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Direct corporate engagement with farms in supply-chains offers a unique opportunity to involve more farmers in implementing and delivering conservation on-the-ground. AFT will work with companies to build holistic soil health management systems across their currently enrolled farms as well as on new farms in the proposed project area. AFT will utilize a targeted one-on-one approach to provide technical assistance to farmers to benchmark current management, develop continuous improvement plans and implement soil health management practices.
The Conservation Technician position offers an exciting opportunity to help the farms located in the feed shed of the MVP Dairy, LLC (a McCarty VanTillberg Partnership) reach their conservation goals. The Conservation Technician will be based in Western, OH/ Western KS and is grant-funded by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF). The position is for a term of two (2) years with the possibility of renewal based on performance and the availability of funds.
The selected professional will report directly to the Ohio Agriculture Stewardship Manager, working closely with the Director of Ag Conservation Innovation to engage farmers in adopting sound farming practices capable of protecting environmental quality and responding to the growing impacts of climate change.
What You’ll Be Working On
Required Qualifications & Experience
The Conservation Technician must be entrepreneurial and a capable problem solver. The ideal candidate is highly motivated, creative, and possesses: