Title: Wildfire Resilience Specialist
Location: Remote (CA based) and/or out of the Davis CAFF office
FTE: 1.0 FTE
Salary: $55,000-63,000 annually
Reports To: Farmer Services Director
Bilingual Pay Differential: Eligible Position
CAFF is a California-based membership organization that includes family farmers and other community members passionate about local food, farming, and the environment. As a farmer-serving organization, we recognize the historic and lasting inequities in the California food and farming system. We believe farmers of color, and other historically oppressed people, should have the opportunity to create and participate in a food and agriculture system that aligns with their needs, values, identities, knowledge systems, and communities. We commit to advancing racial, gender, and environmental justice in our larger systems, as well as in our own workplace. Currently our programming is focused in four areas: Farm to Market, Policy & Advocacy, Farmer Services, and Ecological Farming. To learn more about CAFF, our history, and our core values, visit https://caff.org/about.
The Wildfire Resilience Specialist will play a key role on our Farmer Services team by leading wildfire resilience technical assistance efforts with small farmers. The Wildfire Resilience Specialist will keep project related data up to date in Dropbox and Salesforce, monitor project timelines to plan for any adjustments, communicate with subcontractors, and complete various project tasks. A successful candidate will be highly detail oriented, have technical knowledge on small farm production, expertise in (and/or the ability to quickly develop expertise in) wildfire prevention and recovery best practices, and be a clear communicator. The Wildfire Resilience Specialist contributes to organizational and team project strategy. They implement CAFF’s Racial Equity goals and practices throughout their work. This is a new position and project at CAFF and will require the Specialist to play a key role in securing future funding for the position.
Major Duties and Responsibilities
Essential responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Provide Wildfire Technical Assistance to Farmers
Fundraising and Grant Management
CAFF General Responsibilities
Educational and Work Experience
- High school diploma, Associates, or Bachelor’s Degree
- Small-scale diverse and/or organic farming experience
- Knowledge of the wildfire prevention and recovery resources/practices and how it applies to small farmers
- Teaching audiences about complex topics
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
- The ability to analyze data and information and develop systems as needed
- Strong written and oral communication skills in English
- Flexibility to work independently, with minimal supervision, as well as collaborate with others in a team setting
- Flexibility to work on a variety of projects, simultaneously
- Ability to speak publicly and teach to various audiences
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office, especially Excel
- Proficiency with collaborative working platforms such as Salesforce, Action Network, Wordpress, Dropbox, and Google Drive
- Ability to use Asana project management software (training provided)
- Bilingual, bicultural skills in Spanish considered a plus
- Ability to sit for long periods of time working at a computer.
- Ability to lift up to 50 lbs.
- Requires a full range of physical mobility, such as bending, stooping, lifting, turning, carrying objects, and grasping.
- Ability to drive long distances (4+ hours) to visit farmers and conduct trainings.
This position is currently funded through 11/30/2022. We aim for the position to continue to be a full time funded position at CAFF for the foreseeable future as wildfire resilience will likely remain a high priority topic for small farmers. At this point we can not guarantee employment past 11/30/2022. The person that fills this position will be expected to play an active role in future fundraising.
CAFF offers and covers 100% health and dental coverage for full time employees (categorized at 80% FTE and up), generous vacation (120 hours/year) and paid time off (two personal days in addition to vacation), and 401K. CAFF observes 11 holidays a year plus a week of paid time off in between Christmas and New Years. Employees are also provided a $50/month work from home stipend as well as a $30/month cell phone stipend. In addition, each employee is provided an annual $500 budget to use on professional development.
CAFF’s policy is that all persons are entitled to equal employment opportunities regardless of race, color, religion, gender, marital status, or sexual orientation.
To apply: Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information of three references with the subject line “Wildfire Resilience Specialist” to firstname.lastname@example.org. Priority will be given to applications received by December 3rd although we will accept applications as long as this job is posted here. We aim to start first round interviews the week of December 6th.