Career Opportunities

Career Opportunities

ISAP posts job opportunities from our partnership members and other organizations relevant to our mission. Please click on the job title to view the description of the current job opportunity. If no opportunities are available, please check back later. Thank you for your interest in working to protect the environment and agriculture in Illinois!

If you are an organization with a career opportunity you'd like listed, please send information to ilsustainableag@gmail.com 

ORGANIZATION: Wabash County Soil & Water Conservation District

Administrative Coordinator

APPLICATION DEADLINE: August, 2020

Wabash County Soil and Water Conservation District is seeking an Administrative Coordinator.  Applicant needs to be proficient in Quickbooks and Microsoft Office and must be able to work in Wabash and Lawrence County.

Selected candidate will be required to get fingerprinted and complete a background check. Send resume, cover letter, and three references by August 3, 2020 to wcswcd1@frontier.com or 15039 Four H Center Lane, Mt Carmel, IL  62863.

For a complete job description please email the district office at wcswcd1@frontier.com or call and leave a message along with an email address or phone number and home address and one will be sent to you.

Wabash County SWCD is an equal opportunity employer.  All programs and services of the Wabash County SWCD are offered on a nondiscriminatory basis, without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status or handicap.

ORGANIZATION: Woodford County Soil and Water Conservation District

Survey Aide Position

APPLICATION DEADLINE: August 21, 2020

The Woodford County Soil and Water Conservation District is seeking a full-time survey aide. Survey Aide Pre-Requisites: Candidates need to have the ability to communicate across all levels; relay technical information in an understandable format; be organized, self-motivated, innovative; willing to accept responsibility; able to work independently; and possess excellent oral and written communication skills. This position will require slight physical labor including surveying and laying out conservation practices on agricultural land in all outside elements. A college degree in agriculture, environmental science, conservation or a related field is preferred but not required. Training will be offered and is a position requirement. The position will be stationed out of the Woodford County Field office in Eureka, IL but will serve Woodford, Peoria and Tazewell Counties. Knowledge of Microsoft Office programs such as Excel and Word, and familiarity with ArcGIS is a plus.

For more information about this position and to apply, visit: https://mcusercontent.com/28d76569884bf22088f9f1ff2/files/a97bc0dd-9818-441b-9a62-4771efdb013d/Urban_Conservation_Specialist_Job_Announcement_Description.pdf

Woodford County Soil and Water Conservation District is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.

ORGANIZATION: Bureau County Soil & Water Conservation District

Administrative Coordinator

APPLICATION DEADLINE: August 28, 2020

The Bureau County Soil & Water Conservation District is seeking a full-time administrative coordinator. Applicant must have excellent people skills, with good oral and written communication skills. The District is multifaceted with different activities and deadlines throughout the year. Previous secretarial and/or agricultural experience with an interest in conservation and natural resources is preferred. QuickBooks (or comparable accounting software) experience is a must. Salary range for this position is $34,000-$38,000. Benefits include health and life insurance, (10) paid holidays, sick leave, and paid time off (PTO). Typical hours are 8:00-4:30, Monday through Friday.

For more information about this position and to apply, visit: https://mcusercontent.com/28d76569884bf22088f9f1ff2/files/680a844c-d9f9-4f98-bf82-922c1584bad6/AC_job_description_August2020.01.pdf

ORGANIZATION: Champaign County Soil & Water Conservation District

NRCS Surveying Aide

APPLICATION DEADLINE: August 31, 2020

In partnership with Illinois USDA-NRCS, the Champaign County Soil & Water Conservation
District (CCSWCD) is hiring an NRCS Surveying Aide that will serve the communities in Champaign and Vermilion counties, Illinois. The Surveying Aide will work closely with the CCSWCD and NRCS personnel to help landowners and producers implement conservation practices. The purpose of this position is to hire an entry-level survey aide that will undergo thorough training and education of conservation implementation in agricultural and urban settings according to USDA-NRCS standards and specifications.
Job duties listed below will come along with training over time.

For more information about this position and to apply, visit: http://www.ccswcd.com/media/NRCS%20Survey%20Aide%20Job%20Posting_CCSWCD.pdf

Champaign County Soil & Water Conservation District is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.

ORGANIZATION: S.T.A.R.

S.T.A.R. Coordinator

APPLICATION DEADLINE: September, 2020

The S.T.A.R. Coordinator will help implement and grow S.T.A.R. in Illinois. This will be accomplished by working closely with S.T.A.R.’s Steering Committee to increase participation in S.T.A.R. and connect growers and county licensees with information to raise their fields’ S.T.A.R. Ratings. The successful candidate will work with SWCDs, farmers, local businesses, and conservation partners to implement on-the-ground programs and projects that increase the use of practices to improve soil health and reduce nutrient losses and greenhouse gas emissions.

The S.T.A.R. Coordinator is a new full-time position, recently created and funded via a one-year grant (with the possibility for extension), through a collaborative partnership between the AISWCD and Saving Tomorrow's Agriculture Resources (S.T.A.R.). This position will be headquartered at AISWCD located in Springfield, Illinois and will require up to 25% in-state travel and a valid driver’s license. The anticipated position start date will occur in September 2020.

