Director, FARMS Leadership Program

The Center for Land-Based Learning (CLBL) inspires and motivates people of all ages, especially youth, to promote a healthy interplay between agriculture, nature and society through their actions and as leaders in their communities. CLBL is creating the next generation of farmers and engaging people of all ages in agriculture and stewardship of natural resources. Our model programs span the breadth of California and include: FARMS Leadership, SLEWS, California Farm Academy, Caring for Our Watersheds and GreenCorps. These programs provide hands-on experiences through which participants develop leadership skills, learn sustainable agriculture practices that contribute to a healthier ecosystem, and create connections to agricultural, environmental, and food system careers.

The FARMS Leadership Program:

The FARMS Leadership Program was the inaugural youth education program, created in 1993, of the Center for Land-Based Learning, starting with 30 students from three counties (Yolo, Sacramento, and Marin). Now, almost 20 years later, CLBL hosts FARMS Leadership in seven regions throughout the state utilizing remote staff coordinators and key partnerships with local agencies and organizations. Today, the FARMS Program:

Serves high school students in 11 counties; Colusa, Yuba, Sutter, Yolo, Sacramento, Sonoma, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Fresno, Los Angeles, and Orange

  • 250 students participate each year
  • 50 statewide hands-on FARMS field days each year

FARMS is a year-long experiential education program that brings urban high school students to working farms and ranches, ag businesses, universities, and other locations and teaches them agriculture basics and life skills. Students gain experience in various aspects of CA’s food system, especially those that are most important to their region. They explore post-secondary and career opportunities in agriculture, food, and environmental sciences, helping them make critical decisions about next steps in their lives. FARMS also emphasizes leadership skill building and helps students become more involved in their communities.

Job Summary:

The FARMS Leadership Program Director is a critical new position within the Center for Land-Based Learning. This position would join other Executive Team members (directors of the other four programs of CLBL) and would lead the strategic role of the program within the organization; updating program vision, goals, outcomes, best practices, fundraising, and outreach and marketing efforts.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Guide each FARMS Region with regards to curriculum and program activities; identify and catalogue best practices, needs and resources; and help implement consistency across program regions, all while bringing in fresh and current issues in agriculture, conservation, and food systems.
  • Advise and support regional Program Coordinators on program logistics, such as field day activities, evaluation, program expenses, forms, etc.
  • Foster relationships with current regional and statewide partners; create new partnerships and collaborations.
  • Assist coordinators with new program recruitment tools; marketing brochures, website information, etc.
  • Develop and track annual statewide program budget.
  • Work collaboratively with CLBL Director of Development & Communications to create and implement regional and statewide fundraising plans for program.
  • Write grant proposals and reports.
  • Travel extensively throughout California for FARMS field days, one-on-one coordinator visits, partner meetings, fundraising visits, and other networking as necessary.
  • Maintain knowledge about current research and trends in youth leadership, youth development, and experiential education, and share with all FARMS and CLBL staff on a regular basis.

Skills and Requirements:

The ideal candidate will have a minimum of five (5) years of program management, ideally in youth education programming, will be a self starter who has the ability to work independently as well as part of a team and is driven to succeed. Additional qualifications include:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Excellent interpersonal, relationship and team building skills
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Commitment to and experience with program evaluation: outcome development, methods/tools, data analysis, etc.
  • Ability to effectively manage an established staff team of FARMS Program Coordinators
  • Proven grant-writing experience
  • Computer literacy with a proficiency in word processing, spreadsheet and database management programs
  • Must be willing and able to travel extensively throughout Northern California, as well as occasional trips to Southern California (programs in Los Angeles and Orange counties)


  • Experience with individual or corporate giving
  • Managed, coached, and evaluated multiple (three or more) staff members at one time
  • Knowledgeable about current research and trends in youth development
  • Knowledgeable about current research and trends in experiential, agricultural, and/or environmental education
  • Experience using Survey Monkey
  • Proficiency in Adobe In-Design (for creation of/updating promotional and recruitment materials)
  • Proficiency in digital media programs, such as iPhoto/iMovie

To Apply

Send cover letter, resume, and two writing samples (at least one must be from a grant proposal; e.g. Executive Summary) to:

Mary Kimball

Executive Director

5265 Putah Creek Road, Winters CA 95694

Resume review will begin on January 2nd, 2013 and continue until the position is filled.

Winters, California
Center for Land-Based Learning
Mary Kimball