Jobs and Internships

Over the past decade, the National Young Farmers Coalition has become a leading voice for change in U.S. agriculture.

With 40+ chapters and over 200,000 farmers and supporters in our network, we enter the next decade with excitement and commitment to building a bright and just future for agriculture in the U.S. Agriculture is facing unprecedented challenges: consolidation, aging of the industry, racial inequities, and the climate crisis. We are actively expanding our capacity to solve these challenges and hope you’ll join our growing team.

Current Openings:

Colorado Organizer (Part-time)

California Farmer Political Leadership Fellowship

CFAP 2 Technical Assistant


Colorado Organizer (Part-Time) 

The National Young Farmers Coalition (Young Farmers) seeks a dynamic, part-time Colorado Organizer to support young farmer chapters and members across the state and help drive forward farmer-led structural change, advocating for policies with a strong racial equity approach. The Organizer will collaborate with the five Young Farmers chapters in Colorado, at-large members, and the Western Campaigns Director to: organize farmers and ranchers around statewide advocacy efforts in support of producer-led, creative, and equitable Young Farmers policy priorities; support chapter advocacy planning efforts, plan grassroots actions, and conduct outreach to increase member participation and support chapter growth. The Organizer will report to the Western Campaigns Director (based in Denver) and be supported by the state policy and organizing teams and the National Chapter Manager. The Organizer will be remotely based in a farming and/or ranching region within Colorado, ideally on the Western Slope, with regular travel throughout the state.

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. We strongly encourage people of color, LGBTQ+ individuals, and veterans to apply.

Responsibilities

Grassroots Organizing and Advocacy (60%)

  • Organize chapters and members around statewide advocacy efforts in support of producer-led, creative, and equitable Young Farmers policy priorities, including development of a Colorado policy advisory group.
  • Prioritize organizing and support for farmers of color; understand structural barriers preventing equitable access to resources, technical assistance, and supportive policy; and mobilize farmers and partners to strategically address those barriers
  • Plan grassroots advocacy actions such as legislative farm tours, roundtables, lobby days, and digital advocacy.
  • Support chapter advocacy planning efforts such as listening sessions, advocacy trainings, and policy meetings.
  • Support development and implementation of a Young Farmer water fellowship program and support producers’ participation on water policy bodies.
  • Represent Young Farmers policy priorities to policy officials and partners.
  • Support existing CO chapters and explore opportunities to develop chapters in new regions of the state.

Stakeholder Engagement and Outreach (40%)

  • Build and maintain trusting relationships with farmers, ranchers, Young Farmer chapters and members, partners, and policy officials.
  • Build trusting relationships and identify collaborative opportunities with organizations, groups, or individuals serving agricultural producers, particularly equity-focused organizations.
  • Represent Young Farmers at key meetings, events, and conferences related to CO campaign efforts.
  • Conduct outreach to engage farmer/rancher chapters, members, and new communities in advocacy.
  • Provide outreach & membership recruitment support for existing CO chapters.

Qualifications

  • Compelling writing and/or speaking skills with an ability to draft thought-provoking, equity-oriented language in support of policy and advocacy work; ability to engage in clear and timely communications with farmers, partners, and policy makers over the phone, via email, and in-person; and willingness take risks, meet new people, and make introductions to farmers and policy officials.
  • Strong listener who approaches new communities with humility and accountability, and is able to build trust over time with diverse stakeholders
  • Demonstrated experience in grassroots organizing, professionally or otherwise, including experience organizing with Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) farmers and ranchers.
  • Demonstrated commitment to racial equity in organizing and advocacy work and demonstrated experience building relationships with BIPOC communities. Must have an understanding of structural racism and how it impacts agriculture and the food system.
  • Strong time management skills, experience meeting multiple project deadlines and objectives, and ability to work independently.
  • Experience working collaboratively with a team and ability to work collaboratively with remote colleagues.
  • Willingness and ability to work on a flexible schedule and attend events during the day, weekend, and/or evening, particularly during legislative session.
  • Valid driver’s license and willingness and ability to travel regularly throughout the State with occasional overnight travel.

The ideal candidate may also have:

  • Experience farming or ranching in Colorado.
  • Connections with Colorado farming communities and Young Farmer partner organizations.
  • Experience with and curiosity for technology and social media in the context of organizing and advocacy.
  • Bilingual Spanish/English skills.

Compensation

  • The Organizer can expect an average of 20 hours per week at an hourly compensation rate of $21-23 per hour depending on location and experience. Weekly hours may increase during periods of travel or around particularly time-intensive events. Potential for reduced hours during the summer growing season for farmer applicants.
  • Young Farmers offers benefits for part-time staff including paid sick days, personal days, paid family leave, and retirement matching.

To apply

Send a one-page cover letter and a resume to jobs@youngfarmers.org with “Colorado Organizer” in the subject line. No calls, please. First round interviews will begin September 1, 2020. We will accept applications until the role is filled.


CFAP2 Technical Assistant (Part-time)

The National Young Farmers Coalition (Young Farmers) seeks a temporary CFAP2 Technical Assistant to provide support to farmers in our network, particularly Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) farmers, in applying for aid from USDA’s Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP2).

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. We strongly encourage people of color, LGBTQ+ individuals, and veterans to apply.

The CFAP2 Technical Assistant will work remotely, part-time starting ASAP through mid-December, 2020. We are looking for someone with experience working for, or applying to, USDA’s Farm Service Agency loan programs. Experience working with BIPOC farming communities is ideal. Applicants with Spanish language will be prioritized.

The CFAP2 Technical Assistant will become an expert in the CFAP2 application and provide one-on-one support to farmers in our network navigating the program, particularly farmers who have never applied for FSA loans and who are from BIPOC communities long discriminated against at USDA. They may also support our network communications on CFAP2, write blogs and website FAQs as needed, and host webinars with FSA officers and other experts.

The CFAP2 Technical Assistant will receive an hourly compensation rate of $21-$29 per hour depending on location and experience. We are flexible on number of hours per week, up to 35 hours. To apply, send a resume to jobs@youngfarmers.org. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

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