The Boston Food Forest Coalition (BFFC), a grassroots non-profit land trust, is a growing “community of practice” linking gardeners across greater Boston to permaculture projects. Neighbors come together, creating food forest gardens in their neighborhoods, and these open spaces engage and strengthen communities, producing food, hosting cultural events, and sharing experiences and skills with all ages. BFFC has a growing membership of 1,500 people in the greater Boston area. Since we launched, BFFC has offered over 150 free hands-on workshops (with topics from compost tea, permaculture design, medicinal herbs, mushroom logs, soil regeneration, biochar, mounded agriculture, companion plants and guilds, winter pruning, making elderberry syrup, nature art, and more) taught by herbalists, permaculture gardeners, designers, professional farmers and others in our community. The Boston Food Forest Coalition is currently composed of eight sites across the city, in Mattapan, Jamaica Plain, West End, Dorchester, East Boston, and Roxbury. The goal of the land trust is to support hundreds of forest gardens, stewarded by neighbors and community organizations. Imagine each with its own harvest festival and cultural events, sharing abundance, mitigating urban heat island effects, capturing rain-water, sequestering carbon, reducing stress, and regenerating life in the city. Healing ourselves, our communities, and the land.
As the Program Coordinator for the BFFC, you would join this organization at a critical time of growth. Working with a small staff, the board, and core volunteers, you will engage in a broad set of activities to support the Boston Food Forest Coalition to reach hundreds of campers, school groups, preschoolers, teens and adults with our workshop series at our educational food forest at Mass Audubon’s Boston Nature Center in Mattapan. You will coordinate with practitioners and teachers, help with outreach promotion, event hosting, and follow-up. You will lead volunteer groups and teach gardening skills. You will identify and work with key volunteers to strengthen the growing Garden Raising network, linking garden hosts to designers, recruiting gardeners, sourcing plants and materials, and developing a “leader-full” network.
In addition to working on garden raisings and the educational food forest at The Boston Nature Center, as the Program Coordinator you will plan and execute other programs and initiatives. You will play a critical role as the primary point of contact for Boston’s Permaculture Design Course (PDC) alumni, designers, teachers, volunteers, in-kind partners, donors, and others in the food forest community. The Program Coordinator will report to the BFFC Director. An ideal candidate will be comfortable working in a changing environment, bringing a patient focused approach to coordinating meetings and events, and a strong desire to include and mobilize others to support this work. It is essential to have an orientation to proactively share information and communicate with stakeholders both to foster participation in planning and staffing events, as well as to harmonize expectations and address challenges. BFFC is a small grassroots organization with a deep commitment to creating positive social change. We work with people in their gardens, homes, offices, and even coffee shops in weekly in person meetings and coordinating work teams remotely. This work requires learning and an entrepreneurial approach.
Key responsibilities would include:
- Program Administration
- Event Coordination
- Team Coordination
This is a part-time position of 25 hours per week and requires a flexible work schedule with the ability to work some nights and weekends and the salary range for this part-time role is $20,000-$26,000.00.
To apply please email your resume, three references, and a cover letter (including name, address, phone and email) indicating your interest in the organization, the mission and your fit for this role no later than December 18th, 2017. They will be accepting applications on rolling basis, and aim to make a final determination in early 2018. Please contact the hiring team at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to apply. And to find out more about the Boston Food Forest Coalition visit their website by clicking HERE.