Young Agrarians is hiring a new Land Matcher for the Lower Mainland. Do you thrive working with people from diverse walks of life? Are you a networker and connector? If you’ve got that magic matchmaker quality – equal parts people skills, passion for local food systems, and computer-savvy project manager – we’d love to hear from you.
Region: Metro Vancouver & Fraser Valley
Deadline for Applications: 12pm Monday, Nov 9, 2020. This position will start when we find the right candidate.
Young Agrarians is an educational resource network for new and young farmers in Canada that launched in 2012. In 2016, Young Agrarians began offering land matching services in the Metro Vancouver / Fraser Valley area, and has scaled-up across B.C. To read more about the B.C. Land Matching Program please visit: youngagrarians.org/bc-land-matching-program.
The Land Matcher role requires an individual that is process-oriented, has excellent communication and project management skills, and understands farming and agriculture. Land Matchers connect farmers looking for land to start or grow their business with people who own farmland by assessing land opportunities, supporting farmers to become ready to access land, making matches to find the right land/farmer fit, facilitating lease agreements, and providing follow-up support as needed.
Young Agrarians embraces diversity, and we are excited about building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills.
Roles & Responsibilities
- Grow the inventory of land and farmers in the region through digital and grassroots outreach:
- Publish and promote land opportunities and resources on the YA Blog
- Support people to add their land and land seeker listings on the YA UMAP
- Connect with diverse individuals and organizations in the area to grow program reach
- Respond to program inquiries from landholders and farmers
- Assist farmers looking for land:
- Support them to identify their vision and needs
- Increase readiness to access land and start a farm business
- Connect to additional resources and supports
- Assist people with farmland:
- Visits landholders and assess properties for agriculture (COVID19 protocols in place)
- Support landholders to develop their vision and terms for land sharing
- Facilitate land matches:
- Facilitate introductions between farmland holders and people looking for land;
- Where there’s a match, facilitate negotiations and the development of a land sharing agreement with the support of a lawyer.
- Maintain participant records and information on program process.
- Support program evaluation and funder reporting:
- Follow up with program participants with evaluation and to collect testimonials
- Maintain program metrics
- Help with storytelling
- Coordinate regional events:
- Annual networking activities (COVID19 protocols in place)
- Digital outreach and education
- Live in the region and have the ability to travel and provide one’s own vehicle.
- Home office, computer, Internet connection, and cellphone.
- This position has a flexible schedule, and may require evenings and weekends.
- Experience and / or education in farming and food systems.
- Strong relationship building and outreach skills to engage people from diverse socio-economic backgrounds.
- A high level of self-motivation as part of a remote team. A love for process-oriented workflow management, with attention to details and deadlines.
- A passion for working with people, facilitating structured conversations, neutrally supporting negotiations, and managing communication challenges as they arise.
- Ability to communicate both in writing and verbally to create an environment of empathy, curiosity and engaged listening.
- Capacity to learn about regulatory frameworks and support program participants with this information.
- Strong leadership and decision-making capacity.
- Fluency working with computers and ability to learn new software programs as required. Software applications include: Spreadsheets, Google Drive, MS Office, Facebook, Mailchimp and WordPress.
- Experience representing a non-profit organization and cultivating partnerships to realize the mission!
- A degree in food systems or agriculture, or experience providing technical assistance to farmers in production and / or business planning.
- Familiarity with the food and farming community in the Lower Mainland.
- An understanding of real estate, and / or legal agreements, and / or regulatory bodies and frameworks such as municipal, regional and provincial governments and bylaws, the ALC Act, B.C. Land Title Act, and B.C. Farm Classification.
- Negotiation, conflict resolution, and / or mediation skills.
Compensation: 35 hours per week at $30 / hour. Mileage is reimbursed at provincial rates. Two weeks of vacation offered after the first year of employment.
To apply: Please send a resume and cover letter to Darcy Smith to: firstname.lastname@example.org with “MV Land Matcher” and your full name in the email subject line. Please create one PDF document that includes a one-page cover letter describing why you would be a good fit for this position, and your resume. Please save the file with your first and last name as the file name.
Interviews will be conducted as resumes come in.
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