Resilient Ag Program Associate

Posted: Sunday, September 27, 2020
 Full Time
 Large scale
 Natural Resource Management

Position Description

Wallace Center is a unit of Winrock International. Winrock International is a nonprofit organization that works with people in the United States and around the world to empower the disadvantaged, increase economic opportunity, and sustain natural resources. 

The Wallace Center at Winrock International is a national leader in sustainable regional farming and food system development. Our mission is to develop partnerships, pilot new ideas, and advance solutions that strengthen communities through resilient farming and food systems.

The Resilient Agriculture & Ecosystems (RAE) Program Associate will join the Wallace Center as a full-time paid position. The RAE team works to advance regenerative livestock grazing and related agriculture practices in the U.S. Upper Midwest as scalable, market-driven solutions for building healthy soils, viable farms, and resilient communities through the public-facing Pasture Project. This role will provide support for all RAE programmatic activities, as well as communications support. 


We are looking for a motivated candidate who is exceptionally talented at multitasking on diverse tasks in a fast-paced and agile nonprofit environment. This individual should have the focus to handle complex, evolving responsibilities with a high degree of autonomy, accountability, and attention to detail. These responsibilities include engaging and managing relationships with a wide range of internal and external partners and supporting work on various topics related to U.S. agriculture, livestock, and value-chain systems. This position will have the opportunity to support innovative efforts to advance regenerative agriculture and grazing outreach, education, and practice adoption in the Upper Midwest. 


The Wallace Center is actively building strategies for centering racial and economic equity in our work and seeking candidates eager to forward that mission. The Center is committed to building a diverse staff and strongly encourages applications from candidates of color.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this position will be hired as a remote position with the option to transition to a Winrock office no earlier than 2021. Remote applicants are encouraged to apply, but international sponsorship is not available. Salary range is $50,000 – $60,000 and will be commensurate with experience and/or level of education. Excellent benefits offered.

Essential responsibilities will include: 

  • Develop and maintain the program management tools for active RAE grants and projects.  
  • Manage the administrative requirements for all subcontracts, sub-agreements, etc.  
  • Oversee RAE content for websites, social media, and other communications efforts. 
  • Support RAE and Wallace Center’s racial and gender equity commitments and activities. 
  • Support Wallace Center’s Regenerative Agriculture Innovation Network (REGAIN), an online network for agriculture educators, including adding content, maintaining resource libraries, providing support for onboarding new users, and troubleshooting challenges. 
  • Collect and curate relevant articles, research, tools, and resources to support RAE activities. 
  • Provide administrative and logistical support (e.g., meeting notes, event logistics, editing, etc.)  
  • Assist with monitoring and evaluation activities (e.g., data collection, entry, and management).  

Education and experience should include: 

  • BS/BA in agriculture, soil science, animal science, economics, environmental science/policy, rural development, or related field OR at least four years of professional/work experience. 
  • At least one year of professional, work, or lived experience directly in one or more of the following areas: regenerative agriculture systems, natural resource management, administration, communications, research/evaluation, or relationship management. 

Skills should include:  

  • Demonstrated writing and speaking skills (English fluency) 
  • Strong time management, teamwork, and organizational abilities 
  • Creative and consistent online outreach and content development 
  • Ability to learn new policies, procedures, and the language of contracts and compliance 
  • Proficiency using Microsoft Office software, including Excel, Word, Outlook, and PowerPoint 
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