• Full Time
  • Encinitas, California, USA
  • $20-$22/hour commensurate with experience. Coastal Roots Farm offers a competitive benefits package. USD / Year

Website Coastal Roots Farm

NOURISHING COMMUNITY - A Nonprofit Community Farm in Encinitas

Position: Farm Educator and Volunteer Coordinator
Status: Full Time, Non-Exempt
Hours: Sundays – Thursdays, 32 to 40 hours per week (candidates must be available to work on Sundays); Occasional Fridays as assigned by Manager
Reports to: Education Manager, School & Volunteer Programs

Position Overview
The Farm’s Farm Educator and Volunteer Coordinator will support Coastal Roots Farm’s Education Department in coordinating and facilitating community and private volunteer groups, supporting oversite of the Education Farm and Garden space which is a quarter acre of growing space maintained by the Education Department, supporting basic facilities oversite in the Education Farm and Garden space, and facilitating programing for Farm visitors of all ages and backgrounds. At Coastal Roots Farm, the coordination of volunteers falls within the Education Department because we recognize the benefits of hands-on teaching to empower.

The ideal candidate will bring a unique background of agricultural experience and educational experience. The Farm Educator and Volunteer Coordinator will be comfortable delivering technical farming content to adults and children and will exhibit strong communication skills, group facilitation skills, interest in Jewish tradition, the ability to differentiate the delivery of agricultural knowledge to fit the audience, a passion for working with the community, and a welcoming disposition.

Coastal Roots Farm values diversity and an inclusive culture. Candidates should be willing and enthusiastic about working within the Jewish community but may be of any (or no) faith or background.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
The essential functions include but are not limited to, facilitation, facilities and garden oversite, and administrative duties. They are:
Facilitation
• Lead private, corporate, community, and teen-groups in volunteer activities to support various aspects of the Farm’s mission.
• Facilitate educational programming and technical farming skills with visitors of all ages. Programs may include:
o Field Trips (grades TK – 12th).
o Farm Camps (children ages 3 – 13).
o Tours (adults and families).
o Gardening Workshops (adults).
• Support the education internship program through technical training of basic farm skills.

Facilities and Garden Oversite
• Support Education team in seasonal crop planning for a quarter acre growing space.
• Perform routine garden maintenance tasks such as bed prep, irrigation repairs, transplanting, seed starting, pruning, and trellising.
• Care for Education Department animals.
• Include visitors, students, volunteers, and education staff members in the maintenance of the growing spaces.
• Ensure safety for children and visitors through basic facilities maintenance in the Education Farm and Gardens, Nature Play (nature playground), Farm Green, STEM Lab, and other educational locations on the Farm.
• Participate in small-scale building projects.

Administrative Responsibilities
• Coordinate with private volunteer groups to schedule and outline volunteer experiences on the Farm.
• Act as farm liaison for current and potential Corporate Partners and donors interested in pursuing volunteer work.
• Collaborate and meet with colleagues in the Education, Production, and Distribution departments to ensure that volunteer activities are seasonal, relevant, and appropriate.
• Collaborate with Leichtag Commons security team to communicate details of volunteer visits.
• Respond in a timely fashion to digital communications.
• Log volunteer hours and record data in Salesforce.
• Other administrative responsibilities as assigned.

Qualifications / Experiences
Required:
The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
• An associate degree or higher in agriculture, environmental science, education or related fields.
• 2 years technical experience maintaining farm or large garden spaces.
• 1-2 years of experience in formal or non-formal environmental, outdoor, Jewish and/or agriculture education.
• Strong administrative skills.
• Strong capacity for mentoring and teaching.
• Entrepreneurial, adaptable, and creative.
• Excellent ability to build and nurture relationships with a wide variety of people including colleagues, the public, youth, seniors, funders, and more.
• Possesses sensitivity to cultural and ability differences with the willingness to provide accommodations.
• Cooperative, service-oriented attitude.
• Team player and leader.
• Works well in a fast-paced environment.
• Familiarity with digital tools such as Microsoft Office, Salesforce, Square, etc.
• Ability to complete a background check.

Preferred:
• Spanish fluency with comfortability leading programs in Spanish.
• Familiarity with growing in Zone 10.
• Experience creating and managing a crop plan.
• Knowledge of indigenous land-based practices.

Reporting Relationship
Reports directly to the Education Manager, School & Volunteer Programs.

Compensation
$20 – $22 commensurate with experience. Coastal Roots Farm offers a competitive benefits package.

Typical Working Conditions
The Farm Educator and Volunteer Coordinator will work both indoors and outdoors. There will be exposure to Southern California outside temperatures, chemicals used in the agricultural industry, and loud noises.

Essential Physical Tasks
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Continuous walking, standing, stooping, bending, kneeling, reaching, lifting, and pushing/pulling up to 50 lbs., cutting, and carrying. Able to walk a minimum of .5 miles on uneven narrow trails with elevation gain.

Application Process
Please go to https://coastalrootsfarm.org/job-opportunities/ and click on “Job and Internship opportunities” to apply online. All applicants must submit:
• Cover letter
• Resume
• Job questions

About Coastal Roots Farm
Coastal Roots Farm (CRF) is a nonprofit Jewish community farm and education center. We cultivate healthy, connected communities by integrating sustainable agriculture, food justice, and ancient Jewish wisdom.

We share organic produce with those who need it most and connect people to compelling Jewish ideas and traditions through farming and food. We distribute food through our on-site pay-what-you-can Farm Stand, pop up mobile farm stands, and donations to hunger relief organizations. We offer hands-on education and experiences through School and Group Visits, Farm Camp Farm Tours, Volunteer Opportunities, Jewish Agricultural Festivals, and other community events, inviting our neighbors to connect to the land, Jewish tradition, and each other.

Coastal Roots Farm is located in Encinitas, CA on approximately 17 acres of land which we recognize as indigenous to the Kumeyaay and Luiseño peoples. Our Farm consists of vegetable production fields, education farm and gardens, a food forest, chickens, and compost operations. Coastal Roots Farm was incubated by the Leichtag Foundation in 2014 and received 501(c)(3) public charity status in 2015.

Coastal Roots Farm is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to building an inclusive workforce. We welcome and strongly encourage people with diverse backgrounds and experiences to apply. All qualified candidates, regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, or genetic information will be considered for this position.

To apply for this job email your details to denise@coastalrootsfarm.org