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

Administrative Intern (Part-time)


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 change in the Colorado General Assembly. 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, inclusive, 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 our Western Campaigns Director (based in Denver) and be supported by our state policy and organizing teams and by our 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

Organizing and Advocacy (60%)

  • Organize chapters and members around statewide advocacy efforts in support of producer-led, creative, inclusive, and equitable Young Farmers policy priorities, including development of a Colorado policy advisory group.
  • Plan grassroots advocacy actions such as legislative farm tours, roundtables, and lobby days.
  • 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 and AZ chapters and explore opportunities to develop chapters in new states.

Stakeholder Engagement and Outreach (40%)

  • Build and maintain collaborative relationships with farmer chapters, members, partners, and policy officials.
  • 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:

  • Strong communicator: Excellent writing and proofreading skills with an ability to draft thought-provoking and compelling 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 to be bold, meet new people, and make introductions to farmers and policy officials.
  • Experience organizing and/or advocating for change: At least one year of organizing experience, professionally or otherwise.
  • Purpose-driven and equity oriented: Familiarity and alignment with the mission of our organization. A demonstrated commitment to racial equity in the workplace and in policy and advocacy work.
  • Organized and detail-driven: Strong time management skills, experience meeting multiple project deadlines and objectives, and ability to work independently.
  • Collaborative: Experience working collaboratively with a team. Willingness to work collaboratively with remote colleagues.
  • Willingness and ability to work on a flexible schedule and attend events during the day 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:

  • 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.

Compensation:

  • The Organizer can expect an average of 20 hours per week at an hourly compensation rate of $21 per hour. 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. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and interviews begin May 4, 2020.


Administrative Intern (Part-time)

The National Young Farmers Coalition (Young Farmers) represents, mobilizes, and engages young farmers to ensure their success. Since 2010 our organization has mobilized young farmer leaders and chapters, supporters, and partners to elevate young farmer issues to national importance, winning historic policy change to address key barriers of land access, student debt, credit and capital, training, and racial inequity.

Young Farmers seeks a part-time Administrative Intern to provide basic financial and administrative support for our Operations Manager. The Administrative Intern will be based at our headquarters in Hudson, NY. Given COVID-19, the Administrative Intern will initially work remotely until it is safe to properly train them in-person on tasks that require being in the Hudson office. The Intern can expect to work 8-10 hours per week. This is a temporary position (through September 2020) with the possibility of becoming permanent.

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.

Primary Responsibilities

Financial and Administrative Support (70%)

  • Collect and scan the mail
  • Assist financial team with processing of payables and receivables
  • Ensure proper documentation and digital storage of financial files
  • Conduct maintenance on our Salesforce database through deduplication processes, converting leads, and performing list uploads
  • Assist in keeping our hardware inventory up-to-date

Stakeholder Engagement (20%)

  • Manage our info@youngfarmers.org email account
  • Maintain our metrics dashboard and incorporate staff feedback as needed

Development (10%)

  • Ensure proper entry and processing of grant award letters and acknowledgement letters in Salesforce
  • Support our Membership and Communications Manager with merchandise inventory and web store shipments

Qualifications

The successful candidate will offer: 

  • Familiarity and alignment with the mission of our organization
  • A demonstrated commitment to racial equity in the workplace
  • Highly organized and focused with superior follow-through and attention to detail
  • Strong time management skills with ability to work independently and in a team
  • Skilled at using Microsoft Office and Google Suite

The ideal candidate may also have:

  • Experience with bookkeeping or finance
  • Experience with database management, ideally Salesforce
  • Experience working on a farm or ranch and/or be rooted in the agricultural community

Compensation

  • The Intern can expect to work 8-10 hours per week at an hourly rate of $15 per hour. This is a temporary position (through September 2020) with the possibility of becoming permanent.

How to apply

Send a cover letter and a one-page resume to jobs@youngfarmers.org by May 31, 2020. Please put “ADMINISTRATIVE INTERN” in the subject line. No calls, please.

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