New Entry Sustainable Farming Project hiring Farm Resource Coordinator

Lowell, Massachusetts

The New Entry Sustainable Farming Project, a beginning farmer training program, is seeking a year-round Farmer Resource Coordinator, to begin mid-March.  The position is based in Lowell, MA and can be full-time or there is flexibility for two (2) part-time positions based on the two distinct major areas of job responsibility.  Competitive salary and benefits.  Participants from diverse backgrounds are strongly encourage to apply.  Cross-cultural experience is required.

Below is a link to the full job description.  The main duties of this position are comprised of two distinct programs and areas of responsibilities – you may elect to apply for the entire position (full-time) or one project area of the position (part-time – either farmland matching or BFN/Mass); we are willing to be flexible for the right person(s). Please specify whether you are applyling for the entire position or a portion of the job in your cover letter with your application.

Major duties involve:

A.       Manage New Entry’s local and statewide Farmland Matching Programs – identify available farmland by working closely with farmers and partners / service providers in the region to assess land suitability and determine leasing and/or purchasing options; evaluate producer needs and match goals with available parcels; facilitate relationships and provide technical assistance to farmers and landowners to result in secure land tenure relationships.  Create and update educational resources for landowners and farmers around accessing and using land in MA.  Develop relationships with service provider organizations offering farmland services in Massachusetts for potential collaboration and development of regional land matching programs; organize educational workshops and other educational opportunities around the state regarding farmland; and other duties as described in detail in the full job description.

B.      Coordinate the statewide Beginning Farmer Network of Massachusetts (BFN/Mass – see www.bfnmass.org ) and provide other Technical Assistance / Trainings for new and socially disadvantaged farmers – develop relationships with beginning farmers and service providers to create and maintain the statewide beginning farmer network; supervise BFN/Mass working groups; facilitate the creation of and manage on-line tools for Beginning Farmers and an active Referral network for Beginning Farmers.  Plan state-wide retreats/forums for beginning farmers and farm service providers to network; and coordinate workshops for farmer’s continuing education, relating to such topics as new growing practices, tractor work, or connecting to USDA resources.  Coordinate New Entry partnerships with other refugee farming organizations in the region, including teaching ESL classroom and practical skills workshops in organic crop production practices, and other duties as described in detail in the full job description.

To apply, please email a cover letter, resume, and complete the Community Teamwork, Inc. application form.  Email all three documents to both:  hr@comteam.org,jennifer.hashley@tufts.edu; and bweaver@comteam.org

We are hoping to fill this position quickly, so please submit your applications materials as soon as possible if you are interested.  Deadline to apply:  Monday, March 4th.

Thanks, Jennifer

Full Job Description – Farmer Resource Coordinator

Employment_Application

Jennifer Hashley, Project Director

New Entry Sustainable Farming Project

www.nesfp.org

M, W:  Boston Office – 617-636-3793

75 Kneeland Street, Rm. 829, Boston, MA  02111

T, R, F:  Lowell Office – 978-654-6745 (ext. 5728)

155 Merrimack Street, 3rd Floor, Lowell, MA  01852

fax:  866-306-3941

cell:  617-306-4879 

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