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Youth Workforce Coordinator, Family Harvest Farm at John Muir Land Trust, Family Harvest Farm - 13104

Job Title: 
Youth Workforce Coordinator, Family Harvest Farm
John Muir Land Trust, Family Harvest Farm
1300 Power Avenue
Pittsburg , CA
US
Job Type: 
Job
Employment Type: 
Full-Time
Job Description: 

Youth Workforce Coordinator

Background: Family Harvest Farm is a Transitional Age Foster Youth Employment and Training Program of John Muir Land Trust. The mission of Family Harvest Farm is to employ and train transitional-age foster youth (18-24) in a safe and healing environment as apprentices; the farm is located in Pittsburg, CA. Family Harvest Farm helps John Muir Land Trust attain our vision of ensuring that the beauty, diversity and fullness of our natural areas continue to enrich and sustain all generations of life.
Job Description: The Youth Workforce Coordinator is responsible for the development of youth soft employment skills and for co-creating a youth centered, strengths-based learning environment that upholds trauma informed principals, supports apprentices to build skills in regenerative farming as well as to build transferable skills that can be applied in future employment, education, and community settings.

• Position: Family Harvest Farm, Youth Workforce Coordinator
• Employer: John Muir Land Trust
• Program: Family Harvest Farm
• Status: Full-time in person / Exempt / Salaried employee
• Start Date: Summer 2021
• Location: Your work will be performed at the Farm in Pittsburg, CA, at our Martinez HQ, and remotely.
• Reporting to: Executive Director
• Work Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 am – 5 pm / some evenings & weekends when needed
• Benefits: Competitive base salary + full benefits + 5 weeks of PTO

Responsibilities:
Training Program
- Recruit, interview, hire, train, and support the professional and personal development of apprentices who are referred by local youth service organizations.
- Partner with Farm and Program Manager to create, support and monitor work-based learning opportunities that fully integrate apprentices into day-to-day farming activities.
- Develop apprentice employment goals, rewards and disciplinary structures for skill attainment and retention.
- Work to develop leadership opportunities at FHF, explore post apprenticeship employment and education opportunities.
- Meet with apprentices weekly or bi-weekly; document meetings and coordinate information sharing, with referring agencies.
- Partner with Farm Manager to plan and facilitate weekly team meetings designed to build collaboration amongst apprentices.
- Plan and facilitate weekly educational workshops on soft skills topics such as giving and receiving feedback, conflict resolution, interviewing skills, communicating with colleagues, public speaking and problem solving.
- In coordination with FHF staff, facilitate farm tours for apprentices and workshops/lessons/activities/projects on water, soil, seeds, planting, production, harvest, marketing, land use, food justice, nutrition, health, sustainability, and other related topics.
- Maintain regular communication with collaborating partners to support a successful experience for each apprentice.
- Prepare apprentices for promotion to next employment opportunity.
- Conduct and document apprentice interviews during and as post apprenticeship to track apprentices’ success and to better learn impact of Family Harvest Farm experience on individual apprentices.
Farm Operations
- Partner with the Farm Manager to assign farm tasks to apprentices and volunteers including: watering, planting, fertilizing, harvesting and post- harvest processing, natural/organic pest management, weeding, manage irrigation of greenhouse, field crops and hedgerows; greenhouse management and repairs, property maintenance.
- Participate in weekly planning meetings and in daily farm activities and work.
- Be receptive to learning and implementing new methods of farming/gardening and sharing knowledge of sustainable farming/gardening practices; contribute ideas to expand and diversify the operation.
Qualifications:
- Specific knowledge and experience working with foster youth or similar population;
- 3-5 years’ experience in employment or workforce development or educational certification programs for youth and/or adults;
- Strong communication skills and ability to work collaboratively;
- Knowledge of and practice in problem solving, conflict resolution and trauma informed work;
- Must be fingerprinted with background check to work with apprentices;
- Bachelor’s degree preferred.

Application Instructions: 

Local candidates are invited to submit a resume to dawn@blocktalent.com

Job Categories: 
Education
Farming/Agriculture