For more than 20 years, Socially Responsible Agriculture Project (SRAP) has served as a mobilizing force to empower communities to protect themselves from the damages caused by industrial livestock operations and to advocate for a food system built on regenerative practices, justice, democracy, and resilience. Our team includes technical experts, independent family farmers, and rural residents who have faced the threats of factory farms in their communities. When asked for help, SRAP offers free support, providing communities with the knowledge and skills to protect their right to clean water, air, and soil and to a healthy, just, and vibrant future.
The organization is seeking to fill regional representative positions through our newly established Contract Grower Transition Program. Thanks to generous support from ASPCA, SRAP is rolling out this program to help contract production growers transition out of the exploitative, extractive system that benefits corporations over people. There is no better advocate and/or organizer to engage rural communities facing threats of incoming or expanding industrial livestock facilities than the people who have worked within—and who, too, were harmed by—the industrial livestock system.
Are you a production contract grower and/or conventional livestock or dairy producer interested in transitioning out of your current growing system? Are you interested in working to community organize and advocate on behalf of a just, resilient, and regenerative animal agriculture system that focuses on community, environmental and climate health, and animal welfare? If so, we hope to hear from you.
The self-motivated, outgoing Regional Representative works directly with communities impacted by industrial livestock operations to help residents protect themselves from the harmful effects of these facilities. The Regional Representative empowers residents to navigate regulatory processes, engage policymakers, earn media coverage, develop public education campaigns, and build grassroots political power to advocate for policies that safeguard communities and promote socially responsible agriculture. The ideal candidate will embody the values of SRAP and be willing to call upon their experience and networks in the food and agriculture system.
Specifically, the incumbent will spend time shadowing other SRAP regional representatives and will be trained to:
- Respond to incoming help requests from impacted communities by sharing tools and resources and developing action plans in conjunction with the Field Operations Director;
- Facilitate meetings with community groups to identify advocacy and organizing opportunities based on community needs and existing regulatory and political conditions;
- Assist with the creation of educational materials, webinars, and panel discussions on issues related to industrial agriculture’s impact on communities;
- Implement campaigns, host community listening sessions, provide outreach to community members, and conduct issue- and regulation-based research to refine campaign context and direction;
- Network and collaborate with other groups that are organizing in the community and states impacted by factory farms;
- Communicate opportunities for media exposure, coalition building, and networking with impacted communities and state and national organizations;
- Identify and develop community member leaders by building one-on-one relationships and serving in mentor capacities;
- Actively participate in weekly team meetings and reporting meetings with supervisor.
Desired Skills, Abilities & Qualifications:
- Experience organizing communities, groups, or coalitions. Experience organizing around food and agriculture issues and/or working directly within the food and agriculture system, preferred.
- Outgoing personality and ability to work with people from a variety of backgrounds.
- Excellent organizational skills with ability to manage diverse projects simultaneously in a remote setting.
- Oral and written communication skills, interpersonal skills, and self-motivation.
- Positive, proactive, and personable team player.
- Ability to work independently and as part of a collaborative team.
- Comfort with social media and digital communication.
- Special interest in building power among low-income communities and communities of color to fight for social, economic, environmental, and racial justice.
Computer Skills: The incumbent must work in a computerized environment and have adequate knowledge of word processing, email, database, and spreadsheet software; in particular have proficiency in Microsoft Office and Google Workplace suites.
Department: The incumbent will report to the Field Operations Director.
Location: Position is remote, with evening and weekend hours and some travel expected.
Compensation: Part-time salary between $20,000 to $30,000, dependent upon weekly hours worked and experience. For employees working 30 hours or more, benefits include health, vision, dental and life insurance as well as a 403b retirement plan and generous paid time off.
To apply: Please send your resume and cover letter to be considered to the attention of Katie Engelman, Operations & HR Director, email@example.com. Please include the position title of Contract Grower/Regional Representative in the subject line of the email. No phone calls, please.
SRAP is an equal opportunity employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, or protected veteran status.
SRAP stands by the core organizational value of accepting all members of the communities it works in regardless of race, creed, national origin, religious affiliation, disability, citizenship standing, or immigration status. SRAP also supports the rights of all residents to live in a safe and healthy environment and work in an equitable and humane workplace. In the spirit of fairness and equity for all, SRAP maintains the right to suspend or withdraw its support for any community group or partner organization based on demonstrated public bias, racial discrimination and statements or actions expressing a lack of inclusivity, respect, and basic social justice. All employees and contract workers representing SRAP in any capacity are charged to support this effort and to respond promptly and appropriately to any concerns that may be contrary to the above listed statement.