Employment Opportunity - Farmer-Member Coordinator

Position Title: Farmer-Member Coordinator 

Location: Hawaiʻi Island  

About the Position: The Hawaiʻi ʻUlu Cooperative (HUC) Farmer Coordinator will be the primary point of contact for over 100 breadfruit farmer-members of the co-op located primarily on Hawaiʻi Island, with a smaller number of farmer-members located throughout the state including on Maui and Oʻahu. This person will build off of and enhance HUC’s existing farmer outreach and education program to increase adoption of agroforestry practices and guide farmers in improving their overall fruit quality, yield, and profitability. Networking and providing assistance to the broader breadfruit industry within Hawaiʻi and the Pacific Islands region will also be conducted as resources allow. As an agricultural cooperative, each of our farmer-members is an equal owner and primary stakeholder of the organization. This position will play a key role in the long-term success of HUC’s integrated value chain by cultivating strong relationships with and between farmers to help create a thriving ʻulu industry across the state.

This position requires a high degree of teamwork, responsibility, detail orientation, and communication skills, both in writing and verbally. This position must interact positively and constructively with all HUC member-farmers, staff, suppliers, customers, contractors, consultants, and the community.

Reports to: HUC General Manager 

About the Organization: Hawaiʻi ʻUlu Co-op (HUC) is a farmer-owned business working to  revitalize ‘ulu or breadfruit as a viable crop and dietary staple by empowering farmers as change-makers in Hawaiʻi’s food system. Formed in 2016 with 9 small, diversified growers on Hawai’i Island, HUC has grown to over 100 member-farms on Hawai’i Island, Maui, and Oʻahu, and is now the foremost breadfruit farmer organization in Hawai’i. By working together, HUC farmers are able to offer consistent, high-quality ‘ulu products that are delicious, versatile, local, healthy, accessible, and sustainable. The co-op is committed to the revival of ‘ulu to strengthen Hawai‘i’s food security and to the value of mālama ʻāina – care or protection of the earth – by using environmentally responsible production methods. Our vision is a thriving cooperative that  sustains and uplifts producers, consumers, and society as a whole. 

Essential Functions 

  • Build and maintain excellent relationships with member farmers as well as farmers outside of HUC’s membership base.
  • Travel throughout Hawaiʻi Island on a regular basis to conduct farmer consultations and surveys, and to other islands to meet with farmers at least once per quarter.
  • Track farmer's understanding and adoption of agroforestry practices through regular communication by phone and email, and ongoing annual farm visits.
  • Collect economic information from growers and other data sources to inform new agroforestry budgeting tools that will advance farmer understanding, assessment capacity, and adoption of recommended practices.
  • Conduct farmer education in-person and remotely, in both group and one-on-one settings.
  • Work constructively with other farmer education entities throughout Hawaiʻi State and the broader Pacific Islands region.
  • Collect soil and tissue samples for nutrient analysis. Work with agronomists and other professionals to provide nutrient management recommendations.
  • Build and maintain a database correlating farmer practices with yield, quality, disease, pest, and profitability information.
  • Assist farmers with pest, disease, and nutrition management decisions.
  • Create management guides, SOPs, and other resources to help improve farmers' production practices and results.
  • Set and follow a farmer outreach schedule to ensure goals are met and plans are executed expediently.
  • Work in collaboration with HUC manager, staff, and contractors to set monthly, quarterly, annual, and longer-term goals, tactics, and OKRS for farmer outreach and education program.
  • Assist in grant writing and reporting for farmer outreach initiatives.
  • Track and report on key production metrics.
  • Launch and manage farmer-to-farmer communication platforms and methods.
  • Work with HUC’s manager, staff, contractors, interns, and consultants to ensure successful implementation of the above tactics.

    Competencies 

    1. Prior experience and success in agriculture in Hawaiʻi and/or the broader Pacific Islands region.
    2. Excellent personal and communication skills, both verbally and in writing.  3. Performance and time management.
    3. Orientation to detail and continuous learning.
    4. Comfortable with public speaking.
    5. Diplomatic and able to work through conflict.

    Supervisory Responsibility 

    This position has no direct reports. 

    Work Environment

    This position may work remotely part of the time, but will be expected to work semi-regularly in person at HUC’s Kona and/or Hilo facility. Much of the time, the member-farmer coordinator will travel directly to member farms to conduct consultations.

    Physical Demands

    The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by the staff member to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. The demands of this job may be strenuous at times, requiring extended periods of time in various weather conditions, sitting, standings, walking and talking. The staff member must be able to lift up to 50 pounds, and may  occasionally need to squat or climb.

    Position Type/Expected Hours of Work 

    Work demands of this position are year-round, and are expected to average 40 hours per week, 50 weeks per year. Daily hours of work are flexible and can be designed with the GM. 

    Travel 

    This position will be asked to travel regularly to visit member-farmers throughout Hawaiʻi Island using a personal vehicle. Travel costs will be reimbursed at the current GSA rate for use of a POV. Travel to visit farms on other islands throughout the state will be expected quarterly and all related expenses will be covered by the co-op. 

    Required Education and Experience Qualifications 

    1. Undergraduate degree in agriculture, environmental science, natural resource management, or closely related subject is preferred.
    2. Relevant agricultural and/or agroforestry experience in Hawaiʻi.
    3. Data collection and analysis experience.
    4. Ability to learn and use various computer/tablet software, such as the NRDS Aina App.
    5. Technical proficiency in Microsoft Office and Google Drive (docs, sheets, slides).
    6. Minimum one-year residency in Hawaiʻi (does not need to be contiguous with employment). 

    Preferred Education and Experience 

    1. Previous success in Hawai'i agriculture.
    2. Knowledge of ʻulu (breadfruit) production.
    3. Proficiency with GIS.
    4. Individuals with work and lived experiences that align and complement the organization’s mission and vision.

    Other Duties 

    Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice. 

    Compensation & Benefits 

    Pay is salaried and competitive for early career agricultural professionals in Hawaiʻi based on skills, qualifications and experience, and includes full medical benefits as well as 20% off all co op products. There are also opportunities for bonus pay in cases of exceptional performance linked to strategic milestones. In addition, through HUC’s partnership with ProService, employees qualify for additional perks including access to great offers from local businesses such as discounted movie tickets or health and fitness deals; a Flexible Spending Account (FSA) that allows for the use of pre-tax dollars to pay for eligible out-of-pocket expenses and lower IRS reported income, which saves you money; and Voluntary Insurance options that are portable and can be taken with you should your employment status change. 

    To Apply

    Send resume to info@eatbreadfruit.com by September 1, 2021. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. 

    View this job on Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/jobs/view/2686958559

    Hawaiʻi ʻUlu Co-op strives to foster a diverse, equitable, and inclusive culture focused on continuous  learning and welcomes individuals with work and lived experiences that align with and complement the organization’s mission and vision. The co-op does not discriminate in employment opportunities or  practices on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, age, size, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law and is an employment-at-will company. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement,  promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

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