Volunteer Harvest Fest 2018
Farm Discovery Volunteer! Harvest Festival 2018

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Farm & Education Intern

Watsonville, CA
Full-Time Seasonal Position
Position open until May 17, 2019

Farm Discovery at Live Earth
Farm to Fork, Seed to Mouth, Child to Community Connections

Position Description
We are looking for a highly motivated, detail-oriented and energetic person for this position of Farm & Education Intern. This position will co-lead the food, farming and nature education programming, cultivate the Farm Discovery fields and garden and care for the goats, chickens and ducks.

The person in this position will work collaboratively with our Education Associate and the owner of Live Earth Farm.

This position requires a collaborative individual with a high level of organization and flexibility who is gifted in working with youth while being solid on farm production and in the kitchen. You will be an integral member of our team, and a youth educator. You are someone looking to build outstanding education, farming, cooking and relationship building skills, who can engage and inspire the youth we serve about multiple aspects of the food system from production to consumption to food justice. You are approachable, a great communicator, and passionate about our mission. You get the big picture, while being a strategic thinker who can dive in and get the daily work done with a strong attention to detail. You’re playful, comfortable being you, and willing to share your personal magic with Farm Discovery students while creating safe space on the farm and in the kitchen.

Responsibilities:

  • Assist in farm based education programs 4-5 times a week including but not limited to leading field trips (April-June and September-November), assisting in curriculum development and implementation for monthly homeschool program (September- May), full immersion in summer camp programs (June & July), and assist/lead irregular tours and community days on the farm throughout the year.
  • Lead weekend activities for families and volunteers.
  • Represent Farm Discovery professionally at off site events.
  • Assist in seasonal and day-to-day organic farming operations with ongoing coordination with Live Earth Farm production operations including but not limited to planting, irrigation, propagation, harvesting and after harvest production.
  • Maintain order and cleanliness of education barn, kitchen classroom, and restroom.
  • Implement all education programs at the direction of or in collaboration with the Education Associate.
  • Assist with the development and implementation of a new value-added product line.
  • Work with program and administration staff to accomplish big events including Sheep to Shawl Fair, Harvest Festival and Fall Feast in the Fields, as well as smaller community building and fundraising events (Supporter’s Picnic, Holiday Sip & Shop, Land Stewardship Workdays).
  • Support implementation of fundraising and community events.
  • Supervision of volunteers.

Required Qualifications:

  • Interest in working with youth of various ages.
  • Interest in developing organic farming/gardening experience including crop planning, greenhouse, irrigation, cultivation, pest and disease control, harvest and post-harvest handling, CSA/market, and cover crop experience.
  • Interest in local, seasonal cooking and preservation.
  • Desire to develop strong facilitation and group management skills, especially in an outdoor education setting.
  • Knowledge of and experience with or awareness of low-income communities and underserved communities of color.
  • Passion for building community and deep relationships through food and agriculture.
  • Positive, creative, flexible, and takes initiative.
  • Ability to work independently, in team setting, and in fast-paced, dynamic environment.
  • Completes tasks successfully and within specified deadlines: demonstrates strong time management skills implementing programs on time and on budget.
  • Dependable with thorough follow through.
  • Ability to handle multiple programs/projects at once; strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Good communication skills: verbal, written, electronic and with a variety of audiences.
  • Conversational Spanish.
  • Physically fit to meet the demands of working on farm with youth, experience/ability to dig beds by hand and with a BCS and the ability to lift 50lbs.
  • Utilizes and can exemplify tools or strategies for maintaining self-care and personal well-being.
  • Willingness to work non-traditional hours, including evenings and weekends as farm/programs demand.

Preferred:

  • Bilingual Spanish speaker.
  • Cultural identity and lived experience relevant to the youth we serve.
  • Rooted in Santa Cruz County, particularly the Pajaro Valley.
  • Valid California Driver’s license and vehicle for personal travel.

