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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Vermilion Headwaters Watershed (VHW)
Water quality in Illinois lakes, rivers and streams is threatened by many sources—from manufacturing and urban pollution to nutrient and sediment runoff from farms. This puts water quality at risk not only in our state but also in watersheds further downstream.
To protect water quality, Illinois released a “Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy.” The strategy outlines a voluntary approach for farmers and other nutrient sources in priority watersheds to adopt a suite of best management practices. For farmers, this includes nutrient management, cover crops, crop rotation and erosion control measures such as no-till and strip-till—the components of a “Conservation Cropping System.”
The Conservation Technician position offers an exciting opportunity to increase adoption of conservation cropping systems to achieve water quality improvements. This position is being funded through a three-year grant received from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), though AFT can offer extended employment for “commendable and outstanding” work.
Under the supervision of the Midwest Program Manager, the selected professional will work collaboratively with staff of the Livingston and Ford Soil and Water Conservation Districts and the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service to engage farmers in adopting sound farming practices that reduce nitrogen loss. Activities include direct outreach to farmers and landowners within the Vermilion Headwaters Watershed; developing conservation plans to address soil and water resource concerns; and assisting with application, contracting, and implementation of Farm Bill Programs.
What You’ll Be Working On
The Conservation Technician must be entrepreneurial and a capable problem solver. They must be highly motivated with strong interpersonal skills and possess:
Education & Experience
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