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

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Resource Conservationist

The mission of the Piatt County Soil & Water Conservation District is to provide education, leadership, and assistance to people to protect and promote the wise use of our soil, water, air, plant, and animal resources The Resource Conservationist will provide technical assistance to enrolled cooperators in the State led conservation programs. This position is about 40% in the field conducting field evaluations, surveys, and designs. Certifications are required to sign off on work independently and education will be provided by NRCS. You must be willing to complete NRCS course work for certification. The Resource Conservation provides guidance to office staff and supports the admin coordinator in many conservation events throughout the year such as fish & tree sales, oil/tire recycling, electronics recycling events, & more. This job does qualify for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program.

Application Deadline:
November 30, 2022
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Administrative Coordinator/ Resource Conservationist

Ford County Soil and Water Conservation District is seeking a 40-hour per week employee with a starting wage of $35,360-$39,520/year ($17-$19/hour) plus benefits of health insurance covered 100% for employee, with a 6 month review. This position is responsible for administering the District’s daily operations as well as assisting other staff with technical aspects of conservation programs. The ideal candidate has previous experience with QuickBooks and/or agriculture, plus an interest in conservation. All Ford County SWCD employees must follow the Federal Government requirements on being vaccinated against COVID-19. The full job description can be found here. To apply, send cover letter, resume, and three references to fordcountyswcd@gmail.com. We will be accepting resumes until the job is filled.

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Open until filled
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Midwest Policy Manager

The Midwest 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 Federal 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 programs, working across teams within AFT’s Midwest Region, as well as with external partners including farmers, landowners, agricultural professionals, and institutional leaders.

This a permanent position and while it is based remotely, the selected candidate must reside in Illinois.

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Open until filled
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Midwest Conservation Technician – Vermilion Headwaters Watershed

The AFT Midwest team is hiring a Conservation Technician for the Vermilion Headwaters Watershed. This position will be based out of the NRCS-SWCD office in Pontiac, Illinois. Part-time remote work may be considered for the right candidate. The Conservation Technician position offers an exciting opportunity to increase adoption of conservation cropping systems to achieve water quality improvements. Under the supervision of the Midwest Program Manager, the selected professional will work collaboratively with staff of the Livingston and Ford Soil and Water Conservation Districts and the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service to engage farmers in adopting sound farming practices that reduce nitrogen loss. Activities include direct outreach to farmers and landowners within the Vermilion Headwaters Watershed; developing conservation plans to address soil and water resource concerns; and assisting with application, contracting, and implementation of Farm Bill Programs.

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Open until filled
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Watershed Management Research and Outreach Undergraduate Internship

Water resource management is complex and professionals in the field need an understanding of agriculture, natural resources, communication, social sciences and economics, public health, and planning and project management to be successful. That said, currently there is little to no training available at the undergraduate level for individuals interested in watershed outreach and management roles.

The Watershed Management Research and Outreach Undergraduate Internship Program helps students from all backgrounds gain valuable experience that will help you pursue future careers in watershed management. Extension faculty at seven different institutions mentor interns over the summer.

Whether you are interested in water resource management, soil health, agriculture, nutrient management, lake and stream monitoring, weather and climate, forestry, or limnology – this internship is for you!

Interested in learning more about the program? Join us on Monday, November 14th at 2pm CT for a virtual Q&A session. Tune in to  hear from students who participated in 2022, ask questions to our mentors, and learn about the application process.

Application Deadline:
November 25, 2022
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Agri-Food Career Coordinator

The Illinois Agri-Food Alliance is looking for a talented and self-motivated individual to lead an
entrepreneurial initiative working with Illinois middle and high schools and agri-food professionals to
bridge the gap between education and Illinois’ agriculture, food, and natural resources (AFNR)
industry. This successful candidate will play an important role increasing student awareness of
AFNR careers via Pathful, a virtual career awareness and readiness platform, while supporting the
expansion of AFNR-focused education programs and career-related resources at schools, primarily
in urban and suburban communities. Northeastern Illinois is a target region. The principal goal of the
position is to increase the pipeline of talented and diverse individuals interested in employment in
Illinois-based AFNR companies, agencies, organizations, and school districts.

