The Wildfire Resilience Specialist will play a key role on our Farmer Services team by leading wildfire resilience technical assistance efforts with small farmers. The Wildfire Resilience Specialist will keep project related data up to date in Dropbox and Salesforce, monitor project timelines to plan for any adjustments, communicate with subcontractors, and complete various project tasks. A successful candidate will be highly detail oriented, have technical knowledge on small farm production, expertise in (and/or the ability to quickly develop expertise in) wildfire prevention and recovery best practices, and be a clear communicator. The Wildfire Resilience Specialist contributes to organizational and team project strategy. They implement CAFF’s Racial Equity goals and practices throughout their work. This is a new position and project at CAFF and will require the Specialist to play a key role in securing future funding for the position.
Major Duties and Responsibilities
Essential responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Provide Wildfire Technical Assistance to Farmers (75%):
Record podcast episodes with farmers, share raw audio with podcast producer, work with producer to create final episodes
Promote Wildfire Emergency Fund opportunity for growers, organize review committee, lead decision making process on what farmers will be awarded, coordinate with CAFF Accountant to make sure payments are distributed
Lead CAFF internal wildfire cross-team with the Farmer Services Program Manager and a representative from Ecological Farming (EF) team
Co-develop wildfire preparedness and response resources with EF
Organize and conduct some review of research on wildfire preparedness best practices
Stay up to date on WSARE wildfire project activities and areas for overlap with general CAFF wildfire activities
Update CAFF website with fire preparedness and recovery resources
Map out wildfire stakeholder map in CA to determine how CAFF can best facilitate the network
Identify other organizations that work in the wildfire space and spend time staying up to date on their efforts and possible opportunities for collaboration.
Facilitate statewide wildfire advisory committee
Host three field days at farms where farmers can see first-hand wildfire prevention practices and learn about implementing them at their farm
Host three town halls (in-person and/or virtual) to gather stories from affected farmers.
Create a video highlighting a farmer’s story of their disaster and recovery
Consult with CAFF Policy Team and partners around wildfire policy opportunities that benefit farmers
Provide 1-on-1 technical assistance to farmers on wildfire preparedness and/or recovery via phone, email, and in-person
Fundraising and Grant Management (15%):
Collect monthly invoices from long term contractors and submit them to Expensify. Conducts meetings with contractors and tracks project progress.
Communicate with subcontractors proactively and clearly.
Develop new relationships with possible project collaborators.
Draft new subcontract agreements.
Provide data needed for progress reports and may write reports to be reviewed by Farmer Services Director prior to submission.
May lead writing a proposal and have annual development targets.
Review budgets to actuals for projects and monitor spending down on grants with oversight by Farmer Services Director.
Conduct evaluation activities such as following up with growers that received emergency fund awards to learn about the impact that had for them.
Provide input into grant writing by suggesting programmatic activities, timeline, and workplan information. Suggest possible subcontractors and may get letters of support from them.
Suggest new funding sources to the Farmer Services Director if they learn about new opportunities.
Maintain tracking for each grant and complete tracking activities when programmatic activities happen (e.g. if a field day is hosted after the field day a Salesforce campaign is created, data added to campaign).
Prospect additional fundraising opportunities for 2023, including new private foundations or public philanthropic resources, and cultivating ongoing relationship with Red Cross
CAFF General Responsibilities (10%):
Participate in weekly CAFF staff meetings and annual retreats
Participate and contribute to racial equity action planning discussions
Represent CAFF by participating in community activities and events as necessary
Participate in other administrative tasks as needed
Contributes to Farmers Services team annual program area team strategy
We know it’s impossible to convey every single task for a particular job in one job description. Our hope is that as we work together, and your role evolves over time, we can adjust your job description accordingly.
High School, Associates, or Bachelor’s Degree
● Small-scale diverse and/or organic farming
● Knowledge of the wildfire prevention and recovery resources/practices and how it
applies to small farmers
● Teaching audiences about complex topics
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
● The ability to analyze data and information and develop systems as needed
● Strong written and oral communication skills in English
● Flexibility to work independently, with minimal supervision, as well as collaborate with others in a remote team setting
● Flexibility to work on a variety of projects, simultaneously
● Ability to speak publicly and teach to various audiences
● Proficiency in Microsoft Office, especially Excel
● Proficiency with collaborative working platforms such as Salesforce, Action Network, Wordpress, Dropbox, and Google Drive
● Ability to use Asana project management software (training provided)
● Bilingual, bicultural skills in Spanish considered a plus
● Ability to sit for long periods of time working at a computer.
● Ability to drive long distances 4+ hours to visit farmers and conduct trainings.
● Requires a full range of physical mobility, such as bending, stooping, lifting, turning, carrying objects, and grasping.
Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information of three references with the subject line “Wildfire Resilience Specialist” to firstname.lastname@example.org by December 3rd. We aim to start first round interviews the week of December 6th.