Jobs and Internships

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

The National Young Farmers Coalition (Young Farmers) represents, mobilizes, and engages young farmers to ensure their success. Since our founding in 2010, we have grown our grassroots network to over 200,000 farmers, ranchers, and supporters. We give young farmers tools to become leaders in their communities, building an effective political voice at the local, state, and national level. Together, we tackle the most critical structural and economic barriers that prevent motivated young people from starting and growing successful farm businesses—including access to affordable farmland, racial inequities, climate change, health care, and student debt. We have won historic investments in beginning farmer training, outreach to farmers of color, farmland conservation, and accessible COVID relief. 

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:

Climate Campaign Director

California Organizer


Climate Campaign Director

Young Farmers seeks a Climate Campaign Director to lead our efforts to win federal climate policy that is bold, equitable, and honors the experience and potential of young farmers and farmers of color. This role will build on a candidate’s skills and experience in agricultural and climate change policy, government relations, and grassroots engagement to deliver on our young farmers’ needs and priorities on climate in Washington, DC. The Climate Campaign Director will work with our farmer-led policy committee, organization leadership, and coalition partners to set our climate priorities and strategies. They will act as the primary policy lead on climate by building Hill and Agency relationships to advance our priorities through legislative and administrative change. They will represent Young Farmers in climate coalitions and build organizational partnerships. Finally, they will work with our grassroots team to engage farmers in opportunities to share their climate stories and advocate for swift and bold action on climate.

All staff are currently remote due to the COVID-19 pandemic; we strongly prefer that candidates be able to work regularly from our Capitol Hill office at 110 Maryland Avenue, NE, Suite 505, Washington, DC when public health and safety guidelines allow for office reopening, likely in September 2021.

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 applications from people of color, people of working-class backgrounds, women, LGBTQ+ people, or those who are members of other marginalized communities. Our job descriptions are general overviews, not a mandatory comprehensive list. If you feel passionate about our efforts and believe that you have the skills to successfully do this job, we want to hear from you!

Responsibilities

Policy and Campaign Strategy (60%)

  • Work with member-led Policy Committee, organization leadership, and coalition partners to develop administrative, regulatory, and legislative priorities on climate.
  • Direct climate campaign strategy and implementation with support from Young Farmers Organizing & Advocacy Director, grassroots staff, and in coordination with Coalition chapters, members, and external organizational partners.
  • Lead cross-portfolio coordination with conservation and land policy staff on climate change and agriculture-related policy development, advocacy, and member engagement.
  • Apply an equity lens to all work and strive to advance racial equity both within the Coalition’s internal processes and through its external campaigns and policy goals related to climate justice and a just transition.

Policy Advocacy, Analysis, Communications (30%)

  • Advocate on Capitol Hill and with executive branch agencies (USDA, EPA, White House, etc.) on a regular basis and become a trusted voice for the young farmer perspective on climate and agriculture.
  • Assemble and support the drafting of policy materials, including policy papers, testimony, legislation, rulemaking comment letters, and program analysis reports.
  • Engage farmer members in federal advocacy opportunities on climate and work with grassroots team to execute grassroots farmer actions.
  • Represent Young Farmers at relevant agency and coalition meetings, as well as Congressional hearings and briefings focused on climate action policy.
  • Track and analyze federal legislation related to climate change.
  • Write climate-related policy blog posts and network communications to keep our farmers up-to-date on our climate work.

Cross-Organization Support (10%)

  • Contribute to the organization’s annual priority setting, fundraising, and staff meetings.
  • Attend and present at farmer conferences, webinars, and roundtables as needed.

Qualifications:

  • An understanding of and passion for sustainable agriculture and climate change solutions, and a strong grasp of federal policies and programs that impact climate change, conservation, and working land programs, and young farmers programs including but not limited to key Farm Bill programs.
  • Understanding of sustainable agriculture and food systems, the intersection between food and climate justice, and/or its impacts for young farmers and BIPOC farmers and communities.
  • Significant knowledge of the federal policy-making process.
  • Demonstrated understanding of how racial equity and climate justice intersects with agriculture and food systems and an ability to apply an equity lens to policy decisions.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including public speaking skills and ability to translate complex federal regulations and policies for a lay audience.
  • Exceptional initiative and interpersonal skills, including the ability to work independently and collaboratively, listen well, build trust, and model healthy conflict resolution.
  • Strong project management skills and demonstrated ability to work on legislative timelines.
  • Enthusiasm for and experience in cultivating lasting relationships and accountable partnerships with a diverse body of stakeholders and decision-makers.
  • Ability to work effectively with, value differences of, and incorporate the experiences and policy impacts on diverse groups of individuals, including race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ability, and socioeconomic circumstances.
  • Self-motivated, organized, and able to stay on task when managing multiple projects.

Additional Experience

The following skills are desired but not required:

  • Experience working in a Congressional office or federal agency.
  • Background with grassroots advocacy campaigns (e.g. digital organizing, lobby days, etc).
  • Experience with climate change research and science communication on complex environmental issues.
  • Experience with multi-organization grassroots coalitions, facilitation, and consensus-building.
  • Research skills with strong attention to detail.
  • Bilingual fluency in a language other than English.

Salary and Benefits

  • Full-time schedule, typically 9am-5pm Monday through Friday.
  • $74,832 – $79,636 based on experience, in accordance with our organization’s Compensation Guidelines
  • Young Farmers offers a competitive benefits package, including health and dental insurance, retirement matching, generous paid time off, paid family leave, and a sabbatical policy.

Applying

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and at least one writing sample related to climate policy that includes policy recommendations (examples one and two) to jobs@youngfarmers.org with the subject line “Climate Campaign Director” by August 23rd.


