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: Delta Institute

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Until position is filled. 

Delta Institute is seeking a dynamic and innovative environmental professional to lead our work in advancing resilient agriculture practices throughout the Great Lakes basin. The Resilient Agriculture Program Lead is the nexus of multiple impactful projects currently underway to connect soil health with land appraisal, and capture carbon sequestration value from agricultural conservation practices.

Date posted: 1/19/2022

ORGANIZATION: University of Missouri Center for Regenerative Agriculture

APPLICATION DEADLINE: February 1, 2022

The Cover Crops Education Specialist will provide education and outreach on cover crops and soil health, working with farmers and agricultural professionals advising farmers, including ag retailers, extension and NRCS staff, and other farm advisors. This position is part of the staff team with the University of Missouri Center for Regenerative Agriculture.

Date posted: 1/14/2022

ORGANIZATION: LaSalle County Soil and Water Conservation District 

APPLICATION DEADLINE: January 31, 2022

The LaSalle County Soil & Water Conservation District is seeking a fulltime Conservation Coordinator. A background in agriculture and conservation is beneficial. The candidate must have a high school diploma or equivalent. This position requires a combination of office and field work. The Conservation Coordinator will work directly with landowners, producers, local organizations, and schools to promote and facilitate conservation programs and educational programs. Knowledge of administrative skills in accounting, customer service, and other administrative duties is preferred.

Date posted: 1/14/2022

ORGANIZATION: Grundy County Soil and Water Conservation District 

APPLICATION DEADLINE: January 24, 2022

This position is responsible for providing leadership, educational assistance and representation for the District in their promotion and practice of the wise use of natural resources. The basic responsibility of the Resource Conservationist position is to provide administrative, clerical/educational and technical assistance to the Grundy County SWCD in carrying out the programs, functions and goals of the District.   The Resource Conservationist is responsible for contacting and working with landowners in the County to develop and implement effective programs to protect the region's natural resources.

Date posted: 1/14/2022

ORGANIZATION: Illinois Department of Agriculture

APPLICATION DEADLINE: January 25, 2022. 

The Bureau of Land and Water Resources is looking to hire a Land and Water Resource Specialist I to bring exceptional conservation and technical knowledge, assist in budget allocation tracking and execute efficient operational support. This position will support the Bureau Chief, bureau personnel and the states soil and water conservation districts. The Land and Water Resource Specialist I role offers an opportunity to become a trusted partner and colleague to the bureau, other state agencies and private partners. The ideal candidate will be highly organized and enjoy working on multiple projects and engaging the public on all aspects of conservation. This candidate will work in conjunction with Illinois' Soil and Water I Conservation Districts to help develop and administer programs that provides financial, technical and educational assistance.

Date posted: 1/12/2022

ORGANIZATION: The Nature Conservancy

APPLICATION DEADLINE: January 28, 2022. 

The Illinois River Project Manager provides leadership and oversight for the restoration and management of the Conservancy’s two floodplain preserves along the Illinois River. Through effectual partnerships within the Conservancy, among natural resource agencies, academic institutions, other environmental not-for-profit organizations, and the public, they address critical threats to natural systems and species native to the Illinois River ecosystem by developing and implementing a broad range of conservation strategies.

Date posted: 1/11/2022

ORGANIZATION: Sustainable Iowa Land Trust

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Open until filled. Interviews will begin in the second week of January. 

The Field Organizer will identify and engage conservation-minded rural landowners in Polk and surrounding counties as part of our Circle Our Cities campaign. This person will work with landowners who have both the capacity and interest in protecting their farmland with SILT, work well with allies, build relationships and perform other tasks necessary to permanently protect land around the Des Moines metro area for sustainable table food production. We will train you about how land trusts and land protection work but you must bring the motivation and the desire to find the ideal landowners. The preferred candidate will be able to hit the ground running because they already have relationships with members of farm, environmental and senior citizen groups.

Date posted: 1/10/2022

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Open until filled. 

The Farm Services Coordinator will work with landowners, prospective farmers and allies to increase the number of new farmers availing themselves of affordable farming opportunities on SILT farms. The Coordinator will also be responsible for completing the last two years of SILT’s Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG) titled “Cashflowing Agroforestry” which involves completing case studies and reports in progress and organizing field days.

Date posted: 1/10/2022

ORGANIZATION: Practical Farmers of Iowa

APPLICATION DEADLINE: January 28, 2022.Practical Farmers of Iowa is seeking a diligent, respectful and passionate person to serve as a farmland viability coordinator with PFI’s expanding beginning farmer team, which supports beginning farmers in getting started, and existing farmers and landowners in transferring their land or farm. For more than 35 years, Practical Farmers has worked to equip farmers to build resilient farms and communities.

Date posted: 1/7/2022

APPLICATION DEADLINE: January 21, 2022.

Practical Farmers of Iowa is seeking a diligent, respectful and passionate person to serve as the information systems manager for the operations department. For 35 years, Practical Farmers has worked to equip farmers across the state (and beyond) to build resilient farms and communities. The information systems manager works with organizational leadership to plan, manage and support information systems and processes. PFI uses constituent relationship management software, an accounting system, survey platforms, database tools and various other applications to support daily operations and key organizational processes.

Date posted: 12/17/2021

ORGANIZATION: Iroquois Soil Water and Conservation District

APPLICATION DEADLINE: January 7, 2022.

The Iroquois County Soil and Water Conservation District has an opening for an Administrative Coordinator.  Applicants should demonstrate proficiency with Quickbooks, payroll and Microsoft Office applications and be able to operate District social media accounts.  Agricultural experience beneficial.  Applicant must work well with team members and have excellent multi-tasking and organizational skills.

Date posted: 12/17/2021

ORGANIZATION: The Land Connection

APPLICATION DEADLINE: January 31, 2022.

As an integral part of the Illinois Farmland Access Initiative, The Land Connection seeks an enthusiastic program manager to develop and coordinate the initiative’s growth and expansion in a way that instills equity and collaboration in every element. This position will lead the work to implement the initiative, including growing the network of organizations, agricultural service providers, and individuals participating in the work; guiding the training and work of four regional land access navigators; assisting with the transition of illinoisfarmlink.org to a statewide resource for farmers, landowners, and agriculture service providers; and leading the development of strong land access and transfer education programs to aid farmers and landowners throughout the state. The successful candidate will shape the evolution of the Illinois Farmland Access Initiative.

Date posted: 12/9/2021

ORGANIZATION: American Farmland Trust (4 positions)

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Open until filled. 

The Midwest Farmland Protection Manager reflects AFT’s commitment to expanding farmland protection efforts across the Midwest—a region that showed significant agricultural land loss in AFT’s “Farms Under Threat: The State of the States” report. The ideal candidate will be able to excite and engage partners in the Midwest around diverse farmland protection strategies and build the capacity of agricultural land protection practitioners, policymakers and planners in the region through training, technical assistance and peer networking. The ideal candidate will also have the skills to identify and facilitate innovative land protection projects in select circumstances.

Date posted: 1/13/2022

Midwest Solar Specialist

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Open until filled. 

The Midwest Solar Specialist will work across regional and national programs to help set and implement AFT’s strategy at the intersection of solar energy generation and farmland conservation (Solar), with a primary focus on Illinois, Indiana and Iowa.  The Specialist will also collaborate and coordinate with other staff to help ensure that AFT’s programming in the Midwest is funded, strategic, synergistic, efficiently delivered, well-received, and impactful while supporting AFT’s smart solar siting efforts in other regions of the country.

Date posted: 12/9/2021

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Open until filled.

The Crop Diversification Specialist (CDS) will be responsible for identifying strategies to integrate small grain and perennial bioenergy crops into Midwest crop rotations while simultaneously scoping alternative market opportunities. They will have the opportunity to work across teams within AFT’s Midwest Region, as well as with external partners including farmers, landowners, and agricultural professionals. This a permanent position that will work to support and build upon AFT programs in the Midwest, including staff working in Chicago, central and southern Illinois, and Wisconsin.

