Description: The Youth Farm Project Manager is expected to oversee the building and production of a small farm, while overseeing youth, in a rural Western Alaskan village.
Food and housing are provided.
The goal of this project is to produce a commercial quantity of crops to provide good quality fresh produce to distribute and market to our in-region villages. The primary beneficiaries are in the Alaskan Kusilvak Census Area, including the communities of Emmonak, Alakanuk, Grayling, Kotlik, Nunam Iqua, and Mountain Village. A significant component of the project will provide youth with job opportunities to help develop self-esteem as well as important business and agricultural skills. YDFDA established the Youth Employment Project (YEP) in Emmonak in 2008 to help alleviate social difficulties surrounding youth in this region. The goal of the Youth Employment Project is to help change those statistics by offering youth opportunities in gaining work experiences while earning a seasonal income doing meaningful work. Employment opportunities with the program have demonstrated an increase in self-esteem, development of work ethic, wellbeing, and provide a positive atmosphere for youth to grow during summer break. The Lower Yukon Youth Agricultural Project would provide meaningful work for 50-75 youth employees to build and maintain a commercial farmstead. The goal is to grow and supply enough fresh, healthy produce to increase the nutritional value of meals in a food stamp economy. The project manager will be responsible for the development and maintenance of this farm with youth. This is a 6 month, seasonal, daily rate position located at Yukon Delta Fisheries in Emmonak, AK. Salary commensurate with experience. Must be willing to work flexible hours.
Duties and Responsibilities:
In this role you will be responsible for the following:
Train and lead a team including part-time Youth Farmers
Coordinate procurement and delivery of materials necessary for program delivery and farm operations (i.e. plants, soil, building materials, student lunches, etc.)
Collect and organize written, anecdotal, and photographic documentation for education, publication, and reporting purposes
Assists in special events with partner organizations
Coordinate and lead educational workshops for youth and community
Serve as a resource for students and community members
Lead Youth Farmers in farm work days and educational workshops during summer
Maintain current knowledge of industry trends, practices, and policies relevant to department operations and share best practices with Yukon Delta Fisheries
Coordinate farm production with Operations team, including (but not limited to), implementing crop plan, following production schedule, procuring supplies, planting and maintenance of vegetable production
Key Competencies/Behaviors Desired
Communicates in a manner that gains the trust and support of others at all levels.
Works effectively with others despite differences of opinion and style; builds alliances.
Strives for collaboration. Works cooperatively, as a positive contributor to the team.
Demonstrates a positive attitude and shows kindness in all workplace interactions.
Makes decisions appropriate for level of responsibility.
Can effectively adapt to change; can shift gears comfortably; is flexible, and embraces change with a "can-do" attitude.
Is self-aware; knows personal strengths and weaknesses; seeks feedback and is open to negative feedback as an opportunity for improvement.
Is cool under pressure; can be counted on to hold things together during tough times; can handle stress; is not knocked off balance by the unexpected; is a settling influence during a crisis.
Recognizes problems, constructively identifies and articulates solutions.
Follows safety guidelines to ensure a safe working environment and consistently demonstrates safe work behaviors.
Is welcoming of new hires.
Our ideal candidate will have the following:
Willingness to provide programming and outreach to multiple communities throughout Lower Yukon
Experience working with disadvantaged youth (Working in a remote location with Native culture.)
Familiarity with issues surrounding local food systems
At least one year of experience working with young people in a mentorship or supervisory role and facilitating groups
Familiarity with structural and cultural contexts, and a desire for personal and community growth in these areas
Demonstrated experience working with people from a variety of backgrounds and ability to give clear, constructive feedback
Availability for evening and weekend work, particularly in May through September
This is a diverse role with physical demands dependent on the season. Frequent outdoor work in all weather will be required. Ability to lift more than 50 pounds. Ability to stand/walk for more than eight hours a day.
Minimal Education Level: Bachelor’s degree in Education, Agricultural/Environmental Sciences or related field preferred
Years of Experience:
Required: At least one year experience working with farm tools, small farm equipment and irrigation. Preference will be given to candidates who have a degree in youth development, public health, public administration, communication, education, nutrition, community development, leadership or closely related field.
Preferred: Youth development experience in an informal setting. Experience working with Native American/Alaskan Native youth or youth with adverse experiences. Experience in leadership role and/or evidenced ability to guide the work of others. Experience developing a farm from the ground up.
Travel Requirements: Will travel to Emmonak, AK in June and remain until the end of season.
Other Requirements: Must pass Must have COVID-19 vaccination or be willing to be vaccinated before traveling to Emmonak. A background check will be performed on all applicants.