NCAT is seeking a Horticulture Specialist to work on local and national sustainable agriculture projects. NCAT works to foster and promote sustainable technologies and systems, especially for the benefit of economically disadvantaged individuals and communities.
- The position requires a BA/BS degree in horticulture, vegetable production or an agriculture related field or a related field along with three to five years of farming and/or relevant experience ; or an equivalent combination of education and experience;
- The successful candidate will have the ability to work independently, as part of an NCAT team, and work well with partners and clients. Candidates should have excellent verbal and written communication skills. The ability to prioritize work assignments, multi-task, and disseminate information are required for this position.
- The position requires familiarity with planning, preparing, and teaching courses. As well as experience with diversified vegetables, small fruits, cut flower production, greenhouse production, and community outreach and development. Previous experience working with community service, project coordination, or non-profits is preferred. Occasional travel may
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED:
- Commitment and passion for the NCAT mission;
- Strong interest and knowledge of diversified vegetables, small fruits, cut flower production, greenhouse production, produce safety practices, and organic certification;
- Knowledge of Arkansas agriculture, Center for Arkansas Farms and Food (CAFF) Farm School and related organizations and groups;
- Excellent communication skills, with experience in public speaking, presentation, writing, editing and research;
- Familiarity with integrated farming systems, concepts of sustainability, environmentally friendly practices and organic production methods;
- Strong organization, planning and teaching skills;
- The ability to build relationships and collaborate with farmers, ranchers, community organizations, government agencies, and non-profit organizations and other partners;
- The ability to recognize and pursue development opportunities;
- Must be familiar with concepts of sustainability and appropriate technology, databases, and public information products;
- High level of computer literacy including use of Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Outlook;
- Ability to work independently and in team settings.
- Plan, prepare and teach a year-long beginning farmer course for the Center for Arkansas Farms and Food (CAFF) Farm School during the times and dates specified by the academic schedule;
- Further develop and assess Farm School curriculum, coordinating with field instructor, guest presenters, and the CAFF educational advisory committee;
- Provide timely and accurate assessment feedback to students;
- Plan, supervise, and evaluate students’ progress;
- Maintain related student records, evaluations, and progress reports;
- Provide farmers and ranchers with information and technical assistance on environmentally sound practices for agronomic and horticultural crops and vegetable production.
- This information may be provided via phone, postal mail, email, or in-person hands-on training;
- Assist with beginning farmer trainings, including NCAT's Armed to Farm program;
- Develop resources and technical support for Arkansas farmers to accept SNAP benefits
- Develop relationships and collaborations with farm and agriculture organizations and groups that assist farmers, particularly limited-resource farmers;
- Create educational materials such as publications, videos, webinars, podcasts, and online tutorials on sustainable agriculture topics to assist clients;
- Provide farmers and ranchers with information and technical assistance on environmentally sound practices by phone, e-mail, social media, workshops, conference presentations, participation on panels and field demonstrations;
- Pursue development opportunities, participate in grant and proposal writing process;
- Manage projects to ensure project work and deliverables are being met;
- Work with other specialists on outreach to promote workshops and events organized by NCAT and its partners;
- Collaborate with staff as a member of one or more technical teams in developing written materials and projects.
Excellent benefits include flexible schedule, paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays, health insurance (minimum status 30 hours/week), dental, vision, life and disability insurance, a cafeteria and 401(k) plan and a pleasant, professional environment.
Incomplete applications or reference on the application to “see resume” will not be considered.
Applications and more information about NCAT can be accessed by visiting our website at www.ncat.org.
Questions about the application process can be directed to:
Kriss Sullivan, Director of Human Resources
NCAT’s Mission: Helping people build resilient communities through local and sustainable solutions that reduce poverty, strengthen self-reliance, and protect natural resources. We strive to be a multicultural organization that embraces the rich dimensions of diversity such as race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, physical ability, religious or political belief and marital or veteran status. Diversity creates healthy communities. Special consideration will be given to applicants who are reflective of the communities that we serve.
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