Since our founding in 1980, American Farmland Trust has helped permanently protect over 6.5 million acres of farmland and ranchland, and reduced development pressure on over 300 million additional acres. We have championed environmentally sound farming practices that are used on farms of all sizes across the nation and we've had a positive impact on over 500,000 farmers and ranchers.
The Midwest Regional Director position offers an exciting opportunity to help shape and carry out the strategic agenda of a growing, forward-looking conservation organization. The Director will provide strategic leadership for American Farmland Trust’s programs in the Midwest Region, with an emphasis on Illinois and neighboring states.
The Director will report to the Vice President for Programs. The Director will initially be responsible for working with the Midwest Deputy Director to manage six staff and consultants and a budget of approximately $1.2 million while creating new opportunities for growth in the future.
For more information about this position and to apply, visit: https://farmland.org/careers/midwest-regional-director/
ORGANIZATION: The 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: The Nature Conservancy
APPLICATION DEADLINE: April 13, 2020
The Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working to make a positive impact around the world in more than 60 countries, all 50 United States, and your backyard. Founded in 1951, the mission of The Nature Conservancy is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. One of our core values is our commitment to diversity, therefore we are committed to a globally diverse and culturally competent workforce. Visit www.nature.org/aboutus to learn more.
The Agriculture Program Manager works with farmers, local businesses, and conservation partners to implement on-the-ground programs and projects that increase the use of practices to improve soil health, reduce nutrient losses, and reduce GHG emissions. Spearhead development of effective messaging and outreach, including one-on-one technical assistance to Illinois farmers, agribusiness and other members of the agriculture sector to provide accurate and relevant information about conservation practices and programs. Steward and help leverage innovative partnerships with farm service providers such as seed, chemical and fertilizer retailers, land improvement contractors, producer groups, crop consultants, farm managers, agricultural lenders, and non-profits interested in agriculture to implement programs and provide products and services that lead to improved water quality, soil health and agricultural sustainability.
Cooperate with project-based state and federal agency staff to target funds and administer programs with the aim of increasing participation and achieving high priority conservation outcomes. Represent TNC and our projects on local work groups and at conferences and field days to convey the importance of soil health to water quality, greenhouse gas mitigation, and agricultural productivity.
This position will require up to 25% travel, a valid driver’s license and compliance with The Nature Conservancy’s auto safety program.