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Nicole Collins

About Nicole Collins

Collins is Director of Career Services at Unity College. Her successes include increasing the amount of student career center use by over 200%, coordinating the largest environmental career fair in New England (with over 85 participating employers), supporting an increase in student internship placement by 70% and establishing a grant funded intern partnership with the White Mountain National Forest Service. In addition to her role in Career Services, Collins also instructs a 1-credit professional development course.

Communications and Donor Development Director

Status: Full time, Exempt
Reports to: Executive Director
Primary Office: Santa Cruz
Salary: 65 to 80k commensurate with experience
POSITION SUMMARY:
The Communications and Donor Development Director will be responsible for planning,
developing, and implementing FarmLink’s external communications, including media and
stakeholder outreach, and implementing a major gifts program. The Director will work across all
of FarmLink’s programs and activities to maintain and raise client, media and public awareness of
FarmLink’s work. The Director will collaborate closely with FarmLink’s development and program
teams to lead donor development events and activities, create FarmLink’s annual report, and
coordinate updates to the website, promotional and informational materials and social media.
This new position will forge an exciting strategic direction for the organization to engage and
cultivate major donors, implement fundraising campaigns and develop a planned giving program.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
❖ Work with all FarmLink departments to create a strong organizational identity through
consistent communications that are aligned with FarmLink’s values and vision
➢ Serve on the Management Team to collaboratively advance FarmLink’s
fundraising, development and communications work
➢ Coordinate and implement marketing, public relations and communications
strategies to support fundraising efforts and program activities
➢ Coordinate and produce a professional quarterly electronic newsletter, and
annual report, and develop new multimedia channels to craft compelling stories
that inform, engage and inspire audiences to action
➢ Develop and maintain a communications calendar with deadlines, benchmarks
and timelines for FarmLink’s newsletter and annual report, and dissemination of
farmer stories on website and other channels
➢ Develop social media priorities and guidelines and work with Communications
Team to implement a consistent and clear organizational presence on Twitter,
Facebook and regional blogs
➢ Review, refine and update FarmLink’s Communications Handbook and engage
staff to understand and implement Handbook guidelines
➢ Work with Communications Team and Program Manager to define and
implement key communications and donor development priorities including longterm
strategic goals and annual goals
❖ Build relationships with clients, media, donors and community leaders to strengthen
FarmLink brand, awareness of FarmLink activities, and spur investment
➢ Define and create optimal communications channels, core messages and stories
to engage clients, media, donors and community leaders
➢ Advance public, private and investor commitment to farm land and capital access
issues by leveraging personal connections through narrative and creation of
intimate communication platforms
➢ Communicate advocacy opportunities and develop clear and compelling policy
reform narratives
➢ Add visibility and continuity to our numerous collaborative initiatives, external
partner relationships, and networks
303 Potrero Street, Suite 29-201, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 ● 831.425.0303
www.cafarmlink.org
❖ Work with communications and development teams to create and implement an outreach
and fundraising strategy for donors
➢ Develop, implement and manage a major gifts and planned giving strategy in
collaboration with executive director and chief financial officer
➢ Work closely with FarmLink’s development team to inform overall fundraising
strategy and approach including foundation and government grants
➢ Design overall strategy and execution for long-range planning, donor relations
and data management using Salesforce and Excel, and supervision of
administrative/support staff
➢ Identify, cultivate, steward and retain qualified prospects and donors, including
custom cultivation strategies for major donors
➢ Establish a strategic and systematic focus on closing multi-year commitments
from high net-worth individuals. Meet or exceed budget goals
➢ Strategically engage board members, executive leadership, staff and current
donors in peer-prospect identification, visits and closings
➢ Network with corporate executives and high net worth individuals for the purpose
of creating personal relationships and developing personal giving
➢ Demonstrate a keen sense of curiosity for donors – seeking to “crack the code”
of what compels each donor to give substantially by asking the right questions
and meeting donor needs
➢ Develop direct mail, special events, press releases, article placement,
collaborations for promotion and giving campaigns
POSITION REQUIREMENTS
➢ Bachelor’s degree in communications, marketing, non-profit management or
related field; masters degree preferred
➢ 10+ years paid non-profit experience in communications and fundraising
➢ Experience cultivating and managing a portfolio of major individual donors
➢ Excellent writing, editing, and verbal communications skills for diverse audiences
with the ability to make dynamic group presentations
➢ Strong planning skills, including the ability to anticipate tasks, set priorities, meet
deadlines and function smoothly under shifting priorities
➢ High-level computer literacy skills. Experience with donor data management,
ideally using Salesforce CRM, email marketing, web-based content management
systems, social media platforms
➢ Strong team player who also works well independently
➢ Capacity to develop and maintain positive and productive relationships with
donors, volunteers, Board of Directors, and staff
➢ Local knowledge of the philanthropic community
California FarmLink offers a generous benefit plan, including health insurance after 60 days,
retirement, and vacation. California FarmLink maintains a drug-free workplace and is an equal
opportunity employer.
To Apply
Please email a resume and thoughtful cover letter explaining your interest in this position to
info@cafarmlink.org. No phone calls please.
Who We Are
California FarmLink is a statewide nonprofit whose mission is to link independent farmers and
ranchers with the land and financing they need for a sustainable future. For more info:
www.cafarmlink.org