California Organizer

Young Farmers seeks a part-time or full-time California Organizer to grow our organizing capacity in California to build power and win campaigns that center racial equity for BIPOC young farmers and future farmers of color. The California Organizer will join our current team (Abel Ruiz, California Organizer, and Eli Tizcareño, California Campaigns Director). As part of a growing team that values shared leadership, collaboration, and co-creation, this position will support Young Farmers’ statewide California policy platform development and implementation process, collaborative advocacy work with partner organizations, and our grassroots organizing and leadership development through our CA Fellowship program and young farmer network. The California Organizer is a remote position within the state of California.

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 applications from people of color, people from working class backgrounds, women, LGBTQ+ people, or those who are members of other marginalized communities. Our job descriptions are general overviews, not a mandatory comprehensive list. If you feel passionate about our efforts and believe that you have the skills to contribute to the work of our organization, we want to hear from you!

Responsibilities

Project Management: Planning for Success (15%)

  • Participate in regular meetings with the CA Team to strategize, collaborate, lead, reflect, and support CA projects effectively
  • Develop work plan in collaboration with CA Director and carry out, assess, and adapt projects as needed to ensure successful project implementation 
  • Support managing membership database for CA
  • Participate, when possible, in the Coalition’s National Organizing Team to design and implement innovative strategies in organizing, outreach, and engagement

Organizing Young Farmers: Growing Relationships, Capacity, and Power for Racial Equity (35%)

  • Co-lead the creation of the CA Young Farmer Policy Platform with the leadership of a CA young farmers across the state
  • Lead strategic conversations with the Northern Central Coast Chapter on a regular basis to support the implementation of their short-term and long-term goals
  • Connect with the young farmer community (including our current Southern CA network) to identify needs and next steps for resourcing and strengthening the network
  • Organize at least two statewide or regional workshops and/or farm visits during the year in collaboration with the CA Organizer and farmer leaders, either in person or virtually, depending on COVID regulations
  • Support young farmers in our network to join in-district meetings and engage in local, regional, and statewide legislative opportunities with close partners like California Farmer Justice Collaborative

CA Farmer Political Fellowship: Leadership Development & Creative Advocacy (30%)

  • Support the organizing of the CA Farmer Political Leadership Fellowship in planning and implementation of the virtual and/or in-person retreat and trainings
  • Check-in with fellows 1:1 in preparation for their workshops and creative advocacy projects 
  • With Fellow graduates, initiate the CA Fellowship Alumni Network to support alumni engagement, leadership, and capacity building that further supports the program’s sustainability and transformation

Strategic Relationship Building for Structural Change (15%)

  • Support implementation of the statewide CA Young Farmer QTBIPOC Gathering 
  • Collaborate with the CA team to maintain healthy relationships of accountability with young farmers (especially BIPOC young farmers), our current partner organizations (especially BIPOC-led partners), and new partners that are working towards long-term racial equity at the regional and/or state level

Development & Sustainability (5%)

  • Collaborate with Young Farmers staff on grant-writing and reporting
  • Engage and inform current funders on our work

Qualifications

We are seeking candidates who can demonstrate that they:  

  • Are committed to social justice and have a deep racial equity analysis and intersectional approach to building power and grassroots organizing  
  • Are detail oriented and organized; takes initiative; and excels in healthy relationship building 
  • Have at least 3+ years experience in community organizing, campaign organizing, and coalition building focused on growing self determination and long-term racial equity collaboration with communities of color 
  • Understand and/or have a personal connection to the structural barriers that prevent the success of small-scale farming communities, especially communities of color (in urban, suburban, and rural environments)
  • Have developed strong anti-oppression facilitation, grassroots organizing, and communication skills
  • Are energized to organize, mobilize, and support the leadership of farmers of color with the ability to think strategically and long-term
  • Can demonstrate a proven track record of strong project management and organizational skills, including attention to detail, ability to effectively prioritize tasks with little supervision, and to work independently to accomplish assignments and projects
  • Are ready to have fun doing this work!

The ideal candidate may also have:

  • Bilingual or multilingual skills
  • County and statewide policy advocacy experience 
  • Experience leading virtual meetings, gatherings, and events 
  • Experience with database management
  • Experience in conflict mediation and healing justice
  • Experience in CDFA and USDA grant cycles 
  • 1+ years of experience working on a community garden, farm and/or ranch 
  • Current experience in farmer justice organizing spaces 
  • Knowledge of the local, regional, national and/or international landscape of food/farmer justice

Schedule and Compensation

FULL-TIME:

  • Full-time schedule, typically 9am-5pm Monday through Friday.
  • $55,676-$61,256, in accordance with our organization’s Compensation Guidelines, including salary adjustment based on location.*
  • Young Farmers offers a competitive benefits package, including health and dental insurance, retirement matching, generous paid time off, and paid family leave. 

PART-TIME:

  • The Organizer can expect to work an average of 20 hours per week at an hourly compensation rate of $26.77 – $29.45 per hour, in accordance with our organization’s Compensation Guidelines.*
  • 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.

*Salary ranges are calculated based on 2020 living wage value ($20.47/hr) for Los Angeles, reflecting a 24% Location-Based Adjustment to the Associate Level, Median and Median Plus Tiers.

Please only apply to this position if you have community organizing experience in CA and reside in CA. Thank you.
Apply by August 15th, 2021 using the form below:

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If you have difficulty with the form, please send the information above along with your cover letter and resume to jobs@youngfarmers.org. Please put “CALIFORNIA ORGANIZER” in the subject line. No calls, please.

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