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New Agrarian Program Northern Plains Manager

The Quivira Coalition is a Santa Fe-based nonprofit that works in Montana, Wyoming, Colorado and New Mexico. Quivira works to build resilience on arid working lands. We foster ecological, economic, and social health through education, innovation, and collaboration. The Quivira Coalition aims to shift current practices of agriculture and land stewardship to those that produce good food, support meaningful livelihoods in rural places, sustain biodiversity, and remedy the impacts of climate change. We do this work through agricultural apprenticeship, land and water restoration, and rancher- and farmer-led knowledge exchange. Knowing that it is critical to the success of our work, Quivira Coalition is committed to diversity and inclusion, and we aspire to build a diverse staff team and community, including groups that are traditionally under-represented among stewardship and agricultural support services.

 Quivira Coalition’s New Agrarian Program offers 8-month immersive apprenticeships in regenerative agriculture in partnership with mentor ranchers and farmers throughout the West. The program seeks to provide the next generation of producers with hands-on mentoring from dedicated land stewards who practice regenerative methods of food production, provide excellent animal care, and are skilled and dedicated teachers. 

The NAP Northern Plains manager will work closely with the NAP Northern Plains coordinator and the rest of the NAP team to support mentor ranches and apprentices in Montana, the broader Northern Great Plains region, and beyond. The NAP manager is a people-oriented facilitator who has worked with ranchers and farmers and/or in experiential education. An ideal candidate enjoys working with seasoned ranchers and farmers, mentoring young professionals in agriculture, and is passionate about solving current food production and ranching/farming challenges. This person ideally is based in Montana within close proximity to current NAP mentor sites; has the flexibility to travel to ranches and farms, and the capacity to engage with the Quivira team remotely; and is computer literate. The position also requires travel to conferences, presentations, and other work events (25-35 percent of work time is out of office). 

The NAP Northern Plains manager will be tasked with helping to provide support to NAP program mentors and apprentices in Montana and Wyoming. They will also work closely with mentor operations to help guide them through the apprentice application and hiring processes, partner with the NAP team to deliver mentor training, assist with apprentice orientation, conduct site visits to mentor ranches, complete monthly check-ins with mentor ranchers and apprentices, provide support on supplemental education webinars and assist in planning land health and livestock workshops. The NAP Northern Plains manager will also facilitate and provide guidance for both apprentices and mentors throughout their year together. 

The NAP Northern Plains manager is responsible, in partnership with the NAP team, for recruitment, implementation, and partial fundraising for Quivira’s apprenticeship program. Specific duties and responsibilities include:

 

Coordination

  • Serve as the main point of contact for NAP mentors and apprentices in Montana
  • Support mentor/apprentice relationships and serve as a mediator as needed
  • Support the application process for potential new program mentors
  • Facilitate successful apprentice placement at each mentor location
  • Conduct in-depth, annual check-ins with mentors and apprentices to debrief most recent apprenticeships and discuss program components, successes, and challenges
  • Maintain regular contact with mentors and apprentices in Montana to check in regarding progress and communication
  • 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 Montana 
  • Facilitate connections between current and future generations of food producers and land stewards 

 

Recruitment and Outreach

  • Participate in marketing, advertising, outreach, and public relations for NAP 
  • Conduct site visits to potential mentor ranches and farms in the Northern Plains
  • Represent Quivira and the New Agrarian Program at relevant events in the community and by actively seeking opportunities to present to relevant conferences
  • Contribute to the NAP monthly newsletter, including compiling job opportunities and other newsletter material
  • Regularly contribute content to NAP social media

 

Development

  • In cooperation with the NAP team, expand the reach of NAP by designing, funding, and implementing new ideas that provide leadership training, networking, and capacity-building support for new agrarians and prospective mentors
  • Facilitate program growth while maintaining high quality standards and regenerative agriculture criteria for prospective mentors 

 

Additional Tasks 

  • Represent Quivira at various functions, conferences, workshops, etc.
  • 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 for NAP
  • Participate in staff meetings, retreats, and strategic planning meetings
  • Actively engage in Quivira’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Anti Racism efforts 
  • Other activities as assigned

 

Required Qualifications

  • Established connections to Montana’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 West
  • An interest in regenerative agriculture
  • 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
  • Ability and desire to work outdoors, lift 50 pounds, and pitch in on ranching or farming operations occasionally
  • Residence in central Montana

 

Desired Qualifications 

  • Experience working in agriculture (ideally ranching or related livestock production)
  • Experience working as an educator (preferably experiential/hands-on learning)
  • Experience working in a nonprofit environment
  • 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 building connections with people from different backgrounds 

 

Terms of Employment

  • Quivira Coalition is committed to fostering, cultivating, and preserving a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion in our organization. We embrace and encourage applicants of all ages, colors, disability statuses, ethnicities, family or marital statuses, gender identities or expressions, languages, national origins, physical and mental abilities, political affiliations, races, religions, sexual orientations, socio-economic statuses, or veteran statuses.
  • Reports to the NAP director
  • Required availability to work some evenings and weekends to accommodate ranching/ farming schedules
  • 40 hours a week, exempt, salaried.
  • Salary range for manager level positions: $44,544 – 60,278 depending on experience. Quivira Coalition uses a Wage Scale to determine hourly wage and salary ranges for all positions within the organization.
  • This position needs to be based within a few hours drive of existing mentor sites in Montana. Candidates must have access to reliable internet.
  • After 3 months, benefits include health care, dental, vision, simple IRA, paid-time-off, short and long term life insurance and disability policy.

 

Application Instructions

Please apply online at https://quiviracoalition.org/work-with-us/. Please include a current resume (no more than two pages) with the application. The application will be in place of a cover letter; no cover letter is needed. Please have available the name, phone number, and email of three professional references. References will be checked as a part of the hiring process. 

Please send questions to Leah Ricci, NAP Director (leah@quiviracoalition.org), with the subject line “NAP Northern Plains Manager.”

 

Hiring Timeline

Deadline for applications is October 30, 2022, with the intention of a start date in December 2022.