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Junior Executive Managers (6 Positions)

Job Title: Junior Executive Management (JEM) Team Member Location: Varies; The Smith Family Ranch, Stockbridge, GA (HQ) Position Type: Leadership roles for middle & high school project-based learning “e”sports teams (i.e. education, entertainment, entrepreneurship, economics & environmental Stewardship) Program Duration: Year-round training opportunities (pre-apprenticeship program); Three Sessions: Aug-Dec (Session I); Jan- May (Session II); Jun-Jul (Session III) Opportunity: The Junior Executive Management (JEM) Team is a unique leadership development program designed for middle and high school students. JEM Teams play a pivotal role in managing and enhancing the development, implementation and evaluation of project-based learning initiatives.¬† This exciting opportunity allows motivated and driven students to gain hands-on experience in leadership, entrepreneurship and economic development as they are introduced to the companies (i.e. STEAM Career Clusters) that provide career opportunities and impact their community’s local economy. Responsibilities:
  1. Community On Demand AgVentures Program: Collaborate with the team to design, plan, and manage educational programs and marketing strategies using the Community On Demand AgVentures game, fostering leadership skills and sustainability awareness among campers and visitors.
  2. Habitat Management: Assist in the care and maintenance of the five distinct habitats on the ranch, including wetlands, woodlands, riparian areas, meadows, and nature trails. Help organize habitat improvement projects.
  3. Farm Animal Care: Participate in the daily care and well-being of the farm animals, including feeding, cleaning, and monitoring their health.
  4. Field Trip Coordination: Coordinate and lead educational field trips for schools and community groups, sharing knowledge about agriculture, nature, and sustainability.
  5. Volunteer Management: Recruit, train, and supervise volunteers participating in weekend activities, special events, and habitat restoration projects.
  6. Weekend Events: Assist in the planning, setup, and facilitation of weekend events, including workshops, nature walks, and interactive activities for visitors.
  7. Online Meetings: Attend weekly online meetings every Thursday evening to discuss upcoming plans, share ideas, and report on progress.
  8. Entrepreneurial Development: If interested, explore and develop entrepreneurial initiatives related to agriculture, sustainable products, or services that can be integrated into the ranch’s offerings.
  9. Horticulture Therapy Activities: Horticulture therapy is the use of plants and the natural world to improve the social, spiritual, physical, mental, and emotional well-being of individuals who participate in it.
Qualifications:
  • Must be enrolled in a Career and Technical Education (CTE) pathway.
  • Maintain good academic standing.
  • Exhibit a strong desire to become an entrepreneur or professional in a trade.
  • Possess or be willing to develop products or services for production and sale through the ranch.
  • Must become a registered member of the STEM Direct Youth Chamber of Commerce.
  • Must complete JEM Team 101 Orientation (online course included with member registration)
Skills and Traits:
  • Excellent communication and teamwork skills.
  • Passion for sustainability, agriculture, and nature conservation.
  • Strong organizational and leadership abilities.
  • Creativity and a willingness to innovate.
  • Dependable and punctual.
  • Enthusiasm for learning and sharing knowledge with others.
Benefits:
  • Hands-on experience in agriculture and sustainability.
  • Leadership development and entrepreneurship opportunities (assistance with startup and business launch)
  • Mentorship and guidance from experienced professionals.
  • Networking within the local agricultural and environmental community.
  • The satisfaction of contributing to the success of The Smith Family Ranch’s mission.
  • Stipends upon availability
How to Apply:
Interested students should submit their resumes and a brief statement of intent below. Selected candidates will be invited for an interview and orientation.

Note: This is a volunteer position with opportunities for personal and professional growth and to satisfy community service hours for high school graduation. Students can use this opportunity to explore their interests and passions while contributing to the community’s well-being.

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ATWOOD Model Farmers, Gardeners & Ranchers Program

Job Title:
Resident Farmers and Agricultural Operations Managers


Location:
The Smith Family Ranch, 1950 East Atlanta, Road, Stockbridge, GA

Job Type: Full-time, On-site Resident Farmers

About Us:
The Smith Family Ranch is a vibrant, sustainable agricultural and agritourism venture, dedicated to promoting community engagement and sustainable farming and gardening practices.

Job Description:
We are seeking highly skilled and dedicated Resident Farmers and Agricultural Operations Managers to oversee livestock and agricultural activities at The Smith Family Ranch. Plans are in the works to have the successful candidates reside on the property in a designated tiny home bungalow. Candidates will play a pivotal role in managing and enhancing our agricultural spaces and livestock operations.

Responsibilities:
  1. Manage and oversee day-to-day operations of the livestock and agricultural spaces on the ranch.
  2. Implement sustainable farming practices to maximize productivity and minimize environmental impact.
  3. Develop and execute livestock management strategies, including feeding, breeding, health care, and maintenance.
  4. Coordinate planting, harvesting, and crop rotation schedules for optimal yields and variety.
  5. Utilize engineering and project management skills to enhance operational efficiency and develop innovative farming solutions.
  6. Operate and maintain heavy machinery and equipment effectively and safely.
  7. Collaborate with the team to plan and execute various projects related to farm infrastructure, water management, and land development.
  8. Implement safety protocols and ensure compliance with regulations and best practices.
  9. Assist in community engagement events, educational programs, and tours showcasing agricultural practices at the ranch.
  10. Train and supervise additional staff or volunteers assisting in farming activities.
Requirements:
  • Previous experience in farming, livestock management, and agricultural operations.
  • Strong project management and engineering skills.
  • Proficiency in operating heavy machinery and equipment.
  • Military veteran with a disciplined work ethic and dedication to excellence.
  • Excellent communication and leadership abilities.
  • Ability to reside on-site at The Smith Family Ranch and embrace the lifestyle of a resident farmer.
  • Passion for sustainable farming and contributing to a vibrant community.
Accommodation:
Our plans include building a comfortable and well-equipped tiny homes at The Smith Family Ranch for the Resident Farmers. If you are passionate about sustainable farming and are looking for an opportunity to contribute to a thriving agricultural venture, we encourage you to apply and be a part of our dynamic team at The Smith Family Ranch. Retired military with honorable discharge preferred.

