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. 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 helped thousands of farm families make a go of it (primarily through programs that increase farm viability and/or enhance farmland access). Long a pioneering leader, AFT is now riding a new wave of growth, driven by agriculture’s most pressing needs and opportunities.
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The Midwest Crop Diversification Specialist position offers an exciting opportunity to help carry out the strategic agenda of a growing, forward-looking conservation organization. They will have the opportunity to work across teams within AFT’s Midwest Region, as well as with external partners including farmers, landowners, and agricultural professionals. This a permanent position that will work to support and build upon AFT programs in the Midwest, including staff working in Chicago, central and southern Illinois, and Wisconsin.
The Crop Diversification Specialist (CDS) is responsible for identifying strategies to integrate small grain and perennial bioenergy crops into Midwest crop rotations while simultaneously scoping alternative market opportunities. The CDS will work under the supervision of the Midwest Science Director, and as directed, will provide support to other staff in the Midwest Region.
What You’ll Be Working On
The Midwest Crop Diversification Specialist must be outgoing and energetic, organized, and capable of working well independently as well as part of a team, and has:
Education & Experience
Why you should apply
American Farmland Trust pays salaries that are competitive with nonprofits of our budget size, and offers meaningful vacation, medical, retirement and other benefits. Salary range is from $50,000 to $55,000. Salary is negotiable based upon experience.
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