The Farmworker Law Project of Legal Aid Society of Mid-New York, Inc. seeks a community legal educator for farmworkers and requires overnight travel twice a month during the growing and harvesting seasons. Non-travel weeks include local area outreach 1-2 evenings a week.
Farmworker Law Project provides free legal assistance and education to farmworkers throughout New York State. Our office is located in New Paltz, NY, but staff make regular visits to rural areas where farmworkers live and work across the state. New York is the 10th largest agricultural-producing state in the United States. Farmworkers are essential to harvest New York's fruits, vegetables, and other plants; they also work with livestock, in dairies and fresh food packaging and processing plants.
The position's focus is to provide community legal education at migrant labor camps to farmworkers during evening hours and develop educational materials for the workers. The Farmworker Law Project's practice primarily involves employment law, utilizing state and federal laws regulating wages, working conditions, safety, and housing for migrant farmworkers. The Farmworker Law Project (FLP) also represents some agricultural processing workers with employment-related issues. FLP is committed to high quality representation of farmworker clients and offers an opportunity to do challenging work with committed colleagues.
- Bi-weekly travel trips and evening work is required.
- Works independently to gather information.
- Maintains records in the office case management system.
- Under attorney supervision, interviews clients, collects and documents evidence.
- Provides support for cases, as a part of an advocate team.
- Works collaboratively with other groups serving farmworkers.
- Enjoys and is able to learn law, educate others and be an advocate.
- Fluency in oral English and Spanish required. Good Spanish writing helpful, but not required.
- Excellent analytical and organizational skills.
- Ability to travel overnight and make nighttime visits to migrant labor camps.
- Good writing skills.
- Good computer skills.
- Proven ability to learn quickly and relate well to people who are low-income or of different nationalities and cultures.
- Demonstrated past commitment to advocacy work is preferred.
- Training provided.
- Insurable driver's license required.
- Prefer past experience with low income or immigrant communities.
- Associate degree (minimum) required.
Depends on experience; excellent benefits package. Relaxed office atmosphere.
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