Location: Northampton, MA

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.  Learn more at www.farmland.org

Overview & Position Description

As an active land trust for nearly 40 years, AFT has protected more than 200 farms and ranches covering over 71,000 acres in 25 states using conservation easements and other tools. Today, AFT holds over 100 easements nationwide totaling more than 40,000 acres. The primary responsibility for the Conservation Easement Stewardship Manager position is to perform site assessments, monitoring, and stewardship of protected land held by AFT and partners.  This position is part of AFT’s Land Protection Projects team working under the supervision of the Director of Land Protection Projects. This is a regular full-time position based in AFT’s Northampton Office and requires travel on a national basis.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Monitor AFT’s conservation easements at locations across the United States and perform related follow-up activities in accordance with AFT policies and Land Trust Alliance Standards and Practices.
  • Maintain and update AFT’s database of conservation property interests and utilize electronic and hard copy record keeping relevant to conservation easement management.
  • Work collaboratively with Land Protection Projects staff to develop best practices around remote satellite easement assessment and assist with the implementation of a pilot program.
  • Develop and maintain communications with easement landowners.
  • Address landowner requests and questions related to conservation easement provisions; implement conservation easement defense standards and practices; address potential easement violations.
  • Assist the Land Protection Projects team secure insurance through the Land Trust Alliance’s Terrafirma program.
  • Advance and maintain skills, education, and knowledge of best practices related to conservation easement stewardship.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • A bachelor’s degree in a related field.
  • A minimum of two to five years’ experience with conservation easement stewardship.
  • Basic knowledge of farming and ranching practices and natural resource management.
  • Working knowledge of USDA-NRCS conservation programs that protect agriculture, wetlands and other natural resources.
  • Excellent interpersonal, writing, and organizational skills.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously while maintaining attention to detail.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite.
  • Experience with GIS and satellite imagery programs.
  • Willingness to travel by air.
  • Possess a valid driver’s license and access to reliable transportation.
  • A willingness to travel out of state, to rural areas, for multiple days as this job requires 50% travel.
  • Ability to navigate using maps and/or GPS, walk-in rough and wide-open terrain, and be willing to work outdoors in all weather.


Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience and background. AFT offers a full benefits package.

Application Deadline

The deadline for applications is December 20, 2019.

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

Please submit a cover letter with a resume for 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.