There is abundant wildlife in New York City – over 600 different species call the Big Apple home. From soaring hawks to curious coyotes, it’s no surprise that we encounter animals everywhere from our parks and greenspaces to our roads and roofs. WildlifeNYC is a campaign launched by the City of New York to increase public awareness about urban wildlife. After all, they’re New Yorkers, too! To learn more please visit nyc.gov/wildlife. On the website you can report a sighting of healthy wildlife; as well as find information about upcoming wildlife programs and volunteer opportunities. For questions about wildlife, please contact the NYC Park’s Wildlife Unit at 212-360-1447.
Changing the Climate in School (reading about climate change)
NYS Agricultural Ambassador Scholarships (college)
NYC Council Participatory Budgeting Process has begun! See if your council member participates. If yes, get your idea out there. It does not just have to be for the garden…it could be for the garden and STEM lab, for example. And, while you are on it, reach out to get your council member to your school. Because it is also schmoozing time for capital grants. DON’T DELAY! Also time to hit up assembly members and the borough president’s office.
Partnerships For Parks Crowdfunding Challenge The “giving season” is fast approaching, so now is a great time for groups to start thinking about end of year fundraising campaigns. As you know we are currently partnering with Ioby to offer the Partnerships for Parks Crowdfunding Challenge. Ioby is a crowdfunding platform that works to connect leaders with funding and support to make neighborhoods safer, greener, more livable, and more fun! The Challenge provides up to $1,000 of matching funds for any accepted project benefiting NYC Parks properties – including park, playground, and street trees! So if, for example, you raise $100 in donations, we’ll match that $100. Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis.
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National Family Farm Coalition
Location: Washington, D.C. (preferred, but not required)
The National Family Farm Coalition (NFFC) seeks a dynamic leader to engage its diverse and dedicated membership to influence national farm and fisheries policy, magnify its fundraising capacity, and expand relationships with allies, potential allies and legislators while serving as a public face of the coalition.
About the National Family Coalition
NFFC is a 501(c)3 nonprofit coalition of 25 organizations working to ensure fair prices for family farmers, local jobs for resilient communities, and fresh food for everyone. NFFC believes that corporate America’s influence on governmental policies has led to the loss of family-owned farms and fisheries and the demise of thriving rural communities.
NFFC is currently composed of 2 full-time and 1 part-time staff supported by an active member-based executive board. Staff and members are based around the US, with headquarters in Washington, DC.
Programs and Focus Areas
NFFC was formed in 1986 to represent family farmers seeking a voice in Washington, DC, during the 1980s farm credit crisis. NFFC was instrumental in writing and passing the 1987 Agricultural Credit Act, which enabled thousands of farmers to restructure bank loans, avoid foreclosure and retain their farms.
NFFC has fought unjust so-called free trade agreements as well as the proliferation and token regulation of genetically engineered, herbicide-resistant seeds. No less important, NFFC has campaigned against corporate grabs of US farmland for speculation, the extraction industry, and the oppression of minority farmers. In 2008, NFFC’s membership expanded to include family fishermen who face the same threats and opportunities as family farmers. With 25 member organizations across the US, NFFC addresses federal policy to end the corporate control over resources, inputs and markets within our food system so that family farmers and fishermen receive fair prices based on their costs of production, enabling them to support their families, labor, local businesses and communities while protecting the environment around them.
For more information, please visit http://nffc.net/.
Context, Opportunities and Challenges
Following the unexpected passing in January 2017 of the Coalition’s longtime executive director, Katherine Ozer, the executive committee of the board has been highly engaged to sustain the organization during the leadership transition. The committee appointed membership and communications coordinator Lisa Griffith as interim executive director, and numerous funders and other allies have stepped up, recognizing that NFFC’s work is needed now more than ever. Ms. Griffith intends to return to her previous position when a new executive director is on board.
NFFC’s executive board and transition committee (comprised of members and the interim executive director) have affirmed the overall mission and direction of the organization, developed an aspirational structure to guide NFCC’s internal growth, articulated short-term priorities and staffing needs for the transition, and identified key strengths and priorities through an inclusive organizational assessment.
NFFC has unique strengths that position it for successful advancement of its mission and real, transformative system change during this critical moment for family farmers and fishermen, including:
The organizational assessment process has also raised a number of key priorities for NFFC and its new leadership to address in the near term:
The Ideal Candidate
The new executive director of the Coalition must be a courageous risk-taker grounded in deep integrity and social justice values, and passionately committed to NFFC’s mission as informed by its members.
Specifically, the ideal candidate will have skills and experience in the following areas:
This search is being led by transition consultant Jeremy Phillips. Interested candidates should submit a resume and brief cover letter describing how their qualifications and experiences match the needs of the National Family Farm Coalition, their salary requirements, the source from which they learned of the position, and any informational questions to email@example.com.
Candidates are strongly encouraged to apply promptly, but the search will remain open until the position is filled.
The salary range is $60,000-$70,000. NFFC also has a generous benefits package, including 4 weeks paid vacation after 4 years, unemployment contributions to state fund, health insurance and savings plan.
Creative Work Fund (this is a very unique grant opportunity…it needs an artist as a partner…but imagine what you could do with a partner in a school garden context…I say go for it!)
RFQ: Independent Contractors to Support Outcome Monitoring at the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (it’s a stretch for the group…but you never know)
Community Researcher (this one is pretty amazing!)
Policy Associate (locations are limited: PA, NJ, DE, WV, MD; I know we have people from all over the country so maybe this applies to someone)
Visiting Professor in Environmental Education
The Bard Center for Environmental Policy has an opening for a visiting professor (or professors) to teach graduate courses on Principles of Environmental Education and on Outdoor and Place-Based Education in a new two-year M.Ed. in Environmental Education degree program that the Bard Center for Environmental Policy and Bard Master of Arts in Teaching Program plan to open in fall 2018, pending budget approval.
The Principles of Environmental Education courses will meet two days a week on the main Bard campus in Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y., and will be offered in the fall of 2018. The Outdoor and Place-Based course will be a three-week intensive course to be taught for the first time in January 2019. We are initiating our search a year in advance as we will seek input from the successful candidate(s) in shaping our new curriculum.
Candidates must have a demonstrated record of excellence in teaching in a related field; a Ph.D. is preferred. For more information about the Bard Center for Environmental Policy, please visit www.bard.edu/cep.
To apply, please send a cover letter, CV, and names and contact information for three references to Environmental Education Search through Interfolio.com at: http://apply.interfolio.com/44061. Applications will be reviewed as received.