Apply for Farm Team Land Steward

Written by Birhon Quizhpe

On October 21, 2022

319 105th Ave
Oakland, CA 94603

Position Title: El Sobrante Farm Team Steward
Hiring Committee: Julio, NneJ, Damian, Andrew, and an operations team member
Hiring Process: Please submit your resume and one-page cover letter to or 319 105th Ave Oakland CA 94603

Dates may shift based on team or applicants needs
Projected Interview Dates: First thru Third Week of November.
Projected Start Date: First or Second Week of December.

Roles & Responsibilities:
Assist in the management of our four-acre orchard in El Sobrante expanding the collection beyond its current 1,200 varieties of fruiting and medicinal plants. Individuals rotate through defined roles on the farm which will include:

● Assess individual tree & plant health
● Fruit tree & shrub care + pruning
● Coordinate planting strategies, collection expansion
● Organic weed management
● Make and apply soil fertility amendments
● Integrated pest management
● Irrigation system development and repair
● Harvest and processing of produce and plant material
● Develop & maintain on-farm infrastructure; fences, structures, etc
● Host weekly volunteer days, educational activities, and other public events
● Interface with our neighbors, donors and other partners
● Maintain farm records related to organic certification, plant care practices, and harvest
● Support value added processing of farm produce
● Operate and maintain farm tools, tractor, and small engines
● Implement PJ cover crop strategy
● Support health & wellbeing of coworkers
● Willingness to participate in conflict resolution and receive and provide feedback to coworkers
● Participate in PJ organizational staff meetings, prepared and on time.
● Participate in Land Stewards meeting with other orgs we share space with

Desired Skills and Experience:
We encourage applicants with the skills listed below to apply; especially folks who have been impacted by the carceral system (incarceration), houselessness, BIPOC, and/or members of the LGBTQIA+ communities. We are willing to train system impacted applicants with a strong willingness to acquire these skills.

Ideal applicants will have a strong commitment to land based healing and restoration, as well as indigenous land sovereignty and be committed to anti-oppression work; social, racial, gender, and economic justice.

● Understanding of challenges in the food system and food justice efforts aiming to dismantle systems of oppression
● 2+ years experience organizing in a social justice setting
● Ability to lift 50 pounds on the daily and move through sloped and uneven terrain
● Reliable personal transportation due to limited means of public transportation available in accessing the farm
● 2+ years experience in farm, orchard or large-scale garden management
● Strong plant ID skills, especially CA natives and fruiting trees and shrubs
● Strong administrative, organizational, and record-keeping skills
● Proficiency using Google Suite applications for record keeping and planning
● Ability to work cooperatively with a team and delegate farm tasks daily
● Ability to instruct, inspire and build momentum with coworkers and volunteers
● Positive outlook and comfortable working in a fast-paced environment
● Willingness to give and receive feedback; to grow in a collaborative environment

● Salaries at PJ are set through our transparent pay chart. Minimum $19/hr depending on experience with 3% annual increases. Equivalent to minimum salary of $39,500/year with 40 hour work week. (negotiable based on previous experience)

● Benefits begin 60 – 90 days after the date of hire.
○ Benefits include 4 weeks paid time off plus 8 paid annual holidays,
○ Health care plus dental, vision, life insurance and chiropractic coverage.
○ Annual professional development stipend of $500, plus other paid training opportunities.

This position is full-time at Planting Justice (36-40 hours/week), preferably Monday-Friday plus one Saturday/month (currently usually the Second Saturday) in exchange for a weekday.

Nature of Employment
Planting Justice is an equal-opportunity employer and employment with Planting Justice is at-will.

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