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In eight years, NYFC has become a leading voice in the sustainable agriculture movement. With 40 chapters and thousands of farmers and consumers as members, we enter our next phase of growth with excitement and confidence. But the challenge before us is great: we must expand rapidly and achieve much more if we are to have the level of impact necessary to halt and then reverse the decline of family farming in the United States. We are actively expanding our capacity and growing our team.

 


Western Water Projects Specialist

 

The National Young Farmers Coalition (NYFC) seeks a full-time, Durango-based Western Water Projects Specialist to formalize and scale up NYFC’s Water Bootcamp series across the Colorado River Basin, and to provide drought and climate mitigation resources to Western farmers and ranchers. NYFC Water Bootcamps convene local water experts to train farmers and ranchers on state water law and policy. The Specialist will standardize curriculum in target states, organize and host eight Water Bootcamps per year across the Colorado River Basin, and compile and distribute online water resources to help young farmers understand their water rights, engage in conservation, and enter roles of water leadership. This position is currently funded through December 2019 with the possibility of extension beyond that period.

NYFC represents, mobilizes, and engages young farmers to ensure their success. We envision a country where young people who are willing to work, get trained and take a little risk can support themselves and their families in farming. In order to achieve this vision, we are building a coalition of farmers, ranchers, and supportive consumers of all racial, ethnic, social, and economic backgrounds. NYFC strongly encourages women, LGBTQ individuals, veterans, and people of color to apply.

Primary responsibilities:

  • Organize, host, and conduct eight Water Bootcamps per year in at least four Colorado River Basin states, with a focus on Colorado.
  • Develop and standardize Water Bootcamp curriculum and learning objectives in each target state.
  • Lead in the creative development of a Water Bootcamp brand in collaboration with the NYFC team and a designer.
  • Convene water experts in each region to present curriculum during the workshops.
  • Strengthen relationships with presenters and partners to build lasting partnerships.
  • Conduct extensive outreach and event follow-up to ensure excellent attendance and ongoing participant engagement.
  • Compile, distribute, and maintain a comprehensive online water resources database to support Western farmers and ranchers in conservation and drought and climate change resilience.
  • Identify opportunities for future creative water programming and resources.

Qualifications:

  • At least two years of experience working on Western water issues.
  • Preference for candidates with familiarity in water law and policy in Colorado and across the Colorado River Basin.
  • Bachelor’s degree in related field.
  • Demonstrated commitment to equity and experience working with diverse communities.
  • Excellent ability to successfully plan and organize multiple events at once across a broad geographical region, and to carry out those events with strong attention to detail.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and verbal and written communication that builds trust and rapport with farmers, partners, funders, and sponsors over time.
  • Able to work both independently and as a team in a fast-paced environment.

Compensation:

  • Full-time. Starting salary from $42,000 – $45,000, commensurate with experience.
  • NYFC offers a competitive benefits package, including health and dental insurance.

How to apply:

  • Send a one-page cover letter, résumé, and contact information for three references to jobs@youngfarmers.org. Place “Western Water Projects Specialist” in the subject line. No calls, please.

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: March 1, 2018

 


 

The National Young Farmers Coalition is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, age, religion, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, veteran status, political orientation or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. NYFC encourages women, LGBTQ individuals, veterans, and people of color to apply.