Center for Land-Based Learning
California Farm Academy (CFA)
Apprenticeship Project Coordinator
The Center for Land-Based Learning’s mission is to inspire, educate, and cultivate future generations of farmers, agricultural leaders, and natural resource stewards. We serve high schools students and adults through our experiential programs in 27 California counties, including our farm locations in Winters, Davis, and West Sacramento. The CFA Beginning Farmer Training Program and Farm Business Incubator have provided hands-on education, mentorship, land for lease and marketing support for over 120 new farmers in the greater Sacramento Region in the last 6 years.
Background: In 2015 we secured funding to develop the first accredited apprenticeship program in agriculture in the state. As a completely unique program of it’s kind, the project cultivates partnerships and connections between farmers, ranchers, policymakers, community college districts, government agencies and aspiring farmers. In January of 2017, we launched our pilot program with 3 apprentices and 2 host farmers. Apprentices are required to complete 3,000 hours of on-the-job training and 250 hours of coursework . Coursework includes enrollment in the CFA Beginning Farmer Training Program, a 7-month classroom-based course that offers a foundation in the basics of specialty crop farming. Graduates leave with a network of resources and mentors, a farm business plan or a farm career plan they created during the program, and opportunities to access land. Specifically, in the CFA Farm Business Incubator, graduates and other qualified farmers are leased land in either rural or urban settings and provided infrastructure, tools and technical and marketing assistance to start or improve their agricultural enterprise. Over seventy-five percent of CFA graduates are farming.
Land-Based Learning is hiring an Apprenticeship Project Coordinator, based at our main office at 5265 Putah Creek Road, Winters CA, at the Farm on Putah Creek. The Coordinator will report to the CFA Apprenticeship Program Manager. Responsibilities will include the following:
● Assist with apprenticeship recruitment
● Review and process apprenticeship applications and organize interviews
● Assist in apprentice interviews and selection
● Assist with farmer recruitment
● Conduct regular visits to the farm sites to assess and get feedback on program
● Assist in developing and refining the farmer and apprentice handbooks
● Monthly communication with farmers around program evaluation,
● Coordinate apprentice progress monitoring, tracking and evaluation
● Assist with developing curriculum
● Assist with developing and expanding the program, research leads and opportunities
● Coordinate media efforts to promote the program
● Assisting with Land-Based Learning events (fundraisers, donor appreciation events, open houses, etc.)
● Other duties as assigned
The Apprenticeship Project Coordinator should have a strong interest and commitment to education, and different types and scales of agriculture. The Coordinator must be self-motivated, and capable of working effectively both alone and with a larger team.
● Bachelor’s in a plant-related field (Horticulture, Agriculture, Agronomy, Ecology), Business, Economics, Environmental Education, Non-Profit Development, Community Development, or a related field.
● Experience with farming; either as a beginning farmer, apprentice/intern, or other related agricultural farm jobs.
● Experience in adult education, particularly involving agricultural or environmental training
● Experience working with a non-profit or a community development program
● Excellent communication, social and writing skills
● Experience and skills to work effectively in a team setting
In addition, the ideal candidate will also have:
● A background in either formal or informal educational programs or apprenticeship programs
● A background in sustainable agriculture and/or beginning farmer training programs
● Experience with building a new project from the ground up, or expanding a program
● Comfort with calling, emailing and speaking to experienced farmers
● An ability and willingness to be flexible with tasks assigned
● Moderate to advanced computer skill, especially with Microsoft Office, web browsers, social media, and email
● Willingness to work odd hours and weekends as required
This position will be at .50 FTE (half-time) for the first year with the possibility of extension depending of securing funding. Salary commensurate with experience.
How to Apply
Send cover letter and resume to: Sri Sethuratnam, Director firstname.lastname@example.org on or before 10/27/2015