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Farmer Training Program Assistant at Angelic Organics Learning Center - 3316

Job Title: 
Farmer Training Program Assistant
Angelic Organics Learning Center
1545 Rockton Road
Caledonia, IL 61011
Job Type: 
Job
Employment Type: 
Full-Time
Job Description: 

About Angelic Organics Learning Center:
Founded in 1998, Angelic Organics Learning Center is a non-profit organization that helps urban and rural people build local food systems; grow healthy food and a better quality of life; connect with farmers and the land, and learn agricultural and leadership skills, through programs at partner farms and urban growing sites in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin.

About our Farmer Training Initiative:
Angelic Organics Learning Center’s Farmer Training Initiative supports and serves beginning and sustainable farmers through farmer-led trainings in production and business planning. Our staff coordinates programs and activities on behalf of the Upper Midwest Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training (CRAFT). Our goal is to help beginning farmers improve the economic viability of their farms by supporting a vibrant community of practice, while helping individual farmers deepen their set of financial management tools and increase access to affordable capital.

Duties & Responsibilities: 

We are currently seeking Farmer Training Program Assistant 20-40 hours a week to cover the following roles:
Providing office and in-person support for programs, including preparing supplies, communicating with participants, and coordinating record keeping
Producing and distributing the weekly Upper Midwest CRAFT eNewsletter, Farmer Training eBlasts and other design projects as needed
Fielding inquiries on behalf of our farmer training programs and services (phone, email, in person)
Preparing and coordinating logistics for Farmer Training programs and events
Coordinating enrollment of CRAFT membership, data entry and tracking for the department
Additional roles may include coordinating aspects of emerging and existing projects

Education & Experience: 

Ideal candidates will have qualifications and experience pertinent to the position, such as:
Experience with sustainable agriculture and farmers; excellent abilities to build 1 on 1 and group relationships with beginning farmers;
Excellent customer service skills.
Excellent organizational skills and project coordination.
Reliable self-starter.
Communicative team player
Punctuality

Successful candidates will also have:
The following demonstrated qualities: attentive, highly organized, flexible and adaptable, reliable and hardworking, ability to take initiative and to manage multiple priorities; ability to work with big picture and details; ability to be flexible and hold standards.
Excellent interpersonal, written and and oral communications skills.
Qualities of patience, compassion, approachability, responsiveness, positivity, and open mindedness. Ability to make casual conversation, connect with people from diverse backgrounds.
Willingness to be hands-on and get dirty, uncomfortable, and/or silly.
A commitment to the Learning Center’s work to build local food systems and its partnership with Angelic Organics, a Biodynamic Community Supported Agriculture farm.
A current drivers license; CPR and First Aid certification required (training provided)
Mac and Internet literacy, and proficiency using Microsoft suite and Google Drive.
Ability to work from the Caledonia, IL office and to travel to periodic meetings and events, occasionally during evenings/weekends.

Application Instructions: 

Please familiarize yourself with our website at www.learngrowconnect.org. Qualified candidates please send a cover letter and resume to jobs@learngrowconnect.org, indicating your preferences for number of hours per week (20-40). We will begin screening applications on November 27th, though will continue to receive applications until filled. We’d appreciate all documents sent in PDF or Word format and “Farmer Training Program Assistant” included in the subject line item of the email. We look forward to receiving your information. No phone inquiries please.

Job Categories: 
Administrative & Finance
Farming/Agriculture