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ALT Farms Business Manager:

Posted August 15, 2014

Purpose Statement:

Athens Land Trust ALT Farms business manager will oversee the business operations of ALT Farms by providing leadership and organization during the production process.  It is the business manager’s responsibility to ensure that the production and distribution of produce, grain or livestock abides by government and environmental regulations at the best rate of profit. The business manager will also oversee the Athens Land Trust Community Agriculture Program staff members.

Job Description:

A full-time (40/hrs/week) ALT Farms Business Manager will be hired to:

  • Plan finances and production to maintain farm progress against budget parameters
  • Market the farm’s products; managing restaurant sales and deliveries
  • Implement a CSA program in the community
  • Buy supplies, such as fertilizer and seeds
  • Arrange the maintenance and repair of farm buildings, machinery and equipment
  • Plan activities for trainee staff, mentoring and monitoring them
  • Maintain and monitor the quality of yield, whether livestock or crops
  • Understand the implications of the weather and make contingency plans
  • Ensure that products are ready for deadlines, such as auctions and markets
  • Ensure that farm activities comply with government regulations
  • Monitor animal health and welfare, including liaising with vets
  • Apply health and safety standards across the farm
  • Protect the environment and maintain biodiversity
  • Keep financial records up to date
  • Manage market operations, direct and supervise volunteer activities, and oversee any other administrative needs such as accounting and recordkeeping
  • Record sales and customer participation at the Market to determine a baseline and evaluate the success of the Market throughout the grant period
  • Present new ideas, best practices from other farms and farmers markets, listservs, etc. to improve the effectiveness and success of the ALT Farms

Qualifications: College degree required. Preferred areas of concentration are business, management, agriculture, horticulture, land or estate management or crop/plant science. Demonstrated knowledge of farmer’s markets and food sales. Demonstrated ability to work as a member of a team and to work effectively with other community agencies in the best interest of the participant and the agency. Ability to use computer systems and the Internet. A valid driver’s license and reliable insured transportation

Required Skills:

  • Excellent business skills, including knowledge of accounting and bookkeeping, in order to manage financial records and client transactions
  • Superb communication
  • Employee management and decision-making skills

AmeriCorps VISTA Positions:

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Volunteer Coordinator (VISTA Position):

Core responsibilities: The Volunteer Coordinator will establish a volunteer program at Athens Land Trust to utilize the volunteer resources in our community to increase the impact of our programs.  Specific duties include:

  1. Work with Athens Land Trust (ALT) staff to establish volunteer opportunities within ALT’s programs of Affordable Housing and Community Agriculture
  2. Establish policies and procedures for ALT’s Volunteer Program.
  3. Recruit and train new volunteers; determine interests and skills; schedule work times.
  4. Track volunteer hours.
  5. Create and maintain database of volunteers’ contact information and interests.
  6. Motivate and thank volunteers.
  7. Prepare materials and make presentations as needed.
  8. Maintain inventory of needed tools in working condition.
  9. Supervise volunteers during projects.
  10. Assist ALT staff in utilizing volunteers.
  11. Develop and maintain resources and resource lists for volunteers and volunteer opportunities.
  12. Develop positive relationships with a variety of stakeholders including residents of low-income communities, partner agencies/organizations, and donors.
  13. Monitor and evaluate the program to ensure positive volunteer experiences for both ALT and individual volunteers.
  14. Attend staff meetings


The ideal candidate has the following characteristics:

  • The ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of people;
  • Flexibility to be both a team player and a self-starter, comfortable in a supporting role and in working independently;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Experience in working with volunteers and with people from diverse socio-economic and ethnic backgrounds.

Conservation Director:

The Conservation Program Director directs all aspects of protection, stewardship, and government relations, implementing plans and policies approved by the board of directors. The Director establishes overall programmatic priorities for conservation programs and develops and implements strategies and plans for accomplishing them.

S/he is an individual with high ethical standards, excellent strategic planning skills, and a track record of engaging diverse groups — public, private, and nonprofit — in delivering on-the-ground conservation results. S/he has successfully negotiated complex conservation transactions, including securing public and private funding.

Specific tasks include:

1. Works with Executive Director and Conservation Committee to set the strategic direction and conservation priorities that position the organization as a major conservation partner in the state.

2. Works with the Executive Director and Conservation Committee to develop and implement government relations, public policy, and funding strategies in support of the conservation program.

3. Oversees the development and implementation of a Master Plan for the program, which establishes conservation priorities throughout the region.

4. Directs conservation activities including acquisitions, transfer of acquired lands to appropriate partners, and all other activities associated with protection strategies. Negotiates complex and innovative acquisitions and other conservation solutions with landowners and government agencies.

5. Directs development of management strategies for ALT and programmatic activities to achieve the organization’s conservation objectives.

6. Establishes policies and procedures in compliance with Land Trust Alliance Accreditation Standards.

7. Works to build environmental coalitions and to secure funding for creative environmental solutions.

8. Builds a volunteer program that supports stewardship activities and furthers best practices of land management.

9. Oversees development of educational and public relations campaigns that focus on the importance of conservation and environmental stewardship.

10. Manages staff, interns, volunteers and consultants to execute the programs and initiatives of the Conservation Program.

Additional tasks required of all ALT Employees:

  • Maintain regular in-office hours according to a predetermined schedule to answer email and messages, prepare detailed timesheets, coordinate with fellow staff, etc.
  • Contribute to quarterly newsletters, monthly and annual reports, brochures and other educational materials as related to  program(s) of primary responsibility as well as overall organization;
  • Assist with fundraising (i.e. grant applications, special events, etc.);
  • Attend weekly staff meetings; and
  • Be part of a team—provide support for all staff members in their respective duties


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