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Quivira is hiring for the New Agrarian Program Colorado Manager



The Quivira Coalition is a Santa Fe-based nonprofit that builds resilience on arid working lands. We foster ecological, economic, and social health through education, innovation, and collaboration. At the foundation of all our work is the concept that well managed working rangelands and forests are two of the most effective, efficient, and immediately viable paths to remedy the devastating impacts of climate change.


The National Western Center’s mission is to convene the world to lead, inspire, create, educate and entertain in pursuit of global food solutions. The campus is a year-round urban hub for food and ag discovery — in the heart of the American West. It’s a global destination for food and ag innovation, Western heritage and culture.  Construction of the dynamic, 250-acre National Western Center in Denver is underway now. When complete in 2024, people from all walks of life will convene on the campus and online to lead, inspire, create, educate and entertain in pursuit of global food solutions.


The New Agrarian Program (NAP) Colorado manager is a collaborative position between the Quivira Coalition and the National Western Center. The NAP Colorado manager is responsible, in partnership with the NAP director, for implementation of Quivira’s apprenticeship program in Colorado, as well as building and strengthening the regenerative agriculture community in Colorado. 


The ideal NAP Colorado manager candidate is a people-oriented facilitator who has previously worked with ranchers and farmers, in experiential education, and/or in working lands conservation. The ideal candidate works well collaboratively, understands the complex connections between social, economic, and ecological dimensions of agriculture, and is passionate about solving current food production and land stewardship challenges. 


This position is based in Colorado, with flexibility around exact location as long as location is within reasonable driving distance of the National Western Center’s campus located in central Denver. As the manager will be predominantly working with the Quivira team and NAP community remotely, access to high-speed, reliable internet is a must. The position also requires travel to conferences, presentations, and other work events throughout the Rocky Mountain west (15-20 percent of work time is non-computer based). 


The NAP Colorado manager works collaboratively with the rest of the NAP team to coordinate NAP programming, support current mentors and apprentices, and help to expand the program in Colorado. The Colorado manager is responsible for building supportive relationships with mentors and apprentices in Colorado, supporting mentor operations to help guide them through the apprentice application and hiring processes, and facilitating communication and providing guidance for both apprentices and mentors throughout their year together. The NAP Colorado manager also works with the NAP director and the National Western Center to identify organizational partners, support fundraising efforts, and recruit new mentors and apprentices. 


Primary responsibilities:

Program Coordination

  • Serve as the main point of contact for NAP mentors and apprentices in Colorado
  • Support the application process for potential new program mentors
  • Facilitate successful apprentice placement at Colorado mentor locations
  • Maintain regular contact with mentors and apprentices in Colorado throughout the apprenticeship season
  • Support mentor/apprentice relationships and serve as a mediator as needed
  • In partnership with the NAP team, plan and conduct monthly supplemental education calls and regional apprentice gatherings including orientation, mid-season gatherings, and graduation 
  • Conduct annual site visits to all current mentor operations in Colorado (and possibly some sites in Wyoming, depending on proximity)
  • Conduct in-depth, annual check-ins with mentors and apprentices to debrief most recent apprenticeships and discuss program components, successes, and challenges
  • Facilitate connections between current and future generations of food producers and land stewards


Recruitment and Outreach

  • In collaboration with the NAP director, design, implement, and evaluate Quivira’s apprentice recruitment plan
  • Contribute to the NAP monthly newsletter, including compiling job opportunities and other newsletter material
  • Schedule, plan, and promote NAP and National Western Center events in the Colorado, including Mentor 101, NAP 101, Ranch 101 workshops, and Career Connections job fair events
  • Assist program director with recruitment of new mentor operations in the Colorado and Wyoming, including conducting site visits as needed
  • Regularly contribute content to NAP social media


Community Building

  • Build relationships with National Western Center partners (e.g. CSU, National Western Stock Show, STEAD school) to source apprentices
  • Explore how to grow the impact and reach of the New Agrarian program by connecting it to other efforts in the state
  • Serve as a representative for the National Western Center and Quivira on related coalitions (e.g. Colorado Healthy Soil Collaborative)
  • Identify and engage stakeholders connected to the National Western Center’s “How the West was One” food vision.  Topics include:
    • Living Wage for Farmers
    • Securing CO Working Ag Lands
    • Farm Succession and Transition
    • Regenerative Ag Coworking Space
    • Scaled Adoption of Best Practices in Land Management
    • On-Campus Experiences at the National Western Center


