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FW: Job Announcement Regional Farm and Food Project


FYI-Darshell Silva RI Community Food Bank

-----Original Message-----
From: Tammy Hinman [mailto:th82@cornell.edu]
Sent: Monday, May 15, 2000 11:25 AM
To: NE community food systems
Cc: farmfood@capital.net
Subject: Job Announcement Regional Farm and Food Project

Job Announcement:

Regional Farm and Food Project
148 Central Avenue, 2
nd Floor
Albany, NY 12206
518-426-9331 or 427-6537

Part-time Coordinator-- Linking Children with Agriculture:  Promoting Community Educational Farming in the Hudson Valley

The Coordinator will organize and lead a task force primarily based in Albany, Columbia, Greene, and Rensselaer Counties.

Objectives of the task force:

1)  Conduct a needs assessment of interested stakeholders, including farmers, educators and schools, land conservancies, youth programs, and local governments.

2)  Organize educational programs (i.e. workshops, field trips, and mentoring) to assist farmers, teachers, and other community members in developing effective farm-based experiential learning programs for children and youth.

3)  Explore possible partnerships and sites for establishing publicly owned or managed community educational farms in the region.

The coordinator will also seek additional funding to ensure the continuation of this project and possibly to expand staffing of the project.  Renewal of the contract will be contingent on funding. 

The position requires much networking, volunteer recruitment, and resourcefulness.  The sponsoring organization has assembled a small network of resource people and organizations to assist in project start-up.

1) Demonstrated ability to work independently, especially in project development and in organizing, managing, and motivating groups.
2)  Interest and enthusiasm for experiential education for children in the context of agriculture.
3)  Background in agriculture, education, environmental education, or related fields a plus.
4)  Excellent writing, speaking, and interpersonal skills.
5)  Grantwriting interest and ability desirable.
          Media relations and outreach skills and experience very useful.
  A minimum of one-year commitment, with two to three-year commitment preferred.

The Hudson River Valley Greenway has funded a $10,000 grant to support the coordinator position, with additional funds for expenses available.  Hourly compensation will be commensurate with experience.  The coordinator is expected to start as soon as possible, preferably in June 2000.

To apply, please send a resume, cover letter explaining your qualifications and interest in the position, contact information for at least three professional references and a writing sample.  While the deadline is May 30
th, applications received after that date will be considered if the position is still open.

The Regional Farm and Food Project is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1996.  Through education, community development, and organizing, the RFFP promotes new opportunities for family-scale agriculture, which are good for the land and build stronger connections between farmers and the public.

Tammy Hinman
Agriculture and Food Systems Sustainability
Cornell Cooperative Extension
162 Morrison Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853

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