Position Details:
This is a 40+ hour per week, full time seasonal position with paid vacation, sick time, and holidays. Salary $22,800. In addition, the farm will provide produce, fresh eggs, and goat milk as available. A private yurt and communal kitchen and bath facility are available for $450/month pre tax deduction from wages. Living on site is required, due to the nature of the work.

To Apply:
Please fill in the following form: https://forms.gle/VcKM4E7pTcctkDpL8
the form will require the following two items to be uploaded within it:

  1. A cover letter that shares the unique skills you bring to the table and includes the date or range of timing you are interested/available to start
  2. A resume with at least two professional references

We will begin reviewing and accepting candidate material immediately.

Administrative Assistant & Events Coordinator

Watsonville, CA
Full-Time Position
Position open until July 1, 2019

Farm Discovery
Farm to Fork, Seed to Mouth, Child to Community Connections

Position Description
We are looking for a highly competent, outgoing, detail-oriented and driven person to join our staff as Administrative Assistant. The position is a long term salaried position with potential to grow for the right person, invested in the sustainability of Farm Discovery. This position will provide vital support to the Farm Discovery Executive Director, Education Director and Program Staff by assisting with coordination of fundraising efforts, and events.

Responsibilities:
Office Administration

  • Use computer word processing, spreadsheet, and database software to prepare reports, memos, and documents
  • Prepare and send outgoing e-mail, mail, and parcels
  • Code and file material according to the established procedures
  • Update and ensure the accuracy of the organization’s databases
  • Back-up electronic files using proper procedures
  • Provide secretarial and administrative support to the Executive Director and other staff
  • Coordinate the maintenance of office equipment 

Programs, Events & Fundraising Assistance

  • Assist with communications for three main and several smaller Farm Discovery farm events per year – spring Sheep to Shawl Fair, fall Feast in the Fields benefit, and fall Harvest Festival – including phone calls, e-mail and letters for securing sponsorships, soliciting donations, volunteer recruitment, event coordination and vendor management.
  • Manage and develop new weekend event programs such as workshops, weddings, airbnb experiences and farm campouts.
  • Support program outreach to local and regional agricultural and business communities to help develop relationships to help sustain Farm Discovery programs.
  • Support corporate volunteer partnerships, including recruitment, management and stewardship of volunteers.
  • Assist with fundraising efforts in collaboration with the Farm Discovery team
  • Support Farm Discovery Executive Director in maintaining relationships with donors
  • Assist in maintenance of Farm Discovery grant and donor database (Salesforce software).
  • Manage schedule of limited grant submissions including check-ins with Farm Discovery Director on goals and objectives.
  • Maintain annual fundraising plan with quarterly updates for Director and Board.
  • Manage donor and supporter electronic and print communications using mail merge, e-communications programs and tracking communications in the Farm Discovery database. 

Reception

  • Reply to general information requests with the accurate information.

Assist with Financial Management

  • Code and file financial material according to established records management procedures
  • Work with staff to coordinate and ensure the integrity of the processing of donations.
  • Assist with financial reports as required
  • Month end duties as required

Provide Board Support

  • With the Executive Director, prepare meeting agendas and supporting material for distribution
  • Ensure the timely distribution of material to the Board
  • Compile and draft minutes of Board meetings for review by the Executive Director
  • Create action list for staff from board meetings

Qualifications:
Education

  • AA degree or higher, and
  • Post secondary education in business, computers, or office management

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Strong organizational, communication and collaboration skills.
  • High level of attention to detail and time management.
  • Dependable with thorough follow through.
  • Event coordination experience, and demonstrated success.
  • Passion for development and relationship building.
  • Strong computer skills (Apple platform), including bookkeeping program QuickBooks Online; word processing, spread sheet and design programs such as MS Office Suite, and Google Apps and Pages; broadcast email/text programs such as Constant Contact, CRM software, Salesforce; website maintenance, WordPress;and social media platforms including instagram, facebook, twitter and support applications like IFTTT and Buffer