Accounting and Admin Manager: Farmlink

Status: Full time, Exempt
Reports to: Executive Director
Supervisory: Not Applicable
Primary Office: Santa Cruz
Salary: 45 to 60k commensurate with experience
Functional Time Allocation: 80% Accounting and Bookkeeping
20% Administrative Management
JOB SUMMARY:
Manage organizational and program functions, including hands-on accounting and bookkeeping, accounts
receivable, accounts payable, financial reporting and audit preparation. Manage liability / risk insurance policies.
Manage human resources administration including payroll, employee benefit programs and legal compliance.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
• Non profit bookkeeping, accounts receivable, accounts payable, and financial reporting
• Audit preparation–serve as principal contact supporting annual and other periodic audits; prepare and file
federal and state non-profit tax returns
• Maintain all corporate records and files
• Manage human resource responsibilities, including payroll and employee records
• Manage employee benefits, health care and retirement plan vendors
• Manage liability and property insurance policies and operational practices
• Provide financial management support and invoicing for grants and contracts
• Continually assess organizational resources, processes, systems and services to increase operational
efficiency / effectiveness
• Attend staff meetings on a regular basis
• Record activities and client assistance in appropriate systems to support reporting needs of programs
POSITION REQUIREMENTS
• 5-10 years of direct hands-on nonprofit bookkeeping experience
• Ability to write and edit effectively
• Ability to communicate the written and spoken work with tact, diplomacy, and/or authority when necessary
• Good organizational skills, well disciplined, and able to meet deadlines, self starter
• Ability to work under pressure of many priorities and deadlines; effective problem solver
• Excellent financial system management experience including QuickBooks and Excel
• Minimum BS in accounting, business administration, finance or other related field
• At least five years of non-profit financial management
• Familiarity with loan fund and CDFI accounting, grants management and budgeting a plus
California FarmLink offers a generous benefit plan, including health insurance after 60 days, retirement, and
vacation. California FarmLink maintains a drug-free workplace and is an equal opportunity employer.
How To Apply
Please email a thoughtful cover letter explaining your interest in the position and organization with resume to:
info@cafarmlink.org. No phone calls please.
Who We Are
California FarmLink is a statewide nonprofit whose mission is to link independent farmers and ranchers with the
land and financing they need for a sustainable future. For more info visit: www.cafarmlink.org

FARM MANAGER:GREEN GATE FARMS

GREEN GATE FARMS
FARM MANAGER
(BASTROP, TX — 20 miles from Austin)
Responsibilities: Farm Manager for 35-acre certified-organic farm. Create and maintain field plans and
organic certification records for 200-member CSA; manage wholesale and retail sales; direct pasture
rotations for livestock; manage and lead work teams; oversee planting, harvesting, and weeding in field and
hoop houses.
Other farm work may include: Daily feed/care of livestock; assist with installation/repair of
irrigation/fencing; building barn/outbuildings; install/maintain orchard. Report to farm founders.
Commitment: 40 hours per week. Start ASAP.
Skills required:
• Experienced organic farmer with record of increasing responsibility
• Self-directed, well-organized, reliable
• Outgoing, good sense of humor
• Ability to work hard in all-weather, easily lift 50 lbs.
• Know your way around tools, handy
• Passionate about organic, sustainable systems
• Work with minimal supervision
• Clean driving record
• No drugs, prison time; this is a family farm
Compensation:
• Commensurate with experience
• Free certified organic vegetables and pastured meats
• Easy drive to town (Bastrop, 8 miles east; Austin, 20 miles west)
• Access to river for fishing, canoeing, swimming
• Beautiful, restful place to live and work
Note: Rent-free on-farm living available if you have your own RV/tiny house. Site is on beautiful
ridge above Colorado River with shade, deck, water, and metered electricity provided.
How To Apply:
Please send cover letter, resume, three work references, and questions to info@greengatefarms.net. No
phone calls please. Note: Due to time constraints, we will only respond to applicants with farming
experience.

