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

California Campaigns Director

California Organizer


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.


California Campaigns Director

About the California Program
Young Farmers’ California Program is designed to build political fluency, capacity, and leadership among California’s young farmers, particularly farmers of color. By listening to, resourcing, and supporting young farmers while retaining consistent relationships, we envision these farmers will have the confidence and tools to shape the future of agriculture in the state.

Young Farmers seeks a California Campaigns Director to build support and capacity for farmer-led change at the state level. We are looking for a candidate who is passionate about building power among communities that have been excluded from policy making and formal structures of power, particularly young farmers of color. Our ideal candidate is an experienced campaigner who understands the agricultural political landscape in California, can garner multi-stakeholder, multi-sector support for young farmer success, and can bring a strong racial equity analysis and thoughtful design process to the work of educating and motivating young farmers, particularly young farmers of color, to build power and win change.

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

Project & Program Management (30%)

  • Direct strategy for California campaigns with input from State Policy Campaigns Director, farmers, and partners
  • Implement, actively assess, and adapt California campaigns to effectively advance power for farmers of color
  • Manage the California Organizer and collaborate with the National Organizing Team to design and implement innovative strategies in organizing, outreach, and engagement
  • Manage the California Farmer Political Leadership Fellowship program with support from the California Organizer

Policy Platform and Campaign Development (40%)

  • Develop, write, and present the California Young Farmer Platform through deep engagement of young farmers, centering farmers of color
  • Build, manage, and participate in multi-sector coalitions in support of California Young Farmer Platform, with a particular focus on partnerships with organizations led by and serving farmers of color
  • Build systems of accountability that ensure campaigns are farmer-identified and driven
  • Work with research institutions and partners to identify new and creative policy solutions to the challenges young farmers face
  • Produce persuasive policy communications to engage policy makers and press, including position statements and reports as well as policy briefs, one-pagers, bill summaries and presentations
  • Garner support for policy priorities through grasstops lobbying at the state capitol and mobilizing grassroots actions

Stakeholder Engagement (20%)

  • Connect farmer members to opportunities to influence California policy, programs, research, and food systems
  • Conduct listening sessions and advocacy trainings to support farmer political fluency
  • Initiate and maintain working relationships with food and farming organizations and build systems of accountability to ensure commitments are met
  • Identify collaborative or coalition opportunities with agricultural, environmental, workforce, and other aligned organizations
  • Partner with Young Farmers team to engage media, advance communications goals, and provide interviews, opinion pieces, and other verbal and written content pertinent to the work of the California Program
  • Support development of Young Farmers Chapters in California in collaboration with the California Organizer and National Chapter Manager

Development (5%)

  • Support the financial sustainability of the California program
  • Assist in identifying, cultivating, and maintaining funder relationships
  • Collaborate with Young Farmers staff on grant-writing and reporting

Budget management (5%)

  • Work with State Policy Campaigns Director to manage California Program budget

Qualifications

  • Knowledge of California agricultural issues, programs, and policies;
  • Experience in a policy or advocacy position;
  • Experience managing projects and supervising staff and/or volunteers;
  • Experience crafting and implementing projects with accountability and social justice means;
  • Record of developing strong, lasting interpersonal relationships, particularly with communities of color, and experience working in coalition;
  • A demonstrated commitment to racial equity in the workplace and in advocacy work;
  • Compelling skills as a speaker and writer;
  • Ability to work self-directed, but also be a strong team player;
  • Be located in Sacramento or willing and able to travel to Sacramento.

Ideal candidate may also:

  • Have experience working on a farm or ranch;
  • Have experience in non-profit fundraising;
  • Hold a relevant graduate degree or commensurate experience in law, community development, or policy;
  • Be bilingual Spanish/English.

Compensation

$61,000- $81,875 based on location and experience; Young Farmers offers a competitive benefits package, including health and dental insurance, retirement matching, sabbatical policy, and flex-time policy.

How to apply

Send a cover letter and one-page resume to jobs@youngfarmers.org by July 13, 2020. Please put “California Campaigns Director” in the subject line. Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis. No calls, please.


California Organizer

About the California Program
Young Farmers’ California Program is designed to build political fluency, capacity, and leadership among California’s young farmers, particularly farmers of color. By listening to, resourcing, and supporting young farmers while retaining consistent relationships, we envision these farmers will have the confidence and tools to shape the future of agriculture in the state.

Young Farmers seeks a California Organizer to work directly with young farmers, primarily young farmers of color, to organize and advocate for a brighter, more equitable future for agriculture in the state. We are looking for a candidate who has some experience as an agricultural producer and is driven to build power among communities that have been excluded from policy making and formal structures of power. Our ideal candidate is bilingual in Spanish/English and is located in the Central Valley or Southern California. This is a full-time position but we can be flexible if an active farmer is interested in part-time work.

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

Project Management (10%)

  • Implement, assess, and adapt projects to ensure successful farmer participation, resourcing, and engagement
  • Participate in the Coalition’s National Organizing Team to design and implement innovative strategies in organizing, outreach, and engagement

Grassroots organizing & advocacy (45%)

  • Establish and uphold relationships of accountability with farmers and connect them with resources and opportunities
  • Help design and implement the California Young Farmer Platform by organizing and hosting farmer listening sessions, strategy workshops, legislative farm tours and roundtables, working closely with the California Campaigns Director
  • Mobilize farmers to attend fly-ins, advocacy days, and workshops
  • Focus on organizing with farmers of color and in historically underrepresented communities; this includes understanding structural barriers preventing equitable access to resources, technical assistance, and supportive policy, and mobilizing farmers and partners to strategically address those barriers
  • Foster chapter development and farmer networking with support from National Chapter Manager
  • Identify and build out interpretation and translation services
  • Identify collaborative opportunities with organizations, groups, or individuals serving agricultural producers, particularly BIPOC-led organizations
  • Represent the Coalition at events and conferences

Farmer leadership development (45%)

  • Support the California Farmer Political Leadership Fellowship through curriculum development, coordination of an in-person retreat and trainings, and by providing one-on-one support to fellows during and following the fellowship
  • Prepare farmers and fellows for lobby days, in-district meetings, and other engagement with legislative and agency officials and their staff
  • Build strong, trusting relationships with community organizations and leaders who can mentor young farmers
  • Create culturally-relevant, farmer-centered educational materials to increase farmer political fluency

Development (5%)

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

Qualifications

  • Strong familiarity with California’s agricultural communities and organizations, with an emphasis on communities of color
  • Demonstrated experience in grassroots organizing, advocacy or a related field
  • Strong listener who approaches new communities with humility and accountability, and is able to build trust over time with diverse stakeholders
  • Takes initiative to identify and carry out the work that needs to be done
  • Able to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Bilingual English/ Spanish
  • Able to travel frequently, including occasional evenings and weekends (as possible)
  • Be located in the Central Valley or Southern California

An ideal candidate will also:

  • Have experience in education or farmer training
  • Have farming or ranching experience

Compensation

$46,000 – $56,250 based on location and experience;
Young Farmers offers a competitive benefits package, including health and dental insurance, retirement matching, sabbatical policy, and flex-time policy

How to apply

Send a cover letter and one-page resume to jobs@youngfarmers.org by July 10, 2020. Please put “California Organizer” in the subject line. Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis. No calls, please.

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