Career Opportunities from American Farmland Trust

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.

Application Deadline:
Open until filled

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.

Application Deadline:
Open until filled

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.

Application Deadline:
Open until filled