Job Opportunities

See our available positions below. We look forward to viewing your application!

  • Young Urban Builders Program Coordinator
  • Farmer Outreach Specialist
  • West Broad Market Garden Manager
  • West Broad Farmers Market Coordinator
  • Williams Farm Manager

Young Urban Builders Program Coordinator

We are looking for a person with construction management experience who is interested in managing the rehabilitation of owner-occupied housing and the on-site construction training of young people. The Construction Manager will work with the Young Urban Builders Program, a youth development program for at-risk Clarke County high school students, helping these students to gain construction job skills training and home repair skills.

Qualities:

  • Contractor’s license with demonstrated experience in construction management.
  • Ability to work in an enthusiastic and encouraging way with young people who have not completed high school.
  • Experience or interest in training young people in the building trades and a strong commitment to helping young people succeed in an innovative training program to promote leadership skills.
  • Experience in supervising and training staff.

Responsibilities:

  • Be able to work 50% of the time on construction management and 50% of the time working with youth on-site training. We will be recruiting 8 youth for the 2017/18 school year from the West Broad neighborhood and making repairs in the homes within the neighborhoods in which they live.
  • Develop construction plan and schedule.
  • Coordinate and monitor the progress and quality of work.
  • Develop construction budget and monitor costs.
  • Order supplies and materials.
  • Provide oversight of the on-site construction training by ensuring that trainees get consistent and adequate skills training; helping to set standards for appropriate behavior and ways to handle problems on the construction site; and ensuring work-site safety, learning of safety procedures, and proper construction techniques.
  • Keep the director informed of the progress, problems, and needs of the on-site construction work and training.
  • Assist in the development of job opportunities for trainees, and where appropriate, help trainees set career goals.
  • Assess potential construction sites.
  • Support the leadership development and curriculum goals of the program through appropriate site activities and processes.

To apply for this position email Kelsey Thompson: kelsey@athenslandtrust.org. Please include a letter of interest and a current resume.  Thank You!

Farmer Outreach Specialist

The role of the Farmer Outreach Specialist is to provide outreach and support for prospective, beginning and historically underserved farmers. The Farmer Outreach Specialist will conduct trainings, informational sessions, and one-on-one consultations with farmers about various financing and assistance programs available through NRCS, FSA, USDA, and other relevant entities.  The Farmer Outreach Specialist will also work with the Community Agriculture Program Director, the Farmer Outreach Coordinator, the West Broad Farmers Market Manager, the Market Business Development Coordinator, and the Farm Business Development Coordinator to support and grow the ALT “Farmer Network,” a collaborative network of local beginning and underserved farmers.

Qualifications:

  • Minimum three years of 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
  • Experience providing one-on-one and/or workshop-style training on various NRCS, USDA, and FSA financing and assistance programs
  • Experience with and commitment to promoting sustainable farming practices and techniques
  • Familiarity with certified organic and certified naturally grown programs is preferred

Responsibilities:

  • Identify beginning and/or prospective socially disadvantaged farmers in Northeast Georgia and conduct direct outreach to build strong working relationships and encourage long-term participation in ALT training programs and workshops, and participation in the ALT Farmer Network
  • Plan and coordinate info sessions and workshops to educate target audience about various USDA programs
  • Assist participants with business planning, record-keeping and other financial operations
  • Work with Farm Business Support Team to 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
  • Work with Farm Business Development Coordinator to provide educational programming on sustainable agriculture practices and farm management, including on farm workshops and field days
  • Assist in the growth, support, and development of the ALT Farmer Network, including development of mentoring program, where socially disadvantaged farmers will be paired with more established farmers from a similar background for support opportunities

Hours:

The full-time Farmer Outreach Specialist Position is not paid by the hour, but all ALT full-time staff should work approximately 80 hours per two-week pay period.  While the Farmer Outreach Specialist will be expected to spend a significant amount of time outside of the office, all full-time ALT employees are expected to work according to a pre-determined schedule, prepare detailed timesheets, coordinate with fellow staff, assist with fundraising from time-to-time, and attend weekly staff meetings.

To apply for this position email Decton Hylton: decton@athenslandtrust.org. Please include a letter of interest and a current resume.  Thank You!

West Broad Market Garden Manager

The West Broad Market Garden is a 1/2-acre production oriented, Certified Naturally Grown urban farm utilizing bio intensive growing methods to help support the West Broad Farmers Market and the Athens Land Trust CSA program. West Broad Market Garden also serves as an educational resource for home gardeners, beginning farmers, and the local community. The garden showcases a number of different growing methods to help people find the techniques that will be most effective for their given growing circumstance. The West Broad Market Garden Manager plays a pivotal role in overseeing and coordinating all projects related to the garden.

Responsibilities

  • Develop and manage all aspects of production, including soil care, pest management and irrigation management
  • Develop crop plans and budget plans
  • Develop and implement daily, weekly and seasonal activity plans
  • Manage farm staff, interns and volunteers
  • Manage CSA operations
  • Deliver to farmers markets and satellite markets
  • Manage the farm business and work to increase the production, sales volume and income of the business
  • Keep detailed records of production and sales and collect data for grant reports
  • Maintain equipment and do basic carpentry and construction projects
  • Collaborate with Young Urban Farmers program coordinator to develop and deliver sustainable agriculture curriculum to under-served high school youth
  • Coordinate educational opportunities for students, community members and small farmers
  • Staff the Athens Land Trust Farms booth at the West Broad Farmers Market
  • Assist with the planning and implementation of monthly sustainable agriculture workshops
  • Work with the Community Agriculture Program Director, the Farmer Outreach Specialist, the West Broad Farmers Market Manager, the Market Business Development Coordinator, Williams Farm Manager and the Farm Business Development Coordinator to support and grow the ALT “Farmer Network,” a collaborative network of local beginning and underserved farmers.

Qualifications

  • Strong, practical knowledge of sustainable agriculture and farm management, as well as a passionate commitment to education
  • Minimum 2 years’ experience of full-season, preferably organic farm management (equivalent educational experience will be considered)
  • Demonstrated farm planning experience, including farm plan development, infrastructure creation and maintenance and planning and implementation of both short- and long-term planting and harvesting schedules
  • Proven success in cultivation and harvesting of organic food products
  • Working knowledge of farm infrastructure and machinery
  • Experience in educational or youth-related programs

Additional Skills/Qualifications

  • Excellent communication, organizational, and record-keeping skills
  • Ability to work both independently and on a team
  • Commitment to helping engage and educate youth and community members

To apply for this position email Decton Hylton: decton@athenslandtrust.org. Please include a letter of interest and a current resume.  Thank You!

 

West Broad Farmers Market Coordinator

OVERVIEW

We are looking for a self-starter, who is excited to take ownership of the West Broad Farmers Market (WBFM) and work toward building market sustainability. People with a passion for local food and community and market experience are encouraged to apply. The West Broad Farmers Market is held every Saturday, from April through mid-December 2016, and is open from 9am until 1pm.

The Market Coordinator’s general responsibilities include: Working to build a sustainable farmers market, overseeing market operations, fostering community support for the market, promoting the market, managing the market’s educational activities and events, supporting vendor development, collecting market data and keeping accurate records. Successful Coordinators understand both the vendors’ and the market goers’ needs and, in collaboration with other ALT staff, design and implement strategies to meet these needs. The Coordinator is required to be on-site at every market and available to vendors and market goers for the entirety of the market’s hours.

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES 

  • The Market Coordinator is expected to support and grow the WBFM, while also building sustainable systems for collecting and tracking market data. The Coordinator is responsible for supporting vendors – through educational workshops and one-on-one coaching – throughout the market season. Additionally, the Coordinator is tasked with the responsibility of communicating the values of community building, food justice and education.
  • The Market Coordinator is the “go-to” person for vendors and market goers during market hours and serves as the liaison among all market participants. As such, the Market Coordinator must be able to communicate effectively with a variety of people. The Market Coordinator must be able to work independently as well as cooperatively with a team of ALT staff and volunteers.
  • The Market Coordinator is also responsible for convening monthly WBFM Advisory Council meetings for the purpose of discussing market direction, setting market guidelines and policies, reviewing vendor applications and discussing local food issues.

MARKET START UP

  • Recruit new vendors.
  • Monitor compliance with relevant regulations and codes.
  • Review the market budget and maintain records of market expenses and income.
  • Ensure that all vendor forms are completed properly and retained.
  • Facilitate market orientations for market staff, volunteers and vendors.

MARKET OPERATIONS

  • Oversee all market operations.
  • Enforce the WBFM Operating Policies.
  • Coordinate and manage the opening and closing of each market.
  • Manage the collection of market data and ensure that all necessary information is tracked and recorded.
  • Manage the EBT/Debit/Token table.
  • Manage the vendor fee collection process.
  • Maintain an information booth.
  • Assist with booths when necessary.
  • Serve as the quality control person for produce and craft items, as well as for the market’s general appearance and cleanliness.
  • Ensure safety and cleanliness of the site before, during and at the conclusion of each
  • Handle emergencies and complaints.