Date posted: 12/9/2021

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Open until filled.

The Conservation Technician position offers an exciting opportunity to increase adoption of conservation cropping systems to achieve water quality improvements. This position is being funded through a three-year grant received from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), though AFT can offer extended employment for “commendable and outstanding” work.

Date posted: 11/3/2021

ORGANIZATION: NGRREC-Environmental Sustainability

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Open until filled.

The Land Conservation Specialist will be expected to provide conservation assistance to agricultural and private landowners. This specialist will be a technical expert on all aspects of the Conservation Reserve Program, filling key needs to secure and improve conservation acres on the ground. Primary focuses will include data collection and consultation with agricultural producers about conservation plans for new CRP establishments, compiling CRP conservation options for prospective landowners, and providing technical information to landowners about mid-contract management practices necessary to maintain high quality restorations throughout the duration of their CRP contracts. Land conservation specialists may also assist with Wetland Reserve Program/Wetland Reserve Easement (WRP/WRE) monitoring and administration as needed.

Date posted: 11/3/2021

ORGANIZATIONS: Association of Illinois Soil and Water Conservation Districts & Champaign County Soil and Water Conservation District (2 STAR program jobs)

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Open until filled.

The IL STAR Coordinator will help implement and grow STAR in Illinois, as well as promote and encourage participation in USDA programs, i.e. EQIP, CSP. This will be accomplished by working closely with STAR’s Steering Committee to assist landowners in ultimately increasing conservation on the ground, by working to increase participation in STAR and connect growers and county licensees with information to raise their fields’ STAR 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, reduce nutrient losses, and reduce GHG emissions.

Date posted: 11/3/2021
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Open until filled.

The STAR Operations Manager will work closely with partners to implement and grow STAR. This will be accomplished by leading administrative and operational tasks, successfully seeking funding, and communicating the value of the STAR tool. The successful candidate will work with and provide support to conservation partners administering STAR to enhance initiative effectiveness. To meet state and national agricultural and conservation goals and sustainably feed a growing world population, agricultural conservation practices need to work at the field level. Communicating how conservation solves real issues farmers face, while also providing environmental benefits, will be key to long-term adoption.

Date posted: 11/3/2021

ORGANIZATION: Kankakee SWCD

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Open until filled.

The Kankakee County Soil & Water Conservation District is seeking a full-time Conservation Coordinator. The candidate must have an associates or bachelor’s degree in agriculture, natural resources, or a related field, with experience in production agriculture preferred. The Conservation Coordinator will work directly with landowners, producers, local organizations, and the community to promote and facilitate conservation programs, cost-share, events, and more. This position requires a combination of office and field work. Remote work possibilities exist.

Date posted: 11/3/2021

ORGANIZATION: Angelic Organics Learning Center

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Open until filled.

Angelic Organics Learning Center was established as the 501(c)(3) non-profit educational partner to Angelic Organics CSA farm in 1999. Executive Director, Tom Spaulding, and his wife, Neddy Astudillo, joined forces with biodynamic farmer, John Peterson, and a team of farmers and volunteers to establish a learning center that would foster a vibrant local food economy. Operating out of a renovated chicken coop, they offered workshops, coordinated farmer training programs, and launched educational programs in Chicago and Rockford.

The Program Director of Farmer Training is responsible for supervising and directing all aspects of delivering programs and support to regional beginning and aspiring farmers including educational programming, department work plan and budget, outreach and recruitment, program evaluation and farmer alliance work.​

Date posted: 10/25/2021

ORGANIZATION: Northwater Consulting

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Open until filled.

This position will support water quality, hydrology and watershed management projects predominately in the Midwest US. Depending on experience and competencies, there are opportunities for travel elsewhere in the United States and globally. Candidate must have an educational and professional foundation that includes GIS, water quality, hydrology and watershed processes. Within several months, it is expected that the candidate will contribute meaningfully and profitably to projects with monitoring, mapping and data analysis components. In this role you will work closely with technical experts both internally and externally.

Date posted: 10/20/2021