Founded in 1951, the Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world's toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable. One of our core values is our commitment to diversity. Therefore, we strive for a globally diverse and culturally competent workforce. Working in 74 countries, including all 50 United States, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit www.nature.org or follow @nature_press on Twitter.
The Nature Conservancy offers competitive compensation, 401k or savings-plan matching for eligible employees, excellent benefits, flexible work policies and a collaborative work environment. We also provide professional development opportunities and promote from within. As a result, you will find a culture that supports and inspires conservation achievement and personal development, both within the workplace and beyond.
YOUR POSITION WITH TNC
The Agriculture Project Manager will implement The Nature Conservancy’s agricultural initiatives in the States of Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota working closely with the agriculture sector on implementing projects related to water quality, wildlife habitat, soil health and natural climate solutions. The Ag Project Manager will work closely with the Agriculture Strategy Manger to help implement the Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota Chapter's agriculture strategy through engagement with farmers and local/regional members of the agricultural sector and conservation partners in TNC’s project areas.
The Ag Project Manager will work with farmers and local business and conservation partners to implement on the ground programs and projects identified in the Chapter’s agriculture strategic plan. Spearhead development of effective messaging and outreach to Minnesota farmers, agribusiness and other members of the agriculture sector to provide accurate and relevant information about conservation practices and programs. Steward and help leverage innovative partnerships with farm service providers such as seed, chemical and fertilizer retailers, land improvement contractors, producer groups, crop consultants, farm managers, agricultural lenders, and non-profits interested in agriculture to implement programs and provide products and services that lead to improved water quality, soil health and agricultural sustainability. Cooperate with project based state and federal agency staff to target funds and administer programs with the aim of increasing participation and achieving high priority conservation outcomes. Represent TNC and our projects on local work groups and at conferences and field days to convey the importance of soil health to water quality, greenhouse gas mitigation, and agricultural productivity.
This position will require up to 25% travel, a valid driver’s license and compliance with The Nature Conservancy’s auto safety program. The preferred location for this position is The Nature Conservancy office in Minneapolis, but consideration will be given to other locations in MN such as St. Cloud, Brainerd or Mankato.
RESPONSIBILITIES AND SCOPE
Steward, facilitate, and leverage existing relationships with members of the agriculture sector, including farmers, producer groups, conservation partners, and supply chain partners, to implement TNC programs and strategies that lead to increased adoption of sustainable practices, including soil health and nutrient load reduction management.
Represent the Conservancy as a respected voice in agriculture.
Facilitate meetings, trainings, and outreach efforts.
Serve as a resource for farmers and farmer advisors relating to implementation of nutrient management and soil health BMPs
Help design, implement and direct multiple complex projects, setting and meeting deadlines, and ensuring project accountability.
Represent the Chapter on Conservancy regional work teams.
Performs tasks with minimal supervision and makes independent decisions based on analysis, experience and context.
Ensures program compliance with internal policies and external requirements.
HOW TO APPLY
To apply to position number 48338, submit resume (required) and cover letter separately using the upload buttons. All applications must be submitted in the system prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday, January 22, 2020.
BA/BS degree and 3 years of experience in conservation, agriculture or agronomy, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Experience managing projects, including managing finances, with a wide variety of partners, both internal and external.
Experience working with the agricultural community.
Experience convening, communicating and negotiating effectively with partners and stakeholders.
Experience completing tasks independently with respect to timeline(s).
Fluency in English.
Experience using common software applications such as Word, Excel, web browsers, etc.
Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.
3-5 years’ experience in agriculture or natural resource management, similar field or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Experience developing partnerships and leading collaborations within the private and public sectors.
Established relationships with members of the agricultural community in Minnesota, South Dakota, or North Dakota.
Experience working for or with ag retailers and sales agronomists
Knowledge of current trends and practices in conservation and agriculture – especially 4R, soil health, and edge of field practices.
A Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) certification or other agronomy/nutrient management certification
Knowledge of state and federal cost-share programs - Experience working with USDA programs and/or working with soil and water conservation districts
Ability and willingness to apply science to decision-making and guide activities.
Ability to interpret field data and communicate to non-scientific stakeholders
Politically savvy and experience in presenting to and communicating with business, governmental, and community leaders.
Experience in training farmers and ag industry professionals.