See www.greengatefarms.net to learn more about the farm.

the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department Internship

MARCH 1ST DEADLINE

 

A summer internship will be available under the supervision of Conservation Officer Glen Lucas with the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department.  The internship will be based out of the Lancaster Office but will focus in the area around Colebrook.  The internship will focus on the everyday working life of a CO and what they do.  This could vary from 1 hour to the next in any given day.  Some activities may include but are not limited to Stocking fish, assisting with carry-outs and Search and rescues, patrolling with a CO on a dirt bike, ATV, boat truck etc., maintenance of equipment, Operation Game Thief projects, surveillance of fishermen, undercover work, working with state fish hatchery personnel.  This internship is available starting in May and ending in September.  This is an unpaid internship.  Lodging may be available. Hours most likely to be worked are various weekdays with some weekends as well.  Hours are flexible and we would prefer an internship to last at least until July.

Any questions please contact CO Glen Lucas by email. glen.lucas@wildlife.nh.gov

MARINE PATROL OFFICER (TEMPORARY ASSIGNMENT)

OPEN DATE:  February 19, 2016                   Closing Date:  March 31, 2016

 

The Maine Marine Patrol is currently accepting applications to fill a Marine Patrol Officer position.  This position will be hired in an acting capacity assignment (temporary) for the 2016 summer season.  Work will be performed primarily in York County through the summer with the possibility of continuing until October depending on the candidate’s availability. For more information on the position, contact Marine Patrol Pilot Steve Ingram @             (207)-624-6560

JOB DESCRIPTION

This is investigative and protective services work involving the enforcement of marine resource conservation law, rules, regulations, and other laws within the jurisdiction of the Maine Marine Patrol. Responsibilities include patrolling an assigned coastal area by land and aboard patrol vessels, protecting marine resources, coastal property, and the public; enforcing applicable laws; and investigating complaints and incidents. Work will be performed primarily in York County through the summer with the possibility of continuing until October depending on the candidate’s availability.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

In order to qualify, you must have a high school diploma or equivalent, be at least twenty-one (21) years of age by the time of appointment to the Maine Criminal Justice Academy, unless the applicant has an associate’s degree or 60 credit hours of post-secondary education in which case the applicant must be at least 20 years of age. Candidate must have no criminal or extensive motor vehicle record. Proof of age (e.g. legible copy of birth certificate or driver’s license) and a copy of your high school diploma or equivalent MUST accompany your application.  Preference may be given to candidates who have attended the Maine Criminal Justice Academy’s Law Enforcement Pre-Service Training Program. Applicants must be willing to reside in an area between Greater Portland and the Maine/New Hampshire border for the summer.

LICENSING REQUIREMENT: You must have or be able to obtain a valid State of Maine motor vehicle operator’s license.

GENERAL INFORMATION

Because of the responsibilities and authority of a Marine Patrol Officer, the examination process is extensive, thorough, and time consuming. This process is conducted by the Department of Marine Resources. The examination process involves multiple evaluation phases including a Physical Fitness Test (PFT) and the Alert Test to be administered by the Maine Criminal Justice Academy (MCJA) in Vassalboro, Maine. A Screening Interview will be held at the Department of Marine Resources in Augusta. Applicants must contact MCJA at (207) 877-8000 in order to schedule the Alert Test and PFT. The Alert Test and PFT will be held at the Academy on March 2nd and 16th. A minimum passing score of 37 is required on the Alert Test. For the PFT, applicants must score in the 40th percentile or above based on the Cooper Standards. Results of the Alert Test and PFT must accompany your application package (see application information).

The Department of Marine Resources reserves the right to use any other selection devices necessary in order to identify those candidates who are most qualified.

You should be aware before starting the application process that you will automatically be eliminated for any of the following:

AUTOMATIC DISQUALIFIERS:

  1. Have been found guilty of murder or any crime classified in Maine as a Class A, Class B, or Class C crime (any Felony) or a conviction for any equivalent crime in another jurisdiction outside the State of Maine;
  2. Have been found guilty of any crime classified in Maine law as a Class D crime (misdemeanor with a maximum possible term of imprisonment of less than one year) or a conviction for any equivalent crime in another jurisdiction outside the State of Maine;
  3. Have been found guilty of any of the following provisions of the Maine Criminal Code or a conviction for any equivalent crime in another jurisdiction outside the State of Maine:
    1) Chapter 15 (Theft);
    2) Chapter 19 (Falsification in Official Matters);
    3) Chapter 25 (Bribery and Corrupt Practices); or
    4) Chapter 45 (Drugs);
  4. Must not have engaged in any conduct that is penalized in the State of Maine as Murder, Class A, Class B, Class C, or Class D crime, or any provision of the Maine Criminal Code, Chapters 15, 19, 25, or 45; or engaged in such conduct in another jurisdiction outside the State of Maine, unless that conduct is not punishable as a crime under the laws of that jurisdiction;
  5. Have been found guilty of any crime that is a violation of the domestic abuse provisions of any state or federal statutes.
  6. Have been found guilty of operating-under-the-influence (O.U.I.) of intoxicating liquor and/or drugs within the 10 years prior to application;
  7. Have been adjudicated to have committed a 0.02 violation within the ten (10) years prior to application;
  8. Illegally sold scheduled drugs or drugs which require a prescription;
  9. Engaged in illegal drug use beyond what is considered as experimental;
  10. Are currently abusing drugs or alcohol; or
  11. Falsify or misrepresent a material fact when interviewed during the Background Investigation, or the Polygraph Examination, or on the Pre-polygraph questionnaire.

