The NOFA/Mass Beginning Farmer Program aims to cultivate the next generation of committed organic farmers in Massachusetts. Through the coordination of three distinct educational components of the program, as well as scholarships to NOFA/Mass educational programs, the Beginning Farmer Program Coordinator will be responsible for offering young farmers and those who are coming to farming after a diverse range of careers to engage in educational opportunities that are appropriate for where they are in their professional farming development.
Major Responsibilities Include:
- Coordinate the Beginning Farmer Mentorship Program
- Connect Beginning Farmers with NOFA/Mass Education Opportunities.
- Administer the NOFA/Mass apprenticeship directory and promote it through a fall campaign.
- Promote and publicize NOFA/Mass Beginning Farmer program.
- Promote and publicize the NOFA/Mass Raw Milk program.
- A strong commitment to and knowledge of organic farming practices;
- Strong communication and people skills.
- The ability and willingness to create new relationships with farms/farmers and maintain them.
- Knowledge of raw milk dairy practices and/or a commitment to increasing this knowledge.
- Ability to work collegially as a team member as well as independently from home, with minimal supervision;
- Basic office management and computer software skills.
- 10 hours per week with generally flexible schedule
- Starting pay: $13-$15 hour, dependent on experience, with no health insurance benefits
- Employee must maintain a current NOFA/Mass membership
- Employee must attend NOFA/Mass retreats and staff meetings, the winter and summer conferences, and education department conference calls
- Employee must provide appropriate basic office equipment to facilitate working from home