Farm Program Coordinator
- Are you interested in a career with an organization whose focus is on protecting and caring for vital lands on the coast and contributing to community well-being in Maine?
- Do you have a love of the land that you are inspired to share with people from diverse backgrounds through agricultural education?
- Are you looking for an opportunity to build relationships with the community you work in?
- Do you dive into your work with a sense of enthusiasm, curiosity, and determination?
If you answered yes to these questions, maybe you’d love to be the Farm Program Coordinator at Aldermere Farm and Erickson Fields!
Maine Coast Heritage Trust conserves and stewards Maine’s coastal lands and islands for their renowned scenic beauty, ecological value, outdoor recreational opportunities, and contribution to community well-being. MCHT provides statewide conservation leadership through its work with land trusts, coastal communities, and other partners.
Maine Coast Heritage Trust is seeking a creative individual whose work will be to enhance the farm preserve programs with a focus on access, inclusivity, collaborations, ecological resilience, regenerative agriculture, and community well-being. The ideal candidate will have the skills needed to collaborate with the community to support initiatives related to resilient local food systems, climate adaptability, youth engagement, and community well-being.
Essential Job Functions:
- Supervise students, apprentices, volunteers, and other program participants at both preserves. Coordinate with farm manager on farm operations work such as cattle chores, garden prep/harvest, and property maintenance.
- Work with staff to plan, develop, and evaluate outreach and programming needs at both preserves that incorporates diversity, equity, and inclusion.
- Develop skills-based curriculum to support agricultural education both on and off the preserves.
- Implement and run programming at both preserves independently and collaboratively with staff and volunteers.
- Administrative responsibilities include program scheduling, participant communications, metrics, and program evaluations.
- Work with the Engagement Department on external communications, funding, and grant opportunities.
- Create communications content for press releases, social media, internal materials, and preserve signage.
- Be a liaison between MCHT and the community to raise awareness of our mission.
- Collaborate with the community to support initiatives related to resilient local food systems, climate adaptability, youth engagement, and community well-being.
- Supervise and mentor youth and adults in programs and other activities hosted at the farm preserves.
- Regular work week with some weekends and evenings required as needed for programming and agricultural related responsibilities. Background check required.
Education & Experience:
- Bachelors’ degree in related field with three years of experience in agricultural or environmental education or a combination of relevant education, training, and/or experience.
- Excellent interpersonal and oral communication skills
- Strong project management and problem-solving skills
- Strong written communication skills
- Ability to promote and maintain positive public relations and to interact with a wide variety of people.
- Ability to communicate clear expectations and strategic goals to staff and program participants.
- Ability to coordinate projects with peers/supervisors in the organization collaboratively, including accepting positive feedback and constructive criticism to complete the tasks more effectively.
- Commitment to issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion as it relates to Maine agriculture, land stewardship, conservation, and community well-being.
- Significant computer skills necessary to create and maintain email communications, spreadsheets, and operational documents, utilizing assigned software.
- Ability to use hand tools and small machinery.
- Valid Drivers’ license
Working Conditions & Physical Requirements:
Work will take place in the office and in the field. Field operations work is almost entirely outdoors in all year-round conditions. Work will require significant physical strength and endurance. Some substantial care will need to be taken while working around cattle that can weigh up to 2,000 pounds and at times can be aggressive, and while working around potentially dangerous equipment. Must be able to lift 50 pounds repeatedly for up to an hour. Subjected to farm related odors. Administrative Work is performed in a normal office environment not subject to extremes of noise, temperature, odor, etc.
This is a permanent, full-time position with a benefits package including insurance (no cost for employee coverage), generous vacation and sick time, and a retirement plan.
Salary: $46,000 – $51,000 per year, based on experience.
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to do this job. The above is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.
This job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee, and is subject to change by the employer, as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.
Maine Coast Heritage Trust does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation or any other characteristic protected by law. We are an equal opportunity employer dedicated to creating an inclusive culture where employees from diverse backgrounds can thrive and support our mission.