We are pleased to announce a recent job opening at TOF. We are looking for a Land Steward to join our team, in this time of deep care for the land in the wake of The Thomas Fire. See the job description below, and please share with anyone who might be a good fit for the position.
We are also excited to announce that the Center for Employment Training (CET) grant-funded work crew has been extended into 2019. We are thrilled to have this essential support for our recovery, and to watch the gifts flow back and forth between the place and those who have shown up to engage deeply in stewardship of the land.
And if you are looking for a way to get involved yourself, we will be ramping back up with the Volunteer Days of Service in the spring. These are a wonderful opportunity to connect with TOF community, and the land itself, in service. Last year, more than 700 volunteers helped us in the initial clean-up of the land, including some who have been involved with the organization since its inception, and some who had just set foot on the land for the first time. It has proven a powerful community practice in a time of so much change for the ridge, and the region. The land is particularly lush right now, with all the winter rains. We hope you can join us. See dates below and on the website.
The Executive Stewardship Circle
Brendan Clarke & Sharon Shay Sloan, Co-Directors
David Bryan & Laura Whitney, Board Co-Chairs
Title: Land Steward – Reports to Co-Directors/Executive Stewardship Circle
Status: Full-time, 40 hours per week
Stewardship of The Ojai Foundation’s (TOF) 36-acre center in the Upper Ojai Valley is integral to the work that we do. We not only care for a place but also work to embody practices and grow stewards and stewardship consciousness. We work closely with the practice of council, striving to think and work as a circle. Land stewards identify, prioritize, and complete the work needed with the land and facilities in order to support the programs, priorities, vision and goals of TOF.
Required Skills Include:
- Ability to be self-directed and work well as part of a team in a community environment.
- Experience and/or openness to learn the practices of TOF (including council, mindful work, etc.).
- Ability to communicate clearly, follow through with commitments, give and receive feedback gracefully, and be open to personal and/or spiritual development through the work at TOF.
- Experience in facilities management on a semi-wild land base (gardening, fire clearing, irrigation, mowing, pruning, planting, etc.).
- Ability to work outdoors in a semi-arid environment, including walking up and downhill, and to lift up to 60 pounds.
- Ability to learn quickly and thoroughly and recognize and remedy mistakes as they arise.
- Ability to recognize and clearly communicate one’s own limits in skill, experience, or capacity for a given task.
Desired Skills Include:
- A background and experience in Permaculture practices and principles.
- Familiarity with solar electric and gray water system management.
- A wide range of contracting, building and hands-on repair and maintenance skills (basic electrical, plumbing, propane, etc.).
- Proficiency with a chainsaw and other power tools, as well as hand tools.
- Arborist skills.
- Manage and oversee any work team(s), including laying out work, checking for quality and completion, hosting team meetings, signing worksheets, and problem-solving issues as they arise.
- Care for and help manage the land-based facilities and systems, including working independently.
- Maintain and improve the highest possible standards of regenerative land stewardship.
- Provide education about new and existing systems and best practices to community members and staff when appropriate.
- Personally provide physical skilled labor for regular maintenance and ongoing projects on the land in addition to working with and managing volunteers on land tasks when needed.
- Support the acquisition, organization, maintenance, and disposal of tools and equipment.
- Engage in other land, gardens, and facilities repair, upgrades, and maintenance as needed and as they arise, including a focus on fire recovery.
- Work within the budgets for land maintenance costs and special projects.
- Be available for emergencies related to facilities and infrastructure. (i.e. water main break) and have the ability to resolve them.
- Report and communicate with local and state agencies and independent contractors as necessary. (i.e. Reporting for water and well use, fire prevention and utilities).
Compensation & Benefits
This is a full time, hourly position. Compensation is $17-19/hr, commensurate with experience. All new hires are subject to a 90-day review period. Employee becomes eligible for medical and dental benefits upon successful completion of the review. Employee will also have the option to contribute to a 403(b) retirement plan.
To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org
Calendar of Events
SPRING SERVICE DAYS
Spend a day in community and in practice while giving back to the land.
Contact Mariah at email@example.com to get on our volunteer list!
Sespe Wilderness Backpacking Pilgrimage
April 11-16, 2019
TUITION:$1,250 total, including meals (breakfasts & dinners), permits, shuttle costs, guide fees, etc.
The Annual Report gives a picture of the past year, including the devastation and loss along with the many surprises and gifts from the fire.