Find Your Dream Job in Meaningful Food Work

For many of us, rewarding work means a job where we can help be the change we want to see in the world while also increasing our own sense of well-being. A burgeoning area for this kind of work is the sustainable and ethical food industry, which includes chefs, farmers, writers, manufacturers and more.

These may sound like dream jobs, but two women are making ethical food work a reality for many with their website goodfoodjobs.com. The site is bringing job seekers together with job suppliers under the banner of “satisfying the hunger for meaningful work.”

The simple, user-friendly site allows anyone to easily post a job opening, find a job, or just read the blog.

With over 12,000 current listings, job seekers can search by job category (examples include agriculture, culinary, media and nonprofit), job type (full time, part time, freelance, internship/apprentice) and job location.

The following are a few of the current listings:

    • Organic farm manager in Washington, Va.;

    • part-time cheesemonger in New York City;

    • food co-op general manager in Vancouver, BC;

    • lambing intern at a sheep farm in Corinth, Vt.;

    • along with more traditional offerings like advertising sales reps in Philadelphia.

Posting a job offer costs $60 for 60 days (with discounts offered for schools, nonprofits, farms and small food businesses) and requires a quick registration by providing an e-mail address and selecting a password.

In return for the fee, the two-woman team of Taylor Cocalis and Dorothy Neagle, who dreamed of making the world a better place when they met at Cornell University ten years ago, pledges to continually work to reach the most qualified applicants in and out of the food world.

Good Food Jobs also maintains a blog on its website, called the gastrognomes, which posts weekly Q&As with food professionals it finds interesting, engaging and unlikely. The questions are exactly the sort that every potential “good food worker” should be asking himself or herself, and the answers can be very insightful.