Farm Conservation Program manager

Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust

Athol, Massachusetts

Job Type Permanent
Salary Details Salary is commensurate with experience. Mount Grace offers a competitive benefits package and collaborative work environment in Athol, MA.

Key Responsibilities

  • Conduct landowner intakes and develop and manage conservation projects in keeping with Land Trust Alliance Standards and Practices.
  • Respond to community inquiries and connect farmers and landowners with local resources and technical assistance.
  • Implement creative strategies to keep farms in active production and in the hands of farmers (e.g, Option to Purchase at Agricultural Value, buy/lease models, support market creation, etc.).
  • Continuously improve and develop the network, capabilities, and outreach of the Farm Conservation Program.
  • Write grants to financially support the work and projects of the Farm Conservation Program, including federal, state, local, and private grants. Cultivate relationships with state partners, including those at the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources and the Executive Office of Energy & Environmental Affairs, and private foundation donors.
  • Coordinate the Greater Quabbin Food Alliance (GQFA), an informal network created and sponsored by Mount Grace. The GQFA brings farmers, community organizations, land trusts, planners, businesses, local schools, and others together to address the food system challenges in our communities — including the agricultural economy, food access and local food procurement, health, farmland conservation, and education—while recognizing that land is at the heart of the food system. Through protecting land and saving working farms, we can improve the health of our food systems. The Farm Conservation Program Manager coordinates bi-annual GQFA gatherings and supports its working groups.
  • Participate in local and regional conservation and food systems gatherings, conferences, and speaking engagements to share resources and promote cross-sector collaboration.

Essential Job Functions

  • Excellent conservation project management skills, including collaborating with local farmers to craft strategies that work for them, their farm businesses, future farmers, and make sense for the land itself
  • Excellent communication skills, including public speaking
  • Basic GIS mapping
  • Creative problem-solving with a collaborative, solutions-oriented mindset

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Category Land Trust
Tags GIS