Personal Characteristics

  • Behave Ethically: Understand ethical behavior and business practices and ensure own behavior and the behavior of others are consistent with these standards and align with the values of the organization.
  • Build Relationships: Establish and maintain positive working relationships with others both internally and externally to achieve the goals of the organization.
  • Communicate Effectively: Speak, listen and write in a clear, thorough and timely manner using appropriate and effective communication tools and techniques.
  • Focus on Client Needs: Anticipate, understand, and respond to the needs of internal and external clients to meet or exceed their expectations within the organizational parameters.
  • Foster Teamwork: Work cooperatively and effectively with others to set goals, resolve problems, and make decisions that enhance organizational effectiveness.
  • Make Decisions: Assess situations to determine the importance, urgency and risks, and make clear decisions which are timely and in the best interests of the organization.
  • Organization: Set priorities, develop a work schedule, monitor progress towards goals, and track details/data/information/activities.
  • Plan: Determine strategies to move the organization forward, set goals, create and implement actions plans, and evaluate the process and results.
  • Solve Problems: Assess problem situations to identify causes, gather and process relevant information, generate possible solutions, and make recommendations and/or resolve the problem.

Preferred:

  • Bilingual Spanish speaker.
  • Experience and understanding of Latinx culture.
  • Farming gardening and/or nutrition experience, skills, and/or passion.
  • Familiarity with area agricultural business and philanthropic sectors.

Experience

  • 1-3 years experience in an office setting

Work Setting

  • Shared office environment in the Education Facility on our organic farm. Some of the work can be done remotely and on own schedule.
  • This is a 40 hours per week, position with some seasonal fluctuation, and 2-3 weekend events a month year round and especially Spring, Summer and Fall. Farm Discovery office hours are 8-4 Monday through Friday. Must be available to work at least two mornings a week.

Duration
The position will be filled by July 1, 2019. We are most interested in hiring someone willing to make a long term, multi-year commitment. The minimum contract for the position will last through October 2020. 

Position Details
This is a 40+ hour per week, full time position with paid vacation, sick time, and holidays. Salary $30-35k, commensurate with experience. In addition, the farm will provide produce, fresh eggs, and goat milk as available.

Application Procedure
To Apply: 
Please fill in the following form: https://forms.gle/VcKM4E7pTcctkDpL8
the form will require the following two items to be uploaded within it:

  1. A cover letter that shares the unique skills you bring to the table and includes the date or range of timing you are interested/available to start
  2. A resume with at least two professional references

We will begin reviewing and accepting candidate material immediately.

Garden Docent

Garden Docents help maintain our 1/3 acre Discovery Garden and surrounding Discovery Fields. With help and training from our staff, docents prepare beds, plant, harvest, propagate, mulch paths, and occasionally work with students in our educational spaces. Garden Docents are also welcome to join training sessions for Program Docents to learn our activities and outdoor education tips and tricks.

Event Docent

Event Docents act as ambassadors of our farm, lead learning stations, collect parking fees, set-up and clean-up during our 4 annual community events in March, June, September, and October.

Program Docent

Program Docents help lead farm tours especially for large groups of students. Docents receive training to lead all of our field trip activity stations and learn tips and tricks for educating kids in an outdoor setting. During a field trip docents are either responsible for running one station four times with 12-15 kids, or all four stations with the same 12-15 kids all morning. Field trips are currently offered on Monday and Friday Mornings September through Thanksgiving and April through the end of the school year.

Photographers/Bloggers

Photographs are an important tool for telling our story. We need photographers to take photos of our farm tours and events. The subject matter is inspiring and easy to make look good.  Who doesn’t love babies in vegetable patches, farm animals and glorious natural landscapes? We would welcome as many volunteers as are interested in helping us record our achievements.

volunteermatchlogoFor interest in our on-going volunteer positions call or e-mail Lucie, Director of Education: Education@FarmDiscovery.org.
831-728-2032 or sign up through the VolunteerMatch