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Job Detail: Agriculture Program Coordinator


Founded in 1936, the National Wildlife Federation has grown into America's largest and most trusted grassroots conservation organization with 52 state/territorial affiliates and more than six million members and supporters, including hunters, anglers, gardeners, birders, hikers, campers, paddlers, etc.  The mission of the National Wildlife Federation is to unite all Americans to ensure wildlife thrive in our rapidly changing world.  The organization's programs focus on conserving wildlife, restoring habitat and waterways, expanding outdoor opportunities, connecting children with nature, and addressing the causes and consequences of climate change.

The National Wildlife Federation’s (NWF) Sustainable Agriculture Program works with agricultural communities to break down the culture barriers to adoption of sustainable agriculture practices. The program works from a ground-up approach, directly working with farmers and ranchers, as well as conservation outreach professionals. We provide communications and message training to better equip innovators with the skills to reach non-adopters. NWF works with other leading conservation organizations through coalitions and multi-stakeholder partnerships to advance support for sustainable agriculture production, sourcing and financing.

As our Agriculture Program Coordinator you will take the lead in multiple aspects of NWF's sustainable agriculture program. You will lead the training and education of NWF's Cover Crop Champions, which is a peer to peer farmer outreach program across the Upper Mississippi River Basin and Great Lakes regions. This includes conducting an annual training for new champions, providing on-going support, education, and group facilitation, and development of information and messaging to improve outreach effectiveness. In addition, you will also lead in maintaining the team’s listserv and online presence to facilitate ongoing communication with program participants. Additionally, you will assist in outreach and trainings for conservation outreach professionals across the country on improving farmer communications. Other related tasks will include fundraising, grant writing, developing factsheets, surveys, and other assigned projects.

You will report directly to the Sustainable Agriculture Program Manager, and work in conjunction with the rest of the Sustainable Agriculture team based in the Midwest and our broader agriculture team, based in the Midwest and Washington D.C. to develop and implement administrative and training assistance to support our programmatic efforts.

Position Responsibilities: 

  • Take the lead in providing training and guidance to NWF Cover Crop Champions, including development of messaging and communications strategies
  • Take the lead in managing the NWF listserv, online media, and increase program participation and expansion into new regions
  • Assist in other sustainable agriculture program tasks including developing factsheets, surveys, and other assigned projects
  • Assist in grant writing and pursue fundraising opportunities for sustainable agriculture programs

Position Qualifications: 

  • Direct, on-farm experience required. Preference will be given to those who have worked in a corn/soybean system.
  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience in communications, agriculture, social sciences, natural resources, or public policy
  • At least 2 years professional experience in communications, agriculture, public policy, outreach/education, and/or program implementation.
  • Knowledge/experience in working with or conducting outreach to agriculture producers and stakeholders strongly preferred
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to translate complex information into easily understood information.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Self-starter, ability to work independently within a team context.

Compensation and Benefits: 

Salary: $43,000 – $48,000 (commensurate with experience and skill set)

The National Wildlife Federation offers excellent benefits, including 16 weeks of paid FMLA leave, competitive compensation, and a family-friendly, flexible work environment.

How to Apply: 

Apply online here! 


About the job

Location Ann Arbor, MI
Field Administrative
Time Full-time
Date 04 October 2019

About the company

Company name National Wildlife Federation
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