Read the full job description

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Case Study Conservation Agronomist

Reporting to the Agricultural Economics & Water Resources Research Manager, in the Water Initiative division, the two Case Study Conservation Agronomists will write at least three to six case studies each per year over two years featuring “soil health successful” producers, and produce associated education and outreach materials for partners to use to help persuade “soil health curious” producers to adopt reduced tillage, cover crops, nutrient management, conservation crop rotation, mulching, and compost application.

As an integral part of the AFT Program team, the Case Study Conservation Agronomists will accelerate the production of compelling, easy-to-read case studies that quantify the economic, water quality, and climate outcomes associated with soil health practices implemented by row crop and almond growers. They will also have the opportunity to influence future design and production of AFT materials to assist farmers in the adoption of conservation practices. AFT and our partners have produced 13 case studies in 6 states (CA, IL, OH, OK, NY, and PA) using the R-SHEC Tool Kit, and we want to produce at least 12 more over two years in new geographies and cropping systems.

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Open until filled
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Precision Conservation Specialist-Christian, Sangamon, and Macoupin Counties

Precision Conservation Management (PCM) is a farmer service program led by the Illinois Corn Growers Association & the Illinois Soybean Association in partnership with over 30 other conservation leaders. The mission of PCM is to facilitate greater adoption of conservation practices on Midwest agricultural fields by investigating the impacts of conservation practice adoption on farm financial stability.  The Precision Conservation Specialist will provide technical assistance to enrolled cooperators in the Precision Conservation Management program.  The Precision Conservation Specialist will work in conjunction with program partners (PepsiCo, Bunge, & others) to educate cooperators about conservation practices and the IL Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy. This person will be responsible for helping farmers in Christian, Sangamon, Macoupin, and select areas of the Central IL PCM region to secure financial and technical assistance to adopt conservation practices and/or expand their use of conservation practices. PCM Specialists also have reporting responsibilities to PCM partners demonstrating success in expending cost-dollars provided by the partners. Additional expectations assisting program partners is required from time to time.  PCM Specialists present participating farmers with customized reports summarizing the sustainability and financial impacts of their current farming operation and generating environmental and financial comparisons with other farming practices.

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PCM East Central IL Conservation Specialist

Precision Conservation Management (PCM) is a farmer service program led by the Illinois Corn Growers Association & the Illinois Soybean Association in partnership with over 30 other conservation leaders. The mission of PCM is to facilitate greater adoption of conservation practices on Midwest agricultural fields by investigating the impacts of conservation practice adoption on farm financial stability.  The Precision Conservation Specialist will provide technical assistance to enrolled cooperators in the Precision Conservation Management program.  The Precision Conservation Specialist will work in conjunction with program partners (PepsiCo, Bunge, & others) to educate cooperators about conservation practices and the IL Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy. This person will be responsible for helping farmers in Champaign, Ford, Vermillion, Douglas, Coles, Edgar, and select areas of the Central IL PCM region to secure financial and technical assistance to adopt conservation practices and/or expand their use of conservation practices. PCM Specialists also have reporting responsibilities to PCM partners demonstrating success in expending cost-dollars provided by the partners. Additional expectations assisting program partners is required from time to time.  PCM Specialists present participating farmers with customized reports summarizing the sustainability and financial impacts of their current farming operation and generating environmental and financial comparisons with other farming practices.

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Open until filled
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Communications Manager

The Communication Manager handles programming to increase agricultural industry visibility in Illinois and creates opportunities for farmers and legislators to build relationships. This position communicates legislative priorities and activities as reported from executive staff and board to farmer members, media, and other stakeholders.

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Watershed Specialist

The Watershed Specialist will advance the Lake Decatur Watershed Management Plan, a multi-faceted program to increase conservation adoption in the watershed through the implementation of conservation practices to improve Lake Decatur water quality; provide technical support including field surveys, engineering, contractor oversight and related tasks for planning, permitting, design, installation, construction and inspection of conservation practices; assist with water quality improvement grant management.

Application Deadline:
Open until filled