Location: Northampton, MA
American Farmland Trust (AFT) 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 Land Protection Program Coordinator is part of AFT’s national Land Protection Projects team working under the supervision and direction of the Director of Land Protection Projects. The Land Protection Program Coordinator is responsible for operational tasks supporting AFT’s farm and ranch land trust functions and land protection mission. To fill this role, AFT is seeking an energetic and well-rounded individual with the ability to balance work on multiple projects. This is a full-time position located in American Farmland Trust’s Northampton, Massachusetts office.
This is an entry-level position offering an opportunity for professional growth. While some relevant experience is preferred, entry-level applicants will be considered. The ideal candidate is flexible, collaborative, detailed oriented and eager to learn about AFT and agricultural land protection.
Duties & Responsibilities
- Organize documentation and provide data entry support to track AFT’s internal conservation easement stewardship processes. Assist with functions to secure and maintain liability insurance for AFT’s land protection portfolio.
- Work closely with AFT’s remote site assessment team on a pilot project to analyze data delivered via satellite technology. Evaluate landscape changes detected on selected agricultural and wetlands conservation easements. Tasks include collaborating with the satellite site assessment project manager to coordinate work, consolidating reporting results, documenting changes and tracking outcomes.
- Maintain and update easement monitoring kits and maps of AFT-protected farms and ranches.
- Organize and maintain Land Protection Program files and electronic files.
- Coordinate contract administration, work schedules and payment with land protection service providers including attorneys, appraisers, environmental consultants, surveyors etc.
- Provide limited administrative support as needed. Tasks may include coordinating meetings and conference calls, helping with project status reports and assisting with mailings and correspondence.
- Serve as a point of contact between the Land Protection Projects team and other AFT departments including Communications, IT and national and regional administrative staff.
- Assist with the organization and delivery of internal and external presentations.
- Provide research and support for farmland protection projects and funding proposals.
- Other duties as assigned.
- Bachelor’s degree. Candidates with educational or professional experience related to agricultural land protection or other aspects of AFT’s mission are preferred.
- Computer competencies with the Microsoft Office 365 software suite.
- Team-oriented with excellent verbal and written communication skills.
- Organized, detail-oriented, and a demonstrated commitment to high-quality professional work.
- Interest and willingness to learn about agricultural land protection and other AFT programming and activities.
Application Deadline: February 14, 2020.
If you are eager to join our team, please visit this page to apply.
Please submit a cover letter with a resume for consideration.
Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience and background. AFT provides a full benefits package.
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.