The NFU-O is hiring a Land-Linking and Young Farmer Support Specialist!
Position: Land-Linking and Young Farmer Support Specialist
Location: remote work, anywhere in Ontario
Eligibility: 30 or younger
Reports to: Executive Director
Application Deadline: Wednesday, July 14, 2021
Hours: 35 hours/week, flexible times, offered through the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Youth Employment and Skills Program (see eligibility criteria below)
Duration: September 7, 2021, to Thursday, March 31, 2022
Role and Responsibilities:
The successful candidate will be tasked with supporting the NFU-O’s farmland conservation land-linking work, improving digital resources for young and new farmers, and updating our website to highlight key resources and support for young and new farmers.
Core responsibilities and work will include:
- Responding to inquiries about programs and resources
- Holding direct conversations (by phone and online) with NFU-O members, land-seekers, and land-holders
- Tracking and updating internal database of potential land opportunities and land-seekers
- Suggesting possible land matches and make introductions
- Connecting farmers with resources and support
- Promoting workshops and events, improving program reach and story-telling
- Gathering information about needs and barriers for land-linking
- Compiling information about resources available to new and young farmers
The role will especially support NFU-O’s broader priorities to promote farmland conservation, and to connect young and aspiring sustainable farmers who lack access to land with older and retired farmers who lack successors. This will make it easier for young and new farmers to access farmland despite rising prices. We hope to reduce land access barriers, especially for young farmers, and Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour farmers.
Learning opportunities will also be provided via collaboration with some of the NFU-O’s other staff, projects, and activities. The role will also involve some broader member engagement work.
Information about some previous land-linking support work can be found here: https://nfuontario.ca/new/land-workshops/
This is a part of the Youth Employment and Skills Program. Candidates must be:
- between the ages of 15 and 30 inclusive when the internship started
- unemployed or underemployed*
- a Canadian citizen, permanent resident of Canada or a refugee under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act
*Underemployed will include students who are currently employed and are taking on an expanded role or more hours of work during the internship
Skills and Experience:
- Outreach or member engagement experience (including phone calls with members)
- Experience with WordPress
- Experience working with social media platforms, Mailchimp, or similar newsletter applications
Interest in community-building, environmental sustainability and/or food security
- Knowledge of Ontario agricultural community an asset
- Experience and knowledge of communications
- A strong communicator with excellent written and verbal skills
- Highly motivated and able to work independently and in a team
- Demonstrated problem-solving abilities
- Some research skills
- French language skills are an asset
- Excellent time management skills
- Ability to work from home
The NFU-O would like to hire a candidate who is facing potential barriers to employment. Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) has identified these as priority barriers:
- living with a disability
- being Indigenous
- living in a low-income household
- being a single parent
- residing in a remote (or potentially rural) location
- living with family care responsibilities
- coming out of, or have involvement with the justice system
- other barriers approved on a case-by-case basis
Up to $5000 in federal funding may be available to the chosen candidate to offset the costs of barriers.
Please note in your application if you face a barrier to employment. The successful candidate will have to specify for AAFC which barrier they face, but at this stage no detail is required—you can simply state that you face a barrier without describing which.
Send your cover letter detailing how your skills, experience, and education fit with this position, along with your resume, in PDF format by Wednesday, July 14th to Krista Long, Executive Director at: firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Land-linking and Young Farmer Support Candidate.”
Only those applicants to be invited for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please. Interviews will take place the week of July 19th.
The NFU-O is committed to employment equity and welcomes applications from all qualified individuals.