Farm Coordinator: AmeriCorps VISTA

Farm and Operations Coordinator 

Feed Iowa First oversees approximately 20+ Urban Farm sites at any one time throughout the season in the Linn County area, as well as the safe aggregation of produce donations from rural farm partners, Equitable Land Access Farmers, and backyard gardeners. All produce grown and handled is chemical-free using organic practice. The food grown is distributed directly to food-insecure neighborhoods, local food pantries, and social service agencies at no cost, no questions asked.  

The Vegetable Farmer will be under the direction of the Farm Manager and Executive Director, working as a team to ensure all aspects of operations run smoothly and efficiently. Responsibilities for the position will vary, and focus will be placed on several aspects of urban farming included but not limited to the assisting the Farm Manager with the master farm plan, seedling production, data aggregation, greenhouse maintenance, assisting with distribution, weeding, watering, and general labor centered on organic vegetable production. Additionally, the position will place a large emphasis on leading groups of volunteers to help maintain the health of the farms. The ideal candidate will be hard-working, organized, and willing to learn. 

Required Qualifications 

  • Organization and adaptation in a dynamic working environment are imperative 
  • Must be comfortable working in all different weather conditions 
  • Lover of plants and planet earth 
  • Ability to lift and carry 50+ lbs 
  • Dedicated to service above self 
  • Valid U.S. driver’s license. 
  • Must be at least 18 years of age 

Desirable Qualifications 

  • Previous experience leading groups of volunteers 
  • Experience with farming, gardening, landscaping, agronomy, or conservation 
  • Experience with Microsoft OfficeSuite programs 

Pay Rate and Compensation 

  • Stipend of $14,000-$15,000 
  • This role is an AmeriCorps VISTA Member position 
  • Health Benefits 
  • Educational award in the amount of $6,000+ provided on successful completion of 1-year contract 

Please send resume and cover letter to: kit@feediowafirst.com 

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