Job Opportunities

Farm Business Developer

Overview:

The mission of Athens Land Trust is to empower and sustain communities through responsible and visionary land use. We are both a conservation and community land trust, which means that we work to protect natural resources, and to foster affordable housing and other community centered land use opportunities through our Conservation, Housing and Community Agriculture Programs.

Summary:

The role of the Farm Business Support Developer is to provide business education, planning and support for prospective, beginning and underserved farmers. The Farm Business Support developer will conduct trainings, info sessions and one on one consultations with farmers. The Farm Business Support Developer will work with the managers of West Broad Market Garden and Williams Farm to oversee and coordinate markets for produce from both farms, develop market opportunities for our network of farmers, and integrate produce from our farmers into various markets.

Qualifications:

  • Minimum three years experience working with beginning and underserved farmers/ranchers/producers

  • Experience leading projects and building community partnerships

  • Comfortable speaking in front of large groups

  • Able to work independently and as part of a team, comfortable taking initiative

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • experience working with socially disadvantaged farmers and communicating with them in a culturally appropriate way.

Responsibilities:

  • Plan and coordinate farm business development info sessions and workshops

  • Provide one on one consultation, technical assistance and business planning support to target population of farmers/producers, including farm visits; work with farmers to develop tailored progress plans based on individual goals

  • Coordinate a small grower and value added producer network, including collective crop planning, supply chain development, markets and and operations

  • Oversee multi farm CSA and satellite market stands

  • Work with Director of Operations to manage ALT Farms financial tracking and reporting

  • provide educational programming on sustainable agriculture practices and farm management, including on farm workshops and field days

  • assist participants with business planning, recordkeeping and other financial operations.

  • Identify and create market opportunities that match the capacities of participants; train producers to implement effective marketing strategies and skills with the goal of gaining entry to new markets.

  • Support the participation of socially disadvantaged farmers in the Farmer Network.

  • Establish mentoring program to connect new and beginning farmers with established peers for guidance and support

  • Work with PR and marketing consultant to develop and implement a marketing and branding plan for Farmer Network

All Full Time, Exempt ALT Employees:

  • Be in the office according to a predetermined schedule to answer phone calls and email, prepare detailed timesheets, coordinate with fellow staff, etc. Although not paid by the hour, full time staff should work approximately 80 hours per two week pay period.

  • Write newsletter articles, brochures and educational materials

  • Assist with fundraising (i.e. grant writing, special events, etc.)

  • Attend weekly staff meetings

  • Be part of a team- provide support for all staff members in their respective duties

Submit your cover letter and resume to our Community Agriculture Program Director, Stephanie Simmons at stephanie@athenslandtrust.org!

 


VISTA Outreach Assistant

The goal of this project is to engage and educate low income community residents about Athens Land Trust’s health and economic programming in order to improve both financial and physical health. The VISTA Outreach Assistant will build capacity by helping to develop a sustainable outreach plan for ALT’s three major programs: Community Agriculture, Land Conservation and Affordable Housing.

The VISTA Outreach Assistant will help ALT to increase attendance and participation at our farmers market, as well as boost the number of customers benefiting from our double dollars program via EBT cards (food stamps). The Outreach Assistant will also generate more awareness of our farmers market and three major programs throughout the greater community via traditional and social media, and through partnerships with UGA, faith-based and other community organizations.

The VISTA Outreach Assistant will work with ALT’s Outreach and Development Coordinator who is responsible for both electronic hard-copy marketing and communications by Athens Land Trust (ALT). The Outreach Assistant will also support the West Broad Farmers Market Manager in efforts to attract more customers to the market.

Qualifications

The ideal candidate has the following characteristics:

  • Proficiency in Excel, Word, MailChimp, WordPress and Adobe Creative Suite Programs (Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign)
  • Excellent analytical, organizational, and administrative skills including meticulous attention to detail and demonstrated accuracy and timeliness in record keeping, problem solving and follow through
  • Creativity and experience with graphic design
  • The ability to successfully manage multiple assignments independently including being able to set priorities and meet deadlines
  • 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

Submit your cover letter and resume to our VISTA Site Manager, Kelsey Thompson at kelsey@athenslandtrust.org!

Please note: This is an AmeriCorps VISTA position. Please view the posting through the AmeriCorps site at https://my.americorps.gov/mp/listing/viewListing.do?id=75246&fromSearch=true


VISTA Youth Programs Assistant

The VISTA will develop systems to improve program operations, coordination, and collaboration among staff and report to Program Director on program status, needs, and problems; develop an inventory control system of materials and tools required for programs; prepare materials/make presentations for youth development curriculum and training events. Assist in developing a system of organizing request from community members involved with youth development programs (such as Youth Urban Builder home repair requests). The VISTA will also assist in planning and organizing recognition events and awards ceremonies. Assist with correspondence about community members who are interested being involved in the programs.

Core responsibilities

The Youth Programs Assistant will work with ALT’s Program Managers to complete the following tasks:

  1. Design and draft curriculum related to construction education, sustainable agriculture, nutrition and small business development
  2. Assist program managers with recruitment and outreach
  3. Maintain and update housing repair requests
  4. Update and create program manuals for ALT youth programs

Qualifications

The ideal candidate has the following characteristics:

  • Excellent analytical, organizational, and administrative skills including meticulous attention to detail and demonstrated accuracy and timeliness in record keeping, problem solving and follow through
  • Interest and experience in youth development
  • The ability to successfully manage multiple assignments independently including being able to set priorities and meet deadlines
  • 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

Submit your cover letter and resume to our VISTA Site Manager, Kelsey Thompson at kelsey@athenslandtrust.org!

Please note: This is an AmeriCorps VISTA position. Please view the posting through the AmeriCorps site at https://my.americorps.gov/mp/listing/viewListing.do?id=75161&fromSearch=true