Sustainable Agriculture Specialist

National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) Published: September 20, 2018
Job Type
Full-time
Categories
Farm / Organics /

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Description

~ The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) is a private non-profit corporation that works to promote sustainable technologies and systems, especially for the benefit of economically disadvantaged individuals and communities. ~

Put your education and experience to work to promote sustainable agriculture practices and work with family farmers, small producers and limited-resource farmers! 

Position Overview

NCAT is seeking a Sustainable Agriculture Specialist who wants to make a contribution to sustainable farming and ranching practices. If you are a self-directed leader with strong skills in communication and project development, this is a great opportunity for you! This regular, full-time position will be based at NCAT’s office in Davis California.

Responsibilities

  • Provide farmers and ranchers with information and technical assistance on environmentally sound practices for agronomic and horticultural crops and livestock production by phone, e-mail, social media, workshops, and field demonstrations;
  • Peruse development opportunities, participate in grant and proposal writing process;
  • Manage projects to ensure project work and deliverables are being met;
  • Work with Outreach Specialist to promote workshops and events organized by the California office;
  • Liaison with farm and agriculture organizations and groups that assist farmers, particularly limited-resource farmers;
  • Research, write and edit publications on sustainable agriculture topics to assist clients;
  • Create educational materials such as publications, videos, webinars, podcasts, and online tutorials;
  • Seek out projects and opportunities to provide training in Spanish and English to immigrant farmers, new farmers and producers interested in developing more sustainable cropping and marketing systems;
  • Collaborate with staff as a member of one or more technical teams in developing written materials and projects;
  • Actively seek out funding for new projects and develop ideas related to sustainable agriculture into fundable projects; and
  • Build and strengthen relationships with partners and stakeholders.

Qualifications

  • The position requires a BA/BS degree in agriculture, agronomy, soils, integrated pest management, horticulture or related field, or a related field along with 6 years of relevant experience or an MA/MS degree and 4 years of relevant experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience;
  • 3 years’ experience in developing new projects and managing projects; and
  • Must be Fluent in written and spoken Spanish.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Commitment and passion for the NCAT mission;
  • Knowledge of California agriculture and related organizations and groups;
  • Excellent communication skills, with experience in public speaking, presentation, writing, editing and research;
  • The ability to build relationships with farmers, ranchers, community organizations, government agencies, and non-profit organizations;
  • Grant and proposal writing skills;
  • Familiarity with integrated farming systems, concepts of sustainability and environmentally friendly practices;
  • Knowledge of commercial horticulture, agronomic production, market gardeners or farmers markets and with farm business development;
  • Collaborate with limited-resource farmers and farmers from a variety of different cultural backgrounds;
  • The ability to recognize and pursue development opportunities; and
  • Willingness to travel and work independently.

Compensation

  • $55,000 - $65,000 depending on qualifications and experience.
  • Excellent benefits include paid vacation and holidays, health, life and disability insurance, a cafeteria and 401(k) plan, and a pleasant, professional working environment.

To Apply

  • Please click "Apply" below to upload a cover letter highlighting their experience and skills relevant to the listed qualifications, a current resume and a completed NCAT application form.
  • Applications will be accepted through October 7, 2018, or until a suitable candidate can be identified. Early applications are encouraged.
  • Applicants are encouraged to visit our website to learn more about NCAT.
  • Incomplete applications or reference on the application to “see resume” will not be considered.

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