Location: Washington, DC

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. AFT launched the conservation agriculture movement and continues to raise public awareness through our No Farms, No Food message. 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 supported thousands of farm families. Long a pioneering leader, AFT is now riding a new wave of growth, driven by agriculture’s most pressing needs and opportunities.

The Policy Fellow position offers an exciting opportunity to help carry out the policy agenda of a growing, forward-looking agricultural conservation organization. The Policy Fellow will be the junior person within AFT’s Federal Policy Department and will report directly to the Policy Director, while also engaging other members of AFT’s program, regional, and policy team. This 6-month fellowship is a fixed-term, full-time, salaried position that offers full employee benefits as per AFT’s employee handbook. The position is located at AFT’s national office in Washington, DC near Dupont Circle.

Duties & Responsibilities

The Policy Fellow’s primary responsibilities will be to:

  • Support policy staff with outreach and communication to congressional offices and committees, and federal agencies and administrative officials
  • Represent AFT and take notes at agency and coalition meetings, as well as congressional hearings and briefings
  • Conduct research to inform policy development
  • Assist in planning and logistics for events, including AFT’s national conference to be held in May 2020
  • Write policy summary pieces and contribute to Federal Register comments (as applicable)
  • Draft monthly policy updates and other content and correspondence
  • Maintain congressional database and perform other administrative duties
  • Develop and implement a long-term research or policy project (to be determined)
  • Assist with other projects and assignments as needed.


The Policy Fellow must be outgoing and energetic, organized, and capable of working well independently and as part of a team. The Policy Fellow will need to be comfortable regularly interacting with a diverse audience – including the staff of elected officials, representatives of partnering organizations, and others.

Additional qualifications include:

  • A BA or BS degree (ideally in a relevant field) and a demonstrated interest in public policy involving agriculture, farmland protection, land conservation, or natural resource planning
  • Basic knowledge of the federal policy-making process
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent research skills and the ability to summarize difficult concepts succinctly
  • Willingness to work around a demanding congressional schedule and deadlines
  • Self-motivated, organized, and able to stay on task when managing multiple projects
  • Familiarity with the Microsoft Office suite of programs

If applicable, AFT can work with the applicant’s school or program to make the fellowship fit criteria for academic credit or field placement experience.


Salary is expected to be $20,000 – $30,000 for the six-month period, commensurate with experience and background. AFT provides a full and generous benefits package.

If you are eager to join our team, please visit this page to apply.

Please submit a cover letter with resume for a consideration.

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.