The National Young Farmers Coalition (Young Farmers) shifts power and changes policy to equitably resource a new generation of working farmers. We envision a just future where farming is free of racial violence, accessible to communities, oriented towards environmental well-being, and concerned with health over profit. Since our founding in 2010, we have grown our grassroots network to over 200,000 farmers and supporters and have won historic investments in beginning farmer training, outreach to farmers of color, farmland conservation, and accessible COVID relief.
The National Young Farmers Coalition seeks an experienced campaigner and base-builder to join us in the role of New Mexico Organizer. The New Mexico Organizer is a remote (based in New Mexico), part-time position and will be a central part of our organizing team, reporting to the Field Organizing Director.
The New Mexico Organizer is the on-the-ground connection for our New Mexico network to the National Young Farmers Coalition. The Organizer will work to expand our reach across the state and support New Mexico farmers to engage in federal campaigns, including land access, climate action, water, access to USDA programs, immigration, and student loans. The Organizer will also work closely with New Mexico chapters, members, and organizational partners to develop farmer leadership and advocacy expertise to win policy change for an equitable and sustainable farm future.
The National Young Farmers Coalition is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, age, religion, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, veteran status, political orientation, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. We strongly encourage applications from people of color, people from working class backgrounds, women, LGBTQ people, or those who are members of other marginalized communities. Data shows that women and BIPOC candidates more frequently do not apply to a job because they don’t feel that they meet all of the qualifications listed. Our job descriptions are general overviews, not a mandatory comprehensive list. If you feel passionate about our efforts and believe that you have the skills to contribute to the growth of our organization, we want to hear from you!
● Support chapters to build a brighter farm future and to organize their local community of young farmers.
● Develop grassroots champions for each Young Farmers campaign (land, water, student loans, immigration, USDA accessibility & accountability) and provide support for grassroots action and advocacy within New Mexico.
● Create and carry out place-based advocacy strategies such as in-district meetings, fly-ins, and digital advocacy.
● Support our national land fellowship and develop the Western cohort of land fellows.
● Support New Mexico and Western young farmers at-large in calling for structural change by writing op-eds, LTE’s, and interviewing for earned media.
● Build membership within New Mexico and identify opportunities to support membership with the resources available at Young Farmers and through our wider network.
● Build and foster partnerships with frontline organizations across NM to bring the young farmer voice in state and local policy opportunities.
Qualifications & Competencies
● 1+ years of relevant professional experience
● Experience working with farmers and/or ranchers
● Connection to the New Mexico agricultural community
● Ability to engage producers in federal policy campaigns and advocacy opportunities
● Demonstrated commitment to shifting power through changes in public policy
● Highly organized with strong time management skills and ability to prioritize based on organizational mission and goals
● Demonstrated commitment to racial equity, a passion for our mission, and a record of accountability to marginalized communities
● Ability to work in a remote environment with a high degree of autonomy and self-motivation
Additionally, the ideal candidate will:
● Hold lived experience as a farmer
● Speak an additional language to English
● Experience with digital organizing tools
● Experience planning in-district meetings with federal policy makers
● Understanding of farm bill programs and able to communicate complex policy ideas to a Young Farmer audience
● Reside in the State of New Mexico
Disclaimer: Part time and full time positions require authorization to work in the United States.
Compensation and Schedule
● Young Farmers’ salaries are determined by annually revised salary guidelines. The salary for this role is $25.96/hour, and is at the Associate level of Young Farmers 2022 Salary Guidelines.
● Young Farmers offers a competitive benefits package, including health and dental insurance, retirement matching, generous paid time off, and paid family leave.
● Part-time schedule is typically 25 hours per week with a flexible schedule. Will require some work during the evening and weekends.