American Farmland Trust is the only national organization that takes a holistic approach to agriculture, focusing on the land itself, the agricultural practices used on that land, and the farmers and ranchers who do the work. AFT launched the conservation agriculture movement and continues to raise public awareness through our No Farms, No Food message. Since our founding in 1980, AFT has helped permanently protect over 6.5 million acres of agricultural lands, advanced environmentally-sound farming practices on millions of additional acres, and supported thousands of farm families. Long a pioneering leader, AFT is now riding a new wave of growth, driven by agriculture’s most pressing needs and opportunities.
For more information go to www.farmland.org with our New York programs highlighted at www.farmland.org/NewYork.
Duties and Responsibilities
American Farmland Trust is seeking a full-time New York Agricultural Stewardship Coordinator (Coordinator) to support and grow programs in New York state that assist farmers transitioning to or increasing adoption of regenerative farming practices. The Coordinator will join a team of dynamic staff and report directly to the New York Agricultural Stewardship Program Manager and be responsible for promoting and implementing strategies that engage farmers and landowners in adopting sound farming practices to protect water quality and mitigate the impacts of climate change.
Specific activities will include developing engaging educational programs for landowners and farmers, fostering partnerships, developing public education materials, supporting and promoting on-farm demonstration projects, and supporting communications objectives to highlight key activities and stories of impact. This role will also help to lead the expansion of AFT’s Women for the Land initiative in New York, a program designed for women farmers and landowners who want to protect and/or promote good stewardship of their land. The focus will primarily be in Western and Central New York, though the opportunity may exist for work in other parts of New York as well as in collaboration with AFT’s National Initiatives.
Specific position responsibilities include:
• Lead and manage the development and delivery of an engagement campaign targeting Non-Operating Landowner (NOLs), with a focus on Women Non-Operating Landowners (WNOLs), including:
o Develop and support relationships with farmland owners and farmers, focusing on women landowners, to accelerate the adoption of conservation practices on farmland in targeted areas of New York.
o Assist with facilitating conversations and partnerships with NOLs/WNOLs and farmers to implement conservation practices on rented land.
o Lead and manage the design and execution of a series of facilitated small-group discussions with WNOLs surrounding conservation management of their land.
o Develop evaluation metrics for NOLs/WNOLs educational tools and programs.
• Assist in identifying and/or developing conservation tools for farmers and landowners.
• Assist with planning and implementing on-farm demonstrations, field days and workshops.
• Communicate about soil health practices and their impacts on soil resiliency, water quality/quantity and mitigation of climate change.
• Facilitate and coordinate partnerships with a diverse network of agricultural and conservation professionals including AFT state and national staff, USDA NRCS, New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, Soil and Water Conservation Districts, Cornell University and Cooperative Extension, farmers, crop consultants and others.
• Coordinate with AFT’s communications team to actively promote work, identifying and assisting with storytelling opportunities through social media, blog posts, profiles, fact sheets, videos and other mediums.
• Work collaboratively with core project team to manage project implementation and achieve project objectives.
• Represent AFT at non-AFT public meetings, ?eld days, and educational events.
• Work with the Agricultural Stewardship Program Manager to develop annual program and budget goals and provide input on funding proposals and reporting.
• Other duties as assigned.
The Coordinator must be a self-starter and a capable problem solver with a demonstrated commitment of meeting high expectations. S/he must be highly motivated with strong interpersonal skills and should have:
• BA or BS degree and a minimum of 3 years of related work experience in agriculture, environmental management, or natural resource planning. Additional work experience or an advanced degree in one or more of the disciplines noted may substitute for these requirements.
• Experience designing and facilitating professional development or other educational trainings, specifically with farmers, landowners and related stakeholders.
• Ability to foster effective partnerships with Extension educators, soil and water conservation districts, USDA and state agency personnel and other professionals as well as training and supporting farmers and landowners – particularly women landowners - is highly valuable.
• A track record of developing and maintaining strong working relationships with and among a diverse group of stakeholders, both internal and external.
• Experience working and/or living within traditionally underrepresented communities.
• An intellectual curiosity, understanding, and enthusiasm for AFT’s mission.
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills, specifically an aptitude for public speaking, meeting facilitation, and developing effective public education materials.
• Experience with public outreach, community engagement, and communications (digital and/or traditional).
• Facility with the Microsoft Office Suite is required – additional experience with social media is preferred.
• Have fun in your job.
Preference will be given to candidates based in Western or Central New York, and applicants should be comfortable working remotely out of a home office. The Coordinator position will require frequent travel in the Genesee River Watershed in Western New York and occasional trips to AFT’s New York office in Saratoga Springs, among other possible travel.
American Farmland Trust pays salaries that are competitive to similar nonprofit and agency positions and offers meaningful vacation, medical, retirement and other benefits.
If you are eager to join our team, please visit this page to apply.
Please submit a cover letter with a resume for consideration.
American Farmland Trust provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, American Farmland Trust complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the organization has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.