JOB: YOUNG AGRARIANS LAND MATCHER – METRO VAN/FRASER VALLEY

Posted by Darcy Smith on May 17, 2019

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Young Agrarians BC is hiring a Land Matcher for the Metro Vancouver / Fraser Valley region! Are you a connector? An intuitive networker? Do complete strangers tell you their life story at the drop of a hat? Did you once set up your friends from college, and now they’ve got kids and you gave a speech at their wedding and they send you a thank you card every year?

Young Agrarians is seeking a Land Matcher with that Young Agrarians is seeking a talented communicator and project manager who understands the agricultural landscape to to provide land access “extension services” through the B.C Land Matching Program. Land Matchers will help farmland owners assess their land opportunity, support farmers to become ready to access land and start a farm business, provide hands-on, personalized matchmaking to find the right land/farmer fit, facilitate the development of a legal land agreement, and provide follow up support to farmers and landowners.

If you’ve got that magic matchmaking quality – equal parts people skills, passion for local food systems, and a desire to spend hours poring over spreadsheets and the B.C. Land Title Act, we’d love to hear from you!

Young Agrarians embraces diversity, and we are excited about building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills.

About Young Agrarians: Young Agrarians is a farmer2farmer resource network for new and young entrants to agriculture. We are focused on supporting the next generation to take up the art and science of farming. The B.C. Land Matching Program is a collaboration with Quebec’s ARTERRE.

Location: This is a remote position based in Metro Vancouver – Fraser Valley. Travel between potential landowners’ properties is necessary. 

Roles & Responsibilities

  • Develop a land and farmer inventory through digital and grassroots outreach efforts  and responding to inquiries from landowners and new farmers;
  • Identify needs of new farmers to assess enterprise readiness and provide support and resources to ensure their success during and after the farmland matching process.
  • Assist landowners to evaluate their land opportunities for agricultural viability and clarify their land usage vision and terms;
  • Register land opportunities and farmers looking for land on the YA UMAP digital land listing inventory;
  • Publish on-going land opportunities and resource content on the YA Blog.
  • Provide hands-on, personalized, matchmaking to support land seekers to find the most suitable land opportunities for their farm projects; and support landowners to find the most suitable farmer(s) for their land opportunities through facilitating introductions and site visits;
  • Where a successful relationship ensues between two parties, facilitate negotiations and support the development of the terms of the arrangement with the support of a lawyer.
  • Support storytelling and reporting through follow up program evaluations, collecting testimonials and maintaining program metrics.
  • Coordinate an annual Land Linking Workshop to grow the base of engaged and informed landowners, and new and potential farmers;
  • Disseminate tools: BC Land Access Guide, Lease & License Templates;
  • Engage with local governments, Ministry Staff, organizations, and communities to gather data on land access, and deliver a final report on land access needs in the region.

QUALIFICATIONS: Essential

  • You have experience and/or education in farming and food systems, such as a Bachelor’s degree with a focus in agriculture, or experience delivering extension services / technical assistance to farmers in areas such as farmland assessment and business planning.
  • You have a cross-cultural and interdisciplinary approach to community engagement, and experience working with people from diverse backgrounds.
  • You are detail-oriented, highly motivated and have the ability to meet deadlines and make progress without direct supervision, as part of a remote team.
  • You are fluent with Google Drive, MS Office, social media platforms, Mailchimp, and WordPress.
  • You are able to outreach, facilitate, and communicate both in writing and verbally with empathy, curiosity, engaged listening, and attention to detail.
  • You have excellent communication skills and you can facilitate structured conversations; you possess a joy for working with people.
  • You have strong proven leadership and decision making capacities with a willingness to “do what it takes” to get the job done.
  • You are looking for a flexible schedule with some evenings and weekends required.
  • You have a valid BC driver’s license and vehicle and are willing to travel around the region.

Assets

  • You have worked for a non profit or similar organization in the past.
  • You have experience in agronomy, soil science, real estate, and/or business planning.
  • You have experience in negotiation, mediation, and conflict resolution.
  • You have the ability to understand and explain regulatory frameworks in easy to understand terms such as the ALC, BC Land Titles Act, BC Farm Classification, municipal bylaws.
  • You are familiar with local and regional food systems and have an existing network of relationships within the agricultural community.
  • You have experience working with regional/municipal and provincial governments.

Details35 hours/week, $30/hourMust have home office, own computer, phone and vehicle. Work km’ will be reimbursed at provincial rates. This is a remote position, and the applicant must be based in Metro Vancouver / Fraser Valley. Please include your location in your application.

Start Date: As soon as possible! 

To apply: Please send a resume and cover letter c/o Darcy Smith to: land@youngagrarians.org by 5 pm Monday, May 27, 2019. Please include “MV Land Matcher” and your full name in the email subject line. Email a single attachment with a one page cover letter and resume sent as one PDF document, with your first and last name as the file name.

Interviews may be conducted as resumes come in. If you read this job description after the expiration date and want to send your resume in because you have the qualifications and this is your dream job, please do send your information in. 

No phone calls please.  Thank you to all applicants.


The B.C. Land Matching Program is funded in Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley by the B.C. Ministry of Agriculture, Metro Vancouver and Vancity.

 

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