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 Program Assistant position offers an exciting opportunity to help carry out the strategic agenda of a growing, forward-looking conservation organization. S/he will have the opportunity to work across teams within AFT’s Midwest Office, 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, providing additional programmatic assistance as AFT’s Midwest portfolio evolves.
As an integral part of the AFT Program team reporting directly to the Midwest Program Manager, the Midwest Program Assistant will provide support and coordination across diverse programs, including:
What You’ll Be Working On
Program Support (50%)
This is not necessarily an all-inclusive list of job-related responsibilities, duties, skills, efforts, requirements or working conditions. While this is intended to be a reflection of the current job, management reserves the right to revise the job or to require that other or different tasks be performed as assigned.
The Midwest Program Assistant must be outgoing and energetic, organized, and capable of working independently and as part of a team. S/he must be entrepreneurial, a capable problem solver and highly motivated with strong interpersonal skills. Excellent communication skills (phone, public presentation, writing, partner relations) and creativity are essential.
Additional qualifications include:
Education and Experience
Direct experience working with a diversity of agricultural and conservation professionals, e.g. state and federal agencies, farmers and farmland owners, soil and water conservation districts, commodity organizations and conservation organizations is strongly preferred.
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