Under the direction of the Sustainable Food Systems Director, the farm and Education Coordinator will be responsible for all aspects of the organization’s community farm operations at La Milpa de Fresno and community gardens in local communities. They will design and implement growing systems to maximize the production of vegetables, fruits, herbs, flowers, and other products following sustainable and regenerative agricultural practices. They will also be responsible for creating and implementing educational materials and opportunities for the monolingual, Spanish-speaking community members participating in La Milpa and local community gardens. The Farm and Education Coordinator’s primary goals are to work with the Community Owned Food System Program team to successfully coordinate and implement all activities and projects related to the community farm and gardens, and to support the successful participation and growth of local community members aspiring to become small-scale farmers.
About Central California Environmental Justice Network:
The CCEJN, is a nonprofit organization working in the San Joaquin Valley. CCEJN seeks to preserve the natural resources of the San Joaquin Valley by working towards minimizing or eliminating environmental degradation within our communities. Rural communities in California’s Central Valley suffer a disproportionate amount of negative health, social, and economic impacts due to disproportionate environmental degradation. CCEJN upholds the principles of environmental justice through direct action, movement building, advocacy, and resident engagement in all of its efforts. CCEJN is looking for candidates who share our organizational values and are interested in working in Environmental Justice and sustainable and regenerative agricultural practices in Fresno County.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Supervised by the Sustainable Food Systems Director and working alongside the Farm Assistant to coordinate community garden and farm operation activities and provide educational opportunities to community members utilizing regenerative agriculture practices and principles. Duties include but may not be limited to the following:
- Develop and implement all farming activities, including but not limited to:
- Crop and production planning
- Irrigation installation and maintenance
- Soil building, including composting, cover crops, etc.
- Seed selection, seeding, greenhouse propagation, transplanting, etc.
- Pest management
- Weed control and management
- All tasks required to maintain the community farm
- Comply with all regenerative and pesticide-free farming practices and ensure all farming permits and certifications are current.
- Maintain detailed records of field tasks, planting activities, and program activities to comply with grant objectives and to maintain transparent communication.
- Implement and maintain safety protocols, including worker/participant safety and site security.
- Inspect and maintain equipment for proper functioning.
- Maintain, organize, and keep records of tools in the farm tool library.
- Plan and coordinate community garden projects in local communities and ensure community participation.
- Work alongside, guide, and train the Farm Assistant.
- Train and guide farming volunteers.
- Prepare educational materials and presentations incorporating regenerative agriculture principles, farm business skills, economic development principles, and other relevant topics to provide and present to program participants.
- Plan and coordinate monthly meetings for community members participating in the community farm, on the last Sunday of each month.
- Perform other project-related duties as assigned.
- Bachelor’s Degree or higher in Plant Science or Agricultural Science.
- Two to Five years of experience coordinating or managing a diverse small-scale farm operation utilizing regenerative farming practices.
- Two to Five years working in a professional setting.
- Correct English and Spanish verbal and written communication.
- Experience creating and delivering adult education presentations and hands-on agricultural education in Spanish.
- California Class C driver’s license and employee-provided transportation are required.
- Perform farming tasks and safe use of farm equipment and machinery
- Communicate and interact with other staff, community members, volunteers, and partners in a professional, effective, respectful, clear, concise, logical, and organized manner.
- Able to take direction and follow instructions and procedures.
- Exhibits strong work ethic, honesty, and integrity in all aspects of the position and in carrying out job duties.
- Approach problem-solving with creativity and in collaboration with program staff and community partners.
- Create and maintain an organized working environment.
- Maintain regular and consistent attendance.
- Experience collecting and analyzing data to report outcomes and meet grant objectives.
- Ability to work and interact well with individuals from a variety of socioeconomic backgrounds in a culturally diverse environment.
- Ability to follow safety regulations and instructions, including safe driving practices, observing speed limit, and obeying all road signs while driving as outlined by the California Motor Vehicles.
- Commitment to CCEJN’s core values of Social and Environmental Justice and equity. ● Flexible and helpful–able to change plans, identify needed work, and adjust tasks as needed to manage time effectively and efficiently.
Work Environment and Physical Demands:
While performing the duties of this job, the employee will be working indoors, remotely or in an office environment, and outdoors in a farm environment. While performing job duties outdoors the employee will experience diverse weather conditions and can be occasionally exposed to dust and other airborne particles. The noise level in the workplace is usually moderate. The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, walk, talk, and hear. The employee is frequently required to use hands and fingers to handle or feel objects, tools, and/or controls. The employee is required to sit; reach with hands and arms, push, lift, and carry supplies and equipment; to smell, stoop, kneel, crouch, and/or crawl. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 45 pounds, or more with or without assistance. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
Compensation and Benefits:
- Salary: $54,000 to $60,000/year – Commensurate with skills, qualifications and experience Full-time
- Benefits: Dental, Medical, Vision and Life Insurance. Paid Holidays, Vacation, and Sick Time.
- Supervisory Responsibilities: None
- Location: La Milpa de Fresno, CCEJN Office, Remote
- Reports to: Sustainable Food Systems Program Director
Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and a link to or sample of your work to CCEJN’s Sustainable Food Systems Program Director, at Lorena.Ramos@ccejn.org. Please include “Farm and Education Coordination” and your name in the subject line of the email.
CCEJN is committed to providing equal employment opportunities for all persons regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, marital status, political affiliation, sexual orientation or gender identity, disability, sex, or age.