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. AFT launched the conservation agriculture movement and continues to raise public awareness through our No Farms, No Food message. 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 supported thousands of farm families. Long a pioneering leader, AFT is now riding a new wave of growth, driven by agriculture's most pressing needs and opportunities.
Conserving farmland by the acre and soil by the inch is a powerful strategy for sequestering carbon and reducing greenhouse gas emissions and enhancing farmland and ranchland productivity in the face of a changing climate.
AFTs Farmers Combat Climate Change initiative has been working to reduce the conversion of agricultural land to development and promote smart growth; increase the use of climate-smart conservation farming systems; and build support for policies that help farmers combat, mitigate and adapt to a changing climate.
AFT's work in New England builds on our national efforts. We are conducting research and comparative policy analysis around renewable energy generation and farmland; engaging agriculture, the general public, researchers, and policy makers around the role farms can plan in both preventing and mitigating against climate change; and we are working with a variety of stakeholder groups to move forward agendas that are mutually beneficial to agriculture and the climate. But we can do more and wish to do so by increasing our capacity to further this work and build additional programming on the topic.
The program manager reports to the New England Director, who oversees AFTs work in the region and will work closely with national AFT staff including the National Climate Director. The program manager will implement AFTs climate strategy in New England and actively collaborate and coordinate with AFT staff to help ensure that AFTs programming is strategic, synergistic, efficiently-delivered, well-received, and impactful.
Preferably the program manager will be based at AFTs Northampton Office but could possibly work remotely from elsewhere in the region, depending on the location.
Duties & Responsibilities
The primary responsibilities of this position are to implement existing AFT climate related activities in the six New England states; help develop new programming that furthers AFTs broader mission as it relates to climate change and agriculture; provide leadership and support to other organizations and efforts in the region related to climate change and agriculture. Specific responsibilities include:
The program manager must be outgoing and energetic and have direct professional experience working on agriculture and climate issues. The individual must have knowledge of and experience with one or more of the following: agriculture, climate, soil health, conservation, carbon markets, corporate sustainability, and/or farmland protection. The program manager must be able to work closely with farmers and agriculture organizations as well as environmental organizations, universities and other research institutions, and state/federal government agencies.
Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience and background. AFT provides a full and generous benefits package.
Application Deadline: While applications will be accepted until the position is filled, we will prioritize those received by April 26th and we will begin our review process then.
Please include a cover letter with resume for consideration.
American Farmland Trust provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, American Farmland Trust complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the organization has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.