American Farmland Trust is the only national organization that takes a holistic approach to agriculture, focusing on the land itself, the agricultural practices used on that land, and the farmers and ranchers who do the work. Since our founding in 1980, AFT has helped permanently protect over 6.5 million acres of agricultural lands, advanced environmentally-sound farming practices on millions of additional acres, and helped thousands of farm families make a go of it (primarily through programs that increase farm viability and/or enhance farmland access). Long a pioneering leader, AFT is now riding a new wave of growth, driven by agriculture’s most pressing needs and opportunities.
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Description of role
AFT’s California Farms for a New Generation (FNG) Outreach Specialist leads the implementation of the California Farms for a New Generation Program and other intersectional programs which provide training, resources, and support services to improve farm viability among historically underserved and marginalized farming communities in California.
As an integral part of the AFT Programs team, the California Farms for a New Generation Outreach Specialist works with farmers, ranchers, and community partners to conduct outreach, deliver educational programming, provide one-on-one support services, and develop new resources, trainings, and online tools to support historically underserved and marginalized farmers and address social, economic, and environmental challenges. The position will work with other AFT regional and national staff to address collective issues related to AFT’s mission in saving the land that sustains us by protecting farmland, promoting environmentally sound farming practices, and keeping farmers on the land. In California, the Farms for a New Generation program has most prominently though not exclusively focused efforts on addressing farm viability, regenerative agriculture, and land access issues with Latinx and Southeast Asian farmers in the San Joaquin Valley, Central Coast, and Southern California.
The Farms for a New Generation Outreach Specialist will also play a key role in additional intersectional programs including AFT’s San Joaquin Valley Land and Water Strategy, Farms for a New Generation national program, and Soil Health Bottom Line.
What You’ll Be Working On
- Coordinate implementation of the FNG program, including but not limited to conducting outreach, delivering educational programming, and developing new resources, trainings, and tools for diverse, small-scale, historically underserved and marginalized farmers
- Cultivate and maintain strong relationships with farmers and ranchers and agricultural, environmental, research, business, and community partner organizations
- Organize and coordinate in-person and virtual workshops, radio broadcasts, and community resource fairs to related to regenerative agriculture, land access, and business planning services;
- Engage directly with farmers, landowners, and relevant partners to understand the needs and opportunities of historically underserved and socially disadvantaged farming communities in California;
- Organize and develop compelling educational programming that is responsive to community needs and culturally, socially, and linguistically relevant to diverse farmer audiences
- Support project tracking, monitoring and evaluation, and report-writing activities;
- Assist with the development of compelling proposals to secure funds for priority projects;
- Work with AFT communications staff and others to create high quality compelling content;
- Represent AFT at public meetings, conferences, workshops, and trainings
- Travel up to 20% of the time.
The ideal candidate possesses 3+ years of practical experience in agriculture, food systems, and/or community development, education or extension and:
- Experience working with diverse agricultural communities and systems and demonstrated understanding of environmental, social, and economic issues facing different populations of farmers, farmworkers, and farming communities. Preferred lived experience and/or cultural competency that enables understanding of a diverse spectrum of stakeholders.
- Experience performing community outreach and implementing in-field community-based educational programs;
- Experience developing and extending socially, culturally, and linguistically relevant resources and services to farming communities;
- Relational & collaborative: excel in building trust and finding common understanding between diverse stakeholders, and working with others to achieve multiple benefits
- Quick learner with high emotional intelligence with the ability to understand and adapt to diverse and dynamic environments and situations
- Highly responsible with a strong sense of ethics; trustworthy, dependable, and passionate about the mission of AFT
- Exceptional communicator (written and verbal) and listener among diverse audiences and communication styles
- Professional experience working directly with farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural and environmental organizations and stakeholders is strongly preferred.
- Working knowledge of farmer experiences, challenges, and needs
- Working knowledge of farming and related agricultural issues in California, with a general understanding of regenerative agricultural practices, land access, and/or business planning topics is preferred.
- Willingness to learn and possess a growth mindset
- Ability to see the big picture while also being detail oriented
- Ability to work independently and as a team;
- Ability to meet deadlines, multi-task, and be flexible.
- Strong writing and presentation skills;
- Ability to think creatively and strategically.
- English/Spanish bilingual required;
- Highly motivated self-starter;
- Detail-oriented and demonstrated commitment to high quality professional work;
- A valid CA driver’s license and access to reliable transportation with the ability to travel within agricultural regions in CA, particularly San Joaquin Valley, Central Coast, and Southern California.
Education & Experience
A BA or BS degree in sustainable agriculture, natural sciences, resource management, food systems, community development, education or extension, agribusiness or related field, preferred.
3+ years of practical experience in agriculture, food systems, and/or community development.
Why you should apply
- Be a part of a purpose-driven, committed, knowledgeable, high-performing, experienced and fun team
- A diverse and inclusive work environment
- A cause and mission you can be proud of
- Competitive compensation & Benefits
- Remote work opportunities
- Flexible scheduling
AFT offers a competitive total rewards package. The salary range for this position is $55,000 – $65,000 depending on experience.
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