Regenerative Ag Specialist

Great River Greening

St Paul, Minnesota

Job Type Permanent
Salary Details $45,000 - $60,000


Great River Greening is a leading environmental restoration nonprofit with a mission to inspire, engage, and lead local communities in conserving and caring for the land and water that enrich our lives. Our services extend throughout Minnesota in partnership with local communities, governmental agencies, conservation and agricultural organizations, individuals, and businesses. Great River Greening has grown significantly in its geographic scope in the last few years, but the staff remains small and works collaboratively as a friendly and committed team.

Great River Greening values Science, Community, Partnership, Education, and Inclusion. Great River Greening is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Candidates of all backgrounds, including women, candidates of color, LGBTQ, or candidates with non-traditional work or experience backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Position Description

The Regenerative Ag Specialist joins a diverse team of conservation staff, each of whom executes and manages individual projects, as well as collaborates on larger projects and events. Guided by our mission, regenerative agriculture projects may include: soil health management, soil sampling, cover crops, perennial cropping systems, water quality and storage improvement practices, native plantings, survey data analysis, carbon storage/sequestration, climate-resilient practices, grazing and silvopasture, and other related conservation practices. The Regenerative Ag Specialist will conduct independent field and site reviews and must have access to a car. While the main focus of this position is currently in our Southern MN region, work may extend across Great River Greening’s other geographic regions: Twin City Metro, Central MN, and Northern MN. 

This is an exempt, full-time position with a salary range of $45,000-60,000, depending upon experience. We offer a generous benefits plan that includes health, dental, 401k, LTD, Dependent Care and Health Care FSA, life insurance, 14 paid holidays, and a PTO plan. This position is open to remote work. Great River Greening offers a flexible workplace and staff are currently working hybrid.  Staff are currently required to be in-office once a week on Tuesday to attend staff meetings and check-in with other staff members.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

Project Implementation (80%)

  • Gather field-based data, including soil health assessments, soil sampling, and vegetation sampling, as well as the organized management of field data.
  • Provide education on conservation agronomy, including conservation practice benefits and implementation information. Serve as an expert on cover crops and other soil health practices and how those can be implemented on farms with success.
  • Analyze data to evaluate cropping system impact on soil carbon, soil health, and water quality.
  • Assist in project management tasks including project development, bid development, and project management with assistance from other staff as needed.
  • Assist in preparation of grant applications to obtain funding for program initiatives related to climate change, environmental management, and/or sustainability.
  • Write and review management plans and oversee those produced by Greening staff, contractors, and partners, where applicable.
  • Assist in the development of outreach and training material including reports, webpages, flyers, videos, and podcasts.
  • Foster collaborations among peer NGOs, government agencies, academic institutions, water districts, and agricultural partners.
  • Serve as a connecting point for local farmers and landowners to present regenerative ag, soil health, and climate adaptation opportunities available.
  • Assist the organization in its climate and carbon sequestration/storage objectives.
  • Represent Great River Greening at volunteer events, public meetings, and in interaction with public and private landowners.

Mission Specific Work (20%)

  • Attend and participate in conservation and volunteer planning meetings.
  • Participate in fundraising functions under the direction of Development and Operations.
  • Perform other related tasks as required.

Skills and Abilities

  • In-depth knowledge of Midwestern agronomic principles and conservation / regenerative practices – especially cover crops, soil health, ecosystem service markets, grazing, and edge of field practices.
  • Experience working with the agricultural community, including communicating with farmers and ag industry professionals.
  • Effective tabling in Outreach settings.
  • Familiarity with native plant community types of the Upper Midwest and good plant identification skills.
  • Experience managing and conducting field surveys for plant, soil, and water sampling as well as management and analysis of collected data.
  • Ability to work towards managing complex and collaborative projects, tracking, developing budgets and bid proposals, and writing grants.
  • Possess an understanding of current climate adaptation techniques and/or carbon storage/sequestration practices and approaches.
  • Understanding of ecological management and systems.
  • Proficient in ArcPRO (preferable) or ArcMap. Aerial photo interpretation a plus.
  • Conscientious, collaborative, and reliable.


Bachelors’ degree in plant or soil sciences, agronomy, environmental science, or related field and 4 years of experience in direct professional outreach or applied research relating to: soil health, sustainable agriculture, conservation, agroecology, regenerative agriculture, climate change, ecology, water quality, or environmental analysis, including experience in field sampling, methods development, data collection and analysis, and/or writing for both scientific and lay audiences. Extensive field knowledge and experience can be substituted for formal education.

Must have a valid driver’s license and access to transportation to conduct site visits and meetings with partners.


Submit cover letter addressing qualifications, resume, and any references by e-mail to: Todd Rexine, Director of Operations & Programs, trexine@greatrivergreening.org. No phone calls please.

Applicants reviewed as received. See www.greatrivergreening.org for more information.

When you apply, please indicate that you are responding to the posting on Conservation Job Board.

Category Botany, Ecology, General / Stewardship
Tags Outreach, Sustainable Agriculture, Soil Science