Farm Demonstration Manager (Epes, AL)
The Farm Demonstration Manager is a professional farmer, technical assistance provider, problem solver and trainer. The position requires developing and implementing a farm management plan, identifying typical problems on the farm, finding solutions and developing and managing an overall demonstration farm that includes various practical demonstration sites at the Federation's Rural Training & Research Center to serve as a model for small farmers, landowners and cooperatives from all over the organization's membership base. The position reports directly to the Director of the Rural Training & Research Center and operates as part of and in conjunction with a team of outreach staff and stakeholders from the various states.
Typical work activities
It is vital to the organization (FSC/LAF) that effective relationships with farmers, cooperatives and rural communities are established and developed. The ability to identify, investigate and solve problems is essential and good communication skills are a major requirement. Rural business awareness and a practical approach are critical. The work has an increasing emphasis on cooperative development, marketing, sustainable agriculture, environmental and conservation issues and practical solutions to all of these issues are necessary.
Cooperative Development Specialist (Albany, Georgia)
Cooperative Development Specialist is responsible for development, expansion, and retention of member cooperative businesses in Georgia. The Cooperative Development Specialist performs a variety of duties related to outreach, recruitment, education, organizing and leading FSC/LAF members and potential members in programs, projects, and processes that serve to create new cooperatives and/or strengthen existing cooperatives within the Federation’s sphere of influence. The Cooperative Development Specialist’s driving mission is to proliferate and advance cooperative development through the utilization of internationally recognized cooperative principles and the implementation of the values, historic knowledge and ideas that inform the organization.
Outreach Specialist (Albany, Georgia)
The Outreach Specialist performs a variety of duties related to outreach, recruitment, education, organizing and leading FSC/LAF members, potential members and farmers in programs, projects, and process that serve to create new cooperatives and/or strengthen existing cooperatives and farmers within the Federation’s sphere of influence. The Outreach Specialist is responsible for providing and/or securing relevant resources and technical assistance for socially disadvantaged farmers, ranchers and Federation members. They are to be knowledgeable of all USDA programs and services and must understand all aspects of proposals, especially the deliverables there in. The Outreach Specialist’s driving mission is to proliferate and advance cooperative development for FSC members, farmers and cooperatives.
Forestry Outreach Specialist (Epes, AL)
Rural Training and Research Center
Forestry Outreach Specialist
The Federation of Southern Cooperatives/LAF, is a regional cooperative and rural development organization, serving a membership of Black farmers, landowners, cooperatives, and other low-income rural people in the Southeast. The Forestry Outreach Specialist will support efforts to engage underserved landowners in sustainable forestry practices and facilitate their access to available assistance programs. The Forestry Outreach Specialist will follow the guidance of the Director of the Rural Training and Research Center/Regional Agroforestry Center.