FarmLink Associate, Connecticut Farmland Trust

Connecticut Farmland Trust (CFT) is seeking a detail-oriented, self-motivated team player with a passion for farming to join its team.

The FarmLink Associate will assist with one of CFT’s core programs, Connecticut FarmLink. This is a part-time, entry level position with room for growth. Candidates of diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. The FarmLink Associate will work with the Executive Director and Conservation Manager. The Associate will also collaborate with a consulting conservation scientist, who also works on Connecticut FarmLink. The position will be remote, with office space available in Hartford for office work, as needed. Attendance will be required at virtual meetings and in-person (as permitted because of the pandemic) meetings in Hartford and across Connecticut.

The pay is $18-$20/hour for approximately 15-18 hours per week (hours can vary by week depending on employee’s schedule and work demands). Benefits include prorated personal/sick time (10 days) and federal and CFT holidays (11 days).

Organization Overview
Connecticut Farmland Trust is a nationally accredited farmland conservation organization. CFT, the only nonprofit agricultural land trust in Connecticut, is a recognized leader in farmland preservation. Since its founding in 2002, CFT has protected more than 4,700 acres of farmland and has helped its partners protect over 1,100 additional acres. CFT is partnering with the Connecticut Department of Agriculture to implement the Connecticut FarmLink Program. CT FarmLink connects people who own farmland with beginning farmers seeking land to lease or buy.

Position Description
This position will run from February 15, 2021 to September 24, 2021, with the potential of a one-year extension starting in October 2021 for exceptional candidates.

Responsibilities

  • Promotion:
    • Write articles and post ads promoting FarmLink for publication in newsletters, listservs, blogs, newspapers, and other venues.
    • Creatively utilize social media, video, and other advertising avenues to promote FarmLink to a wide audience of farm owners and farm seekers.
    • Create a FarmLink brochure for distribution at regional events.
  • Direct outreach:
    • Host in-person and/or virtual workshops on topics of farmland access, farm succession planning, farmland preservation, and other topics relevant to farm owners and seekers.
    • Conduct farm visits and one-on-one consultations as appropriate to help facilitate connections between farm owners and farm seekers, sometimes in conjunction with the consulting conservation scientist.
    • Collaborate with town planners, county Farm Bureau chapters, agriculture commissions, conservation commissions, realtors, local land trusts, and others to spread the word about FarmLink to farmers and farmland owners in their networks.
    • Collaborate with partner organizations, including Land for Good, CT Department of Agriculture, CT Farm Bureau, and others, to create workshops and outreach events.
  • Website administration:
    • Post current educational materials on farmland access, farmland restoration, farmland preservation, and farmland transfer on the CT FarmLink website (www.CTFarmLink.org).
    • Manage the CT FarmLink website and facilitate connections between farmland owners and farm seekers through the website.
    • Note: the website is maintained and updated by a consultant.
  • Program evaluation:
    • Track program metrics including number of website views, messages sent between farm owners and farm seekers, successful matches, etc.
    • Contact current and former FarmLink users to evaluate the program’s effectiveness.

Qualifications

  • Minimum Qualifications:
    • A passion for working with farmers in Connecticut
    • Excellent written and verbal abilities and experience with professional communications (phone, email, letters, presentations, etc.)
    • Familiarity with topics such as farming, farmland access, farmland conservation, food systems, farm transfer, and related issues
    • Public speaking skills, including giving public presentations to a variety of audiences and one-on-one interactions with farmers and members of the public
    • Demonstrated ability to work independently in a remote setting with little supervision
    • Fastidious attention to detail and strong organizational skills
    • Ability to manage multiple project timelines at once
    • Experience with marketing via social media, video, press releases, listservs, and other venues
    • Proficiency with remote work technologies, including Zoom, Office 365, etc. and Word, Excel and PowerPoint programs
    • Ability to travel to farms and events and possession of a car and a valid driver’s license. Employees are reimbursed for work travel.
    • Remote work requires a personal laptop with webcam and microphone and a reliable internet connection
  • Preferred Qualifications:
    • Experience working on a farm and/or working with farmers
    • Familiarity with issues beginning farmers face securing access to land
    • Familiarity with Connecticut and US agricultural policy

Compensation
The pay is $18-$20/hour for approximately 15-18 hours per week. CFT provides equal opportunity and prohibits discrimination against all employees and applicants for employment based upon race, color, sex, gender, religion, creed, national origin and ethnic origin, age, citizenship, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other legally protected status.

To Apply
Please submit a resume and cover letter to CFTApplicant@gmail.com. No phone inquiries, please.
Applications will be accepted until February 5, 2021, or until the position is filled.

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