COMMUNICATION AND NETWORKING

  • Represent the market in meetings with community members and growers.
  • Develop and maintain good working relationships with ALT staff, volunteers, vendors, market goers, sponsors and community organizations.
  • Coordinate and encourage volunteerism from sponsors and community groups.
  • Build positive customer relations.
  • Distribute a weekly WBFM newsletter.

VENDOR DEVELOPMENT

  • Educate and assist vendors with merchandising, pricing and other marketing and business skills.
  • Support vendor development through one-on-one coaching.
  • Facilitate vendor development workshops on various business topics.

EDUCATION & OUTREACH

  • Work with ALT staff and interns to promote the market and develop new promotional ideas.
  • Review marketing tools with the outreach and development team as necessary.
  • Create and plan an annual calendar of events.
  • Educate market goers about locally grown produce.
  • Lead and manage the market’s community education component, including cooking demonstrations, sustainable agriculture and environmental education and health education.
  • Regularly research best practices to inform market activities and programming.
  • Coordinate market volunteers.

EVALUATION AND REPORTING

  • Conduct surveys to measure market’s impact on shoppers and vendors.
  • Invite, listen to and use input from vendors and others to improve the market.
  • Lead in monitoring and, when necessary, revision of the market’s mission, goals and strategies.
  • Submit monthly, quarterly and/or annual reports, as required by grants.

APPLICANT REQUIREMENTS

  • A passion for sustainable agriculture, local food systems, community development and/or local economies.
  • Understanding of and experience with farmers market management.
  • Strong computer, organizational and time management skills.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Experience working with diverse audiences.
  • Must be able to make a full season commitment.
  • Willing/able to work outside in all kinds of weather.
  • Able to lift up to 50 lbs.

COMPENSATION: This is a year-round, part time position. Pay will be commensurate with experience.

To apply for this position email Decton Hylton: decton@athenslandtrust.org. Please include a letter of interest and a current resume.  Thank You!

 

Williams Farm Manager

Overview

Located just one mile from downtown Athens at 235 Northside Drive, The Williams Farm is an oasis in the city where ALT staff, community members, and volunteers work together to grow produce, flowers, and herbs for our weekly farmers markets, CSA program and flower-share, and for donations to local food banks and soup kitchens.

The Williams Farm has a three-part mission:

  • Grow and market affordable produce to community residents and businesses, utilizing organic and sustainable production methods to generate a self-sustaining income
  • Serve as a model whereby the community will be able to learn about the importance of sustainable farming, healthy diets, and the value of smart and equitable land use
  • Provide employment and skill-building opportunities to underserved youth and the low-income community, while contributing to the local economy

Responsibilities

  • Develop and manage all aspects of production, including soil care, pest management and irrigation management
  • Manage the greenhouse/high tunnel
  • Develop crop plans and budget plans
  • Develop and implement daily, weekly and seasonal activity plans
  • Manage farm staff, interns and volunteers
  • Manage CSA operations
  • Deliver to farmers markets and satellite markets
  • Manage the farm business and work to increase the production, sales volume and income of the business
  • Keep detailed records of production and sales and collect data for grant reports
  • Maintain equipment and do basic carpentry and construction projects
  • Collaborate with Young Urban Farmers program coordinator to deliver sustainable ag education to underserved high school youth
  • Coordinate educational opportunities for students, community members and small farmers
  • Work with the Community Agriculture Program Director, the Farmer Outreach Specialist, the West Broad Farmers Market Manager, the Market Business Development Coordinator, and the Farm Business Development Coordinator to support and grow the ALT “Farmer Network,” a collaborative network of local beginning and underserved farmers.

Qualifications

  • Strong, practical knowledge of sustainable agriculture and farm management, as well as a passionate commitment to education
  • Minimum 2 years’ experience of full-season, preferably organic farm management (equivalent educational experience will be considered)
  • Demonstrated farm planning experience, including farm plan development, infrastructure creation and maintenance and planning and implementation of both short- and long-term planting and harvesting schedules
  • Proven success in cultivation and harvesting of organic food products
  • Working knowledge of farm infrastructure and machinery
  • Experience in educational or youth-related programs is a plus

Additional Skills/Qualifications

  • Excellent communication, organizational, and record-keeping skills
  • Ability to work both independently and on a team
  • Commitment to helping engage and educate youth and community members

Compensation

This is a full-time position with benefits. Pay will be commensurate with experience

To apply for this position email Decton Hylton: decton@athenslandtrust.org. Please include a letter of interest and a current resume.  Thank You!