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Rural Youth Coordinator at Community Agroecology Network - 14455

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Rural Youth Coordinator
Community Agroecology Network
Sustainable Living Center, 2 Village Rd UCSC
95071 Santa Cruz , CA ,
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Job Description: 

CAN is seeking a youth coordinator to support in facilitating food sovereignty
activities with CAN’s Growing Justice Youth Group. The youth coordinator will
convene community members and youth to grow culturally important foods in community gardens in Watsonville CA, support in catalyzing spaces for collective analysis using and innovating social methodologies to reconnect community and leverage: political action, community food system alternatives, and international solidarity with campesinx communities. Our work will accompany weekly food justice activities and events related to a learning community in agroecology and food sovereignty. The youth coordinator will also assist in research and data collection, evaluation, reporting, and communications.

Compensation: $20/hr for 40hrs/week working with a collaborative, supportive and wellness oriented team, strong vacation & benefits package (medical, dental, vision, etc.)

Community Agroecology Network (CAN) is an international network, focused
in the Americas accompanying community-led processes of self-determination
and building collective power for food systems change. We collaborate with
migrant, campesino and indigenous organizations, and academics, to facilitate
the collective recuperation, production and documentation of agroecological
knowledge and action. We connect organizations across borders to share
knowledge specific to their cultures and ecologies as a way to weave a shared
vision of solidarity, respect and justice. We are committed to realizing with
communities: autonomy, food sovereignty, resilience to climate, dignified
livelihoods and justice across generations, gender, class, race and ethnicity.

Duties & Responsibilities: 

• Collaboratively plan food justice activities and facilitate reflections at the intersection of food
sovereignty and racial, economic and gender justice.
• Support in catalyzing spaces for collective analysis across generations using social
methodologies for regenerating community from CAN’s international and local partner
organizations and collectively innovate cooperative and communitarian approaches.
• Sustain engagement with community members.
• Support with weekly meal preparation and garden maintenance.
• Assist with documentation, data collection, project evaluation and reporting
• Co-plan and coordinate with key collaborators, community members, and partners to
advance collective project goals with appropriate community innovations.
• Attend all CAN staff meetings, retreats, and other required meetings.
• Support communications and social media, collaborating and work with relevant staff and
community members.
• Support and participate with CAN’s international youth network (RIAC)

Education & Experience: 

Willingness to learn how social justice and food systems transformation is practiced and
leveraged by partners and community members in CAN’s network and the international
agroecology movement. Demonstrated commitment to racial, gender, and class justice. The
following qualifications and skills are required:
• Advanced degree such as a B.A., training or certification.
• At least 2 years’ experience in direct engagement with migrant communities from the global south and rural communities
• Strong ability to prioritize and plan work activities, using time efficiently, handling multiple
tasks and projects with a high attention to detail.
• Excellent judgment and proven ability to identify and resolve problems in a collaborative,
creative and timely manner.
• Demonstrated ability to build trusting relationships; strong verbal and written communication
• Dedicated to social justice and commitment to CAN’s mission and values.
• Ability to quickly learn and engage with CAN’s local and international team members
• Proficiency in digital media and office software
• Excellent communication skills, Spanish language skills required; multilingual
a plus!

Application Instructions: 

Please send a cover letter, resume, and three references (including name, affiliation, email,
phone number and your relationship) to In the cover letter, please
• Examples of your experiences with food sovereignty, rural work, racial gender and economic justice.
• Explain what excites you about this position and working with CAN, specifically
across generations.

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