Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Farm Coordinator Position for IRC's New Roots Sacramento!

BACKGROUND:
Founded in 1933, the IRC is a leading nonsectarian, voluntary organization providing relief, protection and resettlement services for refugees and victims of oppression or violent conflict.   One aspect of the IRC is to provide assistance to refugees resettling in the US. Since opening its doors, the IRC in Sacramento has assisted more than 15,000 refuges, asylees, survivors of human trafficking, and other vulnerable populations across Sacramento and has had a crucial impact on the development of vibrant and thriving communities in which they live.   IRC’s New Roots program is designed to assist refugees to reestablish their ties to the land, celebrate their heritage, and nourish themselves and their neighbors by planting strong roots in their new communities. Through community gardening, nutrition education and small-business farming, New Roots provides refugee farmers with the tools and training they need to grow healthy and affordable food and become self-sufficient. Across a network stretching from New York to Oakland, refugees are revitalizing urban spaces, sharing their farming know-how with their new neighbors and providing healthy, fresh food to their families and communities.

SCOPE OF WORK:
Through the New Roots Farm Program, IRC provides refugees with resources and training to support small business farming, community gardening, and nutrition education. The Farm Coordinator is primarily responsible for providing on-site farm management and leading agricultural education programs. This position reports to the New Roots Program Manager and works between the Sacramento, CA office and on the farm site.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
I. FARM MANAGEMENT:                                                                                                                    
Provide technical assistance and coordinate farm site development and management, including but not limited to irrigation system management and scheduling, crop planning, soil fertility management, integrated pest management, nursery operations, and postharvest handling practices
Coordinate training workshops on agricultural practices and agribusiness development
Determine farm site needs, implement practices, and document services
Facilitate access to resources needed for the farm business, such as legal, marketing, and technical assistance

II. EDUCATION DEVELOPMENT:
Coordinate farmer training education program, using existing curriculum and develop ing new materials
Organize and lead workshop s and trainings and maintain ongoing technical assistance support
Build connections with local organizations and refer participants to relevant resources

REQUIREMENTS:
•Bachelor’s Degree in Agricultural Sciences or related field experience
1. Three + years of related work experience ; in fields such as farming; agricultural training; business development,
2. Demonstrated understanding of field-based farm management skills
3. Strong organizational skills including: multi-tasking, prioritizing, planning, and effective time management
4. Ability to get along with a team and supervise volunteers
5. Strong communication skills, ability to communicate with limited-English speakers
6. Fluency in written and spoken English, with bilingual ability preferred
7. Knowledge of and ability to use Microsoft Offic e Suite; including strong keyboarding skills
8. Ability to safely lift light loads (35 lbs) and physically demonstrate use of farming techniques and tools
IRC leading the way from harm to home. 
IRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
IRC considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status or disability.