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CALL FOR PROPOSALS
Program Partners for The Smith Family Ranch Agritourism Network

This call for proposals aims to engage potential partners whose programs will contribute to the multifaceted experience offered by The Smith Family Ranch while promoting sustainability and community engagement.

About The Smith Family Ranch:

The Smith Family Ranch is an esteemed agritourism destination committed to promoting sustainable agriculture, community engagement, and holistic well-being. Our mission is to integrate education, entrepreneurship, arts, entertainment, hospitality, behavioral health and outdoor recreation to create a diverse and enriching experience for our visitors.

Focus Areas:
The Smith Family Ranch is actively seeking program partners whose initiatives align with our key focus areas:

  1. Education and Training:
    • Programs that educate visitors on sustainable farming, animal husbandry, and environmental practices.
    • Workshops, classes, and educational activities for visitors of all ages.
    • Internships, pre-apprenticeships, apprenticeships, project-based learning experiences, flexible, blended-learning employment, and on-the-job training opportunities by local businesses that represent the Career, Technical & Agricultural Education clusters and pathways
  2. Direct Sales & Entrepreneurship:
    • Opportunities for local entrepreneurs to showcase and sell products directly to visitors.
    • Collaboration with local artisans, farmers, and craftsmen to promote entrepreneurship.
  3. Arts & Entertainment:
    • Art exhibitions, performances, and installations that celebrate the intersection of arts with agriculture and nature.
    • Workshops and events that foster creativity and engagement through artistic expression.
  4. Hospitality & Tourism:
    • Partnership with local tourism agencies to promote regional tourism.
    • Programs enhancing the hospitality experience for visitors to The Smith Family Ranch.
  5. Outdoor Recreation:
    • Outdoor activities, guided tours, nature walks, and recreational events that highlight the natural beauty of the ranch.
    • Programs promoting health and well-being through outdoor engagement.

Call for Proposals:
We invite organizations, businesses, educational institutions, nonprofits, and individuals to submit proposals for partnership programs aligned with our focus areas. Proposals should clearly outline the program’s objectives, implementation strategy, target audience, expected outcomes, and collaboration opportunities.

Submission Guidelines:

  • Proposals are accepted year round.
  • Please email your proposals to info@nextstepsyep.org.
  • Use the subject line: “Proposal for Program Partnership – [Your Organization/Project Name]”.

Selection Process:
Proposals will be reviewed by The NEXT Steps Youth Entrepreneur Program & Smith Family Ranch team based on alignment with our mission and objectives, feasibility, creativity, and potential for positive impact. Selected partners will be notified for further collaboration.

Join us in our endeavor to create a rich and diverse agritourism experience that promotes sustainability, creativity, and community enrichment at The Smith Family Ranch.

For inquiries and proposal submissions, please contact us via email: NEXT Steps YEP, info@nextstepsyep.org

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Youth Chamber of Commerce

This invitation encourages vendors to join the STEM Direct Youth Chamber of Commerce at The Smith Family Ranch, providing them a platform to showcase their products and services while actively supporting the growth of STEM initiatives and youth entrepreneurship within the agritourism network.

Invitation to Vendors 

Are you ready to showcase your innovative products and services to a diverse and engaged audience while supporting the youth in the field of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics)? The Smith Family Ranch is excited to extend an invitation to become a valued member of the STEM Direct Youth Chamber of Commerce, an initiative aiming to foster entrepreneurship, innovation, and sustainable growth within the agritourism network.

Why Join the STEM Direct Youth Chamber of Commerce?

  1. Market Exposure: Gain access to a broad audience of visitors and community members visiting The Smith Family Ranch, presenting ample opportunities to showcase and promote your offerings.
  2. Community Engagement: Connect and engage with a community passionate about STEM, education, and sustainable practices, aligning with your values and goals.
  3. Collaborative Opportunities: Collaborate with like-minded vendors, participate in events, workshops, and programs, and explore potential partnerships within the agritourism network.
  4. Youth Empowerment: Support the future of STEM by directly engaging with aspiring youth entrepreneurs, sharing experiences, and providing mentorship opportunities.

Membership Benefits:

  • Priority consideration for participation in various events and exhibitions.
  • Access to exclusive marketing and promotional opportunities through The Smith Family Ranch’s extensive marketing channels.
  • Networking events with fellow vendors, youth entrepreneurs, and industry professionals.
  • Opportunity to apply for space at The Smith Family Ranch to market, sell, and distribute your products and services.

How to Join:

To become a member of the STEM Direct Youth Chamber of Commerce and avail these benefits, please fill out the membership application below. We look forward to welcoming you into our vibrant community.

For inquiries and more information, please contact us: NEXT Steps YEP info@nextstepsyep.org

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