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.
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!
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
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 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.
- 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 apply by Monday, July 12th, 2021 using the form below:
If you have difficulty with the form, please send the information above along with your cover letter and resume to email@example.com. Please put “CALIFORNIA ORGANIZER” in the subject line. No calls, please.