National Center for Appropriate Technology

Sustainable Agriculture Specialist

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Posted On: Tuesday, 22nd January 2019
Category: Administrative
Location: Davis, California
36355 Russell Blvd., Davis, California 95617
Job Type:
Full Time

Job Description:

About The National Center for Appropriate Technology:

Put your education and experience to work to promote sustainable agriculture practices and work with family farmers, small producers and limited-resource farmers! The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) is a private non-profit corporation that works to promote sustainable technologies and systems, especially for the benefit of economically disadvantaged individuals and communities. NCAT is seeking a Sustainable Agriculture Specialist who wants to make a contribution to sustainable farming and ranching practices. If you are a self-directed leader with strong skills in communication and agricultural project development, this is a great opportunity for you! This regular, full-time position will be based at NCAT’s office in Davis California.


Position Responsibilities:

  • Provide farmers and ranchers with information and technical assistance on environmentally sound practices for agronomic and horticultural crops and livestock production by phone, e-mail, social media, workshops, and field demonstrations;
  • Peruse development opportunities, participate in grant and proposal writing process;
  • Manage projects to ensure project work and deliverables are being met;
  • Work with Outreach Specialist to promote workshops and events organized by the California office;
  • Liaison with farm and agriculture organizations and groups that assist farmers, particularly limited-resource farmers;
  • Research, write and edit publications on sustainable agriculture topics to assist clients;
  • Create educational materials such as publications, videos, webinars, podcasts, and online tutorials;
  • Seek out projects and opportunities to provide training in Spanish and English to immigrant farmers, new farmers and producers interested in developing more sustainable cropping and marketing systems;
  • Collaborate with staff as a member of one or more technical teams in developing written materials and projects;
  • Actively seek out funding for new projects and develop ideas related to sustainable agriculture into fundable projects;
  • Build and strengthen relationships with partners and stakeholders.


Position Qualifications:

  • The position requires a BA/BS degree in agriculture, agronomy, soils, integrated pest management, horticulture or related field, or a related field along with six years of relevant experience or an MA/MS degree and four years of relevant experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience;
  • Three years’ experience in developing new projects and managing projects.
  • Fluency in written and spoken Spanish preferred.
  • Commitment and passion for the NCAT mission;
  • Knowledge of California agriculture and related organizations and groups;
  • Excellent communication skills, with experience in public speaking, presentation, writing, editing and research;
  • The ability to build relationships with farmers, ranchers, community organizations, government agencies, and non-profit organizations;
  • Grant and proposal writing skills;
  • Familiarity with integrated farming systems, concepts of sustainability and environmentally friendly practices;
  • Knowledge of commercial horticulture, agronomic production, market gardeners or farmers markets and with farm business development;
  • Collaborate with limited-resource farmers and farmers from a variety of different cultural backgrounds;
  • The ability to recognize and pursue development opportunities;
  • Willingness to travel and work independently.


Compensation and Benefits:

$55,000 – $65,000 depending on qualifications and experience. Excellent benefits include paid vacation and holidays, health, life and disability insurance, a cafeteria and 401(k) plan, and a pleasant, professional working environment.


To Apply:

Applications will be accepted through February 28, 2019, or until a suitable candidate can be identified. Early applications are encouraged and applications will be considered as they are received. All persons interested in being considered for the position must submit a cover letter highlighting their experience and skills relevant to the listed qualifications, a current resume and a completed NCAT application. Incomplete applications or reference on the application to “see resume” will not be considered. Applicants can visit NCAT’s homepage at for a gateway to websites and projects developed by NCAT staff. Send completed application materials to:

Kriss Sullivan
NCAT Human Resource Specialist
P.O. Box 3838
Butte, MT 59702

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