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.
AFT is hiring a Climate Change Technical Specialist who will report to the Climate Initiative Director and work closely with the Water Quality Initiative Director and Regional Office Directors. We strongly encourage applications from women, people of color, and other historically disadvantaged groups, whose experience, and perspectives we believe are critical to the work of developing a more sustainable, resilient, and just agricultural system.
The Technical Specialist will help lead AFT’s efforts to provide the most up-to-date information about practices, policies, and programs by which the agricultural sector is a leading industry to combat climate change and build resilient agroecosystems. Through our research, outreach, and policy work, we will help farmers and ranchers improve farm viability, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, sequester carbon, and enhance environmental benefits while improving productivity for food, fiber, and biofuel stocks.
The Technical Specialist will report to one of AFT’s regional offices with the possibility of remote work for at least part-time. Full-time remote working is possible but is dependent upon the candidate and location. Must be able to travel occasionally (up to 25%) for meetings, farm visits, conferences, etc.
Duties & Responsibilities
The primary responsibilities of this position are to research and conduct modeling scenarios to quantify the impacts of agricultural management practices on greenhouse gas emissions and carbon sequestration potential. This will be used to develop a set of recommendations that will inform policy and program managers at state and national levels. Additional duties and responsibilities will include helping to develop new climate programming that supports other AFT program areas and its regional offices. Specific responsibilities include:
The Technical Specialist must be outgoing, energetic, and have direct professional experience working on agriculture and climate issues. The candidate must be able to work closely with farmers and agriculture organizations as well as environmental organizations, universities, and state/federal government agencies.