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.
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Duties and Responsibilities
American Farmland Trust is seeking a full-time New York Agricultural Stewardship Associate (Associate) to support and grow programs in New York state that assist farmland owners and farmers transitioning to or increasing adoption of regenerative farming practices on owned or rented land. The Associate will join a team of dynamic staff and report directly to the New York Agricultural Stewardship Program Manager. The Associate will be responsible for promoting and implementing strategies that engage farmers and landowners in farm management issues such as land acquisition and transitioning and adopting sound farming practices to protect water quality and mitigate the impacts of climate change.
Specific position responsibilities include:
- With oversight from the Women for the Land New York Program Manager, assist with the development and delivery of an engagement campaign targeting farmland owners and farmers, including:
- Develop and support relationships with farmland owners and farmers, focusing on women, to accelerate the adoption of conservation practices on farmland in targeted areas of New York.
- Design and execute a series of women-focused facilitated small-group discussions about conservation, land transition, and beginning farmer resources.
- Assist in identifying and/or developing conservation tools for farmers and landowners.
- Assist with planning and implementing on-farm demonstrations, field days and workshops.
- Coordinate and execute fieldwork for ongoing on-farm research trials.
- Communicate about soil health practices and their impacts on soil resilience, 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 and the Women for the Land-NY Program Manager to develop annual program and budget goals and provide input on funding proposals and reporting.
The Associate 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.
- Independent and reliable worker; willingness to conduct field-based work in all weather conditions and work effectively from a home-based office location.
- 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.
- 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 Associate will require frequent travel in the western Lake Ontario Watershed and occasional trips to AFT’s New York office in Saratoga Springs, among other possible travel.
Annual pay range from $60,000-$65,000. 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.
Why you should apply
- Be a part of a purpose-driven, committed, knowledgeable, high-performing, experienced and fun team
- A diverse and inclusive work environment
- A cause and mission you can be proud of
- Competitive compensation & benefits
- Remote work opportunities
- Flexible scheduling
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