Additional Tasks

  • Represent Quivira, NAP, and the National Western Center at relevant conferences, workshops, and meetings
  • Support fundraising efforts for NAP, Quivira and the National Western Center
  • Collaborate with other staff members and engage with other Quivira program areas as needed
  • Attend and actively participate in the annual Quivira Conference as a representative of NAP
  • Participate in staff meetings, retreats, strategic planning meetings
  • Actively engage in Quivira’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Anti Racism efforts 
  • Other activities as assigned



We recognize and value the many ways to learn, grow and succeed professionally, and acknowledge that individuals acquire skills, knowledge and perspectives through diverse educational, professional, personal, and volunteer experiences. We take all relevant experiences into account when reviewing applications and ask that you share with us your unique strengths that you will bring to Quivira and to your work with the New Agrarian Program.  

Required Qualifications

  • Established connections to Colorado’s agricultural communities (ideally, the regenerative livestock/ranching community)
  • A passion for addressing issues in food production (with a focus on regenerative livestock/ranching operations) or land management in the arid and semi-arid West
  • An interest in regenerative agriculture
  • Experience with, and an interest in education – teaching, mentoring, or in some other capacity
  • Ability to build strong professional relationships with people from diverse backgrounds, including mentors, apprentices, coworkers and Colorado’s ranchers and farmers, through in-person meetings, phone, and written communication
  • A valid driver’s license
  • Access to reliable internet
  • Comfortable working a computer-based job, with flexibility to travel to current and potential mentor sites, conferences, and workshops


Preferred Qualifications 

  • Experience with regenerative ranching or livestock operations
  • Experience working as an educator (preferably experiential/hands-on learning)
  • Experience with community organizing and networking
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Photography, design, or creative writing skills
  • Demonstrated ability to juggle multiple projects
  • Experience working with people in diverse environments and with people from different backgrounds 


Terms of Employment: 

  • Reports to the NAP director
  • Works collaboratively with the NAP team and the National Western Center
  • Required availability to work some evenings and weekends to accommodate ranching/ farming schedules. 
  • Full Time, salaried, with flexible work schedule. 
  • Full Benefits after three months include vision and dental and flexible paid time off.
  • Salary range for manager level positions: $42,432 – $57,408 depending on experience. Quivira Coalition uses a Wage Scale to determine hourly wage and salary ranges for all positions within the organization.


Hiring Timeline: 

  • Application deadline March 29, 2021
  • Two rounds of interviews will take place in April. We are hoping to make a job offer by late April.


Application Instructions: 

  • Please apply online using the form below. Please include a current resume with the application. The application takes the place of a cover letter; no cover letter is needed. Please have available the name, phone number, and email of three professional references.
  • Send questions to Leah Ricci, New Agrarian Program Director at with the subject line “Colorado Manager”
  • The Quivira Coalition is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, height, weight, or marital status in employment or the provision of services. Knowing its importance to the success of our work, the Quivira Coalition is committed to diversity and inclusion, and we aspire to build a diverse staff team and community, including groups that are traditionally underrepresented in this work. Please email if you would like to request special accommodations during the interview process.


Since its establishment in 1997, the Quivira Coalition has prided itself on its history of working across difference at the radical center. In the last year, we have become increasingly aware of the work that we must do to ensure that individuals and communities of all backgrounds are truly included and welcomed into our work. Quivira Coalition is taking its first steps toward becoming an antiracist organization, and reevaluating what diversity, equity and inclusion means for the organization. This is difficult, often messy, ongoing work, and we are committed to working through the challenges to join the movement for racially just regenerative agriculture. We hope new hires and the perspectives they bring will continue to help us navigate this path. We invite candidates to ask questions about where we’re at in this journey, and to join us in moving the organization towards becoming more just, equitable, and inclusive.

NAP Colorado Manager Application

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