Montana Local Foods Specialist

Put your education and experience to work to lead the growth of the farm to institution movement in Montana! The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) is a private non-profit corporation that works to promote sustainable technologies and systems, especially for the benefit of economically disadvantaged individuals and communities. If you are a self-directed leader with strong skills in facilitation, communication, prioritization, and organizing, this is a great opportunity for you! NCAT is looking for a motivated, enthusiastic individual to work with the Farm to Cafeteria Network, an NCAT statewide initiative involving foodservice professionals, farmers and ranchers, and leaders in Montana’s local food movement who are working together to increase the amount of healthy, locally-sourced foods served in Montana’s institutions. This position will work specifically on the expansion of the Montana Harvest of the Month Program, as well as a farm to school project working to address issues of food access through local food distribution networks. The Local Foods Specialist must be comfortable working with a wide range of groups and individuals, from youth to state agency directors. This regular, full-time position based at NCAT’s Butte, Montana office. The position is anticipated to start in early September.

Qualifications, Skills and Abilities:

  • The position requires the equivalent of a BA/BS degree plus a minimum of 3 years of related work experience in food service procurement, wholesale supply chains to institutions, agriculture, economic development, local food economies, or public policy. An advanced degree in one or more of the disciplines noted may substitute for two years of work experience;
  • Experience with developing educational resources and creating and delivering online or in-person training programs is necessary;
  • Possess an intellectual curiosity, understanding and enthusiasm for NCAT’s mission;
  • Project and budget management experience as well as fundraising experience;
  • Excellent communication skills (phone, public presentation, written, partner relations);
  • Ability to foster effective partnerships with farmers and agricultural organizations, food service staff, public health organizations and others is highly valuable;
  • Experience with public outreach, community engagement and communications are preferred;
  • Direct professional experience working with institutions, farmers, food hubs, food distributors and processors, public agencies, agricultural and food organizations, academic institutions and/or public health groups is preferred;
  • Ability to work with Microsoft Office Suite is required.


The Program Specialist will play a lead role in coordinating NCAT’s Farm to Cafeteria Network and projects including Montana Harvest of the Month and Montana Department of Agriculture Farm to School Project.

Other activities will include designing and implementing trainings for institutional food buyers, developing public education and outreach materials and providing technical assistance on local food procurement for institutions.

Primary responsibilities for this position include:

  • increasing the visibility and impact of Farm to Cafeteria work through online and traditional outreach strategies;
  • further developing, expanding and tailoring resources such as the Farm to Cafeteria database, in-person regional trainings, and other opportunities for network participants to exchange best practices;
  • collaborating extensively with leaders in Montana’s food system, including policy leaders, AmeriCorps members, Team Nutrition, MSU Cooperative Extension, state agencies such as the Office of Public Instruction and the MT Department. of Agriculture through the Montana Farm to School Leadership Team and other statewide coalitions;
  • increasing local procurement and education in public institutions and food businesses through implementation of programs including Montana Harvest of the Month;
  • facilitating meetings, decision-making, and project implementation for regional farm to school activities;
  • planning and fundraising to ensure the future of NCAT’s Montana local foods projects.

Salary and Benefits:
This is a full time, 40 hour/week position paying $30,000 to $35,000 annually, salary will be dependent on qualifications and experience. Excellent benefits include paid vacation and holidays, health, life and disability insurance, a cafeteria and 401(k) plan and a pleasant, professional working environment.

Application Process:
Applications will be accepted through August 1, 2018 or until a suitable candidate can be identified. Early applications are encouraged and applications will be considered as they are received. All persons interested in being considered for the position must submit a cover letter highlighting their experience and skills relevant to the listed qualifications, a current resume and a completed NCAT application. Incomplete applications or reference on the application to “see resume” will not be considered. Applicants can visit NCAT’s homepage at for a gateway to websites and projects developed by NCAT staff. Send completed application materials to:

Kriss Sullivan
NCAT Human Resource Specialist
P.O. Box 3838
Butte, MT 59702

For convenience this announcement is also available in PDF format.

NCAT Application Form.

NCAT’s mission is to help people by championing small-scale, local and sustainable solutions to promote healthy communities, reduce poverty and protect natural resources. Our work brings together diverse partnerships and communities to help reduce poverty and protect our natural resources. We strive to be a multicultural organization that embraces the rich dimensions of diversity such as race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, physical ability, religious or political belief and marital or veteran status. Diversity creates healthy communities. Special consideration will be given to applicants who are reflective of the communities that we serve.

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