Agriculture Projects Lead

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The Nature Conservancy

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Omaha, NE, United States

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Omaha, Nebraska, USA
NE201
Negotiable within the state of Nebraska depending on successful candidate's location.

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NE201

WHO WE ARE


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 72 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’s agriculture program in the Nebraska Operating Unit engages diverse partners across the supply chain to achieve on farm conservation wins for people and nature. We accomplish this through building relationships with internal and external stakeholders, engaging policymakers, and working directly with farmers to design practices that are scientifically sound and operationally realistic. Our irrigation and soil health projects together engage over sixty producers, three natural resources districts, multiple agribusinesses, and many university researchers. In addition to achieving immediate conservation outcomes, our projects are designed to instigate widespread system change by creating a shared vision for the type of agriculture needed to sustain our growing world. The Nebraska agriculture program is directly aligned with two of The Nature Conservancy’s four global priorities: to Provide Food and Water Sustainably and to Tackle Climate Change. More can be found about the Nebraska Operating Unit of The Nature Conservancy at www.nature.org/nebraska

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.

WHAT WE CAN ACHIEVE TOGETHER


The Agriculture Projects Lead contributes scientific and technical capacity to the Agriculture Program by managing and executing conservation projects in Nebraska. They will recruit new farmers and support the existing project enrollees by aiding them in developing their work plans, providing technical assistance as farmers install practices, working with farmers to collect project data, and assisting with project field days and other outreach events coordination. They will help with the projects’ scientific activities, assisting the science team in gathering on-farm data through conversations with farmers, surveys, and/or collecting agronomic data from the fields (e.g., soil and tissue samples). They will coordinate the operational needs of the projects jointly with the Conservation Coordinator.

They will plan, lead, and execute effective strategies that aim to build relationships with farmers, farm service providers, project partners, and other relevant stakeholders in Nebraska, mainly focusing on those areas where we are actively working. They will also support producers by developing peer networks and messaging to amplify their success stories and create a culture of conservation among farmers. They will conduct outreach that provides accurate and relevant agronomic information about management systems, helping farmers identify their resource concerns’ needs, providing technical recommendations to implement regenerative practices effectively, and assisting farmers while considering and applying to cost-share programs.

Reporting to the Director of Agriculture and working closely with other Agriculture Program team members, they will provide unique insight into farmers’ concerns and interests, identifying opportunities to develop future agricultural projects and recognizing potential solutions to address the implementation challenges.

The Agriculture Projects Lead will represent TNC and its work in local workshops, conferences, and field days to convey the importance of regenerative practices to water quality, greenhouse gas mitigation, and agricultural productivity. They will also collaborate with TNC colleagues in the Nebraska chapter and across the Great Plains and North America Divisions to further develop ag strategies and programming.

The Agriculture Projects Lead works with their supervisor to identify and participate in the multiple professional development opportunities. The Nature Conservancy offers. The Nebraska Operating Unit also encourages all staff, including the Agriculture Projects Lead to participate in chapter activities, including serving on committees such as the Operating Unit’s Culture Club or one of the Nature Conservancy-wide Employee Resource Groups.

The Agriculture Projects Lead will be required to reside in the Central Nebraska region; this is a remote position and will require up to 80% local travel, a valid driver’s license, and compliance with The Nature Conservancy’s auto safety program.

Responsibilities and Scope:

  • Supervises no staff but may oversee and direct the work of partners, office volunteers, or interns.
  • Coordinates multiple tasks or projects in a timely manner and with attention to detail.
  • Gain cooperation from outside parties to accomplish program goals.
  • Financial responsibility may include working within/managing a budget to complete projects, negotiating and contracting with vendors, and assisting with budget development.
  • Ensures program compliance with internal policies and external requirements.
  • Under minimal supervision, makes independent decisions based on analysis, experience, and context.
  • May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain, and under physically demanding circumstances.
  • Makes day-to-day decisions as delegated by the supervisor.
  • Demonstrates sensitivity in handling confidential information.

WHAT YOU'LL BRING

  • BA/BS degree and 3 years of experience in conservation, agriculture, or agronomy, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience working with the agricultural community.
  • Expereince with current trends and practices in conservation and agriculture – especially nutrient management, irrigation management, and soil health principles.
  • Ex[ereince with data management skills, including interpreting data and generating reports to communicate to non-scientific stakeholders.
  • Experience completing tasks independently with respect to timeline(s).
  • Experience communicating with the public and/or media both in writing and verbally.
  • Fluency via written, spoken, and graphical means in English.
  • Expereince with planning, administer and record results of work team meetings and activities
  • Experience using applications such as Microsoft Word, Excel, and Web Browsers.
  • A valid driver’s license

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.
  • Demonstrated successful project management experience.
  • A Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) certification or other agronomy/nutrient management certification or willingness to obtain within the first year of employment.
  • Experience working for or with ag retailers and sales agronomists.
  • Willingness to learn and develop expertise in new conservation strategies, economic drivers, management tools and how our work rolls up to regional and even global priorities
  • Established relationships with members of the agricultural community in Nebraska.
  • Experience in leading training or education events.
  • Knowledge of land management conservation practice and conservation science.
  • Ability to explain conservation practices to technical and non-technical audiences.
  • Knowledge of current trends and practices in conservation, land management, and natural resource preservation.
  • Completing tasks independently with respect to timeline(s).
  • Self-starter with the ability to generate work plans with limited support in line with the overall conservation strategies.
  • Excellent communication skills via written, spoken and graphical means in English and other relevant languages.

ADDITIONAL JOB INFORMATION


The Agriculture Projects Lead develops, manages, and implements agricultural conservation projects, plans, and methods in the Nebraska landscape. They establish and advance relationships and communications with Nebraska farmers and local stakeholders working towards achieving conservation goals in agriculture.

Salary Range: $50,000 - $55,000 per year dependent on qualifications and experience.

AUTO SAFETY POLICY


This position requires a valid driver's license and compliance with the Conservancy's Auto Safety Program. Employees may not drive Conservancy-owned/leased vehicles, rental cars, or personal vehicles on behalf of the Conservancy if considered "high risk drivers." Please see further details in the Auto Safety Program document available at www.nature.org/careers.

Employment in this position will be contingent upon completion of a Vehicle Use Agreement, which may include a review of the prospective employee's motor vehicle record.

APPLY NOW


To apply for job ID 52655, submit your materials online by using the Apply Now button at https://careers.nature.org/ by 11:59 PM EST on February 17, 2022. Need help applying? Visit our recruitment page or contact applyhelp@tnc.org.

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