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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Reporting to the Pacific Northwest Regional Director, the Pacific Northwest Policy Manager develops and implements AFT’s policy priorities and strategies in Washington and Oregon, and advocates for policies and programs which permanently protect farmland, help farmers mitigate and adapt to climate change and protect water quality, encourage smart solar siting, and support beginning and socially disadvantaged farmers in accessing and transferring farmland.
What You’ll Be Working On
As an integral part of the AFT Programs team, the Pacific Northwest Policy Manager works in coalition with AFT’s partners in Washington and Oregon to effect change at both the state and local levels. The policy manager will build relationships with policy makers, seek to understand the status of existing zoning, funding streams, and farmland protection programs, develop and advocate for policy changes, track pertinent legislation, and identify opportunities to work in concert with like-minded organizations. The policy manager will coordinate all research and legislative and administrative policy development, coalition building, and legislative outreach.
Other essential duties include but are not limited to:
The ideal candidate is comfortable regularly interacting with a diverse audience, including elected officials and their staff; state leaders; farmers; organizations in the agricultural, environmental, and renewable energy sectors; and others, and possess:
Proximity to Olympia, WA or Salem, OR preferred.
Education & Experience
Why you should apply
Salary range: $60,000 - $65,000.
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