Who We Are
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.
We believe diversity drives innovation. We are inclusive. We embrace differences. We recognize and respect the fundamental value and dignity of all our employees. We celebrate the unique traditions, heritages, and experiences our employees bring to the workplace. We are committed to creating and sustaining an inclusive culture that promotes and values diversity, and where everyone feels empowered to bring their authentic selves to work every day.
We provide equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, expression or identity, 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 we have 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.
The Farmland Coordinator plays a critical role in administrative responsibilities. As an integral part of the Midwest team, the Farmland Coordinator will support the Midwest Farmland Protection Manager with the Wisconsin Farmland Protection Partnership and growing Wisconsin programming by coordinating diverse groups of partners and programs, focusing on farmland protection, land access, and land transfer.
What You’ll Be Working On
- Support the development of programs for a diversity of stakeholders across multiple formats, such as webinars, networking events, educational workshops and field days;
- Coordinate event logistics for program and outreach events, including registrations, meals, meeting room rentals, webinar logistics and support, meeting materials, catering, A/V and other support as needed.
- Organize internal meetings and communications to ensure timely completion of program activities;
- Provide communications staff with content for social media campaigns, regular email updates, and other digital communications;
- Support engaging local land trust and municipal staff to help them act on a wide range of farm-related topics, including regenerative practices, land access, and succession planning;
- Coordinate quarterly Wisconsin Farmland Protection Partnership meetings;
- Support the development of educational and outreach materials to support AFT’s land protection, access, and transfer efforts;
- Work with Wisconsin Farmland Protection Partnership partners to track progress toward mutual goals and ensure consistent messaging;
- Track contracts and memorandums of understanding between partner organizations;
- Respond to email and phone inquiries from farmers, landowners and the public;
- Represent AFT at public meetings, field days, educational events and in the community at large.
This is not necessarily an all-inclusive list of job-related responsibilities, duties, skills, efforts, requirements or working conditions. While this is intended to reflect the current job, management reserves the right to revise the job or to require that other or different tasks be performed as assigned.
- Familiarity with the Midwest region's farmland protection, access, transfer, and succession issues.
- Experience working with land protection entities in the Midwest, specifically Wisconsin, preferred.
- Experience working with farmers and farmland owners, either professionally or personally, is a plus.
- Must be entrepreneurial, a capable problem solver and highly motivated with strong interpersonal skills.
- Excellent administrative skills and experience working in diverse teams of colleagues, peers, and external partners.
- Excellent communication skills (phone, public presentation, writing, partner relations) and creativity are essential.
- Demonstrated ability to prioritize multiple tasks, stay organized and follow through with limited supervision.
- Ability to manage expectations across diverse groups and take instruction from multiple perspectives and sources.
- Experience with public outreach and community engagement.
- Familiarity with managing data and information in Microsoft Excel and other aspects of the Microsoft Office Suite.
- Lived experience with and/or demonstrated commitment to advancing Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice.
Education & Experience
BA or BS degree and at least 2 years of related work experience in farmland protection, farmer support services, natural resource planning, and/or program coordination.
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 $53,000 to $58,000. Salary is negotiable based upon experience.
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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