NOW HIRING: Farmland Preservation Coordinator

Join our conservation team as we work to protect farmland in Northwest Arkansas!

JOB TITLE: Farmland Preservation Coordinator

Part Time: Partial-time, 30 hours/week through December 31, 2018. (Employment continuation and full-time status to be determined at the end of this planning period.)

ABOUT THE POSITION: The Northwest Arkansas Land Trust seeks uniquely qualified applicants for the position of Farmland Preservation Coordinator (FPC). This newly-created position is offered for an initial approximate 6-month, grant-funded planning period at 30 hours per week. Continued employment and funding to implement the program will be evaluated at the end of the planning period. The ideal FPC candidate has solid business or project planning skills as well as sustainable farming experience and a natural skill set that includes excellent attention to detail, common sense, strong communication skills, excellent time management skills, and a strong sense of professionalism.

RESPONSIBILITIES & SCOPE Under the direction of the Executive Director and in coordination with members of the Farmland Preservation Planning Team, the FPC will be responsible for the strategic planning, coordinating, writing and delivery of a detailed 5-year plan for implementation of a new and comprehensive farmland preservation program. The program will be built upon existing research and a framework that includes three key project components; 1) Farmland Preservation – a detailed business model for farmland acquisition, ownership, farmer leasing, transfer and permanent preservation; 2) Farmer Incubation – a detailed business model for putting farmers on the land and providing training and support; 3) Farm-Link – a detailed outline for connecting farmers selling land to farmers seeking land.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

▪ Bachelor’s Degree required, Master’s Degree preferred

▪ Minimum of five (5) years experience in business or project planning

▪ Sustainable farming experience (preferably in fruit and vegetable production)

▪ Ability to think independently, problem-solve, and work with a team

▪ Self-starter, task-oriented with excellent time-management skills

▪ Strong organization and writing skills, accuracy, and attention to detail

▪ Ability to set and implement priorities, manage multiple projects, and evaluate project success

▪ Experience with budget preparation and expense tracking

▪ Ability to read and evaluate physical and agricultural landscape elements

▪ Experience working with farmers, civic groups, town, county, state, and federal agencies

▪ Experience communicating with partner organizations and ability to negotiate agreements

▪ Excellent computer and technology skills

▪ Strong interest in research and conservation

▪ Willingness to work occasional irregular hours, including weekends, evenings, and/or holidays

▪ There is a fieldwork component to this position – must be able to traverse varied farmland terrain and participate in fieldwork as necessary

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

▪ Master’s Degree in Agriculture, Horticulture, Environmental Sciences, or related field

▪ Fruit and vegetable farming experience

▪ Knowledge of leading trends, issues and practices in farmland preservation

▪ Familiarity with conservation easements and real estate transactions

▪ Experience working with organizations and agencies in Northwest Arkansas

▪ Experience applying for, and successfully receiving, grant funding

PAY AND BENEFITS:

▪ $15,375 for 6-month, 30-hour/week (to be adjusted based on actual start date)

▪ Paid holidays, vacation, sick and personal leave

HOW TO APPLY

All applications must be received by 5pm Central Time, July 15, 2018. Successful applicants must meet or exceed the minimum qualifications outlined above.

Email applications to Leah Saffian, Office Administrator, lsaffian@nwalandtrust.org:

✓ Indicate your interest in the Farmland Preservation Coordinator position in the subject line

✓ Provide resume and detailed cover letter addressed to Terri Lane, Executive Director, highlighting your interest and relevant experience

✓ Provide three references who can speak to your business/project leadership and farming experience

The Northwest Arkansas Land Trust is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We encourage applicants from all cultures, races, colors, religions, sexes, national or regional origins, ages, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity, military, protected veteran status or other status protected by law

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