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Rogue Valley Chapter Coordinator Rogue Farm Corps

  • Date Posted January 03, 2022
  • Location Rogue Valley, OR
  • Category Agriculture / Education
  • Job type Full-Time
Company description VISION STATEMENT:

RFC envisions a world in which land is deeply cared for, power is equitably shared, and farms, ranches, and the people who work them flourish.

MISSION STATEMENT:

Rogue Farm Corps trains and equips the next generation of farmers and ranchers through hands-on educational programs and the preservation of farmland. 

VALUES:

Stewardship - protecting farmland and promoting agricultural practices that restore water, soil and biodiversity.

Mentorship - sharing knowledge and experience across generations through hands-on, experiential education and learning. 

Collaboration - joining forces with partners and allies to advance shared goals and act together for a livable future. 

Systemic change - addressing disparities in the food system to achieve equitable access to education, training, land, and capital, and building diverse, adaptable communities able to thrive in a changing climate.

Job description

Hours: 1.0 FTE (40 hours/week)

Location: Rogue Valley region of Southern Oregon (work from home and at area locations)

Start date: Mid-February 2022

Compensation: Starting salary is $42,000. Benefits include flexible work schedule, paid vacation/holiday/sick leave policy, health insurance, home office stipend, and 1% IRA retirement account match. Requires the use of your own personal vehicle, cell phone, and computer (reimbursements provided).

Position Description

The Chapter Coordinator manages RFC’s farmer training programs in Southern Oregon. The Coordinator helps train and equip new farmers by planning and facilitating educational events, recruiting and retaining excellent partner host farms, and supporting program participants and host farmers to enhance the mentor/mentee experience. 

 

The Coordinator will also help pilot a new part-time entry-level teaching farm program for a small cohort of participants in partnership with a local organization. The Chapter Coordinator will be involved in direct training, education, mentorship, and supervision of aspiring farmer participants in a farm setting, focused on small-scale organic mixed vegetable production.

 

Specific Duties:

Internship. Apprenticeship, & Event Programming:

  1. Recruit host farmers that meet RFC’s guidelines, in collaboration with Education Director
  2. Support host farmers in developing their on-farm curricula or skills checklist and on-farm agreements / employee handbooks.
  3. Conduct outreach efforts online and in-person to increase program visibility and recruit aspiring farmer applicants.
  4. Evaluate written applications to the farmer training programs.
  5. Keep up-to-date records for participants and host farms.
  6. Adapt RFC’s class and discussion topics to the local agricultural community by collaborating with farmers, agricultural professionals, and other partners in creating a local educational event series and other program events. 
  7. Schedule the educational event series to best fit the needs of program participants, partners, instructors, and host farmers.
  8. Help plan and facilitate orientations for new participants.
  9. Organize and facilitate all classes, farm tours and other participant events in the chapter in collaboration with local instructors/leaders. Typically this means leading introductions, keeping track of time, leading certain educational activities, creating and reminding participants of group agreements, checking for understanding, making program announcements, and gathering feedback.
  10. Take photos for use in social media and other outreach.
  11. Send weekly program updates to current participants and host farmers.
  12. Provide one-on-one support to host farmers and participants throughout the program season. Act as a resource for all host farmers and participants.
  13. Provide positive and constructive feedback to host farmers and instructors.
  14. Co-facilitate annual host farmer orientation and debrief meetings.
  15. Support Education Director in arranging ongoing professional development for host farmers.
  16. Contribute to ongoing program and organizational communication, development, and improvement via regular online meetings with RFC staff and other internal communication.
  17. Attend occasional conferences, trainings, meetings, and retreats.
  18. Assist in the creation of content for organizational communications efforts.
 

Teaching Farm Programming:

  1. Design goals and structure of program with Education Director and site partner
  2. Conduct outreach and applicant review/selection process, with Education Director
  3. Design production plan, with site partner
  4. Conduct orientation with new cohort
  5. Facilitate creation of group agreements
  6. Plan weekly activities, learning goals, and discussions, with site partner
  7. Mentor and train participants in small-scale sustainable mixed vegetable farming production skills, with site partner
  8. Seed, plant, protect, harvest, wash, pack, and distribute produce, in coordination with aspiring farmer participant cohort and site partner
  9. Elicit participant feedback and adapt program to participant goals, feedback, and needs
  10. Track participation and provide certificates of completion
 

Required Competencies

  1. Commitment to RFC mission, vision, and values
  2. Ability to communicate and build relationships with various partners and audiences including staff, experienced farmers, beginning & aspiring farmers, and other local food system organizations
  3. At least two full seasons of farm experience in the realm of sustainable crop production, market gardening, or equivalent
  4. Ability to foster a positive, equitable group learning environment and attend to the needs and goals of the group and individuals
  5. Ability to use online applications including email, calendar, Google Drive, Google Docs, and Google Sheets and willingness to learn new online tools as needed
  6. Ability to work independently and as part of a collaborative remote team 
  7. Good organization and time management skills including self-motivation to work remotely and complete tasks in a timely manner
  8. Excellent attention to detail
  9. Able to connect with and develop trusting relationships with people and communities of various backgrounds and identities
  10. Good stress management skills
  11. Basic understanding of social justice concepts and commitment to applying them to this role

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Experience teaching or training people in sustainable farming skills and concepts, especially as relates to organic mixed vegetable production
  2. Commitment to and understanding of soil health and soil biology as well as agricultural practices that foster them
  3. Knowledge of or experience with local food systems 
  4. Strong connections to Black, Indigenous, Latinx, or other communities of color and other underserved populations
  5. Commitment to continuous learning
  6. Experience coordinating programs and relationships with partners

Working Conditions

  1. The Rogue Valley Chapter Coordinator can expect a flexible working schedule that includes some evenings and weekends. Requires approximately 40 hours/week, allowing for seasonal and weekly fluctuations. 
  2. The Coordinator works remotely from other staff. A good internet connection is necessary. A home office is highly recommended as no office is provided.
  3. Requires regular travel within local chapter region and occasional out of local area travel (travel reimbursements provided).
  4. Must confirm monthly schedule with Education Director.

 

 

Compensation this position is : salaried, 35,568* - 50k Application instructions
This job expired on March 04, 2022
DeadlineJanuary 30, 2022

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