After a final interview, a job offer is made. Employment is contingent upon the outcomes of a background investigation, polygraph examination, psychological examination, physical examination, color blindness test and swim test.

APPLICANT EXAMINATION PROCESS

Because of the responsibilities and authority of a Marine Patrol Officer, the examination and selection process is extensive and thorough. The complete testing process consists of multiple evaluation phases.

1) ALERT TEST: Applicants must have already taken and passed the ALERT Test prior to applying to the Department of Marine Resources for the position of Marine Patrol Officer. It is not necessary to re-take the Alert Test if you have successfully completed it in the past.

The Alert Test may be scheduled by calling the Maine Criminal Justice Academy at (207) 877-8000. There is a $50 fee for this test. Testing is scheduled for March 2nd and 16th at MCJA in Vassalboro. This test must meet MCJA’s minimum passing score for entrance into the Law Enforcement Pre-Service Training Program. Test Questions are multiple choice and fall within the categories of Writing Skills and Reading Comprehension.

2) PHYSICAL FITNESS TEST (PFT): Applicants must have already taken and passed the PFT prior to applying to the Department of Marine Resources for the position of Marine Patrol Officer. The PFT needs to have been taken within one year from beginning Phase II of the Law Enforcement Pre-Service Training Program.

The PFT may be scheduled by calling the Maine Criminal Justice Academy at (207) 877-8000. There is a $35 fee for this test. Testing is scheduled for March 2nd and 16th at MCJA in Vassalboro. The PFT is a pass/fail test. The PFT consists of three events: a one minute timed push-up test, a one minute timed sit-up test, and a 1.5 mile run. Standards for successful completion of the PFT are available upon request from MCJA.

3) APPLICATION EVALUATION: Completed applications received at the Department of Marine Resources will be held in order to be considered for a screening interview.

Applications are reviewed to verify that each candidate meets the established minimum requirements listed on the Career Opportunity Bulletin. Applicants who do not meet these requirements are disqualified from further consideration as candidates.

4) SCREENING INTERVIEW: To be held at a date to be determined this spring.

All applicants successfully meeting the Minimum Requirements and passing the Alert Test and PFT will be scheduled for a Screening Interview. The Screening Interview is a structured interview that evaluates applicant’s skills in the areas of Commitment & Independence; Judgment & Logic; Decision Making/ Decisiveness; Experience; and Communication Skills/Tact & Diplomacy.

5) FINAL INTERVIW: The top candidate or candidates will be referred on to an interview with the Chief.

NOTE: Each component of the Marine Patrol Direct Hire examination process must be completed successfully. Failure to successfully complete a component will result in disqualification from further consideration.

APPLICATION INFORMATION

You must complete a State of Maine Direct Hire Application form or you can find the application at the Bureau of Human Resources in Augusta, all Maine Career Center Offices, or the State’s Web Page at http://www.maine.gov/nrsc/jobs/application.shtml.

Be as complete as possible in describing education, training, and work experience (paid and unpaid) on your application. Additional sheets may be used; however, information must be in the same format as shown on the application form. The completed application form, including results of the Alert Test and Physical Fitness Test, birth certificate, driver’s license, copy of high school diploma or equivalent, a one-page resume of your qualifications, a one page cover letter explaining why you are interested in the position, your post-secondary transcripts, as well as proof of licensing/registration/certification, must be sent to:

Department of Marine Resources
21 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0021
Attn: Marine Patrol Pilot Steve Ingram

Telephone: (207) 624-6560,  TTY: (207) 287-4474
(Located at 32 Blossom Lane, Marquardt Building, Augusta)

PLEASE KEEP A COPY OF YOUR APPLICATION MATERIALS. WE ARE UNABLE TO PROVIDE COPIES OF SUBMITTED MATERIALS.

AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EMPLOYER

The State of Maine is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer.
Qualified women and minorities are encouraged to a