RFA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Rockland Farm Alliance is actively seeking an Executive Director to represent and support its mission of promoting sustainable agriculture in Rockland County, NY. Specific duties may include:
- Represent RFA at local and regional events and conferences
- Liaison to elected officials, donors, CSA members, community and corporations
- Create and maintain relationships with other local food production partners on farm initiatives, education, and policy
- Oversee staff; collaborate with Farm Manager and Education Director in management of farm and education staff
- Conduct Board meetings in collaboration with Board Chair, provide reports, and collaborate with Board on RFA decisions and strategy
- Identify strategies to accomplish goals and work to honor the mission of the RFA mission
- Develop educational programming in collaboration with Education Director
- Identify, write, and apply for new grant funding (in collaboration with Education Director and Fundraising Committee)
- Nurture relationships with major donors and corporate donors
- Develop and coordinate individual donor solicitations
- Maintain Donor Database in order to track donations, generate reports, and create targeted mailings
- Develop and plan fundraising events including annual Twilight Farm Dinner
- Act as media liaison and resource for Rockland’s local food production
- Design promotional materials, newsletter, press releases
- Create and manage advertising
- Update website content
- Manage social media
- Attend important RFA events and develop relationships with constituents
- Administrative support to Education and CSA programs
- Creation of annual Farm Workshop programming
- Development of new programming, farm projects, and strategies to support RFA mission
- In collaboration with Treasurer, create, track, and manage budget for RFA
- Passion for RFA mission and local food production movement
- Background in sustainable agriculture, farm education and/or non-profit management
- Fundraising and/or grant writing experience
- Organized, ability to maintain and streamline office protocol
- Communication skills
- Ability to lead, manage and grow the organization
Not required but a plus:
- Ability to design print materials in Adobe Illustrator
- Capacity to make high quality photos for press and promotion
- Connection to Rockland County/Hudson Valley
- Web design skills
Salary to be negotiated, commensurate with experience.
Application deadline: February 12, 2018
Please send resume and cover letter as a pdf to firstname.lastname@example.org
FARM CREW MEMBER
Cropsey Community Farm is a certified organic 200+ member vegetable, herb, and flower CSA farm 20 miles north of NYC in Rockland County. 12 acres are cultivated on a 24 plot of land that has been preserved by the NY Open Space Conservation Plan. The farm is a project of Rockland Farm Alliance (RFA), a non-profit that was formed in early 2007 with a simple mission to preserve, create and enhance sustainable food production in Rockland County, NY. Produce also goes to local farmers’ markets, several wholesale accounts, and thousands of pounds of produce are donated annually to local charitable organizations.
We are accepting applications from candidates with a range of experience. We are in need of farm workers, as well as folks who can take on management responsibility in different areas of production. Compensation begins with an $1700 minimum monthly stipend, commensurate with experience.
The season runs from April to November.
Contact email@example.com with a resume and brief statement of interest.
Farm Education Internship
Where: Rockland Farm Alliance at Cropsey Community Farm, New City, NY
When: Spring through Summer 2018
Who: High School Graduates aged 18 or older who are passionate about farming and working with children
The Rockland Farm Alliance (RFA) is looking for enthusiastic, farm-centric young adults to join our education team. RFA is a non-profit organization in Rockland County working to support sustainable small-scale farming. We operate a number of agricultural initiatives in the area, but our largest project is Cropsey Community Farm in New City, NY – a 24 acre farm cultivating thousands of pounds of certified organic produce each year.
Through its dynamic education program, RFA hosts thousands of children a year at Cropsey Community Farm. Our programming consist of class visits from local schools, children’s weekend workshops, family tours, and summer camp. We strive for our young visitors to have an immersive visit on the farm, engaging in activities such as planting/harvesting in the garden, nature crafts, tending to our animals (chickens, ducks, goats), cooking activities, and outdoor exploration.
RFA seeks to hire 1-2 interns to assist in running our expanding education programming.
Through this internship program, you will receive comprehensive training on the outdoor education model as well as an understanding of organic farming process and familiarity with the workings of a non-profit organization. Whether you are an education student looking to research outdoor education or a agriculture/environmental student passionate about sustainable methods of farming, our program will provide you with invaluable insight and skill sets to begin your career in farm education.
Hours per week
Spring Season: 15 – 20 hours
Summer Season: 20 – 40 hours
Most hours will be worked during the week (timing is flexible) with some weekend hours.
Responsibilities and Job Description
- Assisting in running farm tours for visiting school groups/children’s workshops
- Assisting with set-up and material preparation for children’s workshops.
- Assisting in maintaining children’s garden – soil prep, planting, weeding, harvesting, etc..
- Assisting with teen apprenticeship program
- Assisting in children’s program during spring open house events
- Assisting with Junior Farmers Camp (2 weeks in August)
- Researching activities for children’s program
- Photographic documentation of farm education events
- Occasional promotion of farm education events on social media
Must be excited about working with children. Familiarity with farming and gardening is a plus but not necessary.
During the spring season there will be a stipend for the season. Summer camp remuneration will be paid by the hour.
How to Apply
Please submit a cover letter and resume as a pdf to firstname.lastname@example.org. Candidates will be interviewed on a first come first serve basis.
Your cover letter should include the following
- Why you are interested in farm education
- Why you think you would be a good candidate for this internship
- Your availability in the spring/summer seasons