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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AFT’s New England Regional work has grown significantly over the last two years and has included launching new programs to improve soil health while combatting climate change and protecting clean water, providing direct support to a new generation of farmers and renewed efforts to support farmers and to protect farmland. This growth is expected to continue through launching new programs, bringing on new staff, and building new relationships with farmers, partner organizations and funders.
This exciting new growth has brought with it an increased need for soil health evaluation and field work in our climate change and agriculture program. In 2021 and beyond, AFT is prioritizing its work in regenerative agriculture, expanding our need to do more work on the ground with farmers and other landowners. The Soil Health Specialist (Specialist) will be integral to AFT’s expansion and support of Regenerative Agriculture in New England, through working directly with farmers, assessing soil health, and identifying opportunities for advancing adoption of Regenerative Agriculture.
The Specialist will preferably be based within commuting distance of the organization’s New England Office located in Northampton, MA but for the exceptional candidate may be located elsewhere within southern New England and work remotely. This position entails regular travel within Southern New England (2-3 times per week for farm visits during peak field-sampling season) and some limited travel outside the region (2-6 times per year).
What You’ll Be Working On
The Specialist assists primarily within the Climate and Agriculture Program implementing existing AFT soil health and regenerative agriculture related activities in Southern New England; including building and maintaining relationships with farmers and non-operating farmland owners; helping develop and implement strategies to facilitate adoption of regenerative agriculture on farmland; and assessing adoption impacts through in-field data collection and analysis.
Key highlights of the Specialist’s duties include:
The Specialist must be outgoing and energetic and have knowledge of, and direct professional experience working on agricultural, soil health, conservation, or climate change issues. The Specialist must be able to work independently in the field, as well as work closely with AFT colleagues, farmers, and partner organizations, including universities and other research institutions, and state/federal government agencies.
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