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Update: We are no longer accepting applications for this position. Thank you for your interest.


We’re Hiring!!

Do You…

  • Own (or have owned) a small farm, raised chickens, pigs or even cattle, and have a strong farming background?

  • Have working operational knowledge and understanding of online community platform moderation tools (Forums, Blogs, Photo Uploads, Commenting etc.)

  • Want to work from home, yet interact and connect with farmers worldwide AND have the opportunity to interview pioneering world-famous farmer Joel Salatin?


Then consider applying for our Salatin Farm Course – Online Community Manager position

About The Position:

  • A contract position starting in September 2013 and ending December 2013, estimated 10 hours per week, and paying $12-15 per hour, depending on experience.

  • Work is done from home, over the internet.

  • There is a possibility that the contract be extended, based on the initial success of the program.

About Us:

Verge Permaculture is a Calgary-based company that specializes in a systems design approach to sustainable human habitat and a focus on interconnected elements: low energy buildings, water management, waste re-use, renewable energy & food production systems. This past spring we hosted world-famous farmer, Joel Salatin, for three days of workshops in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. This Fall we are launching a very exciting web-based program using footage from the workshop – and we need some help to pull it off!

What you’ll be doing:

  • As forum moderator you will oversee the communication activity of the student forum. You’ll monitor the interchange of contributors and makes decisions regarding content and the direction of threads.

  • Provide an online training session to students on how to use the forum / online community and help students with questions regarding using the forums.

  • Have direct interaction with students for the purposes of building engagement, driving participation, and growing the body of farming-related content on the student forum.

  • Find and implement ways to connect and engage students and the knowledge resources they need.

  • Move discussions from one section to another to keep topics organized.

  • Assist with day-to-day community moderation tasks as needed. Review and moderate all user-generated content.

  • Compile questions from the forum / online community and design interview questions for the Salatins. Help answer student questions about farming. 

  • Host two telephone call-ins per month where you will interview both Joel and Daniel Salatin regarding the most popular forum topics and questions.

Who we are looking for:

  • Someone with strong small-scale farming experience and ample knowledge around farming-related topics such as: raising chickens, raising pigs and or cattle (basically you need to be able to speak the lingo and help with student questions).

  • A service-minded individual who is willing to put in extra effort to help students at every turn.

  • A clear, friendly, and diplomatic communicator who is skilled at: making people feel welcome, resolving conflict, and easing user frustration

  • An excellent writer who can express him/herself clearly.

  • Someone with experience using and administering online community / social media platforms.

  • Someone who is very familiar and comfortable with the internet, social media, and online communities.

  • Someone who learns quickly, eagerly picks up new technologies & tools, is self-directed, and passionate about nurturing & building community.

  • Experience with blogging (or other forms of customer-facing content creation) is highly preferred.

Bonus Points:

  • Being an Albertan (or living close enough that we get to meet you in person).

  • Basic knowledge of HTML.

  • Previous experience moderating an online community.

  • Experience with social outreach, such as promotion on Twitter, Facebook, etc.

  • Participated in some or all of our 3 days of workshops with Joel Salatin in March (online or in person).

Application Details:

  • Applicants must provide a cover letter and resume.

  • References will be required.

  • We will accept applications until June 30th or until we find a suitable candidate, whichever comes first.

Send your application to our Course Coordinator, Alex Judd –

We will only be contacting candidates chosen for an interview (so sorry, but we simply do not have the administrative capacity to respond to every applicant). Please do not email or call us to confirm receipt of your application.

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