Position: Agroforestry Equity Coordinator
Salary: $35-45k/year (plus benefits/training opportunities)
Opening Date: 11.21.23
Closing Date: 12.8.23
Potential Term of Guaranteed Full-Time Employment: 01.01.2024 - 12.31.2024
Position Location: Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Improving lives through trees.
Baton Rouge Green is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with over 30 years of experience in the Urban and Community Forestry marketplace. We are an organization working on developing and managing urban forests and landscapes for the betterment of our communities through the products and services that trees provide to us daily.
Through our statewide assistance program, Louisiana Community Forests, and with our partners; the U.S. Forest Service, The Walls Project & Baton Roots Community Farm, and the East Baton Rouge Parish Housing Authority (EBRPHA), we have developed an agroforestry program and integrated it into existing community farm and food distribution networks within the greater Baton Rouge area.
Baton Rouge Green is hiring an Agroforestry Equity Coordinator to manage this program of community orchards, within an existing urban agriculture network, to assist underserved communities using established community forestry practices and methods. This role will require close work with our community partner, Baton Roots, who assist in managing the orchards and surrounding infrastructure.
The primary role of the Agroforestry Equity Coordinator will be to care for recently-planted community fruit trees at existing community agriculture locations in East Baton Rouge City-Parish. The staff member will be responsible for the stewardship of fruit trees, working closely with some of our community partners at Baton Roots.
Additionally, the Agroforestry Equity Coordinator will be a critical link in serving the communities in which they are working and strive to build relationships with EBRPHA community residents and staff. The ability to effectively communicate about the importance and value of trees is crucial in this role.
A commitment to fieldwork is essential while maintaining the highest levels of professionalism, responsibility and autonomy when representing the organization and the program.
There is ample professional opportunity for candidates seeking to gain experience in community forestry, agroforestry, community farming, and/or community outreach.
Each applicant’s relevant background, education, and experience(s) will be considered. Professional development opportunities will be provided as needed. Pay will be commensurate with skill level.
- Collaborate with Baton Rouge Green and Baton Roots administrative teams to oversee the operational aspects of the Share The Fruit program.
- Contribute insights for program budget planning, management, and keeping track of expenses.
- Steward the infrastructure, tools, and resources associated with the role and organization.
- Ensure the upkeep and maintenance of Share The Fruit trees and shrubs, implementing best management practices (BMPs) for their establishment and care.
- Lead and organize community training sessions, educating participants on effective practices for fruit tree and shrub care, emphasizing ecological benefits and promoting health awareness.
- Effectively communicate the benefits of trees to the broader public, promoting awareness of their health and ecological contributions.
- Provide support to Baton Roots Community Farm Staff as required, extending assistance to ensure the program's smooth operation.
- Contribute to the execution of Baton Rouge Green's City Citrus program and City Citrus Pick Event, collaborating with staff to facilitate successful outcomes.
- Offer support to Baton Rouge Green staff, contributing as needed to various facets aligned with the organization's overarching mission.
- Education in forestry (traditional or urban), horticulture, fruticulture, agronomy, arboriculture, and/or community extension and outreach.
- Arborists license a plus but not required.
- Basic Computer Literacy.
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.).
- Effective communication skills, adept in professional interactions in person, over the phone, and via electronic correspondence.
- Proficient at public speaking and giving presentations of either academic or public natures.
- Willingness and ability to work outdoors throughout all seasons.
- Solution-oriented mindset with a self-motivated approach towards tasks and challenges.
- Eagerness to acquire new skill sets and adapt to evolving requirements.
- Possession of a valid Driver’s License.
- U.S. Citizenship or Permanent Resident Status required.
- Ability to lift and carry objects weighing up to 45 lbs.
- Proficiency in using hand tools and power tools commonly associated with arboriculture.
- Adherence to workplace safety and Best Management Practices (BMPs).
HOW TO APPLY:
Please email a resumé/CV to Sage Foley (email@example.com) with “STF Applicant” in the Subject Line.