The mission of the Alameda County Deputy Sheriffs’ Activities League (DSAL) is to unite the Sheriff’s Office personnel, citizens and youth of Alameda County in the pursuit and implementation of initiatives that will reduce crime, better the lives of area residents and enhance the community through action and collaboration with its partners. DSAL, a standalone 501(c)(3) nonprofit, works within the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office Youth & Family Services Bureau, alongside sworn Sheriff’s Office personnel and behavioral health clinicians to accomplish this mission.
Dig Deep Farms is a DSAL social enterprise with a dual mission of providing access to healthy food and creating job experience and employment opportunities to populations that have historically been denied access to both.
The Farm Internship Coordinator will lead farm interns in day-to-day coordination, supervision, and project management of the Dig Deep Farms farming program(s). Dig Deep Farms currently operates (5) urban farm sites of varying levels of activity and sizes (0.10 to 50+ acres). The Farm Internship Coordinator will possess proficient team leadership skills necessary to successfully execute day-to-day farm operations, educational training(s) and other extensive farm projects with farm interns. Various internship cohorts (i.e. youth interns, re-entry and community members) participate and are referred by youth advocates, CBO’s and/or other partnering organizations. The Farm Internship Coordinator must be adaptable and have the ability to work with diverse groups/individuals. The work requires the physical and mentally adept capacity to contribute daily to an often rigorous, fast-paced, and regenerative agricultural practices.
DSAL General Competencies
These are the qualities that all DSAL employees are expected to exhibit.
- Efficiency: able to produce significant output with minimal wasted effort.
- Organization: Plans and organizes in an efficient, productive manner, focuses on key priorities. Does not let important details fall through the cracks or derail a project.
- Proactivity: Acts without being told what to do, brings new ideas to the organization. Moves quickly and takes the initiative on matters of importance.
- Tenacity: Asks questions until the way forward is clear. Demonstrates a willingness to go the distance to get something done. Follow-through on commitments.
- Intellectual curiosity: Learns quickly, and demonstrates a desire to absorb new information and put it into practice.
- Flexibility: Adapts quickly to changing priorities and conditions. Copes well with complexity and ambiguity.
- Innovation: Creates new approaches to intractable problems. Isn’t tied to old ways of doing business or solving problems.
- Respect: Maintains courteous and professional relationship with staff, faculty, and the public; is responsive and fair toward all co-workers. Follow through on all requests.
- Communication: Keeps coworkers and other parties informed of relevant meetings and work progress. Communicates expectations clearly, gives timely feedback; delegates responsibility where appropriate based on coworkers’ and subordinates’ ability and potential.
Farm Internship Coordinator
- Supervising and training new and existing interns
- Work with farm team to coordinate daily agendas/tasks for the day
- Monitor and coordinate submission of interns timesheets to the Farm Administrative Assistant
- Documentation/Reporting of each internship cohort (e.g. attendance, participation levels and completions)
- On-boarding of referred interns into their designated cohorts
- Keeping updates of interns
- Facilitate farm internship briefings for staff meetings and check-ins
- Check in with designated Farm Staff to assess needs for farm program(s) and project(s) as related to interns participation
- Maintain accurate records and provide timely statistical and activity reports on current status of farming internship programing and projects
- Develop weekly work plans with farm staff focused on regenerative farming agendas at Dig Deep Farm site(s)
- Develop daily project/task lists for each day of internship (i.e. farm maintenance, planting, seeding, propagation, and/or other farm needs) with Crop Production Specialist and/or Lead Farmers
- Complete farm report detailing documentation and record-keeping of day-to-day operations to exhibit continued regenerative farm practices (for organic certification requirements)
- Facilitate specialized monthly volunteer projects with Volunteer Coordinator, Crop Production Specialist and Lead Farmers
- Evaluate all aspects of DDF’s Internship programming to ensure effectiveness and to recommend/implement changes as appropriate; email these evaluations to farm directors and upload to designated organizational folders
Qualifications for this position include:
- Ability to effectively lead and manage farm interns/project(s)
- Ability to efficiently operate computer software (i.e. Microsoft, Google Docs, PDFs, etc.) to facilitate and perform day-today farm operations and reports
- Knowledge and/or demonstrable ability to perform farm-focused internship coordination
- Attention to detail
- Ability to work with new technologies
- Ability to research technology and other operational solutions
- Ability to problem solve and course correct when operations are not as efficient as they could be
- Ability to arrive on site on time
- Ability to manage a diverse group of people
- Ability to communicate clearly and respectfully with community members, coworkers, interns and volunteers
- Ability to effectively manage and execute projects
- Desire to take the initiative to fix problems and fill needs as they arise
- Ability to lift, carry and move up to 50 lbs repetitively throughout the course of a work day
Organizational Role and Supervisor
The Farm Internship Coordinator will report to the Dig Deep Farm Directors/Managers
Job Types: Full-time, Part-time, Temporary
Pay: $21.00 - $24.00 per hour