I am happy to announce a job opportunity as Food Forest Program Manager for the Del Norte and Adjacent Tribal Lands Community Food Council. I will be moving on to focus on my own 25acre property and design consulting, but will be available to train my successor and support them and the site however I can. We have at least one great candidate from our local Wild Rivers Permaculture Guild, so please apply only if serious, qualified, and willing to commit to this place and the wonderful people involved with the food forest. The formal job description is in the attachment below:
Food Forest Program Manager
Location: Crescent City, California
Employed By: Family Resource Center of the Redwoods
Reports To: Food Program Director
Time Commitment: 40 hours per week including some evening and weekend hours. This is a temporary position funded through December 31, 2021. Extended employment in this position beyond that date will depend on additional funding and is not guaranteed.
Compensation: $20.50 an hour, plus monthly health and wellness stipend, retirement benefits, and paid vacation/sick leave.
Application Deadline: This position will remain open until filled. The first review of applications and interviews will begin on January 11th with a desired start date of January 25th.
The Del Norte and Tribal Lands Community Food Council (DNATL CFC) is seeking an energetic, collaborative, passionate, and experienced Food Forest Program Manager. This is an exciting opportunity to work as part of a team in increasing health, well being, and access to food and farming knowledge through projects in one of California’s most beautiful, isolated, and socioeconomically disadvantaged regions.
This position will be headquartered in Del Norte County, the breathtaking northern corner of coastal California. This region is home to Redwood National and State Parks, the Wild and Scenic Smith River, miles of rugged Pacific Ocean beaches, and four federally recognized Tribes. There are abundant opportunities for hiking, camping, surfing, and kayaking.
About the DNATL Food Council
The DNATL Community Food Council works to build a vibrant local food system that provides healthy, affordable food to all DNATL families. Our programs are organized around four primary objectives: ensuring food security, growing our local food economy, shifting DNATL’s resident food culture towards healthful foods, and establishing a resilient regional food system. The DNATL Community Food Council is housed within the Family Resource Center of the Redwoods (FRC) and works closely with many government, Tribal, and non-profit community partners.
DNATL is one of 14 communities within The California Endowment’s Building Healthy Communities (BHC) initiative: a ten-year, place-based, equity-focused program aimed at improving health outcomes for all residents. The DNATL Community Food Council was founded with a BHC grant in 2010 to bring together all area food systems stakeholders to advance healthy food access and consumption
for Del Norte and surrounding tribal lands residents. Due to an extension, 2021 will be the final year of the BHC initiative. The following are examples of current DNATL CFC work:
• Convening the Del Norte Food Security Taskforce comprised of over a dozen collaborating organizations, meeting regularly to address food insecurity in the County.
• Designing and carrying-out summer Food and Farm Academy and Camp at the Taa-‘at-dvn Chee-ne’ Tetlh-tvm’ Food Forest in Crescent City. • Maintaining the County’s only choice-based food pantry; sourcing locally grown food items; and expanding food bank programing.
• Collaborating with the Office of Emergency Services and partners in Humbolt County to design a resilient regional food system and ensure emergency food preparedness for regional residents.
• Executing a CalRecycle Food Rescue project, currently having recovered and redistributed over 75,000 pounds of food that would otherwise have gone into the landfill.
• Working with the Nature Rights Council and Yurok Food Sovereignty Division Manager to support and further food security and food sovereignty initiatives for the Yurok Tribe.
The Food Forest Program Manager will play the lead role in designing, implementing, maintaining, and ensuring the longevity and programming of the 60,000 sq. ft. Taa-‘at-dvn Chee-ne’ Tetlh-tvm’ Food Forest located at the College of the Redwoods Del Norte in Crescent City. She or he will work closely with the Food Program Director through strategy consultation and program design, carrying-out the following essential job duties:
• Lead a community visioning process for the site, fostering buy-in and establishing a steering committee that will be integral in ensuring the vision comes to fruition and is sustained into the future.
• Establish and maintain collaborative relationships with the agriculture teachers and other pertinent partners at Del Norte and Sunset high schools and CR to design and implement a student farmer program at the site.
• Recruit and supervise volunteers to help maintain the site, including interns/crews from the Yurok Tribe Youth at Risk Program, and the Del Norte Unified School District’s Transition Partnership Program (TPP) and WorkAbility I—which provide comprehensive employment services to youth with challenges, impairments, and/or disabilities.
• Plan, execute, and oversee all site production and maintenance including ordering and starting seeds, using and maintaining tools and irrigation system, planting, harvesting, composting, pruning, weeding, etc.
• Collaborate closely with the Director of the College of the Redwoods to compose an acceptable MOU and Land Control Agreement for the site.
• Establish a functioning farm stand run by youth in the student farmer program.
• Design, lead, oversee, and supervise summer Food and Farm Academy and Food and Farm Camps.
• Plan and carrying-out logistics for workshops, trainings, field trips, and events at the site.
• Carefully track data and budget relevant to the programs and operations of the site.
• Be willing and able to assume new/unspecified duties as necessitated by being a team member of the DNATL CFC, and as the food work grows and evolves.
• At least two years of demonstrated skills and abilities in stakeholder collaboration, community organizing, and building and maintaining effective partnerships.
• Adept at creative problem solving and able to produce desired results independently with little supervision.
• At least two years of experience working in a food production capacity. • At least two years of experience in a supervisory and/or leadership role. • Passionate about building sustainable food systems.
• Proven ability to work effectively as a member of a team of diverse individuals.
• At least two years of experience designing and managing programs or curriculum in an educational setting.
• Experience working effectively with Tribal nations, populations of low socio economic status, youth, people with disabilities, and in rural communities. • Bachelors or professional degree or certification in food systems, sustainable
agriculture, education, program management, community organizing, or related field.
• Experience working in or managing a farm education or summer program.
To Apply: Email a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org
, with “Food Forest Program Manager” in the subject line.
Questions: Contact Amanda Hixson at 707-464-0955 ext. 2116, or email email@example.com
Equal Employment Opportunity/Reasonable Accommodation:
The FRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, religion, sexual orientation, age, disability, marital status, or other non-merit factors in its hiring practices, including the
process of recruitment, selection, promotion or other conditions of employment. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, we will make reasonable efforts during the interview process to accommodate people with distinct physical or mental requirements. If special accommodations are necessary, please contact the FRC (email firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 707.954.0955 ext. 2116) prior to your interview date.
For more information about the site and its progress over my time working on it, refer to: