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Oakland Wiki Youth Program Instructor

posted Dec 23, 2012, 11:46 AM by Alfred Twu

The Oakland Wiki, a hyperlocal wiki modeled after the beloved Davis Wiki recently proposed a collaboration with Youth Uprising, and were pleasantly surprised by an offer of an Oakland Wiki instructor position. None of their current volunteers are available to take the position. Are you? 

You would lead 10-15 Youth Uprising youths (ages 18-24) who are participating in the Excel Youth Uprising program, a 1-yr. intensive fellowship. They would be working on the wiki 20 hours/week (4 hours/day) and going to school full time. You would be their instructor and supervisor, responsible for creating a curriculum and motivating students to create articles on local history, events and resources. Oakland Wiki volunteers will provide you with editor training and a cohesive community of active and creative volunteers (that work out of Sudo Room, a downtown Oakland creative and community hackerspace, every Thursday at 7pm). 

The pay is $10-12/hour for 20 hours/week. Work starts in January for a 6-month contract, with the possibility of extending it to a year.

BioFuel Oasis biofuel and urban farming part time job

posted Sep 4, 2012, 8:35 PM by Alfred Twu

The BioFuel Oasis Cooperative, a Biodiesel Station & Urban Farm Store in Berkeley, is seeking a new employee who will, in time, become a worker-owner. 

Most important is that the person have real world experience with (and like to talk and explain to others about!)
1.    Biodiesel—all aspects of the alternative fuel, from sustainable production practices to basic function in vehicles—and
2.    urban farming—chickens, beekeeping, and vegetable growing.

Also required is that the person have experience in at least 3 out of the following:
1.    Customer service/retail OR teaching/training (as our customer service includes a lot of education about biodiesel/urban farming)
2.    Accounting, bookkeeping, Quickbooks or similar, likes math
3.    Proficient/quick to learn on computers, Mac & PC, solid knowledge of Excel and Word
4.    Mechanically inclined, proficient with tools (plumbing, carpentry)
5.    Worked for a small business (including your parents owning a small business) OR have experience with a housing or worker-owned co-op, sharing space, or consensus decision-making
(Note that the job includes all of the above, so we want someone capable of learning a lot of different skill areas well.)

The candidate would also be a quick learner with an eye toward details, enjoy multi-tasking, have an outgoing, friendly personality, and be able to easily build long-term relationships with both customers and vendors.

Other skills that are a plus:
-Experience in a related area (i.e. fermentation, cheese-making, goats)
-Website/HTML knowledge
-Live in the East Bay/close to our station

Starting Payrate:  $16/hr (plus quarterly bonuses)
Hours:  20-25 hrs/week including one Saturday/month
Vacations: 4 weeks unpaid vacation /year, 1 week at a time. No time-off for first 3
months as we will be focused on training.
Commitment:  Initial one year commitment as an employee, 5-10 year commitment if continue on to worker-owner track
Worker-Owner compensation ranges from $19-28 per hour (due to profit sharing) health and wellness benefits, other benefits, and paid vacation.

This position is the 1st Step in our Worker/Owner Process:
1st Step:  Employee for 6-12 months – learns tasks that are foundations of our business: half of time is spent retail/helping customers, half of time mix of accounting, ordering merchandise, and physical basics of our equipment.
2nd Step:  Employee on Worker-Owner Track for 1 year – starts to manage tasks & areas of the business gradually, learn higher level accounting/financials, and gains more responsibilities and knowledge of business.  This year is spent evaluating whether the employee and the current worker-owners think it is a good fit.
3rd Step:  Worker-Owner – 2 years of working and learning all aspects of the business so you know how to do 90% of all the work we do here.  Worker-owners know how to do all the areas of the business so we can fill in for others easily and switch around tasks every year or so to keep it interesting.
How to Apply:
Please send resumes and cover letters to by end of day Monday, September 10.  In your cover letter, please outline your biodiesel, chicken, beekeeping, & customer service/teaching experience. No phone calls please.

ForageSF Kitchen Manager

posted Aug 19, 2012, 11:10 PM by Alfred Twu

Kitchen Manager job at ForageSF, a local food movement organization, running a food prep coworking space.
- Full time
- Salaried
- Starts September.  

1.     Managing the operations of forageSF and Forage Kitchen
2.     In charge of the finances of the organization.
3.     Be the main point of contact for all employees and interns, and oversee their progress on projects as well as assigning new projects.
4.     Willingness/ability to learn and do anything that is required.
5.     Working to regularly recruit volunteers/interns, and managing their progress.
6.     Manage Forage Kitchen when it opens.
7.     Work on managing the Forage Kitchen project as it develops.

Details here.

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