Who We AreAmerican Farmland Trust is a 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.We believe diversity drives innovation. We are inclusive. We embrace differences. We recognize and respect the fundamental values and dignity of all our employees. We celebrate the unique traditions, heritages, and experiences our employees bring to the workplace. We are committed to creating and sustaining an inclusive culture that promotes and values diversity, where everyone feels empowered to bring their authentic selves to work daily. Please see AFT's statement on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice.
What You Will Do Join us in our mission to enhance sustainability and viability in Midwest agriculture! AFT is working with USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to provide direct technical and financial assistance to farmers and other landowners, and now those engaged in Urban Agriculture as defined by NRCS. (https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/getting-assistance/other-topics/urban-agriculture) As a part of this joint effort, AFT has staff working directly with USDA NRCS to assist with delivering NRCS program outreach and education. As a crucial part of this collaborative initiative, AFT is seeking a Specialist to provide direct support within NRCS-funded projects in Missouri. Under the supervision of the AFT Midwest Program Manager, you will closely coordinate with the NRCS State Conservationist (or their appointee), serving as the primary point of contact for NRCS outreach and education programs.Join our dynamic team and play a pivotal role in promoting sustainable practices and the prosperity of Midwest agriculture.
- Act as the primary community-based liaison between NRCS and urban/small farm producers (both groups and individuals) and their supporting organizations.
- Master and convey details of USDA conservation programs offered through NRCS, aiding urban/small farm producers in program comprehension.
- Collaborate closely with urban producers and NRCS staff statewide to enhance urban and small farm initiatives, facilitating conservation planning and funding delivery.
- Serve as the central community-based point of contact for NRCS regarding urban agriculture within specific state and local government entities.
- Address inquiries from NRCS and partner staff related to urban and small farm agriculture.
- Research and maintain information pertaining to resources accessible to urban/small farm producers through NRCS.
- Engage with state urban and small farm agricultural communities by participating in relevant workshops, webinars, conferences, etc.
- Foster connections between NRCS conservation planning staff and urban/small farm producers to ensure comprehensive service delivery.
- Contribute to the development and management of documents and materials that simplify the process for urban/small farm producers to access specific farm bill programs and sustain long-term engagement.
- Minimum of 4 years of practical experience in urban agriculture, community development, and food systems.
- Strong urban agriculture background, either as an urban farmer or in a role working with urban producers to enhance their operations, production practices, and resource access.
- Demonstrated experience with community-based organizations supporting urban producers, small farmers, and their communities.
- Proficiency in assisting agricultural producers, particularly historically underserved individuals, in enhancing land, soil, and ecosystem stewardship.
- In-depth understanding of environmental, social, and economic challenges faced by various urban and small farmer populations and communities.
- Cultural competency to foster trust, build common understanding, and identify shared interests among diverse stakeholders.
- Track record of providing technical assistance and facilitating peer support for farmers, landowners, and producer/community groups, especially in urban and peri-urban settings.
- Familiarity with or a willingness to learn about federal and state policies and programs supporting urban agriculture, farming, and natural resource conservation.
- Bilingual skills are advantageous.
- Must be based in the Kansas City, Missouri area.
- Bachelor's degree in plant or soil sciences, agronomy, environmental science, or related field and 4 + years of practical experience in urban agriculture, farming, food systems, and community development. A Masters' degree in a related field may be substituted for up to 2 years of experience.
- Possess a valid driver's license and reliable transportation. Where necessary, mileage reimbursement will be provided. Expected travel is 15% of the time.
- Obtain and maintain a security clearance from USDA-NRCS. NRCS will assist with obtaining this security clearance.
The salary range for this position is $62,000 - $67,000, commensurate with experience and qualifications. This position is currently funded under an ongoing cooperative agreement with NRCS. While we expect the program to continue without a specific end time, employment is subject to available funding.
American Farmland Trust offers a complete benefits package:
- Medical & Prescription Coverage
- Dental Coverage
- Vision Coverage
- Company Paid Life Insurance & Long-Term Disability (LTD)
- Voluntary Life Insurance
- Flexible Spending Account (FSA) – Healthcare & Dependent Care
- Health Savings Account (HSA)
- 401(k) with 10% match after six months of employment
- Sick Leave: Regular full-time employees accrue 3.5 hours per pay period (13 sick days per year).
- Vacation Leave: Accrue 15 days during the first year increasing by one day per year to 20 days per year
- Holidays: The Company observes eleven holidays during the year (all offices closed): plus, choice of 3 other floating holidays depending on hiring date
Timeline While applications will be accepted and reviewed until the position is filled, applicants who apply with a cover letter will be considered first.
American Farmland Trust provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, American Farmland Trust complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the organization has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.
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|Category||Admin & Leadership, General / Stewardship, Land Trust|
|Tags||Outreach, Sustainable Agriculture, Soil Science|