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 California Climate and Agriculture Program Manager, the California Conservation Technician works to engage farmers in adopting sound farming practices capable of protecting environmental quality and responding to the growing impacts of climate change. This role contributes through conservation planning, technical assistance, outreach, and resource development supporting farmland conservation and stewardship projects in the agricultural regions in California.
This position is preferably based out of the Sacramento office. A remote teleworking environment may be accommodated if based in the San Joaquin Valley where a significant portion of the work will take place. Travel required for this position is approximately 20%; primarily local depending on location of residence.
What You’ll Be Working On
As an integral member of the AFT Regional Programs team, the California Conservation Technician builds and maintains relationships with farmers and non-operating farmland owners as well as state and federal agencies, agricultural service providers, conservation leaders, and others to develop and implement strategies to facilitate adoption of conservation practices on farmland, and:
The ideal candidate is Passionate about the mission of AFT, entrepreneurial, highly motivated, relational, collaborative, a capable problem solver. is highly responsible with a strong sense of ethics and possesses:
Education & Experience
$50,000 - $55,000
Why you should apply