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Quivira is hiring for the New Agrarian Program Southwest Coordinator

The Quivira Coalition (www.quiviracoaltion.org) is a Santa Fe-based nonprofit that builds resilience on arid working lands.We foster ecological, economic, and social health through education, innovation, and collaboration. The Quivira Coalition aims to shift current practices of agriculture and land stewardship to those that produce good food, support meaningful livelihoods in rural places, sustain biodiversity, and remedy the impacts of climate change. We do this work through agricultural apprenticeship, land and water restoration, and rancher- and farmer-led knowledge exchange. Knowing that it is critical to the success of our work, Quivira Coalition is committed to diversity and inclusion, and we aspire to build a diverse staff team and community, including groups that are traditionally under-represented among stewardship and agricultural support services.

 

Quivira Coalition’s New Agrarian Program (NAP) offers eight-month immersive apprenticeships in regenerative agriculture in partnership with mentor ranchers and farmers throughout the West. The Southwest Coordinator will work with the rest of the NAP team to provide the next generation of producers with hands-on mentoring from dedicated land stewards who practice regenerative methods of food production, provide excellent animal care, and are skilled and dedicated teachers.

 

Who we’re looking for

The New Agrarian Program Southwest Coordinator is responsible, in partnership with the NAP Director and Colorado Manager, for implementation of Quivira’s apprenticeship program in New Mexico and Colorado. The Southwest Coordinator is a people-oriented facilitator who has previously worked with ranchers and farmers and/or in experiential education. They enjoy working with seasoned ranchers and farmers, mentoring young professionals in agriculture, and are passionate about solving current food production and ranching/farming challenges. This person is excited to travel to ranches and farms and understands the nuances of the lives and livelihoods of the people who operate these businesses. This position is fully remote but requires flexibility to travel to ranches and farms in New Mexico and Southern Colorado and the capacity to engage with the Quivira team remotely. The ideal candidate would be located in Southwest Colorado or Northern New Mexico or be willing to relocate. The position also requires travel to conferences, presentations, and other work events (15-20 percent of work time is non-computer based). 

 

Description of the position

The NAP Southwest Coordinator works collaboratively with the NAP team to coordinate NAP programming, support current mentors and apprentices and help to expand the program in CO and NM. The Southwest Coordinator is responsible for building supportive relationships with mentors and apprentices, supporting mentors to help guide them through the apprentice application and hiring processes, and facilitating communication and providing guidance for both apprentices and mentors throughout their year together. The Southwest Coordinator works with the NAP team to deliver mentor training, apprentice supplemental education, and community building events. Working closely with the program director, they will also identify organizational partners, support fundraising efforts, and recruit mentors and apprentices in Colorado and New Mexico. 

 

Specific Duties and Responsibilities

Program Coordination

  • Serve as the main point of contact for NAP mentors and apprentices in California, Colorado, and New Mexico, in cooperation with the Colorado Manager
  • Support the application process for potential new program mentors
  • Facilitate successful apprentice interviews and placement at Southwest mentor locations 
  • Maintain regular contact with mentors and apprentices in the Southwest throughout the apprenticeship season
  • Support mentor/apprentice relationships and serve as a mediator as needed
  • In partnership with the NAP team and in adherence to a budget, plan and conduct monthly supplemental education and happy hour calls as well as regional apprentice events including orientation, mid-season gatherings, and graduation 
  • Conduct annual site visits to current mentor operations in New Mexico and Colorado
  • Conduct in-depth, annual interviews with mentors to debrief most recent apprenticeships and discuss program components, successes, and challenges
  • Facilitate connections between current and future generations of food producers and land stewards

 

Recruitment and Outreach

  • Play an active role in recruiting apprentices for the upcoming season
  • Assist in creating content for NAP monthly newsletter, including compiling job opportunities and other newsletter material
  • Assist with outreach projects like alumni events, podcast production, Regenerate Conference events, public speaking at universities, and more
  • Schedule, plan, and promote NAP events in the Southwest, including Mentor 101 and NAP 101 webinars, and Career Connections job fair events
  • Assist with recruitment of new mentor operations in the Southwest, including conducting site visits as needed
  • Contribute content to NAP social media
  • Represent Quivira and the New Agrarian Program at relevant events or projects in the regional community
  • Collaborate with Communications team to update Quivira website using WordPress

 

Additional Tasks

  • Support fundraising efforts for NAP and Quivira
  • Collaborate with other staff members and engage with other Quivira program areas as needed
  • Attend and actively participate in the annual Quivira Conference as a representative of NAP
  • Participate in Quivira staff meetings, retreats, and strategic planning meetings
  • Effectively manage documents and organization of schedules using Google Suite
  • Other activities as assigned

 

Required Qualifications

  • Ability to travel to remote locations and excitement about networking, talking to new people
  • Patience and a sense of humor
  • Ability and desire to work outdoors, lift 50 pounds, and pitch in on ranching or farming operations occasionally
  • Experience working remotely using office technology and communication tools such as SLACK, Zoom and Google Suite
  • Residence in Northern New Mexico or Southern Colorado
  • Availability to work evenings and weekends to accommodate ranching/ farming schedules
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Reliable access to high speed internet

 

Desired qualifications

  • Experience working in agriculture (ideally ranching or related livestock production)
  • Experience working one-on-one with students in an experiential learning context
  • Experience working in a nonprofit environment
  • Exceptional organizational, writing, and other communication skills
  • An understanding of how conservation and agriculture have historically and currently impacted Latinx, Black, Indigenous, and other communities of color.
  • Multi-lingual in Spanish or Native languages.

 

Terms of Employment

  • Quivira Coalition is committed to fostering, cultivating, and preserving a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion in our organization. We embrace and encourage applicants of all ages, colors, disability statuses, ethnicities, family or marital statuses, gender identities or expressions, languages, national origins, physical and mental abilities, political affiliations, races, religions, sexual orientations, socio-economic statuses, or veteran statuses.
  • Reports to the NAP director
  • 30 hours per week, with the potential to become full time in the next six months
  • Salary range for coordinator level positions: $18.75 – $25.36/hour depending on experience, paid bi-weekly. Quivira Coalition uses a Wage Scale to determine hourly wage and salary ranges for all positions within the organization so salaries are not negotiable beyond this range.
  • No relocation compensation.
  • After 3 months benefits include: health care, dental, vision, simple IRA, paid-time-off, short and long term life insurance and disability policy, continuing education stipend.

 

Application Instructions

Please apply online at  quiviracoalition.org/work-with-us. Please include a current resume (no more than two pages) with the application. The application will be in place of a cover letter; no cover letter is needed. Please have available the name, phone number, and email of three professional references. References will be checked as a part of the hiring process. 

 

Please send questions to the New Agrarian Team – newagrarian@quiviracoalition.org with the subject line “NAP SW Coordinator Application.”

 

Hiring Timeline

Deadline for applications open until filled with the intention of a start date in August 2022. We will invite applicants to interview soon after their applications are received based on meeting position qualifications. Please do not hesitate to submit your application materials early.