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OpenTEAM Fellow with Point Blue & Quivira Coalition

 

About The Program 

Open Technology Ecosystem for Agricultural Management (OpenTEAM) is a community-driven, farmer focused initiative that has co-designed and built a free and open source digital toolkit, providing a  framework for universal access to agricultural knowledge. A project of Wolfe’s Neck Center for  Agriculture & the Environment (WNC), OpenTEAM is creating an interoperable technology ecosystem to  provide food systems leaders with tools to combat climate change and improve soil health.  

To better meet ground-level needs and simultaneously refine tools, OpenTEAM is launching a year-long  Fellows Program. Fellows will support producer networks (known as Hubs, outlined below), and act as  community and technical facilitators for the OpenTEAM network.  

Position Summary  

Fellows will be directly embedded within producer networks, working alongside Hub staff as they launch  and implement technical tools which can provide farmers, ranchers, and others with the knowledge  needed to enable regenerative agricultural management practices. 

Each fellow is expected to: 

  • Work closely and engage with the Hub’s agricultural network to onboard new producers to the  OpenTEAM tech ecosystem 
  • Facilitate data entry into producer profiles that can be used to connect, share data, and  collaborate with other farmers, ranchers, or networks 
  • Communicate between the Hub, trusted advisors, and technology developers to ensure tools  are meeting needs by collecting, organizing and communicating user feedback 
  • Participate in meetings to share, collaborate, and learn from other Fellows in cohort
  • Attend an all-expenses paid, in-person training and orientation at Wolfe’s Neck Center July 19- 24, 2022 (mandatory). Deployment to host Hub organization(s) will follow within one month  of completion of the training. 

Each Fellow can expect the following training and support:  

  • Onboarding to the tools within the OpenTEAM toolkit 
  • Exposure to a wide variety of AgTech platforms, including software/hardware solutions Regular check-ins and standups with OpenTEAM staff and cohort  
  • Access to OpenTEAM working group sessions, tech tool developers, and pilot producers Guidance on feedback processes and individual technical assistance  
  • Access to OpenTEAM’s suite of project management tools and platforms 
  • Admittance to Fellows Network, which includes access to job listings, mentorship, and  opportunities to continue participation in larger OpenTEAM ecosystem 

Point Blue (Petaluma, CA) & Quivira Coalition (Santa Fe area, NM) 

This OpenTEAM fellowship offers an opportunity for a Fellow to work closely with ranchers in California  and New Mexico and to support soil health stewardship through technology development and  assistance. The Fellow will share an appointment with Point Blue Conservation Science and The Quivira 

Wolfe’s Neck Center for Agriculture & the Environment does not discriminate on the basis of any protected category and welcomes a diverse pool of candidates.  Applicants are selected based on their ability to perform the essential functions of the job, prior related work experience, and references from previous employers.  You can read OpenTEAM’s full code of conduct here. All new hires are required to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination (including booster) for employment.  Wolfe’s Neck Center follows Maine CDC guidelines for COVID-19 protocols and expects all employees to be willing to adhere to those safety measures. 

Coalition where they will help to advance collaborative and complementary initiatives around data  collection and management.  

Point Blue is a growing and internationally renowned nonprofit with over 160 staff and scientists.  Founded in 1965 and working from California to Antarctica, Point Blue’s highest priority today is to  increase the pace, scale, and impact of climate-smart conservation. Point Blue’s Working Lands Group  staff and scientists conduct and translate rigorous science and work with land stewards and other  partners to ensure agricultural landscapes provide ecosystem services that support the needs of people  and wildlife.  

The Quivira Coalition 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. Quivira  Coalition’s Carbon Ranch Initiative (CRI) is dedicated to outreach and research that supports  regenerative agriculture that can build soil carbon on working lands. We conduct research, outreach,  and technical support around soil health, and promote monitoring and iterative decision-making as an  important component of land stewardship. 

The Fellow will work closely with Point Blue and Quivira teams to integrate key programmatic initiatives  around carbon and soil health stewardship into the OpenTEAM Tech Ecosystem and onboard ranches to  associated technologies. Candidates who have the following experience and interests will be particularly  well suited for this position: working with farmers, ranchers, and natural resource management professionals from diverse communities; navigating the challenges, opportunities, and social dynamics  in agricultural and natural resource collaborations; communicating complex land management,  monitoring, and technology issues in clear, constructive, and non-polarizing ways; organizing events and  facilitating a community of practice around working lands collaboration. 

Qualifications 

Requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required to perform  this job successfully. Reasonable accommodations may be made to individuals with disabilities to  perform essential functions. 

  • Bachelor’s degree in agriculture, natural resources management, rural/community  development, computer/data science, human centered design & engineering, or related fields  OR

Three years of relevant experience 

  • Aptitude with technology 
  • Strong interest in advancing community-driven technological solutions to forge a more equitable food system and combat climate change 
  • Demonstrated support of and/or interest in Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice Ability to work collaboratively with stakeholders from a variety of backgrounds and fields Excellent organizational, communication, and time management skills 
  • Preferred but not required: Experience and/or interest in agriculture and food systems Preferred but not required: Experience with technical documentation 
  • Preferred but not required: Familiarity with agtech tools (soil carbon measurement instruments,  farm record management interfaces, agroecosystem modeling tools, online data collection  tools)

Wolfe’s Neck Center for Agriculture & the Environment does not discriminate on the basis of any protected category and welcomes a diverse pool of candidates.  Applicants are selected based on their ability to perform the essential functions of the job, prior related work experience, and references from previous employers.  You can read OpenTEAM’s full code of conduct here. All new hires are required to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination (including booster) for employment.  Wolfe’s Neck Center follows Maine CDC guidelines for COVID-19 protocols and expects all employees to be willing to adhere to those safety measures. 

Other Requirements:  

  • Comfortability in agricultural environments  
  • Willingness to be outside during intemperate weather  
  • Ability to lift and carry up to 25 pounds 
  • Possess and maintain a current drivers license 
  • Be willing to relocate to Hub site for one year 
  • Legally able to work in the United States (we cannot provide VISA sponsorship) Proof of COVID-19 vaccination 

Compensation  

This is a full-time one year position, with an anticipated start date of July 19th, 2022 and end date in  July/August of 2023. Fellows will receive a stipend of $40,000 per year. Additional benefits  (travel/communication allowance, work laptop, health insurance reimbursement, etc.) will be provided  by OpenTEAM and/or the host Hub. While host Hubs will be able to provide guidance on relocation,  Fellows are responsible for relocation and housing expenses during Fellowship. 

To Apply 

Please email a one-page cover letter (or 2-5 minute video) and resume to jobs@wolfesneck.org with  “OpenTEAM Fellow” in the subject line. References may be requested. If desired, you may rank your  Hub preferences in your cover letter or video submission. Applications received by June 3, 2022 will be  given preference, and are reviewed on a rolling basis. Remote Interviews will begin as early as May 30,  2022. Questions may be directed to sienna@openteam.community