North America Agroforestry Program Manager

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The Nature Conservancy

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Minneapolis, MN, United States

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16 days ago


Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Location is flexible within the continental US, with a prefered location of Minneapolis, MN.


The mission of The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is to conserve the lands and waters upon which all life depends. As a science-based organization, we develop innovative, on-the-ground solutions to the world’s toughest environmental challenges so that people and nature can thrive. Our work is guided by our values, which include a commitment to diversity and respect for people, communities, and cultures. From a rewarding mission to career development and flexible schedules, there are many reasons to love life #insideTNC. Want to know more? Check out our TNC Talent playlist on YouTube to hear stories from staff or visit Glassdoor.

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The North America (NA) Agroforestry Program Manager position will develop and implement strategies on behalf of the NA Agriculture Program and the NA Science Team to accelerate the widespread, market-driven adoption of agroforestry in the U.S. This position will manage a newly-awarded $60M USDA Partnerships for Climate Smart Commodities grant (“Expanding Agroforestry Production & Markets for Producer Profitability and Climate Stabilization”) designed to promote regenerative agroforestry practices by incentivizing farmers, developing markets, conducting Measurement, Reporting, and Verification (MRV), and otherwise creating the enabling conditions for the rapid growth of agroforestry practices. We define agroforestry broadly to include silvopasture, alley cropping, and orchards. Leveraging existing North American Agriculture Program strategies and partnerships, the Program Manager will ensure the success of the project by developing and implementing strategies to serve and diversify the partners, funders, agencies, and other priority audiences needed to scale agroforestry in the United States. The Program Manager will oversee the main components of the project, including the Farmer Incentive Payments program, the agroforestry product label initiative, contract and sub-award management, and federal compliance and reporting.

This position often serves as the principal contact to government agencies, other conservation organizations, foundations, corporations, and the academic community. The Program Manager will engage the agricultural community across the supply chain to advance agroforestry; negotiate complex and innovative solutions with government agencies and private sector partners; and identify and cultivate fundraising opportunities to bring additional resources to the NA Agriculture Program team, as well as to aligned and contributing TNC business units and partners. The Program Manager will increase and enhance the role of TNC as a major partner in the agroforestry industry - supporting and developing TNC’s strategic, scientific, and technical capacity to achieve impact. Location of this position is flexible within the continental United States, with Minneapolis, Minnesota being a preferred location. Listed below are major roles expected of this position.

Serve as collaborator with external partners:

  • Organize, collaborate with, and coordinate regional partners for execution of grant deliverables, including communicating information to stakeholders; aligning strategies, processes and tools; and seeking solutions and conducting corrective actions as necessary (e.g., nursery bottlenecks, payment processing and marketing support, etc.).
  • Seek additional public and private funding opportunities for continued support of the effort.
  • Manage and organize routine engagement and collaboration with partners, with a minimum of quarterly group update calls.
  • Coordinate with other partners to ensure standardization and utilization of partnership procedures.

Expand and diversify outreach:

  • Cultivate strategic participation with a diverse array of farmers, landowners, conservation groups, professional associations, civic organizations, industries, businesses, local governments, and other priority entities - with a particular focus on expanding the audience of historically underserved farmers.
  • Collaborate and coordinate in the creation and implementation of outreach and education events on demonstration farms with regional partners and activities that engage TNC membership, volunteers, and donors.

Inspire partners and target audiences:

  • Collaborate and coordinate in the creation and implementation of products and materials for agroforestry education and outreach efforts.
  • Coordinate with strategic partners to create and implement collaborative endeavors that promote the scaling of agroforestry in the United States.
  • Coordinate with Government Affairs staff on opportunities to engage and educate decision makers on agroforestry efforts and policy opportunities.

Provide internal and external management and coordination:

  • Develop and maintain consistent coordination and collaboration with multiple TNC business units and with existing strategies and programs advancing regenerative agriculture in crop systems and grazing lands.
  • Ensure tracking and reporting of MRV activities, deliverables, invoicing, logistics, and other metrics.
  • Develop routine reports and updates for internal and external audiences, partners, funders, and others.
  • Coordinate and collaborate on the creation and refining reporting and technical support tools to document and facilitate the work of the grant program (including establishing standard cost-share eligibility requirements and prioritization ranking tools to be used by partners).


The NA Agriculture Program at TNC employs science-based, solutions-focused approaches to drive actionable, systems-change strategies that aim to increase the adoption of regenerative agriculture practices across working lands in the United States. The team works together with public and private sector decision-makers to co-create solutions, drawing on TNC’s practical experience and expertise working with local partners on the ground. If you have a passion for conserving and protecting the natural world, addressing climate change and enhancing the sustainability of our food system, and believe in TNC’s mission and values, please apply for this position and learn more about the Conservancy.



  • A degree in agronomy, natural resources management, conservation, business, or another related field of study and at least 10 years’ experience in conservation or related fields.
  • Experience working with diverse partners, both internal and external, such as farmers, landowners, corporate executives, and government officials.
  • Experience developing partnerships and leading collaborations within the private sector and public sectors.
  • Experience managing multiple, complex projects, including motivating, leading, setting objectives, and managing performance.
  • Communication experience; clearly via written, spoken, and graphical means in English and other relevant languages.
  • Negotiation skills experience.


  • Multilingual skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.
  • Demonstrated experience influencing, developing, and implementing conservation projects and/or programs, strategies, policies, and plans with the public and private sectors.
  • Knowledge of current trends and practices in regenerative agriculture, agroforestry, sustainability, MRV, technology, markets, public programs and/or other relevant discipline(s) across multiple regions.
  • Experience managing complex, multi-year budgets.
  • Experience working in a matrixed organization.
  • Demonstrated commitment to increasing equity in agriculture, working with underserved and disadvantaged farmers.
  • Demonstrated experience in fundraising.
  • Politically savvy and experienced in partnership development (partners, community, government).
  • Excellent communication skills; exceptional writing and presentation skills.
  • Supervisory experience.


Since 1951, TNC has been doing work you can believe in. Through grassroots action, we have grown from a small non-profit into one of the most effective and wide-reaching environmental organizations in the world. Thanks to more than 1 million members, over 400 scientists, and the dedicated efforts of our diverse staff and partners, we impact conservation around the world!

TNC offers a competitive, comprehensive benefits package including health care benefits, flexible spending accounts, a 401(k) plan with an 8% employer match, parental leave, accrued paid time off, life insurance, disability coverage, employee assistance program, other life and work well-being benefits. Learn more about our benefits on our Culture Tab on

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