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Hiring: Land Acquisition & Farm Development Manager – Boston Farms Community Land Trust

Land Acquisition & Farm Development Manager (part-time)

Boston Farms Community Land Trust is seeking a diligent, driven, self-directed, highly organized manager to oversee the identification, acquisition, and development of urban farm sites in Mattapan, Dorchester, and Roxbury.

Hours: Half-time (25 hours/week, semi-flexible scheduling)

Location: Fowler Clark Epstein Farm, 487 Norfolk St, Mattapan (some remote work possible)

Start Date: Flexible

Compensation: $35-40/hour depending on experience, plus part-time-equivalent vacation benefits

Responsibilities:

  • Identify potential farmsites in collaboration with prospective farmers, neighborhood residents/associations, and Boston Farms staff
  • Co-chair the Acquisition & Development Committee of our board with a board member to promote the acquisition and development of farmsites throughout our service areas by co-leading the community input process on major development projects; streamlining design acquisition and development processes, and originating and co-leading community charrettes as needed.
  • Outreach to and work with neighborhood associations to determine and integrate desired outcomes
  • Conduct the legal, governmental, and community engagement processes of site acquisition
  • Manage the development of farmsites, including designing in accordance with zoning and building regulations, development and management of project budgets, hiring and managing of contractors, architects, engineers, and other professionals
  • Raise funds from designated sources to finance farmsite acquisition and development

Requirements:

  • 3-5 years of experience in land development, real estate development, construction management, or related work
  • Skilled project manager with the ability to manage up to 6 acquisition and development projects co-currently
  • Experience in budgeting and accounting
  • Strong organization, communication, and community relations skills
  • Comfort with Google Docs, Microsoft Word/Excel, or equivalent platforms
  • Preferences: Knowledge of zoning, urban design, and building regulations; Experience with community/neighborhood engagement; Experience with fundraising and public support; Familiarity with farming, gardening, or landscape management; Strong familiarity with Boston neighborhoods; Live close to our sites in Mattapan, Dorchester, and Roxbury; Use of your vehicle
  • Key Characteristics: driven, focused, self-directed, eager to learn, patient, personable, diligent, attentive to detail

About the Boston Farms Community Land Trust:

Boston Farms is a community land development and management nonprofit. We build and protect urban farms across the neighborhoods of Roxbury, Dorchester, and Mattapan, making our farms accessible to Black and Brown neighborhood farmers and supporting their success. As a community land trust, we are structured to enact local and collective control of land. We own 5 sites and will expand further in the coming years. In 2021, our board adopted an Acquisition & Development Plan.

To Apply: Please be sure to read this posting thoroughly. If interested, please email your cover letter and resume to jobs@bostonfarms.org with the subject line ‘ Land Acquisition & Farm Development Manager Application’.  Submission of a development or design portfolio is not required by highly encouraged.  We welcome diverse candidates and residents of our neighborhoods of Mattapan, Dorchester, and Roxbury.

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