Land For Good seeks Rhode Island Field Agent
Land For Good (LFG) is seeking a dynamic and organized individual to serve as its Rhode Island Field Agent. This is a unique opportunity to work on critical issues facing our farmers, food system and communities: accessing and passing on farms and farmland.
LFG’s mission is to ensure the future of farming by putting more farmers more securely on more land in New England and beyond. Since 2004, we have provided caring support and expert guidance to help farmers, landowners and communities navigate the complex challenges of land access, tenure and transfer.
State-based LFG Field Agents educate and consult with farm seekers, transitioning farmers and landowners. They partner with other groups on education, community outreach, advocacy and special projects to improve farmland access, tenure and transfer in each New England state and across the region. LFG’s work also reaches outside the region through advocacy, program consulting, and participation in national networks and projects.
The Rhode Island Field Agent is a part-time, remote position budgeted for 8-16 hours per week.
Core responsibilities include: consult directly with individuals, families, organizations and agencies; deliver workshops and other educational programming; and partner with organizations and agencies to develop, improve and deliver farmland access and transfer services. Networking and outreach within Rhode Island and the region will be a high priority. Advocacy and policy work may also be required.
Additional regular hours and responsibilities are possible for candidates with interest and qualifications in these and other areas: project coordination, grant writing, creative writing, evaluation, or website and database administration.
Skills & Knowledge
The ideal candidate will have excellent interpersonal, networking, and oral and written communication skills, plus a working knowledge and/or strong interest in farming and farmland access and transfer issues. Experience and/or training in agricultural production, farm business, land planning, and/or community development is preferred, as is familiarity with agricultural and community networks in Rhode Island. Familiarity with similar networks in Southeastern Massachusetts and/or Eastern Connecticut is a plus.
The Rhode Island Field Agent will work closely with other LFG staff and collaborators throughout the state and region, while being based at a home office in Rhode Island. Weekly work schedule is flexible, job-related travel time is paid, and mileage and related expenses are reimbursed. Access to a car and some weekend and evening availability are required. This position is budgeted for a wage rate of $19-22/hour, with final wages dependent on qualifications. Compensation includes paid holiday and vacation time, and a contribution to a SIMPLE IRA.
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To apply, send a cover letter and resume to email@example.com (Subject: RI Field Agent) by September 11, 2020. LFG will start reviewing applications on September 11 and anticipates a start date in October. Position will remain open until filled.
Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer
We have a clear vision: to be the place where a diverse mix of talented people do their best work to ensure the future of farming and food systems. Our organization runs on the hard work and dedication of our passionate and creative team – staff, board, consultants and partners. Our vision and values are reflected in our employment-related decisions, including hiring practices. LFG actively encourages people who bring diverse backgrounds and perspectives to apply.
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.
At this moment, our team is working remotely in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Staff are available by phone, email, and video conferencing with a limited number of in-person, individual meetings. We do require adequate physical distancing, the use of masks, and adhering to all applicable state guidelines. We remain committed to carrying our mission forward while taking necessary health and safety precautions to protect our team and the communities in which we live.