recording gleaning and operations data. A high degree of accountability is required to provide excellent customer service and outcomes to our partner farms, recipient agencies, volunteers, and our primary beneficiaries - people experiencing food insecurity in RI. This position is seasonal, running June 3rd through mid-December 2024, and reports to the Hope’s Harvest Program Manager. Applications received by April 26th will be given priority.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities
Coordinate and supervise food recovery operations, including but not limited to:

  • Serve as point of contact with agencies, volunteers, farms, and other program partners
    to coordinate gleaning activities.
  • Manage gleaning trip logistics, including scheduling, supervising volunteers on trips,
    product quality standards during harvest and packing, inventory management and
    tracking, and product deliveries.
  • Manage and direct all volunteers on farm sites and at meeting points to ensure the
    protection of private property, the personal safety of volunteers, and that efficient labor
    is applied to the job at hand.
  • Ensure safe and proper product handling and packing, in accordance with food safety
    procedures. Apply judgment on a case by case basis to evaluate product quality and
    ensure high product quality standards for all delivered produce.
  • Drive gleaning equipment to and from gleaning trips in program vehicle (12 ft. box truck)
    and make deliveries as needed.
  • Keep all vehicles used for gleaning activities clean, organized, and stocked with supplies
    (as needed) before, during, and after gleaning trips and deliveries.
  • Drive safely and lawfully at all times, heeding legal load capacity of vehicle and adjusting
    speed and routes as needed. Driving instruction will be provided.
  • Accurately collect and report operations data for program activities.
  • Monitor and ensure compliance on the part of all volunteers with food safety protocols,
    COVID safety procedures, and set a culture of overall physical safety and accident/injury
    prevention with volunteers.
  • Ensure all physical program infrastructure (supplies, equipment, vehicles, etc.) is
    stocked, organized, and in working order.

Program Administration

  • Basic administrative support including tracking expenses, documenting activities,
    responding to inquiries, scheduling, etc.

Other Duties as Assigned

  • Hope’s Harvest is a small but mighty program; a “pitch-in” spirit is expected at all times
    and assistance on special projects and tasks may be required in addition to
    responsibilities listed above.

Knowledge, Skills And Abilities Needed To Perform This Role

  • At least one full season of vegetable production agriculture experience is preferred.
  • Knowledge of produce varieties/quality standards, and an ability to relate to farmers respectfully
    and knowledgeably. Understanding of produce quality and food handling.
  • Excellent verbal communication skills. Customer service or similar experience preferred.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including patience, respect, thoughtfulness, good listening, and the
    ability to motivate people gently but effectively.
  • Detail oriented, with excellent record keeping skills and strong administrative, organization, and
    time management abilities. Must take initiative, be able to work independently, and follow
    through on all tasks at an efficient and steady pace.
  • Must possess a valid U.S. driver’s license, have a minimum of six years driving experience, a
    clean driving record, and be capable of passing a DOT physical. Ability to drive a 12ft. box truck,
    with experience driving heavily loaded box trucks in urban and rural environments strongly
  • Ability to bend and lift 60+ lbs, repeatedly and in various conditions. This position is physically
    demanding and requires an aptitude for manual labor.
  • Must enjoy working in farm fields in all types of New England weather. This typically includes hot
    and humid summer days, wet and cold autumn, and early winter conditions.
  • Aptitude for, and/or basic knowledge of equipment use, maintenance, and repair (including
    vehicles, pallet jacks, harvesting tools, etc.).
  • Available to work a flexible schedule including early evening and weekends. This position can
    potentially accommodate other work schedules.
  • Background in adult education, leading volunteer/tour groups, and/or organizing service work
  • First-aid knowledge and skills.
  • Reliable access to personal vehicle for getting to and from work locations and occasionally
    moving produce.
  • Comfort and proficiency with technology, specifically data entry and the Google Suite.
  • Able to communicate effectively and work collaboratively with people from diverse backgrounds
    in terms of race, ethnicity, gender (including nonbinary), sexual orientation, class, and religion.
    Experience living and working in economically, racially, and ethnically diverse communities
    strongly preferred.
  • Personal alignment and commitment to the mission of the organization.

Priority Skills
Candidates with any of the following skills will be prioritized:

  • Spanish speaking or non-English language skills
  • Deep understanding of communities in Providence, Pawtucket, and Central Falls
  • Knowledge and experience with community organizing

Physical Demands (Physical, Mental & Environmental)
The following capabilities are required in order to perform the essential functions of this position.
Reasonable accommodations that do not create an undue burden on the company are available to
address the following requirements.

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit/stand for long
    periods of time; use hands to handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls on computers; reach with
    hands and arms; and talk or hear in meetings and on the telephone or on the computer in an
    office or variable setting.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, and the ability to adjust focus.
  • Employees must be able to lift and carry up to 60 lbs.
  • Must be able to identify and respond to loud noises.


  • Hourly pay range: $20/hr depending on experience
  • Accrued Sick & Safe Leave Benefits starting after 7 days of employment

To Apply

  • Send resume and cover letter to [email protected] with subject line “LASTNAME - FFRI
    Gleaning Associate Application”
  • Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Applications received by April 26th will receive
  • No phone calls or drop-ins please.