Land Matcher – Metro Van – Young Agrarians

Roles & Responsibilities
Grow the inventory of land and farmers in the region through digital and grassroots outreach:
Publish and promote land opportunities and resources on the YA Blog
Support people to add their land and land seeker listings on the YA UMAP
Connect with diverse individuals and organizations in the area to grow program reach
Respond to program inquiries from landholders and farmers
Assist farmers looking for land:
Support them to identify their vision and needs
Increase readiness to access land and start a farm business
Connect to additional resources and supports
Assist people with farmland:
Visits landholders and assess properties for agriculture (COVID19 protocols in place)
Support landholders to develop their vision and terms for land sharing
Facilitate land matches:
Facilitate introductions between farmland holders and people looking for land;
Where there’s a match, facilitate negotiations and the development of a land sharing agreement with the support of a lawyer.
Maintain participant records and information on program process.
Support program evaluation and funder reporting:
Follow up with program participants with evaluation and to collect testimonials
Maintain program metrics
Help with storytelling
Coordinate regional events:
Annual networking activities (COVID19 protocols in place)
Digital outreach and education

Live in the region and have the ability to travel and provide one’s own vehicle.
Home office, computer, Internet connection, and cellphone.
This position has a flexible schedule, and may require evenings and weekends.
Experience and / or education in farming and food systems.
Strong relationship building and outreach skills to engage people from diverse socio-economic backgrounds.
A high level of self-motivation as part of a remote team. A love for process-oriented workflow management, with attention to details and deadlines.
A passion for working with people, facilitating structured conversations, neutrally supporting negotiations, and managing communication challenges as they arise.
Ability to communicate both in writing and verbally to create an environment of empathy, curiosity and engaged listening.
Capacity to learn about regulatory frameworks and support program participants with this information.
Strong leadership and decision-making capacity.
Fluency working with computers and ability to learn new software programs as required. Software applications include: Spreadsheets, Google Drive, MS Office, Facebook, Mailchimp and WordPress.
Experience representing a non-profit organization and cultivating partnerships to realize the mission!
A degree in food systems or agriculture, or experience providing technical assistance to farmers in production and / or business planning.
Familiarity with the food and farming community in the Lower Mainland.
An understanding of real estate, and / or legal agreements, and / or regulatory bodies and frameworks such as municipal, regional and provincial governments and bylaws, the ALC Act, B.C. Land Title Act, and B.C. Farm Classification.
Negotiation, conflict resolution, and / or mediation skills.
Compensation: 35 hours per week at $30 / hour. Mileage is reimbursed at provincial rates. Two weeks of vacation offered after the first year of employment.

To apply:
Please send a resume and cover letter to Darcy Smith to: with “MV Land Matcher” and your full name in the email subject line. Please create one PDF document that includes a one-page cover letter describing why you would be a good fit for this position, and your resume. Please save the file with your first and last name as the file name.
Interviews will be conducted as resumes come in. If you are available to attend a four-day training from October 26-29th, 2020 please indicate that in your email message.
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