• Santa Cruz, CA
  • Region: Northern California

Website Eco Farm

Program Coordinator

About the Ecological Farming Association (EcoFarm): The Ecological Farming Association is a 44 year old non-­profit educational organization. EcoFarm’s mission is to nurture safe, healthy, just, and ecologically sustainable farms, food systems, and communities by bringing people together for education, alliance building, advocacy, and celebration. Our programs bring together a diversity of stakeholders in California food production to promote grassroots leadership and regional solutions to decrease the negative impacts of industrial agriculture on environmental and community health. EcoFarm operates the largest sustainable agriculture conference west of the Mississippi every January.

Job Description: EcoFarm is seeking a Program Coordinator. The ideal candidate will have experience in event planning, communications, project implementation, as well as a basic knowledge of sustainable agriculture and food justice. This position reports to the Executive Director. This position will assist with organizing volunteers for Hoes Down in October and curating the EcoFarm annual conference.

In practical terms, this position is responsible for all program coordinating activities related to the annual EcoFarm conference. The Program Coordinator reports to the Executive Director.  As a small organization, EcoFarm staff are required to engage in daily communication activities while setting broader strategic goals. The ideal candidate will have a combination of experience in a high level of teamwork, event planning, and customer satisfaction.  We recognize that not all candidates have this set of skills, and we will support candidates in their professional growth.


  • Organizing volunteers for Hoes Down Harvest Festival in October
  • Develop EcoFarm Conference programming and coordination of speakers
  • Coordinate the implementation of programming oriented to our BIPOC audience, including Spanish language workshops, equity-oriented workshops, pre-conferences and affinity groups.
  • Coordinate other conference activities and events as needed
  • Organize and participate in planning committee meetings
  • Participate in staff meetings and trainings
  • Assist on-site in implementing the annual EcoFarm Conference in January
  • Commitment to advance Eco-Farm’s efforts in dismantling racism internally and externally
  • Support efforts to build community among Eco-Farm’s stakeholders year-round
  • Design and implement Dirt First webinar series with the Executive Director
  • Schedule work trade and volunteer efforts for Hoes Down and the EcoFarm conference


  • One to three years of experience in event planning, adult education, training and technical assistance, or project management
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Proficient in MS Office, Google Suite (primarily Google Sheets and Docs), Gmail, Mighty Networks, RegFox, AirTable, NeonCRM, and Canva
  • High personal standards for the quality and timeliness of work, proactive problem solver, and collaborative team player
  • Proven ability to manage multiple projects with varied deadlines
  • Commitment to anti-racism and anti-oppression work, sustainable food systems, organic agriculture and food justice
  • Spanish fluency (professional proficiency preferred)

Equal Opportunity Employer: The Ecological Farming Association is an equal opportunity employer and makes employment decisions on the basis of merit. Our policy prohibits unlawful discrimination based on race, color, creed, sex, religion, marital status, age, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, sexual orientation, or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state or local laws. We encourage women, persons of color, LGBTQAI+ persons, and differently abled persons to apply. EcoFarm is committed to:

  • Examining and changing our policies and practices to break down institutionalized white supremacy in our organizational practices, culture, and programs;
  • Creating space and building capacity for learning and dialogue about racism and racial justice in agriculture and the food system among our community;
  • Amplifying the voices of our black, indigenous, women, LGBTQAI+ and people of color allies in the food system.


This position is remote, requiring Zooming in for weekly staff meetings, occasional in person  meetings (held in the Santa Cruz and/or the Bay Area), and work hours between 9am-5pm pst, with some exceptions. This position requires attendance and onsite support at the annual EcoFarm Conference, typically held the third week of January in Pacific Grove, CA.

Start Date: July 18, 2024

Compensation: $35,700 compensation – $30/hour @ 30-hours/week from July-October, 40 hours/week from November-January, and 30 hours/week through the month of February.  Potential to be a year round position.  40 hours or five days of paid sick leave is available per year.

Send a cover letter and resume to jobs@eco-farm.org with the subject line “Program Coordinator Application.” Priority will be given to applications submitted by July 8, 2024. 

To apply for this job please visit www.eco-farm.org.