For more information about this position and to apply, visit: https://ilsustainableag.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/STAR-Coordinator-Position-8.19.20.pdf

ORGANIZATION: The University of Illinois Extension

Extension Watershed Outreach Associate, Agriculture & Natural Resources 

APPLICATION DEADLINE: September 7, 2020

The University of Illinois Extension is seeking an individual to deliver research-based educational programs, developed in cooperation with University personnel and campus-based faculty with an emphasis on watershed management in Unit 7 (position will be located in Henry-Stark County – Galva, IL). Bachelor’s degree related to subject matter emphasis is required.

For more information about this position and to apply, visit: https://go.illinois.edu/134936 

The U of I is an EEO Employer/Vet/Disabled http://go.illinois.edu/EEO

MULTIPLE CONTRACT JOBS

ORGANIZATION: Organic Agronomy Training Service (OATS)

Direct links to independent contractor position descriptions within the PDF:
● Organic Agronomy & Training Specialist (PDF page 3)
● Podcast Audio Engineer (PDF page 6)
● Videography and Video Editing Engineer (PDF page 7)
● Design and Communications SpecialistMidwest Policy Manager (PDF page 10)

APPLICATION DEADLINE: September 27, 2020

OATS is a collaboratively managed, programmatically independent consortium of universities, NGOs, and industry representatives who envision a future where families, farms, and ecosystems are viable, healthy, and resilient. Our mission is to train agricultural professionals in the practices and principles of organic crop production so that every farmer has access to science-based agronomic support.

The Organic Agronomy Training Service (OATS) seeks to hire professionals and experts to assist in the development and implementation of our 2020-2021 training content and activities. This Request for Proposals contains multiple independent contract opportunities open concurrently. Individual contractors are eligible and encouraged to submit a proposal for multiple positions and will receive full consideration for each so long as the scopes of work can be accomplished as proposed.

Proposal Submission
To apply, please submit the following in pdf format by email to training@organicagronomy.org:
1. Cover letter proposing how you would advance OATS’ priorities and implement the scope
of services for the position(s); Clearly reference the title of the position(s) for which you
are submitting in your cover letter.
2. Resume
3. Work sample that demonstrates a strength or skill needed to accomplish the scope of
work. This can take many forms depending on the role(s) you are pursuing, including links
to past media, recorded presentations, curricula, campaigns, etc.
4. Fee proposal, including the basis for compensation (hourly, day rate, etc.), itemized costs,
and estimated hours/days necessary to complete each element included in the scope of
work; Do not include direct cost estimates for travel to/from on-site work.
5. Three professional references (name, title, organization, phone, and email)
Proposals must be submitted on or before the deadline of September 27, 2020 to receive full consideration.

For more information about this position and to apply, visit: http://www.organicagronomy.org/ 

ORGANIZATION: PHEASANTS FOREVER & QUAIL FOREVER

Illinois State Coordinator

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Open Until Filled

Pheasants Forever Inc. and Quail Forever (PF/QF) seeks a State Coordinator to work
collaboratively with partner agencies and organizations (e.g. USDA NRCS and IL Department of Natural Resources) to coordinate and accelerate common conservation objectives related to upland wildlife habitat and other relevant landscapes. The overarching objective of the position is to provide state-level focus and coordination of current and future conservation program delivery, support and oversight of PF/QF staff, effective communication and collaboration with partners, and, ultimately,
efficient and impactful mission delivery. The State Coordinator will develop and implement state-level habitat delivery programs and outcomes and seek and maintain funding for these efforts. The incumbent will work closely with other PF/QF staff and provide oversight and leadership for the conservation field staff within the state. We seek a creative, passionate, and dedicated individual to lead our efforts in the “Land of Lincoln.”

For more information about this position and to apply, visit: http://www.pheasantsforever.org/jobs

ORGANIZATION: The Macon County Soil and Water Conservation District

Conservation Technician/Watershed Assistant, Macon County Soil and Water Conservation District 

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Open Until Filled

The Macon County Soil and Water Conservation District was formed in 1943, with the mission to work with private landowners and other organizations to help prevent and control soil erosion, improve the water quality of local rivers, lakes, and streams, and to restore and enhance native wildlife habitat. The District is operated by an elected 5-member Board of Directors.

The Macon County Soil and Water Conservation District is seeking a full-time (40 hours/week), motivated individual to help promote, assist, and educate farmers and landowners about the best management practices for maintaining clean water, healthy soils, and a sustainable landscape. This position will be challenged with developing ways to mitigate soil erosion, nutrient loading and water quality issues. This position works directly with the Watershed Specialist and Watershed Technician to implement the Lake Decatur Watershed Program.

For more information about this position and to apply, visit: https://ilsustainableag.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Conservation-Technician-Watershed-Assitant-SWCD.pdf

ORGANIZATION: American Farmland Trust

Midwest Policy Manager

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Open Until Filled

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. 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.

The Midwest State Policy Manager position offers an exciting opportunity to help carry out the policy agenda of a growing, forward-looking agricultural conservation organization. The Policy Manager will work closely with the Midwest Regional staff, the AFT Policy team, consultants, and external partners to advocate for policies and programs that save the land that sustains us.

The Policy Manager will support broader efforts to develop and grow these programs. They will have the opportunity to work across teams within AFT’s Midwest Region, as well as with external partners including farmers, landowners, agricultural professionals, and institutional leaders.

For more information about this position and to apply, visit: https://farmland.org/careers/midwest-policy-manager/